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    Timothy Ray's Blog
          This is my daily devotional thoughts and inspirations given me by God in daily prayer and scripture study.

    Sat, Aug 21st - 3:33AM



    Jesus hanging on the cross beaten spit at mocked by his own people. His friends and family turned against him. What does he say? "Father forgive them". What! are you kidding me? Call down some angles, call down some fire, you are God you do not need this you are here to help them and you get this How could he do this? Matt. 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Jesus said here he wanted to protect them like a mother chicken. He knew when he was saying this he was one of the ones "sent unto her"that would be persecuted, still he loved them, he forgave them. 
    Self examination and realization is one of the hardest and most painful thing we as humans should do. It is hard because we don't want to. To be perfectly honest we do not want to see ourself as we truly are. It is painful because when we realize what we are like quite often we do not like what we see. We get up and look in the mirror in the morning and Yikes! we scare ourself. We look inside and even more ugliness resides. I look at myself and see I can be hurtful to people who I truly love. Most times I am not trying to be hurtful but that does not really matter to the offended. The fact is we are hurt most often by our love ones How many of us have been devastated by a spouse,parent,child or siblings? I suspect all of us have. These wound seem some how to tear us apart. These wound seem to never heal. Tearing families apart. divorce is a great example of this. I do not know of any hurt greater than someone who you loved,someone who was on your side turning on you. I have been on both sides of this I know. I have said thing and done thing that I am not proud of. I know that thing have been done and said to me,  by people I love, that have hurt me. some of those things I deserved, some I did not. Looking at Christ he never deserved any of the thing thrown at him.He was blameless, totally blameless. Yet he forgave. and not only did he forgive but he forgot.The bible says as far as the east is from the west that is how forgotten my sin is.
    As a Christian I should be like Jesus. forgiving of people who have wronged me. You also should be like Jesus and forgive others. I know it is hard I struggle I not sure I even come close but I try and that is what the grace of God is all about. I pray God will help me in this struggle I pray he will give me the eyes to see with mercy, just as he has looked at me with mercy. I pray we all can show each other a little mercy.


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    Fri, Jul 30th - 3:37AM

    Tired of WWJD



    Christians can be very good at studying the bible they can sit in on great sermons.They can join life groups, small groups or whatever your church calls them. Then after studying, listening and talking in there small group they still do not look like Jesus. That is what a Christian is supposed to be. They are to be like Christ. I am tired of looking at WWJD on the arm of Christians. We know what Jesus would do because he told us how to look like him what to do. 
    Matthew 28:16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."[Italics added]
    I believe everything we do should be about this making disciples-teaching them everything I (Jesus) have taught us. We DO NOT DO THIS we study what Jesus said.
    Look at it this way Say you told your child "go clean there room" and in an hour they came back and said "I have remembered what you said I can even recite it in Greek". 
    I do not think you have to stand on a street corner shouting the end of the world. Or beating someone over the head with your bible.Try this, everything you do, do it with love,hope and faith. Love others not yourself. Having hope in Christ Jesus in all facets of your life let people see that hope. Treat people how Jesus would treat them. let them see Jesus in you. We need to be Jesus to them.


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    Mon, Jul 19th - 9:56PM

    Knowledge



    Talking to my sisters the other day the statement was made "she is full of useless knowledge". You know the trivial stuff that comes up in conversation, but seems to have not practical use. That made me ask the question is there anything such as useless knowledge? Isn't all knowledge useful? I say Yes. In the sense that a all knifes are useful only if you take them out of the sheath and use them. A gun only when loaded and aimed with accuracy is it of any use other than a paperweight. Knowledge obtained and not used is useless. 
    Here we get into knowledge vs. wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge with legs, an empty gun vs, a loaded gun. Taking knowledge and using it is the only way to succeed in any endeavor. Yes in some areas natural talent is of use but it all comes back to giving knowledge legs. Successful people I know are driven they do what is needed to succeed. In sports you hear the term "student of the game" athletic players study game film and put what they lean to work the next Sunday. Business men look to see what worked in the past look at trends in stocks to make decisions. But only when the decisions are acted on are they useful to make money.
    For many years as a Christian I thought I believe(and I did)so one day God will make me into the Christian I should be. He will make things happen, it will be all good. It did not happen. I have found out that, I yes little old human Tim needed to be part of the equation. I need to be the one to give my faith (the knowledge of Christ dying and rising from the dead to pay my sin debt) legs, load aim and fire. Yes there is a great dynamic work that goes into me working out my faith. Walking can only be done by and through the Holy Spirit. Although this is true God told Abraham Gen 12:1  Now Jehovah said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee: Abraham had the knowledge that God wanted him to go. Now he had to 
    Go. 
    I know there is much more to this topic I could dissect. for brevity I chose not to. The point I wanted to make was GET UP GET GOING if you want to succeed in anything work,relationships,sports hobbies,loosing weight. Just take what knowledge you have and get moving and along the way continue to gather all the knowledge on the subject you can to further your wisdom and reach the goal you are running for.

    Timothy H.Ray 


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    Sun, Jul 18th - 1:16PM

    Ugly? Unwanted?



    Last night sitting in my room a feeling came over me. I was not sure what it was. I looked at my phone sitting on the nightstand, then at my computer siting on the bed next to me. What was it in me that needed a phone or computer? Then I realized I was lonely. I needed to connect with someone. It was late I could not call anyone. Ah I thought Facebook I can use it to connect,at least I could post something and someone might respond by morning. Fast forward to Sunday morning, sitting at a table drinking a cup of coffee at TVC (my church). Looking at all the people streaming in tall ones,short ones,blonde ones,some with glasses,some without glasses. A kaleidoscope of humanity. Some were(my opinion)beautiful, handsome well dressed some not so good looking but all better looking than me. Yes I will say it I felt ugly and alone, unwanted, unloved.I am sure that I am not the only one who feels like this from time to time.Even some of you who are sitting right next to your spouse or children you still feel alone and unwanted useless. Feeling a little down I wanted to feel sorry for myself poor little Timmy. Although I was down and part of me wanted to stay there and wallow in self pity and self loathing something was drawing me forward.Walking into the auditorium to worship sitting down all by myself thing I hate to go to church alone. The music starts and the Holy spirit goes to work. The song "I am a friend of God" is played. The words "I am a friend of God HE calls ME friend." Who does not want a friend? I need one and want one. Here today in this little church next to Podunk lake I meet with God the one who is my friend even thought I am ugly. I tell all this not for anyone to feel sorry for me (I do not need sympathy I got God)but so the next time you feel like this maybe you will think "I am a friend of God He calls me friend." Now I know why my facebook post this morning said "looking forward to worship"


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    Fri, Jan 11th - 1:53PM

    JOY!!! JOY!!!



    1Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; Thou hast set me at large when I was in distress: Have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

     2 O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? How long will ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah

     3 But know that Jehovah hath set apart for himself him that is godly: Jehovah will hear when I call unto him.

     4 Stand in awe, and sin not: Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah

     5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in Jehovah.

     6 Many there are that say, Who will show us any good? Jehovah, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

     7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, More than they have when their grain and their new wine are increased.

    What are the characteristics of the ungodly?

    In verse 3 we see two things-

    1.They love vanity

    2. They seek out go looking for lies.

    3.They dishonor God

    What are the characteristics of the godly-

    In verse 3 we see

    1 They are set apart by God for God

    2. They are heard by God

    What do you get when God hears you ernest prayer

     1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.

     2 Blessed is the man unto whom Jehovah imputeth not iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no guile.

     3 When I kept silence, my bones wasted away Through my groaning all the day long.

     4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: My moisture was changed as with the drought of summer. Selah

     5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, And mine iniquity did I not hide: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Jehovah; And thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.

    What a great blessing to have the God of all creation listen and hear your plea for your sins to be forgiven

     Heberews 1:9 You have loved righteousness [You have delighted in integrity, virtue, and uprightness in purpose, thought, and action] and You have hated lawlessness (injustice and iniquity). Therefore God, [even] Your God ([e]Godhead), has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions.(B)

    If  you Choose to be Holy then you will be happy.

    If you want to be happy then be holy

    That does not mean a life with God is a bed of roses Jesus said himself you would have troubles but he promised to be with and help you through.

    You have to admit living a disaplined life you have less road bunps. Even my 9 year old daughter know if she does the right thing and study for a spelling test you will not stress about being unprepared you still might miss a few a word or two but you did what ws right.

    Just a few things to think about hope to hear a few comments about these lines of thought.

    Alive and well in Christ

    Tim Ray



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