About Sam Holm

I have been rescued by grace through faith in Christ. I am a husband, a father and a pastor at First McKinney. samholm.com

“But, I’m a good person…” – Matthew 9:12-13

Matthew 9:12-13 “When Jesus heard this, he said, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.’ Then he added, ‘Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: “I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.” For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.’”

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What is God saying to me? Many “think they are righteous” apart from Jesus. “But, I am a good person…” As I seek to follow Jesus everyday, I must destroy this mentality in me.

How will I obey? I want to read more into my new identity as a saint that occasionally sins as it relates to this verse. I just added this article to my reading list for later today: http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2012/01/sinners-who-are-forgiven-or-saints-who-sin-robert-saucy/

Who will I tell? My accountability partner

Apart from Jesus, Do you think you are righteous or do you know you are a sinner?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

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Living with Faith in God’s Faithful Love – Psalms 138:8

Psalms 138:8 “The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

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What is God saying to me? Three days ago God gave Rebecca and me our second daughter. Ellie (fullness of God) Marie (asked of Child) was born healthy after a complicated pregnancy. We are overwhelmed with thankfulness. This morning I started in my Bible reading plan by reading Psalm 138 out loud over Rebecca and Ellie. It blessed us so much that we read it out loud a second time. It is a Psalm of thanksgiving (vv.1,4) in response to God’s faithful and loving involvement in our lives.

How will I obey? The NLT’s placement of the word FOR in verse 8 challenges me. “The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” David is able to be confident in God’s plans being accomplished in his life because of his faith in God’s faithful love. In addition, he prays for God’s involvement in his life in light of God’s faithful love. Today, I want to be confident in and pray for God’s plans being accomplished in Ellie’s life. I want to do the same in relation to Rebecca’s recovery. However, I don’t approach him not knowing His character. I must have faith in God’s faithful love.

Who will I tell? Rebecca

How can you live with an active faith in God’s faithful love today?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

A Heart Transplant – Ezekiel 36:25-27     

Ezekiel 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”

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What is God saying to me? God is a God of new life. He washes us, gives us a new heart and gives us His Spirit. Why? “So that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations.”

How will I obey? Knowing I am clean, new and empowered by the Spirit, I will obey today. I will claim this identity, out loud, throughout the day.

Who will I tell? The men who hold me accountable.

If you are a Christian, do you know you are clean, new and empowered by the Spirit? Be who you are.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Turning Blessings Into Idols – Ezekiel 16:16

Ezekiel 16:16 “You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen?”

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What is God saying to me?  I’m struck by the reality that we often take the blessings that God gives us and turn them into idols.  Maybe it is vocation, appearance, giftedness, a home, vacation, hobby or even a friend, spouse or child.

How will I obey?  How could this happen? Blessings become idols when we do not remember who gave them to us.  God says “You used the lovely things I gave to you… (italics mine)”  When we remember where the blessing comes from, we praise the creator, not the creature (Romans 1:25).

Who will I tell? Rebecca

Take a minute to thank God for the greatest blessings in your life.  Worship Him not them.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

 

“Let all My Words sink deep into your own heart first… then go…” Ezekiel 3

Ezekiel 3:1-4 (NLT) The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages.”

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Ezekiel 3:10-11 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”

What is God saying to me? I cannot pass what I do not possess. I must take in God’s Word deeply before I can give it out.

How will I obey? I am going to adjust my morning devos this week and emphasize prayer before I begin to read Scripture. I will ask the Holy Spirit to fill my stomach and let all His Words sink deep into my heart.

Who will I tell? The team that I teach with in our church.

How can you ingest more of God’s Word?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Leaders, are you offering superficial treatments for a mortal wound? – Jeremiah 6:13-14

Jeremiah 6:13-14 “From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds. They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.” – God

Praying for God's people in my city to find true healing.

Praying for God’s people in my city to find true healing.

What is God saying to me? It is clear that the sin of God’s people falls back on the leaders of God’s people. “The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the lord?’ Those who taught my word ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on worthless idols” (v.2:8). “So I will go and speak to their leaders. Surely they know the ways of the LORD and understand God’s laws.” But the leaders, too, as one man, had thrown off God’s yoke and broken his chains” (v.5:5). Clearly, the leaders of God’s people are offering superficial treatments for a mortal wound.

How will I obey? As a leader of God’s people, I must not teach life and it improved but Jesus and Him crucified. He is the only one that can heal our mortal wound. Also in our One Year Bible reading today: “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross” (Colossians 1:19-20).

Who will I tell? My morning Bible study.

Do you know Jesus? Do you know how He can treat your mortal wound and heal you from the inside out? If not, please e-mail me through the links provided or extend a blind comment to this post. There is no greater joy in my life than to help people follow Jesus.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

 

Sin Separates. – Isaiah 59:1-2

Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

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What is God saying to me? Sin Separates. God is in the sin forgiving business. “His hand is not shortened that it cannot save.” However, my “iniquities have made a separation between” me and my God. This position before God is not were all people need to live. Isaiah 57:15 says “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.’”

How will I obey? I will spend time right now searching my heart (Psalm 139:23-24), confessing my sin (1 John 1:9) and repenting (Matthew 4:17)

Who will I tell? I am going to look for an opportunity to share with someone outside of my circle of influence.

Are you distant from God?  Sin separates.  Confess, Repent and receive forgiveness.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

It’s all about grace, all the time. – Galatians 3:3

Galatians 3:3 “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”

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What is God saying to me? I must walk by grace through faith. Paul has just emphasized that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works of the Law. In Galatians 2:16, he actually repeated it 3xs “…we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” In chapter 3, Paul explains that we are not just converted but also sanctified by grace through faith.

How will I obey? I will spend time thanking God for Jesus on my way to work today.

Who will I tell? My accountability partners

Are you focused on what you need to do or what Jesus has already done?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Thanksgiving is an Offering – Psalm 50:14

Psalm 50:14 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving…”

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What is God saying to me? I am commanded to be thankful. Verse 23 of the same chapter emphasizes this again: “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me…”

How will I obey? I will count my blessings with my family at dinner tonight and prayerfully offer thanks to God.

Who will I tell? My family

What can you thank God for today? Worship Him through thanksgiving.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Satisfaction for a Thirsty Soul – Psalm 42:1-2

Psalm 42:1-2 “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”

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What is God saying to me? Lasting satisfaction is not found in physical food. It is found in God.

How will I obey? I will answer this question: “When shall I come and appear before God?”  I will look for real times to drink deeply of God throughout my day. To kick it off, I will spend time in worship in the car on my way to work.

Who will I tell? Anna

Does your soul thirst? Ask yourself the question David did: “When shall I come and appear before God?”

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.