Police Devotional

“And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.” (I Samuel 25:32-33)

After killing Goliath, David was a national hero in Israel, but King Saul was insanely jealous of him and wanted to kill him. As a result, David fled. One day he would be Israel’s king; Saul knew that. For the time being, though, he was basically a fugitive with a loyal following.

On one occasion, David’s men protected a group of shepherds who worked for a man named Nabal. He was very rich but was also “…churlish and evil in his doings” (I Samuel 25:3). Nabal was cruel and hard-hearted. David later sent some of his men to tell Nabal how his men had helped protect Nabal’s workers and to ask Nabal for some provisions. Nabal was rude to them and gave them nothing. When David’s men reported back to him about how Nabal had treated them, David was furious. He amassed his men to fight against Nabal.

One of Nabal’s workers told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, what had happened. He verified that David’s men had treated the shepherds well and protected them. He warned her that because of Nabal‘s action against David and his men “evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.” (1 Samuel 25:17) A “son of Belial” is a wicked person—that was Nabal.

Abigail quickly took action. She put together a huge peace offering of food and provision for David and his men but didn’t tell Nabal what she was doing. She stopped David and his men as they were en route to attack Nabal’s household. She gave them the gifts and asked David not to attack. She knew that Nabal was wrong for what he did, but she also knew that David would be wrong to shed blood over this offense and that he’d regret his hasty action later. He took Abigail‘s advice, accepted her gift, and didn’t attack. Our opening passage is part of David’s response.

If you do aggressive police work, you’re doing a tough job. You deal with vicious people who don’t care about other people’s lives or yours. They only care about themselves. They’ll prey on innocent people and put you at risk. They also know you’re human and may try to provoke you to do or say something in the heat of emotion that you will later regret.

If you see another officer being provoked into an angry response, just as Nabal provoked David into an angry response, don’t be afraid to step in for the officer’s good. Pull the suspect away if you have to. In a way, you’re doing what Abigail did for David—intervening to protect a good officer from doing something that would mess up his career.

If you haven’t seen in the Bible how to have your sins forgiven and have a home in heaven, please go click “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar.

Brian Miller 3/10/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822







Police Devotional

“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6:28-29)

Did you ever get a call like this? An off-duty officer has a man under arrest. You go to the call and find a man with a badge around his neck who has a man in handcuffs sitting on the ground. The off-duty tells you that he stopped him for speeding and smelled marijuana. He took him out of the car, patted him down, and found a gun and a pound of weed. Good arrest, right?

You put the suspect into your car, take the evidence, and ask where the off-duty works. He now admits that he’s not really a cop. He wanted to do something about crime so he got the gear and started looking for criminals. Well, even if he meant well, the “off-duty” had no police power to stop the traffic violator in the first place. So, even if the arrest itself was good, it will be thrown out in court. If the “off-duty” wants to do police work, he needs to first become a cop.

The people talking with Jesus in this passage had a similar issue. They wanted to serve God—their intentions were good. They asked Him, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Maybe they thought that they needed to do something, like go to the synagogue or give to the poor or read their Bible. No, Jesus told them that if they wanted to do the works of God, they first needed to receive the Lord Jesus as Saviour—to “…believe on him whom he hath sent.”

Many people may consider themselves Christians because they go to a church that believes in the Bible, or they were baptized, or they give to the poor or try to do right morally. All of these are good in their proper place, but doing these things does not make a person a Christian, any more than pulling over traffic violators makes your “off-duty” a police officer.

In order for a person to become a Christian, he needs to be born again. Nicodemus was a very religious man, but he was not born again. Jesus told him, “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) No doubt many people are very religious and try to do right and serve God, but they don’t know Jesus as Saviour and are not headed for heaven.

So how does a person become born again? By receiving Jesus as personal as Saviour:  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will or man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) According to this passage, the moment that these people became Christians, born again, was the moment in time when they received Jesus as Saviour. If you are a cop, there was a moment in your life when you raised your hand and took the oath of an officer. Technically, that was the moment you became a cop. Likewise, if you want to be a Christian, there needs to be a moment in your life when you took Jesus as your personal Saviour.

If you want to see how to receive Jesus as your Saviour, please click the “How do I go to Heaven?” link on the sidebar to the right.

Brian Miller 3/2/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional


“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Timothy was a young preacher. Paul charged him to keep preaching God’s Word, even if people didn’t want to hear it. Paul knew that if people were to be saved, they had to hear God’s Word. In this passage, Paul’s message to Timothy can be boiled down to two words: don’t quit. Likewise, if you’re saved and you don’t want your heart for Christ to grow cold, then decide in your heart, “By God’s grace, I will not quit!”

As a cop, you’ll face a lot of temptation to quit—not to turn in your badge and gun, but to quit in the sense that you don’t care about doing a good job anymore. You may know officers like that. They show up to work and go through the motions. They answer radio calls and do reports, and even respond as a backup unit sometimes, but their interest in good police work has died. Don’t become like them.

If you strive to be a cop who makes a difference, don’t quit. If your lazy bosses get mad when you create work for them, and they actually have to earn their extra money, don’t quit. When protesters deface property, block intersections, and make life hard for decent people, then whine on TV about you, don’t quit. When the cops are the media’s go-to target for “our top story tonight”, don’t quit. When million-dollar pro athletes bash you with cheap, attention-getting antics, don’t quit. When “ministers” take time to demonstrate against police, and you wonder how much time they spend telling people from the Bible how to receive Jesus as Saviour or how much they preach against sin, don’t quit.

Don’t quit. Decent people need you. The girl being slapped around by her live-in boyfriend needs you. The elderly couple getting their house kicked in need you. The single mom calling on the drug dealer up the street needs you. The all-night gas station clerk who fears being robbed needs you. The neighbors who hear the scrappers tearing apart the next house like vultures need you. These people need and want you. They know that when they call 911, they won’t get pro athletes, suburban college students, or protesters. They’ll get dedicated cops who treat this job like a sacred vocation. So don’t ever quit.

If you’re saved, don’t quit serving the Lord, either. Don’t quit going to church, reading your Bible, praying, or striving to reach people for Christ and live right. People around you need Jesus as Saviour, so they need to see you living a consistent Christian testimony, whether they realize it or not. You have no idea how God is working in their hearts, or how close they could be to inviting your Saviour into their hearts as their Saviour. So please don’t quit. You may fail at times, but as one preacher said, you’re not a failure when you fail; you’re a failure when you quit. If you fail, ask God to forgive you and give you grace and strength to do better, and he will. Whatever you do, though, please don’t quit!

If you want to see how to receive Jesus as your Saviour, please click the “How do I go to Heaven?” link on the sidebar to the right.

Brian Miller 2/19/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822


Police Devotional

“And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.” I Samuel 14:6

People who want to be police officers need to ask themselves this question:  “Can I use deadly force on another person if need be?” The question is not, “Do I want to?”—no decent human being should want to—but rather it should be, “Am I willing?” Deadly force is never a desirable option, but sometimes, it’s necessary. There are times when violent people present a deadly threat that needs to be dealt with on terms they have set themselves.

If you’re already an officer, you should have answered this question in your mind already. Even if you answered, “yes” though, you may feel a little uncomfortable about it. After all, doesn’t the Bible say, “Thou shalt not kill?” Yes, it does in Exodus 20:13. The Bible also says—and these are Jesus’ own words—“…all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52). However, the Bible doesn’t entirely forbid the use of deadly force. The story of Jonathan and the Philistine garrison presents one exception that is appropriate for police work.

Jonathan was a son of King Saul and a high-ranking officer in Israel’s army. At the time of this verse, the heathen Philistines (Goliath was a Philistine) held rule over Israel, but Saul was unwilling to fight against them. Jonathan knew that something had to be done before Israel was destroyed; so he and his armourbearer attacked a Philistine military garrison. They were outnumbered ten to one, but God blessed their efforts. They killed about twenty Philistine soldiers and turned the battle around to Israel’s favor.

Jonathan knew going in that he was going to use deadly force. Why then was his use of deadly force righteous while the Philistines’ use of it wasn’t? Look at what Jonathan said, and you’ll see the answer:  “…there is no restraint to the LORD to SAVE (emphasis mine) by many or by few.” Jonathan’s purpose in using deadly force was to SAVE innocent lives. The Philistines used deadly force to destroy and enslave people—Jonathan used it to save people.

The guideline for police use of deadly force is simple. Officers are to use deadly force to protect innocent life, including their own, from death or serious bodily harm. Criminals shoot to violate the law and destroy life; police officers shoot to uphold the law and save life when no other options are available or reasonable. That, by God’s Word, is why police use of deadly force is right and criminal use of deadly force is wrong.

Hopefully, this Scripture passage helps settle your mind about the use of deadly force. What about the question of your eternal destiny? What about knowing for sure that you’ll be in heaven when you die? You can be sure of that, too. Please click, “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar to the right.

Brian Miller 2/12/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional

     “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9).

One important way to stay enthusiastic about the Lord—even as an officer—is to “keep short accounts with God,” as one preacher put it. To “keep short accounts” means that when you’ve sinned, you confess it to the Lord right away, so that He’ll forgive and cleanse you, as our verse says.

For the sake of clarity, you have eternal forgiveness for your sins when you receive Jesus as Saviour. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for ALL of your sins. 1 Peter 2:24 says that Jesus “…bare our sins in his own body on the tree,…” That term, “our sins,” means every sin: past, present, and future. So, Jesus even paid for sins not yet committed! We may not understand how that could be, but we can accept God’s Word that He did. If you have Jesus as Saviour, you can be sure that you still have eternal life, even if—or rather when—you sin again.

This other type of forgiveness, though, involves our daily personal fellowship with God.  John is addressing saved people, and he even includes himself—”If WE say that WE have no sin…” and “If WE confess OUR sins…” [emphasis mine]. Saved people are still prone to sin, and even though our sin will not send us to hell, it can still damage our lives terribly. We do not need to be “saved again” when we sin, but we do need to confess sin to keep our fellowship with God.

God is still holy, and sin still displeases Him: “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness:…“ (Psalm 5:4). Unconfessed sin in a Christian’s life hurts his fellowship with God. Say that an adult child habitually uses profanity in front of his parents. He is still their child, and they love him, but his behavior offends them and hurts his fellowship with them. Unconfessed sin in your life is likewise offensive to your heavenly Father and hurts your fellowship with Him.

Unconfessed sin also hardens your heart against God, and the more you refuse to confess sin, the harder your heart becomes. When God confronted Adam about eating the forbidden fruit, Adam replied,  “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:12). Adam’s heart was hardened. He didn’t admit his sin honestly. He blamed Eve and indirectly blamed God: “The woman WHOM THOU GAVEST…“ [emphasis mine]

Your heavenly Father wants you to have close fellowship with Him, and enjoy a strong, happy,  and productive Christian life. Make it a habit to confess known sin so God will forgive and cleanse you of it. If some sin is habitual, don’t give up. Keep asking the Lord for grace and help to break it from your life. Confessing known sin right away, “keeping short accounts with God,” will help you stay in close fellowship with your Saviour and keep your heart on fire for Him.

If you’ve never received Jesus as Saviour and aren’t sure if you have eternal forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven, please click “How do I go to heaven? on the sidebar under Helpful Links.

Brian Miller 2/3/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822


Police Devotional

And when he [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.” Mark 5:2, 6-7, 11-13, 15, 17

A man was possessed with many devils. He lived in the cemetery: naked, cutting himself, and crying. By the way, those are three qualities that the devil likes to bring into people’s lives: indecent behavior, self-destruction, and misery. He also had superhuman strength. The people tried to control him with chains and fetters, but he tore right through them. Can you imagine trying to arrest someone like him? Have you ever tried to deal with someone so big and strong or so high on drugs that it took four or five cops to get him under control? What would you do if you had to deal with this man? If he broke your cuffs and ran away, you might just let him run and hope he wouldn’t return. That may have been how it was. Everyone knew that he was in the cemetery, but no one could do anything about him. They could only hope that he’d stay away.

Then something wonderful happened. As one old-time hymn describes it, “Then Jesus came and set the captive free.” Jesus could help this man like no one else could. Even the devils couldn’t stop the man from going to Jesus (“…he ran and worshipped him“). The devils knew that Jesus held command over them, because he is God and they were only angels. They begged him not to torment them, and asked permission to enter into the swine. The Lord allowed them, they fled into the swine, and the herd ran down a hill and drowned in the sea. The demon-possessed man was cured, “…sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind.”

The townspeople should have been grateful to Jesus that they no longer had to fear this man, but they weren’t. In fact, they asked him to leave, “…to depart out of their coasts.” What were they thinking? You’d almost want to ask them, “Was it better hearing the demon-possessed man screaming in your cemetery every night? Did youenjoy never knowing if he would jump out and attack you? Was it safer for your kids having him around like this than having Jesus?“

The man himself, though, loved Jesus and wanted to be with Him. Jesus did something for him that no one else could do and that he couldn’t do for himself. You may never be in such a wretched condition as the demon-possessed man, but there is something that you can’t do for yourself that Jesus did for you—paid your sin-debt so you could be forgiven of your sins and go to heaven.

If you want to learn more, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click “How do I go to Heaven?” on the side bar of this page.

Brian Miller 1/30/2015


Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Proverbs 4:23 commands us, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” One thing you can do to keep your heart on fire for Christ is to “Be of good courage…” and God promises that “…he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

One way to “be of good courage” is to take advantage of opportunities to talk about Christ with others. Doing so can be a little scary because you don’t know how people will react, but that is where you need to “be of good courage.” The more you do it, though, the easier and smoother it becomes, and the more you gain confidence in God’s grace to help you share your faith.

By way of example, picture a young officer just off probation. He’s working alone on nights. While on patrol, he sees a speeder. He knows how to do traffic stops. He’s made many of them with his training officer. He knows to give the dispatcher his location and the car’s license plate, approach the car tactically, watch his surroundings, and especially WATCH THE VIOLATOR’S HANDS. Now he’s alone, though. The speeder may be an armed robber or drug dealer. The car may be stolen. The young officer knows nothing until he stops the violator. He may be uneasy, but he shouldn’t just ignore the speeder—he’s the police. Uneasy or not, he has a job to do. In fact, uneasiness is a good thing. It’s better to be uneasy than to be complacent. Once the officer works through the uneasiness and makes traffic stops, though, he’s gained experience and confidence in his ability. Even though the conditions and potential hazards of traffic stops are the same, his experience has made him more confident and better able to deal with them.

In the same way, it can be somewhat scary to take a stand as a Christian. You don’t want to be ashamed of your Saviour, yet you also don’t want people to think you’re some “religious nut.” There will be times, though, when you should take a stand. Look at them as opportunities for God to give you grace to share your faith with others, and increase your confidence in him.

Say your partner wants to tell a dirty joke. You know that kind of talk isn’t pleasing to God, but how do you handle it? You don’t have to preach a sermon. You could simply smile and say, “No, thanks.” If he insists on telling it, you can kindly but firmly insist on not hearing it, and change the subject. If he has any common sense, he’ll get the message. Your refusal to hear the joke could open an opportunity to speak of Jesus without being “holier than thou” about it.

You may feel uneasy about mentioning Jesus, but in a way, it’s good to be uneasy. As you see your need for His grace to help you, and He gives it, you’ll gain confidence in His willingness and grace to help you make mention of Him again, and your heart for Him will be strengthened.

If you’ve never seen how to have your sins forgiven and have a home in heaven, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org, click, “Ministries”, “Reaching Out”, then “How do I go to Heaven?” on the side bar.

Brian Miller 1/22/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).

God commands us to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). God also provided ways in His Word for us to keep our hearts. One way is to hide God’s Word in your heart: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11). Another is to pray to God from the heart about things that trouble you, including the things you see on the job.


Do you ever wonder why, for instance, drug dealers get rich, or drunk drivers kill innocent people and walk away unhurt, or child molesters do awful things to kids? You could probably think of other horrible events that you’ve dealt with. Do you ever want to ask God why He lets things happen as He does?


The prophet Jeremiah felt that way. He once told God, “Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1). He later said to God, “I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation. Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?” Obviously Jeremiah was having a lot of problems and was troubled to see wicked people doing well while he struggled.


It seems almost irreverent for Jeremiah to talk to God as he did. In truth, though, he was doing exactly what God wants people to do when they’re troubled by some problem in their lives—pray from the heart. Psalm 62:8 says, “…pour out your heart before him:,” and Jeremiah did exactly that.


Our verse says, “Be careful for nothing;…”. “Careful” means “anxious”. So don’t be anxious about problems, but bring them to God with “supplication,” which has the idea of humility, earnestness, and “thanksgiving”. Be thankful because God promised that if we would come to Him like that, He would give us a peace that “passeth all understanding,” to “keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” God wants to give you peace in your heart in spite of problems. This is one way that He does it.


Some people may accuse God of being cruel for letting things happen, but in truth, God doesn’t owe anyone any explanations: “…he giveth not account of any of his matters.” (Job 33:13). We know He cares about us, though, because He gave His only-begotten Son to die on the cross. He couldn’t show His love for us any better than that. So when you see things that trouble you, do what Jeremiah did. Come to the Lord in prayer. Recognize that He is God and that He’s righteous, but also tell Him in detail what’s bothering you, and He has promised that His peace will keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.


Before anything else, though, you need to come to Christ as a sinner who needs to be forgiven and saved. If you’ve never done that but want to know more, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org and click, “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar of this page.

Brian Miller 1/14/2015


Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)

God commanded us, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). So it must be possible to keep this command. God wouldn’t give us a command that He knew we couldn’t keep. So how do you keep your heart from getting cold, in spite of all the sin that you deal with on the job?

One thing that will help is to make a habit of hiding God’s word in your heart. Our verse, Psalm 119:11, says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” To hide God’s word in your heart means to memorize it regularly, and to bring it to mind and think about it often. Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

When you make a habit of hiding God’s word in your heart, the Lord will bring scripture to your mind just when you need it. By way of example, two officers on patrol had an incident like this: they saw a young man on a bicycle some distance away. He saw them and spit in their direction. They knew that he had spit toward them to insult them. They also knew that spitting toward the police is not illegal. However, they also knew that riding a bike without a license plate—which he didn’t have—IS illegal. They had hidden the law about bike riding in their hearts, so it came in handy when they needed it.

Likewise, making a habit of hiding God’s word in your heart will help you when you need it. Do people ever provoke you to say things that a Christian shouldn’t say? Of course. Psalm 39:1 is a great scripture for times like this: “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.”

Meditate also on God’s word, which means to recite it, to think about it. Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming, and your thoughts aren’t even very pleasant or useful? Instead, focus on a scripture passage. Meditating on God’s word will help you in your thought-life, and it gives God a chance to minister to your heart through His word.

Don’t think you can’t memorize and recite scripture. Don’t say to yourself, “I can’t do that. I have a bad memory.” That’s like saying, “I can’t do push-ups. My arms are too weak.” The answer to weak arms is to do push-ups. Even if you can only do ten push-ups, do ten. Later, you’ll be able to do twelve, then twenty, and you’ll be stronger. Likewise, if you can only memorize short passages, start with short passages. You’ll get better and memorize longer passages, and you’ll be amazed at how God will use His word to help you in your personal and professional life.

If you want to see in the Bible how to have forgiveness of sins and eternal life, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org, click “Ministries”, “Reaching Out”, then “How do I go to Heaven?”

Brian Miller 1/7/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12

Most people know that the “true meaning of Christmas” is Jesus’ birth. They know He was born of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem. They know that an angel announced His birth to shepherds, and two years later wise men came to worship Him. They also know that, as an adult, He died on the cross to pay for sins, was buried, and rose again the third day.

Knowing about someone, though, isn’t the same as knowing him. You may know a lot about someone, but unless you’ve met him, you don’t know him. Likewise, you may know the facts about Jesus, but if you’ve never “met” Jesus, never came to Him to be forgiven and saved, you really don’t know Him. As our verse says, you can know Him personally as Saviour.

How can you know someone whom you can’t see, hear, or touch? You can know Jesus through faith in His word. In 1 Peter 1:8, Peter calls Jesus the one “Whom having not seen, ye love.” The people to whom he was writing could not see Jesus, but they had received Him as their Saviour and loved Him. Here is how you receive Jesus as Saviour:

Realize what the Bible says about you—that you’re a guilty sinner and are separated from fellowship with God because of your sins: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,” Isaiah 59:2. Realize also that the punishment for your sins is death and hell: “For the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire,” Revelation 20:14.

Realize that Jesus died for you personally, was buried, and rose again! “Who his own self bare our sins [including yours] in his own body on the tree,” 1 Peter 2:24. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen,” Revelation 1:18. Can you imagine having to write down every sin you do? That list would be huge! Well, all of your sins really were laid on Jesus, and He died and was buried, but He rose and is alive!

Repent. That means to change your mind. Don’t think that your sins aren’t that bad, that your religion is good enough, or that you can make up for your own sins. Accept the fact that you need forgiveness, and only Jesus can provide it: “…repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15.

Finally, receive the risen Jesus as your personal Saviour. Ask Him personally to forgive you all your sins and come into your heart, and trust completely in Him to get you to heaven. How do you know that if you’ll receive Jesus in this way, He’ll save you? God promised, and He can’t lie. When Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” it means just that. Once you receive Jesus, you’ll appreciate the “true meaning of Christmas” like never before. If you want to learn more about receiving Jesus as Saviour, please go to www.clevelandbaptist.org, click “Ministries”, “Reach out”, then “How do I go to Heaven?’

Brian Miller 12/23/2014

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822