2019-06-03 – Romans 8:28
Verse of the Day: Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
As Christians, we have all struggled and gone through trials. And I am sure we all have probably asked why we need to go through this. A fair question, however, we must accept these times when they come. God has reasons for everything He does and everything He allows. It may be for our benefit or it may be for another’s.
Francis Schaeffer once said the following, and I am paraphrasing. ‘Too often we ask God to deliver us from a trial, when we should be praying that God will bring us through the trial.’ Persevering through will make us stronger and able to come through even more.
However, it could be for the benefit of another. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:3-4 the following, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
What a blessing we can be to so many if we keep this in mind.
2019-06-04 – Ephesians 4:31-32
Verse of the Day: Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
When you observe what is going on in the world, what do you see? I see a very angry and vicious people. Now, I want to say that is not everyone I see; however, people are becoming more intolerant as the days go by. It used to be that if two people disagreed, they would either walk away, or agree to disagree. Now, violence seems to be the outcome of more and more meetings of individuals or groups where they do not see eye to eye.
Paul is telling the Ephesians this should not be the case with Christians. We may disagree in areas, but we must not allow this to break into bitterness and anger simply because we do not agree with our brothers and sisters in Christ. If we do, how are we different than the world? And how can we preach love and peace to the world when we do not practice it ourselves? We should set the example we see in verse 32 of being kind and tender-hearted to everyone, not being angry and talking bad of another person no matter what has happened.
This way, we are following the command to love everyone and shining a light into the darkness that the world will see and be attracted to. They will see Christ in us. What a beautiful picture for all to enjoy.
2019-06-05 – Proverbs 3-5-6
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
This is a crucial verse to practice on a moment by moment basis. The question it brings up is, do you trust in God regarding everything? And if you say yes, the next question is, are there times when you revert to trusting yourself or anything else beside God?
God knows all things, understands all situations, knows the end from the beginning, has only our best in mind. He loves us with an everlasting love, He never leaves our side, in fact, as Christians he is in us by way of the Holy Spirit. He is everywhere throughout the entire universe at once, so there is no place we can go where God is absent. Moreover, He can speak and interact with everyone and everything at the same time. Can you say the same about anyone or anything else? I cannot, and I would guess you cannot either.
This is the reason Solomon said that we must trust God with our whole heart and not trust in ours or any other’s judgement or advise. If we do, then He will guide and lead us where He knows it is best for us and others. To trust another is not wisdom and shows a lack of knowledge of the reality of God and His great and eternal love.
2019-06-06 – 1 John 2:15
Verse of the Day: 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
We are not to love this world and what it has to offer. The things down here are not worth it. What does it have to offer us? Verses 16-17 answer this question. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
If you love the world then you truly cannot love the Father, for they are diametrically opposed to each other. So, Is the world and all it’s pleasures worth more than our eternal God? If so, then you will need to examine yourself prayerfully and ask why. Then take what God tells you and change your focus. You will not regret making the adjustments.
2019-06-07 – Jude 22
Verse of the Day: Jude 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
When we go out to share the love of God and introduce people to Christ, we are going to find various type of people. One group we tend to mis-understand are those who have doubts about the gospel message. I have seen Christians who speak with them about Christ and when they express their doubts, they walk away to another who may accept the message more readily. This is easy to do, but not the right thing to do.
Now you will come across those who are hostile to the gospel. However, these are not the ones I am referring to. I am referring to those who express doubts, are asking legitimate questions and show they really want to know. They are not hostile; they just do not understand. Have mercy on them. We do not know their past and what they have gone through. Take the time to answer their questions. Be patient with them. Give them the time they need. God brought them to you to help them. If you need to, introduce them to someone who can help you answer their questions.
It is important to be prepared for any questions about Christianity. Paul wrote the following to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” Let’s all study to be prepared for what/who God brings our way.