Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 19 – Purposefully Written

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:30-31 (ESV)

If we think about what Jesus taught and what He did when He walked on this Earth, how much is not recorded?  Thanks to Holy Spirit’s inspiration and guidance we have what God wants us to have. All that is recorded is what the Holy Spirit gave to each author about the words and deeds of Jesus.  The first three Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke recorded many of the same events with different perspectives. The Apostle John makes clear his intention for recording what is in the Gospel of John. It is by believing in Jesus, after reading what He said and did, or by hearing it taught and preached, that people can respond to the Holy Spirit’s call and believe. We are promised that by believing we have eternal life in Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God and one with God. Every word of the Gospel by John was included for that one purpose – that we may believe that Jesus in the promised Messiah.  In John 21:25 John mentions “other things which Jesus did” which are not written down.  If they all were, says John, there would be too many for the world to contain them. 

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Friday, September 18, 2020

September 18 – One Develops Another

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5 (NASB)

Our verse is from the book of Romans, a letter written by Paul to the faith believers in Rome.  Paul hoped to go to Rome as some time in his future. Eventually he does but not as a free man. Paul faced many tribulations (sufferings) in his life and here he says we are to exult (rejoice) when they come. This passage presents a chain of results or effects for us when we obediently rejoice in our sufferings.  Like the book of James instructs us to consider it all joy when trials come in our path. (James 1:2-4). Here, we should already know that tribulations are an opportunity to persevere in our faith. That proves our character which brings a hope that does not disappoint or cause us shame because it will always be fulfilled.  How do we know hope from tribulations and trials won’t make us appear silly, or put us to shame?  We know because it comes from the love poured out and into our hearts from God’s Holy Spirit.  It is He who has given us the opportunity to rejoice in  tribulations. We have a bundled blessing. Sufferings produces Perseverance produces Proven Character produces Sure Hope.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 17 – Right Hand Righteousness

"For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.  My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:7-8 (NASB)

Figuratively speaking, God’s Right Hand is the means whereby victories are obtained for the people of God. It is also an instrument of punishment for the ungodly. God’s Right Hand sustains his children in the hour of need.  God promises to strengthen our right hand when  he purposes to help. The way it is often used is in the sense of describing that which is or is done in righteousness.  In Isaiah 41 God promises when we are dismayed and fearful He will strengthen us, He will help us and uphold us with His Right Hand (verse 10) and in verse 13 it is our right hand that God holds as He helps us.  As a matter of position, the Right Hand of God is the place of majesty and favor in God’s Kingdom.  It is where Christ Jesus is (Romans 8:34).  In our verse from Psalm 63, David is the author and he knew well the blessings of receiving God’s Right Hand of  protection and help in battle.  We can depend on our God to do all these things for our benefit and His glory.  

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September 16 – Nothing, Nada, Zilch

“ For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

Certainty is a rare state of mind.  We may claim to be certain of things in our life but absolute certainty mostly escapes us. The enemy of certainty is doubt and seeds of doubt are sown by lies, by falsehoods. Such as first woman Eve and first man Adam were certain of what God had told them, the lies of the deceiver Satan shook that certainty loose and they doubted what God had said about eating fruit from the one tree “for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Their doubt led to disbelief and that to sin and death for all.  But in the mercy and grace of our Lord, He has made a way for us to believe and our relationship with Him can be restored. When that happens by the Holy Spirit, we are promised that nothing will ever separate us again from the love of God. We are in Christ Jesus secure from all nine threats listed and then a tenth which includes security from anything left out of the list.  Once we with faith believing receive Jesus Christ, with absolute certainty, we cannot be separated from God’s Love. Period.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 15 – Praise, Better than Life

“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.  So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”  Psalm 63:3-4 (NASB)

There is a chorus that uses the words of these verses.  It is a song that praises God for His lovingkindness.  It is a wonderful verse / song for us and especially in times when we need the reminder that God’s love for us is better than anything our life has to offer.  God cannot be out done in His steadfast love which he showers down on us.  Such abundant love evokes praise for God and honest heartfelt praise is the best thing we can give to God. So when we find ourselves in a dry and weary land where there is no water to quench our thirst, we can be assured that our Creator God, our Savior God loves us perfectly and without holding back.  Let’s sing along with David, “So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”  Praise your name Almighty God!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

September 14 – Free to be Free

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”  Romans 8:1-2  (NASB)

Don’t we feel trapped at times by our inability to do what is right?  Consequences hang over our head and affect how we choose to live. Trying to be successful, we end up time and again unsuccessful before God. We may question whether we, as believers in Jesus Christ are to spend our whole life on earth frustrated by defeats to our nature to sin.  We ask and seek for some way to achieve victory over this condition. The answer to the first question is NO, we do not have to live bound to the effects of our old sinful nature. The answer to the second question is YES, a way has been made possible by Christ Jesus, for us to be free from the law of sin and spiritual death. God did for us what we could never do. We are set free from our natural flesh which is weak and will never set us free. But God our Father will and did when He sent His own Son who lived a sinless life and paid our penalty for sin. This is our promise, our lesson.  Nothing can condemn us who are in Christ Jesus. 

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

September 13 – Constantly Seeking

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NASB)

Today, maybe you can relate to the words of David in Psalm 63.  We sometimes find ourselves in a spiritually dry and thirsty place. All we want and all we yearn for is something to quench our thirst. But we are in a place where there is no water.  David was in the desert of Judah and was also physically thirsty and relates it to his spiritual thirst. He knew to whom to turn when he was in this state of mind. God had provided refreshment in the past and David knew that he would again. That is why he declares God as his God and earnestly wanted more of God in his life. His desire was like a strong thirst.  This is our promise too.  We can believe this if we will. We can know that God has promised to provide whatever we need when we call on Him. Ask our Father in the name of His Son, our Lord and Savior, and He will give it to us. We recall how we have seen and experienced God’s provision for us and how he loves us and takes pleasure in giving us what we need when we call. 

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