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Don’t pass judgment!

Scripture reading for July 2nd:  Romans 14, Psalm 131, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures:  Romans 14:10-12  “Why do you pass judgment on your brother?  Or you, why do you despise your brother?  For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;  for it is written,”As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  So then each of us will give account of himself to God.”

Paul was instructing the Roman believers in their need for care in passing judgment on fellow believers based on customs or traditions.  He cautioned them not to pass judgment, condemning or despising brothers or sisters for breaking some law or rule.  Each believer should remember that they must give an account to God for all their own deeds done in the body at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Faith confession:  Lord, help me to keep from judging brothers and sisters in the Lord based on traditions or customs.  I believe that the finished work of Christ, who totally obeyed His Father, will keep me and them on the day of judgment.

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

 

 

 

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Knowing God!

Scripture reading for November 20th:  Ezekiel 20-23, 1st John 2

Key Scriptures:  1st John 2:3-6 “And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  Whoever says “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His Word, in him truly the love of God is perfected.  By this we may know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.”  

What does it mean to truly “know God?”  John, the beloved disciple, says that obedience to His holy Word is the best indication of our knowledge of God and our love for Him.  If we say we ‘know’ God, but live in rebellion to His Word, we are a liar and do not have the truth.  If we truly ‘know’ God through Jesus Christ, we should walk as Christ walked on this earth:  in complete obedience to the Father by depending on the Holy Spirit and God’s grace.

Ezekiel 20:44 “And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for My Name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord God.” 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me the revelation of Jesus Christ to know You and Your great love and mercy.  Thank You for that mercy instead of dealing with me according to my evil ways.  Help me to live fully for You. Amen.

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God’s rule: obedience!

Scripture reading for January 25th:  Exodus 14-16, Matthew 19

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 15:25-26  “There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there He tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your Healer.””

God had delivered His people out of Egypt with a mighty hand, through signs and wonders and plagues and judgments.  But His people were not thankful and grumbled against Moses and God.  God laid out a rule for them:  Obey Me and I will heal you of the plagues and diseases of Egypt.  Obedience would bring them into God’s protection and healing grace and the smile of His face.  But man in rebellion has trouble with obedience!

Matthew 19:16-17  “And behold, a man came up to Him (Jesus), saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”  And He said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good?   There is only One who is Good.  If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”  

Prayer:  Lord,  heal me today of a grumbling nature.  Thank you for the perfect obedience of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Empower me today with the Holy Spirit of Christ to hear and obey your commands. Amen.

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Turning loose is hard!

Scripture reading for March 1st: Mark 10:13-31, Psalms 44:8-26, Proverbs 10:20-21

The world and it’s goods have a powerful pull on us.  Having things and money bring security that we can control and can use to provide for our needs.  But sometimes our grip on material things keeps us from experiencing the best that God wants to give us as we walk by faith in His provision!

Mark records the story of  a man who came running to Jesus and fell on his knees to inquire of Him.  “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered.  “No one is good–except God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'” (Mark 10:17b-19)  Jesus pointed the man to his need to keep God’s commandments.  This man felt that he had kept these commandments.

Mark records that Jesus looked at the man and loved him.  Out of His love, He told the man one more thing that he lacked.  “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow Me.”  At this the man’s face fell.  He went away sad, because he had great wealth.” (Mark 10:21-22)  Jesus put His finger on the idol in this man’s life.  His great wealth was hard to give up.  It would mean losing his security and ability to live life as he pleased.  He would have to trust God to help him.  For him, this proved to be too much to let go.

Jesus went on to comment on this man and others like him.  It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom.  The disciples were amazed and wondered if anyone could be saved if this was the requirement.  Jesus assured them that with God all things were possible!  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10: 29-30)  You can’t out-give God!  He pays very well– if you follow Jesus!

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