Tag: listen to God

Cast your cares!

Scripture reading for November 13th:  1st Peter 5, Psalm 81-82, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures: 1st Peter 5:6-9  “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.  Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”  

Peter mentioned suffering many times in his short letter.  He recognized the warfare that he and the church faced each day in a world hostile to God and His followers.  All Christ-followers must stay humble and under God’s protection.  All fears, cares and concerns must be given to God in prayer.  Satan must be resisted by strong faith in God and His Word.  This is universal instructions for all believers of all times.

Faith Confession:  I remain humbly dependent on God to face the trials of life I experience each day on my earthly journey.  I purpose to cast all my cares on God and live by faith in His answers and protection.

Psalm 81:13-14 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!  I would soon subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes.”  

 

 

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Scoffers, beware!

Scripture reading for May 23rd:  Acts 13

Key Scriptures for over-comers:   Acts 13:38-41  “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.  Take care that  what the prophets have said does not happen to you:  “Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.”  

Paul and his traveling companions on this first missionary journey went to the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles gathered there.  Paul preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and traced His  roots back to Moses and the nation of Israel.  He offered forgiveness of sins to them, but warned them not to scoff at the message by repeating the warning the prophet Habakkuk had given.  (Habakkuk 1:5)   Some heeded the warning and listened further and believed and others chose to stir up opposition that soon had the apostle and his company driven from the region!  They shook the dust from their feet upon leaving! (Acts 13:50-51)

Observations for over-comers:  When preaching a clear Gospel message, the response is not up to us!  Some will believe and receive but others will scoff or even try to drive believers away!  Even the dust on your feet testifies against the scoffers!  “Hear O My people and I will warn you–if you would but listen to Me, O Israel!  You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god.”  (Psalm 81:8-9)

 

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