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This Is the Love of God

January 21, 2018

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This Is the Love of God

Jesus is  the Savior  of the world.     So,  what are you going to do  about it?     Does that change  your life any?

What do you say  if someone notes  that you are a Christian  and then asks you,  “Do you really  love Jesus?     Why do you love Him?”     Do you hem  and haw  and finally say,  “Well, I guess  I love Him.    I hope  I trust Him enough.”

At times like these,  we need to think  about our love  for Jesus.     Just what is it  that makes us want  to hold onto Him?     Here are only a few aspects  about Jesus  that draw us  to Him  and that we need  to remember  when someone challenges us  regarding our faith.

Biblical prophecies all point  to the historical facts  that the details  in Jesus’ life  were all a fulfillment  of prophecy.     No one else  could possibly fulfill  all those prophecies.     That’s marvelous.     Only God Almighty  could arrange for that,  so we can be sure  that trusting Jesus  really will give us  eternal life  and peace.     There’s a whole lot of power  behind all this fulfilled prophecy  that everyone  should pay attention to.

Jesus’ love for us  is stated  all throughout the Bible.     He loved us first,  even while we lived  in sin.     Being a beloved  of the Lord  is an awesome truth  that holds onto our hearts  as we face problems  in this world.     The God  who cannot lie  has proclaimed His love  for us.     We need  to react  to that.

Jesus willingly suffered  and died  to pay  for our sins — and thus fulfilled the prophecies  that His love  would cause Him  to do just that.     His willingness displays  an honest love  for us.

Jesus gives us eternal life  because of our faith  —  we cannot earn it.     Such a free gift  is a treasure  we simply can’t give up.     We’re never going  to have anything else  that can possibly equal  this gift.     So,  why should we cave in  to this world’s ways?    It will never  be worth it.

Jesus’ love for us  is beautiful  in that it shows His patience,  His goodness,  His faithfulness,  His infinite perfection,  His humbleness  for our sake,  His endurance  in dealing with us,  and so much more.

And so,  God has bound us  with chains of love  and we know it  —  even in all our weaknesses,  God loves us.     We really need  to express some love  in return  for all this love  that is showered  on us.

            1 John 5:3-5 tells us  how we can express  what is in our hearts,  even when the world is sneering  and mocking us  for our faith.

For this is  the love  of God,   that we keep His commandments;  and His commandments  are not burdensome.   

For whatever is born  of God  overcomes the world;  and this is the victory  that has overcome the world — our faith.    And who is the one  who overcomes the world,  but he who believes  that Jesus is  the Son  of God?

Remembering all the amazing truths  about God’s love  and salvation  for us,  wells up a response  of really wanting  to keep His commandments,  i.e.  His way of loving  and living.      We want  to keep God’s commandments  of faith,  hope  and love because of all the love  we have received.

And these ways  of God  are not burdensome  because we are so sure  that the God  of all truth  will keep His promises  to us.     Our rewards  will be so great,  it’s more than worth it  to face mockery  and rejection  from this unbelieving world.     We are children  of the King of kings  and God said so.     Hold onto that.

So yes,  I do love God  and I do see  and understand  that all of His commandments are good  and beautiful,  pure and lovely.     Of course,  I want to do my level best  to live  in the love  that has been given  to me.

As we express our love  for God  in our daily living,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for loving each one of us,  even when we are  unlovable.     Thank You  for patiently reminding us  of Your love,  so that we might grow  in faith.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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I Was Like a Beast Before You

January 20, 2018

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I Was Like a Beast Before You

The psalmist,  Asaph,  writes about how he had almost sinned  because he could not understand  all the pain and troubles  in his life.     Nothing seemed  to go right.     All the unbelieving,  arrogant  and prosperous people  around him didn’t  to have any problems  in their lives.     And to top things off,  they were the ones  who were always mocking God.

How could they be  always getting away  with their evil doings,  and yet get blessed  with all the “good things”  in life?     It just didn’t seem right  or fair.

Asaph knew  that if he ever acted  like them,  he would be misleading  and betraying all  of God’s children  around him.     In other words,  he certainly would not be  a good witness  to the love  and salvation  of the LORD God Almighty.

But,  what should he do?     He wanted some  of the “good things”  in life,  too.     With a heavy heart  Asaph went  to the sanctuary  of God  to meditate  on his circumstances.    There,  as he placed his heart  before the Lord,  he realized  the eternal end  of all the unbelieving,  arrogant  and seemingly prosperous people.

In reality,  because these unbelievers were  so arrogant  and despised the Lord,  God had set them  in slippery places  —  and they didn’t have a clue  —  they thought  they were in control  of their lives.    God let them think  they were in control  of all things  and could do anything  they pleased.     But,  all their sins  would surely lead them  to eternal destruction.     They would not be successful  at the end  of their earthly lives.

Then Asaph confessed  his inner turmoil  and feelings  to the Lord  in Psalm 73:21-24.    He says,

When my heart was embittered,   
And I was pierced  within,
Then  I was senseless  and ignorant;
I was  like a beast  before You.   
Nevertheless
,  I am continually  with You;
You have taken hold  of my right hand.
With Your counsel  You will guide me,
And afterward  receive me  to glory.

We are often  just like Asaph  as we face all  our troubles  in life  and look at all  the “smart” and successful people  around us, who despise  and mock God  —  seemingly getting away  with all their arrogance  and sin.

When we get bitter  about our hard circumstances,  we are “like a beast”   before our Lord.     We can’t see  what God sees.     We are ignorant  of how God wants  to use our hardships  to strengthen our faith  in the love  of God Almighty.

We can compare our feelings  to what we’ve seen  in wild life documentaries,  where animals  are entrapped  so that they can get some sort  of help  from people.    But,  the entrapped animal  does not understand  the good intentions  of the people,  so it fights,  lashes out,  and tries to attack  its captors.     Asaph realized  that his bitter feelings were  like those  of a senseless, ignorant beast.

When we don’t understand  God’s good intentions  for our lives,  we lash out  at our Lord  and try to fight  what is really good  for us.     We need  to settle down  and think  about God’s love  for us  in Jesus Christ.     It was only  when Asaph settled down  that he remembered  that God really was  right there with him  to help him  overcome every challenge.

In the quietness  of laying all his problems  before the Lord,  Asaph realized  that the Lord had taken him  by the hand  to support  and lead him  in the right direction.     Then Asaph was glad  because God’s good counsel  would guide him  to think and feel  in the right way  —  so that  in the end,  God could receive him  into the eternal glory  of all the saved.

And that’s the best  and most wondrous blessing  —  when God will receive us  to His eternal glory  in heaven.     Everything that happens to us  in this world  is temporary.     So,  when we don’t have the things  of this world  that seem  to give so much pleasure  —  that’s okay.

It’s okay  so long as we stay  in fellowship  with our heavenly Father  and let Him guide our hearts  and minds  in His ways.     Then  our hearts and minds  will have the peace  of trusting  in God’s loving guidance  through this tempestuous world  and we will be taken  into glory.

As we trust  in our Lord’s guiding hand,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all Your ways  for us  are good and right.     Always hold our hand  and never let us go.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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Passed Out of Death into Life

January 19, 2018

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Passed Out of Death into Life

In John 5:24,   Jesus gives us a promise  of great comfort.     He says,

Truly,  truly,  I say to you,  he who hears My wordand believes Him  who sent Me,  has eternal life,  and does not come into judgment,  but has passed out of death  into life.

When Jesus says,  “Truly, truly” He is saying  there is to be absolutely no doubt  about it.     Everyone who listens  to God’s gospel  throughout the Bible  and believes  that Jesus really is  the promised Savior,  who will thoroughly wash away  all our sins,  will be granted eternal life  the moment they believe.

All who believe  and trust the promises  of God  will not come  into judgment.     We are still sinners,  but because  of our faith, God will not judge us  as sinners.     When we die  we will surely go straight  to heaven  and do not have to face  any sort  of judgment  or condemnation  for our sins.

When Jesus says  we have “passed out of death into life”,  that is an all-encompassing promise  we can trust.     That passing “out of death into life”  includes  passing out of the spiritual death  that grips us  in our lives here  on earth.     The spiritual death  that people experience here  on earth  includes unbelief,  sinful habits,  immorality,  hatefulness,  and everything like that.

When by faith  we pass out of  that spiritual death,  we believe God’s gospel,  live according to His truth  and love,  and find good reason  to praise the Lord  for all that He does.     That spiritual life here  on earth  will be ours  until we enter eternal life  at the end  of our earthly life.

It truly is a wonderful thing  to hear,  read,  and study God’s word,  and  to believe it.      Trusting  in our Lord’s love  and almighty power,  we don’t have to fear  any sort  of judgment.     Only then  can we have the peace  and rest  that Jesus gives  as we trust  and obey Him.

Those who refuse  to believe  and trust  will come under the judgment  of condemnation  because of their own stubborn refusal.     That is an awfully sad thing.     There is no logical reasoning  for refusing  the free gift  of salvation.     The Almighty has said  in many passages  that there is no way  for anyone  to earn this salvation.     Because Jesus has paid  the full price  of our salvation  and He is the only one  able and worthy  of making that payment,  we must honor  His gift.     We don’t have  any other choice  —  if we want eternal life  in heaven.

As we daily listen  to our Lord’s word  and believe  all His promises,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  is so beautiful and faithful.     Thank You  for faithfully pursuing us  unto eternal salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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You Crown Him with Glory and Majesty

January 18, 2018

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You Crown Him with Glory and Majesty

God does so many wondrous things  that we will never be able  to figure out.     His ways certainly are not  man’s ways.     King David thought  about this  when he wrote Psalm 8:3-5,

When I consider  Your heavens,  the work of Your fingers,
The moon  and the stars,  which You have ordained;
What is man  that You take thought  of him,
And the son of man  that You care  for him?
Yet  You have made him  a little lower  than the angels,
And You crown him  with glory  and majesty!

When we think  of the vastness and majesty  of all the heavens,  with stars  that are many times the size  of our sun,  and how the movements  of all these stars  has accurately kept time  for mankind  for thousands of years,  it’s fascinating  to realize  how much God cares  for each of us  on this tiny planet,  Earth.

In all creation,  God cares so much  for us  that Jesus says  in Matthew 10:30-31,

The very hairs  of your head  are all numbered.    Therefore  do not fear;  you are  of more value  than many sparrows.

God Almighty has numbered  our very hairs  in this vast creation.     And King David says  in Psalm 139:1-3,

O LORD,  Thou hast searched me  and known me.   
Thou dost know  when I sit down  and when I rise up;
Thou dost understand  my thought  from afar.
Thou dost scrutinize  my path  and my lying down,
And art intimately acquainted  with all my ways.

In all the vastness  of creation, God knows  how many hairs  are on our heads,  along with our every thought  and movement.     In other words,  God really cares  for each of us.     Even though the stars  are humongous and glorious,  we little creatures  were made  a little lower  than the angels.

We might be small  in size compared  to a star,  but the LORD God was pleased  to crown us  with glory  and majesty.     Our worth  in God’s eyes  is ever so great.

We are so near and dear  to the heart  of God  that He gladly paid  the full price  for our redemption.    As 1 Peter 1:18-19 says,

Knowing  that you were not redeemed  with perishable things  like silver or gold  from your futile way  of life  inherited from your forefathers,  but with precious blood,  as of a lamb  unblemished  and spotless,  the blood  of Christ.

We need  to always realize  just how dearly  God loves us,  even in all our struggles.     In the same breath,  we need  to realize how greatly  God loves  and values every person  He has brought  into our lives.     Knowing  that God loves them  should lead us  to daily bring them  before our Lord  in prayer,  so that they would be blessed  with all the fullness  of God’s truths.     It should be  our ardent prayer  that God would lead  each and every one of them  in the salvation  that is found only  in Jesus Christ,  the LORD of lords,  and King of kings.

As we realize the priceless worth  of everyone  around us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  crowns us  with glory  and majesty.     May our whole lives  glorify Your name  as we share Your blessings  with those around us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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God Is Not a Man

January 17, 2018

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God Is Not a Man

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man,  that He should lie,   
Nor a son  of man,  that He should repent;
Has He said,  and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken,  and will He not make it good?

When people promise something  or claim something,  they might be lying  in order to deceive  and gain some advantage.     Or,  in their human weakness,  they might be unable  to keep a promise they wanted  to keep.     In our humanity,  it is possible that we over state something  and later wish  that we would have had more common sense.    Bragging  can get us  in trouble.

But God is totally different.     Our LORD  is holy  and totally  without sin.     He never has sinned  and He never will sin.     Since God is the Almighty LORD  of all,  nothing is impossible  for Him.     Instead,  all things are possible  for Him.     When He makes a promise,  we can be sure  that He will keep  that promise  down to the smallest detail.

God does not try  to deceive us  with lies  in order to take advantage of us  in our weaknesses.     When God’s word is given,  we can depend  on it.     Even the devil knows that  and,  therefore,  tries to twist  that truth  in order to ruin  our faith  in God’s trustworthiness.

So,  what are some  of the promises  of God  that we can depend on today?

John 3:15-16   +++   Whoever believes  may in Him  have eternal life.    For God so loved the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  what whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.

Mark 16:16  +++   He who has believed  and has been baptized  shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved  shall be condemned.

Malachi 3:7  +++   “From the days  of your fathers  you have turned aside  from My statutes,  and have not kept them.    Return to Me,  and I will return to you,”  says the Lord of hosts.

Matthew 11:28-29  +++   Come to Me,  all who are weary  and heavy laden,  and I will give you rest.    Take My yoke  upon you,  and learn from Me,  for I am gentle  and humble  in heart;  and you shall find rest  for your souls.

Matthew 5:6  +++   Blessed are those  who hunger and thirst  for righteousness,  for they shall be satisfied.

John 6:37  +++  All that the Father gives Me  shall come  to Me;  and the one who comes to Me  I will certainly not  cast out.

1 Peter 5:5-6  +++   God is opposed  to the proud,  but gives grace  to the humble.     Humble yourselves,  therefore,  under the mighty hand  of God,  that He may exalt you  at the proper time.

Matthew 5:19  +++   Whoever then annuls one  of the least  of these commandments,  and so teaches others,  shall be called least  in the kingdom  of heaven;  but whoever keeps  and teaches them,  he shall be called great  in the kingdom  of heaven.

Psalm 34:7  +++   The angel  of the LORD  encamps around those  who fear Him  and rescues them.

Matthew 10:32-33  +++   Everyone therefore  who shall confess Me  before men,  I will also confess him  before My Father  who is in heaven.    But whoever  shall deny Me  before men,  I will also deny him before My Father  who is in heaven.

Galatians 6:9  +++   And let us not lose heart  in doing good,  for in due time  we shall reap  if we do not grow weary.

2 Peter 2:9  +++  The Lord knows how  to rescue the godly  from temptation,  and to keep the unrighteous  under punishment  for the day  of judgment.

This list could go on and on.     The God of gods  and LORD of lords  —  the One  with whom it is impossible to lie  —  gives us promises  of eternal salvation,  rescue,  comfort,  resurrection,  a wonderful inheritance in heaven,  rest,  peace,  refuge,  strength,  wisdom,  spiritual growth,  future glory,  total forgiveness,  close fellowship,  and much more.

All this  and more than any human can imagine  are promised  by the LORD,  who cannot lie.     Our salvation  by faith  in Jesus Christ  is the result  of God keeping  many promises made  from the beginning of time  throughout the Old Testament.     Keeping the tiniest details  of those promises  proves the love  and power  of the LORD.

Is there anything holding us back  from trusting God  with our whole lives?     Are we still allowing Satan  to rob us  of our faith  and hope  with his lies?

We need  to go to God’s word  in the Bible  and give ourselves a chance  to see  and remember  what God is really like.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  blessed be Your name  because Your love  and faithfulness  are true  and so dependable.     Help us to live  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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How Long Will They Not Believe in Me?

January 16, 2018

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How Long Will They Not Believe in Me?

God had to ask this question.     God had performed  all sorts  of miracles  in rescuing the Israelites  from their slavery  in Egypt.     There could be no doubt  that only the LORD of lords  and God of gods  could do such marvelous things.

But nevertheless,  the Israelites were afraid  to enter the Promised Land  because it was reported  that giants lived there.    They refused  to believe  that the God of many miracles  would also deliver them  from those giants,  even though God had  wondrously delivered them  from slavery.    Instead,  the Israelites wished  they were back in slavery  and wanted  to stone Moses.

Then,  in Numbers 14:11  we read,

And the LORD said  to Moses,  “How long  will this people  spurn Me?     And how long  will they not believe  in Medespite all the signs  which I have performed  in their midst?”

As we read the Bible,  we can see the miracles  of how God keeps His every prophecy  over years  of time.     That takes an almighty power,  love,  and faithfulness  we can’t even imagine.     We know  it all really happened  because of the archeological records  that back it up.     And yet,  so often  we are tempted  with an insidious unbelief.     Why?

Such unbelief  dishonors the love  and work  of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Such unbelief  is wickedly cruel  to our Savior,  who bled  and died  to pay  for our sins.     We don’t have an honest reason  for submitting  to the temptation  of unbelief  and letting it run  all over us.     What has Jesus done  to warrant  such unbelief?

What reason do we have  to be suspicious  of Jesus’ motives?     Why should we  doubt His word  or distrust His ability  to take care  of our needs?    He is the long prophesied Savior  from all our sins.      This sin  of unbelief  is needless  if we would just take the time  to remember all  that God has done  for His people  from the beginning  of time.

Satan would have us forget  God’s love  and almighty power  to care  for us.    He works incessantly  to chip away  at our faith — and create doubts  and downright fears.     But,  those doubts and fears  are outright lies.

God is the one  who is holy and pure  in His love  for us.    God is the almighty  who created  and sustains all things.     God is the one  who blesses us  every day.     Only God’s holy love  could love sinners  like us  and be willing  to pay the price  for our redemption.     So,  what can we say?     What is our excuse?     Is it honestly valid?

With so great a love  presenting itself  to us  day after day,  encouraging us  to trust and believe  — how is it  that so many still turn away  in unbelief?

When the devil tempted Jesus  in Matthew 4:1-11,  he was trying  to get Jesus  to doubt  that He was the Son of God.     Jesus was being tempted  with unbelief  just like we are.     With each temptation,  Jesus remembered  the word  of God  and defended Himself  with the words  of scripture.     Then the devil  had to leave.

What Jesus did  is exactly what we  are to do.     But,  we will be too weak  to do that  if we don’t take the time  to read God’s word  and fellowship  with Him  by meditating  on what He has written  for us.     If we don’t read our Bible,  the devil  has a good chance  of making us cave in  to unbelief  and despair.     So the wisest thing we can do  is give God a chance  to strengthen our faith  by reading His word  to us every day.

As we fill ourselves  with the truths  of God’s eternal word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  for us  is eternal.     Thank you  for strengthening us  in Your truth  as we read  what You have  to say  to us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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Knowing from Whom You Have Learned

January 15, 2018

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Knowing from Whom You Have Learned

Timothy was a young preacher  in the early Christian church  facing all sorts  of false preachers,  while trying  to teach God’s word  in all its truth  to people  who were totally new  to the gospel.    Because of his youth,  Timothy was rather timid  in having  to stand strong  against such falsehoods  from dominant types  of people.

But,  when you have the truth  in your heart  and mind,  you need to stand strong  in it.     There have been many deceivers  right from the beginning  of time,  who are arrogant,  disobedient,  unloving,  and haters  of everything good  and righteous.     As we stand strong  in the truth,  we need  to realize  that we will be constantly confronted  by deceivers mocking us  for our faith.

Paul, therefore,  warned and encouraged Timothy  in 2 Timothy 3:12-17,

And indeed,  all who desire  to live godly  in Christ Jesus  will be persecuted.

But evil men  and imposters  will proceed  from bad  to worse,  deceiving  and being deceived.

You,  however,  continue in the things  you have learned  and become convinced of,  knowing from whom you have learned them;  and that from childhood  you have known  the sacred writings  which are able  to give you  the wisdom  that leads to salvation  through faith  which is  in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture  is inspired by God  and  profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training in righteousness  that the man of God  may be adequate,  equipped for every good work.

What a promise!     If you want  to live a godly life,  you will for sure  be persecuted.     Have you noticed that  in your life?     That is a challenge  to stand strong  in the truth  for the sake  of God’s love given to us  on the cross  in Jesus Christ  —  and for the sake  of gaining eternal life.

God’s people have been martyred  for standing up  for the truth  since the beginning of time.     The Old and New Testaments witness  to that.     So,  we don’t have to feel alone  in our stand  for the truth.     We are  in good company.

During our trials,  we need to remember  how we were brought  to faith  through the scriptures.    As we learned  the scripture,  it gave us a wisdom  that realized the truth  of being saved  through our faith  in Jesus Christ.

It is God’s word  that has taught us truth.     God’s word  shows us our sins  and encourages us  to live  in righteousness.     This scripture teaches us truths  about God’s almighty power  to create all things  and sustain all things.     And the Bible shows us  the faithfulness  of God’s love  for us,  even though He knows all  of our thoughts  and deeds.

As God’s word strengthens us  in realizing the awesome power  of our Lord  to forgive all our sins,  we become adequate  and better equipped  to start living  for our Savior  with thankful hearts.

All in all,  God is the one teaching us  as we study  and meditate  on His word.     He is the one  who helps us  to recognize falsehoods  and gives us the strength  to adamantly stand against them  as we stand strong  in His word  — His eternal truth.

With the blessing  of God’s word  in our hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for leading us  in Your truths  and for washing away  all our sins  in Jesus Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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