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You Do Well to Pay Attention

September 11, 2015

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You Do Well  to Pay Attention

A lack  of paying  “attention”  causes all sorts  of unnecessary problems.     Students flunk classes  —  people lose jobs  —  accidents happen  —  and the list goes on.     Inattention  has even worse consequences  when we’re trying  to lead   a Christian life.

If we get entangled  in false doctrines  —  all because  of our inattention  —  we could lose eternal life.     We need  to seriously care  about what God’s word  actually says  —  instead of taking passages out  of context  —  and adding our own imagination.     It is important  to study the whole Bible  —  and not just a few popular passages.

The apostle Peter explains it  to us  this way  in 2 Peter 1:19-21,

So  we have the prophetic word  made more sure,  to which you do well  to pay attention  as to a lamp shining  in a dark place,  until the day dawns  and the morning star arises  in your hearts.     But  know this first  of all,  that no prophecy  of Scripture  is a matter  of one’s own interpretation,  for no prophecy  was ever made  by an act  of human will,  but men moved  by the Holy Spirit spoke  from God.

The  “prophetic word”  describing Jesus’ life  is given  throughout the Old Testament.     We need  “to pay attention”  to the Old Testament  so we can be assured  that Jesus  truly is  the promised Savior  and that He really does  have the authority  to forgive  all our sins.     There is absolutely no way  so many prophets,  who lived  over thousands  of years,  could prophesy  intimate details  of one man’s life  —  the man Jesus Christ.

That fact tells us  that the Old Testament prophecies  are not  “an act of human will”.      They can only be  “from God”.     So we need  to wise up  and “pay attention”.     All the Old Testament prophecies are like  “a lamp”  that sheds light  in our “hearts”.

We should never try  to make our  “own interpretation”.     Why?     The Bible interprets itself.     The Old Testament prophecies  are interpreted  by their fulfillment  in Jesus.     As we continue studying God’s word,  God shows us where the prophecies are fulfilled  in the New Testament.     Then  “the day dawns”  in our  “hearts”  —  and our faith rejoices.

Thankful  for God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing us  Your faithfulness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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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