Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 7/20/14  Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. All of us like assurance of another’s love. Those whose friendship you treasure, thank them...TODAY!!              Ps 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? God has different levels of intimacy with Him that we may enjoy (friends, Creator, Lord, Saviour, God, Father, etc.) I had this thought from this verse: even if we blow our life apart and forfeit all of the others, at the very least, He’ll always be our God and we have access that way. In other words, you’re never without recourse.             Exo 16:8b ...your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord. All bitterness and complaining are ultimately against God, because, somehow we feel that He is wrong in allowing us to be treated in such a way. Hence, bitterness and complaining are signs of pride: “I deserve to be treated to a certain level of possessions, treatment, or status.”                   John 12:42-43 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. CALLING ALL UNDERCOVER BELIEVERS!!!  “Come out!! Come out!! Wherever you are!!”

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Hated Instruction

Proverbs 5:12

"And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;"

This proverb is an instruction manual for those who would consider being unfaithful to their spouse. When a person gets married they vow to their spouse that they will, "...forsake all others." If only this part of the vow would be hung at the door of every home. Many have made these vows, seen the heartache of others who broke those vows, and yet still walk down the same pathway to see the same heartache.

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Withstanding the Evil Day

Ephesians 6:13

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

The evil day will come for all. This is not a pessimistic statement, it is a realistic statement. Everyone will have to face their evil day. The evil day could be a deadly sickness for some. The evil day could be enduring personal attacks. The evil day is the day that is used to destroy you.

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Finish Like You Started

Galatians 3:3

"Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"

Finishing right is just as important as starting right. Many people start off right and do a good job, but every Christian should also desire to finish right. Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" It should be the desire of every Christian to finish their course.

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Trustworthy Promises

2 Corinthians 1:20

"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us."

The promises of God are often the focus of many Christians. When you are going through hard times, you look to the promises of God to help you not to give up. When needing a miracle, you look to the promises of God to receive hope that He will come through. When looking at our salvation, we look to the promise that God will save us to give us the security we need as a believer.

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Setting a Right Mindset

1 Corinthians 16:2

"Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."

Having the right mindset has a lot to do with your success and accomplishments. When your mindset is plagued with the wrong priorities, you will end up doing the wrong things. Having a right mindset will give you the right attitude. Having a right mindset will dictate how you approach projects. Having a right mindset helps to plow the mind to give good ideas. Having a right mindset will ultimately keep you fundamentally sound.

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The Highway to Hope

Romans 5:3-4

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:"

In the beginning years of my marriage, my wife and I traveled by vehicle to our destinations. Before we started a trip, we always took out the atlas to determine the best highways to take to get us to our destination. We knew the destination before we started, but we didn't know the highway we wanted to travel. After studying the map for a short period of time, we always chose the highway that would get us to our destination as quickly and safely as possible.

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