Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 10/12/14  Don’t have anything special planned for today? Start working on 2 Cor 7:1: Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.           Acts 18:15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters. Gallio wouldn’t rule in matters in he didn’t have authority over, or in matters of which he was ignorant. Perhaps we could learn this lesson??                   Acts 21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have 4 men which have a vow on them...  They used a human solution to Paul’s presence in Jerusalem, but there is no mention of praying for Divine intervention for his protection. There is no mention of submission and supplication and seeking the mind of the Lord. How do you tend to solve your problems? By man’s best guesses, or by God’s precepts?            Ps 119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. However disrupted and unsettled your life is, rest and revel in the stability of eternal things.

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Compound Rewards

Matthew 6:1

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven."

The Pharisees were known for their acts before men. When they prayed, they prayed openly using swelling words to impress everyone with their spirituality. When they gave offerings, they would oftentimes fill their bag with coins and drop it into the temple treasury so everyone could hear the coins falling. The Pharisees were all about the Pharisees. They wanted to be sure that everyone knew how spiritual they were.

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The Tempter's Presence

Matthew 4:3

"And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread."

You will never get through life without having to face temptation. Temptation is the desire to perform an action that one may enjoy in the short term but will probably regret later. If Jesus faced temptation, then you will certainly face it.

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Destructive Little Things

Proverbs 24:33-34

"Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man."

One of the most destructive little things a person never takes into account is the termite. Many times a termite will go unnoticed until they have destroyed part of the structure of the house. Only the trained eye can see the termite. The termite may not be real big, but the destruction they leave is tremendous and costly.

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