Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 5/22/19  1 Chronicles 21:1, And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. If Satan can do this to a Bible superstar and tragically affect many lives, he can do it against us. We need to be very watchful for it in our own lives and tolerant of it in others’.   

                     Do you always have to have something new? A new diet? New restaurant? New friends? New job? New church? New clothes? New furniture? Psalm 23:1, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. I wonder how many thousands of times I’ve read that verse, and it’s still sweet. You know, the old “tried and true” are still good. In your quest for the new, don’t forsake the old. Try the new restaurant, but stay with the same Saviour; pick up a new hobby, but read the same King James; spoil yourself with a new outfit, but keep teaching Sunday School; develop a new friendship, but don’t neglect the current ones; get some new furniture, but stay faithful to your church and pastor; be cordial to all, but don’t ditch your spouse for that “cute young th’ang.”


- Wednesday, 5/23/19  Psalm 100:2, Serve the Lord with gladness. A reminder that it’s almost impossible to serve the Lord apart from serving people. Go serve at work today: your boss and your underlings. Serve at home tonight: your spouse and your kids. Serve your neighbors, church members, strangers...with gladness.                            2 Chronicles 2:9, Even to prepare me timber in abundance: for the house which I am about to build shall be wonderful great. “Wonderful great.” Our service to our God should be “wonderful great.” But, our spouse deserves us to be “wonderful great” also. Our co-workers, Sunday School class members, our pastor...they all deserve “wonderful great” as well.


- Thursday, 5/24/19  That jerk at work is not your problem. Your unforgiving spouse is not your problem. Your stubborn kids are not your problem. YOU are your problem. (I am mine.) James 4:1, From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?                           1 Peter 1:6, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.  Self-evaluation time: would you say that your overall demeanor when you’re in the midst of trials is one of rejoicing or complaining? Faith or fear? Do you strive to make the situation better for others or make them share your misery?


- Friday, 5/25/19  1 Peter 1:6, 13a, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober... We can rejoice IN deep troubles IF we’ll discipline our minds.                           1 Peter 2:1-2, Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. The first verse infers some Christian maturity. Then he says to desire the milk of the Word as a baby. Conclusion? ALL of us are to be LIKE a babe nuzzling for mother’s milk. We need to check our attitude toward the Bible: is it one of boredom? duty? or sweet desire?


- Saturday, 5/26/19  This one is tough. Psalm 102:23, He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days. Sometimes, God’ll work AGAINST as to remind us that the strength is really His and that He is to get the glory. So though it seems like it at times, He’s not our problem. Be faithful; trust and obey.                                   Psalm 103:19, The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth OVER ALL. A reminder to the ones in the midst of the fire and weighted down with heavy burdens: your God is watching the entire situation. He knows the burdens and He knows your capabilities. He has a purpose for those problems: you may or may not find it out soon, but your Father loves you. Keep on going for Him. Love the brethren. Win souls. Encourage another.


- Sunday, 5/27/19  Luke 1:17, And [John] shall go before [Jesus] in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children... Dunno how or why, but dads, our hearts need help regarding our kids. Honestly, deeply, in a spiritual fashion, check yourself and renew your love and affection.                             Ps 59:1, Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.  Did you ever inadvertently hurt someone? You didn’t mean to at all, but they were deeply hurt and believe that you were malicious in your intent? Maybe the one that has hurt you or you think is trying to hurt you isn’t as malicious as you think; I’ve done the best I could and it turned out the wrong way. “Do unto others...”


- Monday, 5/28/19  Just a reminder: to all 7 churches in Revelation Jesus said, “I know thy works.” If you’re busting your tail serving God, He knows. If you’re doing nothing, He knows. If you’re having it rough, He knows. If you’re bitter, He knows. Regardless of your earthly reputation, what’s your heavenly?                              1 Peter 5:1a, The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder... Peter said that preachers need preaching too. If full-time Christian workers need it, how much more do we laymen? We need to check our attitude and relation to church attendance and to the preaching. How’s your attendance and how’s your attention level?

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