Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 11/24/13  Pro 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.  It’s not a character flaw; it’s not “the way [you] are”; it’s not because of your upbringing: God classifies things as sinful or righteous.  Your attitude, your demeanor, your tone, your actions, your standards...are they righteous?           Ps 77:3 I remembered God and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.  Never get discouraged because of Holy Ghost conviction.  1It’s an honor to have God notice you and speak to you.  2It shows that God believes you’ve got potential.  3That you perceive that it’s God speaking shows that you have some spiritual insight.  Now, respond to the conviction.

Monday, 11/25/13  Mark 11:6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. To talk like Christ wants and to get the results that He promised, we have to spend time with His word...a lotta time.           Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Honest (self) check:  Do you REALLY want God to be primary in your life, or is He just a cute accessory: like a classy watch or a cute earrings?

Tuesday, 11/26/13  Mark 12:40 ...these shall receive greater damnation. Basic doctrine:  Now, in both Heaven and Hell, everyone has the same conditions.  However, after the judgments, there will be degrees of punishment or reward in both.  Heaven will be heavenly for all, but some will have it better, and likewise, it’ll be hellish for all in the Lake of Fire, but some will suffer worse.            John 12:20-21 And there were certain Greeks...[which] came to Philip...saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. If anyone in your neighborhood or at work or school wanted to learn of Christ,  1would they think of you?  2Would they come to you, or is your spiritual reputation so tarnished that the thought would never cross their mind?  What’s your reputation as far as Christ and true Christianity?

Wednesday, 11/27/13 John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. The praise of man is louder...for now.  The praise of man carries more  The praise of man “feels”  Will you live for now or later?         John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him. An unbeliever, honestly looking at history, would have to conclude that Jesus was the single most influential man who ever lived, and therefore, His claims of diety must certainly have some credence.  Dear Born Again Atheist, why don’t you trust Him for in your problems today?  Precious Saved Agnostic, examine His book and rely upon Him.  Oh Redeemed Doubter, faith is a daily proposition is never sure: that’s why it’s called faith.

Thursday, 11/28/13  John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. The Clean One went to the ones who had purposefully walked where they’d get dirty.  The Clean One humbled Himself before the dirty.  The Clean One used water (i.e. the Word of God) to cleanse them.             John 13:10 Jesus said to him, He that is washed needed not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. Jesus washed Judas’ feet. In the symbology, Judas had never bathed (i.e. gotten saved) so the surface cleansing/forgiveness was worthless.  There are 2 aspects of forgiveness: eternal and temporal.  Eternal (bathing) is received one time by faith in Christ’s atoning sacrifice solely. Temporal (foot washing) is received daily as we walk in this dirty world. Without the bath, foot washing is useless. Are you born again? Could you tell me of the day that you were? The circumstances, location, people involved?  If you say, “Oh, every day....” you very well may not be on your way to Heaven.

Friday, 11/29/13  Pro 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. There are some people you should not attempt to reclaim or to whom you shouldn’t share God’s wisdom or speak overtly about the Lord. Learn the characteristics of a fool.           Ps 78:9-10 the children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law. How many 2nd and 3rd generation Christians are like this?  You were reared to love God and to serve Him, and you’ve turned your back on His Word, His cause, and His way simply because of your own laziness, wickedness, selfishness, and convenience.

Saturday, 11/30/13  Isa 61:3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to...give...the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  Spirit filled, Spirit directed praise is God’s cure for depression. Think of what God’s done for you.     Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Every man was given a job to do for the master: are you doing your work? (BTW: our work is to revolve around Christ’s, and His job was to seek and to save that which was lost.)
Thoughts from some others:
- Pro 24:33a Yet a little sleep, a little slumber...  There is nothing wrong with our nation that a military sergeant could not cure at 5 a.m. That’s where every man needs to serve: especially our politicians.
- Rom 7:18a For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing.  We need to read this often and remind ourselves that we are flesh as long as we live and never forget.
- 1 Sam 17:45 ...I am come to thee in the name of the Lord.  David was not the hero of his story, and I’m not the hero of my story. God is our hero.
- I Sam 17:45 ...I come to thee in the name of the Lord...  Making ourselves the hero is a recipe for disaster. Victory is found in God’s faithfulness.
- Exo 1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.  Our loyalty and confidence needs to be in an unchanging, eternal God, not in men and institutions which will and do change.

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