- Tuesday, 4/21/20 Luke 24:36, ...Jesus himself ...saith unto them, Peace be unto you. He’s still offering it, but we still must accept it. Go to His word, obedience, forgiveness, prayer, submission, Christian brothers...that’s how/where we accept it.
Luke 24:5, And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? Why do we seek love, happiness, joy, forgiveness, an optimistic spirit, and fair treatment among the unsaved and amidst secular entertainments and the world’s system? Go to God’s house, God’s people, and God’s way. You’ll come a LOT closer to finding what you need there.
- Wednesday, 4/22/20 Psalm 118:8, It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. The middle verse in all the Bible speaks loudly for today. Yes, protect yourself; yes, be careful, but rely on the Lord for your health, your financial status, your relationships, and your direction. 1 John 5:21, Little children, keep yourselves from idols. The word “keep” always means “to be on guard duty; to protect, to avoid.” The question comes, knowing our nature is wicked and rebellious, how close should we be willing to get to sin? The obedient Christian keeps himself from disobeying God’s rules, he tries not to cross God’s line; the wise Christian keeps himself as far from that line of disobedience as possible. That is where standards and man-made rules come in. They are artificial barriers to prevent us from getting close to God’s absolute barriers. Are you obedient or wise? Do you have and employ standards to keep you holy? Could/should those standards be raised/strengthened a little to protect you better?
- Thursday, 4/23/20 You’re an obedient Christian, right? Want to be, at least? Are you: O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever, Psalm 118:1. Even in times of quarantine and economic uncertainty, in times of fear, in times of bad health, in times of relationship problems: it’s still true, and He still mandates our thanks. So, you’re an obedient Christian, right? Psalm 119:3, They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. The key to sinning less is walking more. It’s so simple. Whatever our problem, our “weak spot,” our besetting sin: the solution is to simply do more right. Don’t surrender to your sin: replace your sin. If we’re helping our neighbor or cleaning the living room or reading our Bibles, then we probably won’t be ______ (fill in YOUR blank.) So...go clean your bathroom when the temptation comes, or do 20 pushups, or come wash my car!! :)
- Friday, 4/24/20 Psalm 118:24, This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. God knew about today a billion years ago. This virus isn’t surprising to Him; He has a purpose. So you and I CAN rejoice; you and I CAN be glad today. Quit being so sour and ruining everyone else’s day. That’s SSOOOO selfish. Psalm 119:5, O that my WAYS were directed to keep thy statutes! Your daily actions, your road, your course in life: is it aiding you to be a better child of God or is your Christianity at odds with your lifestyle? Remember that the “least in the kingdom is greater than John the Baptist.” That means the lowest in Heaven will be more extreme than he was: more loving, more sin-hating, more humble, more forgiving, more desirous to please God than he was on earth. So, examine your life today with the lens of “THEN.”
- Saturday, 4/25/20 Genesis 5:24, And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Don’t make walking with God a part of your day; wrap the rest of your day around your walk with the King. Galatians 1:15-17, But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Paul’s great understanding of the Bible came from these years alone in the Arabian desert. Yes, we need others, we need to assemble together, but a deep, intimate walk with God is an individual thing. When our walk with God ceases to be corporate and becomes personal, we will really start to grow strong and useful for our God. YOU go pray; YOU go read; YOU go worship; YOU go witness; YOU go praise; YOU go confess.
- Sunday, 4/26/20 Genesis 6:9, Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. How to walk with God: 1) Be just. In other words, be born again. We can’t be intimate with Him before we know Him. Are YOU saved? 2) Try your best to live rightly all the time. 2 Chronicles 15:4, But when [Israel] in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. V3 says they’d gone a long time “without the without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law,” so when they “got right with God,” they probably didn’t “do it right” (like the “good Christians” thought they should), but God still accepted them. He knows your heart: just come back and come clean with Him. Now, salvation from the penalty of sin is different from salvation from the power of sin. Being saved from the penalty of our sin involves knowing that we’re wicked, that we deserve Hell and have no right to enter Heaven; that Christ died and rose again to pay ALL that we owe; and then simply relying on Him and only Him (not Him PLUS sincere effort or baptism or church membership or anything besides the finished work of Calvary). If you don’t KNOW that your eternal record is SPOTLESS in God’s eyes (it CAN be, and, in fact, is the only way to ever get to Heaven), message me.
- Monday, 4/27/20 Genesis 6:9, ...and Noah walked with God. How to walk with God: 3) God walks where He’s wanted. Do you WANT Him to tell you what to do and where you’ve dropped the ball? Do you WANT Him to direct the path you tread? Will you LET Him be God, Father, Lord, & Master? Proverbs 21:23, Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. In the Bible, “keep” always means “to guard.” In the first half of the verse, the guard is like a prison guard keeping the bad in. In the second half, the guard is facing outward and keeping the bad from coming in. For you, which set of guards needs reinforcements?
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