Bible thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 10/4/22  Psalm 110:1, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. We’re to strive to be like Christ, right? Here it teaches that even

He had to sit and idly wait on the Father’s timing. Patience is a class from which we’ll never graduate: there’s always a new lesson to come.                                    Genesis 3:1, Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field...And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? We know the verse that the devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. But realize that, when actively hunting, the pride uses stealth and silence to get to the herd of antelope. So too our adversary, the master predator. How does he use stealth? By putting forth questions like, “What’s wrong with that?” “Did God really mean for you to be SSOOOO restricted?” “I just don’t agree with the Preacher about this...” Be on the lookout for his sneaky approach: he’ll come via our own corrupt hearts and through friends.

- Wednesday, 10/5/22  Hebrews 13:17a, Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves... Obedience and submission:  one is external; one is internal.  One is physical and one is spiritual.  One can be forced and one cannot.  Both are commanded.                                   Daniel 6:20, And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Here’s a thought that should unsettle us. Daniel was said to serve God continually: do you and I serve anywhere close to that? Many Christians compartmentalize God to a few hours on Sunday and Wednesdays and a 10 minute “devotion” in the morning with our eyes barely open. Let’s let this verse humble us, convict us, challenge us, and motivate us to up our game a bit. THINK: what can YOU do to be more conscious of God and to serve Him more and more TODAY?

- Thursday, 10/6/22  Matthew 6:28, And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. Seldom acknowledged, but worry is still a sin, an “acceptable” one, but still a sin. Many of us need to confess and forsake it. That Christ addresses it means that we should also.                                Proverbs 3:13, Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. Very simply, would you be characterized as a “happy” person at home, at work, on the road, at church? We must needs keep searching for wisdom and understanding...for our happiness and, as an extension, for the happiness of others.

- Friday, 10/7/22  Genesis 4:13, And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. We can choose our sin, but we cannot choose our consequence. The omniscient God knows EXACTLY how to get our complete, undivided attention. Don’t chance it: get things right today.                                Mark 16:7, But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  “AND Peter”!! Do you feel you’ve blown it and your life is now disqualified from serving God? There’s ZERO chance anyone will ever look up to you as even a “DECENT” Christian?  “AND Peter”!!! Christ is extending Himself to you too fallen one. Divorced? Addicted? Immoral? Abusive? In or close to jail? Rejected by family? Trying to recover and failing?  “AND Peter”!!!

- Saturday, 10/8/22  Psalm 84:1, How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! A flimsy tent with the great God of the universe is far better than a palace without Him. Do we REALLY believe that? Then why are we so possessive of stuff? Why do we devote so little time to Him? Is He really enough?                                    Psalm 3:2, Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. Looking at David’s life as he sinned and got back up to continue to do great things for God, there in no sin that anyone could commit today that would disqualify him from coming back to Christ and being used again. Don’t relegate ANY believer, even the one who hurt you, to the junk pile.

- Sunday, 10/9/22  Psalm 85:6, Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? The greatest need that you and I have is not physical, financial, or emotional. It is the need for a hotter, more pervasive spirituality. Oh! That we would truly believe that and act like it.                                Haggai 2:8, The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. All of the cash in your accounts is His, not yours. Make sure He gets His cut this morning (10% of gross pay). Then, give some to missions. Then, give a little extra to make sure you didn’t forget any part of your increase. And then, give some alms to another who could use a blessing. It’s His money; use it His way. (Want your heart to be’s the prescription.)

- Monday, 10/10/22  2 Peter 2:9, The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished... There IS a solution to your problem: get with God and wait on His will (which may be to wait long-term.) His timing and solutions are best.                            1 John 2:2, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. You’ve heard it in sermons: “advocate” means “one who runs alongside to help.” So, to be Christlike, we’re to run to those whom we think are doing/have done wrong: even if the wrong is against us or a loved one. “Run to,” or “hurl stones at”...which are you more frequently guilty of doing?

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