1 Peter 5:8-10
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 3:18 PM GMT
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- You become bold and fearless.
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When Hate is Okay
Luke 14:26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
There is a worldview on hate as being bad and unacceptable under any circumstance. Nothing should or deserves to be hated according to the world. It’s that bad. However, in the Scripture being expounded, the Lord makes it clear that whoever cannot hate his family and himself cannot be His disciple....More
Brethren in the World Also Suffer Afflictions
1 Peter 5:8-10Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
When people are being urged to give their lives to Christ, they are hardly ever told of a rough road ahead. There is this expectation of a life free of afflictions (challenges) all the way as soon as one has accepted Jesus Christ. Irrespective of the state of the fellow prior to giving their life to Christ – whether good or bad, there is an expectation that all their afflictions will disappear when they give their life to Christ and where there is no affliction, it always will remain so....More
Reincarnation is Biblical
Matthew 11:12-15And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Our LORD Jesus Christ made it clear on three occasions that Elijah (referred to in the New Testament as Elias) returned as John-the-Baptist. This coming back is properly referred to as reincarnation. Elijah was taken up by a whirlwind into heaven as stated in 2 Kings 2:11. Thus he escaped physical death. Death as we know it is a phase in our transition to the external beyond. However, the Bible tells us that some people will be so fortunate not to taste death....More
Blinded Eyes & Hardened Hearts
John 12:40He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
In the scripture being expounded, Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 6:9-10 was revisited even as it came to pass. The Lord had deliberately blinded the eyes of the people (Jews) and hardened their hearts long before he came to the earth as a man. He did it such that seeing they will not see and hearing they will not hear neither will they be able to understand. Why?...More
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Bible in a Year: Genesis 49–50, Matthew 13:31–58
How many are your works, Lord!
Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 104:24–
“I know where God lives,” our four-year-old grandson told my wife, Cari. “Where is that?”
she asked, her curiosity piqued. “He lives in the woods beside your house,” he answered.
When Cari told me about their conversation, she wondered what prompted his thinking. “I
know,” I responded. “When we went for a walk in the woods during his last visit, I told him
that even though we can’t see God, we can see the things He’s done.” “Do you see the
footprints I’m making?” I had asked my grandson as we stepped through a sandy place by a
river. “The animals and the trees and the river are like God’s footprints. We know that He’s
been here because we can see the things He’s made.”
The writer of Psalm 104 also pointed to the evidence for God in creation, exclaiming “How many are your
works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (v. 24).
The Hebrew word for wisdom found here is often used in the Bible to describe skillful
craftsmanship. God’s handiwork in nature proclaims His presence and makes us want to praise
Psalm 104 begins and ends with the words: “Praise the Lord” (vv. 1,
35). From a baby’s hand to an eagle’s eye, our Creator’s artistry all around us speaks
of His consummate skill. May we take it all in with wonder today—and praise Him for it!
By: James Banks
Reflect & Pray
Where do you see God’s handiwork in creation? How might you point someone to it—and to Him—
I praise You for all You’ve made, God! Help me to live in wonder at Your wisdom and
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Among the Hebrew believers there was the danger that...
Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some.
Hebrews 10: 24.25.
Among the Hebrew believers there was the danger that they might tire as they walked by
faith. Owing to the bitter persecution to which they were exposed the tendency to return to
Judaism had arisen, so that they might escape any pressure from outside, whether from the
world or Jews. Therefore in the epistle to the Hebrews the Holy Spirit constantly presents
the Person of the Lord Jesus in various aspects, for occupation with Him is the only
effective means of countering weariness on our pathway.
The habit of neglecting gathering together had clearly increased among them. A lack of real
satisfaction and joy in one’s faith can easily lead to diminishing interest in spiritual
matters, while the neglect of spiritual food causes one’s joy in the Lord to wane. This
fateful vicious circle can only be brought to an end by a decisive return to the things of
Today’s text shows that attending the meetings is closely connected with our relationship to
one another. Where there is a real interest in others, and where a good example motivates
others to “stir up love and good works”, the practice of gathering together will not be
taken lightly. All will take care that no-one “falls short of the grace of God” (Hebrews 12:15). Such concern will never
find its expression in unfeeling criticism, but in a faithful example, through which, in
seeking out others and bringing the Person and work of the Lord Jesus before them, one can
serve them in a spirit of true love.
Today‘s reading: Numbers 11: 24 – 35 · Matthew 8: 14 – 22
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‘With the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.’ 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
God’s plan for turning temptation into triumph is not to ‘endure’ temptation, but to ‘escape’ temptation. That calls for two things:
(1) Don’t get into a tempting situation. Too many people are like the little boy sitting under the farmer’s apple tree. When the farmer asked him, ‘Son, are you trying to steal my apples?’, he replied, ‘No sir, I’m trying not to.’ His problem was being under the apple tree in the first place. Martin Luther said, ‘You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building nests in your hair.’ You can’t keep pornography off the internet, but you can avoid it by obeying God’s Word which says, ‘I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.’ (Psalm 101:3 NKJV)
(2) If you get into a tempting situation, get out of it quickly. The Bible never says we are to fight temptation, it says we are to flee from it. Paul tells Timothy, ‘Flee also youthful lusts.’ (2 Timothy 2:22 KJV) He warns the Corinthians, ‘Flee sexual immorality.’ (1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV) Potiphar’s wife repeatedly tried to seduce Joseph. ‘Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice… and said, “Come to bed with me!”’ (Genesis 39:6–7 NIV) But Joseph fled, leaving his coat behind.
God does not provide a way of escape before the temptation or after the temptation, but with the temptation. Are you being tempted today? Pray and God will strengthen you. ‘The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations.’ (2 Peter 2:9 NKJV)
SoulFood: Is 4–7, Matt 8:28–34, Ps 89:15–37, Pr 2:21–22
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