July 12, 2018 Verse of the Day

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Acts 24:16 A Clear Conscience

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So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

Paul had been going around Jerusalem preaching the gospel message. Some people grabbed him and took him to the officials saying that he was stirring up trouble in the city. Paul answered what he was doing and that always strived to be innocent of any wrongdoing before God or any person.

A clear conscience is one that believes that one has never done anything wrong to anyone. Most people in the world feel as though they are not doing wrong to anyone regardless of what they are doing. People tend to believe that they are in the right in what they are doing whether it is good or bad.

There are others who don’t care what other people think about their actions. These people will do whatever they want, when they want, without concern for others.

Most people suppress their conscience and deny what they know to be wrong or ignore what is right.

Believers will often fall into this same type of thinking in their own lives. They will feel as though they are following God, regardless of how they are treating others.

Paul took both God and other people in consideration in what he did. He wanted to be clear of any wrongdoing with both God and man.

When a believer has a clear conscience before God, he should also have a clear conscience before man. God wants every believer to love every person, both enemy and friend. When this is done, no harm will be done, no bad words will be said, and all that will be shown is love.

One should not strive to keep a clear conscience before God and ignore other people. And one should not keep a clear conscience before man and ignore God. It has to be both.

As you look at your life, ask God to reveal where you may have done something wrong, both to Him and to others. Strive to make it right.

Also as you deal with other people in your life, live your life in a way that honors God and others. Strive to live a life that has done no wrong to anyone else in any way. Always show love, grace and mercy to everyone you meet. This way your conscience will always be clear of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will repent of any wrongdoings to God; that God will strengthen you to always chose the right action; that you will be clear of any wrongs done to others; and that you will be the example of Jesus on this earth.

Hosea 7:10 Being Arrogant

Israel’s arrogance testifies against him, but despite all this  he does not return to the LORD his God or search for him. Hosea 7:10

Israel was God’s chosen people. God had personally selected them to be His people and to reveal Himself to the world through them. Since they were God’s chosen people, the people felt that they were extra special and could do whatever they wanted. They felt that they were the best and above all wrong, regardless of what they did. In this process they refused to turn to God or even search for Him.

Being labeled as arrogant is not a term that most people would want to be given. It is a term that is negative in its connotation. Being called arrogant means one is very stuck on himself and thinks that he is the best or better than anyone else. A lot of times people say an arrogant person has his nose stuck up in the air, because he is looking down on everyone else.

Over the years there have been many different famous people who were very arrogant in their words. Sports players, movie stars, singers, and politicians have been labeled or seen as very arrogant. Yet, many of these same people have fallen down and crushed. Often because of someone better than them, others because of some crime that they committed. They feel as though they are so good, that they can do no wrong or will be let off the hook on it.

Sadly, this same type of arrogance occurs in the church, just as it did with Israel. Leaders in the church feel as though they are the best. Individuals in the church carry the label of “Christian” and feel as though they can do no wrong at all.

Many believers have some success in their life, then suddenly stop seeking God, because they feel as though it was all their own work. They become very arrogant.

Take a look at your own life. Who gave you the ability to do what you do? Who opened the doors to allow you to do what you do?

It was not you who gave you all these things, it was God. As you go through your day, each day, seek God and what He wants. Do not allow yourself to think that you did it on your own or that you are the best. Let God have all that glory.

I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will allow God to work through you; and that you will know it is by God’s power that you are here.

Hebrews 2:18 He Can Help

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18

Jesus is God and has existed for all eternity. He was the One who created everything that there is. As God, Jesus could not understand or deal with the power of sin in a human’s life. The Father knew this and so had Jesus take on a body and become like every human being that ever walked this earth.

Part of being a human being is going through temptations to sin against God. Everyone knows of the temptation of Jesus with the devil in the wilderness, but often forget of the many other temptations that He dealt with. The Bible does not look at the other temptations and describe them that way. Think about the challenges Jesus had as to when to heal a person; or when the people wanted to make Him king; or when He did not go to heal Lazarus, but had to wait to let him die first; and during the time of the crucifixion to not get off that cross and kill everyone.

Jesus suffered through all of those temptations and many more. He was tempted many times to do something that was not God’s desire. Yet, every time He chose the correct path.

This was done in order to help you. Every person on this earth faces temptations to sin against God. Sometimes those temptations are big and powerful, other times they are small little pokes, but either way they are there to stop a person from serving God.

When you are faced with temptation, you must take the time to look at Jesus. Realize that He has “been there, done that” already. He can show you the way out of that temptation. He can give you the strength to flee that temptation.

This can only be done if you allow Him to do so. He is there to help you, not condemn you or set you up for failure. Will you trust Him? Will you turn to Jesus for help? Will you turn away from all sin?

A lot of people do not like to receive help. As a believer in Jesus, you need to accept His help. Do not let pride stop you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for help; that you will not allow temptation to win in your life; that you will flee all temptation to sin; that you will allow Jesus to break the power of sin in your life; and that you will allow Jesus to use you to be His witness of His power.