November 6, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

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Hebrews 2:1 Pay Attention

 

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We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

Driving down a road requires that a person pays attention to what is going on. He must keep an eye on the road signs for warnings or directions. He must also keep an eye on the road for anything in the road or changes in the road’s direction. He must also keep an eye on anything that may be on the side of the road that may come into the roadway.

Daydreaming, looking at cell phones, staring at scenery or signs are some ways that a person looses attention in the road and what he is doing. He begins to drift to one side of the road or the other and loses control. If one does not pay attention as he drives, he will very likely end up in an accident.

Life works in the same way. There are road signs in life as to how a person should live. The best way to live is the way that has been proven since eternity past–the path God has laid out since before the creation of this world.

God has a path laid out for every person on this earth. Whether a person chooses to follow that path or not is up to each individual. Believers have chosen to follow God.

However, if a person is not paying attention to the path he is on, he will drift off. It is easy for a person to stop following Jesus and follow this world. This will cause a drifting into sin and away from God.

God’s word lays out all of the signs on how to live on this earth. God has also given His Holy Spirit to guide the believer in what to say and do or not say and do.

Keep your eyes on God and His word. Keep your ears open to the guidance of His Holy Spirit. As you do these things you will be paying attention to God, His Word and His Holy Spirit. As you pay attention, you will stay on the path God has for you. You will not drift off of the path God has laid out for you.

Ask yourself each day, and throughout the day, are you paying attention to God?

Or are you paying attention to this world and self only?

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that God will keep you on His path for all eternity.

2 Timothy 4:3 Itching Ears

 

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For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

Belief in something is something that most people want, but don’t know what to believe in. The world says that anything can be truth, unless it goes against one person believes as truth. Then it must be false.

Individuals around the world are giving up on any type of doctrine and throwing out all of Christianity or lumping it in with all other religions as equal. In the process of rejecting doctrines of the church, they make their own personal doctrine that rejects God or rejects what He has said.

People only want to hear what sounds good and search for someone who will speak that way. This even occurs within the church. Many people have left the church because the pastor or someone else in the church spoke out against a sin being done. People want to hear about the love of God and about His grace and mercy, but refuse to listen to what God says they should not do. They do not want to believe that they have sin.

Paul calls this people are listening to what their itching ears want to hear. They will not be satisfied until their ears are scratched with ‘good’ words.

Believers are not to fall into that type of thinking. They are to have a solid, true doctrine based on God and His word. True doctrine will last the test of time and fads. Many things may change, but the core belief in Jesus and His word must never change. Rejection of sin in one’s life must be a goal.

Take time to seriously look at what you believe and why you believe it. Is it based on God’s word or is it just based on the words of some person?

Do not allow yourself to be led astray seeking to hear only good words from a speaker. Be open to hear the whole word of God, not just about love and grace. Hear about the need to reject sin in your life and to change to live more for God every day.

Ensure that your doctrine is sound and based upon God’s word. Keep yourself pure and free from sinful ways and doctrines.

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says to you; that you will know the whole truth of God’s word; that you will not reject parts of God’s word in your life; and that you will live your life holy unto God. 

Romans 16:19 Wise And Innocent

 

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Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Romans 16:19

Paul is rejoicing over the what he has heard about the Romans. They were being obedient to God’s word. They were striving to live Godly lives as Jesus did.

Even though they were being obedient, Paul added something to that. He wanted them to be wise about what is good and innocent of anything that is evil.

Being wise is having the correct information and knowing what to do with it. Many people can know a lot of information, but do not correctly use it. There have been people in the church who know the laws of God, but use those laws to condemn or cut down people, instead of pointing them to Jesus to save them.

Over the years there has been believers who were violent against non-believers and would kill them because of sin. This was not using any wisdom in how to reach the lost for Jesus.

Along with using good wisdom, Paul said that they must be innocent of evil. This can be innocent of doing evil and knowing what is evil.

The world thrives on seeing and doing evil. They cannot get enough of it. That is their nature, but Christians should be different.

There are some believers that tend to purposely live in some sin or they are constantly watching sin and enjoying it. Knowing the commands God has given is all that a person needs to know about sin. The less a person knows about sin, the less chances there are for him to be tempted to sin.

Filling oneself with evil things, only pushes God out of the picture and one’s life.

As a believer strive to keep yourself pure of any evil. This is pure in action, thought, word, and sight. And do not use your knowledge of good and evil to condemn or cut a person down. Show God’s love and mercy. Use good to bring a person to a saving knowledge of Jesus and flee from all evil.

God can and will give you the wisdom you need to keep you pure and from all evil, if you allow Him to.

Living in this way will be true obedience to God’s word. Jesus came to save the world, not condemn the world.

 

Acts 26:22 No Extra Words

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But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–Acts 26:22

Paul had been put in captivity for preaching the gospel message. While there he appealed to Caesar, rather than be judged in a lower court. He stood before King Agrippa and stated that he said nothing beyond what has already been said by the prophets and Moses, so was therefore innocent.

When a person is trying to convince someone of something, he will often present every piece of information he can. In the process, many people will add information that is not true to build the case. They use extra words in order to convince others that they are correct.

If the person that is trying to be convinced is not paying attention, he will be convinced. However, many will pay attention and realize the false statements being made or notice when things do not line up correctly in the statements.

There are believers who strive very hard to convince people to believe in Jesus or to follow a principle of the bible. In the process, there are times they use arguments that are not from the Bible and are not truth. Some believe in Christian slogans, that cannot be found in the Bible.

It has been seen many times on television, speakers who claim that a person will be blessed if they purchase a certain item from the ministry. Or if they give a certain amount of money to the ministry, there will be a sudden amount of money given back to them.

These are extra words that God never directly stated in the Bible. In the process of proclaiming God’s word, a person must be careful to keep his words true to God’s word. The gospel message is very simple and is what the entire Old Testament points to.

As you speak to people about God or Jesus, make sure that the words you use are what God’s word says. Do not try to add anything extra. When you speak extra words, you take a chance of going off track from God’s word. Allow God’s word to be active and alive in the lives and hearts of others. You cannot give more than what God has already given. Stay true to God’s word.

I pray today that you will know what the Bible says; that you will speak the true gospel message to people; that God will give you the words to say; and that many will know Jesus through the message you speak.