November 8, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

2 Corinthians 7_1

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2 Timothy 4:3 Itching Ears

 

Plugging ears

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. 

Ephesians 5:8-10 Be A Child Of Light

 

Child of light

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

Every person is born into sin. Each person has sinned against God and lived in darkness. This darkness is living as the world lives, sinning and promoting sin, with no care or concern for God or others.

The world lives that way because that is who they are and how they live. They are blind to living a true, full life that is rich and abundant.

Believers are to no longer live in the darkness. They have seen the light of God–Jesus. Every believer has been forgiven of all sin and given a new life to live, one that is an abundant life.

Jesus was the perfect example of what is the perfect life. He was good, righteous and true. There was no falsehood or sin in Him at all. Believers are to live in the same way.

In order for a believer to live that way he must find out what pleases God. It is very simple to please God. All one must do is be good to everyone, turn from all sin and be righteous, and speak and do everything in truth. This will make him a child of light, a child of God.

As a child of light, he will seek to do the best for everyone else. The ultimate best is pointing them to salvation in Jesus. He will also turn from every sin and strive to live a holy, perfect life for God. And there will be no falsehood in him at all. Everything you see on the outside surface will reflect what is inside the heart, which in turn will reflect God. This will only occur if he seeks what pleases God and not himself.

Each day you get up, seek to find out what will please God that day and, then, do it. Trust God to guide your life on the best path ever, regardless of what it looks like.

You were brought out of the darkness into the light, don’t go back into the darkness.

As you look at your life, are you a reflection of the light of God–Jesus?

Or does your life reflect the darkness of this world?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; and that your life will be a reflection of God’s light–Jesus to this world.

Ephesians 4:1 Live Up To Your Calling

 

Mountain top

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

In many parts of the world, people who are in certain positions in life are expected to live a certain way. It is most commonly seen in extremely wealthy people. They are expected to dress and act a certain way to be in line with their wealth and position.

There are organizations that have sets of rules on how a person must live his life outside of the group. These rules are set in place because every person a part of the group is a representative of the group. No one is expected to live in a way that gives the group a bad name.

The types of rules will vary from group to group. Not all groups have a written set of rules, since many are just unwritten rules, they are unwritten expectations.

As Paul wrote this letter he was sitting in prison. He could have been bitter and angry about being in prison. He could have given up on God, because he was in prison. Yet, he encourages the people to still live a life worthy of their calling.

Every believer is called to be a witness of God. They are God’s representatives here on this earth to every person that they meet. God’s standards are ones of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and holiness. The actual standards are ones of perfection, not mediocrity.

Some believers will go to church every week and even know many of the Bible verses and stories, yet, do not live according to what God wants. They are not living a life worthy of God’s calling on their life. They live just as the world does, while claiming to believe in Jesus.

If you have accepted Jesus into your life, you have also been called to higher level of living. The standard is to live just as Jesus lived His life when He walked on this earth. You have been called to be God’s ambassador on this earth.

That is the highest calling a person can ever receive. Nothing is greater than that. You represent the Creator of all the universe.

As God’s representative, how are you living your life? Is it measuring up to the standards God has called you?

Or are you an embarrassment to God, living like the world?

Live up to your calling.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the standards God has for you; that you will be God’s representative on this earth; and that you will live a life worthy to what God has called you to live.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Purify Yourself Of Garbage

 

mountain reflection

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

People need motivation or a reason to do something that is not normal. Those that do things that are not normal have some type of motivation to keep them moving forward on a different path.

It is motivation to make money or have a certain position that moves a person to go above and beyond the normal person in their work. Or the desire for a healthy body motivates a person to exercise more. The successful person is one who has pushed through all the obstacles to get what he wanted.

Believers have a motivation to do things that the majority of the rest of the world will not do. Their motivation is found in the promises of God. God promised He would forgive those who repent. God promised that those who follow Jesus would be able to enter heaven and have eternal life.

Throughout the entire Bible God has given many different promises to those who believe. With those promises, it can motivate a person to want to live for God. To live for God is to keep one’s self from anything that is impure. Bad thoughts, bad actions, bad words, and any other sin.

Jesus has purified a believer of all sin. Now it is up to the believer to strive to keep from polluting the body with any more sin. This is not done to get saved, but out of reverence and respect for what Jesus has already done for the person. A person cannot do anything more to be more saved, but does things because he has been saved.

Each person has different things that they must purify themselves from. Each person sins in different ways and at different times.

Seek God to find out what you may have allowed in your life that is contaminating your body and spirit. These things could be physical or spiritual, but both can be polluting. Ask God to help you purify yourself from anything that is bad.

Jesus has already forgiven you, now just live for God in a pure and holy way of living. With God’s strength and guidance this can be accomplished. Do all of this out of love for God and for what Jesus has already done for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal dark areas in your life; that God will strengthen you to get rid of all garbage in your life; and that you will live for God with all of your heart. 

Romans 6:22 You Are A Slave…With Benefits

Slavery

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Romans 6:22

Since the 1700s when slavery was abolished, it has been looked down as a bad thing, which it is when it is one person owning another. In today’s society, most of the world despises the idea of slavery.

The reality, though, is that every person is a slave, whether they like it or not. They are a slave to sin.

There is not one person who cannot keep from sinning. People obey the law of sin very well. Take a look at how hard it is for a person to stop doing something on their own that is sinful to God.

Ultimately the obedience to sin brings about eternal death, after starting with separation from God. The only way to stop that separation from God and prevent eternal death is belief in Jesus Christ.

Once a person believes in Jesus Christ, he is no longer a slave to sin, but becomes a slave to God. One who has been made a slave, must obey the master, or the one who owns him.

Again, in this world, there are many people who do not really like the idea of being a slave to anyone, yet, that is what a believer is. Being a slave to God means that no matter what He says, one will do it, He is the commander and head boss.

There is a great benefit to being a slave to God. That benefit is freedom from sin and being given eternal life. No longer is there a death sentence on the life of a person who believes in Jesus.

Obeying God is actually an easy thing to do. There are only two main commands that God has for every person: to love God with everything in him and to love his neighbor in the same way.

As a believer, you must not look at the commands and rules of God as being a bad thing or heavy burden. His commands are there to bring you life…eternal life. There is no greater benefit than eternal life!

Do not fight being a slave and striving to do your own thing. Being a willing, loving slave to God. Do whatever He tells you. The benefits in the end are worth it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will know the benefits you have in Jesus.