October 25, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

Ephesians 4_2-3

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Hebrews 4:2-3

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Revelation 13:9-10 Patient Endurance Needed

“Whoever has ears, let them hear. ‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.’ This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.” Revelation 13:9-10

John tells everyone if you have ears they need to hear this. This is saying that what he is about to say is very important and needs more than just hearing the words but applying them. He says that if you are to go into captivity or be killed, it will happen. Then he says you must be patient and endure it all.

One thing that is very difficult for most people to accept is when a person who is a believer is either put in prison or killed. In the USA, the first thing they want to do is go to the government officials and get the law changed to protect the person. Or they want to file a lawsuit against someone else.

Yet, God’s Word says that if it must happen, then it must happen. God has a purpose behind someone being put in prison or being killed.

Think about Paul when he was traveling. He knew he had to go to Jerusalem. He also knew that they would capture him there. Many did not want him to go. Yet, Paul knew that through this he would be able to get to Rome and preach the gospel message there. That trip to Rome would be paid at the expense of the Roman government. While in prison he was able to continue to preach the gospel to a new group of people.

You have to trust God and wait patiently for Him to bring you through whatever situation you may be in. As the world continues to turn away from God, things will get harder for believers. There will come a time when all believers will be captured or killed. God knows which will happen to you or if something else.

Patiently wait for God and remain faithful to Him. Do not let the threats and hardships of this world detour you from following Jesus. Stay true to Him and you will win in the end with Him.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will not try to fight against what God has for you; that God will fill you with His patience; that you will remain faithful to God; and that you will hear what God is telling you.

Romans 12:12 How To Live

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Going through life, everyone has many challenges and problems. It is often very difficult. In this verse Paul gives a few little simple things to do in order to get a person through the challenges of life.

“Be joyful in hope.” As a believer you know that someday Jesus will return to take you to heaven with Him. At that time you will be made perfect and that there will be no more pain or suffering.

What this means for today is that the challenge you are going through is only temporary. God has stated that He will meet all of your needs. With this in mind you can be joyful that there will be an end and someday you will be in heaven with God. Have the inner excitement that God is in control and will help you.

“Patient in affliction.” When you are going through a difficult time, it can be difficult to wait for the answer to come. It is hard to wait for the situation to end.

Again you know that the situation is only temporary. You also know that God will meet your needs. Now you must wait for the answer. The answer may come today, tomorrow, in ten years, or when you step into heaven. You must wait for the answer. You must be patient.

“Faithful in prayer.” Finally, you must be faithfully praying. You are to pray without ceasing. In everything you are to pray. You are to be loyal to God to communicate with Him.

You must take your needs before God. Let Him know how you feel and how you are doing and what you desire. Spend time worshipping Him for what He is doing and will do in your life in both the good and bad times.

If you are not going through a difficult time right now in life, wait, it will come. Jesus promised difficult times. When those difficult times do come remember to be joyful, patient, and faithful in prayer. God will bring you through it. You will be amazed at how God works all things out for your good. Are you trusting Him today?

I pray today that you will know the joy of the salvation Jesus provides; that you will have God’s hope; that God will help you to be patient for His answer; that you will be faithful in prayer to God; and that God will do great and wonderful things in and through you.

Matthew 5:5 Being Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

Meekness is not a common word being used in today’s speaking. If you hear the word “meek” it is usually meaning someone who is weak or very tender, but always mild.

Being meek does not make one weak. In fact it would more likely be the very opposite. One good way to see what meekness is like is seeing it as patience in the reception of injuries.

When you get injured, it is very easy to strike back to get revenge. This striking back may be physically or just with words, but either way it is with vengeance. You want to harm the person who injured you.

The world does not see any problems with this type of thinking. It is acceptable to get revenge. God, however, has stated that you are supposed to turn the other cheek and you are to leave all vengeance up to Him and in His time.

As you get injured by someone, you have two choices to make: 1) strike back, 2) let God take care of it. The hard part is God does not usually strike a person right away. You will not always see God taking out His vengeance upon that person.

This will mean you must be patient. Wait for God to do what He will do. Do not allow your anger to rise up and get the best of you.

Think of Jesus, when He was struck by the Pharisees as they were taking Him captive. He looked at them and calmly asked what wrong He had done for them to strike Him.

Most people would strike back, and many of the rest would argue quickly. Jesus was meek in that situation.

Jesus promised trouble for you in this world. He also promised He was in control and God would have His vengeance in the end. Keep yourself meek today and wait upon Him. Be patient when someone hurts you.

Everyone who is meek will inherit the earth. You will get this earth because the meek person is actually the stronger one and God will have His vengeance.

I pray today that God will strengthen you in your times of trouble; that you will look to Jesus for patience; that you will be strong in being meek; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you and fill you with His power; and that you will bring God glory in all that you do.