September 18, 2018 Verse of the Day

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Luke 9:54-55 No Time For Condemnation

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When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Luke 9:54-55

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and He had sent some disciples ahead into a Samaritan village to get it ready for Him. After the people rejected Him, James and John wanted to destroy the people. Jesus rebuked John and James for wanting to do that.

People are very quick to judge and want to destroy other people. This is very true when the other people do not act or think in the same way. This explains why there are so many different wars and battles going on around the world. People do not agree, so they choose to fight.

Just as John and James were quick to want to destroy the people, so are many believers. Sometimes they are quick to want to destroy another believer, but it is very common for them to want to destroy non-believers.

The world will act a certain way or promote a sinful action because that is who they are. Many believers are very quick to condemn them and want God to destroy them. This has been seen with abortion clinic doctors or terrorists.

Jesus said that the world would reject believers because it rejected Him. Jesus did not go out and start condemning the world because they rejected Him. He still showed love and compassion.

Condemning someone who is doing what they do because of who they are is not showing love. It is not giving the person a chance to change. If Jesus would have destroyed that village, the people would never have had another chance to believe in Him.

Believers can condemn the action, but must be careful not to condemn the person. That is the job Jesus is to do.

When people are not acting correctly or are working against you, know that you are going through what Jesus had gone through. You are not above Him. He went through rejection and still loved the people, so will you.

Take time to pray for the person. Be a shining light of who Jesus is and how He would react. Do not be like the world and condemn right away and be willing to have the other person destroyed. Show God’s love and compassion.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will give you strength when people reject you; that you will not be quick to condemn others; and that you will show God’s love to all people.

Proverbs 9:7 When Not To Correct Or Rebuke

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7

It is very common for believers to stand up and rebuke those in the world. Various Christian speakers speak out harshly against those who do not claim to be Christian in any way and are living in sin. Some will get extremely angry with those who are promoting sinful activities and protest them in very harsh ways.

As this is done, the world rises up stronger against the believer and fight. Christians are often then seen as hateful and unloving. Rules are then made to silence those who speak out against sinful acts.

Believers need to look at how Jesus acted when He walked on this earth. He never came out harshly against the unbelievers. Jesus just proclaimed the kingdom of God and His great love. When a person chose to believe in Him, He would then tell them to leave the old ways of sin. The only time Jesus got angry and did rebukes, was when He was talking about those who believed in God, but were not living that way.

Those in the world are sinners, and that is what is sinners do–they sin. Trying to correct or rebuke the wicked or those who do not believe in God, will do nothing but get them angry.

Instead of rebuke and correction, show them God’s love, mercy and grace. Let those in the world see the example of a better life.

Believers should accept all correction and rebuke as possibly coming from God. To hear what God may be trying to tell them on how they should be living their life. That is being wise.

As you go through life, there will be things you see people of this world doing that will make you upset. You may want to rise up and fight back or rebuke them. Take a step back and think about how God treated you before you became a believer. God showed great love to you.

Can you show love to those in the world?

Don’t just rebuke those that do not know to do any better, give them an example of how to live. Show them what true living is by showing them what true love is. There is a time and place for correction and rebuke, make sure it is in God’s time and way.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you; that you will be filled with God’s love and mercy; that you will show God’s love to this world; and that you will be an example of how to live for God to this world.

1 Kings 13:21 Defying God’s Word

He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.’ 1 Kings 13:21

An unnamed man of God was sent by God to King Jeroboam to prophesy against him. After he prophesied he was to head back home, not eating anything or anyone in that area. The king tried to get him to eat a meal with him, but he refused. As the man of God was going down the road, a prophet came to him and asked him to eat a meal with him. At first he refused, but then went with him. The prophet then rebuked him for defying God’s word and later died on the road.

In the workplace, managers often give very specific directions to the worker. There are times when the directions given do not always make complete sense, though the directions are very clear. Some workers will then defy the directions and proceed to do the work their own way, rather than follow the directions. When this happens there can be a rebuke about it or even getting fired for not doing the job correctly by following all the directions.

God works in the same way. There are times that He gives very specific directions to a person. These directions do not always make sense, such as the man of God being told not to eat in that place at all with anyone. God does not always give a reason, but the directions must still be followed. His ways and wisdom is above any person’s in this world.

God may have spoken a specific word to you directly or through someone else. You may have heard Him speak through a book, or a sermon, or even a song to you. When you hear those words, you must be willing to follow them completely.

Do not defy any of God’s commands. There is a reason for God to give you those directions. Allow God to use you in a mighty way by following His plan, not yours or this world’s plan. Don’t make God have to rebuke you for defying His word.

Are you following God’s plan?

Or are you defying God’s word to you?

I pray today that you will hear God’s word He is speaking to you; that God will give clear directions to you; that you will follow all of God’s directions to you; and that you will not defy His word.

 

2 Timothy 4:2 Be Ready With The Word

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2

When people hear the statement that they should preach the Word (the Bible) many start saying that they are not a preacher or a pastor. Others may say that is not their gifting. Preaching, in the way Paul is using it, is just a way of saying to tell other people the Word. To tell people what God’s Word says.

Believers are to be ready at all times to speak God’s Word to someone who needs to hear it. It is not just for Sunday mornings or just in the pulpit. God’s Word is applicable to everyday life for every person.

Three reasons are given for speaking God’s Word to someone: for correction, rebuke and encouragement.

Correction is for believers who are off slightly in their thinking about God’s ways. Some people will have beliefs that are not correctly aligned with the Bible. Sometimes these are just by mistake or misunderstanding. Knowing the Bible fully will help a person correct those mistakes.

Others will be defiantly doing things that God directly disapproves of. These people need to be rebuked. Let them know that what is being done is sin and God does not like it.

The third way is with encouragement. People go through tough times in life. Life can get depressing and difficult. Believers may know in their mind that God is helping them, but they need someone to encourage them to believe it. Giving them a piece of God’s Word showing that He is in control and loves them will go a long way for a person. It will build them up.

All of these ways of using God’s Word is to be done with a lot of patience and careful instruction. Do not beat someone over the head with God’s Word. Show God’s love and mercy to each person. Make sure that the Word you are speaking is correct and what the person needs to hear.

Read and study God’s Word. Be ready to tell someone what God has to tell them. Allow God to use you to correct, rebuke and encourage other believers and non-believers.

Do not be afraid to “preach,” it is just telling others what God wants to tell them.

I pray today that God will reveal to you His Word; that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in correctly using it; that you will not be afraid to tell others what God says; and that God will use you to touch the lives of others for Jesus.

Luke 9:54-55 No Vengeance

“When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them? But Jesus turned and rebuked them.” Luke 9:54-55

Jesus and the disciples were heading to Jerusalem. At one point they were to pass through a Samaritan village. The people there did not want anything to do with Jesus.

The first thing James and John do was get ready to call down fire from heaven to destroy those people. They saw no reason why the people should not welcome Jesus. Jesus, however, rebukes the disciples for suggesting the idea to call down fire upon the people and then they move on to a different village.

Very often when Jesus or Christianity is mocked or hated by people of the world, the first thing believers want to do is have God destroy them. People of the world will make a rule that goes against God, and believers start praying for their destruction.

Jesus knew the people would be against Him, yet He prayed for them, not against them. God wants to save everyone in the world. If every time a person spoke against God, He was to destroy them, no one would be saved. You would not be saved today, if God were to destroy you for each time you did not welcome Him.

Men like to have judgment right away. They like to have revenge for being wronged.

God will have a day of judgment also, but until then, He has a lot of grace and wants to save people.

Do not seek to get revenge or vengeance on people who speak or act against God. Pray for them. Seek to draw their hearts to God through love and care.

You can also go a different direction as Jesus did. Let the next believer be the witness that they may need.

I pray today that God will give you His favor with the people; that God will fill your heart with His love for the lost in the world; that you will not seek vengeance against those who are against God; and that God will draw others to Him through your witness.

Mark 16:14 Lack of Faith

“Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.” Mark 16:14

Jesus had been crucified, died, and rose again from the dead. Several women had seen Him after the resurrection. They told the disciples that they had seen Jesus alive, but the disciples did not believe them.

Now Jesus appears to them directly and rebukes them for not having faith and for refusing to believe the women. The disciples were described as being stubborn in that refusal.

They were adamant that Jesus did not rise from the dead. They refused to believe the words of those who had seen Jesus risen.

Today ever believer in Jesus believes that He rose from the dead. Only those who do not follow Jesus do not believe He rose from the dead.

Although many believe He rose from the dead, they do not always believe the other testimonies about Jesus. Many people struggle with believing that Jesus can heal them, or provide for them, or get them through a bad situation. They do not believe that Jesus is really in control.

Believers will give testimony about how Jesus helped them in many different ways and situations. Others will hear it, but refuse to believe that Jesus can and will do the same for them.

You may not believe you are worthy of Jesus working in your life. True, you are not worthy, but God is loving and merciful and will work in your life.

You may not believe Jesus will work in your life. Look at the promises Jesus had made. They are for every believer. Believe in Jesus. He is faithful.

Listen to the testimonies of other people and believe them. God does work in lives today. He can and will work in your life today.

Do not have a lack of faith in God. Do not refuse to believe the testimonies of others or that God will not do what He has promised. Believe in Jesus today for both salvation and for getting you through every situation in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal His love for you more than ever before; that God will show His faithfulness to you; that you will have faith in God; that you will testify to others what God is doing in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.