Acts 17:11 Receive And Verify

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Everyday people are bombarded with news articles about nearly everything and anything. The news comes from all types of sources, from big name news outlets, to small independent thinkers.

Unless a person really looks at various sources of news and studies it, he cannot know which ones are really telling the true story correctly. Often the stories are told with a biased slant to get people to think a certain way.

As Paul was preaching in Berea, the people listening would double check in the Scriptures everything that Paul was saying. They wanted to make sure what he was saying was true.

It is very common for people in church to just hear and take what the preacher said as true. Most people do not want to take the time to verify what the preacher has said.

Acting in this way can often lead to false teachings and cultic teachings.

One thing people need to remember is that preachers are human and can make mistakes. The only way for members of a church to know if he made a mistake is to verify what was said with Scriptures.

Doing this will take some time and concerted effort to accomplish. One has to be willing to take notes on what is said, while it is being said, then later to go over those notes and verify that what was said lines up with Scripture.

As one does this, it helps ensure that truth is being taught and learned according to God’s word, not just some man’s word.

The longer you are a believer, the more things that you will hear that are claimed to be from God’s word. Do not allow yourself to automatically believe everything you hear is actually from God’s word.

There are many sayings that believers have that do not actually come from the bible, some of which actually go against true biblical teaching. Take the time to listen, but then take more time to study to verify what you have heard or read.

This also includes anything that you have read in this devotional that is being written. Verify that you are hearing God’s word as He intended it to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will verify anything you hear someone say about God’s word; that you will study to know God’s word for yourself; and that you will always speak the truth of God’s word.

Revelation 18:4 Get Out While You Can

Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;” Revelation 18:4

In places where there is a major disaster about to occur, such as a hurricane or a major fire, people are encouraged to leave. The encouragement to leave is for their protection and safety in the long run. It is an attempt to keep them from possible death or major injury.

Many people will heed the warnings, while others will try to ride out the disaster.

In John’s vision he sees that Babylon is about to be judged and destroyed. There is a voice that calls for the people to come out. This is so that they will not share in the sins or destruction of Babylon.

The majority of the world is living in a sinful way, with no regard to the future. They are living to be pleased in the moment, not realizing the danger that is ahead of them.

God has called His people out of the life of sin. He has forgiven them and has a plan for them in heaven. Yet, until Jesus returns, every believer is still living in this fallen world. Although believers live in this world, they do not have to partake in its sin.

Everyone who does not follow Jesus will eventually be judged and condemned for eternity. It will be the greatest disaster that mankind will have ever experienced when God judges the world for its sin.

No person has to be under God’s judgement, if He will only choose to repent of his sins and follow Jesus. Every day God is calling His people out of the world of sin into His righteousness and holiness.

No matter what you have done in your past or are currently doing today, God is calling you to step out of those sins. His does not desire to have you caught up in His final judgement against all mankind for un-repented sins.

Choose today to turn away from sin. Repent and follow Jesus with all of your life. Be in this world, but not of this world. God is ready and willing to forgive you of all sins and give you eternal life.

When Jesus returns, it will be for final judgement or for eternal life. Are you getting out while you can?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins; that you will flee the life of sin; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that you will not have to share in the final judgement that God will bring upon this world.

Hebrews 10:26 Keep Doing His Will

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In the workplace, the boss will often require things to be done that is not always easy, fun or even interesting. The worker needs to make a choice when told what to do.

He can do the work and get a paycheck in the end. Or he can not do the work, not get a paycheck and be relieved from working there.

The benefit of the paycheck and continuing to have a job is found in persevering in doing what needs to be done, regardless of how one feels.

After pointing out what Jesus had done to remove sins, the author of Hebrews encourages the believers to keep on doing God’s will. This is encouraged so that they will receive the promise of God.

Doing God’s will can often be challenging and many times not making sense in the moment. God will have a person do something that at the moment looks ridiculous and maybe even dangerous.

Man only sees in the moment and in the immediate vicinity. He cannot see things further out, as God can see. Everything that God tells a believer to do is with perfect love and an eternal kingdom perspective.

What God has a person do is being done for the focus of eternal life in heaven and perfect love. Right from the beginning of time in the garden of Eden, all God wanted was a relationship and obedience. This has not changed since then.

As the believer takes his focus off of the here and now, and the current struggles, he will be able to continue to do what God has called him to do. When life is over for that believer, God will be able to reward him for his work.

As a believer, God is calling you to do a work for His kingdom. It may be large or small, easy or very difficult, boring or exciting. Regardless of what the work is like, you must be willing to complete the task given to you.

Turn your focus off of the here and now, and focus on serving God and His eternal promises. Do not give up. As you continue to do His work and complete it, God will reward you abundantly with the promises He has already promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s desire for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that you will never give up doing God’s task for you; and that you will see the rewards of God abundantly in your life.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 How Do You Receive God’s Word?

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Every day people all over the world hear many different things. They hear things physically and by seeing or reading different sources.

Depending upon the source, a person will choose as to how much he accepts what he is hearing as truth or of importance. Some things are ignored, while great attention is given to other bits of information.

Paul thanked God for the people had heard and accepted God’s word as God’s word, not just some made-up human invention.

Hearing the word of God is easy to do in America and some other countries around the world. There is freedom to have a Bible or to talk about God’s word. But there is much more than just reading the Bible or hearing it mentioned.

There are many different secular universities that accept God’s word as a great piece of literature, but nothing more than that. Many people, including many in the church, have taken on that same viewpoint, that it is just a good piece of literature and not God’s word.

Every week people hear God’s word in churches, but never apply it to their lives. It is ignored as just some more needless information.

The person who truly believes in God will accept the Bible as God’s actual word. When he hears or reads the Bible, he will accept it as coming directly from God and will obey it immediately. It is not just some good stories to be read, but a life changing book that is alive and powerful.

As a follower of Jesus, you must be willing to read and hear God’s word to you each and every day. When you take time to read God’s word you must be willing to ask yourself how you are supposed to obey it. To obey the Bible is to obey God, it is His written word.

Do not allow yourself to ignore reading the Bible or doing what it says. Take it as the authority, that was given by God, upon how you live your life.

The more you obey God’s word, the closer to God you will come and the more like Jesus you will be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your heart; that you will apply God’s word to your life; that you will not be ashamed of God’s word to you; and that you will be a witness of the power of God’s word in your life.