November 16, 2018 Verse Of The Day

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Hebrews 9:14 Why Christ Cleanses Us

 

White rose and heart

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered by himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14

People go through life often wondering what their purpose is. They want to know why they are on this earth. Many will claim to live, laugh and have fun as long and as much as one can. Others feel it is to raise great wealth to pass on to their family. Yet, many do not really know the real reason or purpose of their life here on this earth.

Many people hear about Jesus and repent of their sins and believe Him for salvation, yet, still struggle with their purpose on this earth. People will often repent of their sins just to get into heaven. They have heard of hell and do not want to go there, so they repent and are saved, but then stop there.

Jesus did offer His life and blood on the cross to remove all sins. He will save all who repent, but that is not the only purpose of the removing of sins. He removes those sins and the guiltiness of those sins so that the new believer can serve God.

When a person is living with sin, he cannot serve God. God cannot be around sin or work with it. Jesus removed sin to make it possible for the person to serve God with a clean heart.

Serving God is found in living a holy life for God, loving every one, and being a witness for Jesus. Doing these things will be found in words and actions. It will be found in a changed mind and heart.

As a believer, Jesus has removed your sins and will save you. Until you step into the doors of heaven, you have a work to do on this earth. It is to serve God on this earth.

You find ways to serve God by turning from sin, loving every person, and being a witness of what Jesus has done.

Yes, you are saved, but what are you doing with that salvation?

Seek God to find ways that you may serve Him each day. Who can you love? Who can you be a witness to?

As you do these things, you will find your purpose on this earth–to serve the living God.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will reveal His purpose for your life; that your life will be one to serve God; and that you will be His witness to all around you.

Hebrews 3:15 Do Not Harden Your Heart

 

Hardened heart

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

People will often harden their skin in order to be able to do more things without as much pain. In the martial arts there are some who will strike their fists into sand in order to harden the skin on their hands. This allows them to hit something harder, such as a brick, without feeling as much pain or getting hurt. In this type of hardening, it can be a good thing to do.

However, along with hardening their hands or other parts of the body, there are many who will harden their hearts or minds. Many people have hardened their hearts against someone because they had been hurt by that person. They refuse to talk or be with a family member, because of a past hurt. They have hardened their heart.

Hardening of any type, does not occur instantly. It is a slow, built up process that takes time and effort to occur. Hardening the heart or mind against someone also takes time.

One thing that many people have hardened their hearts to is God. They refuse to listen to Him and do what He says. Some have hardened and never come to hearing God’s voice in their lives. Others have believed, but hardened against Him.

This is seen in a believer who begins to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to repent anymore. It is seen in a believer who refuses to do what God is calling Him to do.

This type of hardening usually occurs slowly over time. They start out sinning a little. They feel God’s tug on their hearts, but ignore it and keep on sinning more and more, refusing to listen to and obey God.

Eventually, they no longer hear God at all. Their heart is hardened against hearing Him.

The writer of Hebrews repeats the words of Moses saying do not harden your heart. Take a look at your life. How well are you hearing the voice of God in your life?

As you hear Him say not to do things or to do something, how well are you following those instructions?

Do not allow your heart to get hard against hearing God. Be willing to always listen and obey God in every situation. God is always speaking. Are you listening?

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will obey what God says; that you will keep your heart soft and open to God; and that you will never turn away from God. 

2 Timothy 3:1 Bad Days

 

Destroyed city

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1

The books of the New Testament were written nearly 2,000 years ago. At the time they were written, the writers stated that they were already in the end times, yet, they also stated that the end times would get worse. Paul tells Timothy that there will be terrible days ahead in his lifetime, in the end times.

Going through the day-to-day experiences, different people have different ideas of what is a bad day. To one person, a bad day is the stock market dropped and his investments are lost. To another person his bad day was that he messed up at work and got into trouble. Another might be the bad traffic jam on the way home from work or the hair did not stay in place all day and the makeup ran down the face.

Others will go through a more severe bad day and have lost a loved one, got a bad report from their doctor, got into a car accident, or developed a sickness.

Alongside of all of these ‘bad’ things that happen to people, there are also the facts of people living in sin and what sin does. Every believer is living in a world that does not know God and lives in sin. They will see sin everywhere they look.

Although believers strive to bring about change and get people to live for God, the reality is that there will always be those who refuse to follow God or His ways. Sin will continually increase in this fallen world, until Jesus returns and wipes out all sin for all eternity.

Paul gives this warning so that believers will not be surprised when it occurs. Some believers get surprised at the sin and get very angry about it. They turn violent to others. Believers are supposed to show love and mercy to draw people to God. And they must not partake in the sinful ways of this world.

You will have bad days, but remember that God is there with you. He will give you strength to make it through those days. He will also guide you in His way of righteousness in Jesus.

Do not be surprised at the bad days, but lean on God for strength. Know that He is still in control.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in this world; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear the sin around you; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this fallen world. 

1 Timothy 5:22 Hasty Reactions

 

Hitting someone

Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 1 Timothy 5:22

Harsh reactions to someone who has done something wrong is very common. People are very quick to want to hit back at the person who hurt them or even hurt someone else. Not always is it a physical strike, but there still is some type of strike against the person.

Some people are very quick to physically fight a person they are mad at. Others will verbally attack or slander the person. Often this is done very quickly with no real thought as to what they are doing or saying. It is a unthought reaction.

Others are not very quick to react on their own, but are quick to follow the crowd in a negative reaction. All across the nation people are very quick to judge and condemn a person in the news media for something that they have no real clue as to what really happened. They hear a small part of the news condemning the person and every one jumps on board to also judge, with no true evidence.

Riots and violence are often started in this way. People are swayed by the sins of others and led down the wrong path. No one wants to be left out or thought of as wrong.

Paul stated that one should not be hasty in acting in this way. Acting rashly can be a sin and the believer is supposed to keep himself pure. Jesus did not act suddenly or rashly. He acted out of obedience to His Father, not out of sudden emotion or sway of the crowd.

Believers in the church often condemn someone without proof or leave a church on the word of one person because of a rash decision.

There will come times when you are pushed to make a rash decision. Stop and pray to God about what to say or do. Find out what the Father wants you to do. In this way you will not be caught up in the heat of the moment and sin against God or others.

It is easy to go with the crowd and sin, but it is better to go with God and be pure. Do not be quick to lay hands or words of judgment upon another person.

I pray today that God will guide you in your words and actions; that God will reveal to you the truth; that God will keep you pure from all sin; and that you will be His witness in this world. 

1 Thessalonians 4:7 The Right Type Of Life

 

Lake reflection

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Views on how to live life vary from person to person and nation to nation around the world. Some families focus on the goal of getting a high level college degree. Others focus on getting six digit incomes. Others focus on some sport or just on having fun.

On each of these there are many people who just focus on that one area and aim for it. While aiming for it is not a bad thing, often it is done at any cost. Family is rejected, responsibilities are neglected, morals are thrown out, and deception occurs. Each of these things and more become impure motives and lives. Sin has crept in and taken over.

God did not call people to live impure, sinful, selfish lives. Every person is called to live a holy life, one that is pure and free from all sin.

There are some who look at that statement and think of legalism. God did not call people to legalism either. He wants people to want to live pure and holy for Him because of His great love for each one.

Living a holy life means one is turning away from sin. One of the greatest sins people have is selfishness. Nearly every sin comes down to selfish desires. Not just greed, but wanting a way that is not allowed and forcing it to happen, satisfying an emotion or feeling at the expense of holiness.

Jesus lived a perfect, holy life with no sin. Every believer is to strive to live that same life. God has called each person to live that way. That is the entire reason God sent Jesus to die on the cross to remove all sin from the life of a person.

Since Jesus has removed all of your sin, why would you want to go back to it?

Live a life that is full of God’s love and you will live a life that is holy and pure. As you show love to others, you will not allow sin in your life. Impure thoughts cannot share the same space as love.

God has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live your life. Listen to what He says and follow Him. Allow your life to be set apart and different from this world, be pure in God’s sight.

I pray today that you will hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance for your life; that you will live a life worthy of what Jesus has done for you; that you will live your life like that of Jesus; and that the world will see you set apart for God.