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Daniel 4-6; John 18

Daniel was devoted to God.  No matter what the new rules were from King Darius, he knew that it was God that needed to be obeyed.

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem.  He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Daniel 6:10 ESV)

Jesus, likewise, was obedient to the Father unto the end.  Peter tried to defend Him but Jesus told him it had to be done.

“Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear.  So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?'” (John 18:10-11 ESV)

Jesus was born to bear witness to the truth.  He spoke it without having to defend Himself.

“Then Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘For you say that I am a king.  For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-to bear witness to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37 ESV)

In this current age where truth is relative and like Pilate many ask “what is truth?’  let us all stay obedient to God’s word and His truth.

Amen, Kellie

 

 

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Ezekiel 22-24; Psalms 134; John 8

Today’s readings are full of phrases that let us know the Lord is God.  To Ezekiel:

“On that day your mouth will be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and be no longer mute.  So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 24:27 ESV)

To the Pharisees:

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV)

To the Jews:

“So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)

Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” (John 8:51 ESV)

Aren’t we blessed that we know the truth and it has set us free?

“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!  May the Lord bless you from Zion, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalms 134 ESV)

Amen, Kellie

 

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Jeremiah 43, 44, 46 & 2 Peter 1

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet about Pharoah’s army and about King Nebuchadnezzar, both out to get Egypt.  And in the end, through Jeremiah’s prophecy, told of Egypt’s restoration.

“But fear not, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel, for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity.  Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid.  Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you.  I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end.  I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.” (Jeremiah 46;27-28 ESV)

Peter confirms that the prophetic word is real and was used as a way for God to speak to us.

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21 ESV)

As we search the scriptures, may be easily find that the prophecies have been fulfilled by the Son.  He is who the prophecies said He is.

Kellie

 

 

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Jeremiah 17-20; James 1

Trials.  They hurt.  They test our patience.  They try our faith.  We cry “It’s not fair!” Jeremiah prayed for deliverance from his enemies who were falsely accusing him.

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.  Behold, they say to me, where is the word of the Lord?  Let it come!  I have not run away from being your shepherd, nor have I desired the day of sickness.  You know what came out of my lips; it was before your face.  Be not a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster.  Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed; bring upon them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction!” (Jeremiah 17:14-18 ESV)

It is very difficult to walk through trials.  As someone who likes to be in control of “what comes next” it’s very difficult to let only God know the answer to that.  But on the other side of health issues, job loss, death and other various trials, I am closer to God and my faith is stronger.  James tells us to “count it all joy.”

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV)

Trials are also blessings in disguise.  God allows the hurt but there is a purpose and we are always better for it and there is even a reward in it.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 ESV)

Help us to cling to You during the trials that life sends our way.  During those trials, help us to focus on Your goodness and how we will grow when it is all over.

Amen, Kellie

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Nahum; Psalms 149; 2 Corinthians 4

The scene is ugly.  As this example about Ninevah, woe to those at odds with God.

“The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.  His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.  He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; he dries up all the rivers; Bashan and Carmel wither; the bloom of Lebanon withers.  The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before Him, the world and all who dwell in it.  Who can stand before his indignation?  Who can endure the heat of his anger?” (Nahum 1:2-6 ESV)

But those on God’s side get to help with the victory.

“Let the praises of God be in their throats and the two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgement written!  This honor for all his godly ones.  Praise the Lord!” (Psalms 149:6-9 ESV)

And the Apostle Paul reminds us that we have the good news to share with others to help them out of their darkness.

“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:5-6 ESV)

Help us to shine the light on those in darkness.

Kellie

 

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Isaiah 36-37; Psalms 123; I Corinthians 10

“O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.  Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God.  Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire.  For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone.  Therefore they were destroyed.  So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.” (Isaiah 37:16-20 ESV)

This was Hezekiah’s prayer of deliverance after receiving a disturbing letter.  I like how it says he went to the house of the Lord and “spread it before the Lord.”  He took his burden and laid it all out there.  And yet he only asks that God get the glory.  The also psalmist offers a prayer for God to supply their needs.

To You I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!  Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy upon us.  Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.  Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.” (Psalms 123 ESV)

The Apostle Paul concludes I Corinthians 10 by telling us to do “all to the glory of God.”

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33 ESV)

To God alone be the glory!

Kellie

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Isaiah 14-16 and Matthew 28

The Great Commission is given to us by Jesus.

And Jesus said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

It is a four part task.

  • Go
  • Make disciples of all nations
  • Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
  • Teach them to observe all He has commanded us

With His help, it can be done.  He is always with us.

  1. Go out into your world and be wiling to talk to people.
  2. Tell them about Jesus so they can believe too.
  3. Once they believe, tell them to profess their faith with baptism.
  4. Make sure they have a Bible and are involved in a Bible-believing church so they can grow.

Lord,

Help us to go out into the world and tell others about you as it is the job you have given us to do.

Amen, Kellie

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