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That would be like committing a crime, then telling the judge we are not guilty because we did a good deed afterwards. We must remember all sin no matter how small in thought or deed is punishable by Hell. But the good news is God wants to have a relationship with you and me. God's desire is that all people would spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Therefore, God's salvation is a free gift given by His grace, through faith alone in Jesus alone. God gave us a way to receive forgiveness of all of our sins past, present and future! And that is His free gift of grace. We know that we are not perfect. Though try as we might, no one can achieve perfection. We cannot behave perfectly all, or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation which is the forgiveness of sins. As the Bible says "for by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 

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for Saturday, June 24, 2017

God Promises He Will Show Mercy to the Merciful - (Matthew 5:7)

I will show mercy to those who are merciful to others.


Reading Notes

Mercy is the bedrock upon which our salvation was established. It was God's abundant mercy and grace that He sent His only begotten Son, to take on the debt we could not afford to pay. And mercy is the seasoning that falls upon all we do through Jesus who strengthens us. Without God's mercy, we would all be facing a future judgment too terrible to consider. The word used for mercy by Jesus in this passage, goes beyond giving those who repent another chance. It carries the additional meaning of being greatly concerned for their well being, along with a desire to do good for them.

This includes having a desire to treat them with compassion and understanding, as well as having their best interest at heart. It's this trait of mercy that we build stronger and stronger through the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. And it's this trait of mercy which defines us, as followers of Christ. Moreover, this is a characteristic which can only come through the work of the Holy Spirit in us. And it's the lack of mercy, which is characteristic of those who do not know Jesus and those who have turned their hearts away from the Lord. Mercy is the one fruit of the spirit, we should most seek to cultivate as believers. Because it's from a heart grounded in mercy and grace, a heart filled with love and compassion for others, that all other attributes of a godly character grow.

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Let Kindness and Love Dwell in You

Bible Verse Romans 12:9-13

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Commentary:

Paul begins this section of chapter twelve with a list of characteristics common to the spirit filled life of a Christian walking in faith. These represent the traits we should strive for through the power of the Holy Spirit's work in our hearts and minds. Knowing that we are saved by faith and that we work through the spirit to bring glory to God the Father. Verse nine covers personal traits we ourselves should have. Whereas verses ten through thirteen cover the characteristics needed to care for one another. The first characteristic or trait we should strive for sets the stage for all the others. Without this trait the others are not only worthless; but impossible. This first trait is to develop a spirit of love and concern for others, exceeding the love we have for ourselves. And to do so without hypocrisy, to do so in humility, expecting nothing in return.

Why is this so important? Because it is only through a spirit of love that we can truly harvest a desire and concern for the care of fellow believers and the lost. Once we have that love for others the rest will follow, including kindness, patience and a spirit of service and a genuine joy for our place in the body of Christ. Paul reminds his readers as we serve the body and follow Jesus, tribulations will come just as Jesus told us they would. They will come because we live in a fallen world, a world which is at enmity with God. We should never forget that the enemy does not want us serving God, or bringing others to Jesus. As a result of our actions we can rest assured the enemy's attacks will increase as we become more effective for the kingdom of God. However, through the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us, we are to remain steadfast in prayer, patient in faith, remembering Jesus has overcome the world and nothing can take us from the arms of Christ.

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A Self Centered Life Leads to Despair

Proverbs 11:17-21

The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their ways are His delight.

When Tribulation Comes We Are Equiped Through Jesus

2nd Timothy 3:12-17

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them... which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Do Not Neglect So Great a Salvation

Hebrews 2:3-4

How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Jesus Tasted Death to Bring Us to Glory

Hebrews 2:7-10

You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Have You Accepted Jesus as Savior?

Hebrews 10:29-31

Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God's mercy to us "For we know the One who said, 'I will take revenge. I will pay them back.' He also said, 'The LORD will judge His own people.'" It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Are We Wheat or Tares in God's Field?

Matthew 13:24-30

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.'

Remember the Lord Always

Ecclesiastes 12:1

Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them."

Man's Wisdom is Foolishness to God

Corinthians 1:27–29

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

Serve the Lord With Gladness

Psalm 100:2-3

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

We Are Justified by Our Faith in Jesus

Romans 5:1-4

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Jesus Died That We May Live Forever

Romans 5:6-8

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Year of Proverbs
for Saturday, June 24, 2017

Trust God Alone, the Wicked Will Never Make Peace with the Righteous - (Proverbs 29:25-27)

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.


Reading Notes

As children of God and followers of Christ, we are to place our trust in Jesus alone, by faith alone in His blood shed for us at the Cross of Calvary. This is also one of those areas where we have to follow the Holy Spirit's guidance as we get our strength from God. Our world has taught us to place all trust in our leaders, in ourselves and in the world, but not in God. We need to fear God and not man. The world tells us to seek out other men for justice and not turn to God in times of need. However, this is the opposite of what we should do. Only God is sovereign over all things and only God has the final say in all we do.

Our first action in all cases is to turn toward God. We should turn to His word and the Holy Spirit for guidance and turn to the Lord in prayer for our needs. We should trust in the Lord and not fear the reactions of men. We should trust in God and not rely on men to be just. And we should believe in God that He can and will turn all situations around for good according to His purposes and His will. Moreover, we do this understanding that the wicked who are in rebellion against God will never make peace with the righteous. The wicked hate God and the people of God, this means they will never be at peace with those who follow the Lord. Their only goal is to destroy and remove the things of God from this world.

Year of Psalms
for Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Heart of the Wicked Bring About Their Own Destruction - (Psalm 109:17-20)

As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, ao let it enter his body like water, and like oil into his bones. Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, and for a belt with which he girds himself continually. Let this be the Lord's reward to my accusers, and to those who speak evil against my person.


Reading Notes

In these passages, David continues to call on the Lord for judgment against the wicked. And with David's description of their behavior we get a glimpse into the heart of the wicked. A look into the heart of those who hate God, hate the people of God and fight against what is right and good. David tells us the wicked "clothed themselves in cursing," this terminology is meant to convey the image that they regard cursing as part of their everyday attire, part of their day to day activities of life. In other words, to the wicked cursing others and God is a necessity of life. Cursing as referenced here, consist of much more than bad language, it also includes mocking what is good and decent. Mocking others, mocking those who follow the Lord, mocking God, bringing false accusations against God and the people of God. It also refers to mocking God's word, the Bible.

David is asking God to let the wicked's desire for cursing, be part of their punishment, as well as a mechanism for their own destruction. For us, we who are the children of God through our faith in Jesus, as followers of Jesus, it's important we guard what we say and how we say it, why? Because cursing has become very insidious in our world today, it's quickly become part of the everyday vernacular, and that is not ok with God. We tend to think of it only as bad language. However, that would only be partially true. Cursing does include bad language, but it also includes ridiculing or attacking fellow believers in their efforts to serve the Lord, mocking the things of God as well as denying the Bible and its divine authorship. And the most common form of cursing is especially dangerous, which is gossiping and speaking ill of others. Especially when people use gossip as a means to attack and impugn the reputation of others. And to do so in an effort to cause damage to someone else, get ahead, gain something for themselves or thwart the work of others and hinder their service to the Lord and to those around them.

Bible Principle for Today
for Saturday, June 24, 2017

Often times God can't use us when we act out of our own pride, desires and confidence; brokenness is God's requirement for maximum usefulness and effectiveness.

Prayer for Today
for Saturday, June 24, 2017

O God give us a heart of compassion for the lost and a desire to spread your Salvation through the Gospel of Christ to those who do not know you.