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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 Monday, September 26, 2016

God Promises He Hears Us When We Call - (Psalm 5:3)

I hear your voice when you call to Me in the morning.


Reading Notes

David in this psalm is speaking of the promises of God to His children. Those who belong to the Lord by faith alone. Here David is confirming for us, that God hears us when we call to Him. God is always with His people, He never leaves the side of His children and therefore He hears us when we cry out to Him. For us the New Testament saints, we know this is true as well, because we have the Holy Spirit who indwells all followers of Christ. Moreover, the book of Revelation, tells us that the prayers of the saints ascend before the very throne of God. In this psalm David makes reference to the morning time, the start of each new day and he is speaking about his daily dedication to following the Lord.

David tells us that he will start the day by first affirming the presence of God in his life as he looks up and speaks with the Lord. Notice David is not telling us the best way to pray or how to pray, or even where to pray. Rather, he is helping us to understand the proper perspective we should have in our hearts. That prayer is part of our relationship with God, prayer is the normal communication we have on a regular basis with the God we love. David is making the point that the very first thing he does upon rising is call out to God. In other words, David is showing us every day is a new day in the Lord. Moreover, our communication with God should be the first priority of our hearts. This is part of our relationship with God, which we acknowledge at the start of each new day. In addition, the same should be true for the end of the day as we communicate with God regarding the trials and experiences of the day.

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Only True Faith Produces Good Works Pleasing to God Part I

Bible Verse James 2:18-20

But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble, but do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Commentary:

In this section of scripture we can really summarize the argument down to a single point. Which is works pleasing and acceptable in the sight of God are works which stem from a true faith in Christ. Behaviors which are the natural byproduct of our love for Jesus. James begins these passages with a common form of Hellenistic rhetoric. Using this literary device James sets up a hypothetical argument with an imaginary antagonist, in order to continue his discussion of faith and works. Many scholars argue whether or not this hypothetical situation represented a real person whom James was dealing with or had dealt with. Or did this stem from a personal issue James himself had dealt with coming from a background of Judaism.

Whichever the case James makes the point, that the only real evidence of our faith is the works it produces. In other words, by works James means the changes in our character and actions brought about by our faith in Jesus. And this gets back to the discussion that Christianity is a living faith that saves and not a dead faith of works. Christianity is a faith which makes lives whole again. Christianity is a faith that restores our relationship with God and heals our relationships with those around us. Christianity is a faith that changes lives! Therefore, by this basic definition, our faith if it is real, must produce works pleasing to God as a result of the love we have for Jesus. Works that stem from the changes salvation has made on our hearts and brought to our lives.

Only True Faith Produces Good Works Pleasing to God Part II

Bible Verse James 2:18-20

But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble, but do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Commentary:

Today, many Christians and non-Christians alike want to defend their bad behavior with the argument that we cannot see the true condition of a person’s heart. However the Bible doesn't agree with this philosophy. The Bible specifically tells us if anyone is in Christ Jesus, they are a new creation. The old has passed away and replaced by the new. Moreover the Bible tells us that because of our salvation and the process of sanctification God produces the fruits of true faith within us. This includes love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. All of which naturally produce works pleasing to God. In addition, they cannot exist within us without any outward evidence of the change that has taken place in our hearts as a result of the Holy Spirit's work of sanctification. James then goes on to mention the Jewish Shema found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. This is the declaration that God is one and we are to love the Lord and place His commandments in our hearts. Commandments, which Jesus says are written on our hearts as a result of our salvation.

And by mentioning the Shema James is bringing the discussion full circle with the knowledge that with our salvation God writes His commandments on our hearts, thereby giving us the Royal Law of Love and the Law of Liberty. In addition James brings up a very important point for us to consider. Which is even the demons believe the word of God and tremble. They shudder because they know that God's word is true and therefore they know the fate which awaits them. James by using the hypothetical argument shows that the claim of good works without faith is empty and pointless. The Greek word James uses for "foolish" is the word "kenos" which means empty, vain and defective. Thus James is implying that such a situation of works without faith is defective and nothing more than a false pretense, meant to make a show among men. And that a dead faith is incapable of salvation, and brings only damnation to those who practice it.

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God Saves the Humble

Psalm 18:25-28

With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks. For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

God Knows Our Heart

1st Samuel 16:7

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

God's Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-14

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? ...You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.

Do Not Fight Against the Lord

Matthew 12:30-31

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

Continue Earnestly in Prayer

Colossians 4:2-4

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Walk in Wisdom, Speak with Grace

Colossians 4:5-6

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Our God is an Awesome God

1st Corinthians 1:25

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Don't Be Deceived

1st Timothy 4:1

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons.

We Are Slaves of Christ

Romans 6:16

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

Confess Christ, Choose Life

Matthew 10:32-33

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Choose Life, Choose Christ

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.

Year of Proverbs
for Monday, September 26, 2016

To Follow Christ, Is to Love Those Around You - (Proverbs 17:8-9)

A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers. He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.


Reading Notes

In these passages, God is contrasting the works of the righteous with those of the wicked. The righteous seek what is good, honest and they work only in the best interest of the people around them and those they meet. This is contrasted with the wicked who seek to harm, destroy and get ahead at any cost whether it be bribery or gossip. The wicked seek any occasion to attack others. Therefore, it's the wicked person who uses the excuse, "I am only being honest" as a means to attack others or to speak ill of those they dislike in public. In these verses God is using the metaphor of a present, why? Because presents are given out of love for the recipient and that is the thought here.

God speaks of those things we do for others because of the love we have for them and not for ourselves. And a true friend speaks directly to people and gives advice in private and they do so to build others up, not to tear them down. They give gifts out of love and have a desire to help those in need through times of trials and strife. A true friend does not gossip, but protects. As followers of Jesus, we are to care for those around us, seek the lost, help those in need and grow in the grace of Christ through the study of His word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are to take hold of the blessings that God has given us and use them to proclaim the light of the Gospel to a world that is perishing in darkness.

Year of Psalms
for Monday, September 26, 2016

The Wicked Boast Against God - (Psalm 73:7-9)

Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.


Reading Notes

Asaph the psalmist is continuing his description of the wicked here on earth. Embolden by their wickedness and empowered by the darkness of a fallen world, the wicked scoff at God. In addition, they belittle the righteous and brag about their exploits of wickedness. They live in the darkness, always avoiding the light of God. And there in the darkness they claim God cannot reach them. Dear child of God, do not believe their lies for a single second! God is not mocked! And with every action they perform, and every wicked word they speak, they are building up wrath against themselves for the day of God's judgment. We have to understand that we live in a fallen world, a world at enmity with God. This means we live in a world which influences those who are wicked. And because of that the wicked do not understand that they are confirming a sentence of punishment against themselves that shall crush them forever.

They do not understand this because they do not know Christ Jesus our Lord. And in the day of the psalmist that meant, they did not trust in God by faith and believe in His promise of Jesus the Messiah to come. Moreover, the wicked do not know, because they cannot understand this life which we live is the briefest portion of our existence and does not compare to the eternity which awaits us. An eternity for them, which will be spent in punishment. A punishment that will never end along with eternal separation. They face an eternity in Hell, which will be without hope. Dear follower of Jesus, we must understand, once in Hell the wicked for all eternity, more than is humanly possible today, will know and understand why they are there! Every second of every moment, they will understand how their actions in this life, because of their rejection of Jesus, led to their eternal torment. Therefore, our hearts should always be toward the lost, our hearts should break for the wicked. Moreover, this means through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we should be about our Father's business, which is spreading the Good News of forgiveness, salvation, freedom and a more abundant life in Jesus alone, by faith alone in Him.

Bible Principle for Today
for Monday, September 26, 2016

During times of trouble when the storm is raging and it appears we can be swept away, remember God's Word is an achnor which nothing can move.

Prayer for Today
for Monday, September 26, 2016

Gracious Father, Almighty God and Creator, the Sovereign Lord, thank you for inviting me to come to you and call you my Abba Father. As the Spirit intercedes for me, conveying my thoughts and yearnings as well as my words, I ask for your help and guidance so I can live for you and bring you glory.