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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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Daily Bible Promises
for Monday, January 23, 2017

God Promises Us His Promises Apply to Us Too! - (Galatians 3:29)

Since you are in Christ, I have made you an heir of all My promises.


Reading Notes

Because of Jesus and His work for us on the Cross of Calvary, we are children of God and co-heirs with Him in the kingdom of God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, something amazing happens, we are transformed in the eyes of God. Prior to the work of God in our hearts we were dead in our trespasses and sins. Then the Holy Spirit touches our hearts and performs a work, whereby we recognize and understand the Gospel message of grace. A gift which is given freely by God for our salvation. And because of the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, which we accept by faith for our salvation, we receive the forgiveness of sins and gain eternal life. The process of salvation involves our regeneration. With salvation, our spirit which was dead in trespasses and sins, is replaced by a new spirit which is alive to God and the things of God.

Through the Holy Spirit's work in our hearts, we are spiritually made alive to God. After which we have the ability to understand and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Through our salvation, we are transformed from those dead to God, to the children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. Because of Jesus, we have been adopted into the family of God. Because of Jesus' blood shed for us, we have been reconciled with God through our faith in Him. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Roman church in chapter eleven gives us some additional detail. Paul tells us that Israel is the natural olive bush chosen by God. And that we Gentiles who accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior are the wild olive branch. And through our faith in Jesus, we are grafted into the natural olive bush. Whereby we are adopted into the seed of Abraham by faith. In other words, through our faith we have been grafted into the faithful remnant of Israel who are God's chosen people.

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A Tongue That Praises and Curses, Shows a Double-Minded Person

Bible Verse James 3:9-12

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

Commentary:

Mankind is the only part of God's creation which God has made in His image! Therefore, we are special in the eyes of the Lord. And therefore how can a child of God, who has placed their faith in Christ Jesus our Lord, curse those who were made in God's image? And at the same time and with the same tongue praise God as if our previous transgression of cursing had not taken place? This is what James is referring to in these passages. James is confirming for us that it's no small thing in the sight of God for believers to curse others. James does this by using illustrations from nature and asking rhetorical questions. Questions of which, the correct answer is obvious. James does this to show us the hypocrisy in our actions. To show us the contradictory nature of our actions when we sin against God with the words that we speak. Moreover, what we should remember is that when Christians behave this way we hinder the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In addition, we negatively affect our spiritual growth.

For example, James asks can a spring bring forth both good water, and bad? Can a spring yield both freshwater and saltwater? Of course the answer is no. Then He asks can a fruit tree of one kind produce fruit of another kind? And again we are forced to answer no. Which now brings up the obvious question. Then how could Christians following the guidance of the Holy Spirit curse others? The obvious answer is they cannot. And when a Christian does so they are being double-minded as James pointed out previously. In other words, Christians who do this are no longer following the Holy Spirit, but rather they are trying to live as one with the world. A world which is passing away. They are trying to live with one foot in the world and another foot in God's kingdom and that's not possible. And it naturally calls into question the genuineness of their faith. And the only cure for double-mindedness is to turn our hearts and our lives completely over to the Lord. And He will give us a new heart sensitive to the will of God. And when we do this God will replace the source of our speech. We will no longer draw from a world at enmity against God. Instead, we will draw from the divine source itself. Which is the indwelling Holy Spirit along with the word of God.

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Thoughts of Peace To Give You a Future

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

King of of All Men

Matthew 2:1-2

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying. Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.

Jesus Our Worthy King

Revelation 4:11

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.

Humble Yourself Before the Lord Our Maker

Psalm 95:6-7

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.

Glory in the Lord and His Strength

Psalm 29:1-2

Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Fear Not We Belong to Christ

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

God Remembers Us

Psalm 40:5

Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

God Can Save to the Uttermost

Hebrews 7:25

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

God Knows Wants in Our Hearts

Romans 8:27,28

Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Do You Long for His Appearing?

2nd Timothy 4:8

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

All Will Stand Before Christ in Judgment

2nd Corinthians 5:10

For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.

Year of Proverbs
for Monday, January 23, 2017

Good Is Our Redeemer, He Aids the Helpless - (Proverbs 23:10-11)

Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless; for their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.


Reading Notes

God is the redeemer of those who are helpless and have no voice. He will defend those who cannot defend themselves, and we should not mistake God's patience as forgetfulness. God is long-suffering in order to give us time to repent and turn back toward Him. And if we do not, we will be held accountable by God for every sinful thought, desire and deed. These verses in particular refer to profit which has been stolen or gotten through dishonesty. In ancient times physical landmarks were set up to separate one person's land from another. To move a landmark was to steal someone else's land and thereby steal their ability to support themselves and their families. In addition, in ancient times a person could sell portions of their land or inheritance if they fell on hard times. However the law allowed the nearest relative, or next of kin the option to redeem back the land.

If the land was sold because of hard times or the person had sold themselves into servitude, the next of kin could buy them back before the seven or fifty year cycle. This was called the "kinsman redeemer." God had commanded that every seven years all debts were cancelled and every fifty years all land was supposed to be returned to its original owners, why? Because God brought the Israelites into the land, gave them victory and the land. Therefore, since the land belonged to God, and he gave it as an inheritance, no one could ultimately own land that was not given directly to the families by God. And here in these passages God's word tells us that the Lord Himself is the redeemer of those in need. Moreover, God is the redeemer of fallen humanity and He has given Himself to redeem us back through His blood shed for us at the Cross. Thereby allowing us through faith in Jesus, to be adopted into God's family. So we must remember when we take advantage of those less fortunate, we do in fact sin against God. And without Jesus, we will have to answer to the Lord for our actions as well as every thought and desire behind those actions.

Year of Psalms
for Monday, January 23, 2017

Our Christian Life is the Story of God's Work in Us - (Psalm 71:4-6)

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother's womb. My praise shall be continually of You.


Reading Notes

There is so much for the followers of Christ to learn from these passages in regards to our faith and who we are in Jesus. First, notice this passage refers to the unrighteous and cruel people. This reference is specific and refers not to mean people or bad people, but to the enemies of God. Those who hate God and therefore hate the people of God. These include those who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. These include those who will take advantage of any opportunity to disrupt and harm the faithful. And secondly, it speaks of being upheld from birth. God's word tells us we were chosen in Christ before the foundations of the world were laid in place. Therefore, before conception, God knew us, planned for us to spend eternity with Him and He upheld us. God so loved us that He has chosen us and prepared us for the life we can live in Christ Jesus our Lord. And to ensure that life, He stepped out of eternity and took on humanity and died for our salvation on the Cross of Calvary. And this is really the heart of the message of these passages.

This psalm is subtitled, "The Rock of My Salvation," and it's in reference to the redemption and faithfulness of God. The psalmist is speaking of how God had been with him throughout his entire life. How since childhood, he has trusted in the Lord and the Lord has sustained him through all trials and circumstances. And while speaking the psalmist realizes through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that God has not only upheld him throughout his life, but that God was with him from his mother's womb, and has been with him as long as he has existed. Moreover, dear child of God as we read these passages we mustn't overlook the message that pours over every word and phrase. That message is relationship with God! The psalmist can look back on his life and see God's work, because of the relationship he has had with the Lord his entire life. Another way of saying this is, when the Lord reached out to the psalmist, he turns toward God and not away from God. And that's exactly what we have today in Christ Jesus our Lord. God through the Holy Spirit calls us into a relationship with Him, a relationship which can only be restored through our faith in Christ. It's through Jesus that we too can have what the psalmist had, that is a close relationship and communication with God. This requires that when the Holy Spirit touches our hearts we turn to Jesus and not away from His calling on our lives.

Bible Principle for Today
for Monday, January 23, 2017

We are children of God, joint heirs with Christ because of our faith in Him, so we must remember living the Christian life means allowing Jesus to live His life through us.

Prayer for Today
for Monday, January 23, 2017

Guide us, dear Father, into the way we should go and keep us from the blindness of our own selfishness.