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Everyone has sinned, everyone at one point or another has done something or thought something they're not proud of; something that they would not like anyone else to know about, let alone God. That is what Salvation is all about. God wants to have a relationship with you and He gave you a way to receive forgiveness from all sins past, present and future!

We know we are not perfect! Though try as we might no one can achieve perfection all or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation through 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 any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)
 

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  • Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
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Daily Bible Promises
for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

God Promises He is Our Shelter, We Can Cry Out to Him - (Psalm 61:2-3)

I am your shelter and a place of safety from your enemies.


Reading Notes

David most likely wrote this psalm when he was on the run from his enemies. In the passages he reminds us, God is our rock! He is our salvation and there is no where we can go where God is not there. God is always near us! For the believer we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who guides us and continues His sanctifying work in us until the day of our perfection when we see Jesus face to face.

Even though there are times in our lives when we feel God is far from us, times when we feel our enemies are about to overtake us, God is there with us. We must remember to cry out to Him, cry out to Jesus the Rock of our Salvation, for He is faithful to save and He is faithful to deliver us from our enemies and the spiritual warfare that goes on around us. The Holy Spirit who indwells us will strengthen us and be there with us through the trials we face, so we are never alone.

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Stay Strong, We Have Victory in Christ

Bible Verse 1st Corinthians 15:57, 16:13-14

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

Commentary:

The sting of death was removed by Jesus at the Cross! And victory over death was assured by His resurrection! Death's sting was exposed to us by the Law of God. Which clearly demonstrated that no one can be justified under the law. Because with the law all have sinned and therefore by the law all are found guilty.

Because of our sin, which was exposed by the law, we all have the penalty of death over us. Which means an eternity spent separated from God in everlasting torment. It would seem that we have no hope. However through the grace of God that penalty was erased by Jesus. Whose victory over death provides a surety for us of an eternity spent in His presence.

Paul in this section of scripture is warning his readers. Satan would love nothing more than to have us question our salvation. And if he can't get us to fall away from Jesus, then he will attack us with spiritual warfare. Therefore we are to stand fast in Christ Jesus our Lord, and strengthen ourselves with the Word of God.

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We Are Part of the Body of Christ

1st Corinthians 6:17-20

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

We Rejoice in Our Afflictions for We are Strong in Christ

Colossians 1:24-29

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Be Ready to Give an Account of Our Hope in Christ

2nd Timothy 4:2-4

Preach the word Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Our Wisdom is Foolishness to God

1st Corinthians 1:19-21

For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

Jesus is Our Light in a Dark World

1st John 1:5-7

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Jesus Our God is Faithful

1st John 1:8-10

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Fellowship with Jesus is Walking in the Light

1st John 1:5-9

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Our New Song, Our Trust in Jesus

Psalm 40:3

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord.

A Heart Toward God is a Heart for Others

Hebrews 13:15-17

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

A Generous Life is Made Rich in Christ

Proverbs 11:23-25

The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath. There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.

A Self Centered Life Leads to Despair - (Proverbs 11:17-21)

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.

Year of Proverbs
for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

God is Sovereign Over the Affairs of Men - (Proverbs 16:33)

The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.


Reading Notes

In ancient Israel casting lots was a method of determining God's will in a matter. While it would appear as luck or chance, the people understood that God's will did not fall indiscriminately; but rather God exercises His sovereignty over human affairs as God guided the people in their paths. So they trusted God would control which lot was chosen as they randomly selected. They were confident in the sovereignty of God and they were determined to let God direct their lives. And the more they did so the more blessings and spiritual growth they experienced individually and as a nation.

This is important for us to understand because even though we may rebel against the Lord, He will direct our paths. Whether God lets us suffer the consequences of our actions in order to help us realize He is the only way and to bring us back into relationship with Him, or He helps us to grow in our knowledge and faith of Him through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and influence in our lives. God is intimately involved with our lives. What this means for us is we can either resist God in which case we will lose much as we move into eternity, or we can follow the Lord and do much for the kingdom of Heaven before we reach eternity.

Year of Psalms
for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

God Can Protect Us from Destruction - (Psalm 36:10-12)

Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. There the workers of iniquity have fallen; They have been cast down and are not able to rise.


Reading Notes

In the preceding verses of this chapter God gave us a glimpse into the thought process, attitudes and behavior of the wicked. Now David taking that knowledge into consideration as he praises God for His loving kindness and protection. David is praising God for sustaining the upright, those who placed their faith in God rather than their own power an ingenuity.

Here the phrase "foot of pride" is a military reference and was meant to paint the picture of being defeated and having your enemy with his foot on your neck preparing your destruction. Taken altogether David is praising and thanking the Lord for saving him from total destruction by his enemies and not only protecting him; but keeping him safe through all trials.

Bible Principle for Today
for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our joy comes from our relationship with Christ, and our awareness of God's presence in our lives energizes the work.

Prayer for Today
for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

O LORD God Almighty, thank you for your grace. Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for your gospel. Please help me to not take rejection of your message by others personally. Instead, dear Father, please use me to help others understand that they are making a decision about their life, their sins, their eternal destiny, and the source of their grace. When rejection comes, help me to move on and trust that the seeds of grace that have been planted may germinate at some other time, but that there are others who need your message now and are ready to hear it and need me to move on and find them. In Jesus' name I pray.