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Daily Bible Promises
for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

God Promises He is Righteous and Kind in All His Works - (Psalm 145:17-18)

I am righteous in all My ways and kind in all that I do.


Reading Notes

This psalm was written by King David and it's a psalm of love and praise for God which speaks of His majesty, His sovereignty and His mighty love for us His creation. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit David speaks of God's righteousness and gracious love for us. Providing for us a powerful demonstration of God's character and His ability to save us from our sins.

God looks at our hearts and because of His righteousness He must judge sin, God cannot let sin go unpunished. However because of His love, He sent us an advocate Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus paid the price for us fully meeting the requirements of God's judgment for sin. And in doing so God showed His gracious love toward us along with His mighty works for all those who call on Him through Christ our Lord.

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Advent Day 14: Jesus Came to Give Us Hope

Bible Verse Romans 8:22-25

For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

Commentary:

Since the fall, all of creation and mankind himself groans for the restoration of all things. We were created with a need to know God; a desire to know and have relationship with God. Moreover all of creation as well as ourselves, groan over the damage sin has caused and continues to cause our world. However we are not without hope, because at this time of the year we are reminded of what God has done for us! He has sent us a Savior who gives us eternal life.

And the hope of a future where the curse of sin on this world is reversed. And because of God's love and that hope we have in Him, we have been adopted into the family of God as children of God through Christ Jesus our Lord. And because of the event which happened over two-thousand years ago; where God stepped out of eternity and took on flesh. We have the first-fruits of the spirit which is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for all those who have placed their faith in Christ alone for salvation.

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While We Were Sinners, Christ Died for Us

Romans 5:6-10

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. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Our Faithful Witness Shall Return

Revelation 1:5-8

Jesus Christ, the faithful witness the ruler over kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is, who was and who is to come, God Almighty.

Do Not Desire After the World

John 6:26-29

Jesus answered them and said, Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him. Then they said to Him, What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.

God Abides in You, Cast Out Fear, Show Love

1st John 4:10-11, 15, 18-19

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to pay the price for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

Armor of God is Required for Service

Ephesians 6:11-16

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all fiery darts of the wicked one.

Knowing the Power of Christ's Resurrection

Philippians 3:10-14

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Seek the Lord in All Humility

James 4:2-7

You lust and do not have, murder and covet and cannot obtain, you fight and war. Yet you have not because you do not ask. You do not receive because you ask wrongly that you may spend it on your pleasures. Do you not know friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously therefore God resists the proud; but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Follow Jesus With Your Whole Heart

James 1:12-17

Blessed is he who endures temptation when he has been approved he will receive the crown of life from the Lord. Let no one say, I am tempted by God for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. But each is tempted away by his own desires and enticed. When desire conceives, it gives birth to sin; and sin brings forth death. Do not be deceived my brethren, every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

We Are Reconciled to God

Romans 3:23, 5:8-10, 6:23

All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from [the] wrath [to come] through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life... For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Live by Faith, For Victory in Christ

Galatians 2:16-20

Knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ that we might be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners... For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Always Ready to Give a Defense

1st Peter 3:15-16

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

Year of Proverbs
for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Wicked Child Robs Their Own Parents - (Proverbs 28:28)

Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, "It is no transgression," The same is companion to a destroyer.


Reading Notes

Here God is speaking about the wicked dishonest heart of person that is so corrupt that it would destroy their own parents before departing from their wicked ways. An example of this would be the child who by one means or another comes into possession of their parent's estate while they are still alive and then abandons their parents taking their wealth. Another common example of Bible times was the abuse of the tradition of "Corban" or dedicating something to God. The Pharisees used this to cheat their parents and avoid their responsibility of caring for aging parents.

This tradition allowed someone to dedicate certain monies to God. So what the Pharisees did is take whatever money might have been used to provide for aging parents and instead dedicated it to the Temple treasury by saying, "It is Corban". This would exempt them from using that money toward their parents care. And since the Pharisees got money from the Temple treasure it was a way of claiming the money for God, getting a social "free-pass" to not help their parents while putting the money back into their own pockets. These wicked people were using God and a legitimate offering to God as a way to steal from their own parents and therefore steal from God.

Year of Psalms
for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jesus is the Rock of Our Salvation - (Psalm 31:2-4)

Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me. Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.


Reading Notes

God is our rock, our foundation, our fortress and refuge in times of trouble. The theme of God as our strong rock recurs many times throughout the book of Psalms and the Bible as a whole. Jesus is our rock, He is the firm foundation upon which we walk as Christians, He is the source and reason for our faith.

Our faith in Him as given us access to God and secured our salvation when we leave this world. Jesus created the universe, He holds it together with His spoken word. In addition Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith! And when we place our trust in Him, there is no firmer, more secure foundation upon which we must live and by which we must be saved.

Bible Principle for Today
for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

God can do anything, if necessary God will move heaven and earth to show us His will... Are we listening for Him? Are we following the promptings of the Holy Spirit which dwells inside of us as children of God?

Prayer for Today
for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Heavenly Father what a joy it is to begin our day talking with you, please we pray keep our hearts and minds open to you and keep us in the center of your will.