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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 Friday, March 24, 2017

God Promises He Will Protect Us from the Evil One - (2nd Thessalonians 3:3)

I will be faithful to give you My strength and protection.


Reading Notes

Paul wrote this letter to a fledgling church who even though they were maturing in their faith they still had some issues and questions regarding prophecy and the return of Jesus. In addition, the people were suffering from bad doctrine of false teachers, who had crept into the church. This, along with increased persecution because of their faith, was causing believers to lose faith in God. Paul in his letter was instructing the church regarding correct Christian doctrine, reversing the effects the false teachers were having on the congregation. In addition, the Apostle Paul was encouraging the church to stay committed to God and the Gospel of Christ, reminding them that God is always with them and that He is always working through them and in their lives.

In this section of scripture Paul is praying for the church and encouraging them. Here when he says to stay faithful, Paul is reminding them that God is always faithful. God is faithful in creation, in His promises, in salvation, in seeing us through temptation and suffering. In addition God is faithful to strengthen and protect us from Satan by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is at work in our hearts, minds and bodies. The Holy Spirit indwells all followers of Jesus and He works in us, changing our lives. Therefore, we are to place our trust in Jesus alone. He will not only protect us from the evil one, but He has promised, He will not lose any of those the father has placed into His hands.

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The Promises of God Came Before the Law

Bible Verse Galatians 3:15-18

Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Commentary:

Paul closes this section of passages with a history lesson for the Galatian Christians. Just in case the Galatians had any trouble understanding Paul's argument he emphatically says, "And let me make myself perfectly clear." After which he goes on to clarify that the law, which came more than four hundred years after God's covenant with Abraham, does not nullify the promises of God. In fact the law only emphasizes the need for God's promises, because the law made it obvious no one could be saved by works. The chronology is important to understand because God first made the covenant with Abraham. However, God renewed it with both Isaac and Jacob. The four-hundred and thirty years mentioned by Paul refers to the last time God renewed the covenant with Jacob. Coincidentally, it was also the number of years the Jewish people were in Egypt before the Exodus. This is because God had assured Jacob it was ok to travel to Egypt with his son Joseph.

With that assurance God once again reaffirmed His promise to Abraham with Jacob. However, God originally gave the covenant to Abraham six-hundred and seventy-five years before the law was given to Moses. Therefore, God's promises were made long before the law was given to mankind. Paul concludes this section of passages by explaining that a covenant based on the law was inferior to an inheritance given by God's promise. This was because a covenant based on the law depended solely on man's ability to keep all the laws of God. Which all people knew was impossible. Therefore, such a covenant would be made null and void by man's inability to perfectly keep the laws of God. However, God's promise made to Abraham was solely dependent on God's power to keep His promise. Therefore, such a promise is guaranteed by God Himself and becomes to us an inheritance given to us by faith. In other words, where man has no ability to succeed in perfectly keeping God's law, God cannot fail in keeping His promise which is guaranteed by God Himself. Moreover, God's keeping of the promise was not dependent on the action of Abraham, nor his descendents.

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Don't Be Carnally Minded

Romans 8:5-6

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Nothing Can Sepparate Us from Christ

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We Are Heirs Through Christ

Romans 8:29

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Everything Hidden is Bare Before Christ

Luke 12:2-3

For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Using All Our Time, Talents and Resources for God

2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Our Resources Should Bless Others

1st Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

We Are Rich in Christ Who Sustains

Proverbs 30:8-9

Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches-Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, "Who is the Lord?" Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

Spreading the Gospel of Christ

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you...

The Work of the Gospel is the Lost

Matthew 9:35-38

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

The Lord is Near to All Who Call Upon Him

Psalm 145:18-21

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.

The Lord is Mercy and Truth

Psalm 25:8-10

Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies

Year of Proverbs
for Friday, March 24, 2017

Love Your Enemies, Do What is Best for Them - (Proverbs 25:21-22)

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.


Reading Notes

During ancient times it was a common practice to heat up the coals and wrap the warm coals within the head coverings. This was meant to keep people’s heads warm and it's that image conveyed here in these passages. We are called not to retaliate, but to do something kind for our enemies and thereby follow the commands of our Lord Christ Jesus. It was Jesus who told us to "love those who hate you and do good to those who despise you" and to "repay evil with good." By doing so, we not only fulfill the commandments of Christ, but we may also win over the hearts of our enemies. Because receiving our kindness and love can cause shame and repentance of their actions toward us. In other words, our good when applied to their evil can cause repentance and the pain of guilt within our enemies.

This in turn can cause a change in our relationship with them as their heart is softened by our kindness. Moreover, by our actions we not only show the love of God, but we become a witness of Christ working in us. And this type of reaction leads us to the second meaning of this passage. That is not only does it refer to being kind to those who hate us. But that our kindness and genuine concern, can also bring about the feeling of repentance and sorrow. Like hot coals on our heart it can affect the conscience of our enemies. Moreover, these acts of kindness done out of genuine love for others help to keep us blameless before God because we returned good for evil. Because, as children of God, saved by faith when we return evil for evil, or we seek revenge and retaliation. We do so because of the hatred and anger in our hearts, which is a sin before God.

Year of Psalms
for Friday, March 24, 2017

Jesus Is Our Rock in Times of Trouble - (Psalm 31:9-11)

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body for my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away. I am a reproach among all my enemies, But especially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances; Those who see me outside flee from me.


Reading Notes

There are times in our lives when trouble, heartache and tragedy strikes. Times when we do not know where to turn. Times when loss is guaranteed and the only question is "how much" and "how will we survive." But we cannot lose heart like those who have no hope, those without Christ, for we have the Lord. David experienced this more than most people, as he spent most of his life try to survive the attacks of those who were trying to kill him. Dear child of God, we have to remember we live in a fallen world, a world where death, disease, decay and chaos are common everyday occurrences. In addition, within this fallen world we have two additional enemies who desire to bring chaos and destruction into our lives. These enemies are Satan and those demons who follow him, and the second is our sin nature. These two together along with the fallen world are at enmity against God. This fact is critically important to understand and never forget. The Bible tells us that Satan, "goes around like a hungry lion, looking for those he can devour." This is so important for us to remember, because it means we can never walk alone under the power of our own will, or human abilities.

We walk by faith alone, we walk in Christ alone and do so through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And this concept is the heart of David's message. David understood better than most, that it was impossible for a child of God, not to rely on the Lord through life, especially given the trials which are part of life. Dear child of God, there is one more thing to remember. The more effective you are for the kingdom of God, the greater degree to which you walk with the Lord, means the greater the number and severity of attacks you will face from Satan and this fallen world. The only thing Satan and this fallen world like better than a person who doesn't know Christ, is a follower of Jesus, who lives as the world lives. Therefore, we stay focussed on the Lord because we know that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the one who spoke all creation into existence. And we know He loves us, so much so that His body bears the scars of the torture and death He endured for us. This means we stay strong in our walk with the Lord, we stay strong in running the race set before us, because we can cry out to God the Father and come before Him any time we need to or desire. We can pour out our pain, our tears, our fears and most of all our prayers and hope for rescue. We can do this because Jesus alone is faithful, and He alone is able to see us through any trial.

Bible Principle for Today
for Friday, March 24, 2017

Our joy is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and knowing we will spend eternity with Him; therefore even though disappointments are inevitable whether or not we get discouraged is our choice not God's will.

Prayer for Today
for Friday, March 24, 2017

Lord keep us meek that the love of Christ will shine through us to those we meet.