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Daily Bible Promises
for Saturday, July 04, 2015

God Promises He Has Made an Everlasting Covenant With Us - (Jeremiah 32:37,40)

I have made an everlasting covenant to only do good things for you.


Reading Notes

We read here in these passages a promise God made to the nation of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. This promise was also a prophecy to be fulfilled in the last days. God had promised that in the last days because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He would make a new covenant with Israel; one that was everlasting. And as a result of that new covenant God would bring them back to their lands in the last days, never to remove them again. That new covenant was Jesus Christ! Jesus is the Messiah Israel has been waiting for, He alone is the promised one of God.

As a matter of fact in the Bible the phrase "New Testament" means new covenant. And today as the last days are fast approaching we have seen this promise partially fulfilled. God has restore the nation of Israel back to their land and brought His people back from all the countries to which they were scattered. And just before the return of Christ we will see the nation of Israel as a whole come to faith in Christ. Also dear believer this promises is for us today, for those of us who have accepted Jesus by faith, because He is the "New Covenant" and because of our faith in Him we have everlasting life by His name.

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Believers Are One in Christ

Bible Verse 1st Corinthians 12:11-12, 14

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For in fact the body is not one member but many.

Commentary:

As followers Jesus we are all one body, that is to say we are all one family in Christ Jesus our Lord. But how is that? How does God make us all one body? First we all become children of God, brothers and sisters through our faith in Jesus. In addition God makes us joint-heirs with Christ when we accept Jesus, so we inherit God's kingdom together as one family. Therefore first all of us enter into the same family. Second we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who begins a work of sanctification in our hearts when we accept Jesus. And it's through the Holy Spirit's work of sanctification where he changes our hearts and works in our lives that we come together in one accord and for one purpose as one body in Christ.

That purpose is to praise and honor our King! To praise our saving God, Christ Jesus the Lord! And because of this one love we all share God has made each of us part of the same family of God which is the church. All of us working together to do His will in our lives. This happens because God has a special purpose for all those who have placed their faith in Jesus alone for salvation. Jesus Himself gives gifts to each believer to be used within the fellowship of believers which is the church. These gifts are for the edification, spiritual growth and care of all God's children. In addition God through His Holy Spirit places a desire within our hearts to help those in the world around us and to seek out the lost and bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

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Jesus Will Return with Power and Great Glory

Matthew 24:30-33

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye when ye shall see all these things know that it is near even at the doors.

The Tribulation Begins with a Covenant

Daniel 9:27

(The beginning of the Tribulation period) Then he (the anti-christ) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years); But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.

The Blessings of the Lord

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.

The Glories of Eternity Await Us

Hebrews 10:34

When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity.

We Press for the Goal of Knowing Christ

Philippians 3:12-16

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, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but 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. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

We Will Serve the Lord

Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Jesus Our High Priest and Perfect Substitute

Hebrews 2:17

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Jesus the Captain of Our Salvation

Hebrews 2:9-10, 2:18

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Jesus Tasted Death for Us

Hebrews 2:9-10

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Jesus Restores Us

Luke 4:18

Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind..."

Gentleness, Humility and Patience Marks a Follower of Christ

2nd Timothy 2:24-26

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

Year of Proverbs
for Saturday, July 04, 2015

The Wicked Will Not Withstand the Coming Storm - (Proverbs 10:23-25)

To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom. The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.


Reading Notes

The everlasting foundation of the righteous is God! Which like water to a tree which nourishes it so that it may grow stronger, deeper roots thereby building it taller, fuller with a more lasting foundation upon which to withstand the storm. God and His word nourishes the follower of Christ in much the same way. So when the whirlwind of tribulation comes, when the whirlwind of pain and suffering hits, when the whirlwind of temptation blows into the Christian's life he now has a foundation upon which to stand.

A foundation with roots deep in Christ and deep in God's Word to withstand the storm, a foundation which builds the Christian into a taller, fuller and stronger follower of Jesus. This is compared to the wicked, who is also described here as the fool. The wicked concern themselves with the here and now. Their only thoughts are how not to get caught and their pride and greed blinds them to forget about eternity ahead, and they do not comprehend a God who is watching them. Therefore the thought of a coming storm does not register in the consciousness of the wicked.

Year of Psalms
for Saturday, July 04, 2015

There is No Place, Thought or Deed Hidden from God - (Psalm 139:7-10)

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.


Reading Notes

David now begins to understand the omnipresence of God. As we read these passages we can see David work things out in his mind. David in the hypothetical sense takes himself to the extreme far corners of the world to aid his understanding, that no matter where we go God is there. David uses the polar opposites of Heaven and Hell in his analogy. However, here in these passages the word "Hell" is in reference to Sheol or Hades. Hades or Sheol is the temporary abode of the dead. It is divided into a paradise side and a hell side. We can get a glimpse of it in the Gospel of Luke chapter sixteen as we read the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Also an interesting note is to look at the phrase, "If I take the wings of the morning." This literary figure of speech was David's way of saying, if he could travel with the sunlight, in other words if could travel as fast as the sun across the sky he could still not outrun God.

The word "omnipresence" means "present everywhere", there is no where we can go where God is not present with us. Moreover, as followers of Christ each and every one of us are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells each and every follower of Christ as He carries out the process of spiritual growth (called sanctification) in the lives of all Christians. And here in the opening verse of this passage we see David make a reference to the Holy Spirit as he speaks about the Spirit of God. In these passages, David realizes that there is no where we can go where God is not there with us. As the sovereign creator of the universe, there is no where we can hide from God. One more important point we need to review for our understanding is to remember God is everywhere, but not in everything. Omni presence is one of the attributes of God, it's one of the characteristics of His person. It's part of God's divine attributes, just as holiness, love and truth are part of God's attributes as well. Therefore, we do not want to make the mistake of eastern mysticism. God's presence is not inside of creation, there are no godlike forces inside of rocks, dirt, mountains, plants or inanimate objects. That's not what omnipresence means, rather it means that God as the sovereign creator of the universe is in all places at all times watching with sovereignty over what He has created.

Bible Principle for Today
for Saturday, July 04, 2015

Everything good thing comes from God, which means our blessings are a gift from God, we must never forget, God blesses us that we may bless those around us, which is our privilege, giving is a gift from God.

Prayer for Today
for Saturday, July 04, 2015

Father, you have told us to pray for wisdom, so I pray today for wisdom and discernment. Give me wisdom to make decisions that bless my family and those over whom you have given me influence. Give me discernment to know how to plan and prepare for the opportunities ahead and to know how to react and respond when things don't go well. I know that this wisdom and discernment will come from your Spirit who lives in me, so I commit to yield my heart to your Spirit's influence and leading.