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Daily Bible Promises
for Saturday, August 01, 2015

God Promises He is For His Children - (Romans 8:31)

If I am for you, no one can stand against you.


Reading Notes

Paul wrote this letter to a church has had never met; but hoped to meet soon. The letter to the Roman Christians was meant to encourage them and give them a solid understanding of the Christian faith. Today we call Paul's letter to the Romans the "flagship" letter of the New Testament because of its complete doctrinal teachings on Christianity. This passages comes just after a section explaining the security we have in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul added these rhetorical questions in order to help believers understand the spiritual truth that lies beneath.

A better reading for the passage above would be, "Since God is for us, who can be against us?" This was speaking to God's omnipotence, His sovereignty and His foreknowledge. And since God is in control and our salvation and eternity are secure, what have we to fear? Though they can kill our bodies, still our souls and where we'll spend eternity is secure in Jesus. And since God is in control who can stand against the will of God, who can fight against God? Who can overcome the omnipotent Creator of the universe, who created everything with His spoken word? If God has secured us, and He is for us who are we to fear?

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The Wicked Prepare Themselves for the Day of Slaughter

Bible Verse James 5:4-6

Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

Commentary:

As we read through the Old Testament we see that God had given commands to all landowners. During harvest time they were not to harvest the corners of their fields. In addition, they were only allowed to go through their field one time. Landowners could not go through their fields a second or third time to ensure they got every last piece of the harvest. God had done this for the overall good of society. God's commands created a mechanism whereby the poor and needy by their own labor could go into the fields and harvest food to feed themselves and their families. However the wicked landowners in their greed, those who were in rebellion against God were taking everything for themselves and ignoring God's commandments. And if that wasn't enough when the harvesters finished the landowner would defraud them. The landowners would do what they could in order to avoid paying their wages for the day. Both of these acts were expressly forbidden by God, especially in light that God had given them the land. The land was not theirs to begin with, God had taken it from the Canaanites and given it to Israel.

If this wasn't bad enough the landowners were bribing the court system to steal what little land the poor had. They did so in order to gain more for themselves as they lived extravagant lifestyles. And what James tells them through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is at the end, the wicked landowners are like lambs heading to the slaughter. God tells them in reality they're just fattening themselves for the day of slaughter. A time when God will pour out His wrath against them. In their wicked actions the landowners had murdered the just. And James is not referring to actual murder, but rather by defrauding the poor, they brought about the destruction of peoples lives. James is therefore reminding them that God not only sees their actions, but God also knows the wicked intent of their hearts. In addition the landowners were ignorant to the fact that the prayers of the innocent come up before God asking for justice. And we know from passages elsewhere in the New Testament that the prayers of the saints come up before the throne of God.

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We Are Born Again in Christ

John 3:5-6

Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

The Holy Spirit Dwells in Every Follower of Christ

Romans 8:11

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Do We Have a Heart for God?

2nd Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Be Humble in the Lord

Matthew 6:5-6

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Prayer is Part of Our Relationship with the Lord

Matthew 6:7-13

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Charity is From the Heart, Out of Love for Jesus

Matthew 6:1-4

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Build Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 6:17-21

But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We Are the Light of Christ to the World

Matthew 6:22-23

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness

We Strive to be the Good Soil

James 4:7-8, 10

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

We Strive to be a Light to the Lost

Luke 8:16-17

No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

Avoid Obstacles that Hinder Our Service

2nd Timothy 2:3-5, 7

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Year of Proverbs
for Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Righteous Love Instruction and Knowledge - (Proverbs 12:1-3)

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.


Reading Notes

Those who are righteous love instruction and knowledge, and the Lord will guide them and establish them in His wisdom and truth. Our foundation of righteousness and truth is the rock of Christ upon which we stand. He is the solid bedrock upon which we build, using the word of God which is the Bible. As followers of Jesus, we are first saved by grace because of our faith in Him. We are then indwelt by the Holy Spirit who helps us to understand and memorize the Bible as we study God's word. Our faith is based on our relationship with God through Christ.

The wicked are foolish and stupid in God's eyes. They follow their own intentions, led by their desires, believing their actions will establish their way and bring them happiness and success. When in reality they add condemnation upon wrath because of their rejection of Jesus. God compares this to the righteous who have their roots deep in Christ. So when the storm hits they are not destroyed because they are secure in their foundation. But the wicked can never be established, instead they are prepared for destruction.

Year of Psalms
for Saturday, August 01, 2015

Acknowledge God, In All You Do and Follow His Ways - (Psalm 44:3-4)

For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them. You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob.


Reading Notes

God gave His blessings to the children of Israel , and because they were His chosen people He gave them what we refer to as the Promise Land. Even though they had failed to take possession of all God had commanded to, what victories they did have were at the hand of the Lord. As we look at the conquest under Joshua we see that the Lord never had them conquer a city the same way twice. In addition the way in which they conquered the cities like Jericho made no sense from man's perspective and that was the whole point.

God did not want the Israelites to take credit for what He had done for them, so the Lord provided victories in such a way that they could not help but give thanks to God. And so it is in our lives, more often than not the Lord will lead us in directions different from our best laid plans. How many times have we become frustrated when our visions for things do not work out as planned; however instead of frustration we should follow the Lord's leading, understanding it is not by our might and will we move forward; but by the Lord's blessing and guidance.

Bible Principle for Today
for Saturday, August 01, 2015

As children of God through Christ we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we must never forget, to walk in the Spirit means to obey the guidance and initial promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for Today
for Saturday, August 01, 2015

Dear God help me today to share the gifts of your love and happiness with someone who has less chance that I of finding them.