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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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

God Promises He Loves Us and Gives Us Life - (Ephesians 2:4-5)

I made you alive in Jesus simply because I love you.


Reading Notes

Mankind cannot save themselves. We do not have the ability to earn our way into heaven! If death be the penalty for every sin no matter how small, well then how many times can we die? In addition God's law, His very word points out that there are none righteous, no not one! Therefore we are dead in our trespasses and sins.

Now from mankind's perspective we may be doomed; however we have a God who loves us dearly. And He has made a way for us. God alone without our help has provided a way that we may spend eternity with Him. Because of His love for us, Christ stepped out of eternity and took on flesh that He may die for us, so we can live through Him. Therefore God has made us alive together with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The Four Beasts of the Sea

Bible Verse Daniel 7:3-7

And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. And behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

Commentary:

The Lord had given Daniel a vision during the first year of the reign of Belshazzar king of Babylon. Belshazzar had taken the throne approximately twenty-two years before, after the death of his father king Nebuchadnezzar, who reigned for forty-three years. This vision is similar to the vision given to king Nebuchadnezzar many years earlier regarding the gentile nations which would rule the known world from king Nebuchadnezzar's time to the return of Christ.

The sea represents the gentile nations and peoples of the world. The first beast which is the lion with eagle's wings represents Babylon. And we can today see the winged lion represented on the restored gate of Babylon in Iraq. The second beast, the bear is higher on one side than the other representing the Medo-Persian Empire. The fact that the bear is higher on one side signifies Persia's ultimate superiority over the Medes.

The third beast represented by the leopard with wings and four heads represents the Greek Empire lead by Alexander the Great. The wings signify the speed in which he conquered. The four heads represent Alexander's four generals who divided his kingdom after his death, ruling over Macedonia, Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt.

The fourth terrible beast represents the Roman Empire which was never conquered. Rather it fell apart in 476 B.C., part of which lived on as Europe. The ten horns of the terrible beast represent a revived form of the Roman Empire that will once again rise before the return of Christ. This revived form of the Roman Empire will have ten ruling parts. Which represents ten kings along with their geographical regions, three of which are subdued by the Antichrist.

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Power of the Holy Spirit

1st Corinthians 2:4-5

My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Preach Only Christ Crucified

1st Corinthians 2:1-3

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.

We Are Bond-Servants of Christ

2nd Corinthians 4:5

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.

Serve Christ in Humility

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Goodness Belongs to the Lord

Psalm 86:5

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Love Your Neighbor as Christ Loved You

Galatians 5:13-14

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Good Comes From a Heart Following God

Luke 6:45

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Follow the Lord and Do Good

1st Peter 3:8-12

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here's what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you're worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he's asked; But he turns his back on those who do evil things.

We Have Rest in Jesus

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

The Lord's Dominion is Over All

Daniel 4:34-35

His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, 'What have You done?'

The Lord is With Us in Trials

Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Year of Proverbs
for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Friendship is a Gift and Responsibility from God - (Proverbs 27:9-10)

Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel. Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, Nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.


Reading Notes

These passages speak of friendship and ties that bind people together as well as the wisdom of a child to not forsake their father’s friends; to honor and respect those friendships as well as the new ones they forge. These bring wisdom, joy and soundness to a life because of the wise counsel they bring with them. The term for hearty counsel refers to counsel that contains an abundance of wisdom for the good of the individual.

Counsel given out of love and concern for the welfare of the person it is given to. More importantly God places people in our paths at important points in our lives. God raises up friends for guidance and companionship in our lives and to honor those friendships is to honor God. And that's what these passages are speaking of, honoring God in all we do. The comparison to family used here is not meant to criticize family, but to show us that ties of friendship can in many cases be just as strong.

Year of Psalms
for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Enemies of God Seek Destruction - (Psalm 41:5-8)

My enemies speak evil of me: "When will he die, and his name perish?" And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it. All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt. "An evil disease," they say, "clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more."


Reading Notes

In the ancient world to use the phrase, "and his name perish" was a common way of saying, "we wish they never existed". Here David is speaking of the attitude of the enemies of God's people in general. How the hearts of those in rebellion against the Lord spend their time and energies in seeking the destruction of God's people.

They do so in an effort to remove God from society in general. They do because of the evil desires of their heart. They do so because they feel if they can remove God from society then no one can see and stop the evil that they do. However not only can God see their sins, He is the defender of all those who call upon His name.

Bible Principle for Today
for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

God is in control and He has eternity in mind for us, though trials may happen because of our sin, the sin of others and the fallen world we live in, we must never forget adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.

Prayer for Today
for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We thank you Lord for loving us so much, please let see your guidance in all areas of our lives.