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Everyone of us has sinned and broken God's laws. Everyone has fallen short of God's perfect standard. All people at one point or another have done something or thought something they're not proud of, something that they would not like anyone else to know about, let alone God. Moreover, God looks not only at our deeds, but also the desires and motives behind all the things we do. The Bible says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." And that's what Salvation is all about. All of humanity was born with a sin-nature, and we are separated from God because of our sin. In addition, there are no works we can perform, which can earn our way into Heaven. What we consider "good deeds" are god's standard for our normal everyday behavior. If that were not hard enough, we have to remember, no good deeds, no matter how big the sacrifice, erase or remove past sin. There are no scales in Heaven, God is not going to compare our sins against our good deeds, to see which is greater.

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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for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

God Promises to Bless and Comfort Us in Times of Mourning - (Matthew 5:4)

I will bless you in times of mourning with My comfort.


Reading Notes

Without Jesus we have no hope, and many people realize they are estranged from God and do not know how to bridge the gap between their fallen state and a holy God. As a result, many people rely on good works as they try to make themselves into a better person, a person they feel is acceptable to God. In other words, people try to earn their way into Heaven. This passage taken from the Beatitudes, speaks of godly sorrow, or mourning because of sin and our fallen nature. And what Jesus is telling us in this passage is there is always hope for those who place their faith in Him. For those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit is busy doing a work in our hearts. This work is a process of spiritual growth carried out by God in us and it's called sanctification. This process of spiritual growth lasts a lifetime and helps us to understand who we are and what it means to be created in the image of God. Moreover, as we grow in our faith and love toward Jesus we gain a greater sensitivity to sin as our love for Christ grows deeper. This in turn causes a sadness and repentance in us when we stumble and sin. And that's what Jesus is talking about in this passage.

Jesus is speaking about a deep sense of repentance and a longing for that day when we will be with him and sin no more. The word used to refer to "those who morn," is the Greek word "pentheho" and it conveys a sense of a deep sorrow or sadness as a result of sin. A sorrow that we feel because in light of the perfect law of God, we know and understand the depth of our sinfulness and separation from God. However, because of our relationship with God through Jesus, we now have hope. In addition, this is an important process for those who do not know Jesus. Because their sin creates within them a sorrow that produces repentance. And it's this repentance which causes those who are lost to turn to Christ as they are called by God through the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. And this in turn leads into a relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord. With salvation, we receive a supernatural joy which comes from God. A deep down joy because even though we stumble, we know we are already forgiven. A joy that comes from knowing one day we will be with Jesus and sin will be no more. And finally a joy, that comes from knowing as we repent, Jesus is waiting with arms open wide. This brings comfort to our hearts as the Holy Spirit comes along side us, to strengthen us and help us to grow in perseverance.

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We Are Not of the World, We Are of Christ

John 15:18-21

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master." If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

The Love of Christ Frees Us from Sin

John 15:22-25

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, "They hated Me without a cause."

We Are Strengthened in Christ through the Holy Spirit

John 15:26-27

But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

Jesus Our Good Shepherd

Luke 4:18

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.

Salvation is Found in Christ Alone

John 10:1-2

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

We Belong to Jesus and He Knows His Own

John 10:27-30

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one.

Our Glorified Bodies Await Us

2nd Corinthians 5:1-4, 6-7

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Absent from the Body, In the Presence of Jesus

2nd Corinthians 5:6-9

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.

Christ Died for Us, We Live for Him

2nd Corinthians 5:14-15, 17

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

We Are Reconciled to Jesus

2nd Corinthians 5:18-21

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Year of Proverbs
for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Do Not Forsake God's Law - (Proverbs 3:1-2)

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.


Reading Notes

Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who then begins a work in our hearts. This change makes us sensitive to the things of God. And as we grow closer to Jesus, we grow in the awareness of God's law which is written on our hearts. His law of love, humility and justice. Placing others ahead of ourselves. Where we in humility, seek to do what is right because of our love for the Lord. In addition, the Holy Spirit also increases our understanding of God's word as we study the Bible. In this proverb Solomon is speaking of wisdom and specifically wisdom from God.

Though it may require chastening and discipline from the Lord because of our fallen nature, God's wisdom brings with it immense benefits for a godly life. In these opening verses Solomon is explaining that wisdom is rooted in God first and foremost. And secondly in the sound teaching of God's word. Moreover, as we walk with the Lord, we discover that God's laws are designed to bring us a long and more fruitful life. They do so because of the natural and divine benefits they bring into our lives. They also help us to turn our hearts back to God and make us more sensitive to the things of God and His direction in our lives.

Year of Psalms
for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Patience and Waiting on the Lord is Part of Trusting Him - (Psalm 37:1-4)

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.


Reading Notes

This psalm is a wisdom song, written in an acrostic pattern using letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This psalm deals with patience and waiting on the Lord and as an illustration it deals with the age old question about the prosperity of the wicked who rebel against God. In addition, this entire chapter teaches us the wisdom of trusting in the Lord as we wait on God's guidance and His timing. As children of God adopted into the family of God by our faith in Jesus, we wait upon the Lord. And we place our trust in Him alone, to see us through the trials of life and provide for our daily needs. Moreover, David through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit helps us to understand that God will deal with the wicked in His own timing, and that they will ultimately perish and not inherit the kingdom of God. In addition, God reassures us in His word that the deeds of the wicked do not go unnoticed, nor will they go unpunished.

As followers of Christ, there are several things we have to remember, first and foremost is we live in a fallen world. A world which is at enmity against God. This means we should not be surprised when wicked people prosper in a wicked fallen world which itself hates God. Second, God looks at the hearts of all people. We have to remember God does not see as man sees. Rather, God looks at the hearts of humanity and God judges us not just on our actions, but also on the desires and motivations behind those actions. In addition, God also holds the wicked responsible for their "sins of omission." Sins of omission are when we fail to act when we should have, or when we fail to help others when it is in our power to do so. Therefore, we should not worry over the prosperity of the wicked, but instead trust in the Lord and feed on His faithfulness as He will sustain His people, even in times of trouble. We should not follow after the wicked, rather we are to delight ourselves in the goodness of God, knowing His justice will prevail.

Bible Principle for Today
for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We reap what we sow; but remember reaping is often more than what was sown and latter than we expected and every farmer knows what we reap depends on the seeds that were sown good or bad, were they the things of God or things of this world.

Prayer for Today
for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I want to thank you for the ways you have touched my heart and used my life. However, dear God, I fervently pray that you will use me in ways I cannot imagine. I want to be part of your work of changing the world. Please wholly use my life until you call me home. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.