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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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Daily Bible Promises
for Friday, October 20, 2017

God Promises He Will Send Us His Holy Spirit - (Luke 11:13)

I will gladly give the Holy Spirit to those who will ask.


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The Holy Spirit is God and the Holy Spirit is our guarantee of the promise of God that we are His children by faith. And it is through the Holy Spirit that we are equipped for the work of ministry and it’s by the Holy Spirit, we produce fruit of the spirit which translates to works pleasing to God. When we accept Jesus by faith, believing He is who He claimed to be God incarnate, then we become children of God and have eternal life. And it is through the Holy Spirit that God gives us every good gift. Moreover, when God gives us gifts, He does so with eternity in mind. His gifts are for our eternal good as well as for our eternal joy as it relates to His purposes for our lives and the eternity that lies ahead for each and every one of us.

After we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God sends us His Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. The Holy Spirit then begins the work of sanctification in the life of the believer. Sanctification is the process of spiritual growth by which we become more Christ like because He changes us from the inside out, making our hearts more sensitive to the things of God. And it's because of Jesus sacrifice on the cross that we have received the greatest gift God can give us. That is eternal life through faith in the name of Jesus and the fact that we can now come before God as His children. We can do this because Jesus has restored our relationship with God. And it was the Holy Spirit who drew us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit did a work on our hearts in order that we could hear the Gospel message and love Jesus, who first loved us and died for us. It's through the Holy Spirit's work in our hearts that we could come to faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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God Desires Brokenness

Bible Verse Psalm 51:14-17

O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise.

Commentary:

Psalm fifty-one was written by David during a time of sincere repentance. This psalm serves as one of the classic psalms, showing man's repentance for sin and God's forgiveness. God is looking for those who have a sincere heart toward Him, evident in a broken-spirit because of sin. God is looking for those who realize we cannot save ourselves, those who know and understand that our sin has separated us from a holy God. Because when we learn this and truly understand the implications, it's then that we really see how wonderful God's mercy is toward us. It's then that we can see the true joy found in the saving grace of Jesus' sacrifice for us and the eternity that can only be found in Him. Moreover, it helps us to truly understand the effects of sin in our world and the lives of all people. It's important for us to really understand that Jesus the Author of all creation, became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus stepped out of eternity, took on humanity and dwelt among us, in order that He could be our propitiation for sin.

And He did so to bring redemption to those who through God's grace choose to accept Him by faith. Jesus having lived a sinless life accepted the punishment of the Cross in order to save us from the penalty of our sins and give us eternal life. God in order to stand in our place at the Cross, had to experience humanity, just as we have, but without sin. In order to take our place and take upon Himself the punishment for our sins, Jesus had to take on humanity. Jesus who is fully God and fully man, did this because we, a fallen humanity, had no possible way to save ourselves. We are unable to earn our salvation through any acts of kindness or good deeds. We have to remember that good deeds are God's standard for our normal day to day behavior, they are not special and cannot erase the guilt of past sin. Therefore, to truly know and understand this, helps us to experience God's joy. Because repentance requires a broken spirit. Our pride and ego only serves to block us from accepting Christ and experiencing the full love of God. It's not until we understand God's grace and the free gift of forgiveness, that's been given to us through Jesus, that we can truly forgive others.

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Our Time Here is Short

Psalm 39:4-5

Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah

Walk in Humility and Gentleness

Ephesians 4:1-3

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Husbands, Love Your Wives

Ephesians 5:25, 28, 33

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. . . . So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself... and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

Seeking the Lord in Affiliction

Lamentations 3:19-23

Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Living in the Spirit

Galatians 5:25-6:2

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

Praying for Others

Colossians 1:9-10

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22–23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Perilous Times Will Come

2nd Timothy 3:1-2, 5

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy... having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Satan's Time is Short

Revelation 12:12

Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.

Jesus the Light of the World.

John 3:19

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Jesus is Risen, He Goes Before Us

Mark 16:6-7

But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you."

Year of Proverbs
for Friday, October 20, 2017

The Wicked Pervert Justice - (Proverbs 18:5)

It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.


Reading Notes

The distortion of justice has become all too common in our world today. Partiality along with the perversion of justice in favor of the wicked, has become a normal behavior in our society. Our society today not only dishonors God, but we have placed emotions and how we feel about ourselves on a pedestal, disregarding right and wrong. Many today feel that because their wicked hearts can argue justification for their deeds, that will excuse their wickedness. Many feel if they do not get the outcome they desire, then attacking others is justified. However, we must remember God knows the true intents of our hearts. When God looks at us in judgment, God looks at our hearts and He knows the true intentions and desires of our hearts. In other words, God doesn't just look at our actions, but he also judges us based on the thoughts, desires and intents behind all of our actions. God knows the wickedness that goes on in the hearts of humanity, and He is the ultimate judge and none who are without Christ will escape.

We must remember God will judge us according to His standards. God is not a man that He will listen to our vain arguments. Though we can debate with each other over justification for our actions, no one will stand before the Lord and debate God. Those without Christ will stand before God silent, with their mouths shut, accepting the eternal torment and agony that awaits all those who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord, Savior and God. Moreover, all those who reject Christ will receive an immortal body that will feel, understand and remember every second of every moment in this life that they sinned and rebelled against God. Every opportunity they had to accept God's grace and instead rejected Jesus will be brought to mind. And they will do so in total separation from God, in total separation from all others, and for all eternity they will be isolated and punished in Hell. Therefore, we should not praise the wicked, nor should we honor evil or glorify the ungodly, because to do so denies their ultimate destruction and keeps them firmly planted in their separation from God. Rather, our hearts should break for what awaits the wicked, and we should seek to bring as many as possible into the kingdom of God, as we are led by the Holy Spirit to tell others about Jesus.

Year of Psalms
for Friday, October 20, 2017

The Lord Restores His Children Who are Held Captive - (Psalm 126:1-3)

When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.


Reading Notes

The author of this psalm is unknown, but the occasion is not. This psalm was written as a result of the people's return from Babylonian exile. After God had ended their time of exile, the Jewish people were allowed to return to Jerusalem under King Cyrus of Persia. They began to rebuild the Temple and the city. The return of the exiles happened in three successive waves. The first wave was led by Zerubbabel. The second wave was led by Ezra. And the third and final wave was led by Nehemiah. We are not sure which return this song applies. However, the contents of this psalm point more toward the first return under Zerubbabel than to the others. This psalm expresses the joy of the people and the thanks they had toward God. God had been true to His word. The Lord told the people they were going into exile for seventy years because they rebelled against God. God had also promised that at the end of their exile, they would be restored back to their land. The people were waiting for God's restoration, the time when they could return back to their homeland. As time passed each generation looked ahead to that time of restoration. And it's that time of restoration, which is celebrated in this psalm.

Like a dream the impossible happened and the people were restored back to their homeland. This was something the surrounding Gentile nations felt was impossible. However, God restored them just as He had promised and this psalm speaks of the joy and trust they have in the Lord because He alone is true to His covenant promises. While asking for his continued guidance as they rebuild the city, their homes and the Temple, they also asked God for their full restoration. The phrase, "like those who dream" can also be read as "like men restored to full health." Both refer to God's restoration of the people. There are some Bible scholars who argue that because of the general term used for restoration this could refer to national restoration from some other type of calamity. However, the evidence is overwhelming and supports a return from captivity. This psalm makes up the seventh "Song of Ascent" sung by the pilgrims as they traveled to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. The psalm itself can be broken down into three distinct sections. Section one is the praise of God and a description of the restoration. Section two is a prayer for the continued restoration until it has reached its complete fulfillment. And the third section praises God's wisdom and His righteousness as well as compares the return to a long awaited harvest.

Bible Principle for Today
for Friday, October 20, 2017

God is in control, He is not lacking and when we follow Him, He will guide us through His Holy Spirit and His Word, so we must never forget God is responsible for our needs when we obey Him.

Prayer for Today
for Friday, October 20, 2017

Lord help us to sense your presence and look for you always not just in times of trouble.