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The Crown of Life

Scripture reading for October 31st:  Jeremiah 27-29, James 1

Key Scriptures:  James 1:12-13  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”  

James was the pastor of the church of Jesus in Jerusalem.  Most of his congregation were of Jewish background.  He encouraged them to maintain their faith during trials.  The trails may have included family members enticing them to come back to Judaism.  Paul warned them that God tempted no man, but desires come from within and sin is acting on the desires.  Sin would lead to death, contrary to God’s good plan of salvation through faith.

Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”    

Prayer:  Thank You Lord for Your good plans and encouragement from Your Word and promise of eternal reward.  Deliver me from evil, for Yours is the Kingdom, power and glory forever!  Amen.

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The simplicity of faith!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  Luke 23

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 23:39-43  “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Aren’t You the Christ?  Save yourself and us!”  But the other criminal rebuked him.  “Don’t you fear God,” he said, since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.”

Two criminals were crucified with Jesus.  A sign had been placed over Jesus’ head which read, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”  One criminal mocked Jesus in unbelief:  “Aren’t You the Christ?”  He mockingly asked Jesus to save himself and them, never believing that anything would result.  The other criminal rebuked him for not fearing God.  He acknowledged his guilt and the just punishment that they were receiving and recognized that Jesus was innocent.  Out of that humble spirit, he simply asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom.  What comforting ‘Truth’ Jesus spoke in return!  A great reversal would take place that very day by faith!

Observations for over-comers:   The fear of the Lord and a humble heart that simply believes brings life, salvation, and eternal reward.  “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.”  (Proverbs 16:6)

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