Tag: Jesus Christ

I need a Mediator!

Scripture reading for May 20: Job 8-10

When you talk with unbelievers, one of the main accusations against the idea of a supreme being is the injustice that is in the world.  How can a loving God allow such suffering of innocent people?  If God is all powerful, why does He allow evil to happen to good people?  If He is indeed just, does this mean that all suffering people are suffering because God is punishing them?  For many, these questions keep them from knowing God and embracing Him by faith!

The next friend of Job to speak was Bildad the Shuhite.  He told Job that his words were like a blustering wind!   He told Job that because his children sinned, God merely gave them over to the penalty of their sin!  (Job 8:2-4)  He was sure that God gave people what they deserved and he pointed Job to past generations and what they had experienced.  (Job 8:8-9)  He did encourage Job to plead with God for mercy and told him that God could restore him if he were really pure and upright. (Job 8:5-6)

Job answered his friend with a question: ” How can any mortal man be righteous before God?”  (Job 9:2)  He was aware of the great gap between him and God,  and he felt the need for a mediator, one who could arbitrate for him with this great God.  (Job 9:32-35)  Job spoke plainly to God about his need to understand what he had done wrong.  (Job 10:2)  He was not sure of his guilt.  Out of his pain, he wished he would have died before birth and asks for a reprieve before he does die!  (Job 10:20)

Suffering encourages us to ask the hard questions about our own life.  Job truly wanted to know if he was guilty of sin and if so, what was that sin?  Job grappled with his mortality and God’s great power and knowledge.  He tried to understand the justice of God in a situation that felt unfair.  His own friend Bildad had tried to help him see an aspect of God’s justice, but it was not feeling right in Job’s spirit.   We know that God said that Job was blameless but Job did not feel like it in his trial! (Job 1:8)

Job 9:33 “There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.”

Another thing to take note of is God’s answer to Job’s prayer for a mediator.  We now have a mediator Who is seated at God’s right hand on our behalf!  Jesus Christ is the One Mediator between God and man!  He is a man like us and understands our suffering and weakness and is able to help us when we suffer and are tempted!  (1st Timothy 2:5-6)

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Household salvation!

Scripture reading for April 27th: Acts 16

Key Scriptures: Acts 16:25-30 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.””

Because of preaching Jesus, Paul and Silas were beaten and placed in stocks in the dungeon of a Philippian jail. Not dismayed, they were worshiping God about midnight when a peculiar earthquake rocked the jail. It loosed all the shackles and opened the doors, causing the jailer to wake up in despair. Thinking that the prisoners had escaped, he prepared for suicide knowing the government would hold him accountable. Paul called out to him, stopping his final act. The jailer came and fell down before the freed prisoners and asked the preachers an amazing question: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas were ready with a simple answer that would apply to the jailer and his family! It is still true today and has brought other household salvations.

Acts 16:33-34 “And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that you make it easy to know how we can be saved, not just from ourselves, but from sin and it’s deadly consequences. I pray for salvation for my household and the rejoicing that results from repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Shake up my world today with Your salvation grace as I walk with You.

Acts 4:13 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name (Jesus) under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

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Do you have eternal life?

Scripture reading for November 26th: Zechariah 9-11; 1st John 5

Key Scriptures: 1st John 5:12-15 “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”

The devil always wants to get us into doubting our faith and our relationship with God. The aged Apostle John wrote to the early church to give them confidence. It is really quite simple: if you have Jesus Christ, God’s Son, you have life eternal. If you do not have Jesus Christ as Lord in your life, you abide in death. Having confidence in our relationship with Jesus Christ means knowing that what God’s Word says is true. Faith rests on God’s Word, not our feelings. We can now pray effectively and confidently to find the help we need to live victoriously by faith overcoming the devil!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I am thankful for Your trustworthy Word and the confidence that comes as I believe that You are God’s Son and my Savior. I call on You daily to fill me with Your Holy Spirit and strength to do Your will.

Zechariah 10:1 “Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord Who makes the storm clouds, and He will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation of the field.”

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God delivers His people!

Scripture reading for January 30th:  Exodus 1-3, Galatians 5

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 3:7-10  “Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters.  I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.  And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  Come, I will send you to Pharaoh. . . “ 

God sees everything and knows what is happening to His people.  He knows their bondage and fear.  He understands their suffering and the hard taskmasters of sin and the devil.  He, Himself, promises that He will deliver them from the bondage and take them to a land flowing with milk and honey.  His plan then was to send Moses to Pharaoh in His place and use him to bring His people out of bondage in Egypt.  But Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate and final word on freedom.  In Him, through faith, we have been set free forever!

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  I believe in Jesus Christ, who has set me free from the bondage of sin and death!  Lord, deliver me from all evil and empower me to enter the land of promise enjoying the milk of Your Word and the sweetness of Your presence with me today!

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All Thanks be to God!

Scripture reading for August 8th: 2nd Corinthians 9, Psalm 8, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:11-15  “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.  Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”

Paul explained how the cheerful and generous giving of the Corinthians brought a harvest of thanksgiving to God.  People receiving the gift and ministry it supported thanked God for the givers and the gifts.  The Apostles and ministers thanked God for the harvest made possible by the giving.  All the saints thank God for His inexpressible “Gift”, Jesus Christ, Son of God!

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for those who gave support and prayers for me to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Thank You for Your amazing Church and Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord!

Proverbs 4:10-12 “Hear, My son, and accept My Words, that the years of your life may be many.  I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.  When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.”  

 

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The God of Endurance and Encouragement!

Scripture reading for July 3rd:  Romans 15, Psalm 132, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures: Romans 15:4-6  “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

Paul knew that the Roman believers needed endurance and encouragement to live by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ.  The God of endurance and encouragement is Jesus Christ!  This amazing Savior gives us the encouragement and endurance we need through His unchanging and true Word, also a source of fulfillment for our deepest need.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ is the God of endurance and encouragement and that His Word gives me hope as well.  I shout for joy at the gifts of hope, endurance and encouragement!

Psalm 132:8-9  “Arise, O Lord, and go to Your resting place, Your and the ark of Your might.  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness and let Your saints shout for joy.”

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God shows no partiality!

Scripture reading for May 17th:  Acts 10, Psalm 99, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: Acts 10:34-38 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.  As for the word that He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”  

Peter had been sent by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel at the home of the Gentile centurion Cornelius.  As he opened his mouth to share, he noted that God shows no partiality between Jew or Gentile, but accepts all who come to Him in repentance and faith.  He simply shared Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection and that forgiveness of sins was available in His Name.  The Holy Spirit filled this group of Gentiles and they began to speak in tongues!

Faith Confession:  God is impartial and shows mercy to all who sincerely come to Him.  Help me to clearly share the Gospel with those who are open.  Send me to those needing understanding of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 6:20-22  “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you are awake, they will talk with you.”  

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Blessed Assurance–Jesus is Mine!

Scripture reading for November 23rd:  Ezekiel 31-33, 1st John 5

Key Scriptures:  1st John 5:11-13  “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 

John plainly states that God’s grace has given us eternal life through His Son.  God wants no one to perish but all to have this gift.  He wants no one to be uncertain about His promise of eternal life and the One who gives access, Jesus Christ.  No one should live in fear or uncertainty, these truths were written that we might know for certain this truth.

Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for leading me to turn back from my sinful ways and for the assurance of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord!  Amen!

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Avoiding deception!

Scripture reading for November 21st :  Ezekiel 24-26, 1 John 3

Key Scriptures:  1st John 3:7-9  “Little children, let no one deceive you.  Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous.  Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.  No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” 

The false teachers attacking the church in John’s last years were teaching that sin did not matter.  John set the record straight.  Sin is of the devil, who sinned from the beginning.  Jesus Christ appeared to destroy the devil’s work of sinning and giving new life to all who would believe through the Word of God abiding within us and the Holy Spirit teaching us.  No true believer can continue in sin.  Don’t be deceived!

Ezekiel 24:14 “I am the Lord.  I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it.  I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and plain truth.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit who teaches me to obey.  Lead me today into application of truth.  Amen.

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Saved by His Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Isaiah 39-42, Titus 3

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:4-7 g“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  

Our good works cannot save us.  It is only Christ’s mercy and His washing through His sacrifice of His blood and body on the cross that we are made righteous and justified.  This justification is by faith in Christ Jesus alone.  Through grace we become heirs of the promise of eternal life in God’s holy family.  Amen!

Isaiah 40:9  “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up and fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace and the washing from my sins by Jesus Christ.  I will proclaim this “Good News” to all today.  Amen!

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