Tag: Proverbs 27:12

Blameless in Holiness before God!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Proverbs 26-28, 1st Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 3:9-13  “For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?  Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”

Paul had been encouraged by the report from Timothy concerning the faith and steadfastness of the Thessalonians.  It gave him great joy and comfort to know that the tempter, Satan, had not been successful in his tricks.  But as a true pastor, he longed to return and further instruct them in God’s Word and see their faith increase.  He entrusted them to the Father and the Lord Jesus to help them grow and abound in love.  He prayed that their hearts would be blameless before God when Jesus Christ returned.  Without holiness, no one can stand before the Lord.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word and the working of holiness into my heart by the Holy Spirit.  Help me today to grow in faith and love towards You and my brothers and sisters that I may be able to stand before You when You come again.  Hide me in Jesus Christ on the Day of Christ.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”  

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The New Covenant of Grace!

Scripture reading for October 23rd:  Hebrews 8, Psalm 62, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 8:6-7, 13 “But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant He mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.  For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.  . . . In speaking of a new covenant, He makes the first one obsolete.  And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” 

Christ’s ministry was far superior to that of Moses.  Moses was the mediator of the old covenant of law.  Those who obeyed would live, an impossibility because of our sin nature.  Christ’s covenant was one of grace through faith.  If we repent of trusting in our own good works and believe on Jesus, we will be saved.  The old covenant is obsolete–out of date!  It has been replaced by something new and better–forever!

Faith Confession:  I thank God for the new covenant based on grace through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  I live by faith in the gift of eternal life and receive grace to stand forgiven before God in Christ Jesus my Lord.  Keep me from the danger of self-righteousness.

Proverbs 27:12 “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”    

 

 

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Awe at the death of The Son of God

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Matthew 27, Psalm 27, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:51-54 “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””

Matthew described the events that took place immediately after Jesus cried out for the last time and gave up His Spirit.  First, the temple veil was torn, from top to bottom revealing the Holy of Holies.  Then there was a great earthquake, shaking rocks to pieces and opening sealed tombs, as well as a resurrection of saints from those tombs who showed themselves to many in the city.  The centurion and troops overseeing the crucifixion saw these events and made a faith confession:  “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Faith’s confession:  I believe that the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, opened the way for me to experience the presence of God.  I have a down payment now with the Holy Spirit in me but will fully experience Jesus at the resurrection and rapture.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

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