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Be careful how you build!

Scripture reading for August 27th: Isaiah 23-25, 1st Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 3:10-13 “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw–each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.”

Paul used the example of our spiritual life as a building. As a preacher of the Gospel, he laid a foundation–Jesus Christ as Lord. Each person who received Christ is building on that foundation. Believers must be careful and thoughtful about what materials they are using. The attitudes and actions that we use day by day contribute to the building. Each person’s building –spiritual house– will be tested by fire on the Day of Christ at the judgment seat of Christ. Some works will not pass through the fire. Others done in obedience to Christ will result in reward. The believer will be saved but as through the fire.

Faith confession and prayer: I believe the Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ the Lord. Help me Lord, as I live on earth as a believer to be careful how I build my life by obeying Your Word and living by the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 25:9 “It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, that He might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

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The Invitation: “Come!”

Scripture reading for December 31st:  Malachi 1-4 and Revelation 22

Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-20  “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”  And let the one who hears say, “Come.”  And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come Lord Jesus!” 

Jesus Christ ends the Revelation given to John with three “I am coming soon!” declarations.  The Holy Spirit and the Bride(Christ’s Church) all are calling out to all men to “Come!”  The message is simple.  It must not be added to or taken away from!  Old and New Testaments agree!

Malachi 4:1-3 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble.  The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.  But for you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I long for Your coming.  Thank You that it will be soon!  Help me to offer the invitation to all You send me to.  Amen.

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