Thursday, January 26, 2023

Because of Jesus…



 

Because I have received Jesus Christ as my Savior, I am under the completely sufficient imputed righteousness of Christ. 

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Knowing that God’s love for me and approval of me will never be determined by my performance is the most encouraging promise to which I cling. I have placed my trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Nothing I do will make God love me more and nothing I do will make God love me less. 


I am redeemed by His precious blood; there is no greater love. As He is, so am I in this world (I John 4:17). The threat of failure, judgment, and condemnation has been removed (Romans 8:1).

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As I pray God’s Word, fear, doubt, and discouragement leave and His peace renews my heart and mind. As I experience His peace, I recognize when I have been held captive by controlling thoughts. 

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As I stand in agreement with God, saying the same thing God says about my specific thoughts, I see the lies I have believed as wallpaper in my mind. I ask God to help me tear down the lies wallpapering my mind and re-wallpaper my mind with the Truth of God’s Word. 

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I ask God to help me see situations in my life the way He sees them. The more I see the way God sees, I become saturated with the favor of God, seeing His view of me through the blood of Christ.

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In Christ, I am...

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BLESSED with every spiritual blessing, 

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ACCEPTED in the Beloved Son of God, 

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ADOPTED as a child of the King, 

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CHOSEN before the foundation of the world, 

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REDEEMED by His Blood, 

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FORGIVEN by His Grace,

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LOVED with an everlasting love, underneath are the everlasting arms.

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When you feel betrayed, God says: YOU ARE BLESSED

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

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When you feel ignored, God says: YOU ARE ACCEPTED

"According to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Eph. 1:5-6)

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When you feel abandoned, God says: YOU ARE ADOPTED

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. (Eph. 1:4-5)

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When you feel inadequate, God says: YOU ARE CHOSEN

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” (Eph. 1:4)

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When you feel rejected, God says: YOU ARE REDEEMED

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.” (Eph. 1:7-8)

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When you feel condemned, God says: YOU ARE FORGIVEN

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.” (Eph. 1:7-8)

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When you feel forgotten, God says: YOU ARE LOVED

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” (Eph. 1:4) “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jer. 31:3) “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deu. 33:27)

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When you feel unable or unstable, God says: YOU ARE ABLE

“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!” (Hab. 3:19).

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When you feel exhausted, God says: I WILL GIVE YOU REST

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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When you feel you can’t go on, God says: MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT

"But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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When you feel you don’t know what to do, God says: I WILL DIRECT YOUR STEPS

"Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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When you feel you can’t go on, God says: YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS

"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)

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When you feel it’s not worth it, God says: IT WILL BE WORTH IT

"We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Romans 8:28)

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When you feel you can’t forgive yourself, God says: I FORGIVE YOU

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) 

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When you feel you can’t manage, God says: I WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS

"God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 4:19)

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When you feel worried and frustrated, God says: CAST YOUR CARE ON ME

"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”(1 Peter 5:7)

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When you don’t know what to do, God says: I WILL GIVE YOU WISDOM

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

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When you feel all alone, God says: I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut.31:6)

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Look Up—meditate on Ephesians 1 …pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.

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Look In—as you meditate on Ephesians 1 …pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."

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Look Out—as you meditate on Ephesians 1…pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

If you died tonight…


When I first shared this article, my friend, Ginny Harrington Haymaker, replied and shared her testimony with me…”When I was a new car salesman at Albritton’s, there was an elderly couple that came in to buy a car.  They sat down, then the woman asked me if I was “saved”?  I didn’t know how to answer her at first.  I told her I was a Christian and I went to church, but she again asked me if I was “saved”? “Born again”?  I told her I didn’t know about that expression, but I WAS a Christian.  She said something to the effect of she was sure I was a good person, but she wanted to do business with a “born-again Christian”, so I turned her over to John McElhanan and they bought a car.  That had such an effect on me that I think it was your Dad, Eston Willis, that I went to and started asking questions...and then, only 4 years later, (I wasn’t a quick study) I turned my life over to Christ.  I wonder how many people that woman was responsible for leading people to Christ? I don’t believe I have ever told anyone that story until today Beth.”

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My response to Ginny: “Ginny, thank you so much for sharing your heart with me. I know Daddy loved you as a sister in Christ, and I so appreciate you sharing your memories of him with me. Many blessings to you!”

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Story of the Little Old Man on George Street

At a church in South London as the service was closing, a stranger stood up in the back and asked the pastor if he could share his testimony: 

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A few weeks ago I was visiting a relative in Sydney Australia and was walking down George Street.A little white haired man stepped outside of the doorway of a shop and asked me, “Excuse me, sir, are you saved? And if you died tonight, would you go to Heaven?”

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I was astounded at his words; nobody had ever asked me such a thing. All the way back to England on British Airways, I pondered his words. When called, a friend asked him about it. He was a Christian and led me to Christ. I want to fellowship here with you, and everyone clapped at his conversion. That pastor flew to Adelaide, Australia the next week to speak at a conference at a church.

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A woman asked to speak with him and before he would hear her story, he wanted to know if she had given her heart to Christ. She said, “I was visiting friends in Sydney and doing some last-minute shopping on George Street. A little white haired man stepped outside of the doorway of a shop and asked me, “Excuse me, madam, are you saved? If you died tonight, would you go to Heaven?”

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I was greatly disturbed by those words. When I got back to Adelaide, I came to this church and sought out the pastor, and he led me to Christ. Twice in two weeks he heard about this little man on George Street.

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He then flew to Perth to speak in a church. After the service, a leading member of the church took him out to eat, and he asked him how he came to Christ. I grew up in the church and never really followed Christ, but because of my business ability, I was given a place of influence in the church. I was on a business outing in Sydney, walking down George Street and a little white haired man stepped outside of the doorway of a shop and asked me, “Excuse me, sir, are you saved? If you died tonight, would you go to Heaven?” I was infuriated and told him I was an elder in the church. I flew home and told my pastor what had happened, thinking he would sympathize with me.

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The Pastor told me he had been disturbed for years about my spiritual condition, and my pastor led me to Jesus. The Pastor flew home to London and was speaking in a minister’s conference in Kesick and shared the story of the little white haired man. Four elderly Pastors came up to him after the service and told him that they got saved between 25 and 30 years ago, respectively, through that little man on George Street.

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He next was speaking at a convention in the Caribbean to a group of missionaries from his denomination and shared the story about the little white haired man. Three missionaries came up to him and said, “We got saved through him 15 to 20 years ago, respectively.”

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He continued on to Atlanta, Georgia, and spoke at a Naval Chaplain’s convention. After three days of speaking, the Chaplain General took him out to a meal. He asked him how he gave his life to Christ.

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“When I was young sailor, living a very sinful life, I was aboard a ship in the South Pacific, and we stopped in Sydney Harbor for replenishments. I got blind drunk, got on the wrong bus, and was dropped off on George Street.

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A little white haired man stepped outside of the doorway of a shop and asked me, “Excuse me, sir, are you saved? If you died tonight, would you go to Heaven?” The fear of God shook me. I was shocked sober and went back to the battleship, sought out the Chaplain, and he led me to Christ.

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Six months later the pastor flew to India to do a convention for 5,000 Indian missionaries. The leader of the missionaries took him to his home to eat and he asked him, “How did you, as a Hindu, come to Christ?” I was in a very privileged position. I worked for the Indian diplomatic mission, and I travelled the world.

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I am so thankful for Jesus and the forgiveness of my sins. I would be very embarrassed if people knew how dark of a life I was living. I was in Sydney, Australia doing some last minute shopping, laden with gifts that I was bringing home to my wife and children.

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A little white haired man stepped outside of the doorway of a shop and asked me, “Excuse me, sir, are you saved? If you died tonight, would you go to Heaven?” I was disturbed, and when I returned home, I sought out my Hindu Priest. He told me to satisfy my curiosity to go and talk to the Christian missionary. That missionary led me to Christ; I abandoned Hinduism and soon began to study for ministry. I left the diplomatic mission and am today the head of these missionaries. We have led tens of thousands to Christ. eight months later, he was speaking in Gamier, a southern suburb of Sydney, and he asked the pastor if he knew about a little man who witnessed on George Street.

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He said he did, and the man’s name is Mr. Genor. He doesn’t do it anymore as he is too old and frail. He asked if he could meet him, and two nights later they went to his apartment, and this frail little old man opened the door. He made them tea and was so frail that he kept spilling his tea as his hand shook. The London preacher told him of all the accounts of the past few years.

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He began to cry and said, “My story goes like this:”

I was working on a war ship and at a time when my life fell apart, I went to a Christian man to whom I treated horribly. He led me to Christ and my life changed from that day forward. I was so grateful to God that I would share Jesus with at least 10 people every day. I wasn’t always able to do it; I wasn’t paranoid about it, but did my best to fulfill my promise.

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I have done this for over 40 years, and in my retirement years the best place was on George Street, as there are hundreds of people there. I got a lot of rejections, but a lot of people listened to me, and in 40 years of doing this I have never heard of one person coming to Jesus from doing this, until today.

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The Pastor told him he estimated 140,000 who had come to Christ through those he had influenced. Two weeks later Mr. Genor died. Can you imagine his reward when he got to Heaven?

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Nobody but a handful of people in Sydney knew Mr. Genor, but his name is famous in Heaven.

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January 18th The Bible In One Year Commentary 

Matthew 13:18-35

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Keep telling people about Jesus

Every time you have told someone about Jesus and the gospel, you have ‘planted’ a seed in their heart. Not every seed you plant will bear fruit, as we see in the parable of the sower. Some seed never takes root (v.19). Other seed produces only temporary results. We can be drawn away from God by ‘trouble’ or ‘the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth’ (vv.21–22).

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Yet if the seed grows well, each of these parables shows us that you can have a huge impact. ‘The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams’ (v.23, MSG).

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Jesus tells many parables about the kingdom of God (the ‘kingdom of heaven’ is Matthew’s preferred form, following the regular Jewish practice of reverentially saying ‘heaven’ rather than ‘God’).

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The kingdom is both ‘now’ and ‘not yet’. Jesus’ parable about the weeds tells us that there is a future aspect of the kingdom. At the moment, the wheat and the weeds grow together. One day there will be a harvest and a judgment. When Jesus returns the kingdom of God will come in all its fullness (vv.24–30).

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Jesus goes on to say: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in a field. Although it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch in its branches’ (vv.31–32).

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The image of birds in branches appears quite a few times in the Old Testament, where it symbolises people from all nations becoming part of God’s family (see Ezekiel 17:22–24; 31:3–14; Daniel 4:9–23). Jesus was reminding his listeners that the kingdom of heaven was not just for one nation but for the whole world.

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There are many different types of planting. For example, one small group plants another and ‘it grows’ (Matthew 13:32). Then there is ‘church planting’. What is planted is often quite small – like a mustard seed. But when ‘planted… it grows’ (vv.31–32).

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I look around at some of the ‘church plants’ from our local church and see the huge impact they are having on the area – ‘The birds of the air come and perch in its branches’ (v.32) – with people coming into God’s kingdom who are as unexpected as Gentile believers were to the Jewish nation. All over the world today we see the impact of ‘church planting’. As the church growth expert, Peter Wagner, has said, ‘Church planting is the most effective form of evangelism known under heaven.’

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Jesus goes on to talk about the kingdom of heaven being like yeast that works its way all through the dough (v.33). Your influence can be enormous – in your home, family, school, university, factory or office. This is how the transformation of society takes place.

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Lord, help me to plant as many seeds as possible as I seek to bring the good news of Jesus to our world. May your kingdom come in my city, nation and throughout the world.

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Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, thank you that when I follow you I come under your kingship. I bow before you today and confess that you are Lord. May your kingdom come. 

Friday, December 30, 2022

Consider it all joy


 


Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. 

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If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.—James 1:2-8 The Message 

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Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.—James 1:2 ESV

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Greek-American Bible scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, explains that the Greek word for “count” in this verse should be translated, “’think forward, consider, regard.’ As you live in the present, consider the future, think forward to the future.”

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This was the phrase that touched my heart, “think forward to the future” … learning to look at our situation from God’s perspective, just like Jesus…

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Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God—Hebrews 12:2 NASB

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I was greatly encouraged by this story about missionary Andrew Murray, who, in 1895, was suffering with terrible back pain from a previous injury. One morning while eating breakfast in his room, his hostess told him of a woman downstairs who was in great trouble and wanted to know if he had any advice for her. Andrew Murray handed her a paper he had been writing on and said, “Give her this advice I’m writing down for myself. It may be that she’ll find it helpful.” This is what was written:

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In time of trouble, say, “First, God brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place; in that I will rest.” Next, “He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.” Then say, “He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to bestow.” And last, say, “In His good time He can bring me out again. How and when, He knows.” 

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Therefore, say, “I am here,

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(1) by God’s appointment, 

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(2) in His keeping, 

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(3) under His training, and 

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(4) for His time.”

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Heavenly Father, God of joy and peace, teach me the path of peace. Teach me to pray with thanksgiving, to submit my requests and needs to You—and to leave them there. Forgive me for trying to carry my burdens on my own. You don’t want me to live in the clutches of anxiety; You want me to live freely, guarded by Your peace and joy. Please flood and guard my heart with peace. Remind me, Father, that peace is not the absence of problems in my life but the calm assurance that You know what You’re doing. You have never failed me, and You will never leave me or forsake me—my confidence is in You. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, amen.

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Look Up—meditate on James 1:2-8…pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.

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Look In—as you meditate on James 1:2-8 … pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."

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Look Out—as you meditate on James 1:2-8 … pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Our Morning Star


 Word study of 2 Peter 1:19 . . .

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NASB: So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.

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Amplified: And we have the prophetic word [made] firmer still. You will do well to pay close attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dismal (squalid and dark) place, until the day breaks through [the gloom] and the Morning Star rises (comes into being) in your hearts.

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ESV: And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts

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NLT: Because of that, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. Pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a light shining in a dark place--until the day Christ appears and his brilliant light shines in your hearts.

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Phillips: The word of prophecy was fulfilled in our hearing! You should give that word your closest attention, for it shines like a lamp amidst all the dirt and darkness of the world, until the day dawns, and the morning star rises in your hearts.

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Wuest: And we have the prophetic word as a surer foundation, to which you are doing well to pay attention, as to a lamp which is shining in a squalid place, until day dawns and a morning star arises in your hearts.

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Young's Literal: And we have more firm the prophetic word, to which we do well giving heed, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, till day may dawn, and a morning star may arise -- in your hearts.

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Pastor Francis Frangipane writes about Christ, who Himself is the "bright Morning Star" (Revelation 22:16): “A day is coming before the rapture, before the second coming of Jesus Christ, when those who follow Christ will be positioned, like the morning star—in the right place at the right time—and they will herald Christ's return. They will come from every nation, people, tribe and tongue, yet they will be one, for Christ will have given them His glory (John 17:22).”

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The word, dawns, comes from the Greek word diaugazo from diá which means through and augázo which means shine—literally “to shine through.” This word was used to describe daylight breaking through the darkness of night, picturing the first gleams of the sun piercing the darkness.

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Pastor Marvin Vincent writes, "The verb diaugazo is compounded of dia which means through, and auge which means sunlight, thus carrying the picture of light breaking through the gloom. In other words, the truths in the Bible will continue to point to the source of all truth, Christ, until He returns in glory.”

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The words, "morning star," come from the Greek word, phosphoros from phos which means light and phero which means to bring; in English the word phosphorus means a substance that glows in the dark—literally light bringing, light bearer or bringer or bringing morning light. The morning star was the name that Greeks assigned to the planet Venus which was the brightest object in the sky apart from the sun and moon and appeared sometimes as the evening star and sometimes as the morning star. In the desert, the morning star is so brilliant that it appears as though the sun were about to rise.

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Theologian W. E. Vine writes that phosphoros is used of the morning star, as the light–bringer in 2 Peter 1:19, where it indicates the arising of the light of Christ as the personal fulfillment, in the hearts of believers, of the prophetic Scriptures concerning His coming to receive them to Himself. In the context, these images (day dawning and morning star arising) point to the parousia or the appearing of Jesus Christ. This was partially fulfilled at Messiah's first coming but will be fulfilled at His return, His light driving away the spiritual darkness of this present evil age. "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star." Here, in Revelation 22:16, Christ triumphantly proclaims that He is the true "Morning Star.” 

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The word, arises, comes from the Greek word, anatello from aná, which means up and téllo, which means, set out for a goal—literally, to cause to arise, spring up, or be up. It was used especially of things in natural creation, like the rising of the sun or moon.

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The word, hearts, comes from the Greek word, kardia, is not used to refer literally to the physical heart, but describes the seat of the desires, feelings, affections, passions, and impulses. Kardia refers to the causative source of a person’s psychological life in its various aspects, and with special emphasis upon thoughts—‘heart, inner self, mind.' "Heart" refers to the volition (your will), the mind, and the desires.

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Pastor John MacArthur comments on kardia noting that...”Throughout Scripture, as well as in many languages and cultures throughout the world, the heart is used metaphorically to represent the inner person, the seat of motives and attitudes, the center of personality. But in Scripture it represents much more than emotion, feelings. It also includes the thinking process and particularly the will. 

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In Proverbs we are told, “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV). Jesus asked a group of scribes, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:4)... The heart is the control center of mind and will as well as emotion. The problem that caused God to destroy the earth in the Flood was a heart problem. “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). 

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God has always been concerned above all else with the inside of man, with the condition of his heart. The second coming of Christ will have not only an externally transforming impact on the universe, but also an internally transforming impact (in your hearts) on those believers who are alive when Jesus returns, forever removing any of their remaining doubts. The perfect revelation of the Scriptures will be replaced with the perfect and complete revelation of Jesus Christ at the second coming."

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Pastor Theodore Hiebert writes: “The truth that Christ is coming again must first arise in their hearts, like the morning star, giving assurance of coming day. Assured of His anticipated return, they will be alert to detect the gleams of dawn breaking through the darkness. Those who disregard the light of prophecy will not understand the significance of these harbingers of coming day. Such a living hope must have a transforming impact upon our daily lives.”

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What if today you don’t feel like singing songs of joy? What if painful or difficult circumstances have stolen your joy? Frustrations assail you; burdens or responsibilities weigh your heart down, so that the last thing you want to do is sing with joy. Ask God for the grace to praise him; ask him to open your spiritual eyes so that you stand in awe of Him.

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Lord Jesus Christ, our Morning Star, we praise You for Who You are. Your glory is higher than the heavens. Your majesty fills the earth. We worship and adore you. Open our eyes to see Your unfailing love and goodness. Renew our trust in Your Word. With a word You brought into existence the stars in the heavens and held the seas in place. Nothing can thwart Your plans. Fill our hearts with songs of joy. You are worthy of our unending praise! You created the stars and turn darkness into dawn and day into night, I bow before You. Nothing can withstand your power! Thank you for your Word, which reminds me of Who You are and calls me back to devotion and truth. Keep me from evil, and guide me along the path of life. 

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Thank you for the free gift of salvation, that we are justified on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Thank You that, right now, we are under the completely sufficient imputed righteousness of Christ. Because we have placed our trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, we are redeemed by His precious blood. The threat of failure, judgment, and condemnation has been removed. Knowing that God’s love for us and approval of us will never be determined by our performance is the most encouraging promise to which we cling. Oh what a Savior! Jesus, we love You, it is in Your name we pray, amen.

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Look Up—meditate on 2 Peter 1:19…pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.

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Look In—as you meditate on 2 Peter 1:19 pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."

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Look Out—as you meditate on 2 Peter 1:19 pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Confident Expectation of Good


 A word study of the word “hope” or “trusting” (Greek word elpis) from Romans 8:24-25:

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Hope (elpis) in Scripture is not the world's definition of "I hope so.” Hope is defined as a desire for some future good with the expectation of obtaining it. Hope is always an expectation of something good as well as descriptive of something for which we must wait. Hope is the opposite of despair. 

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Living Bible: We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently.

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Amplified:  For in [this] hope we were saved. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees? But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.

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NASB: For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

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Phillips: We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.

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Wuest: For we were saved in the sphere of hope. But hope that has been seen is not hope, for that which a person sees, why does he hope for it? But if that which we do not see, we hope for, through patience we expectantly wait for it. 

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Young’s Literal: for in hope we were saved, and hope beheld is not hope; for what any one doth behold, why also doth he hope for [it]? and if what we do not behold we hope for, through continuance we expect [it].


  • HOPE IS A wonderful gift from God, a source of strength and courage in the face of life’s harshest trials.
  • When we are trapped in a tunnel of misery, hope points to the light at the end.
  • When we are overworked and exhausted, hope gives us fresh energy.
  • When we are discouraged, hope lifts our spirits.
  • When we are tempted to quit, hope keeps us going.
  • When we lose our way and confusion blurs the destination, hope dulls the edge of panic.
  • When we struggle with a crippling disease or a lingering illness, hope helps us persevere beyond the pain.
  • When we fear the worst, hope brings reminders that God is still in control.
  • When we must endure the consequences of bad decisions, hope fuels our recovery.
  • When we find ourselves unemployed, hope tells us we still have a future.
  • When we are forced to sit back and wait, hope gives us the patience to trust.
  • When we feel rejected and abandoned, hope reminds us we’re not alone … we’ll make it.
  • When we say our final farewell to someone we love, hope in the life beyond gets us through our grief.
  • Put simply, when life hurts and dreams fade, nothing helps like hope.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for kindling these wonderful words of hope in my heart . . . I have never been the same . . . We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently . . . I am trusting You . . . just as i am . . . presently, actively waiting—patiently and confidently—looking forward to Your return and my eternal Home with You. In Your precious Name Above All Names I pray, amen.

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Look Up—meditate on Romans 8:24-25 … pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.

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Look In—as you meditate on Romans 8:24-25 … pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."

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Look Out—as you meditate on Romans 8:24-25 …pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.

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