The MacArthur Daily Bible + LINKUP

 

Welcome to Mondays @ Soul Survival. Each week I feature a book that I consider a valuable resource. This week’s selection is one that I love to recommend. It’s my personal choice as a daily Bible.

 

The MacArthur Daily Bible by John MacArthur.

 

The MacArthur Daily Bible - This is my personal choice as a daily Bible.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you probably know that I’m a firm believer in reading through the Bible on a regular basis.

So why am I talking about reading through the Bible in August? Why not December or January? Because for most of us as moms, we are geared to think of the “back to school” season as the beginning of a new year.

Whether you homeschool or are getting kids ready to go back to the classroom, you’re establishing new habits and routines. Why not start a new one personally?

For some of you, the idea of starting a daily Bible half way through seems foreign, but all of God’s Word is profitable. It doesn’t matter where you start. In fact, most of us read isolated passages all the time as part of sermons and Bible studies. And if you start now, by the time January 1 comes around you can have a well-established routine already in place.

 

What will happen if you make that commitment?

 

First, let me tell you what won’t happen:

  • God won’t love you any more than He already does.
  • It won’t be easy. Your flesh won’t like it at times and the devil will be sure you have plenty of distractions.
  • You won’t instantly know everything the Bible has to say.
  • You won’t necessarily become more spiritual.

What will happen:  Continue reading

“Biblical Hope & Eternal Security” August 7

 

eternal security

What is biblical hope? Is it the “wishing and hoping” kind of hope? And what about eternal security? Can a believer lose his salvation?

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 5 & 6
Psalm 92.1-7
Proverbs 22.16
Romans 8.22-39

 

Biblical Hope & Eternal Security

 

Romans 8.22-39:

Biblical Hope

 

Verses 24-25, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

fingers crossedBiblical hope is not the “wishing and hoping” kind of hope, as if something might happen. Although it has not yet happened yet, biblical hope is a sure thing, because it is based on God’s promises.

Paul gives us some of the greatest examples of biblical hope in the remainder of this chapter! Verses 28-30:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

First He promises to work all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Notice it said all things! Is that thing you are going through part of the all things? Yes! (Notice, Paul didn’t say all things are good, but that God would use them for good.)

He also says that God has predestined us to be like Christ. If we are truly saved, God is working in our lives to make us more like His Son, and sometimes He uses tests and trials and difficult people to do that. Instead, of murmuring and complaining we need to see it as God’s hand molding and shaping us.

But God’s promises in these verses doesn’t end there.

 

Eternal Security

 

eternal securityThen he says, “whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” We won’t be glorified until we get to heaven. That means if He called us and justified us (made us right with Him), He will glorify us. We will not lose our salvation somewhere along the line! What a great promise of our eternal security!

If that’s not enough and to be sure we get it, Paul asks the question:  Continue reading