“Satan, Swords & Fighting Temptation” January 4

 

Satan, Swords & Fighting - What was going on during Jesus' temptation in the wilderness that we use everyday in our lives? How does memorizing Scripture help protect us from the attacks of Satan and how does he use Scripture against us?What was going on during Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness that we use everyday in our lives? How does memorizing Scripture help protect us from the attacks of Satan and how does he use Scripture against us?

Also, did you know that every major civilization has a “flood story” as part of its oral or written history? What does the biblical account of the flood teach us about God, His character and His sovereign control of world events?

 

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 7 & 8
Psalm 3.1-4
Proverbs 1.20-22
Matthew 4.1-25

 

Satan, Swords & Fighting Temptation

 

Matthew 4.1-25:

The Sword of the Spirit

 

150 Year Old Bible With SwordAs we read the story of Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness, we see the importance of having a storehouse of God’s Word in our hearts. It is the sword of the Spirit as Ephesians 6.17 refers to it, the only offensive weapon listed among the pieces of the armor of God. The word properly understood and applied helps protect us from attacks and temptation.

Psalm 119.11 says, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.”

But notice that the devil knows Scripture, too. In verse 6 see how he took it and twisted its meaning to fit his purpose. That’s why it’s important to study and understand God’s Word and to read it in context, both the immediate context of the story, chapter, and book in which it is contained, and also, in the context of all of Scripture. Doing so helps us recognize false teaching and poor Bible interpretation.

Jerry Bridges in The Pursuit of Holiness says this about memorizing Scripture, “The Holy Spirit wrote the Scriptures; we learn the Scriptures; the Holy Spirit brings to our mind what we learn; we apply what He brings to mind.”

But if we don’t learn God’s Word, we short circuit the whole process. We are faced with tests, trial, decisions, and temptations all the time. Instead of being able to respond based on the truths the Holy Spirit brings to mind, we’ll respond based on our feelings or what seems right to us. So we end up leading weak, anemic Christian lives!  Continue reading

“Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible” August 24

 

Justice sign on a Law Courts building

What does the Bible say about lawsuits? How should we respond if we think we have been wronged?
Does the Bible have anything to say about dinosaurs? Did Job talk about them and how would he have known? Could the answer be plain?

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 39 & 40
Psalm 101.1-4
Proverbs 23.29-30:
1 Corinthians 6.1-20

 

Lawsuits, Dinosaurs & the Bible

 

Job 39 & 40:

Demanding Answers

 

Even though Job was a righteous man, he had, perhaps pridefully, believed he needed to understand what was happening and why? In this passage God opened his eyes to just how little he really understood. Job quickly acknowledged his mistake. Job 40:3-5:

Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

 

The Bible & Dinosaurs

 

dinosaurAn interesting note, check out John MacArthur’s Daily Bible comments about 40.15-24. You might be surprised to learn that many believe the “behemoth” spoken about in this passage was a dinosaur. That means Job knew what dinosaurs were. The most likely explanation would be because they co-existed with people instead of living “millions and millions of years ago,” as we are taught as fact!

If you’d like to learn more about creation science, there are a variety of good websites and resources. You might want to start with Ken Ham’s website Answers in GenesisContinue reading