“Mirror, mirror …” How many times a day do you look in the mirror? What do you think about more often: how you look to others or how you look to God? Do you spend more time looking at yourself, your life, your world or are you looking intently at God and His Word? Continue reading
Jesus gave a pretty serious warning in Matthew 7 when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven …” There are people, sitting in church every Sunday, who believe they are headed for heaven when they’re really in danger of hearing those words, “I never knew you, depart from me …”
Read today’s post to see what won’t save us. Don’t let pride or fear of what people might think keep you from seeking answers if you think that could be you!
Also, read about the importance of removing the logs from our own eyes before we can be any help to others in “Judging Hearts & Log Removal,” what it really means to live “Life on the Rock,” about “God’s Favor,” and from our Old Testament reading, “Why Did Sarah Laugh at the Promise of God?” and “The Outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah.” Continue reading
Do you feel beaten and bruised from raising a strong-willed child or by being in a difficult marriage? Have you recently faced a devastating loss or were the holidays especially difficult? How do you keep going when life seems full of challenges? Not in your own strength, but … Continue reading
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” (Matthew 7.21-23, NLT).
Strong words! What did Jesus mean? How can we know that we won’t hear those terrible words, “I never knew you”? Continue reading
Isaiah 19 & 20
2 Corinthians 6.1-18
Delayed Obedience = Disobedience
2 Corinthians 6.1-18:
2 For He says.
“ In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Salvation is both a onetime event and an ongoing process. The new birth that Jesus talked about in John 3 is a onetime event. Just as we were born once physically, we are born again once spiritually.
But that is just the beginning of the process of changing and growing and becoming more like Christ. Paul said:
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2.12-13).
Just as we should not put off getting our lives right with God initially, neither should we put off obeying God in the ongoing day-to-day areas of our lives. Delayed obedience = disobedience.
In what areas have you stubbornly refused to obey God?
Is there a relationship that needs to be reconciled (Matt. 5.23-24)?
Is there a habit of the old man which needs to be put off and its biblical alternative put on (Eph. 4.22-24)?
Has God called you to some area of ministry yet you have failed to prepare yourself or get in motion (Rom. 12.6-8; 2 Tim. 2.15)?
Have you failed to grow in your understanding of God’s Word (2 Tim. 2.15)?
Have you been lazy about memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures (Ps. 1.1-3, 119.9, 11)?
Do you pray regularly or only when there is nothing else you can possibly do (Lk. 18.1; 1 Thess. 5.17)?
Is there some other area where you have failed to obey God?
Have you been faithful to share the gospel with those in your life or do you procrastinate thinking … maybe later?
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Today’s Other Readings:
Isaiah 19 & 20:
True worship is more than a time of music and singing. True worship involves how we live our lives, whether we obey God or respond by hardening our hearts to His commands.
Also, God is a God of order and He has ordained authority as part of that order. No matter what we think, we are not living obediently if we aren’t fully submitted to the authority He has placed in our lives.
Job 19 & 20
True Worship = Obedience
For He Is Our God
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
8 “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
True worship is more than merely showing up at church to sing and raise our hands. It is submitting our hearts and lives to God in obedience and realizing that “He is God.” It’s then that we “will hear His voice.”
No matter how often we attend church or what kind of outward religious activity we perform, if we’re not submitted to God in our hearts, which is demonstrated by our obedience, we are no different from those who hardened their hearts, rebelled, and tested God.
Today’s Other Readings:
Job 19 & 20:
My Redeemer Lives
In spite of all his miseries, Job could still say, “For I know that my Redeemer lives …” That should put most of us to shame! He went on to say, “… I shall see God.” So no matter what, he was sure of his eternal destiny. Continue reading