“Did God really say …?” January 2

 

Did God really say ...? - It started in the garden. The serpent tempted Eve first with a thought, "Did God really say ...?" The first step in his deception was to get her to doubt God and he's still whispering the same question today.It started in the garden. The serpent tempted Eve first with a thought, “Did God really say …?” The first step in his deception was to get her to doubt God and he’s still whispering the same question today.

Also read about the danger of thinking we’re smarter than God, the importance of honoring parents and some examples of fulfilled prophecy.

 

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 3 & 4
Psalm 2.1-6
Proverbs 1.8-9
Matthew 2.1-23

 

Did God really say …?

 

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Another Voice

 

God had created the man and the woman and placed them in the garden to tend and keep it (2.15). He left them with just one commandment:

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2.16-17).

But sadly, they would listen to another voice:

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’” (v. 3.1)

The New Living Translation says, “’Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?’”

Nothing much has changed. The devil is still whispering the same questions today, trying to get us to doubt God’s Word, to believe He’s withholding something good from us, and get us to think we can decide what is right and wrong.

“Did God really say … that homosexuality is wrong?”

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“The Rise of Evil & Our Comfort” December 4

 

The Rise of EvilThe rise of evil today is unprecedented. All we need to do in turn on the news: mass shootings, terrorist attacks, violent protests, murder, sex trafficking, child pornography and more. Could there be any connection to all that and the rejection of God’s law in our individual lives and as a nation?

Daniel saw the rise and fall of several pagan kings along with evil attempts to destroy the people of God and their faith in Him. God, also, gave him a vision of the calamities that would come on future generations. But God didn’t leave him without hope. That hope is the same one we need to hold onto as we see the rise of evil all around us.

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 11 & 12
Psalm 138.1-3
Proverbs 29.16
1 John 2.1-29

 

The Rise of Evil & Our Comfort

 

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The Rise of Evil

 

We are seeing an unprecedented rise in evil today. All we need to do in turn on the news: mass shootings, terrorist attacks, violent protests, murder, sex trafficking, child pornography and more. Could there be any connection to that and the rejection of God’s law in our individual lives and as a nation?

“When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall.”

The more people there are who are willing to forsake God and live the way they please, the bolder the ungodly get. Like misery, this passage tells us, evil loves company.

The rise of evil is happening before our very eyes. Yet, while they decry the violence, many maintain their right to live anyway they please.

How are believers to respond? Like Daniel, as we’ll see in our Old Testament reading, we should continue to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God with an eye toward eternity. And while the wicked, are emboldened by sin, we must allow the Holy Spirit to embolden us to share the gospel and speak the truth in love to a lost world.

 

The Righteous Will See Their Fall

 

And remember the latter part of that verse says … “the righteous will see their fall.”

As we will see, God comforted Daniel by revealing to him, not only the trials which would come on his people, but also the end of the story—that God and His people would prevail. So, we too, need to take comfort in the fact that we know the end of the story and “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6.9).

 

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Go Your Way & Take Comfort in Eternity

 

In Daniel 11 the angel Gabriel begins to lay out an incredible prophetic view of future historical events. These prophecies are so detailed that people have tried to use their accuracy to discredit them, saying they had to be written after the fact.  Continue reading

December 4 “Go your way & eternity”

eternityThe book of Daniel ends with verse 13, “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.” While Scripture warns of judgment, God’s Word is also full of the promise of eternity for those who truly belong to Him.

 

 

Today’s Readings:
Daniel 11 & 12
Psalm 138.1-3
Proverbs 29.16
1 John 2.1-29

 

Daniel 11 & 12:

Go your way & take comfort in eternity

In Daniel 11 the angel Gabriel lays out an incredible prophetic view of future historical events. These prophecies are so detailed that people have tried to use their accuracy to discredit them, saying they had to be written after the fact.

It lays out the succession of kings to come in the Medo-Persian Empire and how each would be used by God in the process of the Jews return to their homeland. We can see the hand of God in using even heathen kings and other unbelievers to accomplish His will and care for His people. We also see in these chapters the ministry of angels on behalf of His people. Knowing and understanding that God is sovereignly in control of all the events of history—not just world or national history—also our personal histories should give us great encouragement to trust Him no matter what the circumstances of our lives.

The first three kings of Persia were Cyrus, Artaxerxes and Ahasuerus, who married st 2 “Where is God?”" href="http://donnareidland.com/august-2-where-is-god/" target="_blank">Esther. The fourth was Xerxes who because of his great wealth and the army that his wealth supported pridefully took on Greece only to be shamefully defeated.

“Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these” (vv. 3-4).

This is Alexander the Great whose kingdom was divided among four of his captains when He died at the age of 32. He had created one of the largest empires in ancient history, but died once he had accomplished what God had used him to do. Two of his generals became more powerful that the other two, called “the king of the South” and “the king of the North” in Daniel’s prophecy. These became the kingdoms of Egypt and Syria who were constantly at war, with power, victory and defeat going back and forth between the two.

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September 27 “Is your life characterized by something God hates?”

Is your life characterized by something God hates? God puts contention, jealousy and envy in the same list as adultery, fornication and idolatry!

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 45 & 46
Psalm 111.1-6
Proverbs 26.10
Galatians 5.1-26

 

Isaiah 45 & 46:

He will bring it to pass

Over and over in these two chapters God says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” One of the ways He has confirmed that fact to us is through the fulfillment of prophecy.

God through the prophet Isaiah declared that Cyrus would end the 70 years of captivity and allow the people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. About 150 years later that’s exactly what happened.

There are many prophecies which have already been fulfilled and others which are yet to be fulfilled. But, eventually, every single one will come to pass:

“… Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it” (46.11).

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January 2 “Did God really say …?”

did God really sayIt started in the garden. The serpent tempted Eve first with a thought, “Did God really say …?” The first step in his deception was to get her to doubt God and he’s still whispering the same question today.

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 3 & 4
Psalm 2.1-6
Proverbs 1.8-9
Matthew 2.1-23

 

Genesis 3 & 4:

Did God really say …?

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’” (v. 3.1)

The New Living Translation says, “’Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?’”

Nothing much has changed. He’s still whispering the same questions today, trying to get us to doubt God’s Word, to believe He is withholding something good from us, and get us to think we can decide what is right and wrong.

“Did God really say … that homosexuality is wrong?”

“Did God really say … that you should submit to your husband in everything? What if he’s wrong? What if you are more spiritual? Did God really mean everything?”

“Did God really say … you must forgive when someone has hurt you deeply?”

And then there is verse 4, “… you won’t die …” “It won’t hurt you, in fact, God is withholding something good from you! You can be like God and do what you please!”

“It’s ok to flirt with someone else’s husband. You’re not doing anything wrong. It’s all in fun.”

“Go ahead. Do ___________ (you fill in the blank).”

“No one will know.”

“Just one time won’t hurt you.”

“You deserve it.” Continue reading