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Friday, December 2, 2016

Up close and personal

December 2

Daily Bible Reading: 1 John 1

Verse of the Day: 1 John 1:1 – “That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life.”

John writes this letter to expose the false teachers and to give believers an assurance of salvation. He starts the letter with a verse that has four great verbs to stimulate our thoughts and understanding.

The words: heard (which means to attend to, consider what is or has been said), seen (to see, i.e. become acquainted with by experience, to experience), beheld (to behold, look upon, view attentively, contemplate often used of public shows), and handled (to handle, touch and feel) all emphasize to us that John personally knew and had closely investigated the One he is about to write about.

Do you personally know the Savior?

Prayer: Jesus I want to know You in a personal and up-close way. I want You to be so real in my life that I could never ever deny You.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Where is He?

December 1

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Peter 3

Verse of the Day: 2 Peter 3:8 – 9 – “But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Jesus is coming again. He promised it, thereby it is sure. But, too many may argue that it has been over 2,000 years and He has not come back. Maybe He isn’t coming back. After all, what is He waiting for? The world is in a mess. Things keep getting worse. Where is He?

This verse reminds us that God’s not willing that any should go to Hell; He is patient trying to woo each one back to Him. He is patient, however, that will come to an end and Jesus will come back. And, those who reject Him will be left to their choice of an eternity separated from the Father.

Prayer: Father, give me the words to turn many back to You. May I be Your voice, that shows Your Patience and Love. Amen.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Way of Balaam

November 30

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2

Verse of the Day: 2 Peter 2:15 – “forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the hire of wrong-doing;”

Balaam. An interesting prophet in the Old Testament. After being told over and over again that he would not be allowed to curse the people of Israel, Balaam seemed dead-set on disobeying God.

Peter warned against “the way of Balaam,” Jude against “the error of Balaam” and John against “the doctrine of Balaam” (II Peter 2:15; Jude 11; Revelation 2:14). God evidently considers these warnings necessary and appropriate for Christians even today. The way of Balaam” was a readiness to prostitute his high spiritual gifts and privileges for “The wages of unrighteousness” (II Peter 2:14), being willing to preach something contrary to God’s Word for personal gain.

Prayer: Father, my I by the power of Your Spirit never sell myself and the gift You have given me for the wages of man. May I be true to Your Word no matter the consequences. 

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