Daily Nuggets

Oct. 24, 2021

2 Timothy 2:22-3:17 from the daily reading in the One Year Bible

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, skillful in teaching, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these. For among them are those who slip into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their foolishness will be obvious to all, just as was that also of Jannes and Jambres.

10 Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12 Indeed, all who want to live in a godly way in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil people and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.

 

Today’s text says: Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these…  always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Let’s compare that to our time today. Lovers of self-check. Our society and culture promotes a self centered, self serving mentality.  Lovers of money-check. Those with a lot of money want more and those who do not have money want the money of those who have it. Boastful and arrogant-check. Slanderers-check. It is now considered acceptable, even in news media, to make claims and accusations about a person with no evidence, investigation or recourse.  Disobedient to parents and ungrateful-check. Children are taught in schools and through entertainment media that parents should not punish or discipline them, even that parents just don’t understand. People both young and old are ungrateful, wanting more of what they are “entitled to.” Unholy-check. We are in a time when darkness is glorified and goodness is called evil. Holiness, which was once revered is now rejected.   Unloving-check. God is the standard of love, when the standard is removed so is true love. Irreconcilable-check. It is the desire of many to stoke the flames of hatred and division so that we become more and more irreconcilable, divided by race, ethnicity, gender, age, wealth and ideology. Malicious gossips-check. See slander, stories are repeated over and over until it is that to some the lie has become truth. Without self-control-check. Brutal-check. One needs only to look at the situation in our cities, our streets are like war zones. People are accosted in daylight, while others only watch. Are schools are also filled with brutal violence. Haters of good-check. Again, our society calls good evil and evil good. Those who hold to righteousness are mocked and disparaged, while those who do and promote immorality and licentiousness are glorified.  Treacherous and reckless-check. Conceited-check. Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-check.  It would seem that by the indicators listed, we are in the last days. These are and will be difficult times.

Paul says: Indeed, all who want to live in a godly way in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil people and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  In Matthew 24:4-14 Jesus describes what things will be like prior to His return.  “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people. And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains.”  Just the birth pains, so Jesus also warns that it will continue to get worse. He says:  “Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. And at that time many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people. And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold. But the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  Paul says:  You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.  God’s word, from Genesis to revelation is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. It reveals His plan and His will to us and for us. Psalm 119:105 says: Your word is a lamp to my feet  and a light to my path. In John 17:17 Jesus prayed for us saying: Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”  Regardless of the circumstances and situations in the world, even as things go from bad to worse, we need to hold onto and delve into the truth of God’s word. We need to allow His word to illuminate our path and direct our steps. We need to be equipped for every good work. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus commissioned us for the good work we are to do until He returns saying: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  May the gospel of the kingdom be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then may you come. Yes, come Lord Jesus. Amen.

Oct. 23, 2021

2 Timothy 2:1-21 from the daily reading in the One Year Bible

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted himAnd if someone likewise competes as an athlete, he is not crowned as victor unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. 11 The statement is trustworthy:

For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us;
13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly exhort them in the presence of God not to dispute about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the listeners. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth, claiming that the resurrection has already taken place; and they are jeopardizing the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His;” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to keep away from wickedness.”

20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver implements, but also implements of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honor while others are for dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be an implement for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

 

In today’s text it says: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.  If we died with Him is past tense. So, it is not speaking of death that comes at the end of this life, although if we die with Christ, we will also live with Him in eternity. Paul is speaking of our dying to this life. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus says: “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.”  If we are not willing to deny ourselves, we will deny Him. In Luke 9:26 Jesus says: “Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and the holy angels.”  If we deny Him, He will also deny us.

He remains faithful.  Being faithful is not just something God does. Faithfulness is part of who God is. It is part of God’s character. In John 3:16 Jesus says: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” Because of God’s faithfulness that provision for eternal life is available even to those who do not have faith to believe. Even if we are faithless, the provision is available. Still, only those who believe obtain the promise. In the same way, in Mark 9:20-23 it says: They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, the spirit immediately threw him into convulsions, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to kill him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” But Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.” God is faithful to heal if we have faith to believe. It is not that we need a great amount of faith. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  In Numbers 23:19 God says: God is not a man, that He would lie, Nor a son of man, that He would change His mind; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?  We need a small amount of faith in the greatness and faithfulness of God. Romans 10:17 says: Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  God is faithful to do what He promised in His word. What we need is to increase our faithfulness to God’s word. Psalm 37:3 says: Trust in the Lord and do good; Live in the land and cultivate faithfulness.  God is faithful, but for us to obtain all that His faithfulness affords us, we need to cultivate our faithfulness.

In John 14:13-14 Jesus says: “Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”  The text says: “The Lord knows those who are His;” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to keep away from wickedness.”  In John 14:15 Jesus says: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” God’s promises to us and for us require more than just that we have faith to believe. We must also be faithful to do what He says. In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus says: “Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished! Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus says: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

Thank You heavenly Father, Lord Jesus Christ and precious Holy Spirit for Your faithfulness. I choose to deny myself, to cultivate my faithfulness to You and Your word. I am not ashamed of You or Your word. I ask that the Holy Spirit would enable and empower me to be faithful to walk in Your righteousness so that I might obtain all the blessings and promises of Your faithfulness in the name of Christ.  Amen.

 

 

Oct. 22, 2021

Psalm 90-91 from the daily reading in the One Year Bible

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
[Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

You turn mortals back into dust
And say, “Return, you sons of mankind.”
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it passes by,
[Or like a watch in the night.
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep;
In the morning they are like grass that sprouts anew.
In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew;
Toward evening it wilts and withers away.

For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And we have been terrified by Your wrath.
You have placed our guilty deeds before You,
Our hidden sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days have dwindled away in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is only trouble and tragedy;
For it quickly passes, and we disappear.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

13 Do return, Lord; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your graciousness,
That we may sing for joy and rejoice all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
17 May the kindness of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Security of One Who Trusts in the Lord.

91 One who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who rescues you from the net of the trapper
And from the deadly plague.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may take refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and wall.

You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Of the plague that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that devastates at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
You will only look on with your eyes
And see the retaliation against the wicked.
For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
The Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will happen to you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
To protect you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will lift you up,
So that you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will walk upon the lion and cobra,
You will trample the young lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he has loved Me, I will save him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life,
And show him My salvation.”

 

Moses was born in a household of slaves, raised in the home of Pharoah’s daughter. He became a shepherd of his father-in-law’s sheep , then lived in the wilderness with the Israelites for forty years. In Psalm 90, he says: Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.  Regardless of time or place, regardless of circumstance or situation, God is God and wherever we are, He should be our dwelling place. David too was a shepherd in his youth. He later entered the service of the king and ate at his table. He lived in palaces and caves. In Psalm 91 he says: One who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My  refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who rescues you from the net of the trapper And from the deadly plague. He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may take refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and wall. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the plague that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that devastates at noon. A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes And see the retaliation against the wicked. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, The Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will happen to you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels orders concerning you, To protect you in all your ways. On their hands they will lift you up, So that you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will walk upon the lion and cobra, You will trample the young lion and the serpent.

Surely in the midst of the troubles and tribulations of our times, in a time when we count the number of those who die each day from sickness and from violence in our cities, towns, neighborhoods, schools and homes, we could benefit from knowing the security of dwelling and abiding in God. Regardless of our circumstance or situation, He is God. Romans 8:31 says: If God is for us, who is against us?  We can have confidence, even in the face of death, because with God, in Christ, we have eternal life.   In Psalm 23:4, David says: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. Even death has no lasting power over us. It is merely a shadow between living with God and eternal life with Him, a shadow as we go from light into light. In Psalm 91 God speaks through the psalmist saying: “Because he has loved Me, I will save him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and  honor him. I will satisfy him with a long life, And show him My salvation.”

How can we know the security of dwelling and abiding with God and in Christ? In John 14:1;15;21-24  Jesus says: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me… If you love Me, you will keep My commandments…The one who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him… If anyone loves Me, he will follow My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him. The one who does not love Me does not follow My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”   We cannot abide with God or make our dwelling with Him if we are not willing to keep His commandments. If we choose to dwell in darkness, we will not know the security of His light. Regardless of our situation or circumstance, if God is for us, there is nothing that can come against us.

Romans 8:33-39 says: Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May the kindness of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands. Amen.

 

   

  

Oct. 21, 2021

1 Timothy 6 from the daily reading in the One Year Bible

All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers or sisters, but must serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a sick craving for controversial questions and disputes about words, from which come envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between people of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it, either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I direct you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without fault or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

20 Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly, empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thereby have gone astray from the faith.

Grace be with you.

 

Today’s text says: If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a sick craving for controversial questions and disputes about words, from which come envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between people of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it, either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  It is not money or even having much money that is evil, as some believe today. Many of the Old Testament champions of faith were people of great wealth. It is the love of and the desire for money that is the root of all sorts of evil. It is putting wealth and riches before God. In Matthew 6:19-21;24;31-33 Jesus says:  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth… Do not worry then, saying, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you.”  Philippians 4:19 says: My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  God will not only supply everything we need, but He will also not give us more than we can handle without falling into temptation.  The key, as the text says, is in contentment. It is more though than being content with what we have. In Psalm 37:4 David, a man of great wealth says: Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.  Our contentment must be in God. He is all that we need.

Rather than pursuing wealth or the power that comes with it, the text says: Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I direct you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment without fault or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.  We take hold of the eternal life that we are called to by living for the kingdom of heaven while we are here on earth. Jesus taught us that we should pray saying: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. We should live as the fulfillment of Jesus prayer, seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness. In John 10:10 Jesus says: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” When we take hold of the eternal life that we have been called to, we also are given an abundant life here on earth. In Christ we have an abundance of peace, contentment and provision. We have all that we need in abundance.

Jesus prayer continues saying: Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  Our daily bread is more than provision for our hunger. Daily bread is a reference to the Manna of God’s provision for the Israelites when they were in the wilderness. God provided it daily. Each morning they needed to get what they needed for that day. Yesterday’s Manna was not good for today or the next day. In John 6:35 Jesus says: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”  We need to seek Jesus each day. If we come to Him every day, He will give us what we need for that day. What He gave us yesterday or the day before, is not enough for today. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  If we come to Jesus daily, if we delight in God, He will not give us more than we can handle. He is our way out of temptation.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  Grace be with you. Amen.

 

   

Oct. 20, 2021

Psalm 89 from the daily reading in the One Year Bible

 

I will sing of the graciousness of the Lord forever;
To all generations I will make Your faithfulness known with my mouth.
For I have said, “Graciousness will be built up forever;
In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”
“I have made a covenant with My chosen;
I have sworn to My servant David,
I will establish your descendants forever
And build up your throne to all generations.” Selah

The heavens will praise Your wonders, Lord;
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies is comparable to the Lord?
Who among the sons of the mighty is like the Lord,
A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
And awesome above all those who are around Him?
Lord God of armies, who is like You, mighty Lord?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
You rule the surging of the sea;
When its waves rise, You calm them.
10 You Yourself crushed Rahab like one who is slain;
You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all it contains, You have established them.
12 The north and the south, You have created them;
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
13 You have a strong arm;
Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Mercy and truth go before You.
15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
Lord, they walk in the light of Your face.
16 In Your name they rejoice all the day,
And by Your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For You are the glory of their strength,
And by Your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
[And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Once You spoke in vision to Your godly ones,
And said, “I have given help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found My servant David;
With My holy oil I have anointed him,
21 With whom My hand will be established;
My arm also will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not deceive him,
Nor will the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 But I will crush his adversaries before him,
And strike those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and My favor will be with him,
And in My name his horn will be exalted.
25 I will also place his hand on the sea,
And his right hand on the rivers.
26 He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
27 I will also make him My firstborn,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain My favor for him forever,
And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.
29 So I will establish his descendants forever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.

30 “If his sons abandon My Law
And do not walk in My judgments,
31 If they violate My statutes
And do not keep My commandments,
32 Then I will punish their wrongdoing with the rod,
And their guilt with afflictions.
33 But I will not withhold My favor from him,
Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.
34 I will not violate My covenant,
Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.
35 Once I have sworn by My holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36 His descendants shall endure forever,
And his throne as the sun before Me.
37 It shall be established forever like the moon,
And a witness in the sky is faithful.” Selah

38 But You have rejected and refused,
You have been full of wrath against Your anointed.
39 You have repudiated the covenant of Your servant;
You have profaned his crown in the dust.
40 You have broken down all his walls;
You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
41 All who pass along the way plunder him;
He has become a disgrace to his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
You have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You also turn back the edge of his sword,
And have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have put an end to his splendor
And cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have shortened the days of his youth;
You have covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, Lord?
Will You hide Yourself forever?
Will Your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember what my lifespan is;
For what futility You have created all the sons of mankind!
48 What man can live and not see death?
Can he save his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah

49 Where are Your former acts of favor, Lord,
Which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
50 Remember, Lord, the taunt against Your servants;
[How I carry in my heart the taunts of all the many peoples,
51 With which Your enemies have taunted, Lord,
With which they have taunted the footsteps of Your anointed.

52 Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.

 

The psalmist says: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before You. Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! Lord, they walk in the light of Your face. In Your name they rejoice all the day, And by Your righteousness they are exalted.  God is a loving and compassionate God, but it is vital that we know and understand that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. They are what His authority and sovereignty is based upon. He is not only holy and righteous; He sets the standard for righteousness. In John 17:17, when Jesus prayed for us on the night He was betrayed, He said: Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”  Truth is not relative or subjective as some believe. God’s word is truth. It is the standard or the plumb line by which truth is measured. Because we were unable to meet God’s standard of righteousness and because justice requires that there would be a penalty for disobedience and unrighteousness, because God is merciful, He made a way that we could obtain God’s standard of righteousness. In John 14:6 Jesus says: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” We are exalted in Christ’s righteousness. In Christ, we are sanctified in truth.

The psalmist says: I will sing of the graciousness of the Lord forever; To all generations I will make Your faithfulness known with my mouth. For I have said, “Graciousness will be built up forever; In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”… The heavens will praise Your wonders,   Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies is comparable to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the Lord, A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him? Lord God of armies, who is like You, mighty Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.  All of heaven and earth, all of creation acknowledges the authority, the sovereignty and greatness of God. Because of His righteousness and justice, God is also faithful. In Numbers 23:19 God says: God is not a man, that He would lie, Nor a son of man, that He would change His mind; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?  God is faithful to abide by and uphold His word. He will do what He said He would do. In Deuteronomy 30:15-20 God said: “See, I have placed before you today life and happiness, and death and adversity, in that I am commanding you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, so that you may live and become numerous, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but allow yourself to be led astray and you worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you will certainly perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and take possession of it. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have placed before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding close to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days.”  In Matthew 17:5 God said of Jesus: “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!”  In John 14:21;23-24 Jesus says: “The one who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him… If anyone loves Me, he will follow My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him. The one who does not love Me does not follow My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”

Like the psalmist, I will sing of the graciousness of the Lord forever; To all generations I will make Your faithfulness known with my mouth. For I have said, “Graciousness will be built up forever; In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”… The heavens will praise Your wonders,   Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies is comparable to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the Lord, A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him? Lord God of armies, who is like You, mighty Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. Blessed be the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.