In His Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Aug
31

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Jesus said, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.  But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” (Matthew 18:15-17).

How much sin could be solved if Jesus’ words would be followed?!  Too often people go and show someone’s fault to everyone but the one in sin.  Jesus said to start with your brother in private, not everyone in public.

Even if it becomes necessary to involve others, remember the reason for addressing the fault in the first place: to win your brother.  Sin separates him from God, and your effort can turn him back (James 5:19-20).

Sometimes a brother just won’t listen – not to you, not to others, not even the church.  By this point he has already severed his relationship with God, and it must be recognized by your relationship with him.  It is a sad day when the situation reaches this level, but we can know we are doing what is right when we do what Jesus said.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
28

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Jesus said, “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire.  If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell.” (Matthew 18:8-9).

I do not want to go through life missing a hand, foot, or an eye.  It sounds rather extreme to even think about cutting off or plucking out one of them.  Yet if they or anything else might cause me to stumble/sin, then I would be better off going without them in this life so I can be with God in the life to come.  They won’t be any benefit to me in hell.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
27

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Jesus said, “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.  Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7).

I can’t imagine what it would be like to be thrown into water with a concrete block around my neck.  What a terrible way to die!  Yet Jesus said that would be better than causing someone to stumble, to lead them into sin.  Such an action would result in a worse consequence.  If that fact is not enough to make you all the more careful of everything you do and say and the influence you have on others, then I don’t know what would.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
26

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Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3).

The disciples wanted to know who was greatest in the kingdom (:1).  They thought it had to be one of them, but it couldn’t be until they swallowed their pride and humbled themselves.  There’s no room for pride in the kingdom, only for those with the humility of a child – a child with no self ambition but complete trust in his/her father.  Are you humble enough for the kingdom of heaven?

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
25

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When the fishermen were seized with amazement upon seeing a great catch of fish, Jesu said, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10).  When later at the transfiguration they heard God speak from heaven and fell to the ground in terror, Jesus touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid” (Matthew 17:7).  While teaching His disciples Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32).  When John saw the Lord in heaven and fell at His feet like a dead man, Jesus placed His right hand on him and said, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,…” (Rev 1:17).

While the sight of Jesus and His wonders may strike fear in the hearts of people, He wants to remove fear from people’s lives.  There is no need to fear for those who walk with Him.  Submit your life to Him, and no longer be afraid.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
21

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Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24).  Some people are quick to quote what Jesus said in Matthew 7:1“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”  They fail to consider the context of the statement, along with other passages like this one.

Jesus never condemned judging.  What He condemned was the wrong kind of judgment.  He commands judging based on what is right.  Are you judging accordingly?

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
20

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When someone told Jesus, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home,” He said, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:61-62).

Imagine what would happen if someone plowing looked back – when they did they would pull their plow off course.  To run the race set before us we must fix our eyes on Jesus and stay focused on Him (Hebrews 12:1-2).  We need to be like Paul who was “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13).  No looking back.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
19

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When a man Jesus told to follow Him responded, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father,” Jesus said, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60; Matthew 8:22).

Few things take priority over the sickness/death of a loved one.  Life as we know it stops.  We take time off from work.  Recreation and entertainment mean nothing.  All of our focus is on our loved one.  He/she comes “first”.

Jesus said that He comes first.  He deserves even greater priority – ahead of our jobs, greater than recreation and entertainment, even above a loved one.  So let the dead take care of themselves and “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33).

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
18

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After someone told Him, “I will follow You wherever You go,”  Jesus said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Luke 9:58; Matthew 8:20).

While you need to be committed to Jesus, you also need to count the cost of that commitment.  He didn’t even have a home to call His own, and He doesn’t promise any more of a physical nature to those who follow Him.  Are you willing to do without some of the things of this world?  He was, and so must you be to follow Him.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
12

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Jesus said, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25; 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33).  He also stated it this way: “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.” (John 12:25).

Do you love your life?  Of course you do.  God expects you to (1 Peter 3:10).  Do you love it too much?  Do you love it so much that you would not be willing to give it up for the cause of Christ?  Do you love it more than you love Jesus?  If so, then know that even if you save your life for the moment that you will lose it for eternity.  Also know that if you are willing to lose your life for Christ that you will find/save/keep it for eternity.

If you ever have to choose between losing life and losing Christ, choose to lose life; for in Christ you will find life indeed.

Have a great day in His word!

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