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

Aug
25

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When Pilate said he had the authority to release and to crucify Him, Jesus said, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above;” (John 19:11a).

Pilate had a LOT of authority.  He held the power of life or of death – at his word someone could indeed be released or crucified.  Jesus let him know that no matter how much authority he may have, it originated with a source much greater than him.  Paul wrote, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Romans 13:1).  In other words, all authorities received their authority from God.

What authority do you have?  Maybe it is that of a parent over a child or an employer over an employee.  Whatever it is, know that it has “been given you from above” and that someday you will stand before the giver and answer for how you have used what you were given.  Exercise your authority responsibly, always remembering its source.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
18

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When questioned by Pilate about being a king, Jesus said, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37).

To hear Jesus’ voice means to submit to Him, to follow Him (10:27).  He said some “hard” things that many people did not want to hear, and they quit following Him (6:60, 66).  Those who love the truth will recognize it as coming from Jesus and will readily accept it when they hear it from Him.

Are you of the truth?  Do you hear Jesus?

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
16

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When questioned by Pilate about being a king, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” (John 18:36).

Since Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world, and as Christians we are citizens of His kingdom (Colossians 1:13), why would we want to be so attached to this world?

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
11

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When questioned about His disciples and teaching, Jesus said, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.  Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” (John 18:20-21).

If someone today wanted to know about the teaching of Jesus, could they ask you?  Have you heard it?  Do you know it?  If you do not know exactly what Jesus said, then you had better hear it.  Someday you will be judged by it.

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
09

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When the crowd came for Him, Jesus said, “When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Luke 22:53).  They were not able to lay hands on Jesus before, but now they could because God gave them this time to do so.

Are you like this crowd – not for evil but for good?  Is there something you have not been able to do in the past that God has now given you the opportunity to do in service to Him?  If so, “this is your hour.”  Act while the door is open (1 Corinthians 16:9).  The crowd took advantage of theirs.  Will you?

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
04

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After telling Peter to put up his sword, Jesus said, “How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” (Matthew 26:54).  He then said to the crowd, “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” (:56).

Jesus knew the Scriptures.  He also knew their application to Him and was willing to do whatever was necessary to fulfill them.

Do you know the Scriptures?  If you have read this blog for any time you know at least some of them.  Do you know their application to you?  This takes at least some degree of discernment, which surely you have.  Are you willing to do whatever is necessary to apply them?  Now comes the moment of truth, for it does no good to know and discern the Scriptures if you do not then apply them to your life.

Jesus made the needed application of Scriptures to Himself to fulfill them and died for you.  Will you make the needed application of Scriptures to yourself and live for Him?

Have a great day in His word!

Aug
02

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When Peter tried to defend Him, Jesus said, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11).  Jesus prayed for the Father to remove the cup if it was His will (Mark 14:36).  When it was clear it was not, He accepted what the Father gave Him.

What cup has the Father given you?  Is there some hardship in your life, a health problem – something that you have prayed for Him to remove but He hasn’t?  Jesus has been there; He understands.  Follow His example and accept what the Father has given you.  Say as Paul did regarding his “cup”, “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
28

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After telling Peter to put up his sword, Jesus said, “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53).

Did Peter momentarily forget exactly whom he was trying to defend, or did he lack the faith that Jesus could handle the situation Himself?  Either way, Jesus had everything under control and did not need Peter’s help.  He could do whatever He wanted to do.  He had escaped others who wanted to kill Him (Luke 4:30; John 10:39) and could do it again if He so desired.

Never doubt what Jesus can do!

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
26

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When Peter cut off the ear of the high priest’s slave, Jesus said, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52).

Earlier this same night Jesus made sure the disciples had swords (Luke 22:36), but this was not the time to use one.  Violence simply leads to more violence and ultimately death – what Peter may have suffered if Jesus had not intervened.

Anyone can impulsively strike out against an enemy, but Jesus exhorted us to be “sons of God” and demonstrate restraint and love (Matthew 5:38-46) – something He demonstrated Himself.  Oh, to be more like Him!

Have a great day in His word!

 

Jul
21

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When preparing His disciples for the difficult task ahead of them, Jesus said, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.” (Luke 22:36).  The disciples would face many dangers, and Jesus wanted them to be prepared to defend themselves from those dangers.

I wonder if Jesus were to return to this earth today and experience a few weeks like the last few we have in our country if He would say, “Whoever has no gun is to buy one.”  Jesus believed in having weapons for defense, and our constitution allows weapons for defense.  Just saying.

Have a great day in His word!

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