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

Jul
06

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Jesus said to His disciples, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6).  They thought it was because “they had forgotten to bring any bread” (:5, 7), but Jesus meant “the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (:12).  Just as leaven influences dough, the disciples could be influenced by false teaching.

We still have false teachers among us and need to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Whatever anyone teaches should be compared to the truth of God’s word.  We need to be like the noble-minded Bereans who were “examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).  Otherwise we can be “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).  Watch out!  Beware!

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
04

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Jesus said, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36).

Today our nation celebrates its freedom from foreign rule.  While I’m thankful for that freedom, I’m more thankful for my freedom from sin.  Many people gave their lives for our freedom as Americans, but only One could give His life for our freedom as Christians.  Being an American means you are free, but being a Christian means you are free indeed.  Thanks and praise be to the Son!

Have a great holiday in His word!

Jul
03

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When a woman asked for mercy for her demon-possessed daughter, Jesus said, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” (Matthew 15:28a).  “And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (:28b).

How did this Canaanite woman demonstrate her faith?  When she made her request of Jesus, addressing Him as “O Lord, Son of David” (:22), He first did not answer her but then answered, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (:23-24).  When she persisted by kneeling before Him and saying, “Lord, help me!” (:25), He next answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to their dogs.” (:26).  Undisturbed she responded, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (:27), to which He finally commended her faith and healed her daughter (:28).

How do you demonstrate your faith?  What must you endure in your own life before Jesus will respond, “Great is your faith!” ?  Like the woman, you do not know; and also like her, let your faith keep you committed to the Lord until you have passed the test and proven yourself to be one of great faith.

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
02

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When His disciples told Him the Pharisees were offended by what they heard, Jesus said, “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14; Luke 6:39).  As the TEV expresses it, “Don’t worry about them!”

People sure haven’t changed much, have they?  They continue to get offended when told the truth.  Did Jesus apologize?  Did he try to be more politically correct?  Not at all, and neither should we.  Let them boycott, scream, sue, and whatever else they want to do; but we must “let them alone” and hold to the truth.  Don’t worry about them.  Don’t give in to those who are blind to the truth and let them make you blind with them.  Instead, be more focused on pleasing God.  “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).

Let them be offended, and let them alone.

Have a great day in His word!

Jul
01

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Explaining why washing hands was not the main concern, Jesus said, “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man. … Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?  But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.  These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” (Matthew 15:11, 16-20).

What comes out of your mouth?  What is in your heart.  Evil thoughts lead to evil words and evil deeds.  Do you need to improve your words and deeds?  Then improve your heart.

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
30

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Quoting Isaiah, Jesus said, “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:7-9).  He spoke these words in response to the scribes and Pharisees condemning the disciples for not washing their hands when they eat bread, which was just a tradition (:1-3).  The scribes and Pharisees on the other hand actually transgressed the commandment of God because of their tradition of promising to God what they owed their parents (:3-6).  They were nothing more than hypocrites (:7).

The hypocrisy continues today.  People still go through the motion of worshiping God without giving their heart to Him.  Some cling tenaciously to traditions without even knowing what God’s word says.  The result is the same: vanity.  Don’t waste your time with such half-hearted, hypocritical, noncommittal service.

Pleasing God takes life service, not just lip service.  It requires setting aside our own thoughts, feelings, and traditions to make room for His will.  When you get your heart near to Him, then you will be with it.

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
29

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When questioned by some Pharisees about divorce, Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5, emphasis mine).

Apparently some people today haven’t read what He who made them established at the beginning – either that or they don’t care.  God “made them male and female,” not male and male and not female and female.  He said a man shall be joined to his wife, not a man to a man or a wife to a wife.

No matter what some court may say, this is still what Jesus says.  “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;…” (Isaiah 5:20).

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
26

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Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6).  He had told the disciples that He was going away and that “you know the way where I am going” (:1-4), when Thomas spoke up and said, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” (:5).  That’s when Jesus responded, “I am the way,…”

The only way to the Father is through the Son (Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:20).  When Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), he did not realize that “the truth” (the source of all truth) was standing before him (John 1:14).  Multiple passages talk about Him being the life (John 1:4; 11:25).

If you want to get to the Father and enjoy the life found there, then you must follow the true words of Jesus.

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
25

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Jesus said, “I am the true vine,… Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:1-5).

For a branch to live, it must be attached to the vine.  Life comes through the vine to the branch, allowing it to bear fruit.  If a branch is separated from the vine, it will die.  So is our relationship with Christ.  We can do nothing apart from Him, for He is our source of life.  As long as we remain in Him we can be fruitful for Him.

Do you want to be a living fruitful branch instead of a discarded dead stick?  Abide in Christ.

Have a great day in His word!

Jun
24

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While speaking to Martha after her brother Lazarus’ death, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26a).

Martha knew that Lazarus would “rise again in the resurrection on the last day” (:24), thinking he would have to wait until a certain day to be raised from the dead.  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection…” (:25), indicating that the power of resurrection was not in some day but in Him.  Even if someone dies physically, they can live and never die spiritually by believing in Jesus.

Jesus asked Martha, “Do you believe this?” (:26b).  She did because “I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” (:27).  Do you?  The promise is for all who do.

Have a great day in His word!

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