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

Dec
01

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When speaking to John, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.” (Revelation 1:18).

In your pocket or purse you probably have keys – to your vehicle, house, deposit box, office, etc.  What do those keys represent?  Power, the power over each of those items.  When Jesus said He had the keys of death and Hades, He referred to His power over them.  He has other keys with the power to open and shut – power that no one else can overcome (3:7).  Jesus has “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19).  “All authority/power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18).

You may have a few keys, but Jesus has the real keys – the real power over everything.

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
29

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When writing to the seven churches, Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13; 1:8, 17; 2:8; 21:6).

Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the last – at the beginning and the end.  These contrasting extremes describe the existence of Jesus.  In the beginning He was (John 1:1), and in the end He will still be.  With our finite minds we cannot even comprehend such infinite existence.  What an awesome Lord we serve!

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
25

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When writing to the seven churches of Asia, to each of them Jesus said, “He who overcomes…” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21).

Before you can overcome, there must first be something to overcome.  Each of the churches did have something to overcome – a lack of love, testing or tribulation, false teaching, tolerating sin, spiritual deadness or lukewarmness, etc.  Each of us has something to overcome as well.  You know what it is in your life.  Are you overcoming it?

To those who overcame, Jesus promised eating of the tree of life, not being hurt by the second death, being clothed in white garments, having their name in the book of life and their name confessed to the Father, sitting with Him on His throne, and other spiritual blessings.  These blessings and more await all who overcome.  Be among that number!

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
22

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When writing to the seven churches of Asia, at the end of each personal message Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).

Jesus’ messages to the seven churches are not just for the seven churches.  They are for whoever is willing to listen to them, hearing the messages delivered by the Spirit.  We all can learn from what Jesus said to the churches then to make churches more pleasing to Him today.  Hear what He said.

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
17

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When writing to the church in Smyrna, Jesus said, “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9).

You may feel at times like God does not know what you are suffering, but He does – and when the time is right He will respond, just as He did for the Israelites in Egypt.  “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.  So I have come down to deliver them…” (Exodus 3:7-8).

Jesus knows, He cares, and He delivers.

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
15

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When writing to the seven churches of Asia, Jesus repeatedly said, “I know your works,…” (Revelation 2:2, 19; 3:1, 8, 15).

Do you ever feel like your good works go unnoticed and unappreciated?  They don’t with Jesus.  Just as with the seven churches, He sees everything you do.  When your works are good you can be comforted by His words: “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27).

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
13

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When Paul prayed for his “thorn in the flesh” to be taken away, Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Our power is perfected by God when we confess our weakness on our own.  What we cannot do through our own weakness we can mightily do through His perfect power (Philippians 4:13).

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
10

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When Paul prayed for his “thorn in the flesh” to be taken away, Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you,…” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Do you feel that Jesus’ grace is sufficient for you?  Are you content with the rich blessings He adds to your life?  Like Paul you will have your own “thorns” throughout your life, but also like Paul as a Christian you have Jesus’ grace at work in your life.  It is all you really need.

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
08

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Paul said that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).  When did Jesus say this?  It is not recorded in the Gospels, but He did/said much that is not recorded (John 21:25).

Jesus’ life demonstrated the blessedness of giving, including His life itself.  Learn how to give like Jesus, and you will be truly blessed.

Have a great day in His word!

Nov
03

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While Paul was in Corinth, Jesus said to him by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9-10).

The Jews in Corinth “resisted and blasphemed” when Paul taught them about Jesus as the Christ (:5-6a).  They became more enraged against him when he then taught the Gentiles and many in Corinth – including the leader of the synagogue – believed in the Lord and were baptized (:6b-8), threatening him with bodily harm (:10).  And you think that you sometimes have it rough trying to stand up for the Lord!

In spite of the persecution Paul had no reason to be afraid, because Jesus was with him; and in spite of whatever you may face today you have no reason to be afraid, because Jesus will also be with you – as long as you stand up for Him as Paul did.  “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’  So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Paul continued for the Lord in Corinth in spite of ongoing persecution (Acts 18:11-18), and so can you in your life.  Remember: He is with you.

Have a great day in His word!

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