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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:39 pm

DBB-49

The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. (Luke 8:14)

Many believers fail to mature in their Christian walk because, as Jesus says, "they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures". The Apostle Paul, writing to the Colossians tells them of Ephaphras, who was wrestling for them in prayer, that they may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Spiritual maturity does not come in a day; it requires constant knowing and walking in the will of God. Perhaps we can all learn from the Apostle Paul regarding gaining spiritual maturity. He writes, "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8)" Let us pray this day that our spiritual lives may not be choked by thorns like worries, riches and pleasures and that we may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:17 pm

DBB-50

The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. (Deuteronomy 28:7)

This was one of the several promises that God gave his people while they traveled through the wilderness. They were not going to win wars by their own strength, but God would be fighting their battles. This promise came true as long as they obeyed God, but when they chose to disobey and rebel against him, a curse which God had told them while he uttered the blessings also came true....The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. (Deuteronomy 28:25). The Israelites experienced the curse many a time because of their disobedience and wayward ways. God is faithful in keeping his end of the promises that he gives each one of us. Let us also stay true to him till our last breath or till Rapture, which ever comes first.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:58 pm

DBB-51

"If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you." (Genesis 31:42)

Jacob had some harsh words to say to Laban, his father-in-law and uncle, who pursued and caught up with him as he fled,......................"I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.(Genesis 31:38-41). But we also see his trust in God coming to the fore as he confronted Laban and that is what we read in the title verse above. He said that it was only God who had blessed him even though he was cheated by his uncle. We must remember that God is always "for us" even though people may forsake us....Let us trust in his love continually.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:06 pm

DBB-52

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Paul the Apostle, had fears that some of the believers in the Church at Corinth would go astray; and the example that he gave them was that of Eve. The enemy is cunning and traps believers in different ways, making them walk away from the path of sincere and pure devotion to Christ. The Apostle Peter exhorts us in this manner, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8,9)"The best thing we as believers can do when the enemy tries to lead us astray from our sincere and pure devotion to Christ is follow the advice that we read in the book of James i.e. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
May God strengthen each one of us to do that.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:29 pm

DBB-53

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever - do not abandon the works of your hands.(Psalm 138:8)

Are you sure that the Lord will fulfill his purpose for you? The KJV version reads like this, "The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. (Psalm 138:8)" Fulfilling his purpose for us is perfecting us and the work is in progress in each of our lives. None of us can say that we are perfect, because what we are, however exalted, is only because of his mercy and grace. What would be our condition if the Lord withdrew his grace for a while? That would have disastrous consequences. But the Lord does not do that because of his perfection in faithfulness. As the Psalmist says here: his love endures forever. We too, can like the Psalmist pray to God that he may not abandon us, the work of his hands. Yes, he will perfect us and glorify himself. Praise the Lord.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:29 pm

DBB-54

When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. (Job 2:11)

This is one example of how people set out with good intentions but finally end up doing more harm than good. These friends of Job brought misery rather than comfort for him. Finally we read that God was angry with them for speaking things that were not right and asked them to go to Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for themselves. Job prayed for them and God accepted his prayer and did not deal with them according to their folly. The best part of it all was that God blessed Job after he prayed for his friends who had brought him misery......"After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.(Job 42:10)" Two things we can learn here: one that, we must be compassionate in our dealings with others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, more so when they pass through trials and tribulations; and the second that God will bless us when we intercede for them who deal unjustly with us.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:25 pm

DBB-55

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. (Psalm 71:20)

The Psalmist here conveys the one feeling that keeps believers going even when they face bitter troubles in their earthly sojourn-HOPE. A couple of times, he makes this feeling known to his God in this song of his....For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. (Psalm 71:5)......But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. (Psalm 71:14) The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth....He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us....(2 Corinthians 1:10)
We as believers in Jesus Christ can continually hope that God who has called us into fellowship with him through his son will surely deliver us, though we see troubles, many and bitter in our lives too.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:33 pm

DBB-56

He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. (Psalm 91:15)

The "I will" statements in this verse and a few others in the same Psalm are very comforting. As believers, we all need assurance at several junctures in our lives and we can readily receive it by meditating on God's Word. God will answer us, he will be with us in trouble, he will deliver us and he will honor us. If we have any doubts regarding who is in charge of all matters in our life, this verse says it all. When we dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. God will be our refuge and our fortress. God is good and he cares for you and me. He sent his son to the cross for our sake and since we have put our trust in him, he will answer us in our times of need. Let us glorify his holy name this day.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:06 am

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Then Leah said, "God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor, because I have borne him six sons." So she named him Zebulun. (Genesis 30:20)

Six sons she bore for Jacob, but still she yearned for love and honour from him. She named this son "Zebulun" meaning "dwelling" hoping and expecting that Jacob would finally dwell with her and give her the love that she desired from him. That she was not loved is made clear from what Moses writes: When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb..................... (Genesis 29:31)
Also we read of certain statements made by Leah herself: "Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon. (Genesis 29:33)....later she gave vent to her frustration while confronting Rachel: "Wasn't it enough that you took away my husband?
Obviously she desired better treatment from Jacob.
Are you craving for love from anyone close to you? The Bible says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm
37:4)" Thank and praise God for all that he has done for you and he will bless you even more.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:24 am

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Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. (Psalm 37:6)

Always remember that your Saviour can bless you abundantly whatever your condition be at present. Commit your way to him and trust in him, is what the Psalmist advices us. Only each of us know how much we have committed ourselves to the Lord. Perhaps there may be total commitment is certain areas of our life, but only partial commitment in others. But a total commitment is what God asks for. This is what King Solomon advised his people after becoming king: But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time."(1 Kings 8:61) Sadly, he himself did not live as he preached and finally fell in disfavour with the Lord. We can all learn from this truth that Hanani the seer told Asa, king of Judah: For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him............(2 Chronicles 16:9).The blessing for committing our way to the Lord is that he will make our righteousness shine like the dawn and the justice of our cause like the noonday sun.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:14 pm

DBB-59

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; (2 Timothy 2:11)

Dying to sin is not an easy mission. Yet, for believers in Jesus Christ this is a must. As Paul the Apostle writes to the believers in Rome, "We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin - because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (Romans 6:2-8)
It's a challenge that every believer has to take up and win with the help of the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)"
Are you a new creation?
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:22 pm

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When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases." (Matthew 8:16, 17)

Jesus, was and is still the healer and deliverer. He has not changed. When sick, we can still pray and seek a healing from him. Of course, there are many who do not believe in this simple fact anymore, but we must trust in God's Word rather than in men's opinion. There are others who opine that the following verses from Isaiah 53 speaks only about spiritual sickness and healing and not bodily healing.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4, 5)
The gospel writer Matthew allays all such doubts by writing that the bodily healings and deliverances that Jesus effected was the fulfillment of what Isaiah prophesied long back, even though redemption from sins and eternal death was the main aspect.
We can still believe and see the glory of God as Jesus heals our sicknesses and delivers us from satanic attacks which manifest as bodily ailments or mental troubles.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:11 pm

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Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.(Isaiah 54:10)

What a great promise to a nation and people who often backslid and faced the wrath of the Almighty. God's compassion is what each of us can rely upon at all times. The Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, " He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?(Romans 8:32)"
There comes times in the lives of believers when faith is not up to the mark, yet in those circumstances one can rely on the compassion of God.
King David, passing through fiery trials with Saul and his armies always seeking to kill him once said that he would one day die at the hands of Saul. Yet, we read of God's compassion and faithfulness in David's life in the 1st book of Samuel.
David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. (1 Samuel 23:14)
We too can trust in God's compassion and faithfulness in our lives. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:58 pm

DBB-62

Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life. (Jeremiah 21:9)

King Zedekiah sent to Jeremiah, a couple of his officials who told him this: "Inquire now of the Lord for us because Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps the Lord will perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us."(Jeremiah 21:2)
But the counsel of the Lord that Jeremiah gave them was of destruction and impending catastrophe. Yet there remained a way to remain alive and that was by surrendering to the enemy.
The king and the people of Judah were being punished for their sins. Time and again, God had warned them through Jeremiah the prophet of punishment but they chose to persist with their sinful ways and now death and destruction were at their door step. God gives people enough chances to repent of their sins, but when they ignore those warnings, disaster finally hits them.
The Apostle Paul writes of how the Israelites suffered God's wrath for their unfaithfulness and then writes, " These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! (1 Corinthians 10:11, 12)"
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Re: Daily Bible Blessing

Postby jeremiah7 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:27 pm

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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Anyone desiring to see God, must take this to heart. A very simple statement, but the ultimate desire of God, regarding each one of us. Jesus, once saw a man approaching him and said this regarding him: "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." (John 1:47) The man (Nathaniel) was pleasantly surprised when he heard that and asked Jesus, "How do you know me?" and Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."(John 1:48)
Everything about our lives is known minutely by the Lord. Nothing is hid from him. He knows exactly how pure we are in our hearts. We must all strive for purity in heart, trusting in the Lord's strength, rather than ours to remain pure.
David, the great king of Israel, understood this and prayed to the Lord, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)
It's a prayer that each of us can pray to the Lord everyday.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:2, 3)
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