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Verse of the Day and Devotional 10/21/2021

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October 21, 2021

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Enjoy serving the Lord, and He will give you whatever you ask for. Depend on the Lord. Trust in him and he will help you. – Psalm 37:4-5 ERV

Devotion

Trust, enjoy, and depend. As another translation states: trust, delight, and commit. Three actions of the heart and mind that serve the believer well in trying and tumultuous times.

As I sit in prayer and sharing of this devotion from my home in Orange County, California, we are under state “stay at home orders” (again) as Los Angeles County. The state has become the epicenter of Covid-19. Hospitals are full. There are no ICU beds. Ambulances have waited up to six hours for admission. At least one patient died while waiting in an ambulance. Tents are being set up in parking lots. Hospital employees are overworked and understaffed. Talk of rationing care is more and more. Young children are being orphaned, losing both parents to the disease.

Each day brings news of someone you know with COVID-19. Symptoms can range from nothing to mild to excruciating and, occasionally, comes the news of the death of a friend or acquaintance. On top of all that, there are the stresses of economic chaos and polarizing politics.

And yet, God is good. He is still on the throne. He sees it all. He is in control. In our verse for today, David reminds us that evildoers should not upset us. We must remember their day with the Lord will come, their evil will be exposed, and their end will come. Rather than being upset we are to trust in the Lord.

In John 16, Jesus speaks to the disciples of His pending ascension and concludes saying in 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” These are such words of comfort and strength to live by. All trouble, trials, and tribulations in the world are turned to joy because the believer has the result. Jesus has conquered sin and death to give us victory over the world. We trust in what God has already done for us. So, trust and continue to do well as unto the Lord, not hiding away, and the promise is the Lord will take care of you.

In such trust, we are also to enjoy and delight in doing good. We should continue and constantly fight the good fight of faith, enjoying it all in the promise of victory. Attitudes of defeat, self-loathing, and self-pity will never bring us into a place of peace and rest in our relationship with God. But with attitudes of joy as we serve, we will get answers to prayers and praises for the life of grace and mercy we have.

Finally, we are exhorted to depend on the Lord. The idea is committing our ways to the Lord. It’s not about us, our abilities, our wants, our desires, our rights, or our happiness. It’s about surrendering and sacrificing to the Lord’s way for our lives. It is much better to give God control of our lives and paths of life. Such is the way of “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

Beloved friends, whatever your circumstance, in whatever part of the world you reside, don’t be upset or angry. Rather trust in Him and His ways. Enjoy the ride serving God and doing well, and depend on Him to lead the way and direct your path.

May the Lord immerse you in much peace and rest as we wait up Him.

By Pastor David Massie, Bible League International Staff, California, U.S.

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 10/14/2021

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October 14, 2021

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“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV
 

Devotion

Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'” (Matthew 4:4). We need revelation. Our very lives depend upon it. We need it to give us the proper perspective on life and to set the proper course for our lives. We need the lamp of God’s revelatory Word shining light on our pathway through life (Psalm 119:105).

Habakkuk received a revelation from God. In his case, it was a prophetic revelation of things to come. The revelation he was given is instructive because part of it, our verses for today, shows us how we should relate to any of the prophetic revelations of the Bible. There are three things that we should keep in mind.

First, prophetic revelation is valuable. It is worth writing down and remembering. It is something that a herald should proclaim from the housetops like any other revelation of God. In so far as all of us are heralds we should proclaim prophetic truth. For example, “Jesus is coming again!” “The dead shall be raised!” “God will dwell with his people!” and so on.

Second, prophetic revelation speaks truth about an appointed time in the future. Although we cannot see it yet to check it out, it will not prove false. After all, it is revelation from God and if God declares that something will happen, it will happen (Isaiah 55:11). And like all revelation, God’s prophetic word gives us the proper perspective on life and helps us set the proper course for our lives.

Finally, although the fulfilment of prophetic revelation may linger, although it may take longer than we expected, it will surely come at the appointed time and will not be late. We should patiently wait for it and reorder and redirect our present lives according to what it reveals.

God has revealed the main lines of the future for us in the Bible. Let us have faith in God’s prophetic Word and live our lives in the light of it.

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 10/7/2021

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October 7, 2021

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:2 NIV

Devotion

I remember that Friday well. The clouds hung low, blocking the horizon, and limiting visibility to only a few hundred yards. The minutes dragged on. The effect on my mood was noticeable. But then, as afternoon approached, the clouds began to break, and I saw it: beautiful Pikes Peak, the most recognizable landmark of my city, flanked on each side by the mountain range. A smile broke over my face. I considered that even our physical perspective our literal line of sight can affect our spiritual vision. And I was reminded of the psalmist singing, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains” (Psalm 121:1) Sometimes we simply need to lift our eyes a bit higher!

This song expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself. The psalmist pondered where his help came from, maybe because the hilltops around Israel were dotted with altars to pagan gods and often contained robbers. Or it could have been because the psalmist looked up beyond the hills to Mount Zion where the temple stood and remembered that the Maker of heaven and earth was his covenant God.

Either way, to worship we must look up. We have to lift our eyes higher than our circumstances, higher than our troubles and trials, higher than the empty promises of the false gods of our day. Not only is God all-powerful, but He watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters Him. We are safe. We never outgrow our need for God’s untiring watch over our lives. Then we can see the Creator and Redeemer, the One who calls us by name. Even during this pandemic, He’s the One who will “watch over your coming and going” today and forevermore.

By Patience Kasweka, Bible League International staff, Zambia

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/23/2021

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September 23, 2021

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He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” – John 21:16 ESV

Devotion

Perhaps in high school you experienced the feeling of flirting with someone from across the room. The butterflies that rush through your body when your eyes catch the other person staring at you are almost visible. Maybe you winked or shyly smiled. Even though the new emotions flooding your senses feel very real and very close, the extent of your relationship with that person is distant! Flirtation has produced liking, but love is far from the equation.

Many people spend their life flirting with God from across the room without ever truly getting close and falling in love with Him. Jesus wants us to be so in love that we are married to Him. He wants us to love Him more than the stuff He has given us.

As He asked Peter and He asks us, “Do you love Me more than these?” Do you love Him more than your passions, career, gadgets, and possessions? Have you ever had a relapse when you walked away from God to your former lifestyle? In that moment, did you respond like the prodigal son and come back to your first love? The question remains, do you love God more?

Along the same line, do you love Him more than the things He does for you?

We love seeing God do big miracles, and we love knowing we are saved, but do we love God more than the things He does? Today examine your relationship with God and determine if you are truly in love with Him or if you’re merely flirting with Him from across the room. Can I encourage the flirters to get the courage to take your relationship to the next level? The answer can be a big YES! He wants to be with you.

By Pastor Leroy Childress, Bible League International partner, Illinois, U.S.

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/16/2021

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September 16, 2021

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Then a huge army of angels from heaven joined the first angel, and they were all praising God, saying, “Praise God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please him.” – Luke 2:13-14 ERV

Devotion

In November 2015, three Muslim terrorists opened fire in the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. That day, 90 people were killed in the attack and more than 200 were wounded. The day after, an unnamed man played John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on a grand piano outside the Bataclan. A video recording of his performance went viral. Many people were touched by this statement of love and hope amidst fear and anger.

Love? Hope? Based on what? The first line of Lennon’s song says, ‘Imagine there’s no heaven.’ And a little later, he sings, ‘Nothing to die or kill for, and no religion too.’ In John Lennon’s understanding, religion is a source of hatred and violence, like peace will follow once people get rid of religion. A song with a painful undertone that echoes in the hearts of many.

In the night that Jesus Christ was born, a huge army of angels sang about a completely different peace, a peace that comes from the heaven that John Lennon denied. A divine peace so special that it needed that glorious celestial choir to properly laud it.

In Luke 2:11, the angel announces the source of that peace, “Today your Savior was born in David’s town.” Because of our sinful nature, we were at war with God. We displeased Him. Jesus came to save us from sin and death. With His sacrifice, He settled the war between God and us. In Christ, we please God again. According to our verse of the day, peace will be the result. Our world is in desperate need of that peace, and the love and hope it entails. Let the words of the angel be our testimony to the people around us!

Whose song do we join today? May the Lord give you peace at all times and in every way.

By Anton de Vreugd, Bible League International staff, The Netherlands

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/2/2021

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September 9, 2021

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You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! – Isaiah 26:3 NLT

Devotion

We live in a sinful, broken world that is full of evil. It’s easy to come undone. It’s easy to lose control and break down. There’s temptation to get nervous and anxious, to get fearful and fainthearted, and to get angry and exasperated. In many of the situations of life that arise, no one will blame you for coming apart at the seams. We’ve all been there—we’ve all been pushed to the limit.

The promise of our verse for today, however, is of a way of being in this broken world that does not seem to belong to this world. It’s a way of being that comes from a better place; that comes from heaven above. The promise is that God will keep us in perfect peace. The promise, then, is not just for ordinary peace, but for “perfect peace.” The peace that the Apostle Paul said exceeds anything that we can understand (Philippians 4:7).

Although peace is a gift that belongs to all of God’s people (John 14:27), it requires something on our part in order to fully manifest in our lives. It requires that we trust in God. You can’t have perfect peace without a strong trust in God. The specifics of the situation will get to us if there is no faith that God is in control.

If we are to have a strong trust in God, then we can’t allow situations to run away with us. At some point we must turn from them and fix our thoughts on God. We must turn from the turmoil and focus our attention on Him. We must boldly come before the throne of our gracious God that we may receive help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

To be kept in perfect peace does not mean that we are unmoved by the situation, like a Stoic philosopher who refuses to allow emotion of any kind to sweep over him. It means, rather, that no matter what happens there is a peace to the person of faith that can’t be explained in human terms.

Whatever you may be facing today, turn from it for a moment and fix your thoughts on God, trust in Him, and let His perfect peace rise up in your souls.

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/2/2021

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September 2, 2021

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So we should be thankful because we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. And because we are thankful, we should worship God in a way that will please him. We should do this with respect and fear, because our God is like a fire that can destroy us. – Hebrews 12:28-29 ERV

Devotion

World events are devastating because the damage is often related to the human life loss, abuse, or degradation. There has been a lot political, social, and economic unrest bubbling to the surface around the world over the last few years. Now, you need to understand that world events drive the future of the nations. World events are unpredictable, often coming when least expected—like the COVID-19 pandemic. The extent of damage and death is often related to where and when it happens. Perhaps the spiritual life is much the same.

The fragility of the world reminds us of the fragility of our own lives. It’s easy to grow cold and callous about life, taking it for granted and becoming arrogant in our belief that we have the power to control our destinies. We do have choices in life, but as the prophets of old remind us, not everything is in our control. It often takes a devastating earthquake, tornado, war, flood, or loss of a loved one to wake us up to the realities of life, to wake us up from our slumber, so that we might begin wrestling with the uncertainties of life. Too often we ignore the words of the prophets until the reality of their words hit home—that is, unless we’re prepared spiritually for the tests that come our way.

According to Hebrews 12, when God called Moses, he heard the voice of God and trembled with fear, largely because the voice of God shook the earth. As for us, the word of God comes in a different way. As Hebrews puts it, “You have not come to a place that can be seen and touched, like the mountain the people of Israel saw, which was burning with fire and covered with darkness, gloom, and storms… But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to a place where thousands of angels have gathered to celebrate,” (Hebrews 12:18, 22).

When the world events are miscalculated, we have to trust God. Hebrews reminds us that we should treasure that which is eternal.

As we face the challenges and difficulties of the new year, as our lives are shaken by the coronavirus, in whom will we put our trust? Do we put our trust in our own abilities or vaccines? In the government? In our families? Or, even in the Church? Or do we put our trust in the God who laid the foundations of our lives? As we wrestle with these questions, it’s important to recognize that the temporary often seems more attractive and enticing than the eternal.

Fads come and go, but at their revealing, they seem so exciting. The eternal may not seem as glamorous or as hip, but when the temporary disappears, the eternal one remains standing. Quite often, the temporary collapses under its own weight, when the time of shaking begins. The question then is: how will we respond to the times when God sifts our lives?

When we stand on the Rock, on the God who created us, redeems us, and sustains us, we discover that when the shaking starts, like the unpredictable world events, nothing will move us. If we choose to walk in faith and put our trust in God’s grace, goodness, mercy, and love, then we will build our lives on the bedrock of eternity.

By Thomas Resane, Bible League International staff, South Africa

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 8/26/2021

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August 26th, 2021

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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:10-12 NIV

Devotion

The first verse in our passage today is the eighth and final Beatitude that Jesus gave in His Sermon on the Mount. The following two verses are Jesus’ commentary on it. The word “beatitude” refers to a state of being abundantly blessed and extremely happy. The Beatitudes are declarations of blessedness over those who embody what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

The eighth Beatitude says that disciples who are “persecuted because of righteousness” are blessed. What does it mean to be persecuted because of righteousness? It means that one is treated badly for accepting the righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22) and for living the Christian life. The Christian life can lead to persecution because it is a threat to other ways of life. Those who are persecuted because of righteousness are willing to endure the bad treatment in order to stay faithful to Jesus.

The reason why disciples who are persecuted because of righteousness are blessed is that “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The “kingdom of heaven” as used by the Apostle Matthew is a virtual synonym for the “kingdom of God.” Those who have the Kingdom of God are blessed because they are citizens of the kingdom and have all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship as a result.

The persecuted also have a great reward waiting for them in heaven when they die and, we may presume, in the new heaven and new earth yet to come. The reward is not specified, but it must be great because the recipients are likened to the great prophets of old who were persecuted.

It seems counterintuitive for Jesus to say that the persecuted are blessed. The Apostle Paul, however, said that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18) and “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

If you are enduring persecution today, be strengthened and encouraged by the great reward and the eternal glory it is achieving for you.

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 8/19/2021

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August 19th, 2021

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Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. – Galatians 1:10 NLT
 

Devotion

The churches in Galatia had been led astray from the true Gospel by some people who, according to the Apostle Paul, “deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ” (Galatians 1:7). They were preaching something that “. . . pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all” (Galatians 1:6-7). Paul’s letter to them was an attempt to set them straight. He took a risk in writing the letter, because there was the chance that the churches would not take kindly to receiving his rebuke and correction.

It is in this context that Paul wrote our verse for today. He had a choice to make. He could write something that would please the churches and meet with their approval, or he could do the right thing and write a letter of rebuke and correction. He could seek the approval of people, or he could seek the approval of God. The choice he made, obviously, was to seek the approval of God and not the approval of people.

The choice Paul had to face is a choice all of us have to face at various points in our walk with God. Shall we live our lives seeking the approval of people, or the approval of God? Stated in this blunt way the right answer to the question seems obvious. However, putting the right answer into practice is not so easy. The temptation to please people is very great. Pleasing God rather than people can sometimes lead to friction and conflict with people. And who wants that?

If all we try to do in life is please people and build up a good reputation with them, then we are not really following the example of Jesus Christ. In order to obey the will of God, Jesus “made Himself of no reputation” (Philippians 2:7). Jesus was not concerned about His reputation with people. He was concerned about obeying God. That’s why, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).

Placing priority on the approval of people is a sure-fire way to keep us out of the will of God. When the choice must be made, please God—and do the right thing.

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 8/12/2021

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August 12th, 2021

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But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. – 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 ESV

Devotion

If you have ever walked through the cosmetics section at a department store, you may have noticed the multiple scents from tester bottles of perfumes and colognes. You could walk through that part of the store with a blindfold and you would know exactly where you’re at! The scents can be overwhelming. Some are sweet and bright, while others have warm floral notes. You know their purpose—to enhance or cover up the natural smell of a person. Perhaps we have used a tester from time to time with no intention of buying. Or perhaps we have bought and used the fragrance on a day when we hoped it could cover up an unwanted odor.

As we have entered the love season, may we allow the importance of Christ permeate our minds and hearts. We live in a world where our sins have left a detestable smell lingering in the air— a very unpleasing odor to the Lord’s nostrils. The beauty of God is He conveniently makes Himself available for us to approach Him, even with our sin problem. Then, He helps us to become clean and stink no more. He wants us to utilize the fragrance of free grace. My only hope is we don’t use the “tester version” of it, but instead we would receive the never-ending supply that can be applied every morning to last the whole day.

Let us admit to the Lord our unpleasant stench radiating from our sin life and recognize the beautiful appearance of Christ in this season to wash away our sins, to purify us, and to make us a sweet smell to God Almighty. God not only allows us to put on His fragrance, but then allows us to be carriers of His scent to others. Reflect on these words from 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 as you go through this month of love. Then dare to be a pleasant Christ aroma to others and the Lord as a true valentine.

By Pastor Leroy Childress, Bible League International partner, Illinois, U.S.

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