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Everyone of us has sinned and broken God's laws. Everyone has fallen short of God's perfect standard. All people at one point or another have done something or thought something they're not proud of, something that they would not like anyone else to know about, let alone God. Moreover, God looks not only at our deeds, but also the desires and motives behind all the things we do. The Bible says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." And that's what Salvation is all about. All of humanity was born with a sin-nature, and we are separated from God because of our sin. In addition, there are no works we can perform, which can earn our way into Heaven. What we consider "good deeds" are god's standard for our normal everyday behavior. If that were not hard enough, we have to remember, no good deeds, no matter how big the sacrifice, erase or remove past sin. There are no scales in Heaven, God is not going to compare our sins against our good deeds, to see which is greater.

That would be like committing a crime, then telling the judge we are not guilty because we did a good deed afterwards. We must remember all sin no matter how small in thought or deed is punishable by Hell. But the good news is God wants to have a relationship with you and me. God's desire is that all people would spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Therefore, God's salvation is a free gift given by His grace, through faith alone in Jesus alone. God gave us a way to receive forgiveness of all of our sins past, present and future! And that is His free gift of grace. We know that we are not perfect. Though try as we might, no one can achieve perfection. We cannot behave perfectly all, or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation which is the forgiveness of sins. As the Bible says "for by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 

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for Sunday, December 10, 2017

God Promises We Are His People - (Psalm 100:3, John 10:27-28)

I am your God and you are the sheep of My pasture.


Reading Notes

God's word speaks of that special relationship between us (His sheep) and Jesus. Using the analogy of the Shepherd, Jesus is speaking of our reliance on Him, as well as His overwhelming love for us and His willingness to lay down His life that we may live forever through Him. In ancient times the shepherd spent so much time with his flock that the sheep knew his voice, so much so that they would only respond and follow that one shepherd who watched over them. And it was not uncommon for many shepherds to place their flocks together in a corral at night. In the morning each shepherd would call his sheep and only those sheep belonging to him would leave the corral and follow him. Why? Because after spending their lives with the shepherd, they knew his voice. In the same way we hear the call of Jesus in our lives and we follow Him alone.

We give our lives to Jesus after salvation and as we build our relationship with God through Christ, we soon come to know the sweet and loving call of our Savior. Moreover, as we look closer at this analogy, we have to understand that sheep are not self-sufficient animals, they are actually a very weak animal, that requires the constant care and attention of the shepherd. Not only does he direct them to good pasture for grazing, but he also physically takes care of them and maintains their health, and this is in addition to protecting them from harm. Without the shepherd’s continual support and security the sheep would be unable to sustain themselves. It’s the same with us, we are sustained by Christ. Therefore, the security of Jesus’ sheep rest with Him as the Good Shepherd. It's Christ alone who has the power to keep us, for we are unable to keep ourselves. Both the Father and the Son are committed to the perfect protection and guidance of the sheep through the Holy Spirit who indwells all followers of Christ.

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Don't Be Overwhelmed by the Influences of this World

Bible Verse 1st Corinthians 6:12

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Commentary:

This passage is not speaking of salvation, because we are already saved by our faith in Christ. But what Paul is speaking about is letting ourselves get caught up in the things and cares of this world. We must remember this world system is under the influence of the evil one, the one whom the Apostle Paul calls the "prince of the power of the air," who is Satan. What Paul is speaking about is our liberty in Christ. Because of Jesus, we no longer have to follow the dietary or religious restrictions the people followed under the Mosaic Law. However, we have to be careful in our freedom, not to let ourselves get caught up with the pleasures, desires and material possessions of this world. We must remember, as followers of Jesus, we are called to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are to submit to His guidance and His control, as we carry out what He has called us to do on a day to day basis.

We shouldn't spend our time, attention and desires on things which are passing away. We are not to let the things of this world distract us, or draw us away from Jesus and His calling on our lives. We must remember Satan and this dark world, create distractions meant to take us away from Jesus and to bring us into destruction. But God has called us to be lights to the world. With our salvation comes a new calling. We are to be lighting a path to Jesus for others to see, and not to be enticed by the sins of this world, or be caught up in things that take us away from that calling. Otherwise, those who are lost will not see Jesus in us. Instead of seeing Jesus reflected back in our attitudes and actions, they will look at us and see no difference between us and a fallen world, which is passing away. We have to remember that Satan's desire is to make every Christian ineffective for the kingdom of God, and useless for spreading the Gospel of Christ. Therefore, since we belong to Jesus, we must never be brought under the power of the things in this world.

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Using All Our Time, Talents and Resources for God

2nd Corinthians 9:6-8

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Our Resources Should Bless Others

1st Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

We Are Rich in Christ Who Sustains

Proverbs 30:8-9

Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches-Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, "Who is the Lord?" Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

Spreading the Gospel of Christ

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you...

The Work of the Gospel is the Lost

Matthew 9:35-38

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

The Lord is Near to All Who Call Upon Him

Psalm 145:18-21

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.

The Lord is Mercy and Truth

Psalm 25:8-10

Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies

Everything is Possible in Christ

Luke 1:37,49-50

For with God nothing will be impossible. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.

Jesus Rebukes the Proud

Proverbs 16:18-20

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Man's Ways Lead to Death

Proverbs 14:11-12, 14

The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.

Year of Proverbs
for Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Wicked Ruler Devours His People - (Proverbs 28:15-16)

Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.


Reading Notes

Lions roar after they have captured their prey, not before. They roar loudly while in the process of devouring the flesh of their victim. They roar in order to warn and scare off any predators who would take what they have. They do their best to prevent the pulling away of the prey out of their grasp. Likewise a bear charges when they feel danger, defending themselves because of the proximity of a threat. However, in both cases, these animals attack what is usually weak and unable to defend itself or run away from them. They will not attack anything which appears stronger, instead they will seek an opportunity to flee. Moreover, we noticed that when seeking prey the lion will get as close as possible before mounting an attack. They will work themselves into a position where it's too late for the prey to escape.

And that's the image God is giving us for the wicked ruler. A wicked ruler like a wild animal looks for the weak and poor amongst his people. They will position themselves in such a way as to prevent the escape of the innocent. The wicked ruler is looking for the weakest people and those who are innocent. They do so in order that they may devour and take what does not belong to them. They do so from those they feel pose no threat to themselves. Therefore, because of their lack of wisdom they oppress their people. Because of their wickedness and enmity against God, they destroy what is good and godly. However, we must understand, God will not prolong the days of such a ruler. Though from a worldly sense they appear to prosper, they build up wrath for themselves, not understanding the destruction which awaits them.

Year of Psalms
for Sunday, December 10, 2017

God Teaches the Humble - (Psalm 25:8-9)

Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.


Reading Notes

Pride is one of the Christian's biggest barricades to guidance by the Holy Spirit. Our pride is a sin that is deeply rooted within our hearts. Moreover, it can be one of the hardest and most stubborn of the sins to eradicate from our souls. Dear Christian the deeper our pride, the higher the discipline needed by God and the greater and more numerous the trials required to remove it. Therefore, we rely not on our own will and desires, but on the work of God in our hearts and minds. God's nature is perfect and His attributes are holy, and that is why we rely on His direction not ours. As followers of Christ, we let God set the paths of our lives by following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

However, God cannot teach a proud heart, the Holy Spirit cannot lead a proud, arrogant soul who insists on being out in front. As followers of Christ, we are to have a heart for God and a love for the Lord, part of our love for God is the desire for His control in our lives. And even though our sin nature can undermine our discipleship, God is faithful and we must remember He is in control. Moreover, God will work out His good in our lives despite our pride, even if that means God must first bring us into the deepest valley by allowing trials to touch our lives. God will do this to remove our pride so He can begin His work in us, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit who indwells us.

Bible Principle for Today
for Sunday, December 10, 2017

God knows His purpose for our lives and God knows the beginning from the end, so trusting in God means looking past ourselves and seeing what God can see.

Prayer for Today
for Sunday, December 10, 2017

Father in heaven, you are holy and mighty and incomprehensible. I can't begin to fathom your greatness, yet I can come to you as my Father because of your loving grace for me. Please empower and use me to bring you glory and bring others your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.