In Matthew chapter 4 we read of three times that the devil tempted Jesus. All three times Jesus resisted. The final time He said “Be gone, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10). Even though He came down from heaven, He was here living as a man and “…has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) What a great example for us on how to thwart the devil’s plans. James also tells us what the devil will do if we are living like that perfect example, Christ. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Today’s reading: Matthew 3-4
Have you ever been ashamed of something? There are things that should cause us to be ashamed, but as Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans, the Gospel is not one of them. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) In the next chapter he shares with us that along with that believing the Gospel of Christ, we must also live for Him. “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Romans 2:6-8)
Today’s reading: Romans 1-2
God made a promise in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” But that promise was not unconditional. The verses that follow describe the difference in the two paths that could be chosen. Today we also have His promise of having our sins cleansed. Our Savior made that possible. The promise for us today is still conditional. The words of Jesus in Matthew chapter 7 make that very clear. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
Today’s reading: Isaiah 1-6
Do you ever feel like things just aren’t going your way? Maybe you receive some bad news that really gets you down? In one day Job lost most everything he had. Four separate messengers, one right after the other, brought him terrible news with the last one telling him that all of his children had died. What did Job do? In 1:22 we read “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” As we read on it becomes obvious that the people in Job’s life were not very encouraging to him. But Job knew no matter what happened, God was in control. How did Job’s life end? “…the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning…” (Job 42:12). No matter what the world around us may say, from God’s Word and passages like Romans 8:28 we can know that if we live a life in service to God, everything will work out for good.
Today’s reading: Job 1-2
“Blessed is the man…”. The book of Psalms begins with these words. Don’t we all want to be blessed? What does it take to be that man? The first verse tell us to not walk, stand or sit with those who are living a life contrary to God’s word. A gradual progression is seen here. It begins with just walking along with a bad influence. Then slowing down and stopping to stand with them to finally sitting down and settling in with the scornful. Most change doesn’t happen drastically, but by gradual movements in one direction. You have probably heard the analogy about the frog in a pan of water. If you drop him in boiling water he will jump right out. But put him in warm water and then gradually turn up the temperature and he will stay until he is boiled to death. What keeps us going in the right direction as we live our life? Verse 2 has the answer. Delight in God’s Word and keep it in your mind day and night.
Today’s reading: Psalms 1-2
I started this site by talking about Joshua chapter 1 and the encouragement God was giving to one man. Today’s reading includes that chapter and the next four. As you read on into chapter 1, Joshua shares with the officers of the people the plan to take possession of the promised land. Once that plan has been shared, the people respond to Joshua. Their response is a positive one and they promise to follow his orders. They finish by telling Joshua to “be strong and courageous”. These words sound similar to the same words God spoke to Joshua, don’t they? We can use this same method to encourage others by sharing with them words from God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that all scripture is given by inspiration of God to help make us complete.
Today’s reading: Joshua 1-5
This is where it all began. No big bang or billions of years of evolving. The world as we know it was created in 6 literal days. Then as 1:31 states, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good…” As we look around at His creation and count our many blessings, we can all agree it is very good.
Today’s reading: Genesis 1-3