“This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering.”
2 Thessalonians 1.5
“This” refers to the “persecutions and afflictions”, v. 4, that the Thessalonians were suffering. Suffering in this way is not evidence of God’s indifference or injustice. Rather, it is evidence of his righteousness and goodness.
Do not doubt God in whatever you are called upon to suffer. Show perseverance and faith in such moments. What is the goal God has in mind for you?
#suffering #divine-judgment #VOTD
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Here are the topics you will find:
- David’s Place in the Story of the Bible (Steven Lloyd)
- Give us a King! (Cody Westbrook)
- David the Friend (Bill Burk)
- David the Prophet (Daniel F. Cates)
- David the Giant Slayer (Kevin Cauley)
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“Thorns and snares are in the path of the perverse,
but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.”
Righteousness saves a person from many a heartache and problem. Those who disregard God do not have a carefree life.
What “thorns and snares” have you been spared from? What does it mean to guard oneself?
#sin #self-control #VOTD
By Johnny O. Trail — Our family has a dog named Sadie. It is a running joke in our family to regularly say, “Sadie is a dog.” It is a statement of an obvious truth. She looks like a dog, barks like a dog, eats like a dog, and acts like a dog. She is a dog.
Lately, we have been reassessing this conclusion. One of our sons has said, “Sadie is a goat.” Another child has said, “Sadie is a cat.” Still, another son has stated, “I don’t really know what she is.” Of course, we do all of this in jest. My children know the differences between a cat, a goat, and a dog. They also know what defines a dog as being a dog.
Suffice it to say, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that Sadie is a dog. If enough evidence exists to prove something as being factual, then it must be accepted as the truth. One cannot deny that our dog, Sadie, is a dog. There is too much evidence to refute that fact.
The same principle is true in regards to scriptural considerations. If there is enough evidence to demonstrate that something is being accurately and truthfully represented from God’s word, it must be accepted at fact and practiced as outline in the Bible. That is, there are truths in God’s Holy Writ that are undeniable. Continue reading
“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”
In his trials, David is still able to see God’s goodness and the favor he bestows upon his people.
The saint must not judge his life and God’s treatment of him by what happens in a single day. Where can you identify God’s goodness in recent days?
#divine-goodness #Psalms #VOTD
“All the sinners among my people will die by the sword—
the ones who say, ‘Disaster will not come near, it will not confront us.’”
Many rebellious people among the Israelites denied the prophet’s message of judgment for the nation’s sins.
Even today some deny they will reap what they sow, or that Jesus will return to judge those who do good and who do evil, Gal 6.6-10; Rom 2.4-11; 2 Pet 3.3-15.
#denial #judgment #VOTD
THE OLD PATHS
The restoration plea is about calling people back to the “old paths” of first century, New Testament, apostolic (i.e., “as in the days of the apostles”) Christianity. In reality, there is no other kind of Christianity, for anything that differs from what was preached, believed, and practiced in the first century, during the days of the apostles, and as set forth in the New Testament is but a perversion of the “one faith” (Ephesians 4:4), “the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27), “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Those who preach “another gospel” are accursed (Galatians 1:6-9).
As noted in an earlier essay (“The Restoration Plea: Is It Valid?”—September 19, 2017), in the days of Josiah, king of Judah (c. 640-609 B.C.), the prophet Jeremiah said to the people, “Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’ ” (Jeremiah 6:16). How sad that many today do not desire “the old paths” as revealed by Christ and His apostles and as set forth in the New Testament. Any mention of “the old paths” brings a smirk to the face of some and a mocking, condescending comment from their lips. Now, as in the days of Jeremiah, people by their attitudes and by their actions are saying, “We will not walk in the good way of the old paths”! Rather, they seek their own way. Many are enamored by the latest fad in churches and that which appeals to their “felt” needs and their desire to be entertained. Simple, New Testament Christianity has little appeal to them.
As we continue our emphasis on the restoration plea, consider these thoughts concerning the “old paths” of biblical Christianity. Continue reading