Writing: 1 John 2.1 VOTD

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”

1 John 2.1 NLT

John writes that God’s marvelous plan has us covered in all circumstances. False teachers claimed sin was a non-issue. God considers it serious, so much so that Jesus serves as advocate.

The Lord doesn’t expect sinless people. He expects people not to live for sin. What are some wrong ideas about sin that people have?

#sin #Jesus #Advocate #VOTD

Jesus in Hebrews 1

Eddie Parrish helps us in Hebrews 1:

Because Jesus: (1) is the one through whom God has spoken in these last days, (2) is the heir of God, (3) is the creator of the world, (4) is the radiance of God’s glory, (5) is the exact representation of God’s nature, (6) is the one who cleansed our sins, (7) is seated at God’s right hand, (8) is superior to angels, (9) is God’s Son, (10) is worshiped even by angels, (11) righteously rules an eternal kingdom, (12) will outlast the universe, (13) and sends out angels to do his bidding as they serve on behalf of Christians, then there is NO ONE who deserves our allegiance more than He.

#Jesus #Hebrews #Bible-class

Lord of peace: 2 Thessalonians 3.16 VOTD

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3.16

The Lord is the source of peace. For the readers undergoing persecution, they must know that peace does not depend upon circumstances. Christ will give it all the time, anywhere, regardless of the situation.

What events or situations tend to rob you of peace? How can we retain the Lord’s peace independent of circumstances?

#peace #Jesus #VOTD

Not alone: John 8.29 VOTD

“And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please him.”

John 8.29

Jesus was certain of his Father’s presence with him. He did not feel alone, because he saw demonstrations of his approval. He was certain of pleasing the Father, because his will is clear and simple.

How may we have certainty of God’s presence? What to do when we feel alone?

#Jesus #will-of-God #VOTD

When non-believers believe in the Bible but don’t noel what they’re talking about

It’s amazing how non-believers can believe in the Bible (or at least like to quote it) when it’s advantageous to their cause but still not know what they’re talking about.

Take for example this story. A story that chides and corrects and criticizes Donald Trump for “not believing in the virgin birth” (due to a “tweet” in which he “erroneously” referred to Joseph as Jesus’ father) all the while it uses the names God and Jesus in a very flippant and unholy manner.

What exactly did the President say … or tweet rather? Continue reading

#birth-of-jesus, #christmas, #jesus, #twitter

Straight-line lineage

Most people are interested in their lineage. Even in this digital age companies exist to help people find their ancestral roots.

Despite the fact that he or she had nothing (and again for emphasis sake let me say – nothing!) to do with making themselves a part of their lineage, many individuals like to proudly and arrogantly boast about their fearsome forefathers, their existing matriarchal might or maybe even their connection to a few drops of “royal” blood. And yes, their skin-color, their national origin, their clan, their crest and even their religion comes along for the ride.

In Christ this fleshly foolishness stops (Galatians 4:30; 1 Timothy 1:4; Matthew 3:9-10).

If one’s lineage cannot be drawn in a straight-line from you to Jesus to Abraham to God, then your lineage, my lineage and our lineage is of no value.

Am I saying it’s wrong to know about or even celebrate our ancestral roots and the things (the good things) that were accomplished on our behalf? Absolutely not! I’m only saying when our branch comes to an end, the importance of our spiritual roots and fruit will far outweigh the physical. Because outside of Jesus the tree will surely die!

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29 NKJV)

#ancestors, #jesus, #lineage-of-jesus

You may go: Mark 7.29-30 VOTD

“Then he said to her, ‘Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.’ She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”

Mark 7.29-30

The same faith that caused the Syrophoenician woman to go to Jesus caused her to leave him when he said her daughter was well. She believed Jesus had healed her child.

What Jesus says, he will do. If he says it, we may and must trust him. When he says he will provide for our needs, we ought to be believe him. When he send us and promises us his empowering presence, we should go.

#Jesus #faith #VOTD