Effort: 2 Timothy 2.15 VOTD

“Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately.”

2 Timothy 2.15

Paul tells Timothy that a great part of his approval by God depends upon how carefully and accurately he teaches the truth.

What is involved in making every effort in order to be approved by God?

#Effort #teaching #VOTD

Less or more: Numbers 22.18 VOTD

“Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, ‘Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment of the Lord my God to do less or more.'”

Numbers 22.18

Balaam understood well his limits, but he wound up going with Balak, perhaps in hope of finding a way to receive the king’s riches.

In the restriction of God’s command is the freedom to reject wrong motivations.

#commandment #obedience #VOTD

To everyone who hears: Revelation 22.18-19 VOTD

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.”

Revelation 22.18-19

At the end of his prophecy, the apostle John applies a general principle to his book. Appearing as it does at the end of the canon, it also serves as a warning to the complete word of God.

How is the principle of reciprocity applied here?

#respect #revelation #VOTD

Believe: Matthew 9.28 VOTD

“When he went into the house, the blind men came to him. Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.'”

Matthew 9.28

Jesus did not always require faith before healing someone, but when he could develop it in those to be healed, he did, since that was his main interest.

So today why does Jesus always require faith before salvation?

#faith #miracles #VOTD

Abundance: 1 Corinthians 10.25-26 VOTD

“Eat anything that is sold in the marketplace without questions of conscience, for the earth and its abundance are the Lord’s.”

1 Corinthians 10.25-26

As proof that Christians are free to eat all foods, Paul quotes Psalm 24.1 that all belongs to the Lord, meaning that nothing actually belongs to idols.

According to the context, how is a Christian’s freedom to be used?

#freedom #abundance #VOTD

Reveal myself: John 14.21 VOTD

“The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

John 14.21

In Jesus’ last discourse to the Twelve, before his death, he spoke of great things, such as love and obedience.

In what sense are God’s love and Christ’s love dependent upon obedience to his commands?

#love #obedience #VOTD

Determined: Psalm 57.7 VOTD

“I am determined, O God! I am determined! I will sing and praise you!”

Psalms 57.7

Fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave, David steadfastly maintains his commitment to praise God. He keeps in view that God is sovereign.

How does remembering God’s sovereignty help us in any given situation?

#Psalms #God #VOTD