“The Lord’s spirit spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
The God of Israel spoke,
the protector of Israel spoke to me.”
2 Samuel 23.2-3
David’s final words reflect his consciousness of God speaking to and through him. The Holy Spirit spoke through David, Acts 1.16. Many of his writings are in Scripture.
God blessed us by recording in Scripture many of the great events of salvation history, by inspiration of those involved. They deserve our full attention.
#votd #inspiration #revelation
“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you!”
The book ends, 56.1—66.24, showing the restoration of Israel and the glory of Jerusalem. God calls the city to show its full glory as nations stream into it.
Jesus may allude to this verse in Mat 5.16. Our call, also, is to reflect God’s glory outward, as we are transformed by it.
#votd #Isaiah #promise
“Jesus went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around him.”
The willingness of Jesus to help others is shown in his going with Jairus, the synagogue ruler, to heal his daughter. The Lord is not unmoved by human needs.
Jesus has come to mankind, in the flesh. He also moves in our direction, to satisfy our need, to forgive our sin. Am I moving in his direction?
#votd #Mark #Jesus-Christ
“[Hezekiah] said to them: ‘Listen to me, you Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, so you can consecrate the temple of the Lord God of your ancestors! Remove from the sanctuary what is ceremonially unclean!'”
2 Chronicles 29.5
King Hezekiah of Judah restored temple worship. He began with the Levites. Perhaps he saw that they were more conscientious about consecrating themselves than the priests, v. 34.
Before we can worship and work acceptably before the Lord, we must consecrate ourselves by removing all that defiles in our lives.
#votd #2Chronicles #consecration
“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied, ‘Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, because he has been buried four days.'”
Ever the practical one, Martha thinks of what is, not what can be. She has no idea of Jesus’ intent. She deals with a dead body; he plans to revive.
Am I so caught up in the problem of the hour or the reality of the moment that I cannot see what God desires to do in me and through me?
#votd #John #potential
“Now this is the will of the one who sent me—that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father—for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The Father’s will looks past the present, to the last day, to giving eternal life. He is interested in saving every single person. He does so through faith in the Son.
Believing in Christ means trust, faithfulness, and obedience. It means full commitment to the Lord. Does he have that from me?
#votd #John #will-of-God
“As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”
Jesus was concerned for numbers, as long as those numbers reflected true understanding of God’s will. Otherwise, he worked to pare the numbers down.
Does a concern to please others and fill seats dampen my enthusiasm for the truth and for helping people face their sins?
#votd #Luke #church-growth
“Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them, …”
Empty words are enticement to sin. Disobedience brings down punishment. Obedience avoids God’s wrath. Saints must avoid participation in sin.
Am I swayed by the world’s persuasive words? Do I diminish the reality of God’s wrath? Do I attempt to reconcile sin with holiness?
#votd #Ephesians #wrath
“For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.”
2 Samuel 22.22 NLT
David’s victory song celebrates God’s deliverance from Saul and all his enemies. The Lord repaid him for his godly conduct.
One version translates the last phrase, “I’ve done nothing that would separate me from God” (VFL). Have I done anything that would remove me from his presence?
#votd #2Samuel #conduct
“Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ So he said to them, ‘Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.'”
Was it a kind concern for others that motivated the question posed to Jesus? The question seemed to expect a positive answer, based on previous teaching of his.
Jesus often did not answer questions with a direct reply. Here, he directs the person not to numbers, but to self. Make sure you are saved. It reminds one of John 21.21-23.
#votd #Luke #salvation
“Because of this, the Lord said,
‘You must repent of such words and thoughts!
If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me.
If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless,
I will again allow you to be my spokesman.
They must become as you have been.
You must not become like them.'”
God speaks to the prophet who recoils from suffering, v. 18. Now Jeremiah must decide if he will return to useful service or not. He must not be like the people, but serve as an example of what they should do.
Saints must be ready to suffer for serving God. They must not become like those to whom they proclaim the gospel. They must preach repentance. At times, they must repent themselves.
#votd #Jeremiah #repentance
“And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5.6-7
The verb “casting” explains how to humble oneself before God. It means giving to God our cares and depending upon him for our needs.
Failure to trust in God and surrender to him our cares and concerns means that pride is our downfall. In the end, we don’t want to turn it all over to the Lord. What have I refused to give to him?
#votd #1Peter #humility
“At the same time pray for us too, that God may open a door for the message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”
The apostle Paul asked for prayers for his work of proclaiming Christ. He had urged the Colossians to be alert in prayer, v. 2. Among many subjects of prayer, the greatest is the spread of the gospel.
Where is your prayer list of people who spread the gospel? How many people who need to obey do you pray for? What doors might God open through your prayers?
#votd #Colossians #prayer
“with the harvest produced by the daylight and by the moonlight;”
In the blessing that Moses gave to Israel before he died, he saw abundance of harvest for Joseph. God gave the sun and moon for man. The universe exists for God and his most important creature.
The heavenly lights were made as “signs to indicate seasons and days and years” Genesis 1.14. They function for the good of man. Let creation lead us to thank and praise God.
#votd #creation #Deuteronomy
“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.”
Jesus taught on true defilement. Ceremonial uncleanness pointed toward the greater evil. The inner person is the source of unholiness and profane one’s words and actions.
Conversion from the heart and control of the mind are necessary to one’s sanctification. From evil thoughts that enter will come evil words and sins. It cannot be otherwise.
#votd #Matthew #heart #uncleanness