"If you look for Me wholeheartedly,
you will find Me."
Regardless of what any church leader, pastor, or anyone else says... your final authority should be: "What does the Bible say?"
Paul taught that some things he was teaching are hard to understand, "which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Pet 3:16
The Apostle Paul also warned that in the last days, not every minister would be teaching the truth of God's Word. "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths." 2 Tim 4:3-4
"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." Col 2:4
“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as official days for holy assembly." - Leviticus 23:2
"The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress."
- Psalm 46:7
SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
TODAYS BIBLE READING:
2 Corinthians 6
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE:
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9
TODAY'S WORSHIP SONG:
This walk called life is long and bumpy. Sin will continue to rear it's ugly head and seek to thwart us from the path that God has given. The solution though is not to focus on our own strength, but to be sheep following their Shepherd. The solution to our struggles is not to seek our own strength and wisdom but to submit under His leadership. Paul stated this so clearly in 2 Corinthians 12:10, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." Once in Christ, though still sinners, we can all take comfort in Paul's words in Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."
They say that the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed and the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed. We read in Proverbs 16:6,"In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil." The truth is we all sin, and it is this sin that separates us from a perfect God. Unless this sin is paid for we have no hope, for we read in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Notice in Proverbs 16:6 that mercy comes first. Charles Spurgeon said, "God's mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light , or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God." Though God's mercy has no limits, often times the mercy extended by man does. God in His limitless mercy provided His solution while we were still sinning. We read in Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." We should be very careful about spouting out what we consider true if we are not going to accompany those comments with mercy. May we never forget that mercy and truth are completely embodied in the Person of Jesus Christ. May we never forget what this mercy cost our Savior as we read in Isaiah 53:4-5, "Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." This is the Atonement which was stated in the Old Testament but was fulfilled in the New Testament when Jesus took our sins with Him to the cross.
So with this amazing offer from God, why doesn't everyone accept His free gift of Atonement, "And by the fear of the Lord one departs evil."? We read the problem in Proverbs 16:25, "There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." The problem is that most, comparing themselves to others, don't think that they are doing anything wrong and therefore don't require God's or for that matter anyone's mercy. For most, truth is what they decide is truth. Living in a world filled with moral relativism and political correctness, many are careful not to speak in moral absolutes for someone might be offended. This is the problem, our opinion is absolutely unimportant, His truth is all that counts. We also read in this chapter, in Proverbs 16:18, "Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall." Unless one humbles oneself, repentance is impossible. Without repentance, atonement is impossible. May we be rich in mercy and armed with the truth, and boldly reach out with love to a world who has no hope unless they are willing to humble themselves and accept Jesus' gift of salvation.
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