Daily Archives: July 8, 2018

July 8: Honor, Credit, and Godly Wisdom

1 Samuel 15:1–35; James 3:13–18; Psalm 119:121–136We’re primed to seek validation. Earning “likes” on our social media outlets gives us a sense of self-worth. Getting kudos for a good idea at work makes us feel important. When this is how we derive our self-worth, the opposite will also be true: Being overlooked can crush us, making us angry and jealous if others have stolen the limelight.If we’re not careful, we can easily become ruled by our need for validation. James calls this mindset and behavior “earthly,” “unspiritual,” and even “demonic” (Jas 3:15). When we are guided by it, chaos reigns: “For where there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice” (Jas 3:16).We may be aware of how often we are tempted to follow our earthly responses, and we might try to practice restraint. We try to filter the forces at work inside us, but this won’t solve the heart of the problem, as James shows us. He contrasts human ambition with godly wisdom, which “comes from above” (Jas 3:15). He lists the virtues that display godly wisdom: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, obedient, full of mercy and good fruits, nonjudgmental, without hypocrisy” (Jas 3:17).We can’t attain these virtues on our own. When we’re tempted to follow our gut response, to protect and promote our own image, we have to examine our hearts and confess our earthly desires to God. Then, we should seek the wisdom from above—the wisdom found in Jesus. Only He can make us new, and His Spirit can enable us to intentionally follow Him and seek godly wisdom.How are you seeking and praying for godly wisdom?Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

July 8 Offering Spiritual Sacrifices

“You … are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Spiritual sacrifices are acts of praise and worship offered to God through Jesus Christ.The primary mission of a Hebrew priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That’s why God gave detailed instructions regarding the kinds of sacrifices He required. For example, if a lamb was offered, it had to be perfect—without deformity or blemish. Then it had to be sacrificed in a prescribed manner. It was a serious offense to offer sacrifices in an unacceptable manner—a mistake that cost Aaron’s sons their lives (Lev. 10:1–2).The Old Testament sacrificial system pictured the supreme sacrifice of Christ on the cross. When He died, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple split in two, signifying personal access to God through Christ. From that moment on, the Old Testament sacrifices ceased to have meaning. As the writer of Hebrews said, “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God. … For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (Heb. 10:10–14).Christ’s sacrifice was complete. Nothing further is needed for salvation. The spiritual sacrifices that believers are to offer aren’t sacrifices for sin, but are rather acts of praise and worship that flow from a redeemed life. They’re the fruit of salvation and are acceptable to God because they’re offered through His Son.Since Jesus is the only mediator between God and man, your access to God is through Him alone. Anything that pleases Him is acceptable to the Father. Seeking His will, His plans, and His Kingdom all are aspects of offering up acceptable spiritual sacrifices. In effect, your entire life is to be one continuous sacrifice of love and praise to God. May it be so!✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer:  When you pray, be sure everything you say and every request you make is consistent with Christ’s will.For Further Study: Read Hebrews 10:1–18, noting how Christ’s sacrifice differed from Old Testament sacrifices.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 202). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

JULY 8 CHRISTIANS INDEED

They…are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.Luke 8:14 I believe we are mistaken in Christian life and theology when we try to add the “deeper life” to an imperfect salvation obtained through an imperfect concept of the entire matter.Under the working of the Spirit of God through men like Finney and Wesley, no one would ever have dared to say, “I am a Christian” if he had not surrendered his whole being, taking Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior!Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be “tacked on” at some time in the future.Brethren, I believe we must put the blame on faulty teaching—teaching that is filled with self-deception.Let us look unto Jesus our Lord—high and holy, wearing the crown, Lord of lords and King of all, having a perfect right to command full obedience from all of His saved people! O Lord, it is a real challenge in today’s world to filter out all the worldly “stuff” from our lives. Lord, help me to surrender the things in my life that are hindering the production of fruit for You.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Brannon Howse: July 6, 2018

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Guest: Jimmy DeYoung. Topic: Putin to meet with Netanyahu five days before Putin meets with President Trump. Topic: Russia: Iran withdrawal from Syria is unrealistic. Topic: Poll: Israeli’s have little hope for the trump peace plan. Topic: More Jews in Israel then in the United States; key to the end times scenario. Topic: What is the Biblical description of the Antichrist and do we see any world leaders that come to to this description? Brannon nor Jimmy are declaring that any world leader is the Antichrist. What they are saying is that Satan does not know when they end of days will be and must work to have an Antichrist figure for each generation.

Source: Brannon Howse: July 6, 2018

July 8, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

22  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23  they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (La 3:22–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


3:22–24 / Het. The eighth stanza is the most optimistic of the entire poem. Indeed, it is the most optimistic of the entire book. The fact that it is found in the middle indicates that while hope is present, it is neither the beginning nor the final thought. The pain is still too fresh and the end is not yet in sight. Even so, this stanza, though brief, indicates that the poet is has not completely abandoned himself to hopelessness.The first line (v. 22) initially strikes one as odd. After all, the poet has repeatedly expressed the sentiment that his/their suffering is deep and pervasive. The destruction is nearly total. But here the poet acknowledges that though he and those he speaks of are deeply afflicted, they are still there. They are not completely consumed, and he attributes this to God’s grace as expressed in his khesed (covenantal love) and his rekhem (compassion). Psalm 77 is the poem of a desperate person who attributes his suffering to God. He accuses God of betraying his khesed and rekhem in verses 8–9. The poet in Lamentations sees the fact that anyone survived the debacle as evidence of God’s love and compassion.Not only do God’s love and compassion not wear out, grow weak, or vanish over time, they are new every morning. That is, they are renewed as vital as ever before. In addition, verse 23 introduces yet a third quality of God’s covenantal love toward his people, his faithfulness (ʾemuna). This word refers to God’s persistence in his relationship with his people. God is often praised as displaying faithfulness in the Psalms (33:4; 92:2 [3]; 143:1).Because of God’s love, compassion, and faithfulness, the poet, on behalf of the community, expresses his willingness to wait for him. Now things are bad, but God will make them good again. The metaphor of portion comes from land distribution. Joshua 19:9 refers to the land allotted to the tribes as their portion and associates the word with the word “inheritance” (nahala). The Levites had God as their special portion (Deut. 10:9), since they did not receive land, and now the man of affliction on behalf of the community lays claim to the same type of relationship.[1]


3:22 This verse seems to contradict all that had been written up to this point (2:1–5). Yet the fact that there was a prophet left to write these words and a remnant left to read them show that not every person in Jerusalem had been consumed. The fact that there was a remnant at all was due to the mercies and compassions of God. Even in His wrath (2:1–4), God remembers to be merciful.3:23 new every morning: Every day presents us with a new opportunity to discover and experience more of God’s love. Even in the midst of terrible sorrow, Jeremiah looked for signs of mercy. Great is Your faithfulness: Here is the heart of the Book of Lamentations. The comforting, compassionate character of God dominates the wreckage of every other institution and office. God remains “full of grace and truth” in every situation (Ex. 34:6, 7; John 1:14).3:24 The Lord is my portion: This expression is based on Num. 18:20, in which Aaron was denied an inheritance in the land but was told instead that the Lord Himself was his portion and inheritance. The same idea is also found in Pss. 16:5; 73:26; 119:57; 142:5. I hope in Him: Hope is not a wishful thought, but a confident expectation in Lord. The Hebrew verb rendered hope suggests the idea of a “waiting attitude” (v. 21).[2]


3:22 — Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.Do you know the Lord as trustworthy, reliable, and consistent? Or do you question whether God will be there for you in your hour of need? From cover to cover, the Bible proclaims, “God is there, and He cares!” He never abandons us.[3]


3:22 lovingkindnesses. This Heb. word, used about 250 times in the OT, refers to God’s gracious love. It is a comprehensive term that encompasses love, grace, mercy, goodness, forgiveness, truth, compassion, and faithfulness.3:22–24 His compassions never fail. As bleak as the situation of judgment had become, God’s covenant lovingkindness was always present (cf. vv. 31, 32), and His incredible faithfulness always endured so that Judah would not be destroyed forever (cf. Mal 3:6).3:23 Great is Your faithfulness. The bedrock of faith is the reality that God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character.[4]


3:22 God’s steadfast love (his “covenant mercy” or beneficial action on his people’s behalf) never ceases, even in the face of Judah’s unfaithfulness and the resulting “day of the Lord” (cf. Joel 2:1–2; Amos 5:18; Zeph. 1:14–16). mercies. Or “compassion.” This type of mercy goes the second mile, replacing judgment with restoration. never come to an end. God is willing to begin anew with those who repent.3:23 new every morning. Each day presents another opportunity to experience God’s grace. faithfulness. God’s covenantal fidelity and personal integrity remain intact no matter what happens.3:24 my portion. As with the Levites (Num. 18:20), God is the speaker’s only inheritance (see Ps. 73:26). says my soul. This is what the speaker remembers in Lam. 3:21. I will hope in him. God daily offers fresh opportunities for reconciliation (cf. v. 18).[5]


3:22 Jeremiah’s realization of Judah’s defilement in the presence of a holy God moves him to one of the more poignant expressions of the grace of God found anywhere in the Bible. The wonder to Jeremiah is not that some are lost, but that any are saved. All would be consumed were it not for God’s mercies. The word “mercies” is a translation of the Hebrew word hesed, sometimes rendered “lovingkindness” (cf. Jer. 2:2, note). The word captures the spirit of the term “grace” in the N.T. (cf. Eph. 2:8, note). “Mercy” and “compassion” alone stay the hand of God’s righteous and just indignation. Nor is this to be construed as an initial occurrence only. Each morning His mercies are fresh, verifying God’s great faithfulness to us (v. 23). Man’s only hope rests on this truth.[6]


[1] Longman, T., III. (2012). Jeremiah, Lamentations. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 368–369). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 951–952). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (La 3:22). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (La 3:22–23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1487). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.[6] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., La 3:22). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.