Daily Archives: October 12, 2019

October 12 The Value of Little Things

Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:38–42

Key Verse: Matthew 10:42

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.

For evangelists like Billy Graham, ministry consists of preaching the gospel to millions of people at large, preplanned events. However, a great majority of the work God does through His people is on a much smaller scale. Notice Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:42—even a cup of cold water to a little one will be rewarded by God.

Acts of service, such as giving water to a child, speak to humility of heart and willingness that truly honor God. It is the person who is willing to set up folding chairs, take food to the homeless, or simply listen to a hurting friend whom God uses in a profound way.

Perhaps those activities seem insignificant compared to preaching a revival or building a mission church. However, they are the backbone of a healthy ministry where the love of God is displayed in authentic ways.

Lest you think your small offerings are lost, Brother Lawrence admonishes, “We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

So make the most of every opportunity to do the little things that make such a big difference. You will certainly not lose your reward.

Lord, help me make the most of every opportunity. I want to do little things in a big way.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 299). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

An Alien Righteousness — Ligonier Ministries Blog

We are saved by a righteousness that is not our own. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul shares the good news of Christ’s imputed righteousness.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation plus the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols at ligm.in/Reformation. Offer ends October 31, 2019.

Transcript

Imputation means that the righteousness of Jesus is counted for me the moment I believe in Jesus Christ. That’s what Luther said. That that righteousness an “iustitia” alien—an alien righteousness. A righteousness that’s “extra nos.” A righteousness that’s apart from me, it’s not mine inherently. It belongs to Christ. And what Christ does is when I put my trust in Him, He imputes or counts to me His righteousness. And on the basis of that imputed righteousness, God declares me just right now. So that if I die right now, I go heaven right now because I’ve all the righteousness I will ever need to get there, namely the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That’s good news.

via An Alien Righteousness — Ligonier Ministries Blog

October 12 The Priority of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6

Key Verse: Psalm 84:2

My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

The story of Daniel in the lions’ den is one of high drama. The action is so captivating that it is easy to overlook the reason why King Darius had Daniel thrown into the pit of hungry beasts.

The cause of Darius’s anger was not nearly as dramatic as the outcome. It was Daniel, quietly going about his daily business of prayer. Ordinarily his faithfulness would not have been a problem, but Daniel’s enemies decided to use it against him by making it a crime to pray to anyone except Darius.

What was Daniel’s response?

Now when Daniel knew that the document [the law to pray to Darius] was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. (Dan. 6:10–11 nasb)

Daniel was not about to alter his commitment to prayer to protect himself. He could have prayed somewhere else besides his upper chamber with windows. But Daniel knew that to give in was to demonstrate a lack of faith.

Most important, prayer was more than an issue over which to make a statement. Daniel did not want to give up prayer because it was his means of fellowship with almighty God.

Precious heavenly Father, help me make prayer a priority. As I make this spiritual journey into Your presence each day, I know You will meet me there.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 299). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 12 Set Free to Take Risks

Scripture reading: Psalm 1:1–6

Key verse: 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

God enables us to do His will, and His presence, peace, power, and provision guarantee our achieving His end.

In Telling Yourself the Truth, author William Backus addresses the lack of confidence that paralyzes many Christians:

The misbelief that it is stupid or sinful to make decisions which might turn out wrong is unfounded. We’re told to be wise as serpents, harmless as doves. Wisdom does not mean acting in fear or cowardice.

Perfect love casts out fear means to us that the love of God has wiped out the power of fear over our lives if we will use God’s methods of conquering it. “Cast your fears [cares] on Me!” He explains. “Give them to Me! I know what to do with them.” It is in this way we are set free to take risks.

Then whether we succeed or fail is not our utmost concern. We are not enslaved by fear of negative results. We willingly allow ourselves possible failure, possible negative results. Painful fear and anxiety no longer play a dominant role in our lives.

The Christian walking by the Spirit, in the will of God, can trust that outcomes of his actions in faith are totally in the hands of the Father. The truth for the Christian is that disaster, catastrophe, or utter defeat cannot occur. We have no business thinking in those terms!

God never fails.

Here they are, Lord—all my fears, cares, and worries. I give them to You. Free me to take risks.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 299). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.