1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Some Christians believe that it is wrong to make money. They think that anyone who has wealth is somehow sinful. Yet, as we will see in today’s study, it is not money itself that is the problem, it is the love of money that causes many to fall. Read the rest of this entry
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, 8 provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep—11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.
We live in a day when fewer and fewer people are willing to work. Many think they are entitled to a free handout. Yet the Bible teaches us that God blesses our honest labor. When looking for a way to illustrate this, God used the lowly ant.
The human body is an amazing demonstration of God’s miraculous power. Scattered across our skin is approximately 640,000 sense receptors. Within our mouth are approximately 9,000 taste buds. The average person has over 100,000 strands of hair and our heart beats more than 2.5 billion times during our lifetime. In addition to all of this, our body is made up of over 600,000 muscles which help us walk, talk, breathe and live.
The human body is amazing. So is the body of Christ.
Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Read the rest of this entry
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
Do you have a something in your life that you doubt will ever change? Maybe it’s a broken relationship that you doubt will ever be restored. Or maybe it’s someone who has fallen into sin and you doubt will ever come back to God. Some things in life seem impossible, yet with God, nothing is impossible. Today’s passage of scripture is both a prophecy and a promise. One day God will cause a valley of dry bones to come alive again.
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
One of the great problems of our day is that too many have lost their fear of God. Many often act as though God doesn’t exist. Yet the Bible tells us that ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.’ (Proverbs 9:10) All the knowledge in the world will profit us nothing if we do not understand the importance of fearing God.
Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving devotion.”
Much of our human love is CONDITIONAL. By that, we mean that we love others if they meet certain conditions. Yet the love of God is UNCONDITIONAL. The Bible says – “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God’s love for us is not based upon our performance, but rather upon His desire to meet our needs.
Psalm 105:1 Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the nations. 2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wonders. 3 Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 4 Seek out the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.
Life can be very complicated sometimes. Most of us have so many things to do that we don’t know where to start. Yet perhaps the Lord doesn’t want our lives to be so complicated. Perhaps the Lord wants us to simplify. Consider these words from the psalmist regarding our duty as God’s people.
The story of Job is familiar to us all. The Bible says that Job was a perfect and upright man; one who feared God and hated evil; yet this righteous man endured a time of suffering that only few of us could even imagine.
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” 8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
Isaiah 30:1 “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; 2 who walk to go down to Egypt, and have not asked My advice, to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 3 Therefore the strength of Pharaoh shall be your shame, and trust in the shadow of Egypt shall be your humiliation.
Like many of the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah was given the difficult task of preaching repentance to the rebellious nation of Israel. He began his letter with these words from God:
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.