Life isn’t easy. It’s filled with challenges, upsets, hard times and massive amounts of pain and failure. But life is also filled with an endless array of simple pleasures. 👍
The upshot of failure is spiritual growth, mental understanding, emotional maturity and physical strengthening. Don’t allow a little thing like failure to get you down. 🙌
Today's Bible Study
"The Lord Rescued Me"
PRAY: “For You, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord” (8,9).
READ: Psalms 116,117
REFLECT: Think of a time when you cried out for God’s help. How did he answer your prayer?
The psalmist was in dire straits when he wrote Psalm 116 (3,8). It’s likely that he was severely ill and isolated (11). The psalm consists of looking back to the past (3,4,6,8–11), praising God in the present (1,5–7,15,16) and committing to follow God in the future (12–14,17–19).
What is the motive that runs through the psalmist’s attitude to the present and future? Notice the graphic description of his suffering (3,4,8). What does that mean for us when we pray during times of suffering? However isolated he felt (11), when God has heard his cry and rescued him (1,2), he returns to worship with God’s people and publicly gives thanks for God’s help (17–19). How might these verses encourage us?
Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the Bible. The people are praising God in worship. What reason do they give for their praise (2)? Without realizing it, their address to all nations and all peoples (1) was radical, looking forward to the day when “every nation, tribe, people and language” will praise God (Rev. 7:9).
APPLY: “If you are suffering presently, think about which verses in Psalm 116 strike you most. Write those words as your prayer.
PRAY: My Father, I thank You that You have not forgotten me, You have engraved me on the palms of Your hands; I am Yours (15b,16a).
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So simple, yet so profound. “Love your neighbor” is one of the central truths in all of Scripture. It was what Jesus demonstrated to us. And what He asks us to continue doing in order to be His people - a light in a world that needs His Love.
“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor...’ “ Galatians 5:14 ESV
For what purpose does God give His people boldness? 🤷🏻♂️ ---------- 😊👉🏼📖1 Thessalonians 2:2 answers: "For although we had first suffered and been insolently treated in Phi·lipʹpi, as you know, we mustered up boldness by means of our God to tell you the good news of God in the face of much opposition." - 1 Thessalonians 2:2 💪🏼😲👍🏼---------- Christians are strengthened, not to carry out THEIR OWN PURPOSES (caps for emphasis 😅), but to declare "the good news of the kingdom of God" that Jesus started to preach when he began his ministry. (Luke 4:43)💖 What is this Kingdom? 📚🧐It is the one that has been foretold by God's prophets for many years as recorded in the scriptures starting with Genesis.📖🤔 For example, the prophet Daniel (who was used often to prophesy about the time period in which we now live, called the last days) ✍🏼 foretold, “In the days of those kings (or Governments we see today) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (or Government) that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms (Governments that we see today), and it alone will stand forever." (Daniel 2:44) 🏰🙌🏼 This Government, set up by God, will rid the whole Earth of every cause of suffering including the human governments that stand in opposition to God's rightful rulership. 👑😯 Who is the king of God's Kingdom? Of course, it is Jesus Christ the Son of God.🤴🏽 (1 Corinthians 15:24,25;Daniel 7:13,14) After the kingdom brings the Earth back to the way it should have been before Adam and Eve's sin, all on the Earth will finally enjoy the undeserved kindness spoken about at Revelation 21:3,4: "With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: 'Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.'" 💃🏽🕺🏻So let us keep praying for God's Kingdom to come and do all we can with the help of God to declare the good news of that kingdom to all!🗣
The One-Soul Audience
The world is perishing for want of the gospel. There is a famine for the word of God. There are few who preach the word unmixed with human tradition. Though men have the Bible in their hands, they do not receive the blessing that God has placed in it for them. The Lord calls upon His servants to carry His message to the people. . . .
The Lord desires that His word of grace shall be brought home to every soul.
To a great degree this must be accomplished by personal labor. This was Christ’s method. His work was largely made up of personal interviews. He had a faithful regard for the one-soul audience. Through that one soul the message was often extended to thousands.
We are not to wait for souls to come to us; we must seek them out where they are. When the word has been preached in the pulpit, the work has but just begun. There are multitudes who will never be reached by the gospel unless it is carried to them. COL 228, 229
I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel with my eye upon you. Psalms 32:8 NABRE
Psalm 32 is a Psalm of forgiveness. Its message is; if sin is acknowledged than the LORD grants forgiveness. The Psalmist describes suffering prior to confessing his sin to God. He decides to seek the LORD and receives forgiveness. He knows all believers will obtain pardon if they reach out to God in contrition, no matter how severe the threat of punishment. God speaks to the Psalmist saying He will provide instruction on the best path and counsel for the best life. We sometimes think our weakness, or failing is something to hide, we look less able in front of others. But God uses what we consider weakness to confound false strength and apply personal growth. Forgiveness is the greatest healing we can receive. We should always be on alert for those times when we have done something that needs forgiveness. We must always be open to forgiving those who we feel have hurt us. From God we can receive forgiveness two ways; ask for forgiveness or forgive others offences. Sin is being a little off, we don’t feel worthy and so we keep ourselves away from those we feel we have sinned against, especially God. It is pride keeping us from seeking forgiveness, it justifies behavior. However, God says we must reveal our transgressions and seek forgiveness so that God can keep an eye on us always.
If you have hurt someone, apologize; if someone has hurt you, forgive, simple, not at all. Don’t think you are letting someone off the hook or you need to hold accountable. Forgiveness makes you free and available to love everybody. Holding on to a hurt or being unable to admit our faults keeps us in a trap and steals our joy.
Is there someone who has hurt you? Are you justifying a bad action on your part? Forgive, forgive, forgive, infinitely.
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Are my friends good sports or what?? Just a reminder that our words have incredible power over our own lives, and they have incredible power over the lives of others. Let’s use our words wisely today! Let’s speak life!
✨𝓛𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓛𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽✨
Light has always felt so powerful to me. Whether I was experiencing the light first hand- feeling it’s radiance- or whether I was seeing it in an image. .
The magnitude and sheer strength of light has always taken my breath away. .
So for me, this idea of living in God’s light literally takes my breath away. How glorious!
I hope that you, too, feel the power of God’s love for you. He loves you. He is lighting your way. It’s time to step into the light- and to live there.
It was at Luke 17:21 when Jesus said that "the kingdom of God is within you" or as many Bible translations also render it, "among you," or "in your midst." 📖👈🏼👑 ---------- 🤔 Was Jesus teaching that the Kingdom of God is actually inside of the people he was talking to at the time? Well who was he speaking to in Luke Chapter 17? 🤷🏻♂️ If you read the chapter, you'll see that Jesus was talking to those who would later have him be put to death, the Jewish religious leaders of the day. The scriptures teach that these people were animalistic in their desire to kill Jesus. They hated him deeply because Jesus was teaching the people truth and exposing their hypocrisy😡---------- Was Jesus saying that the Kingdom of God was actually inside of those people that were condeming themselves because of their own wicked hearts? 📚🧐 Well notice what 1 Corinthians 6:9 says: "Do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled." 📖👈🏼😊 Jesus could not have been saying that the Kingdom of God was actually inside these unrighteous religious leaders, who he was speaking to in Luke chapter 17🤓 ----- So, what actually is the Kingdom of God? Our loving God has made sure not to keep this truth hidden in darkness. The entire Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) clearly teaches what this kingdom is. 👑👏🏼😊 For example, in Mark 10:37,40 Some of Jesus' discples make a request concerning the time that Jesus would receive his Kingship after he would be resurrected to heaven: "Grant us to sit down, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” In response Jesus said, "To sit down at my right hand or at my left is not mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared [by my Father].” (See also Matthew 20) So this is only one example from the many in the scriptures, teaching that the Kingdom of God is an actual Government that God sets up in Heaven to rule over the Earth after he brings "to nothing all government and all authority and power." (1 Corinthians 15:25; Revelation 5:10)
Scripture tells us that God inhibits the praises of His people. So whenever you praise Him for who He is, He gets exalted and magnified in your life.
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