DBRP – WEEK 42, Day 5, Friday, 19 October 2018
Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Friday, 19 Oct 18:
1. Jeremiah 27:9, 10 — “So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortune-tellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’ For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you….” God was using world politics to punish Israel which, as a nation, had turned from Him. However, none of the nation’s advisors or religious leaders understood what God was doing except Jeremiah who had remained faithful to God amidst a wholly corrupt society. Only Jeremiah understood what was really going on, and Jeremiah was willing to proclaim the truth regardless the personal cost. Can you see the signs of the times from the perspective of God’s word, and are you willing to speak the truth to a society that doesn’t want to hear it?
2. Jeremiah 28:11 — “And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations within two years.’ But Jeremiah the prophet went his way.” Self-confidence, the power of positive thinking, and empty faith are no substitute for God’s word and His truth. Many people today preach a faith that has nothing to do with faith in God but rather faith in the power of belief alone, an empty faith that says with enough confidence and determination a person can overcome or achieve anything. It is a faith in the power of human will, and it is a deception. A more ‘spiritual’ version of empty faith is “name it and claim it” — just say want you want, and trust that God will provide it. However, faith is only as good as the object of that faith, and you can’t claim what God hasn’t named. It is God’s will that shall be done, not yours, no matter how committed you are to your ideas or how confident you are in your abilities. Faith in God partners goes hand-in-hand with the fear of God. God is God and you are not. If God is not the author of your plan, it is doomed. Find out what God is doing, and be a part of that plan.
3. Jeremiah 28:15-17 — “Listen, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Therefore, thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the Lord.’ In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.” Those who proclaim their own version of the truth make themselves enemies of God, and there is no more horrific place to stand than against the Almighty. Those who, through their own spiritual immaturity and ignorance follow false teachers, follow them down the path of death. Jesus said that wide is the path taken by the majority who will follow false teachers, but narrow is that path of those who will follow Him. Who are you listening to for direction every day, and who are you really following?
4. Proverbs 19:3 — “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.” Don’t blame God when you face the consequences of your own foolish actions.
5. Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Again, it’s God’s plans that matter, not yours. Seek God’s plan rather than trying to create your own.
6. Proverbs 19:22 — “What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.” Character is invaluable and very rare. Love and faithfulness go hand-in-hand. What God seeks is the person who will be faithfully obedient in love.
7. Proverbs 19:27 — “Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” Don’t stop reading the Bible every day. You need to be coached daily in the word of God by the Holy Spirit.
8. 1 John 1:1 — “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.” Jesus is the physical manifestation, the human form of God’s word. When you read, study, meditate upon, memorize, and obey God’s written word, you will naturally draw closer to Jesus.
9. 1 John 1:3, 4 — “…that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
– When you proclaim God’s word, you help others grow closer in fellowship to the Father and the Son, which was Jesus’ final prayer in John 17. In John 15, Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Jesus wants you to have the fullness of Joy by being united in Him, and God gives us His word that we might learn how to be united with Jesus. How important is daily Bible study and practice for your life?
– From Henry T. Blackaby — John the apostle never ceased to marvel at the life-changing relationship he enjoyed with his Lord. It overwhelmed him to know that, at a particular time in history, the God of the universe chose to have fellowship with him, a simple fisherman. John was so overjoyed that he earnestly wanted to share his joy with others so they, too, might experience the same joy. A special fellowship or “bonding” developed between those who had personally encountered Christ as they rejoiced together at God’s goodness to them. Those around you desperately need to be encouraged by your latest encounter with Christ. Some have lost hope that they can experience the reality of God’s presence in their lives. They don’t need your philosophies or theological speculations. They don’t need to hear your opinions on what they should do. They need to hear from someone who has just come from a personal, life-changing encounter with the living Christ. When you have had such an experience you will be like the apostle John, hardly able to contain yourself as you rush out to tell others of your amazing encounter with God. Your responsibility will not be to convince others of the reality of God, but simply to bear witness to what your Lord has said and done for you. The change in your life will be your greatest testimony of your relationship to Christ. There is nothing more appealing or convincing to a watching world than to hear the testimony of someone who has just been with Jesus.
– Our joy is made complete when we follow Jesus in truth, together. Jesus said this: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11)
10. 1 John 1: 5-10 — “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
– We must walk in the light, not in darkness, and “practice the truth” (not just acknowledge the truth) to have true fellowship with Jesus and with one another. To walk with Jesus, we MUST deny self, that ultimate idol. We won’t get it right, we will wander off, and we will continue to sin along the way, but through the process of (genuine) confession and repentance we will grow to me more and more like Christ, we will be strengthened in our fellowship, our light will shine brighter, and our joy will become more complete.
— Genesis 6:9 — Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
— Mark 8:34 — And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
— Matthew 5:16 — In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
— Proverbs 4:18 — But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
— John 15:10, 11 — If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
– You can’t have close fellowship with Jesus and subsequent fullness of joy if you continue in sin. One of the indicators of true fellowship with Jesus is purity and holiness. Another mark of fellowship with Jesus is fellowship with other true believers. Also, the one in fellowship with Jesus walks very humbly and with a repentant heart.
– Two marks of a Christian: 1) They walk not with the sinful world but with Jesus, practicing the truth (not just reading it or talking about it); 2) They walk with each other, in fellowship with one another, preferring on another, supporting one another, loving one another that they world may bear witness to that love (along with the collective obedience to Christ as one united body) and know that the church is Christ’s. Are your best friends from your church, those with whom you fellowship with, those with whom you leisure with, those with whom you confide in, and those on whom you count? If not, why not? What does that say about the condition of your fellowship and that of your church? We are called to serve specific purposes within a body of believers, not alone. Are you an amputated limb? Are you a lame limb, only useful part of the time and at times undependable? Or are you united with your local church body (both the collective body and the individual members)? God gave us the ‘one anothers’ to practice first within our home, then within the church, then within our communities. Are you practicing the ‘one anothers’? Below are 52 ‘one another’ verses. A good idea would be to put one on your mirror each weak to consider, memorize, and put into practice.
— Mark 9:50 — Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.
— John 13:14 — If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
— John 13:34 — A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
— John 13:35 — By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
— Romans 12:10 — Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
— Romans 12:16 — Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
— Romans 14:13 — Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
— Romans 15:5 — May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
— Romans 15:7 — Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
— Romans 15:14 — I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.
— Romans 16:16 — Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
— 1 Corinthians 6:7 — To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
— 1 Corinthians 11:33 — So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another—
— 1 Corinthians 12:25 — that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
— 2 Corinthians 13:11 — Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
— Galatians 5:13 — For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
— Galatians 5:15 — But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
— Galatians 5:26 — Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
— Galatians 6:2 — Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
— Ephesians 4:2 — with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
— Ephesians 4:25 — Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
— Ephesians 4:32 — Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
— Ephesians 5:19 — addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
— Ephesians 5:21 — submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
— Colossians 3:9 — Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
— Colossians 3:13 — bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
— Colossians 3:16 — Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
— 1 Thessalonians 3:12 — and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
— 1 Thessalonians 4:9 — Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,
— 1 Thessalonians 4:18 — Therefore encourage one another with these words.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11 — Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:15 — See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
— 2 Thessalonians 1:3 — We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
— Hebrews 3:13 — But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
— Hebrews 10:24 — And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
— Hebrews 10:25 — not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
— James 4:11 — Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
— James 5:9 — Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
— James 5:16 — Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
— 1 Peter 1:22 — Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
— 1 Peter 4:8 — Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
— 1 Peter 4:9 — Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
— 1 Peter 4:10 — As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
— 1 Peter 5:5 — Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
— 1 Peter 5:14 — Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
– “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Confession is a daily, continual habit. You have been forgiven of your sins and still need to come to terms with the sin that remains within your character. When you sin today, and you will, immediately ask for forgiveness of that sin, regardless of the fact that you live in grace. This is fellowship and part of your growth process. When you do ask for forgiveness for your sin, having asked from your heart, fully accept that forgiveness and walk with Jesus in peace and confidence, remembering the words Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.”
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 19 Oct 18: Memorize 1 John 1:9, practice it today, and make it your daily habit.