Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020

The Daily Readings
WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020
Psalm 42; Exodus 19:9b-25; Matthew 9:2-8
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
Shall not we pity and love those souls whom Christ loves and pities? Those who abound in any grace, need to abound more. Try things which differ; that we may approve the things which are excellent. The truths and laws of Christ are excellent; and they recommend themselves as such to any attentive mind. Sincerity is that in which we should have our conversation in the world, and it is the glory of all our graces. Christians should not be apt to take offense and should be very careful not to offend God or the brethren. The things which most honor God will most benefit us. Let us not leave it doubtful whether any good fruit is found in us or not. A small measure of Christian love, knowledge, and fruitfulness should not satisfy any.

Today’s Readings:
Hope in God the rock
1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
The psalmist looked to the Lord as his chief good, and set his heart upon him accordingly; casting anchor thus at first, he rides out the storm. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts if it does not meet with God himself there. Living souls never can take up their rest anywhere short of a living God. To appear before the Lord is the desire of the upright, as it is the dread of the hypocrite. Nothing is more grievous to a gracious soul than what is intended to shake its confidence in the Lord. It was not the remembrance of the pleasures of his court that afflicted David, but the remembrance of the free access he formerly had to God's house, and his pleasure in attending there. Those that commune much with their own hearts, will often have to hide them. See the cure of sorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catches hold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept above the billows. And what is our support under present woes but this, that we shall have comfort in Him? We have great cause to mourn for sin, but being cast down springs from unbelief and a rebellious will; we should therefore strive and pray against it.

The way to forget our miseries is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follows hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favor as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last, his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.

The people prepare for covenant
19:9b And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord.

10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,

11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:

13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.

14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.

15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.

16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

20 And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish.

22 And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them.

23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it.

24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them.

25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.
The solemn manner in which the law was delivered, was to impress the people with the right sense of the Divine majesty. Also to convince them of their own guilt, and to show that they could not stand in judgment before God by their own obedience. In the law, the sinner discovers what he ought to be, what he is, and what he wants. There he learns the nature, necessity, and glory of redemption, and of being made holy. Having been taught to flee to Christ, and to love him, the law is the rule of his obedience and faith.

Never was there such a sermon preached, before or since, as this which was preached to the church in the wilderness. It might be supposed that the terrors would have checked presumption and curiosity in the people, but the hard heart of an unawakened sinner can trifle with the most terrible threatenings and judgments. In drawing near to God, we must never forget his holiness and greatness, nor our own meanness and pollution. We cannot stand in judgment before him according to his righteous law. The convinced transgressor asks, What must I do to be saved? and he hears the voice, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. The Holy Ghost, who made the law to convince of sin, now takes of the things of Christ and shows them to us. In the gospel we read, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Through him, we are justified from all things, from which we could not be justified by the law of Moses. But the Divine law is binding as a rule of life. The Son of God came down from heaven and suffered poverty, shame, agony, and death, not only to redeem us from its curse but to bind us more closely to keep its commands.

Jesus’ authority to forgive and heal
9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

7 And he arose, and departed to his house.

8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
The faith of the friends of the paralytic in bringing him to Christ was a strong faith; they firmly believed that Jesus Christ both could and would heal him. A strong faith regards no obstacles in pressing after Christ. It was a humble faith; they brought him to attend on Christ. It was an active faith. Sin may be pardoned, yet the sickness not be removed; the sickness may be removed, yet the sin not pardoned: but if we have the comfort of peace with God, with the comfort of recovery from sickness, this makes the healing a mercy indeed. This is no encouragement to sin. If thou bring thy sins to Jesus Christ, as thy malady and misery to be cured of, and delivered from, it is well; but to come with them, as thy darlings and delight, thinking still to retain them and receive him, is a gross mistake, a miserable delusion. The great intention of the blessed Jesus in the redemption he wrought, is to separate our hearts from sin. Our Lord Jesus has perfect knowledge of all that we say within ourselves. There is a great deal of evil in sinful thoughts, which is very offensive to the Lord Jesus. Christ designed to show that his great errand to the world was, to save his people from their sins. He turned from disputing with the scribes, and spake healing to the sick man. Not only he had no more need to be carried upon his bed, but he had the strength to carry it. God must be glorified in all the power that is given to do good.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020
Psalm 42; Exodus 19:9b-25; Matthew 9:2-8 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020

Prayer of the Day
WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NIV)

Dear Father in heaven, in the world we are full of fear; in you we have peace. We pray that your Spirit may give us the joy of your heavenly kingdom and the strength to live in your service. Remember those who suffer pain, who still have to walk paths of fear and distress. Grant them help, to the glory of your name. May we be united in hope and in expectation of what you will give through your great goodness and faithfulness. Amen.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, September 30, 2020

Philippians 1:9-10
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Eggs in a Basket

Eggs in a Basket

Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the Law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The older I get, the more I realize just how much I am betting on Jesus. To use the old proverb, I am putting all my eggs in His basket—and I'm starting to see just how important that is. The stakes are getting higher. Oh, I loved and trusted Jesus when I was younger, too; but now I am starting to see friends and family die, some of them younger than myself. I am becoming more and more disabled myself. I am watching my son grow up and move out into a world that seems more and more dangerous. As things become darker, it's clear that where I put my trust is important. Which basket will protect these precious eggs of mine?

Paul had a lot of baskets to choose from—his ancestry among the "chosen people" of God; his religious zeal; his top-level education; his clean conscience. And Paul could have done what a lot of us do—put one or two eggs in each basket, just to minimize the loss if one basket happens to drop. But he didn't. He put all his eggs in Jesus' basket—he bet everything on Jesus—he leaned all his weight on Jesus, holding nothing back, and trusted Jesus not to let him fall. That's the sign either of an idiot or of a very, very confident believer.

You, too, may have many baskets to choose from. Do you have wealth? That's a basket. What about exercise and healthy eating? That's another. Then there are things like friends and family, education, good government, hard work, and savings—baskets, baskets, baskets!

Against all of these, Paul urges us to put our eggs in Jesus' basket. Not that the other things aren't good—but they aren't eternal, everlasting, utterly trustworthy. Only Jesus is that. Only Jesus loves you enough to lay down His own life for you—to hang on a cross for you—to rise from the dead for you, and promise to share His everlasting life with you. Only Jesus will see you through whatever comes, no matter how deep the darkness, no matter how strong the storm. Because He is your Savior.

Lord Jesus, help me cling to You—all my eggs in Your basket—because You are holding on to me in love. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:
1. What "baskets" do you have to choose from?

2. Where are you most tempted to place your trust?

3. How can you tell what you're really trusting in?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
The older I get, the more I realize just how much I am betting on Jesus.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — OVERCOMERS

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Christians in areas of persecution have used many metaphors and similes to describe the victory of following Jesus and becoming an overcomer as He was. Here are some examples:

In the former Soviet Union, believers said:

Overcomers are like nails. The harder you hit them, the deeper they go!

In China believers said:

Overcomers are like bamboo. The more you cut them down, the faster and stronger they grow back.

In Iran believers said:

Overcomers are like rubber balls. The harder you throw them down on the floor, the higher they rebound!

Overcomers are like flowers. The more you crush them, the stronger and sweeter the fragrance.

In the Philippines believers said:

Overcomers are like stained-glass cathedral windows at night. Their true beauty is revealed only when there is light from within.

In India believers said:

Overcomers are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water to know how strong they are!

You can be an overcomer! And you can stand strong through the storm!

RESPONSE: Today I will be an overcomer standing strong through the storm.

PRAYER: Pray that all Christians living under severe persecution will be encouraged and understand what it means to be an overcomer…as well as anticipate the many rewards Jesus promises to overcomers.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Christians in areas of persecution have used many metaphors and similes to describe the victory of following Jesus and becoming an overcomer as He was.

John Piper Devotional — The Most Liberating Discovery
The Most Liberating Discovery

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.

No one had ever taught me that God is glorified by our joy in him. That joy in God is the very thing that makes praise an honor to God, and not hypocrisy.

But Jonathan Edwards said it so clearly and powerfully:
God glorifies Himself toward the creatures also in two ways: 1. By appearing to…their understanding. 2. In communicating Himself to their hearts, and in their rejoicing and delighting in, and enjoying, the manifestations which He makes of Himself…God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.

When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it…He that testifies his idea of God’s glory [doesn’t] glorify God so much as he that testifies also his approbation of it and his delight in it.
This was a stunning discovery for me. I must pursue joy in God if I am to glorify him as the surpassingly valuable Reality in the universe. Joy is not a mere option alongside worship. It is an essential component of worship.

We have a name for those who try to praise when they have no pleasure in the object. We call them hypocrites. This fact—that praise means consummate pleasure and that the highest end of man is to drink deeply of this pleasure—was perhaps the most liberating discovery I ever made.
No one had ever taught me that God is glorified by our joy in him.

Un dia a la Vez — Hay un mañana
Hay un mañana

Vivirás tranquilo, porque hay esperanza; estarás protegido y dormirás confiado.

Hace un tiempo veía en la televisión un programa que se llamaba «Atrapado en la frustración».

Me llamó mucho la atención que las imágenes que mostraban la representación de ese título fueran de personas atadas, amarradas y desesperadas por ser libres, pero que no podían.

En ese programa presentaban gente de todo tipo que estaba frustrada por el trabajo que tenía, por las drogas y por muchas otras situaciones.

La vida en la que vivimos está llena de trampas, traiciones y adicciones que van atando a la gente de tal manera que a veces caen sin imaginarlo siquiera.

¿Sabes? Contrario de seguro a lo que piensa mucha gente, yo le daba gracias a Dios por mi libertad, por la felicidad de poder trabajar en lo que me gusta y sentirme absolutamente llena en Jesús.

Hoy quiero invitarte a conocer al Dador de la libertad. Quiero decirte que la voluntad de nuestro Padre no es que tú vivas atrapado y sin salida. Al contrario, Él quiere que seas libre y quiere romper todas esas frustraciones y ataduras en el nombre de Jesús.

Dale la oportunidad a Cristo de transformar tu vida y así poder declarar de todo corazón: «Soy libre en Jesús».

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Today I want to invite you to meet the Giver of freedom.

Devocional CPTLN — Todos los huevos en una cesta

Todos los huevos en una cesta

Aunque también yo tengo de qué confiar en la carne. Si alguno piensa que tiene de qué confiar en la carne, yo más: fui circuncidado al octavo día, y soy del linaje de Israel, de la tribu de Benjamín; soy hebreo de hebreos y, en cuanto a la ley, fariseo; en cuanto a celo, perseguidor de la iglesia; en cuanto a la justicia que se basa en la ley, irreprensible. Pero todo lo que para mí era ganancia, lo he estimado como pérdida, por amor de Cristo. Y a decir verdad, incluso estimo todo como pérdida por la excelencia del conocimiento de Cristo Jesús, mi Señor. Por su amor lo he perdido todo, y lo veo como basura, para ganar a Cristo y ser hallado en él, no por tener mi propia justicia, que viene por la ley, sino por tener la justicia que es de Dios y que viene por la fe, la fe en Cristo; a fin de conocer a Cristo y el poder de su resurrección, y de participar de sus padecimientos, para llegar a ser semejante a él en su muerte, si es que de alguna manera llego a la resurrección de entre los muertos. No es que ya lo haya alcanzado, ni que ya sea perfecto, sino que sigo adelante, por ver si logro alcanzar aquello para lo cual fui también alcanzado por Cristo Jesús. Hermanos, yo mismo no pretendo haberlo alcanzado ya; pero una cosa sí hago: me olvido ciertamente de lo que ha quedado atrás, y me extiendo hacia lo que está adelante; ¡prosigo a la meta, al premio del supremo llamamiento de Dios en Cristo Jesús!

Cuanto mayor me hago, más apuesto por Jesús. Para usar el viejo proverbio, estoy poniendo todos mis huevos en su cesta y estoy empezando a ver cuán importante es eso. Las apuestas son cada vez mayores. También amaba y confiaba en Jesús cuando era más joven; pero ahora estoy empezando a ver morir a amigos y familiares, algunos de ellos más jóvenes que yo. Yo misma me estoy volviendo cada vez más discapacitada. Estoy viendo a mi hijo crecer y mudarse a un mundo que parece cada vez más peligroso. A medida que las cosas se vuelven más oscuras, me resulta más claro lo importante que es dónde pongo mi confianza. ¿Qué cesta va a proteger estos preciosos huevos míos?

Pablo tenía muchas cestas para elegir: su ascendencia entre el "pueblo escogido" de Dios; su celo religioso; su educación de alto nivel; su conciencia limpia, por lo que podría haber hecho lo que muchos de nosotros hacemos: poner uno o dos huevos en cada cesta, para así minimizar la pérdida si una cesta se caía. Pero no lo hizo. En cambio, puso todos sus huevos en la cesta de Jesús; le apostó todo a Jesús, sin retener nada, y confió en que Jesús no lo defraudaría.

Quizás tú también tengas muchas cestas para elegir. ¿Tienes fortuna? Esa es una cesta. ¿Haces ejercicio y te alimentas bien? Esa es otra cesta. Luego están cosas como amigos y familiares, educación, buen gobierno, trabajo duro y ahorros.

Contra todo esto, Pablo nos insta a poner nuestros huevos en la cesta de Jesús. No es que las otras cosas no sean buenas, pero no son ni eternas, ni completamente confiables. Solo Jesús lo es. Solo Jesús te ama lo suficiente como para dar Su vida en la cruz por ti, para resucitar de entre los muertos por ti y para prometer compartir Su vida eterna contigo. Solo Jesús estará contigo en todo momento, no importa cuán profunda sea la oscuridad, no importa cuán fuerte sea la tormenta. Porque él es tu Salvador.

ORACIÓN: Señor, ayúdame a aferrarme a ti, porque tú me aferras con amor. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿En qué cesta estás más tentado a depositar tu confianza?

* ¿Cómo puedes saber en qué estás realmente confiando?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Cuanto mayor me hago, más apuesto por Jesús.

Ministérios Pão Diário — Desbloqueando um mistério

Desbloqueando um mistério

Escritura de hoje: Efésios 3:1-12

Bíblia em um ano: Isaías 9–10; Efésios 3

…tanto os gentios como os judeus que creem nas boas-novas participam igualmente das riquezas herdadas…

Um dia, ao voltar para casa, vi um par de sapatos perto da garagem, e soube imediatamente de quem eram. Então, eu os coloquei na garagem para entregá-los à minha filha Lisa quando ela voltasse para buscar as crianças. Mas, quando falei com Lisa, descobri que não eram dela; nem de ninguém da família. Então, eu os coloquei onde os encontrara. No dia seguinte, haviam desaparecido misteriosamente.

Você sabia que Paulo escreveu sobre um segredo em suas cartas? Mas o mistério que descreveu era muito mais do que uma história de detetive. Em Efésios 3, por exemplo, Paulo falou sobre um segredo “que não foi revelado às gerações anteriores” (v.5). Ao passo que Deus se revelou por meio de Israel no passado, os gentios — pessoas fora de Israel —, por intermédio de Jesus, poderiam “participar igualmente das riquezas herdadas pelos filhos de Deus” (v.6).

Pense no que isso significa: todos que confiam em Jesus como Salvador podem amar e servir a Deus juntos. Podemos, igualmente, “com ousadia e confiança” ter “acesso à presença de Deus” (v.12). E, pela unidade da Igreja, o mundo verá a sabedoria e a bondade de Deus (v.10).

Louve a Deus por nossa salvação, que nos revela o segredo da unidade à medida que pessoas de todas as culturas tornam-se uma em Jesus.

Por:  Dave Branon

Refletir & Orar
Jesus, agradeço-te pela unidade que todos os cristãos podem ter em ti. Ajuda-nos a servir juntos como membros iguais do Teu corpo.
A unidade em Cristo rompe as barreiras e edifica a Igreja.

© 2020 Ministérios Pão Diário
Você sabia que Paulo escreveu sobre um segredo em suas cartas?