Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2020

The Daily Readings
WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2020
Psalm 97; 2 Kings 17:7-20; John 6:25-35
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We can know God’s will by honoring and obeying him, and by refusing to be influenced by societal pressures. As we replace our old way of thinking and adopt an entirely new perspective—in line with God’s point of view—we’ll begin to recognize God’s will more and more. We’ll find it easier to hear his voice in a variety of situations. God may not dictate the details of our lives (such as what specific clothes to wear), but he will give us spiritual principles for everyday decisions. Knowing God’s will results from doing his will as revealed in Scripture (NIV Quest Study Bible Notes).

Today’s Readings:
Light springs up for the righteous
1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord.

9 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Verses 1-7: Though many have been made happy in Christ, still there is room. And all have reason to rejoice in Christ's government. There is a depth in his counsels, which we must not pretend to fathom; but still, righteousness and judgment are the habitations of his throne. Christ's government, though it might be a matter of joy to all, will yet be a matter of terror to some; but it is their own fault that it is so. The most resolute and daring opposition will be baffled at the presence of the Lord. And the Lord Jesus will ere long come and put an end to idol worship of every kind.

Verses 8-12: The faithful servants of God may well rejoice and be glad because he is glorified; and whatever tends to his honor, is his people's pleasure. Care is taken for their safety. But something more is meant than their lives. The Lord will preserve the souls of his saints from sin, from apostasy, and despair, under their greatest trials. He will deliver them out of the hands of the wicked one, and preserve them safe to his heavenly kingdom. And those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and in his exaltation, have fountains of joy prepared for them. Those that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Gladness is sure to the upright in heart; the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment. Sinners tremble, but saints rejoice at God's holiness. As he hates sin, yet freely loves the person of the repentant sinner who believes in Christ, he will make a final separation between the person he loves and the sin he hates, and sanctify his people wholly, body, soul, and spirit.

Worshiping other gods
17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,

8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger:

12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.

15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.

16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.

18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

20 And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
Though the destruction of the kingdom of the ten tribes was but briefly related, it is in these verses largely commented upon, and the reasons of it given. It was destruction from the Almighty: the Assyrian was but the rod of his anger, Isaiah 10:5. Those that bring sin into a country or family, bring a plague into it and will have to answer for all the mischief that follows. And vast as the outward wickedness of the world is, the secret sins, evil thoughts, desires, and purposes of mankind are much greater. There are outward sins which are marked by infamy; but ingratitude, neglect, and enmity to God, and the idolatry and impiety which proceed therefrom, are far more malignant. Without turning from every evil way, and keeping God's statutes, there can be no true godliness; but this must spring from the belief of his testimony, as to wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness, and his mercy in Christ Jesus.

God will feed the believer
6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Constant exercise of faith in Christ is the most important and difficult part of the obedience required from us, as sinners seeking salvation. When by his grace we are enabled to live a life of faith in the Son of God, holy tempers follow, and acceptable services may be done. God, even his Father, who gave their fathers that food from heaven to support their natural lives, now gave them the true Bread for the salvation of their souls. Coming to Jesus, and believing in him, signify the same. Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body, nourishes, and supports the spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. Bread which the Father gives, which he has made to be the food of our souls. Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body, but Christ is himself living Bread and nourishes by his own power. The doctrine of Christ crucified is now as strengthening and comforting to a believer as ever it was. He is the Bread that came down from heaven. It denotes the Divinity of Christ's person and his authority; also, the Divine origin of all the good which flows to us through him. May we with understanding and earnestness say, Lord, evermore give us this Bread.

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, October 14, 2020
Psalm 97; 2 Kings 17:7-20; John 6:25-35 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2020

Prayer of the Day
WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2020

I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants – but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Psalm 85:8–9 (NIV)

Lord our God, you are help, comfort, and life to us in everything we have to endure. We gather before you as poor, weak people, but you can make us rich and give us new life so that our lives prove we hold to your will and to the justice you bring on earth. May we be one in spirit through all we experience in our hearts, to the glory of your name. May the praise and thanks of many people ring out into all the world because you are help and deliverance from all evil. Amen.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2020

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Living Through You


Living Through You

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our Gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the Word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the Word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-10

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that sock puppets are a bit creepy? There they are, wiggling and rolling their fake eyeballs and pretending to talk, but all the while you know that there's an invisible human hand inside the sock, making them do whatever they do. Maybe it's the same reason why popular movies about demon possession are creepy—or body snatchers, or anything else that supposedly takes over human beings and makes them do things willy nilly. We instinctively know that we are supposed to have free will. We are not supposed to be puppets, toys, marionettes on a string. God didn't make us for that.

And yet He did make us to be people who have the Holy Spirit living and working inside us—living out Jesus' life through us—changing us more and more into the image of Christ. I suppose that's the good, positive, real thing of which the horror movies are a caricature. Having God inside us is what we were made for—our normal state, not some horror. When He lives in us, we retain our freedom—and we have all His help and power as we live as disciples of Jesus.

That's what Paul is highlighting when he talks to the Thessalonians about "your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." The Thessalonians are full of faith and hope and love, and their lives reflect that. Their faith shows in the way they live every day. The love of Jesus shines through in the way they take care of each other and of their non-Christian neighbors. And they have hope, real, solid hope—a hope that the world does not have, and can't really understand—because Jesus died and rose from the dead to make them (and you!) His own forever.

As someone who trusts in Jesus, this gift is for you as well. Jesus lives in you, and will live through you, as much as you let Him. He will not force you, but He will gladly help you—because He loves you, through life and death and life again.

Dear Lord, live in me and through me, and help me to know You better. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:

1. How do you feel about puppets? Do you like them or not, and why?

2. Why is having the Holy Spirit living in you not the same as being a puppet?

3. Tell about a time when God living in you helped you handle a difficult situation in your life.
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that sock puppets are a bit creepy?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — REJOICING IN PERSECUTION

“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.”

This scripture verse follows Jesus’ statement about the blessings of persecution: hatred, exclusion, insult and rejection in Luke 6:22. This description is of persecution that is like Indian curry. It can be mild, medium or hot! And this verse parallels Jesus teaching in Matthew (5:12) about how we should respond when persecution comes our way.

Jesus does not just say accept it or receive it gracefully. He seems to almost go overboard in indicating that we should be glad and rejoice by leaping for joy when we receive this kind of treatment. Some would say Jesus goes over the top here.

The reason for rejoicing is because the persecuted disciple of Jesus is going to receive a great reward in heaven and is in the company of the prophets of old who also received this kind of treatment.

Can we realistically “jump for joy” in the face of persecution?

Pastor Richard Wurmbrandt was languishing in a Romanian prison cell after months of torture and now isolation. He was meditating on this scripture and decided to make a literal application. So Richard danced—as much as anyone could dance in a cell three paces square—leaping about the room like a madman. The first time he did it, the guard really did think he had gone mad. It was one of the guard’s duties to watch for signs that a prisoner’s mind was beginning to crack under the strain of imprisonment, for if he went to pieces a prisoner would be of no more use for questioning. So the guard rushed off to his canteen and came back with a hunk of bread and some cheese and sugar, and broke the rule of silence as he tried to soothe this strange, laughing, capering figure. Richard ate the food gratefully. It was a very large hunk of bread, far more than he usually had in a whole week!

In his book, In God’s Underground, Richard Wurmbrandt shares how encouraged he was at responding literally to Jesus’ direction to react to persecution with great joy and rejoicing! He had received a reward on earth as well as in heaven.

RESPONSE: Today I will respond to even mild persecution because of Jesus with great rejoicing realizing I will receive a wonderful reward in heaven.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord that You expect me to take Your word literally. Help me to be joyful in the face of any persecution for You.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
This scripture verse follows Jesus’ statement about the blessings of persecution.

John Piper Devotional — God Heals by Humbling
God Heals by Humbling

“I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the LORD, “and I will heal him.”

In spite of the severity of man’s disease of rebellion and willfulness, God will heal. How will he heal? Verse 15 says that God dwells with the crushed and humble. Yet the people of verse 17 are brazenly pursuing their own proud way. What will a healing be?

It can only be one thing. God will heal them by humbling them. He will cure the patient by crushing his pride. If only the crushed and humble enjoy God’s fellowship (v. 15), and if Israel’s sickness is a proud and willful rebellion (v. 17), and if God promises to heal them (v. 18), then his healing must be humbling and his cure must be a crushed spirit.

Isn’t this Isaiah’s way of prophesying what Jeremiah called the new covenant and Jeremiah called a new heart? He said, “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel…I will put my law within them and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (31:31, 33).

Isaiah and Jeremiah both see a time coming when a sick, disobedient, hard-hearted people will be supernaturally changed. Isaiah speaks of healing. Jeremiah speaks of writing the law on their hearts.

So the healing of Isaiah 57:18 is a major heart transplant—the old hardened, proud, willful heart is taken out and a new soft, tender heart is put in which is easily humbled and crushed by the memory of sin and the sin that remains.

This is a heart that the lofty One whose name is Holy can dwell with and give life to.
In spite of the severity of man’s disease of rebellion and willfulness, God will heal.

Un dia a la Vez — La pereza
La pereza

Perezoso, ¿hasta cuándo has de dormir? [...] Así vendrá tu necesidad como caminante, y tu pobreza como hombre armado.
Proverbios 6:9-11, RV-60

Una cosa es pasar el rato, que por cierto es muy agradable, y otra muy diferente es ser perezoso. La pereza no habla lo mejor de nosotros, ya que es como una carta de presentación.

Aparte de lo que puede afectar en tu trabajo y te dé mala fama, quizá no te tengan en cuenta para cosas que te gustarían. Incluso, me atrevería a decir que es fatal para tu casa.

En lo personal, no podría estar al lado de un esposo perezoso. ¡Qué terrible es que nosotras como mujeres, que debemos tener el respaldo de nuestra pareja, nos toque hacerlo «todo» porque no podamos contar con él debido a que siempre está dormido o a que todo le dé pereza! Tal vez para algunos les resulte extraño saber que Dios hable en la Biblia de esta condición.

El libro de Proverbios nos pone como ejemplo el insecto más organizado y trabajador:

La hormiga. ¿Sabías que la hormiga prepara su comida en el verano y recoge en el tiempo de la siega su mantenimiento? Sus caminos son organizados a pesar de que no tienen gobernador, ni señor.

¿Tú necesitas un jefe para trabajar y hacer las cosas con excelencia? Si eres ese tipo de persona que le cuesta ser activo y cumplir con sus obligaciones, piensa que Dios te está observando y no hay nada más gratificante que todo lo que hagamos lo hagamos como para el Señor.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Una cosa es pasar el rato, que por cierto es muy agradable, y otra muy diferente es ser perezoso.

Devocional CPTLN — Vive a través de ti

Vive a través de ti

Siempre damos gracias a Dios por todos ustedes, y los tenemos presentes en nuestras oraciones. Constantemente los recordamos delante de nuestro Dios y Padre por sus actos de fe; por su trabajo, que es fruto de su amor, y por su sufrida esperanza en nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Hermanos amados de Dios, sabemos que él los ha escogido, pues nuestro evangelio no llegó a ustedes solamente en palabras, sino también en poder, en el Espíritu Santo y con plena convicción. Ustedes bien saben que, cuando estuvimos entre ustedes, siempre buscamos su propio bien. Ustedes recibieron la palabra con gozo del Espíritu Santo, aún en medio de muchos sufrimientos, y llegaron a ser imitadores de nosotros y del Señor, con lo que llegaron a ser un ejemplo para todos los creyentes de Macedonia y de Acaya. Con ustedes como punto de partida, la palabra del Señor ha sido divulgada, y no sólo en Macedonia y Acaya, sino también en muchos otros lugares donde se sabe de la fe que ustedes tienen en Dios. Ya no es necesario que nosotros digamos nada, porque ellos mismos hablan de lo bien que ustedes nos recibieron, y cómo se apartaron de los ídolos y se volvieron al Dios vivo y verdadero, para servirlo y esperar de los cielos a Jesús, su Hijo, a quien Dios resucitó de los muertos, y que es quien nos libra de la ira venidera.

¿Soy solo yo, o alguien más piensa que los títeres de calcetines son un poco espeluznantes? Se mueven y pretenden hablar, pero uno sabe que es la mano dentro del calcetín la que lo hace. Lo mismo me sucede con las películas sobre posesiones demoníacas o ladrones de cuerpos que le hacen hacer a la persona lo que ellos quieren. Es que no se supone que seamos títeres o juguetes. Dios no nos hizo para eso.

Sí nos dio al Espíritu Santo para que viva y trabaje dentro de nosotros, transformándonos cada vez más a la imagen de Cristo. Para eso fuimos hechos: para tener a Dios dentro de nosotros, es nuestro estado normal, no un horror. Cuando Él vive en nosotros, conservamos nuestra libertad y tenemos toda Su ayuda y poder para vivir como discípulos de Jesús.

A esto se refiere Pablo cuando dice: "por sus actos de fe; por su trabajo, que es fruto de su amor, y por su sufrida esperanza en nuestro Señor Jesucristo". Los tesalonicenses están llenos de fe, esperanza y amor, y sus vidas lo reflejan. Su fe se muestra en la forma en que viven. El amor de Jesús se refleja en la forma en que se cuidan unos a otros y a sus vecinos no cristianos. Y tienen una esperanza real y sólida, una esperanza que el mundo no tiene ni puede comprender, porque Jesús murió y resucitó de entre los muertos para hacerlos suyos para siempre.

Como alguien que confía en Jesús, este regalo también es para ti. Jesús vive en ti y vivirá a través de ti, tanto como le permitas. Él con gusto te ayudará a través de la vida, la muerte y la vida nueva.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, vive conmigo y a través de mí, y ayúdame a conocerte mejor. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Por qué tener el Espíritu Santo viviendo en ti no es lo mismo que ser un títere?

* ¿Recuerdas una situación difícil en tu vida en la cual Dios te ayudó?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Soy solo yo, o alguien más piensa que los títeres de calcetines son un poco espeluznantes?

Ministérios Pão Diário — Pergunte aos animais

Pergunte aos animais

Escritura de hoje: Jó 12:7-10
Bíblia em um ano: Isaías 43–44; 1 Tessalonicenses 2

Pergunte aos animais, e eles lhe ensinarão; pergunte às aves do céu, e elas lhe dirão.
—  Jó 12:7

Extasiados, os nossos netos deram uma boa olhada, mais de perto, numa águia-de-cabeça-branca resgatada e até puderam tocá-la. Quando a voluntária do zoológico falou sobre a incrível ave, surpreendi-me ao saber que extensão de asas daquele macho tinha quase dois metros. Mas, por causa dos ossos ocos, pesava uns 3 quilos.

Lembrei-me da águia que eu vira pairando sobre um lago, pronta para mergulhar e agarrar a presa em suas garras. E imaginei outra ave grande — a garça-azul que eu avistara parada à beira de um lago, pronta para lançar o longo bico na água. Eram apenas duas aves entre as quase 10 mil espécies que fazem os nossos pensamentos se voltarem para o Criador.

No livro de Jó, seus amigos estão debatendo os motivos de seu sofrimento e perguntam: “você pode desvendar os mistérios de Deus?” (11:5-9). Jó responde: “Pergunte aos animais, e eles lhe ensinarão; pergunte às aves do céu, e elas lhe dirão” (v.7). Os animais são o testemunho verdadeiro de que Deus projetou a criação, a cuida e controla: “Em suas mãos está a vida de todas as criaturas e o fôlego de toda a humanidade” (v.10).

Se Deus cuida das aves (Mateus 6:26; 10:29), Ele com certeza nos ama e cuida de nós mesmo quando não entendemos nossas circunstâncias. Olhe ao redor e aprenda sobre Ele.

Por:  Alyson Kieda

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