Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020


The Daily Readings
WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020
Psalm 83:1-4, 9-10, 17-18; Esther 7:1-10; Matthew 24:45-51
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
When we say that God always keeps His promises, it’s another way of saying that He always speaks the truth. In fact, He is the truth (John 14:6), and so we please Him when, in faith, we are honest with others about Him, even if it is difficult or costly to us.

Today’s Readings:
Psalm 83:1-4, 9-10, 17-18
Do not be silent O God

1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

Verses 1-8 — Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjust treatment of his people. But then we may call upon him, as the psalmist here. All wicked people are God's enemies, especially wicked persecutors. The Lord's people are his hidden one; the world knows them not. He takes them under his special protection. Do the enemies of the church act with one consent to destroy it, and shall not the friends of the church be united? Wicked men wish that there might be no religion among mankind. They would gladly see all its restraints shaken off, and all that preach, profess, or practise it, cut off. This they would bring to pass if it were in their power. The enemies of God's church have always been many: this magnifies the power of the Lord in preserving to himself a church in the world.

Verses 9-18 — All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read their doom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to his people, and the same against his and their enemies. God would make their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counsels and resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, but burnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Let them be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring them to seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemies and persecutors but what may forward their conversion. The stormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unless they repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord. God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is, according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has all power and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, and yield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seek deliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

Esther 7:1-10
Esther’s victory

7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.

3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:

4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.

5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.

8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.

9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

Verses 1-6 — If the love of life causes earnest pleadings with those that can only kill the body, how fervent should our prayers be to Him, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell! How should we pray for the salvation of our relatives, friends, and all around us! When we petition great men, we must be cautious not to give them offence; even just complaints must often be kept back. But when we approach the King of kings with reverence, we cannot ask or expect too much. Though nothing but wrath be our due, God is able and willing to do exceeding abundantly, even beyond all we can ask or think.

Verses 7-10 — The king was angry: those that do things with self-will, reflect upon them afterward with self-reproach. When angry, we should pause before we come to any resolution, and thus rule our own spirits, and show that we are governed by reason. Those that are most haughty and insolent when in power and prosperity, commonly, like Haman, are the most abject and poor-spirited when brought down. The day is coming when those that hate and persecute God's chosen ones, would gladly be beholden to them. The king returns yet more angry against Haman. Those about him were ready to put his wrath into execution. How little can proud men be sure of the interest they think they have! The enemies of God's church have often been thus taken in their own craftiness. The Lord is known by such judgments. Then was the king's wrath pacified, and not till then. And who pities Haman hanged on his own gallows? who does not rather rejoice in the Divine righteousness displayed in the destruction his own art brought upon him? Let the workers of iniquity tremble, turn to the Lord, and seek pardon through the blood of Jesus.

Matthew 24:45-51
Parable of the unfaithful slave

24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

To watch for Christ's coming, is to maintain that temper of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us in. We know we have but a little time to live, we cannot know that we have a long time to live; much less do we know the time fixed for the judgment. Our Lord's coming will be happy to those that shall be found ready, but very dreadful to those that are not. If a man, professing to be the servant of Christ, be an unbeliever, covetous, ambitious, or a lover of pleasure, he will be cut off. Those who choose the world for their portion in this life, will have hell for their portion in the other life. May our Lord, when he cometh, pronounce us blessed, and present us to the Father, washed in his blood, purified by his Spirit, and fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.

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, November 18, 2020
Psalm 83:1-4, 9-10, 17-18; Esther 7:1-10; Matthew 24:45-51 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020


Prayer of the Day
WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9 (NIV)

Lord our God, we stand before you and rejoice that you want to be our Helper, our Father. We live in a dark and evil time when whole nations groan and lament. Our need rises to you in heaven, and we cry out, "Help us, Lord our God!" Help that your will may be done in all things and that your kingdom may come. Our task is to pray to you at all times, calling, "Come, O Lord God, in Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all the world!" For in east and west, in south and north, among all nations, Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Praise to your name that you have given us this Lord. Amen.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020


Verse of the Day
WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020

John 17:17
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
When we say that God always keeps His promises, it’s another way of saying that He always speaks the truth. In fact, He is the truth (John 14:6), and so we please Him when, in faith, we are honest with others about Him, even if it is difficult or costly to us.

Read all of John 17

Listen to John 17

The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Firstfruits



But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a Man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Have you ever grown a vegetable garden? Every year my family puts in tomatoes, and sometimes Vietnamese vegetables like bitter melon and weird-looking squash. I don't care for the way the squash tastes—we usually give it away—but I look forward to those first tomatoes. I eat them right there in the tomato patch, after wiping them clean on my shirt. Nothing ever tasted so good.

Those first tomatoes taste all the sweeter because I know what they mean—that many, many more are on the way, in just a week or two, when the kitchen will be overflowing, and people will be bringing boxes full to church. Those first tomatoes are the firstfruits—the warm, sweet guarantee of the rest of the crop. They are a sign of hope rewarded—the high point in the cycle from early spring faith to mid-summer reality.

This is why Jesus is called the firstfruits from the dead. He is the very first Person ever to rise from the dead, never to die again—living forever with the indestructible, joyful life of God's children. He is the first—but He will not be the last. There is a huge crop coming—all the people of God who belong to Jesus. Everyone Jesus died and rose for, everyone who trusts in Him, will be part of that crop. We, too, will rise on the Last Day—complete again, body and soul. And we will rejoice.

Right now, to be sure, it's still the planting season. And sometimes it is hard for us to imagine that far-off harvest, when all God's people are alive again—when the cemeteries are empty and the universe rings with rejoicing. But it will happen. We have our firstfruits already to guarantee it—Jesus, our Savior.

Lord, especially when I'm grieving or afraid, help me to find hope and strength in Your resurrection. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:
1. What "firstfruits" do you look forward to the most, either from your garden or in the market?

2. Do you often think about your future resurrection, or that of the people you love? Why or why not?

3. Does it help you to know that Jesus has already gone ahead of us through death and resurrection? Why or why not?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Have you ever grown a vegetable garden?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — SOURCE OF PEACE


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Five Christian students were walking home from an Open Doors seminar in east Africa and passed a young Muslim man walking into the bush with a rope in his hand. He tied the rope around a tree. The students asked, “What are you doing?”

“I want to kill myself,” he replied. “Why?”

“I say my prayers five times a day, and I read the Qur’an. I have money, a wife and children, but I have no peace. I want peace. That is my one big wish.”

The students applied what they have learned and witnessed to this man named Keder. They told him that the Qur’an teaches that Jesus is a prophet, but He is also the Saviour of everyone who accepts Him as Lord. He is the Prince of Peace. Keder left the rope in the tree and decided to give this Saviour a try. The students took him to church, and after prayer, Keder said, “I’ve found the peace I was seeking.”

The following day Keder showed up at the seminar. A stranger wearing a Muslim hat scared the teacher at first, but he continued. In the afternoon, Keder asked to give his testimony. “Until now, Islam was the only genuine religion for me because it was straightforward. I studied the Qur’an for five years, and I did my rituals daily, but none of that gave me peace. That is why I decided to kill myself. Then I met five of you Christians yesterday. I used to hate Christians, but when you witnessed and prayed for me, everything changed. Muslims are hurting without the knowledge of the Scriptures, therefore pray for them.” Keder is now secretly studying the Bible and attending church. He is the first Muslim in his area to accept Christ. His Bible study leader says that he attends regularly and arrives early to talk about Jesus before the Bible study starts. Jesus’ peace makes him unafraid, and he wants to witness. He is even prepared to die for Jesus.

RESPONSE: Today, I will rest in the promises of the Prince of Peace and not be fearful.

PRAYER: Pray for Muslims who are hurting from the lack of knowledge of the scriptures and the source of true peace.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Five Christian students were walking home from an Open Doors seminar in east Africa and passed a young Muslim man walking into the bush with a rope in his hand. He tied the rope around a tree. The students asked, “What are you doing?”

John Piper Devotional — The Piercing Power of the Word

The Piercing Power of the Word

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word of God is our only hope. The good news of God’s promises and the warnings of his judgment are sharp enough and living enough, and active enough to penetrate to the bottom of my heart and show me that the lies of sin are indeed lies.

Abortion will not create a wonderful future for me. Neither will cheating, nor dressing provocatively, or throwing away my sexual purity, or keeping quiet about dishonesty at work, or divorce, or vengeance. And what rescues me from this deception is the Word of God.

The Word of God’s promise is like throwing open a great window of bright morning sun on the roaches of sin masquerading as satisfying pleasures in our hearts. God has given you his good news, his promises, his Word to protect you from the deep deceptions of sin that try to harden the heart and lure it away from God and lead it to destruction.

Be of good cheer in your battle to believe. Because the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword and it will penetrate deeper than any deception of sin has ever gone and reveal what is truly valuable and what is truly worth trusting.

The Word of God is our only hope.

Un dia a la Vez — Oración por cambios en la vida

Oración por cambios en la vida

Me has dado a conocer la senda de la vida; me llenarás de alegría en tu presencia, y de dicha eterna a tu derecha.

Padre santo, queremos agradecerte este nuevo día y decirte que eres lo más importante para nosotros. Cada día que pasa vemos tu amor incondicional y disfrutamos de tus bendiciones.

Dios mío, gracias porque permites cambios en mi vida y conoces mi necesidad. A veces, tomo decisiones equivocadas, pero tú me guías a toda verdad.

Aunque no entendamos todo lo que nos pasa, sabemos que con tu amor nos cuidarás y nos darás nuevas oportunidades.

Ayúdame a aprender de mis errores y dame la fortaleza para superar las cosas que debo dejar y cambiar.

Entrego el resto de este día en tus manos y descanso en tu Palabra.

En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por cambios en la vida: Padre santo, queremos agradecerte este nuevo día y decirte que eres lo más importante para nosotros…

Devocional CPTLN — Las primicias


Las primicias

... pero el hecho es que Cristo ha resucitado de entre los muertos, como primicias de los que murieron; porque así como la muerte vino por medio de un solo hombre, también por medio de un solo hombre vino la resurrección de los muertos. Pues así como en Adán todos mueren, también en Cristo todos serán vivificados. Pero cada uno en su debido orden: en primer lugar, Cristo; y después, cuando Cristo venga, los que son de él. Entonces vendrá el fin, cuando él entregue el reino al Dios y Padre, y haya puesto fin a todo dominio, autoridad y poder. Porque es necesario que él reine hasta que haya puesto a todos sus enemigos debajo de sus pies, y el último enemigo que será destruido es la muerte.

¿Alguna vez has cultivado un huerto? Todos los años mi familia planta tomates y, a veces verduras vietnamitas como el melón amargo y la calabaza de aspecto extraño. Las calabazas no me interesan, normalmente las regalamos, pero espero con ansias esos primeros tomates. Los como allí mismo, en el huerto, después de limpiarlos con la mano. Nada sabe mejor.

Esos primeros tomates saben aún más dulces porque sé lo que significan: que muchos, muchos más están en camino, en solo una semana o dos, cuando la cocina estará a rebosar y la gente llevará cajas llenas a la iglesia. Esos primeros tomates son las primicias, la garantía cálida y dulce del resto de la cosecha. Son un signo de esperanza recompensada: el punto culminante del ciclo que va desde la fe de principios de primavera, hasta la realidad de mediados de verano.

Por eso a Jesús se le llama las "primicias" de entre los muertos: porque él es el primero en resucitar de entre los muertos para no morir nunca más, viviendo para siempre la vida indestructible y gozosa de los hijos de Dios. Él es el primero, pero no será el último, ya que se acerca una gran cosecha: la de todo el pueblo de Dios que pertenece a Jesús. Todos aquellos por quienes Jesús murió y resucitó, todos los que confían en él, serán parte de esa cosecha. Nosotros también nos levantaremos en el Último Día, completos de nuevo, en cuerpo y alma, y nos regocijaremos.

Todavía estamos en la temporada de siembra. Y a veces es difícil imaginar esa cosecha lejana, cuando todo el pueblo de Dios estará vivo de nuevo, cuando los cementerios estarán vacíos y el universo resonará de regocijo. Pero sucederá. Ya tenemos nuestras primicias para garantizarlo: Jesús, nuestro Salvador.

ORACIÓN: Señor, ayúdame a encontrar esperanza y fortaleza en tu resurrección, especialmente cuando estoy afligido o asustado. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
1. ¿Qué sientes al pensar en tu futura resurrección o en la de las personas que amas?

2. ¿De qué manera te ayuda saber que Jesús ya pasó por la muerte y la resurrección?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Alguna vez has cultivado un huerto?

Ministérios Pão Diário — Não pare de edificar!


Não pare de edificar!

Escritura de hoje: Esdras 5:1-5

Bíblia em um ano: EZEQUIEL 8–10; HEBREUS 13

…os olhos de Deus estavam sobre [eles], e eles não foram impedidos…

Quando surgiu a oportunidade de ter um novo cargo, Simão creu que vinha de Deus. Depois de orar sobre isso e buscar o conselho, sentiu que aquela oportunidade de assumir responsabilidades maiores vinha do Senhor.

Tudo se encaixou, e o seu chefe o apoiou. Mas as coisas começaram a dar errado. Alguns colegas se ressentiram daquela promoção e recusaram-se a cooperar, e Simão se questionou se deveria desistir.

Quando os israelitas voltaram para reconstruir o Templo de Jerusalém, os inimigos tentaram assustá-los e desencorajá-los (4:4). Inicialmente, eles pararam a obra, mas voltaram a reedificar após Deus os encorajar por meio dos profetas Ageu e Zacarias (4:24–5:2).

Os inimigos voltaram a perturbá-los, mas eles perseveraram, sabendo que “os olhos de Deus” estavam sobre eles (5:5). Eles seguiram as instruções dos profetas e confiaram em Deus. E o Senhor tocou no rei da Pérsia a fim de que apoiasse a edificação do Templo (vv.13,14).

Simão também buscou a sabedoria de Deus para saber se deveria permanecer no emprego ou não. Sentindo que deveria continuar, confiou na força de Deus e perseverou. Com o tempo, ele foi aceito pelos colegas.

Podemos sentir a oposição quando estamos onde Deus nos colocou. Mas devemos perseverar. Ele nos guiará e susterá.

Por:  Leslie Koh

© 2020 Ministérios Pão Diário
Tudo se encaixou, e o seu chefe o apoiou. Mas as coisas começaram a dar errado.