November 29th

Seeing Is Believing!

John 1:1.“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Many today are like Thomas, unwilling to believe because they do not see the Lord. One thing for certain is that the testimony of the disciples, including Thomas, should be more than enough proof of the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, bodily.

The other disciples had undoubtedly seen and talked with someone, and they said that it was Jesus. Thomas, not believing, thought it must have been someone they mistook for Jesus, and because he did not want to be deceived, he sought to see for himself before he would be convinced that it was the risen Saviour. The question for the Christian today is: How can we see more of Jesus?

We see Him in the Scripture

John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The phrase, “In the beginning” is also used in Genesis 1:1, and in both cases, it applies to the Word of God. In both cases, it clearly means before the creation of the world, when there was nothing but emptiness. In other words, the Word of God was in existence before anything else, showing us that Jesus was before anything else. John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

However, we can’t see Him if we don’t read the Bible. Do you have a desire to see Him?

Daily Assignments

Read Malachi. List two Old Testament verses that tell us of Christ.

November 28th

Seeing is Believing!

John 20:24-25, “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

For almost two centuries, Thomas has been referred to as”Doubting Thomas,” and sometimes we wonder why. My aim is to try to understand what caused him to doubt. To Thomas, seeing was believing, yet we are told in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Thomas probably believed as much as any of the other disciples, but they had already seen Jesus, while Thomas had not. Remember that Moses, too, felt the need to see God at the burning bush. Moses saw the glory of God, and while he did not question the fact that he was in God’s presence, he wanted to see more of God.

No matter how great the manifestations of the glory of God, it is human nature to want to see more. One day we will see the full glory of God face to face. It was in Thomas’ human nature to want to see evidence that this was really Jesus.

C. H. Spurgeon said, “He had no right to claim such a proof; unbelief is unreasonable in its de- mands.”

The testimony of the other disciples should have been sufficient, but Jesus used the occasion as an opportunity to convince doubters of the truth of His resurrection. Even the other disciples, who had seen Jesus, were slow to believe. Thomas simply refused to rely on their testimony. Should we really blame Thomas?

Assignments

Read Ecclesiastes 11-12. Spend five minutes in prayer for a missionary family.

November 27th

Is It Burning Within? Part 2

Jeremiah 20:9,“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

New Testament churches are to be on the offensive, not the defensive, in their orientation. We are not to get caught up in fighting each other, but should fight the enemy. Our job is to save as many as possible from the impending judgment. Think of those who have paid the price to keep us free.

God did not call us to be superhuman. Everyone had forsaken Jeremiah. He was disgusted with his calling and with God, and was driven to the point of wanting to quit. He is saying, “I’ll just take the easy way out.” Why did God not kill Jeremiah as he requested? Read Psalm 103:13-18. I often take comfort in these verses. He takes pity on us and remembers that we are but dust. This is a great lesson: you do not have to know it all, and how to do it all.
God did not call us to fail. God never gives manna for tomorrow. When He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee,” He was not making reference to a lifetime, but grace for the need of the moment. What happened to Jeremiah that set him on fire?
He thought about the Word of God. We, too, need to settle this in our hearts. God gave us His complete revelation – all of it. He preserved it for us, just the way He wants it, in the King James Bible. We don’t have to see one single prayer answered or one soul saved to stay faithful to God. He commands us to preach in season, out of season, and leave the results to Him! Let God’s Word burn in your heart.

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 137-139. Read Jeremiah 20:9.

November 26th

“Is It Burning Within?”

Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

Have you ever been so upset with God that you were not interested in talking to or about Him? Let’s be honest about it so that the Holy Spirit can work in our hearts.

Jeremiah did not think too highly of himself. In fact, he reminds me of Job when he said, “Why don’t you just kill me?” He was in a real crisis in his personal life and needed to learn how to be encouraged in time of trouble; so do we.

An important lesson to learn from Jeremiah is that God chooses men who are little in their own sight; He does not use big shots. God sometimes sends people who encourage us; but sometimes we deal with those who fail to give us encouragement when we need it.

Remember when, as a boy, David took on the giant Philistine? He said, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied.”

Look at Jeremiah upon his call in Jeremiah 1:1-6, when he said, “I cannot speak, for I am a child.”

God did not call Jeremiah to an easy task; the religious and political leaders hated him. We have to remember that we are not called to be entertainers, but to preach the Word of God. To be concluded tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Nehemiah 1-4. Buy a small gift of appreciation for your pastor.

November 29th

Seeing Is Believing!

John  1:1.“In the  beginning was  the  Word,  and  the  Word  was  with God, and the Word was God.”

Many today  are  like Thomas, unwilling to believe because they do not see the  Lord. One  thing for certain  is  that  the  testimony of the disciples, including Thomas, should  be more than  enough proof of the  fact that  Jesus rose  from the  dead, bodily.

The  other  disciples had  undoubtedly seen and  talked  with someone, and  they said that it was Jesus. Thomas, not believing, thought  it must have  been someone they  mistook  for Jesus, and  because he  did not want  to be deceived, he sought to see for himself before  he  would be convinced  that  it was the  risen  Saviour. The  question for the  Christian today is: How can  we see more of Jesus?

We see Him in the  Scripture

John  1:1, “In the beginning was the  Word,  and  the  Word  was  with God,  and  the  Word  was  God.”

The  phrase, “In the  beginning” is also  used in Genesis 1:1, and  in both  cases, it applies to the  Word of God.  In both  cases, it clearly means before  the creation of the world, when  there  was nothing  but emptiness. In other  words,  the  Word of God  was in existence before  anything   else, showing  us  that  Jesus  was before   anything else. John  1:14, “And the  Word  was  made flesh,  and  dwelt  among us,  (and  we  beheld his glory, the  glory as  of the  only  begotten of the  Father,)  full of grace  and  truth.”  

However,  we can’t see Him if we don’t read  the Bible. Do you have  a desire to see Him?

Daily Assignments

Read Malachi. List two Old Testament verses that tell us of Christ.

November 27th

Is It Burning Within? Part 2

Jeremiah 20:9,“Then   I  said,  I  will  not  make mention  of  him,  nor speak any  more  in his name. But his word was  in mine heart  as  a burning  fire shut  up in my  bones, and  I was  weary  with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

New Testament churches are  to be on the offensive, not the defensive, in their orientation. We are  not to get  caught up in  fighting each other,  but should  fight the enemy. Our job is to save as many as possible from the impending judgment. Think of those who have paid the price to keep  us free.

  • God did not call us to be superhuman. Everyone had forsaken Jeremiah. He was disgusted with his calling  and  with God,  and was driven  to the  point of wanting  to quit. He is saying, “I’ll  just take  the  easy way out.”  Why did God not kill Jeremiah as he  requested?  Read Psalm 103:13-18. I  often  take  comfort  in these verses. He takes pity on us and  remembers that we are  but dust. This is a great  lesson: you do not have  to know it all, and  how to do it all.
  • God did not  call  us  to  fail. God never  gives manna for tomorrow. When  He told Paul,  “My grace  is sufficient  for thee,” He was not making  reference to a lifetime, but grace for the  need of the moment. What happened to Jeremiah that set him on fire?
  • He thought about the Word of God. We, too, need to settle this in our hearts. God gave us His complete revelation – all of it. He preserved it for us,  just the  way He wants  it, in the  King James Bible. We don’t have  to see one  single prayer  answered or one soul saved to stay  faithful to God.  He commands us to preach in season, out  of season, and  leave  the  results  to Him! Let God’s Word burn in your heart.

Daily Assignments

Read Psalms 137-139.  Read Jeremiah 20:9.

November 26th

“Is It Burning Within?”

Jeremiah 20:9, “Then   I  said,  I  will  not  make mention  of  him,  nor speak any  more  in his name. But his word was  in mine heart  as  a burning  fire shut  up in my  bones, and  I was  weary  with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

Have  you ever  been so upset with God that you were  not interested in  talking  to or about  Him?  Let’s be  honest about  it so  that the  Holy Spirit can  work in  our  hearts.

Jeremiah did not  think too highly of himself. In fact, he reminds me of Job when  he said,  “Why don’t  you  just  kill me?”  He  was in a  real  crisis  in his personal  life and  needed to learn  how to be encouraged in time of trouble;  so do we.

An  important   lesson  to  learn   from  Jeremiah  is  that   God chooses men  who are  little in their own sight;  He does not use  big shots. God sometimes sends people who encourage us; but sometimes  we deal  with those who fail to give us  encouragement when we  need it.

Remember when,  as a  boy,  David  took  on  the  giant Philistine?  He said,  “Thou comest to me  with a sword,  and  with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee  in the name of the Lord of hosts, the  God  of the  armies  of Israel,  whom  thou  has  defied.

Look at Jeremiah upon  his call in Jeremiah 1:1-6,  when  he  said,  “I cannot  speak, for I am  a child.”  

God  did  not  call  Jeremiah  to an easy task; the  religious and  political leaders  hated him. We have to  remember that  we  are   not  called  to  be  entertainers,  but  to preach the Word of God. To be concluded tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read Nehemiah 1-4. Buy a small gift of appreciation for your pastor.

 

November 25th

“MUSTER UP SOME GRACE!”

Ephesians 4:7, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”

Grace is not of us, but of God. Grace and faith are given in certain measure. Grace is sufficient to enable us to do what God requires and comes only through Christ.

Jesus purchased us with His own blood and will continue to keep us by His grace. He has given to some of us a measure of grace to work in the ministry, while others are given the same measure to serve as laymen. T

herefore, we should never complain because someone else appears to have more than we have. Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” By the measure of faith, I believe God is speaking of our knowledge of Christ and the gifts He so freely gives through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We are not to act or think proudly of ourselves, because it is not what we have done, but the grace of God. In other words, we should never consider ourselves higher or greater than what God has made us.

Whatever good we may have done is because the grace of God was given, and He has done it through us. In a very practical way, all glory belongs to the One that is the Giver, and not the receiver. We ought to grow in grace until Jesus comes, because our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is glorified as we grow.

The more we improve according to our measure, the more we understand that the grace of God is not “mustered up,” but freely given.

Daily Assignments

Read Deuteronomy 13-16.

November 24th

MUSTER UP SOME GRACE!

Ephesians 4:7, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”

Every Christian should understand that all good gifts come from above, from Christ who is in heaven at the right hand of God.

James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no vari- ableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Not everyone is given the same gifts; gifts are given according to God’s will and for His good pleasure. The principle is that each of us should be content with the gifts that God has given us.

Measure in the Greek is metron and it means a limited portion. Grace in this case refers to a particular office; each of us has been given a different position in life, as well as in the church. Our gifts from Christ are given according to the position or office we hold, and we must understand that it is Christ who gives these gifts according to the work to which He has called us.

By His Grace we are given the Holy Spirit and His guidance in the use of the gifts we were given. We can ―muster up some grace‖ by yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit. I use the expression “muster up some grace” because it reminds me of a young man who recently told me that he was going to “muster up some strength and grace” to overcome a bad habit in his Christian life. I believe what he meant was that he would trust God to give him strength and grace to turn from his sin. I was able to show him that grace is freely given because he was a born-again Christian, not because he can “muster it up.”

Do you rely upon God to give you His grace? To be concluded tomorrow!

Daily Assignments

Read 2 Peter 1-3. Write a thank you note to your pastor.