Bible Devotions

How to Walk in the Spirit

Heart of Humility

The Bible exhorts us to walk in the Spirit so we don’t gratify the flesh.  We know walking by the flesh leads to death, but walking by the Spirit leads to life.

In this article you will learn (1) humility is critical (2) God’s love transforms (3)how to sense God’s hand in everything (4)how to conform your will to His.

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How to Culivate Gratitude

In His Hands

Gratitude.  Does your life display gratitude?  Have you witnessed a life without gratitude?  A life lived with gratitude is a wonderful blessing.

This article outlines why gratitude is important as well as how to cultivate it your own life with three easy steps. Read more.

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A Comparative Study in Proverbs

do a Comparative Bible Study on Proverbs

Have you noticed there are many comparisons in the Bible?  The book of Proverbs is full of them.  Why are comparisons used?  One reason is because it helps us grasp the decision we must make when we encounter God’s Word.  Comparisons make it easy for us to choose which path we plan to take.

This article will help your grow spiritually by teaching you how do a comparative study in the book of Proverbs.

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I Obtained Mercy and So Can You

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1 Timothy 1:12-13 NKJV

Oh how this verse speaks to me personally.  As I read, I can easily put my name in this verse.  It might go something like this:


Elizabeth thanks Christ Jesus our Lord who has enable me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a hater of God, mocker of those who believe and disobedient to His ways; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Years ago, my husband and I used to have conversations about religion.  We’d say things like, “religion is for the weak” or “religion is a crutch”, etc.  Oh how foolish we were!  Now, having been born again with God’s Spirit living in us, we are so grateful He has enabled us to believe the truth.  We are weak and we do need a crutch – Jesus Christ who enables us to live rightly before God and grants us eternal life when we believe on Him.  It is through Jesus we have strength, but we have to humbly accept Him.  That’s hard for some.  It took me 32 years!

If you ever have a hard time understanding a section of scripture, try this.

1) Pray for wisdom and understanding.

2) Make it personal.  Insert your name where possible to see what it reveals.  It’s a good exercise.  It might be an eye-opener for you.

3) Finish by praying again, perhaps something like:

Lord, thank you for revealing your truth to me in a way I hadn’t seen before.  Thank you for your Spirit to guide me through this process of discovery, giving me the courage I need to understand my weaknesses and to accept You as the Author and Finisher of our faith.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

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Who on Earth is Good?

But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,  according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. 1 Timothy 8:11 NKJV

Have you heard it said before that the Ten Commandments were given that we might see our own sinfulness?  It’s true.  Let’s look at a story in Matthew 5:16-22 NKJV to illustrate:

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
This story teaches us many things.

1) Jesus clearly says NO ONE IS GOOD except GOD.  That means you and me.  I don’t know about you, but this was a tough pill to swallow when I was first made aware of it.  My mother always taught me “as long as your good, all will be well”.  Yikes!  Jesus says I’m not good – red alert, warning, danger!!!  But wait, the story continues….

2) Jesus says keep the commandments and the young ruler asks which ones.  Can you believe it?  He’s looking for a short cut.  Which ones?  Isn’t it clear we’re supposed to keep all TEN?!?  So Jesus abbreviates the list.  I’m not sure why He chose these commandments, unless perhaps the root of this guy’s problem lies within one of these.  The young ruler insists he has kept the law.

3) Jesus points out the guy is still missing something.  Jesus wanted the young ruler’s heart.  But the young ruler was too wrapped up in his possessions to give his heart to Jesus.  After being told what was needed, the young ruler decided it was too high a price and walked away sorrowfully.  How tragic to miss the opportunity to be with Christ over temporary material possessions!

Ready for the good news?

The Law was given to guide us towards Jesus Christ, who fulfills all the laws requirements for us.  Matthew 5:17 NKJV “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

When we ask Christ to forgive our sins and come into our life, the law’s requirement (wages of sin is death) is fulfilled.  Christ died to pay for our sins.  Christ rose from the dead to give us new life in Him.  A new life ruled by Christ not by the law.

 

Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sins?  Why not?  What are you waiting for?  He’s ready and able to wash away your sins, take away your guilt and make you whole.

Lord, thank you for taking on our penalty of sin and making it possible for us to be right with you through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.  Thank you for fulfilling the law’s requirements for us, that we may know you and have an abundant life in you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

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How to Start Praying

In this article you will learn:

(1)How to cultivate an intimate relationship with God

(2)Why is prayer important

(3)About the blessing we receive through prayer

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Understanding the Bible

Do you find the Bible hard to understand? Are you dependent on someone to tell you what it says? Want to get more from your Bible studies? Try inductive method of study to unlock God’s Word like never before. Great for individual or small group study. Read more.

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A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV

What does a good soldier look like?  What does he do or not do?  Here are some thoughts on this topic.

A good soldier….

Shows up for duty, whatever may be assigned

Comes ready for action and prepared

Does not question authority’s commands

Follows through with orders as directed

Knows his weapons and how to use them

Knows when to engage the battle and when to retreat

Works well with others to carry out the Commander’s plans

Knows it is not about making self important

Is disciplined and spiritually fit

Knows the enemy has been defeated and is certain the Lord is victorious

Is not entangles in the affairs of life

Aims to please the One who enlisted him

Follows the rules

How about you?  Are you a good soldier of Christ Jesus?  Are there areas you need to work on?  Get your heart aligned with Jesus and He will work out the rest.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of ThinkOnItBibleDevotions.com and BeingWomenOfInfluence.com websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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