Life in the Son (July 21)

Life in the Son (July 21)

Let’s avoid thinking that “eternal life” is different only in that it lasts longer than our earthly life. It is indeed “eternal” because it is unending, but more than that, it is of a different quality. It is not only longer, but it is better.

Sin Is Always Against God (July 20)

Sin Is Always Against God (July 20)

The fact that, as Joseph knew, sin is always against God should weigh more heavily in our thinking than any social consideration. Social consequences are serious, no doubt, but separation from God is the worst of the worst things that can happen.

When We Don’t Want To Be Delivered (July 19)

When We Don’t Want To Be Delivered (July 19)

We can stay where we are, which is easier, at least in the short run, or we can let the Great Deliverer begin to break our chains. Between now and eternity, there is a “wilderness” that will have to be traversed — but our freedom will be worth it!

God Heard Their Cry (July 18)

God Heard Their Cry (July 18)

As with Israel’s deliverance (Exodus 12), our salvation from sin depends on doing certain things God requires before He delivers us (Acts 2:37,38). The gospel must be obeyed to be effective, but it starts with a heart honest enough to cry for help.

Josiah, the Tenderhearted (July 17)

Josiah, the Tenderhearted (July 17)

When we ourselves are among the unfaithful, what is our response? Hearing the message that we are under the penalty of death for our sins, are we tenderhearted enough to cry out with those on Pentecost, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37,38).

Wholehearted Repentance vs. Pretense (July 16)

Wholehearted Repentance vs. Pretense (July 16)

There is no damage to our souls that Christ cannot repair. But He will not be manipulated by fake repentance on our part. If we expect His forgiveness and help, we’d better lay it all down before Him, with extreme honesty. No exceptions, no excuses.

The Hearts of the Children of Mankind (July 15)

The Hearts of the Children of Mankind (July 15)

In Christ, we may come confidently before God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16), but we had better not come with anything less than a no-strings-attached commitment to change our ways. We may fool others about our hearts, but God is not deceived.

Incline Your Heart to the Lord (July 14)

Incline Your Heart to the Lord (July 14)

God should be more than a “maybe.” Our hearts must be inclined to Him. We must fix their minds on Him. We must — and here is the main idea– be devoted to Him. This devotion should be the result of a conscious, deliberate choice we have made.

A Dangerously False Sense of Security (July 13)

A Dangerously False Sense of Security (July 13)

The man in Psalm 10 is doing what Satan wants us all to do: manage our own lives. And that pride is what led us onto the downward slope of destruction. Since Satan can make it look so respectable and progressive, I imagine he is quite proud of it.

You Shall Be Holy (July 12)

You Shall Be Holy (July 12)

Sometimes holiness requires physical separation (and we are foolish if we don’t understand this). But with or without physical separation, holiness requires that our principles, our values, and our decision-making — our character — be different.

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