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Memory Verse for the Week of 4/14/2024:
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice.”
Psalm 18:6
Memory Verse for the Week of 4/21/2024:
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
John 8:36
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What sweet relief to the suffering one who has ben seeking for satisfaction or rest in his own holiness to find, after years of unsuccessful struggle, that the very thing he longs for is treasured up in Christ for him, and is his own this moment, even a complete sanctification to be enjoyed by faith.
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“But king Solomon loved many strange [foreign] women…women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites…For it came to.pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods” (1 Kings 11:1,4).

Back a few days ago, we saw that Solomon “loved the Lord,” and walked “in the statutes of David his father.” This was good, but when he became wealthy and famous, it seems that he married many foreign women, who came from nations that worshiped idols. They brought these idols with them, and later in Solomon’s life, even he was turned away from the Lord.

Perhaps we can hardly imagine how this could happen, after the Lord had appeared to him twice. The Lord had appeared to him when he first became king (1 Kings 3:5-15), and then again after the temple was built (1 Kings 9:1-9). If you read this passage, you will see that God gave him a warning about what would happen if he were disobedient, and worshiped idols.

Back in 1 Kings 3:3, we read that “Solomon loved the Lord,” but now, in our verse today, we read that he “loved many strange women.” We may think that we would never do something as wrong as this, but we do not know our own hearts. The only safe path is to be obedient to God’s Word, and to follow the Lord.

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Growing in Grace
“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” (Romans 12:2).
To be conformed means to be like everybody else, and to fit into what is all around us. It also means to act according to tradition or accepted standards; to do what everyone else is doing. We all like to be accepted, and not to appear different from others around us. But our verse today tells us not to be conformed to this world, but rather to be transformed. The Greek word for transformed is metamorphoo, from which we get our English word metamorphosis.
Perhaps some of you have studied science and biology, and have heard that term when you learned about caterpillars turning into moths and butterflies. When this happens, they are transformed into something different from what they were before. This is what the Lord wants us to do as Christians.
This does not mean that we deliberately dress in a weird way, or insist on driving horses and carriages instead of cars. It does not mean that we do not use modern conveniences such as telephones, computers, and washing machines. Rather, it means that we do not adopt the attitudes and practices of this world in a moral way. It may mean that we sometimes dress differently, for the kind of clothing that may be acceptable in this world is not always pleasing to the Lord. Our whole outlook should be, What would be honoring to the Lord? It should not be, What is everybody else doing?
When we walk with the Lord, we become more like Him. If we, by faith, behold “the glory of the Lord,” then we “are changed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The word “changed” is the same Greek word translated “transformed” in our verse today. To be changed “from glory to glory” simply means that more and more we will become like Christ. It is wonderful to be like Him, more and more!
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There shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand. (Deuteronomy 13:17)
Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing.1 – Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.2 – Hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.3
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.4 – The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.5
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Comfort of the Scriptures
“To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him” (Dan. 9:9).
How great are the tender mercies of our God. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” How unlike us He is. We, in our dealings with each other, are prone to be ungracious, quick to become angry, and short on mercy. But He calls upon us who know Him to manifest His character. “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” To Him “belong mercies and forgivenesses.” So “be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love.” Let it not be said of us that “they remembered not the multitude of Thy mercies,” but rather, “let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.” Let the assurance of His tender mercies comfort our hearts. He “crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies. ... He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.”
Merciful and gracious, full of compassion,
Yet righteous and holy is our God above,
Dealing with us in tenderness and kindness,
Never forsaking His grace and His love.
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