Friday, January 27, 2023

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“I hate vain thoughts: but Thy law do I love” (Psalm 119:113).

Another good translation reads, “The double-minded have I hated: but Thy law do I love” (JND trans.).

Sometimes when we are young, and we do not know how to figure something out, our parents may say to us, “You have a head on your shoulders; use it!” This verse does not mean that we should not use our brains to figure things out. God gave us good brains, and in natural things He intends us to use them. But when the Lord tells us in His Word to do something, we should not think it over, and try to reason it out. Rather we should obey it, and this is the secret of being an overcomer. To be double-minded is to want to please the Lord, but also to want my own way. That kind of a Christian is not an overcomer. No, simple obedience to God’s Word is the way to overcome, and that is what this verse is telling us. Not only does obedience please the Lord, but it is the happy path for us too.

 

             
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Thursday, January 26, 2023

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“I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one” (1 John 2:14).

This verse includes both young men and young women; God intends that they should be strong in their Christian faith. It does not mean that they are strong in themselves, but rather because the Word of God abides in them. How does God’s Word abide in us? It is not only by reading the Word of God, but by letting it sink down into our hearts, so that our lives are formed by it. This makes us strong as Christians, and we are able to overcome the wicked oneSatan.

Sometimes young people think that if only they could live somewhere else, or perhaps go out and serve the Lord in a foreign country, they would be able to overcome better. However, this is not true. If we cannot be overcomers at home, we cannot overcome anywhere. It is not our circumstances that make us able to overcome, but our state of soul before the Lord. The Lord may send us somewhere else to work for Him, but first we must show that we are willing to live for Him where we are now. It is often in the little things of life that our true strength as Christians shows itself.

 

             
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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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“Overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

Here is the positive side of yesterday’s verse. It is a good thing when we are not overcome of evil, and continue to swim against the current of this world. But this is not enough. No, we are to influence others in the right direction by telling them about the Lord Jesus. I remember hearing a story about a Christian boy in Russia about forty years ago who did this. His teacher at school, along with other students, made fun of him, and often tried to get him to say bad things about God and the Bible. One day his teacher said to him, “I want you to stand up and shake your fist in the face of God!” What an awful thing for her to say! The boy wisely replied, “Teacher, you have always told us that there is no God. Shall I shake my fist at someone who does not exist? But if there is a God, and I believe that there is, I am afraid to shake my fist at Him.” Not only was the boy not overcome of evil, but he overcame evil with good. The teacher had nothing further to say, for the Christian boy had been a good witness to her, and to the rest of his class.

 

             
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

Notice that there are two parts to this verse, one negative, and the other positive. Let’s talk about the negative side today. Yesterday we spoke about evil communications, and how it is easy to have our good manners corrupted by them. To be overcome is to be defeated, and sometimes in our Christian lives we can be defeated by the devil. There is a lot of evil in this world, and when we are surrounded by it at school, at work, and perhaps at other times, it is easy to give in to it. We are sometimes reminded that, as Christians, we should be like fish which swim against the current.This takes a lot of energy. The current of this world is going in the wrong direction, and we need energy from the Lord to swim against the current. But it is easy to get tired of doing this and decide simply to let the current carry us along.

We do not need to do this. The Lord will give us strength not to be overcome of evil, but to continue to swim in the right direction, against the current of this world.

 

             
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Monday, January 23, 2023

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“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

A communication is something we hearsomething we listen to. If we spend time in bad company, and listen to wrong things, it is very easy to fall into the same way of thinking and speaking ourselves. I knew a boy who was brought up in a Christian home, but who got into bad company at school and later at work. Soon he was using bad language, often swearing when he spoke, and even sometimes making fun of the Bible and the things concerning the Lord. Why did he do this? Deep down inside he knew it was wrong, but when he spent time with the wrong friends, he started to become like them. It sounded “cool” to swear and make fun of the Word of God, and his “good manners” that he had learned at home became corrupted.

The Lord tells us in the next verse to “awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God” (1 Corinthians 15:34). If we find ourselves being corrupted by evil communications, we need to wake up, and ask the Lord to help us to do what is right.

 

             
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Sunday, January 22, 2023

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“And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself” (Colossians 1:20).

Some years after World War II, an American serviceman was traveling with some friends in Germany. When they came to the outskirts of one city, the serviceman remarked on how busy it waspeople shopping, getting gas for their cars, etc. But then he went and stood quietly on a street corner and closed his eyes. He told his friend afterwards that he was remembering what it was like on that exact spot back during the war. He had been there and had seen many of his fellow servicemen killed there. The activities of peacetime were all around him, but he remembered the price that was paid for that peace.

A much greater price was paid for our peace with God, for as we see in our verse, it was the blood of the Lord Jesus, shed on Calvary’s cross, that made our peace with God. We too ought to remember the cost of our salvation, and especially on this day, the Lord’s day.

 

             
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Saturday, January 21, 2023

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“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Yesterday we spoke about addictions, and how that it is important not to be brought under the power of wrong things in our lives. But what if this has already happened? Is there no way to get rid of a bad habit? I remember a girl who used to come to our Sunday school, and she was already addicted to cigarettes. She was about fifteen years old, and she could hardly sit through Sunday school because she had such a craving for another cigarette.

Often, we cannot change or get rid of bad habits in our own strength, but if we know the Lord Jesus as our Savior, we can go to Him and ask Him to help us stop that bad habit. Paul knew that he could do all things, if he was depending on the Lord’s strength, and not on his own. I have known several people who were able to stop bad habits, because they accepted the Lord Jesus as their Savior, and then asked the Lord to take away the desire for those bad things. It is not always easy, and Satan may continue to tempt us, even as Christians, but if we look to the Lord, He will help us to overcome a bad habit.

 

             
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Friday, January 20, 2023

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“All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were responsible before God to keep the law He had given. They readily agreed, but they soon found out that they could not keep it.

Now, in Christianity, we are no longer under law. Rather, we have a new life in Christa life that wants to please Him. The Lord wants us to let that new life show itself in our Christian walk. However, if we are not careful, we can allow bad habits in our lives that turn into an addiction, and then, as our verse says, we are “under the power” of that habit. I have known people who were under the power of smoking, alcohol, drugs, and perhaps other things. Many of these people would like to stop doing these things, but the craving for them is just too strong. Even things like sports, food, money and entertainment can become addictions, and have power over us.

The Apostle Paul was concerned that he would not be brought under the power of anything in his life. We too should be careful not to develop a habit that can become an addiction, so that we cannot stop doing it, even if we want to.

 

             
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Thursday, January 19, 2023

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“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and…he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime” (Daniel 6:10).

Daniel was in a very difficult situation here. Some people who worked with him did not like him, and they persuaded the king to pass a law saying that, for a whole month, no one was allowed to make a request to any God or man, except to the king. Anyone who did so would be thrown into the den of lions. They knew that Daniel prayed three times a day, and they thought that that this would be a good chance to get rid of him. In those days, kings sometimes kept lions captive in a den, and they did not feed them regularly. Then, if the king was angry with someone, they might be thrown into the den. What a terrible way to die!

Daniel knew that the king had signed this law, but he had formed a good habit of praying three times a day, and he continued to pray, trusting the Lord to look after him. We all know the result. He was thrown into the den of lions, but the Lord did not allow the lions to harm him. The next morning, when Daniel was let out of the den of lions, the king commanded to throw all those people who did not like Daniel into the den. What an awful judgment on them! You may read this story in Daniel, chapter 6.

 

             
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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“His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue…having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

As human beings, we tend to be creatures of habit. We do certain things every day, and that routine becomes a habit. But as we know, there are good habits and bad habits. To form good habits requires virtue, or moral courage, for it involves making the right choices in the things we do. An old proverb says, “Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character: sow a character, reap a destiny.” This sequence does not always have to happen, for bad habits can be changed or replaced, but those who have studied habits tell us that on average it takes only three acts to form a habit, but it takes about twenty-seven opposite acts to change a habit, or get rid of it. Bad habits are not easy to get rid of!

Since we tend to live by our habits, it is very important to form good ones, and not bad ones. Then we will do the right thing simply because we are used to doing it, and it is part of us. Also, if we find ourselves sliding into a bad habit, it is good to stop it right away, before it becomes fixed in our life.

 

             
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