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God Spoke All these Words

God Spoke All theseWordsExcerpt The Divine Being Himself was the speaker (De 5:123233), in tones so loud as to be heard—so distinct as to be intelligible by the whole multitude standing in the valleys below, amid the most appalling phenomena of agitated nature. Had He been simply addressing rational and intelligent creatures, He would have spoken with the still small voice of persuasion and love. But He was speaking to those who were at the same time fallen and sinful creatures, and a corresponding change was required in the manner of God’s procedure, in order to give a suitable impression of the character and sanctions of the law revealed from heaven (Ro11:5–9). More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 1. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Lying Lips

Lying LipsExcerpt Each of verses18-21 refers to some aspects of talking. The subject of hatred was introduced in verse 12, and in verse 18 another thought is added to the subject. When a person hates someone but tries not to show it he is often forced to lie. And hatred often leads to slandering the other who is despised. The second line in verse 18 begins with and rather than “but,” to show that the two thoughts of hatred and slander are not opposites. Such lying and slandering, born out of hatred, characterize a fool. More Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 927. Print.

Rejection of Christ

Rejection of ChristExcerpt What frightening terrors lie behind apostasy: rejection of Christ’s person, rejection of Christ’s work, and rejection of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Understanding this, the question of verse 29explodes: “How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished…?” One thing is sure—there will be no mercy shown for the hardened apostate, just as there was no mercy shown to those who willfully transgressed the Law. But the greater severity is that breaking the Old Covenant brought physical death, while rejecting Christ brings spiritual death. Some today reject this idea by employing a one-sided view of Christ. They say that Jesus’ emblem was a lamb, that Jesustook little children in his arms and blessed them, that he sighed over the deaf and dumb and wept over Jerusalem. But they forget that the Lamb of God will come with wrath—in judgment (Revelation 6:16), that hetold all who cause any ofhislittle ones to sin that it would be better for the…

He Lives in Us

He Lives in Us1 John 3:24 Excerpt In this section John provides the believer with certain assurances that accompany being a child ofGod. With these assurances comes the overwhelming truth that we can stand confidently before Godin prayer and rest assured that he will answer our requests. More Akin, Daniel L. 1, 2, 3 John. Vol. 38. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001. Print. The New American Commentary.

Connect the Testaments

March 20: We Don’t (Really) Mean It Numbers 23:1–30; 1 Corinthians 6:12–7:16; Psalm 20:1–9 “I’ll pray for you.” We say it often, but how many times do we actually remember to do it? Our biggest downfall might not be a lack of compassion—it’s probably just not taking the time to write down the request and not having a model of praying for others. Some of us might feel like we’ve mastered the art of the task list, but it can still be difficult to keep up with praying for our friends. It’s easy to think, “God knows their needs, so it’s fine.” But that’s not the New Testament view of prayer: we’re meant to pray always (Luke 18:1; 1 Thess 5:16). And Paul himself regularly asks for prayers. If they weren’t important, he wouldn’t ask (Col 4:3). For this reason, it would be helpful to develop a system to track what people need prayer for, like a prayer journal. But what about the model? When I pray for God’s will in my life, I’ve found that using the Lord’s Prayer works well when I’m having troubl…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 20Go To Evening Reading
“My beloved.” —Song of Solomon 2:8
This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds came, and the voice of the turtle was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, “My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” Ever in her song of songs doth she call him by that delightful name, “My beloved!” Even in the long winter, when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets found space to lay aside the burden of the Lord for a little season, and to say, as Esaias did, “Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard.”Though the Saints had never seen his face as yet, he was not made flesh.He also had dwelt among us, nor had man beheld his glory, yet he was the consolation of Israel, the hope, and joy of all the chosen, the “beloved” of all those who were uprigh…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 20th Friendship with God Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do? Genesis 18:17. It is Delights. This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you areGod’s will, and all your commonsense decisions are His will for you unless He checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks, stop at once. It is Difficulties. Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was not intimate enough yet to go boldly on until God granted his desire, there was something yet to be desired in his relationship to God. Whenever we stop short in prayer and say—‘Well, I don’t know; perh…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 20 All things work together for good to them that love God Rom. 8:28 If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in all our circumstances. Selected

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.