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The Consequences of Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 9,10; Psalm 49; 1 Corinthians 16

Today’s Key Passage – Judges 9:1-6

Most believers know what the Bible has to say about the consequences of sin.  In fact, even unbelievers are familiar with an often-quoted verse in Romans 6:23 that says, “For the wages of sin is death”.  For those of us who follow Christ, we understand that our sins affect our relationship with God.  They serve to separate us from Him and cause us to live a life that is less than what He intends for us.  Sometimes, though, we can wrongly believe that this is where the consequences of sin end.  We all know that sins affect us personally, but sometimes we fail to recognize that our sins can have a more far-reaching effect on others.  In today’s key passage, we read about how one man’s sins go on to affect a whole nation.

A few days ago, we read about Gideon’s need for assurances and the military successes he achieved because of God’s favor.  (To read this post entitled Needing AssurancesCLICK HERE).  Yesterday, though, we read about one of his sins.  In Judges 8:30-31, we read, “He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives. His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.”  Though Gideon was a hero to a nation for what he did in battle, he was still a sinful man in his personal life that took a concubine and had a son with her named Abimelech.  In today’s key passage, we read the story of Abimelech.  Though there was only supposed to be one king in Israel – God – following Gideon’s death, Abimelech decided that he wanted to be the king of Israel.  In his selfish zeal for power, he killed 69 of his 70 half brothers so he would not have any competition, and was declared king.  He served in this role for three years, until Schechem rebelled against him.  At that point, Abimelech attacked Shechem and destroyed the city, burned down the tower of Schechem killing about one thousand more people, and was finally killed while attacking Thebez.  None of this would have happened if not for Gideon’s sin in taking a concubine and having a child with her.  Gideon’s sin was passed down to Abimelech, who in turn allowed his sinful desires for wealth and power to affect other people.  Because of Gideon’s sin, all but one of his sons were killed, and a nation was devastated.

Today’s story clearly shows that one man’s sin can affect many other people.  The sins of a single man can affect his wife, his kids, his brothers and sisters in Christ, and countless others in the blink of an eye.  The next time temptation strikes and the rationalizations to sin fill your head; remember the far-reaching consequences of sin.  Remember that in most cases, you will not be the only person your sin affects, and ask God for the strength to fight off the temptations and walk in His path.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Needing Assurances


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 6,7; Psalm 52; 1 Corinthians 14

Today’s Key Passage – Judges 6:11-40

In today’s key passage, we read the story of Gideon, a simple farmer who was called by God to free the Israelites from the oppression of Midian.  One day, while Gideon was threshing wheat, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him that he was going to save Israel from the Midianites.  Gideon, being a farmer from a relatively weak clan, had serious doubts that he would be able to save Israel, but the Lord insisted that he was the right person for the job.  Despite God’s confidence in him, he still needed assurances from God and asked for a sign.  Gideon asked God to wait for him while he secured an offering to set before the Lord.  When Gideon returned with the offering, the angel touched the tip of his staff to the meat and the unleavened bread, and fire immediately flared from the rock it was sitting on and consumed the offering.  Gideon asked God for a sign, and God delivered!

Now, you would think that after seeing this miracle, Gideon would be satisfied that he really was the right man for the job of saving Israel.  However, once again, Gideon needed more assurances from God, and he asked for another sign.   In fact, three times Gideon asked God for assurances, and all three times God answered him in a big way.  Gideon would eventually believe what God was telling him, and he would eventually go to battle against the Midianites.  He would ultimately win the battle without ever lifting a sword against the Midianites and he would free the Israelites (for a time), but not before God did something truly amazing.  See, God knew that Gideon was still afraid.  He knew that Gideon was worried about this battle.  He was worried about whether he would be good enough to win and whether his people would be good enough to win.  God, however, knew that He was good enough to win any battle, so He made a little point to Gideon.  Gideon was ready to attack with 32,000 men, but God told him that he had too many soldiers.  God reduced the number of soldiers Gideon had to take into battle from 32,000 to 300, yet the 300 were still more than enough to triumph over the Midianites.

Reading this story today, I thought a lot about all of the people who need assurances in our present age.  There are so many who question whether God exists and need assurances of His existence.  There are others who feel so lost in the world and need assurances of His presence.  Some feel like they have heard a calling from God to action, but need assurances that the calling is legitimate, while others, though they have been saved and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, still need assurances that they will really get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  From time to time, all of us, no matter what our circumstances, still need assurances.  Fortunately, God’s assurances are all around us.  We find His assurances in the beauty and scope of His creation.  We find His assurances in the countless illustrations we find in His Word.  We find His assurances in the small voice we hear while we commune with God through prayer.  God’s assurances are literally everywhere.  Like Gideon, though, we each must decide for ourselves what we will choose to do with these assurances.  Will we accept God’s promises for us and have the faith and trust we need to move forward in our walk with Him, or will we continue to ask for even more assurances from Him as we make excuses to stand still.  My prayer today is that each of you reading this, regardless what you are walking through in your life will find the assurances you need from Him.  His assurances are there waiting for you.  All you have to do is look for them and hold onto them as you step out in faith.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Consequences of Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 9,10; Psalm 49; 1 Corinthians 16

Today’s Key Passage – Judges 9:1-6

Most believers know what the Bible has to say about the consequences of sin.  In fact, even unbelievers are familiar with an often-quoted verse in Romans 6:23 that says, “For the wages of sin is death”.  For those of us who follow Christ, we understand that our sins affect our relationship with God.  They serve to separate us from Him and cause us to live a life that is less than what He intends for us.  Sometimes, though, we can wrongly believe that this is where the consequences of sin end.  We all know that sins affect us personally, but sometimes we fail to recognize that our sins can have a more far-reaching effect on others.  In today’s key passage, we read about how one man’s sins go on to affect a whole nation.

A few days ago, we read about Gideon’s need for assurances and the military successes he achieved because of God’s favor.  (To read this post entitled Needing AssurancesCLICK HERE).  Yesterday, though, we read about one of his sins.  In Judges 8:30-31, we read, “He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives. His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.”  Though Gideon was a hero to a nation for what he did in battle, he was still a sinful man in his personal life that took a concubine and had a son with her named Abimelech.  In today’s key passage, we read the story of Abimelech.  Though there was only supposed to be one king in Israel – God – following Gideon’s death, Abimelech decided that he wanted to be the king of Israel.  In his selfish zeal for power, he killed 69 of his 70 half brothers so he would not have any competition, and was declared king.  He served in this role for three years, until Schechem rebelled against him.  At that point, Abimelech attacked Shechem and destroyed the city, burned down the tower of Schechem killing about one thousand more people, and was finally killed while attacking Thebez.  None of this would have happened if not for Gideon’s sin in taking a concubine and having a child with her.  Gideon’s sin was passed down to Abimelech, who in turn allowed his sinful desires for wealth and power to affect other people.  Because of Gideon’s sin, all but one of his sons were killed, and a nation was devastated.

Today’s story clearly shows that one man’s sin can affect many other people.  The sins of a single man can affect his wife, his kids, his brothers and sisters in Christ, and countless others in the blink of an eye.  The next time temptation strikes and the rationalizations to sin fill your head; remember the far-reaching consequences of sin.  Remember that in most cases, you will not be the only person your sin affects, and ask God for the strength to fight off the temptations and walk in His path.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Needing Assurances


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 6,7; Psalm 52; 1 Corinthians 14

Today’s Key Passage – Judges 6:11-40

In today’s key passage, we read the story of Gideon, a simple farmer who was called by God to free the Israelites from the oppression of Midian.  One day, while Gideon was threshing wheat, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him that he was going to save Israel from the Midianites.  Gideon, being a farmer from a relatively weak clan, had serious doubts that he would be able to save Israel, but the Lord insisted that he was the right person for the job.  Despite God’s confidence in him, he still needed assurances from God and asked for a sign.  Gideon asked God to wait for him while he secured an offering to set before the Lord.  When Gideon returned with the offering, the angel touched the tip of his staff to the meat and the unleavened bread, and fire immediately flared from the rock it was sitting on and consumed the offering.  Gideon asked God for a sign, and God delivered!

Now, you would think that after seeing this miracle, Gideon would be satisfied that he really was the right man for the job of saving Israel.  However, once again, Gideon needed more assurances from God, and he asked for another sign.   In fact, three times Gideon asked God for assurances, and all three times God answered him in a big way.  Gideon would eventually believe what God was telling him, and he would eventually go to battle against the Midianites.  He would ultimately win the battle without ever lifting a sword against the Midianites and he would free the Israelites (for a time), but not before God did something truly amazing.  See, God knew that Gideon was still afraid.  He knew that Gideon was worried about this battle.  He was worried about whether he would be good enough to win and whether his people would be good enough to win.  God, however, knew that He was good enough to win any battle, so He made a little point to Gideon.  Gideon was ready to attack with 32,000 men, but God told him that he had too many soldiers.  God reduced the number of soldiers Gideon had to take into battle from 32,000 to 300, yet the 300 were still more than enough to triumph over the Midianites.

Reading this story today, I thought a lot about all of the people who need assurances in our present age.  There are so many who question whether God exists and need assurances of His existence.  There are others who feel so lost in the world and need assurances of His presence.  Some feel like they have heard a calling from God to action, but need assurances that the calling is legitimate, while others, though they have been saved and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, still need assurances that they will really get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  From time to time, all of us, no matter what our circumstances, still need assurances.  Fortunately, God’s assurances are all around us.  We find His assurances in the beauty and scope of His creation.  We find His assurances in the countless illustrations we find in His Word.  We find His assurances in the small voice we hear while we commune with God through prayer.  God’s assurances are literally everywhere.  Like Gideon, though, we each must decide for ourselves what we will choose to do with these assurances.  Will we accept God’s promises for us and have the faith and trust we need to move forward in our walk with Him, or will we continue to ask for even more assurances from Him as we make excuses to stand still.  My prayer today is that each of you reading this, regardless what you are walking through in your life will find the assurances you need from Him.  His assurances are there waiting for you.  All you have to do is look for them and hold onto them as you step out in faith.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Consequences of Sin


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 9,10; Psalm 49; 1 Corinthians 16

Today’s Key Passage – Judges 9:1-6

Most believers know what the Bible has to say about the consequences of sin.  In fact, even unbelievers are familiar with an often-quoted verse in Romans 6:23 that says, “For the wages of sin is death”.  For those of us who follow Christ, we understand that our sins affect our relationship with God.  They serve to separate us from Him and cause us to live a life that is less than what He intends for us.  Sometimes, though, we can wrongly believe that this is where the consequences of sin end.  We all know that sins affect us personally, but sometimes we fail to recognize that our sins can have a more far-reaching effect on others.  In today’s key passage, we read about how one man’s sins go on to affect a whole nation.

A few days ago, we read about Gideon’s need for assurances and the military successes he achieved because of God’s favor.  (To read this post entitled Needing AssurancesCLICK HERE).  Yesterday, though, we read about one of his sins.  In Judges 8:30-31, we read, “He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives. His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.”  Though Gideon was a hero to a nation for what he did in battle, he was still a sinful man in his personal life that took a concubine and had a son with her named Abimelech.  In today’s key passage, we read the story of Abimelech.  Though there was only supposed to be one king in Israel – God – following Gideon’s death, Abimelech decided that he wanted to be the king of Israel.  In his selfish zeal for power, he killed 69 of his 70 half brothers so he would not have any competition, and was declared king.  He served in this role for three years, until Schechem rebelled against him.  At that point, Abimelech attacked Shechem and destroyed the city, burned down the tower of Schechem killing about one thousand more people, and was finally killed while attacking Thebez.  None of this would have happened if not for Gideon’s sin in taking a concubine and having a child with her.  Gideon’s sin was passed down to Abimelech, who in turn allowed his sinful desires for wealth and power to affect other people.  Because of Gideon’s sin, all but one of his sons were killed, and a nation was devastated.

Today’s story clearly shows that one man’s sin can affect many other people.  The sins of a single man can affect his wife, his kids, his brothers and sisters in Christ, and countless others in the blink of an eye.  The next time temptation strikes and the rationalizations to sin fill your head; remember the far-reaching consequences of sin.  Remember that in most cases, you will not be the only person your sin affects, and ask God for the strength to fight off the temptations and walk in His path.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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If you like this post, please SHARE it with others to spread the Word of God.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Needing Assurances


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 6,7; Psalm 52; 1 Corinthians 14

Today’s Key Passage – Judges 6:11-40

In today’s key passage, we read the story of Gideon, a simple farmer who was called by God to free the Israelites from the oppression of Midian.  One day, while Gideon was threshing wheat, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him that he was going to save Israel from the Midianites.  Gideon, being a farmer from a relatively weak clan, had serious doubts that he would be able to save Israel, but the Lord insisted that he was the right person for the job.  Despite God’s confidence in him, he still needed assurances from God and asked for a sign.  Gideon asked God to wait for him while he secured an offering to set before the Lord.  When Gideon returned with the offering, the angel touched the tip of his staff to the meat and the unleavened bread, and fire immediately flared from the rock it was sitting on and consumed the offering.  Gideon asked God for a sign, and God delivered!

Now, you would think that after seeing this miracle, Gideon would be satisfied that he really was the right man for the job of saving Israel.  However, once again, Gideon needed more assurances from God, and he asked for another sign.   In fact, three times Gideon asked God for assurances, and all three times God answered him in a big way.  Gideon would eventually believe what God was telling him, and he would eventually go to battle against the Midianites.  He would ultimately win the battle without ever lifting a sword against the Midianites and he would free the Israelites (for a time), but not before God did something truly amazing.  See, God knew that Gideon was still afraid.  He knew that Gideon was worried about this battle.  He was worried about whether he would be good enough to win and whether his people would be good enough to win.  God, however, knew that He was good enough to win any battle, so He made a little point to Gideon.  Gideon was ready to attack with 32,000 men, but God told him that he had too many soldiers.  God reduced the number of soldiers Gideon had to take into battle from 32,000 to 300, yet the 300 were still more than enough to triumph over the Midianites.

Reading this story today, I thought a lot about all of the people who need assurances in our present age.  There are so many who question whether God exists and need assurances of His existence.  There are others who feel so lost in the world and need assurances of His presence.  Some feel like they have heard a calling from God to action, but need assurances that the calling is legitimate, while others, though they have been saved and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, still need assurances that they will really get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  From time to time, all of us, no matter what our circumstances, still need assurances.  Fortunately, God’s assurances are all around us.  We find His assurances in the beauty and scope of His creation.  We find His assurances in the countless illustrations we find in His Word.  We find His assurances in the small voice we hear while we commune with God through prayer.  God’s assurances are literally everywhere.  Like Gideon, though, we each must decide for ourselves what we will choose to do with these assurances.  Will we accept God’s promises for us and have the faith and trust we need to move forward in our walk with Him, or will we continue to ask for even more assurances from Him as we make excuses to stand still.  My prayer today is that each of you reading this, regardless what you are walking through in your life will find the assurances you need from Him.  His assurances are there waiting for you.  All you have to do is look for them and hold onto them as you step out in faith.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

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