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Examining Your Faith


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; 2 Corinthians 13

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Human beings are a naturally curious species.  Along with this curiosity comes a tendency to examine many different things during the course of our lives.  We examine our checkbooks regularly to make sure the balance is correct and to see where we are spending our money.  We take our automobiles to service centers periodically to get inspected to make sure there are no serious mechanical issues.  We go to the doctor for a physical to find out if we have any health issues.  When our children bring home a report card, we examine the grades to see where strengths and opportunities exist.  There are literally countless things that we choose to examine.  In today’s key passage, the apostle Paul mentions another thing we should spend time examining – our faith (Vs. 5)

So what does this look like?  How can we examine ourselves to see if we are really following Christ?  The first sign to look for is growth.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and He begins living inside of us, He starts making changes.  As my pastor likes to say, He starts “moving around the furniture”.  In this process of sanctification, we become more like Christ.  When we look at our faith today, we should be able to see that those changes are constantly occurring.  We should see motion in our faith as we grow in Christ.  If we are not maturing as Christians, then we must try to figure out what is going on.  The bottom line is that there are really only two options for how we are living – we are either growing closer to God or we are turning farther away from Him.  There is no middle ground.

When we look at ourselves honestly to determine if we are practicing what we preach, we can help keep ourselves on track and can quickly discover any wrong thinking or unintentional sin.  Keep in mind, though, that we cannot truly examine our own faith in a vacuum.  We should seek council from other believers who know us and love us to help us in our examination.  Even more importantly, we should seek God’s help in examining our faith.  We should ask God to point out the things in us that He wants to change.  Then we should have faith in Him to make us the people He wants us to be.

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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Divisions in the Church


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 30,31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

During Paul’s third missionary journey in Ephesus, he received word of some problems that the church in Corinth was facing.  One of the problems plaguing the church at that time was disunity.  The Corinthians heard the Gospel from many different sources – some heard about Christ from Paul, while others heard from Peter and Apollos.  While Paul, Peter, and Apollos were all preaching the same Gospel, they each had their own style of preaching.  Because of the different styles of the preachers, the members of the church started to cling to the messenger instead of the message.  In 1 Corinthians 1:12, Paul explains the issue when he says, “What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  This division in the church was hurting the church as a whole and was keeping the Corinthians from reaching their full potential.

We still run the risk of having divisions in the church today.  This could be divisions in a particular church congregation, or divisions of the church as a whole.  This becomes especially prevalent when we begin to think that “our way” is the only way.  As we all know, there are many different denominations of the Christian church and there are many different styles of worship.  In some churches, people sing hymns from a book while listening to an organist, while in other churches people sing popular Christian songs with a live band.  In some churches, you will see people with their hands raised in the air during worship, while in other churches that is completely taboo.  Some people think that their preacher is the best preacher and will gladly tell you so, while others believe the same thing about their preacher.  One believer might like a particular Christian author, while another believer might not.  All of these differences can lead, to a certain degree, to divisions in the body of Christ as a whole.

So why is this such an issue?  Why is disunity in the body of Christ or in a particular church congregation so bad?  To find the best answer to this question, we need only to look to Christ himself.  In Mark 3:25, Jesus said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”  Disunity ruins churches and destroys their witness for Christ.  As we attempt to reach the lost and tell them about Jesus, we will not be nearly as successful if our church is divided.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  We all worship the same God.  We are all saved by the same grace.  Do not allow your allegiance to any particular group or any particular style outweigh your allegiance to Christ.  Do not allow the externals get in the way of what is truly important.

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

Examining Your Faith


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; 2 Corinthians 13

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Human beings are a naturally curious species.  Along with this curiosity comes a tendency to examine many different things during the course of our lives.  We examine our checkbooks regularly to make sure the balance is correct and to see where we are spending our money.  We take our automobiles to service centers periodically to get inspected to make sure there are no serious mechanical issues.  We go to the doctor for a physical to find out if we have any health issues.  When our children bring home a report card, we examine the grades to see where strengths and opportunities exist.  There are literally countless things that we choose to examine.  In today’s key passage, the apostle Paul mentions another thing we should spend time examining – our faith (Vs. 5)

So what does this look like?  How can we examine ourselves to see if we are really following Christ?  The first sign to look for is growth.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and He begins living inside of us, He starts making changes.  As my pastor likes to say, He starts “moving around the furniture”.  In this process of sanctification, we become more like Christ.  When we look at our faith today, we should be able to see that those changes are constantly occurring.  We should see motion in our faith as we grow in Christ.  If we are not maturing as Christians, then we must try to figure out what is going on.  The bottom line is that there are really only two options for how we are living – we are either growing closer to God or we are turning farther away from Him.  There is no middle ground.

When we look at ourselves honestly to determine if we are practicing what we preach, we can help keep ourselves on track and can quickly discover any wrong thinking or unintentional sin.  Keep in mind, though, that we cannot truly examine our own faith in a vacuum.  We should seek council from other believers who know us and love us to help us in our examination.  Even more importantly, we should seek God’s help in examining our faith.  We should ask God to point out the things in us that He wants to change.  Then we should have faith in Him to make us the people He wants us to be.

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 –

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.

Divisions in the Church


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 30,31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

During Paul’s third missionary journey in Ephesus, he received word of some problems that the church in Corinth was facing.  One of the problems plaguing the church at that time was disunity.  The Corinthians heard the Gospel from many different sources – some heard about Christ from Paul, while others heard from Peter and Apollos.  While Paul, Peter, and Apollos were all preaching the same Gospel, they each had their own style of preaching.  Because of the different styles of the preachers, the members of the church started to cling to the messenger instead of the message.  In 1 Corinthians 1:12, Paul explains the issue when he says, “What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  This division in the church was hurting the church as a whole and was keeping the Corinthians from reaching their full potential.

We still run the risk of having divisions in the church today.  This could be divisions in a particular church congregation, or divisions of the church as a whole.  This becomes especially prevalent when we begin to think that “our way” is the only way.  As we all know, there are many different denominations of the Christian church and there are many different styles of worship.  In some churches, people sing hymns from a book while listening to an organist, while in other churches people sing popular Christian songs with a live band.  In some churches, you will see people with their hands raised in the air during worship, while in other churches that is completely taboo.  Some people think that their preacher is the best preacher and will gladly tell you so, while others believe the same thing about their preacher.  One believer might like a particular Christian author, while another believer might not.  All of these differences can lead, to a certain degree, to divisions in the body of Christ as a whole.

So why is this such an issue?  Why is disunity in the body of Christ or in a particular church congregation so bad?  To find the best answer to this question, we need only to look to Christ himself.  In Mark 3:25, Jesus said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”  Disunity ruins churches and destroys their witness for Christ.  As we attempt to reach the lost and tell them about Jesus, we will not be nearly as successful if our church is divided.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  We all worship the same God.  We are all saved by the same grace.  Do not allow your allegiance to any particular group or any particular style outweigh your allegiance to Christ.  Do not allow the externals get in the way of what is truly important.

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 –

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.

 

 

Examining Your Faith


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; 2 Corinthians 13

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Human beings are a naturally curious species.  Along with this curiosity comes a tendency to examine many different things during the course of our lives.  We examine our checkbooks regularly to make sure the balance is correct and to see where we are spending our money.  We take our automobiles to service centers periodically to get inspected to make sure there are no serious mechanical issues.  We go to the doctor for a physical to find out if we have any health issues.  When our children bring home a report card, we examine the grades to see where strengths and opportunities exist.  There are literally countless things that we choose to examine.  In today’s key passage, the apostle Paul mentions another thing we should spend time examining – our faith (Vs. 5)

So what does this look like?  How can we examine ourselves to see if we are really following Christ?  The first sign to look for is growth.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and He begins living inside of us, He starts making changes.  As my pastor likes to say, He starts “moving around the furniture”.  In this process of sanctification, we become more like Christ.  When we look at our faith today, we should be able to see that those changes are constantly occurring.  We should see motion in our faith as we grow in Christ.  If we are not maturing as Christians, then we must try to figure out what is going on.  The bottom line is that there are really only two options for how we are living – we are either growing closer to God or we are turning farther away from Him.  There is no middle ground.

When we look at ourselves honestly to determine if we are practicing what we preach, we can help keep ourselves on track and can quickly discover any wrong thinking or unintentional sin.  Keep in mind, though, that we cannot truly examine our own faith in a vacuum.  We should seek council from other believers who know us and love us to help us in our examination.  Even more importantly, we should seek God’s help in examining our faith.  We should ask God to point out the things in us that He wants to change.  Then we should have faith in Him to make us the people He wants us to be.

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 –

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.

Divisions in the Church


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 30,31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

During Paul’s third missionary journey in Ephesus, he received word of some problems that the church in Corinth was facing.  One of the problems plaguing the church at that time was disunity.  The Corinthians heard the Gospel from many different sources – some heard about Christ from Paul, while others heard from Peter and Apollos.  While Paul, Peter, and Apollos were all preaching the same Gospel, they each had their own style of preaching.  Because of the different styles of the preachers, the members of the church started to cling to the messenger instead of the message.  In 1 Corinthians 1:12, Paul explains the issue when he says, “What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  This division in the church was hurting the church as a whole and was keeping the Corinthians from reaching their full potential.

We still run the risk of having divisions in the church today.  This could be divisions in a particular church congregation, or divisions of the church as a whole.  This becomes especially prevalent when we begin to think that “our way” is the only way.  As we all know, there are many different denominations of the Christian church and there are many different styles of worship.  In some churches, people sing hymns from a book while listening to an organist, while in other churches people sing popular Christian songs with a live band.  In some churches, you will see people with their hands raised in the air during worship, while in other churches that is completely taboo.  Some people think that their preacher is the best preacher and will gladly tell you so, while others believe the same thing about their preacher.  One believer might like a particular Christian author, while another believer might not.  All of these differences can lead, to a certain degree, to divisions in the body of Christ as a whole.

So why is this such an issue?  Why is disunity in the body of Christ or in a particular church congregation so bad?  To find the best answer to this question, we need only to look to Christ himself.  In Mark 3:25, Jesus said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”  Disunity ruins churches and destroys their witness for Christ.  As we attempt to reach the lost and tell them about Jesus, we will not be nearly as successful if our church is divided.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  We all worship the same God.  We are all saved by the same grace.  Do not allow your allegiance to any particular group or any particular style outweigh your allegiance to Christ.  Do not allow the externals get in the way of what is truly important.

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 –

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.

Examining Your Faith


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; 2 Corinthians 13

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Human beings are a naturally curious species.  Along with this curiosity comes a tendency to examine many different things during the course of our lives.  We examine our checkbooks regularly to make sure the balance is correct and to see where we are spending our money.  We take our automobiles to service centers periodically to get inspected to make sure there are no serious mechanical issues.  We go to the doctor for a physical to find out if we have any health issues.  When our children bring home a report card, we examine the grades to see where strengths and opportunities exist.  There are literally countless things that we choose to examine.  In today’s key passage, the apostle Paul mentions another thing we should spend time examining – our faith (Vs. 5)

So what does this look like?  How can we examine ourselves to see if we are really following Christ?  The first sign to look for is growth.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and He begins living inside of us, He starts making changes.  As my pastor likes to say, He starts “moving around the furniture”.  In this process of sanctification, we become more like Christ.  When we look at our faith today, we should be able to see that those changes are constantly occurring.  We should see motion in our faith as we grow in Christ.  If we are not maturing as Christians, then we must try to figure out what is going on.  The bottom line is that there are really only two options for how we are living – we are either growing closer to God or we are turning farther away from Him.  There is no middle ground.

When we look at ourselves honestly to determine if we are practicing what we preach, we can help keep ourselves on track and can quickly discover any wrong thinking or unintentional sin.  Keep in mind, though, that we cannot truly examine our own faith in a vacuum.  We should seek council from other believers who know us and love us to help us in our examination.  Even more importantly, we should seek God’s help in examining our faith.  We should ask God to point out the things in us that He wants to change.  Then we should have faith in Him to make us the people He wants us to be.

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 –

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.

Divisions in the Church


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 30,31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

During Paul’s third missionary journey in Ephesus, he received word of some problems that the church in Corinth was facing.  One of the problems plaguing the church at that time was disunity.  The Corinthians heard the Gospel from many different sources – some heard about Christ from Paul, while others heard from Peter and Apollos.  While Paul, Peter, and Apollos were all preaching the same Gospel, they each had their own style of preaching.  Because of the different styles of the preachers, the members of the church started to cling to the messenger instead of the message.  In 1 Corinthians 1:12, Paul explains the issue when he says, “What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”  This division in the church was hurting the church as a whole and was keeping the Corinthians from reaching their full potential.

We still run the risk of having divisions in the church today.  This could be divisions in a particular church congregation, or divisions of the church as a whole.  This becomes especially prevalent when we begin to think that “our way” is the only way.  As we all know, there are many different denominations of the Christian church and there are many different styles of worship.  In some churches, people sing hymns from a book while listening to an organist, while in other churches people sing popular Christian songs with a live band.  In some churches, you will see people with their hands raised in the air during worship, while in other churches that is completely taboo.  Some people think that their preacher is the best preacher and will gladly tell you so, while others believe the same thing about their preacher.  One believer might like a particular Christian author, while another believer might not.  All of these differences can lead, to a certain degree, to divisions in the body of Christ as a whole.

So why is this such an issue?  Why is disunity in the body of Christ or in a particular church congregation so bad?  To find the best answer to this question, we need only to look to Christ himself.  In Mark 3:25, Jesus said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”  Disunity ruins churches and destroys their witness for Christ.  As we attempt to reach the lost and tell them about Jesus, we will not be nearly as successful if our church is divided.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  We all worship the same God.  We are all saved by the same grace.  Do not allow your allegiance to any particular group or any particular style outweigh your allegiance to Christ.  Do not allow the externals get in the way of what is truly important.

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 –

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.

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