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Proclaiming the Greatness of God


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 17,18; Psalm 89; 2 Corinthians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 89

In reading Psalm 89 today, I was struck by the first two verses in which the psalmist says, “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” God had promised to preserve David’s descendants and to make one of them the king of the earth forever.  The psalmist was so overjoyed by this fact that he wanted to tell everyone he knew.  He wanted to sing God’s praises forever.  He wanted to shout from the rooftops about the greatness of God.  He talks about the strength of God in verse 8 when he says, “O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.” He talks about God owning everything in verses 11-12 when he says, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.” He praises God’s character in verse 14 when he says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” He talks about the joy God brings in verses 15-16 when he says, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” The psalmist has found so many reasons to exalt and revere God that he simply cannot hold them all in any longer.  He must proclaim God’s greatness to everyone he knows.

This psalmist was on fire for God because of a promise.  At this point in history, God had simply promised David that someday one of his descendants would rule forever.  As excited as this psalmist was about this promise, he did not even know the whole story that we know today.  He did not know that Jesus Christ would be born from David’s line, but would also be born from God.  He did not know that Christ would live a perfect life and would die for the sins of the world.  He did not know that Jesus would be resurrected and would sit at the right hand of God interceding for us.  He did not know that Christ would reign forever.  Fortunately, we have the benefit of knowing these things.  As excited as the psalmist was, how much more excited should we be?  How much louder should we be shouting from the rooftops?  When we are born again and Christ comes to live inside of us, we are filled with the joy of knowing that these promises God has made are true.  As the Holy Spirit inside of us begins making changes in us, we will find that, like the psalmist, we cannot help but to proclaim the greatness of God.

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Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

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Keeping Promises


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 12-14; 1 Corinthians 7

Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 14:6-15

Have you ever noticed that in today’s world when someone keeps a promise it is a pretty big deal?  You read stories in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet about a person keeping a promise, and it is written as if keeping the promise was an amazing thing.  In our society today, the fact is that most people do not expect others to keep their promises.  Politicians make promises to get elected that they do not intend to actually keep.  People promise they will show up for an event and then cancel at the last minute or fail to show up at all.  Couples make a promise in marriage and then quickly divorce at the first sign of trouble.  It seems that in our present age, most people do not take promises very seriously.  Because of this, most of us have learned through experience to guard our hearts to a certain degree.  There are times when we all almost expect someone else to fail us.  There are times when we expect others not to keep their promises.  The sad thing is that this distrust for humans sometimes spills over onto God.  Since we expect others not to keep their promises, it is easy for us to expect God not to keep His promises either.  The Bible, however, provides us with plenty of evidence that God keeps His promises, and today’s key passage is a great example.

When the Israelites were first led out of Egypt, Moses sent spies into the Promised Land to gauge the strength of the opposing forces.  Of the twelve spies that were sent, only two of them had a favorable report – Joshua and Caleb.  While all of the other spies believed that the forces were too strong to oppose, Joshua and Caleb believed that God would be with them and would help them conquer the land.  (To read more about this event in a related post entitled When Fear Overshadows FaithCLICK HERE)  Of course, we all know that at the time the Israelites chose not to listen to Joshua and Caleb and spent the next 40 years wandering around the desert.  Because of his faith in God, however, God made a promise to Caleb.  In Numbers 14:24, God said, “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”  Now we fast-forward to a time 45 years later, after the Israelites conquered the promised land and were getting ready to divide the land amongst themselves.   In today’s key passage, we find out that the promise God made 45 years earlier was fulfilled.  In Joshua 14:13-14, we read, “Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.”  Obviously, God does not put a time limit on His promises.

God is completely faithful to us, and He keeps all of His promises.  Even if you have been hurt by others, God will never hurt you or forsake you.  Even if others have lied to you, God will never lie to you.  God made us many promises in the Bible, including the gift of salvation, and we can trust that His word is good.  One of those promises is in Ephesians 1:11-14 where we read, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”  Believe in God’s promises for you, and never doubt that He will be faithful to His word.

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The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 3,4; Psalm 36; Mark 13

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 13:24-37

When you think of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, what comes to mind?  Do you think of the images presented in movies such as The Passion of the Christ of Jesus being beaten?  Do you think about the Roman officers spitting on Him and mocking Him?  Do you think about the crown of thorns He was forced to wear, the nails that were driven into His hands and feet, or the sword that pierced His side?  Do you think about His death and placement in the tomb and the three days He spent separated from God?  For most of us, when we think about His sacrifice, these are the images that flood our minds.  While all of these things are true and all of them are part of His sacrifice for us, they do not tell the whole story.  If we look in bigger terms, Jesus sacrifice for us involved a lot more than just His crucifixion and death.

In today’s key passage, Jesus tells His disciples about the future.  He speaks of the end times and about His return to glory, and tells His disciples (and us) not to be deceived by false teachers.  Near the end of our passage, Jesus provides a warning to the disciples (and us) to remain watchful for Christ’s return.  He says, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Note that He includes Himself here and says that even He does not know when the end will come.  How can this be since Jesus and God are equal parts of the Holy Trinity?  If the Father knows when this day will come, why does Jesus not know?  The answers to these questions can be found in the sacrifice of Jesus.

We know from Scripture that Jesus was with the Father at creation.  We read in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”  Later, Jesus himself said, “I tell you the truth,…before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)  Before He became a man, Jesus was with God in Heaven.  He was with God watching the state of the world and was one with God.  As part of this three-part Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit reigned supreme in the universe.  The Trinity created all things and is sovereign over all things.  When Jesus became a man, He voluntarily gave up his divine powers for a time.  He gave up some of His abilities and attributes of being God so that He could be a man.  When Jesus said that He did not know the time when the end would come, He was affirming His own humanity.  He was confirming to us the sacrifice He made to become a man and take away our sins.

Never underestimate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  He did not have to give up everything to come here and live as a man.  He did not have to come here to be beaten, mocked, and killed.  He did this – He made this sacrifice – out of love.  Imagine if a man walked up to you today, handed you one million dollars, and told you that the money was a gift to you from someone that loves you.  What would you think about that man?  Jesus gave up so much more than we can possibly imagine just to provide us a way to have eternal life, and He did it simply because He loves us.  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was not just for the greats either.  It was not just for people like Moses, David, John, or Paul.  Jesus sacrifice was for me, and Jesus sacrifice was for YOU.  Jesus sacrificed everything to give YOU eternal life.  Think about that today, and praise Him for His sacrifice.

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Proclaiming the Greatness of God


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 17,18; Psalm 89; 2 Corinthians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 89

In reading Psalm 89 today, I was struck by the first two verses in which the psalmist says, “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” God had promised to preserve David’s descendants and to make one of them the king of the earth forever.  The psalmist was so overjoyed by this fact that he wanted to tell everyone he knew.  He wanted to sing God’s praises forever.  He wanted to shout from the rooftops about the greatness of God.  He talks about the strength of God in verse 8 when he says, “O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.” He talks about God owning everything in verses 11-12 when he says, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.” He praises God’s character in verse 14 when he says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” He talks about the joy God brings in verses 15-16 when he says, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” The psalmist has found so many reasons to exalt and revere God that he simply cannot hold them all in any longer.  He must proclaim God’s greatness to everyone he knows.

This psalmist was on fire for God because of a promise.  At this point in history, God had simply promised David that someday one of his descendants would rule forever.  As excited as this psalmist was about this promise, he did not even know the whole story that we know today.  He did not know that Jesus Christ would be born from David’s line, but would also be born from God.  He did not know that Christ would live a perfect life and would die for the sins of the world.  He did not know that Jesus would be resurrected and would sit at the right hand of God interceding for us.  He did not know that Christ would reign forever.  Fortunately, we have the benefit of knowing these things.  As excited as the psalmist was, how much more excited should we be?  How much louder should we be shouting from the rooftops?  When we are born again and Christ comes to live inside of us, we are filled with the joy of knowing that these promises God has made are true.  As the Holy Spirit inside of us begins making changes in us, we will find that, like the psalmist, we cannot help but to proclaim the greatness of God.

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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Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

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Keeping Promises


Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 12-14; 1 Corinthians 7

Today’s Key Passage – Joshua 14:6-15

Have you ever noticed that in today’s world when someone keeps a promise it is a pretty big deal?  You read stories in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet about a person keeping a promise, and it is written as if keeping the promise was an amazing thing.  In our society today, the fact is that most people do not expect others to keep their promises.  Politicians make promises to get elected that they do not intend to actually keep.  People promise they will show up for an event and then cancel at the last minute or fail to show up at all.  Couples make a promise in marriage and then quickly divorce at the first sign of trouble.  It seems that in our present age, most people do not take promises very seriously.  Because of this, most of us have learned through experience to guard our hearts to a certain degree.  There are times when we all almost expect someone else to fail us.  There are times when we expect others not to keep their promises.  The sad thing is that this distrust for humans sometimes spills over onto God.  Since we expect others not to keep their promises, it is easy for us to expect God not to keep His promises either.  The Bible, however, provides us with plenty of evidence that God keeps His promises, and today’s key passage is a great example.

When the Israelites were first led out of Egypt, Moses sent spies into the Promised Land to gauge the strength of the opposing forces.  Of the twelve spies that were sent, only two of them had a favorable report – Joshua and Caleb.  While all of the other spies believed that the forces were too strong to oppose, Joshua and Caleb believed that God would be with them and would help them conquer the land.  (To read more about this event in a related post entitled When Fear Overshadows FaithCLICK HERE)  Of course, we all know that at the time the Israelites chose not to listen to Joshua and Caleb and spent the next 40 years wandering around the desert.  Because of his faith in God, however, God made a promise to Caleb.  In Numbers 14:24, God said, “But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”  Now we fast-forward to a time 45 years later, after the Israelites conquered the promised land and were getting ready to divide the land amongst themselves.   In today’s key passage, we find out that the promise God made 45 years earlier was fulfilled.  In Joshua 14:13-14, we read, “Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.”  Obviously, God does not put a time limit on His promises.

God is completely faithful to us, and He keeps all of His promises.  Even if you have been hurt by others, God will never hurt you or forsake you.  Even if others have lied to you, God will never lie to you.  God made us many promises in the Bible, including the gift of salvation, and we can trust that His word is good.  One of those promises is in Ephesians 1:11-14 where we read, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”  Believe in God’s promises for you, and never doubt that He will be faithful to His word.

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The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 3,4; Psalm 36; Mark 13

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 13:24-37

When you think of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, what comes to mind?  Do you think of the images presented in movies such as The Passion of the Christ of Jesus being beaten?  Do you think about the Roman officers spitting on Him and mocking Him?  Do you think about the crown of thorns He was forced to wear, the nails that were driven into His hands and feet, or the sword that pierced His side?  Do you think about His death and placement in the tomb and the three days He spent separated from God?  For most of us, when we think about His sacrifice, these are the images that flood our minds.  While all of these things are true and all of them are part of His sacrifice for us, they do not tell the whole story.  If we look in bigger terms, Jesus sacrifice for us involved a lot more than just His crucifixion and death.

In today’s key passage, Jesus tells His disciples about the future.  He speaks of the end times and about His return to glory, and tells His disciples (and us) not to be deceived by false teachers.  Near the end of our passage, Jesus provides a warning to the disciples (and us) to remain watchful for Christ’s return.  He says, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Note that He includes Himself here and says that even He does not know when the end will come.  How can this be since Jesus and God are equal parts of the Holy Trinity?  If the Father knows when this day will come, why does Jesus not know?  The answers to these questions can be found in the sacrifice of Jesus.

We know from Scripture that Jesus was with the Father at creation.  We read in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”  Later, Jesus himself said, “I tell you the truth,…before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)  Before He became a man, Jesus was with God in Heaven.  He was with God watching the state of the world and was one with God.  As part of this three-part Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit reigned supreme in the universe.  The Trinity created all things and is sovereign over all things.  When Jesus became a man, He voluntarily gave up his divine powers for a time.  He gave up some of His abilities and attributes of being God so that He could be a man.  When Jesus said that He did not know the time when the end would come, He was affirming His own humanity.  He was confirming to us the sacrifice He made to become a man and take away our sins.

Never underestimate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  He did not have to give up everything to come here and live as a man.  He did not have to come here to be beaten, mocked, and killed.  He did this – He made this sacrifice – out of love.  Imagine if a man walked up to you today, handed you one million dollars, and told you that the money was a gift to you from someone that loves you.  What would you think about that man?  Jesus gave up so much more than we can possibly imagine just to provide us a way to have eternal life, and He did it simply because He loves us.  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was not just for the greats either.  It was not just for people like Moses, David, John, or Paul.  Jesus sacrifice was for me, and Jesus sacrifice was for YOU.  Jesus sacrificed everything to give YOU eternal life.  Think about that today, and praise Him for His sacrifice.

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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Proclaiming the Greatness of God


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 17,18; Psalm 89; 2 Corinthians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 89

In reading Psalm 89 today, I was struck by the first two verses in which the psalmist says, “I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” God had promised to preserve David’s descendants and to make one of them the king of the earth forever.  The psalmist was so overjoyed by this fact that he wanted to tell everyone he knew.  He wanted to sing God’s praises forever.  He wanted to shout from the rooftops about the greatness of God.  He talks about the strength of God in verse 8 when he says, “O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.” He talks about God owning everything in verses 11-12 when he says, “The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.” He praises God’s character in verse 14 when he says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” He talks about the joy God brings in verses 15-16 when he says, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.” The psalmist has found so many reasons to exalt and revere God that he simply cannot hold them all in any longer.  He must proclaim God’s greatness to everyone he knows.

This psalmist was on fire for God because of a promise.  At this point in history, God had simply promised David that someday one of his descendants would rule forever.  As excited as this psalmist was about this promise, he did not even know the whole story that we know today.  He did not know that Jesus Christ would be born from David’s line, but would also be born from God.  He did not know that Christ would live a perfect life and would die for the sins of the world.  He did not know that Jesus would be resurrected and would sit at the right hand of God interceding for us.  He did not know that Christ would reign forever.  Fortunately, we have the benefit of knowing these things.  As excited as the psalmist was, how much more excited should we be?  How much louder should we be shouting from the rooftops?  When we are born again and Christ comes to live inside of us, we are filled with the joy of knowing that these promises God has made are true.  As the Holy Spirit inside of us begins making changes in us, we will find that, like the psalmist, we cannot help but to proclaim the greatness of God.

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Your Part in the Body of Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

The worship team at our church is awesome.  There are people on that team who could easily be professional singers and would likely be very successful.  Sometimes when I am listening to them sing, I wish I had their ability.  I wish I was able to sing the way they do, but sadly, I would be lucky to string two notes together in tune because singing is simply a gift that God did not give to me.  Before I feel too bad about my lack of singing ability, though, I stop and think about Paul’s words in our key passage for today.

The church in Corinth had a few problems that Paul was trying to sort out in his letter.  One of these issues was how some people were thinking of and using spiritual gifts.  At the time, some people were in the church were contending that spiritual gifts were representative of how religious a person was in the eyes of God.  Basically, a person with a particular gift (for example, the gift of speaking in tongues) believed that he or she was more spiritual than a person who did not have this gift.  In effect, the believers in Corinth were ranking their own spirituality based on the gifts they had received from God.  Obviously, this is a misuse of gifts and not at all what God intended.  Spiritual gifts are gifts from God designed to help the church function more effectively, and should never be used to divide the church.  In our key passage today, Paul likens spiritual gifts to different parts of the body.  He states that the foot has its particular purpose and the hand has its particular purpose, but each part is essential to the overall health of the body.  No one part is greater than any other part, and no part of the body is greater than the whole body.  The church functions the same way.

For those of us who have been saved, we are all parts of the body of Christ.  When we received the Holy Spirit and He began to dwell inside of us, we were given certain gifts from God to help us during our walk with Christ.  Some people are given the gift of singing while others were not.  Some people are great preachers and some are not.  Some are given the gift of prophecy, and some are not.  God divides His gifts in His own way and by His own design, and no one with one particular gift can claim to be any greater than a person without that gift.  No matter which gifts you have been given from God, there are a couple of important things that we need to keep in mind.  First and foremost, you HAVE been given gifts, even if you have not yet figured out what those gifts are.  Each of us has individual talents and strengths that can be used to further God’s kingdom.  Our job is to figure out what those gifts are, and then use them to God’s glory.  Do not spend time wishing you had been given other gifts.  Instead, use the gifts you have been given to reach your full potential for Christ.  Just as the overall health of the body is dependent on the health of its individual parts, the overall health of the body of Christ is dependent on the health of each one of us.  Once you have determined your part in the body of Christ, make sure you are putting it to good use.  Finally, always remember that as the body of Christ, we all share in each other’s times of joy and times of sorrow.  Paul says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)  Whatever your part in the body of Christ might be, do not allow yourself to be jealous of those who are honored or to ignore those who suffer.  We are all part of the same Body.  We can choose to build each other up, or tear each other down.  Find out what your part is in the body of Christ, do your part as well as you can, and choose to build up other believers around you.  When each of us decides to use the gifts God has provided us for the glory of God and not for our own personal glory, the body of Christ grows stronger and stronger.

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