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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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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

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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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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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

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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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.

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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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

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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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.

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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Not by Our Own Righteousness


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 15

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 9:1-6

In today’s key passage, Moses continues his address to the Israelites before entering the Promised Land.  Moses reminds the people that when they cross the Jordan, they will face off against the Anakites – a group of very tall warriors roughly seven to nine feet tall.  Though the Anakites were stronger than the Israelites, the Israelites will still win the battle and take possession of the land because they have God on their side.  Moses then provides a warning.  He warns the people not to feel pride about winning the battle and taking the land.  Moses states, “It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (9:5)

We can often be tempted to feel pride in our own accomplishments.  When we get a raise at work or make a sale, there is a temptation to believe that we accomplished the feat based on our own works.  God reminds us in His Word that these feelings of pride are wrong.  We are not successful on our own – we are successful because of God.  God provides every good thing that we have.  When we get the raise, it is because of God.  When we make the sale, it is because of God.  When we understand His role in everything that we do, we can stay away from the dangers of pride.

There is another danger that I think of, though, when I read today’s passage – the danger of self-righteousness.  For those of us who have been saved, self-righteousness can be a real problem if we are not careful.  Have you ever looked at another person – perhaps someone who is sinning or someone who is far away from God – and felt that you were in some way better than that person?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “At least I am not like that” or something similar?  I will be the first to admit that in the past, I have had thoughts like these.  Even if we do not have those thoughts directly, sometimes our words or our actions to others can make it seem like we are self-righteous.  Thinking or acting in a self-righteous way is not what God has in mind for us.  That is not how we show God’s love to others.  There is a very fine line between recognizing the fact that we are better than we used to be and believing the fallacy that we are better than others.  Moses reminds his people (and us) that being chosen as the children of God has nothing to do with us.  There is nothing there for us to feel proud about, because we are not chosen by God based on our works.  Paul reminds us in Romans 3:10 that, “there is no one righteous, not even one”.  We are chosen by His grace, and in the end, we will be saved by His grace.  When Christ returns in glory, we will all make our way into the Promised Land.  As we wait for that day, we must keep in mind that we will take possession of that land not because of our own righteousness, but because of God’s grace.

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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