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“You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?” (Romans 2:21 NKJV).

From: July 14, 2020

DOES YOUR WALK MATCH YOUR TALK?

Paul warned those who taught the Word of God about the hypocrisy of applying it to others without first applying it to themselves. For just knowing God’s Word does not make one just. For it is the “doers of the law that will be justified” (Rom. 2:13). Therefore, teachers must be humble and not quick to judge, knowing that they too are sinners apart from God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
 
Teachers must also be aware that they will be held to a higher account because of their many words. As the apostle James wrote, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” (James 3:1). Therefore, teachers must not only watch their walk, but be careful that their talk is always founded upon God’s Word and not man’s opinion.
 
Finally, a teacher of God’s Word must always remain teachable. For they are under the authority of the Word and not the other way around. For the Word is like a “mirror” (James 1:23), showing where repentance is needed.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, as followers of Your Son, we are sent to teach the gospel to the world. As such, we are all teachers of the gospel. Strengthen us to both walk and talk the gospel, so that others see the holy consistency of it, empowered not by us, but by Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?'” (1 Chronicles 17:16 NLT).

From: July 14, 2019

WHO ARE WE O LORD THAT YOU HAVE BROUGHT US THIS FAR?

When David told the prophet Nathan of his desire to build a house for the Lord, the word of the Lord came to Nathan during the night saying that He was instead going to build a house for David. The Lord spoke of a Son that would be born to David’s line that would build His house and establish an eternal kingdom. In other words, the Messiah, the Christ, would be born to David’s house. David’s response is revealing. “Who am I?” Indeed. Who are we that God would give us this Christ, so that we might be built into His house?
 
As the Spirit inspired the apostle Peter to write, “You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God” (1 Peter 2:4-5).
 
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Jesus, our Living Cornerstone. And thank You for building each of us as living stones into Your Church. May our worship be acceptable unto You on this Lord’s Day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right” (Romans 2:15 NLT).

From: July 14, 2018

CONSCIENCE AND THE CREATOR’S LAW
In chapter one of Romans, Paul made the case that humanity is without excuse because God’s character has been revealed in God’s creation. In this second chapter, Paul builds on that case by showing that knowledge of God’s law is written in the human conscience. Both of these revelations of God, found in creation and conscience, bear witness of God’s eternal existence and righteousness, so that God is justified in His judgments concerning humanity.
 
In addition to God’s general revelation through creation and conscience, He has given us the special revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, through which all who believe might be saved and all who reject are condemned already.

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 NKJV).

From: July 14, 2017

Don’t let the richness of God’s goodness, the apparent way that He seems to let those who continue in sin still prosper, and His patience towards evildoers in this world, lull you into doubting His existence. Or worse, despising Him as unjust because He does not judge sin immediately. For it is His goodness that should soften your heart and bring you to repentance, changing your mind on self-rule and surrendering your will to His. And it is His forbearance and patience that should cause your heart to tremble because He is storing up His wrath for the Day of judgment. For God is loving and good, but He is also holy and just. Repent therefore, and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, that you might be forgiven and be accepted on that Day.

‘Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?'” (1 Chronicles 17:16 ESV)

From: July 14, 2016

When David told the prophet Nathan of his desire to build a house for the Lord, the Word of the Lord came to Nathan during the night saying that He was instead going to build a house for David. The Word of the Lord spoke of a Son that would be born to David’s line that would build His house and establish an eternal kingdom. In other words, the Messiah, the Christ would be born to David’s house. David’s response is revealing. “Who am I?” Indeed. Who are we that God would give us this Christ, so that we might be built into His house?

‘Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?'” (1 Chronicles 17:16 NKJV)

From: July 14, 2015

When David told the prophet Nathan of his desire to build a house for the Lord, the Word of the Lord came to Nathan during the night saying that He was instead going to build a house for David. The Word of the Lord spoke of a Son that would be born to David’s line that would build His house and establish an eternal kingdom. In other words, the Messiah, the Christ would be born to David’s house. David’s response is revealing. “Who am I?” Indeed. Who are we that God would give us this Christ?

“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them” (Psalm 10:17 NLT)

From: July 14, 2014

The Lord knows all our hopes, but surely He moves towards helping the helpless. Those who think themselves strong and in control, need no god. They are their own. Yet those who recognize their helpless state, cry out and the Lord hears. As Jesus taught, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3). Admit your helplessness, so that the Helper might answer.

“What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me? You know what your servant is really like” (1 Chronicles 17:18)

From: July 14, 2012

We can learn much from David’s prayer life. God has honored us with the gift of life through Jesus His Son, even while we were “yet sinners” (Rom.5:8). As David said, God knows what we are “really like.” I’m so thankful that God has loved me and saved me, even though He knows what I’m really like. Aren’t you?

“I declare to you that the LORD will build a house for you” (1 Chronicles 17:10)

From: July 14, 2011

God’s response to David’s desire to build a house for God. This prophecy has triple fulfillment: 1) Solomon built temple. 2) Jesus, Son of David, laid cornerstone for eternal temple. 3) Jesus will ultimately complete this house not made by hands. We are spiritual stones in this house.