From: July 29, 2018
Scripture for today: 2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28; Romans 12:1-21; Psalm 22:19-31; Proverbs 20:8-10
From: July 29, 2016
Solomon’s rhetorical question assumes a negative response. The sinfulness of humanity was an accepted reality in his day. Yet, even this basic wisdom has been thrown into question in our modern time by the tenets of humanism. The philosophy of humanism stresses the idea that humans are born basically good and that their potential for goodness is based on environmental factors. According to their thinking, with sufficient resources and education, all children should turn out well. A generation of this thinking has proven the theory untrue, yet the philosophy remains. However, God’s Word teaches us that our sin problem is more about the human heart than our behavior or the environment in which we live. This is a profound distinction. The real problem with humanity is the human heart. What is needed is heart change. Yet, who can make their “heart pure?” No one. What we need is a Savior. One who would give us new and holy hearts for God. But in order to know this, we must first admit that we are sinners. We must first accept this basic truth about ourselves, that we are sinful and powerless to do anything to change. We need help. We need Jesus. We need Christ to give us new hearts.
From: July 29, 2015
Paul described the state of mind that the believer should maintain. In this verse, he focused on our thinking towards others. Be “same-minded,” but not “high-minded.” Be careful not to think of yourself more highly than others. Be willing to “associate” with those of humble status, instead of rushing to be with the popular and important. Stop being a know-it-all. One who has this state of mind, has been “transformed by the renewing of their mind,” so that they have the mind of Christ. What’s your state of mind today?
From: July 29, 2012
Look for someone “ordinary” to sit next to at church today. And if you notice that several are looking to sit next to you, perhaps they read today’s quote too.
From: July 29, 2011
Where’s the passion with which you began? Have you lost your first love? Fan into flames your spiritual zeal. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Don’t let serving others be a burdensome duty. Let it be your passionate worship!
From: July 29, 2009
Apparently, King Joash was more dependent on Jehoiada than God. Sometimes people depend on a godly pastor or grandparent for their faith more than they depend on God. This isn’t revealed until the spiritual leader is removed from their life.