From: May 27, 2019
Scripture for today: 2 Samuel 12:1-31; John 16:1-33; Psalm 119:65-80; Proverbs 16:4-5
From: May 27, 2018
From: May 27, 2017
From: May 27, 2016
Jesus taught his disciples about the threefold ministry of the Spirit towards the world. The promised Helper that would come at Pentecost would be Comforter to his saints, but “Convicter” to sinners. Yet, even this ministry is grace, for he moves to bring the sinner into realization of the depth of their sin, the truth of Christ’s righteousness, and the inevitability of God’s judgment. The Spirit acts in conjunction with the preaching and hearing of God’s Word to bring those far from God, near. This clarifies the role of Christ followers. We are to share the Good News and leave the convicting of sin to the Spirit. Yet, pity the one who would harden their heart to the Spirit’s conviction, for they remain in their sin with full knowledge of their condition.
From: May 27, 2015
Peace is not a place, but a Person. It is not an absence of external “tribulation,” which is inevitable in this world. But it is a quiet confidence in the Christ who has overcome the world and now invites us to live in Him. It is an awareness that worldly wars are temporary, while His peace is eternal. The peace of Christ is not a pause between storms, but a permanent state of mind even in the midst of storms. True peace is found only in the Person of Christ Jesus. Only those who abide in Christ know this peace “that passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).
From: May 27, 2014
David was a sinner. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and then conspired to have her husband murdered. Yet, God forgave him. How was David different than Saul? On one hand there is the mystery of God’s mercy. As the apostle Paul said, “God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy” (Romans 9:18). Then, on the other hand there is the different response to sin that David had. Saul made excuses, but David “confessed” and repented. Perhaps this is what made David a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Not that he was without sin (he wasn’t). But that he was quick to confess and repent, asking God for forgiveness and mercy.
From: May 27, 2012
David fasted and lay on the floor praying for 7 days that God would spare his son. But the child died as Nathan prophesied. Afterwards, David bathed, went to the Tabernacle to worship, returned to the palace and asked for food. Those who have lost loved ones can learn from how David’s faith affected his approach to death and grieving.
From: May 27, 2011
Jesus has not yet taken His flock out of the world and its trouble. But He has overcome the world and through Him we are overcomers too. Don’t be surprised when trouble comes. He said it would. Instead, take heart! Face trouble with overcoming faith.