Posts Tagged ‘Testimony’

17
Jul

Bible Devotions From Hebrews 13

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There are many valuable exhortations, instructions and admonitions in this portion. They all have value for your lives. I want to spend several days going over them to speak to you about them so that they may be applied very practically to your lives. You will recognize how that many of these are disregarded and disobeyed among My people. But as you follow them in your life, you will be a living testimony to their truth, to their eternal value. By doing so you will help to challenge those who may not have considered them or those who have taken them lightly. Notice that the first exhortation concerns brotherly love. Always remember that without love, even what seems to be good conduct is not really a genuine manifestation of what is in My heart. Recall how I have told you that apparent obedience without love is not real obedience. And did not My Son declare that love would be the basis whereby those who were truly His disciples would be recognized? When My servant says let brotherly love continue, he recognized that this expression of My life is often tested and some find it easy to grow weary and to cease to practice brotherly love.

When the admonition is given to entertain strangers, it is a reminder that hospitality is not a gift that is to be exercised by selectivity that is rooted in personal convenience and self-protection. There should be in the heart of My true sons and daughters a desire to bless all who are in need.

And one of the strongest ways that anyone can bless another is to extend with an open heart the hospitality of their home. This should be counted not as a great sacrifice and an inconvenience, but rather as a privilege, truly as an opportunity to express the brotherly love that is commended here. And as a means of encouraging those to whom he writes, My servant writes that some have entertained angels by extending hospitality to strangers. In other words you may unknowingly become honored to care for those whom you in generous giving seek to honor. You are encouraged also to remember your brothers and sisters who are suffering in imprisonment or persecution. And the reason for this is that My Word declares that when one member of the body suffers, the whole body suffers. This is indeed actually one of the most significant expressions of brotherly love. It is declaring that you regard yourself as one identified with and suffering with those in prison and mistreated for the sake of My Son. And when it declares remember them, it means more, much more than calling them to mind.

For as you do remember, are you not prompted to pray for them, if possible to visit them and to do everything that you can to extend brotherly love to them. If there is any place where love must be foundational and faithfully practiced, it is in marriage. So when marital faithfulness is admonished here, understand that without it that which I have given as the foundation of a healthy and honorable society is greatly undermined. Those who take lightly My order between men and women and who practice unfaithfulness out of selfish indulgence will surely receive My judgment. And this is especially true among those who profess to be My people and followers of My Son. Now understand this, that those who may fall into these sinful ways before they come to faith can be cleansed and forgiven if they truly repent, renounce their former deeds and walk in faithfulness. But for those who may fall once or twice after coming to faith there is forgiveness if they also repent and forsake the unclean way. But for those who insist on practicing fornication and adultery whether secretly or openly, there is only My sure judgment. For such conduct not only defiles marriage, but discounts it as My order for the blessing of mankind. And surely one who lives this way can in no wise practice brotherly love. My son and My daughter there is much more to this admonition than merely a proscription of unbridled sexual activity. For to make light of the order that I have established for the blessing of My people is to defy Me in the most basic way. And you know that My Son declared that such an attitude and such a practice does not begin in the act itself, but in the thoughts and what is held in the heart. And I stress this word to you so that you may prize very highly the example that you maintain of honoring marriage. And because this dishonoring has become all too common among My people, it is very important that you hold precious in your hearts the testimony that you bear. When you or anyone may lack contentment with what you have, it surely will open the way to covetousness. And since covetousness involves wanting what is possessed by another, recognize that this also is a great denial of brotherly love. But see that the writer reminds those who might be tempted with discontent and covetousness that I have promised to those who trust Me that I will never leave nor forsake them. Thus covetousness and discontent manifest unbelief, a failure to truly trust in My promise.

But those who do trust can confess with the Psalmist that they can recognize that I am their helper, and they need not fear anything that men can do to them. When you have such an attitude in your heart, you will find that you can walk in great contentment and without fear. Notice that the writer declares that your confession will not be timid or reticent, but bold. The one who has such confidence in Me will be a giving, generous, faithful and loving brother and friend. For he has great satisfaction in all that he possesses and a great willingness to share it with all that have need. Can you see how this is truly the very opposite of covetousness? Can you see that such a person is well able to express brotherly love? Yes, My son and My daughter, such an attitude of heart leads to the kind of conduct that shows you have become truly free in My Son. And I will say more to you from this portion concerning the conduct, which is to characterize your walk. These are not rules. These are how genuine brotherly love expresses itself.

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16
Sep

Bible Devotions From John 15:18-16:11

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Here you see that My Son declares that the world will hate those who follow Him because it hates Him. But He also declares further that He is hated by the world because the world hates Me whom He came to reveal. But this hatred is not to be a barrier to the further revelation of My Son. For He declares that they will be enabled to testify about Him, even in the face of that hatred. And the one who will be sent from Me, the Spirit of Truth, will actually enable and empower the testimony of My Son’s disciples. Then My Son gives them to understand that the hatred against Him will cause them to be put out of the synagogue and even to be killed by those who think, in doing so, they are serving Me. In fact these actions against the disciples of My Son are the proof that they do not know Me. He warns them of these consequences to their identification with Him and their testimony about Him so that they will not be taken by surprise and stumbled when those things come about. And He goes on to affirm that His departure is that which will enable the Spirit to come. And they are encouraged to know of two great works which the Spirit will perform that are vital to their fulfillment of My will through them. The first is, that it is the Spirit who will bring conviction through their testimony. And the second is that He will guide them into all truth, and this truth will include unfolding things to come and making known those things which are of My Son and what I have granted them to receive through the Spirit. Now you see that I have spoken to you about fellowshipping with the sufferings of My Son. But here you are given to understand that such a fellowship has a great and glorious purpose, and that it is not just a matter of enduring suffering, but it is instead an invincible testimony of the life of My Son in and through those who are His in the world. And consider that in all of the years since these words were given and since My Son’s departure and the coming of the Spirit, that the world has consistently and continually expressed its hatred against My Son and against those who are His. But after so long a time of consistent opposition and attack and of many more subtle ways of expressing that hatred, the world has never been able to obliterate the testimony of My Son, nor has it been able to lastingly defeat those who are truly His. I want you to live in the light of this reality so that you may know that no matter how strong may be the opposition that you face in identifying with Him and testifying of Him, that your faithful testimony is invincible against all that the world may bring against it.

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11
Aug

Bible Devotions From Romans 10-11:1

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When I spoke to you from this portion before, I pointed out that while Israel was interested in righteousness, they were not willing to seek it and receive it in My way. And I also pointed out that the Gentiles were not even interested in righteousness, so that they neither understood its importance, nor were they inclined to seek it. But you see also from this portion how determined I am to extend in mercy the provision of righteousness to both Jews and Gentiles; that as I am both Lord of Jew and Gentle, I am willing and desirous of blessing both. As it declares here,” richly blessing all who call upon Me”. Now, if I am so eager to bless and to extend the offer of My righteousness, both to those who have no understanding nor interest and to those who are disobedient and obstinate, then should you not be encouraged by this to persevere, as My servant Paul did, both in prayer and in proclamation? For I am encouraging you here to believe that I will, through your prayer and through your witness, extend My offer of righteousness. For there will be those from among both who call on My name and will be saved. As My servant Paul declares here, I will reveal Myself to those who did not ask for Me. And as for My people Israel, in their obstinacy and disobedience, I will draw from them a remnant according to the election of grace. Therefore, if I am so determined to bless both in this way, should you not also be determined to believe and to pray and to persevere in your testimony with the confidence that there will be those who will hear, believe and call on My name and be saved?

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