Oct 15, Treasure Storing up our treasure in heaven and not on earth reminds us how temporal this world is and not as important as our immoral soul. This parable in Matthew teaches us not to hold on so tight that we lose our own soul. In James, our life is like a vapor in the whole timeline but has a lasting effect. With Jesus' death and resurrection, the twelve disciples, Paul, new believers in Acts, and every one thereafter established the church age. Today, we have the Bible in our hands, we can hear from Him every day. Psalms 119: I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you. Knowing God's word and treasuring it in our hearts is how we know God. When doubt and confusion come, read the Bible for clarity. It is a roadmap. Hide God's word in your heart, memorize scriptures, so they will come to you in times of need. Oct 14 Toward Philippians 3:14, Paul said, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Whenever there is a challenge facing you, you must learn how to press on. Paul uses the analogy of a race to show that we are constantly striving toward our goals. God wants us to keep on striving, keep on trying, and to keep moving on; trying to reach our goal. Stay with the Lord. Stay in His word. Hide his word in your heart that you may see the light on the path. Oct 13 Redeemed The fight has already been won. I am redeemed. Jesus is worthy of being praised here on earth and in Heaven for all eternity. Accept Him as Lord and Savior because He welcomes you with arms wide open to hold you and protect you forever. Jesus saved me, and He is the one and only Savior. It is well with my soul. Song: Big Daddy Weave/ Redeemed. Oct 12 Everyone Luke11: 10-12 And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. God answers prayers. Luke 11:8 and yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. God isn't a Santa Clause, and prosperity preaching is false teaching. Don't confuse the two. God does answer your prayers. How presistent are you in your prayer life?
Oct. 10. God established Time Time is a fixed entity that is set for a season and is always moving forward. God cannot undo time. God's purposes are unchangeable and set for a season of salvation as a test to man's free will. (Hebrews 6:17-18) There is no variation or shifting of shadows for God's unchangeable plan. All things being possible for God ( Phil 4:13, Matt 19:26) is predicated on a few impossibilities concerning His nature. God cannot lie and therefore He is the plumb-line for the truth to be measured. God exists outside of time. He is the Alpha and Omega. Imagine God holding the ribbon of time, the beginning in one hand to the end in the other. He surveys all of time, simultaneously. (Read Oct 4 & 9) (NOTE: Moses convinced God not to destroy Israel for their unbelief and events were change when David prayed and ask God what would happen if he remained in the city. So David left and Saul did not attack.)
Oct 9. The Power of God's Word We have entered an age where everyone is right in their own eyes. Each version is at odds with the other. God's Word is the plumb line by which all truth is measured. A plumb line is a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line to ensure a structure is centered. God cannot lie; it is impossible for him to do so; therein lies the power of His Word. Hebrews 4:12, For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Psalm 119:105, Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Oct. 8 Complete Ephesians 4: We are equipped for the work of service, to building up of the body of Christ; until we attain unity....no longer children, tossed here and there by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men...but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him. Romans 5 and James 1, tells us that trails produces endurance and perseverance to proven character to hope. And hope does not disappoint. Paul tells up to run the good race. Positional I am complete in Christ but I work everyday toward being more like Christ. When I doubt myself or wonder about my purpose, I repeat to myself as a reminder that Jesus' death is the complete propitiation for my sin. I am totally loved, approved of and accepted by God. Whew! Something to be thankful for. Oct. 7 Encourage Encourage means to inspire, bolster, uplift, cheer up, reassure, have faith and fortitude. Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. We are to mutually encourage each other, be a friend, reach out to the broken-hearted. Step out of our comfort zone and find that person who needs a friend today. A good word makes another person glad. A smile given increases a person worth. Your time is a valuable gift to another.
Oct 6: Whole And the two shall become one...a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Gen 2:24 and Ecclesiastes 4:12. Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. For a marriage to be whole certain boundaries must be set in your words and actions. Namecalling, jealousy, abusive language cross the boundaries of respect and love into control and selfishness. It is hard to unsay something that cuts deep into one's heart. Forgiveness may be given but trust will be lost and has to be earned again. Begin your marriage with clear-cut boundaries that you refuse to cross, not only in words but in your thoughts. Never speak a curse, always speak a blessing. https://brontebrown2.com/2021/01/01/a-wedding-blessing-for-my-son-and-new-daughter-by-rl-brown/
Oct 5: Patient Patience seems to be lost in a world of instant gratification. Acquiring patience is a complex skill of reason, forethought, emotional stability intertwined with kindness, cooperation, and selflessness. It is not for the faint of heart or someone with a me-first attitude. Jesus called men from all walks of life. He was patient with Peter's headlong ways, Thomas' doubts, Judas' unbelief, the Romans who gambled for his garments and hung Him on the cross. How is it that we have no patience for our fellow man who does not believe as we do? The world has gone so far as not to suffer the mention of Jesus' name. Don't be offended by their ridicule, sneering, and mocking for Jesus' name. I Peter 4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, and of God, rests upon you. John 15:25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
Oct 4: Comfort God loves your soul like the soil loves the tree. God's Word is the soil where we firmly root our faith. The soil gives the tree all the space it needs to grow. God's will is His Word. It is not a roadmap but a relationship. God is more interested in what you become than what you do. Colossians 1:9. Having received Christ Jesus as Lord, you are: firmly rooted, grounded, built up in Him, and overflowing with gratitude- one faith, one hope, one Lord. Comfort comes by knowing that you are firmly rooted. Love your God-given soul like the soil loves the tree.
Oct 3: Peace Have you ever doubted your salvation, God's loving hand, God's guidance? I have. Maybe, I got it all wrong; I'm doing it right, I work so hard, where is God? I go back to the Bible. Even when my heart is heavy, and His Words cut deep. I go back to the basics. Justification by faith is just that. Repentance is only a sign of what God has done through Christ Jesus; it is not repentance that saved me, that is the evidence of what God has done. I am made right with God because Jesus died for me; It is not the effects of repentance that saves- that is the fruits of living for Jesus. When I turn to God by belief and accept what God reveals, "the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God." Oswald Chambers Cain tried to gain acceptance based on his efforts. God said no. Know me, believe in Me. Rest in peace, knowing your salvation rest in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and then reckoning yourself to believing that salvation rests in Jesus. Be at peace with what God has done. Oct 2: Contentment within, not by comparison. When we try to fill our lives with things or buy things for others to satisfy them, the void only gets bigger. The solution to buy more creates a bigger void. Many of us are trying to fill a void of some kind in our lives, and unfortunately, we try to fill that void with things that can’t satisfy. Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. My favorite verse about contentment is the 10th Commandment. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. Psalm 128:2 "You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you." Proverbs 21:25 "The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor." Proverbs 14:23 "In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty." There is your argument against socialism. It doesn't work and is a form of theft. Your gifts, talents, strengths, and struggles define who you are. God says not to covet what others have. It is because they are on a different road than you. Each person will need their own unique God-given ability to meet life's challenges. Oct 1: Need Inner autumn calls, time to embrace season’s change. The wind howls for rest. Light narrows yet shines. Truth displayed for all to see, God’s bountiful grace. Counterfeit death nears. The last harvest, winter comes. Weary souls find rest. Each season of life has specific needs. The winds howls at times for us all to find rest. Your inner cycle is (or can be) guided by the light of God's Word. Plant your seeds of faith and let them grow deep so when the winds of adversity come you will not wither. Jeremiah 17: 7-8. When the church age ends, winter will come for those left behind. My inner autumn calls me to plant a mustard seed of faith and allow Him restore my family.