Message of the Day: Be Still, Be Patient

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass
.” (Psalm 37:7, NKJV)

On seeing how wicked people prosper, believers may be tempted to envy them or, worse still, to doubt God’s goodness. The reminder given in this psalm is that no one should judge by outward appearances. The prosperity of worthless people will be shortlived, but the faithfulness of believers will be rewarded. Believers should therefore not be restless, impatient, or too easily angered when they see the apparent success of the wicked.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Listen to the Advice of Wise Women!

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” (Proverbs 3:8, NLT)

Proverbs 31 is the concluding chapter of the book. It offers examples of wise women.

The king represent God as the defender of the poor and needy. They are to plead for those who cannot plead for themselves, as the orphan, the stranger, or those who were ruined by their oppressors.

King Lemuel was probably a non-Israelite from a neighboring nation, but his mother appears to be have been a God-fearing woman who vowed her son to God. The main desire of some king was to get themselves as much pleasure as possible, chiefly through women and wine. Lemuel is warned that such interests distract a king from his proper duties and result in lawlessness and injustice.

Strong drinks deadens pain and dulls the mind. Therefore, among the people who seek after it are those whose distress is so great that life seems to have no more hope for them. The king should not seek after it, for he must have a clear mind at all times, so that he can judge with justice and defend the downtrodden. (31:1-9)

Sources:

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart Douglas. How to Read the Bible Book by Book. A Guided Tour. Mandaluyong, Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2002

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

Message of the Day: God is Faithful

Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments..” (Deuteronomy 7:9, NKJV)

Israel’s responsibility was to destroy the people of Canaan along with everything connected with their religion, so that nothing would remain in the land that might corrupt God’s people. Israel’s favored place as God’s chosen people was not an excuse for them to do as they liked, but a reason for them to avoid corruption and be holy. If they were disobedient, they would surely be punished. But if they were obedient, they would enjoy the blessings of national growth, agricultural prosperity and good health. (7:1-16)

It is God’s will that we remain faithful and obedient to him, that we continue to faithfully dispense our responsibilities as his children. But given our frailty, this will be unrealistic. Thus, this passage reminds us that God will remain faithful to his promise. He will certainly continue to be faithful. This truth shall draw us closer to him and shall increase our love to him. It shall make us humble in his sight.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The All-Knowing and Ever Present God

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting
.” (Psalm 139:23-24, NKJV)

God knows all about us, what we do, what we think, where we go and what we say. This is exactly what the psalter realized. And because of this, sometimes he feels helpless. A person may be tempted to look for some escape from such an overpowering presence, but no escape is possible. This may bring fear to rebels but it brings comfort to believers. It is indeed comforting to know that wherever we travel, God is with us. In darkness or in light, God sees us constantly.

Being the creator, God has perfect knowledge of those he created. He knows their innermost thoughts as well as their physical characteristics, and has a detailed knowledge of their lives that are yet to be.

May we grow closer to God as we meditate on this, may we see the wicked as God sees them and hate evil as God hates it. Furthermore, may realize that we are not perfect. Let us pray that God will show us our sin, cleanse us, and lead us into a life of holiness.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Teach the Children to Love God and Keep His Commands!

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, NKJV)

Israel was commanded to “Love the lord your God all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” This is part of the Jewish confession of faith called as Shema (Heb. “hear,” v. 4)). Furthermore, the Israelites were not to rely only on public instruction to keep God’s ideas and knowledge of him alive among his people; they were to teach them diligently at home. (Deut. 6:1-9, NKJV)

No matter how strong our determination to do right, we would be unable to keep God’s law unless we first had a strong and genuine love for God himself. Love for him would give us the inner power to walk in his ways. As well as keeping God’s commandments ourselves, we had to teach our children to do likewise. Our family life was to be guided by the knowledge of God’s law. Our house was to be known as a place of where people loved God’s law and lived by it.

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Mercy and Compassion are Unlimited

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV)

Many of the Jews had made life reasonably tolerable for themselves in Babylon. The prophet knew that they were so settled that they might not want to uproot themselves and face the hardships of life back in their desolated homeland. Many were more concerned with making life easier for themselves than with knowing God and looking to him for their provision. God warns against this self-centered attitude and invites them to trust fully in him. The blessings he gives are free. They cannot be bought with money, but they bring more satisfaction than all the temporary benefits that people might manage to gain.

If the people respond to God’s purposes for them, the divine blessings will extend far beyond the borders of the restored nation. When God’s people take his message to other nations, people who previously had no knowledge of God will become followers of the God of Israel. God’s people will see his covenant promises to David fulfilled beyond their expectations.

When we turn from our self-centered attitude to God, he will forgive us freely according to his mercy. This mercy is so great that is beyond human understanding. What God has prepared for us is greater than what we have ever imagined. His mercy and compassion are unlimited.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God Alone Can Satisfy Our Desire and Wishes!

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail
;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26, NKJV)

Psalm 73 is ascribed to Asaph, leader of one of David’s Levitical choirs. It begins a collection of 11 Asaphite psalms (73-83). The Asaphite psalms are dominated by the theme of God’s rule over his people and the nations.

Looking back, Asaph now sees how foolish he has been to doubt God when he thought that the wicked enjoyed lives of ease and plenty, then died peacefully without suffering. (Psalm 73:4-20) Although he has acted like an ignorant animal, the everlasting God has not left him. Asaph sees now that in God he has riches and pleasures that are permanent and beyond value. They are far greater than the temporary riches and pleasures of the ungodly.

After all our complaining and doubts there is no one who can take the place of God in our lives. We find our supreme happiness in him. When all our mind and body fail; when we are exhausted, the love of God survives, we find strength and joy in him. God is our sufficient refuge! He alone can satisfy our desire and wishes.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: A Word of Comfort for the Weak and Weary

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint
.” (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV)

God controls all on earth or in heaven. Thus, we need not become discouraged through thinking that God is either unwilling or unable to help us. He has not forgotten us, nor has he lost his power. Through him the weak can be made strong.

To “wait on the Lord” denotes to wait in the sense of expecting, to wait for his help or to trust and to put our hope in God. If we feel weak, guilty, and helpless; if we are in danger, and if we look for God’s merciful intervention, we can wait upon the Lord and put our trust in him. Waiting upon the Lord however, does not imply inactivity. We ought to use our God given abilities to obtain his help.

If we wait on the Lord, our strength will be renewed. If we trust him our faith shall become strong; able to gain victory over sins, and to confront aright the trials of life. We shall be like the eagle that lives and retains its vigor to a great age, beyond the common lot of birds. The eagle sheds or molts in his old age and renews his feathers, and with them his youth. During this period of shedding or molting, eagles choose some area of a mountain range where the sun can shine directly on them, they will lie on a rock and bathe in the sun. They will do so as they bathe in the presence of the sun. They will let the sun beam down on them. They will wait just there and its here that they begin to get renewed. After the molting period, the eagle rises once again on the most vigorous wings and ascends further toward the sun.

We too, who trust God and wait upon him, shall be vigorous, unwearied. We are sustained by God, we will never faint! We shall “mount up with wings like eagles;” we “shall run and not be weary,” we “shall walk and not faint!”

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Bible Gateway

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.eaglez4woth.tripod.com

Message of the Day: Love What God Loves, and Hate What He Hates!

You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
” (Psalm 97:10, NKJV)

Psalm 97 follows on from the thought on which the previous psalm closed, namely, that God is king over the earth. It is a joyful celebration of that reign. It shows that holiness, righteousness and justice are the basis of God’s kingdom. His judgment will be as universal as a flash of lightning and as powerful as an all-consuming fire (97:1-15). Every thing will bow before his rule (97:6-7)

Verses 8-12 is a declaration of Zion’s joy that the Lord reigns (v.v. 8-9), and a reminder that only those who hate evil have real cause to rejoice in God’s righteous rule (v.v. 10-12).

Those who love the Lord hate evil” because it is inconsistent with his love to them, as well as their love to him. Let gratitude for the blessings of providence and grace prompt believers to holy living.

Let us show your love for the Lord by hating all that is evil; that is, all that he hates, or that is evil in his sight. There can be no true love for God where evil is not hated in all forms. We cannot be like God unless we love what he loves, and hate what he hates.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

Message of the Day: God’s Promises are not to Weaken, but to Strengthen our Prayers.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’(Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV)

In Jeremiah 32:1-15, Jeremiah buys a field as a practical demonstration of his faith in the future restoration of Israel. After buying the field, Jeremiah began to have doubts. It seemed to him almost too much to expect that God could allow such a worthless people ever to return to their land. He therefore prayed to God, seeking to reassure himself that nothing is too hard for a God who is loving and powerful (Jeremiah 32:16-19). God replies that nothing is too hard for him. Certainly he will destroy the nation as a form of discipline but he will bring them back to their land. He will do a work within them so that they will know him in a more spiritual relationship than they have previously experienced. They will have a renewed devotion to God and a fresh experience of God’s blessing (Jeremiah 32:26-41).

After this reassurance, God encourages Jeremiah to ask for further revelations of his plans for his people (Jeremiah 33:1-3). Though the process of discipline and restoration seem so hard to understand, yet God had revealed those things to Jeremiah.

We are urged by no less than God to pray for that which he has determined to grant. God’s promises are not to slacken, but to quicken our prayers.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com