Message of the Day: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15, NKJV)

Christians must be sincere and straightforward in everything they do. We must in particular have a loving care for our fellow members of Christ’s body. Besides being spiritually enthusiastic, we must work hard at developing qualities of perseverance and prayerfulness. We must also be generous in giving practical help to our fellow believers. These positive attitudes must be shown also towards those who are outside the church, even to persecutors. (12:9-16)

Let us take an active interest in the prosperity of others. Let it be a matter of rejoicing to us when we hear of the health, prosperity, or happiness of any brother. On the other hand, let our heart feel for the distressed and enter into their burdens.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: The great design of the ministry is to bear witness to a dying world of the good news that God is merciful.

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24, NKJV)

From Troas Paul went by land to Assos, where he rejoined the rest of the party and sailed to Miletus. Since Miletus was only about fifty kilometers from Ephesus, Paul took the opportunity to call elders of the Ephesian church to come and meet him. He wanted to give them some final encouragement and pass on helpful warnings. (Acts 20:13-17) Paul’s opponents in Asia had probably been trying to turn the Christians against him. Therefore, he reminded the Ephesian elders of his tireless work in Ephesus and of the constant danger he faced from the Jews. (20:18-24)

Duty is of more importance than life; and when either duty or life is to be cheerfully surrendered. We should strive so to live that we will have nothing to regret when we lie on a bed of death. It is a glorious privilege to finish life with joy. It is most sad when the last hours are embittered with the reflection that life has been wasted. The only way in which life may be finished with joy is by meeting faithfully every duty, and encountering, as Paul did, every trial, with a constant desire to glorify God.

The great design of the ministry is to bear witness to a dying world of the good news that God is merciful, and that his favor may be made manifest to sinners. It matters little when, or where, or how we die in the discharge of our duty to God.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Unfailing Love and Faithfulness in His Covenant with Israel

I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love
.” (Isaiah 63:7, NLT)

When Babylon made its last attack on Jerusalem (587 BCE), Edom joined in, taking wicked delight in helping to destroy the Israelite nation. Edom may be a symbol for all God’s enemies.

On seeing a person clothed in red approaching him from Edom, the prophet asks who it is. The person replies that he is the Lord, who punishes his enemies but saves his people. The prophet asks why his clothes are red, and receives the reply that they are red with the blood of slaughtered enemies. When God acts in his righteous anger, the blood of sinners runs freely over the earth, in much the same way as juice runs out of grapes when workers tread them in winepress. Since God alone is all-holy and all-powerful, he alone can carry out this judgment. The prophet’s prayer for God’s suffering people begins by recalling God’s great acts of love in the past. (Isaiah 63:1-7)

Yahweh had given them abundant cause of praise, notwithstanding the evils which they endured. This passage is a testament to God’s unfailing love and as he stood true to his covenant with Israel.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature Inc.

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

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me.” (Psalm 35:9, NLT)

Psalm 35 was written probably during the time of David’s flight from Saul. Much of his suffering during that time was because of the false accusations made against him by influential people in Saul’s court. Since David’s enemies have the ferocity of men in battle, David asks God to deal with them accordingly and fight against them as a warrior. He prays that they might be turned back, scattered and brought to ruin, for they have persecuted him without cause. God alone can defend him against his attackers. (Psalm 35:1-10)

There are times that we are confronted with an utmost danger of being destroyed by our enemies, then if we escape, it must be by the strong arm of the Lord; and to him shall the praise and glory. Our deliverance from the hand of our enemies may involve the necessity of their being cut off. What we rejoice in such a case, is not the destruction of others, but our own deliverance; and for this it can never be improper to give thanks.

Sources:

Bible Gateway

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “…keep yourselves in the love of God, looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” (Jude 1:21, NASB)

The Christians are reminded of the words of the apostles. Years earlier they had warned that ungodly teachers would trouble the church, leading to people into sin and causing divisions. The way to avoid their evil influence is to learn more of the Christian truth, to be more sincere in prayer, to grow in devotion to God, to hate sin in all its forms, and to help those affected by the false teachers to find new life in God. (1:17-23)

We can keep ourselves in the love of God by building up ourselves on our most holy faith for without this we shall soon lose the love of God. We must also look for the mercy of the our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6, KJV)

The teaching of the false teachers differs from that of Christ, and their conduct likewise differs. Their kind of teaching arises out of pride and creates argument, which in turn leads to suspicious thoughts and insulting talk about others. Paul knows that their real reason for setting themselves up as Christian teachers is to become rich. (6:3-5)

Christianity does make a person rich, but not in the way the false teachers think. Christians are rich when they learn to be satisfied with what they have, and are not always wanting more. The true wealth that we ought to pursue is religion, with a contented mind, because it promotes happiness than wealth can ever do, and this is what should be regarded as the great object of life.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Bible Gateway

http://www.bibegateway.com

Message of the Day: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)

More than anything else, one should get wisdom and insight. The first step in getting wisdom is the desire for it. Once obtained, wisdom will bring into the life of the possessor a new measure of security, honour and beauty.

By living according to God’s wisdom, we will have true wisdom, and at the same time will be morally upright. We will not join in the evil deeds of those whose thoughts and actions are governed by the desire to do wrong. The more we do right, the better we will understand life; the more we do wrong, the more confused our understanding becomes. Consequently, our mistakes become more frequent and more disastrous. We must keep our heart and mind, our whole inner person, in a state of moral and spiritual good health. (Proverbs 4:1-23)

The King James Bible renders, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” It is indeed imperative that we keep our hearts “with all diligence” because it is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects life and character.

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: Christ Upholds the Universe and Preserves Cosmic Harmony

He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him.” (Colossians 1:17, CEB)

Paul corrects the the wrong ideas that had been taught. Christ is not some part-angelic being, but God himself. God is invisible, yet people can see him and know him in Jesus Christ. Jesus is God and therefore was not created. He existed before creation, and is superior to all created things. In fact, he himself is the Creator. He is the source and controller of all things, seen and unseen, including the world of angelic beings that false teachers liked to talk about. More than that, he is the goal of all creation’ all things exist for his glory.

Christ, through his infinite power upholds the universe and through his wisdom preserves the cosmic harmony. None could do this but one who is divine; and hence we see the reason why he is represented as the image of the invisible God.

Sources:

Bible Gateway

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

http://www.biblegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Supreme Right and Power To Judge and Execute His Will

The Mighty One, God the Lord,
Has spoken and called the earth
From the rising of the sun to its going down
.” (Psalm 50:1, NKJV)

Psalm 50 is included in the group of Psalms (Psalms 49-53) that contrast proper and improper approaches to God – not to trust in wealth (49), but to bring sacrifices based on covenant loyalty (50), especially a penitent spirit (51), because God rejects the wicked (52) and exposes their folly (53).

In a scene that displays his awesome majesty, God commands the whole world to stand before his judgment throne. He is the righteous judge of all the peoples of the world, and his first call to judgment concerns his own people, Israel. (50:1-6) He is the true God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe. As such, he has the right and power to call the world to judgment and to execute his will.

Sources:

Bible Gateway

Fee, Gordon D. and Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible Book by Book. A Guided Tour. Metro Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2004

MySword forAndroid. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

http://www.bbilegateway.com

Message of the Day: God’s Awesome Sovereignty

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33, ESV)

In 9:1-11:36, Paul addressed the tension between God’s faithfulness and Jewish unfaithfulness and concludes this section of his epistle with a doxology. He bows in praise and wonder before God’s awesome sovereignty. He praises God’s wisdom in designing history as he has so that salvation would be available to all peoples. God is the source and director of human history, and all things – even the evil choices of sinful humans – would in the end glorify him and the rightness of his wisdom.

God’s sovereign choice, far from being unjust, has been the means of his mercy being extended to people of all nations. This display his unsearchable wisdom and causes his thankful people to give him praise and glory.

Sources:

Fee, Gordon D. & Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible Book by Book. A Guided Tour. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 2004.

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

MySword For Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

OMF Literature

http://www.biblegateway.com