RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD
2 Timothy 2:14-16 (KJV)
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2 Timothy 2:14-16 (AMP)
Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers. Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
Okay familiar passage right? What does it mean to you as a Christian to rightly divide the Word of Truth? First know more about your Bible, take the time to understand the context of history and culture that is appropriate for the area you are reading. Understand who the book is to and what you should get out of it. Let’s just do a quick rundown of the New Testament: 4 Gospels give you a good picture of the life and ministry of Christ. ACTs is the beginning of the church. The Epistles are church administration (when reading these picture your pastor telling you, a believer how to walk closer to God) The epistles are not about saving souls. Then there’s Revelation. Prophecy for the future. Whole ‘nother topic entirely.
5/10/18 Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 17-19, Acts 5, Proverbs 10
2 Kings 17:11-12 (NKJV)
There they burned incense on all the high places, like the nations whom the LORD had carried away before them; and they did wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger, for they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.”
Acts 5:1-5 (NKJV)
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
Acts 5:39 (NKJV)
but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it–lest you even be found to fight against God.”
Just another thought from the road: why is the moral majority silent as our world spins into chaos?
I’ll start with me. If I see injustice I need to speak up. I need to call sin SIN but always remember that God loves all of us sinners but hates our sins. I will speak up, but I will speak the truth in love. Can I get an Amen?
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5/9/18 Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 14-16, Acts 4, Proverbs 9
Acts 4:7-10 (NKJV)
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT SINCE YOU BELIEVED?
Now before we get all worked up in an argument about a works gospel, I just want to point out that you have to believe(verb) before you can be saved because your actions are required to complete the work of Grace in your life.
Acts 19:1-7 (ASV)
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples: and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given. And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John’s baptism.
And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus. And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And they were in all about twelve men.
5/8/18 Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 11-13, Acts 3, Proverbs 8
2 Kings 11:17-21 (NKJV)
Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD, the king, and the people, that they should be the LORD’S people, and also between the king and the people. And all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal, and tore it down. They thoroughly broke in pieces its altars and images, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD. Then he took the captains of hundreds, the bodyguards, the escorts, and all the people of the land; and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD, and went by way of the gate of the escorts to the king’s house. Then he sat on the throne of the kings.
So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliah with the sword in the king’s house. Jehoash was seven years old when he became king.
The beginning of Joash’s reign marks the commencement of over 100 years of consecutive rule by four men who were all judged as good kings. None of these four—Joash, Amaziah, Azariah (Uzziah), and Jotham—was as good for Judah as Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, or Josiah, but together they did provide the longest continuous span of God-approved leadership in Judah’s history.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
Acts 3:4-7 (NKJV)
And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Waiting on the Lord
Why do we need to learn to wait on God? First it shows that you are relying on him, not on yourself. Second, it is common for us to get ahead of God and miss His support. Third, waiting on God show Him that we honor His timing above our own
Hosea 12:6 continually
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 37:9 wait
Luke 24:49 tarry
Acts 2:1-4 fulfilled “one accord” they waited together with singular purpose.
Psalm 37:4 delight yourself in the Lord
Luke 18:1 don’t lose heart
2 Corinthians 4:16 renewed
Galatians 6:9 faint not
5/2/18 Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 18-20, John 20, Proverbs 2
1 Kings 18:21 (KJV)
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV)
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 20:28 (NKJV)
Then a man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys,” therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
John 20:1-2 (KJV)
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
20:1-2. The first day of the week, Sunday, Mary of Magdala and other women (cf. we in v. 2) came to the tomb. “Mary of Magdala” is a translation of the same Greek words which elsewhere are rendered “Mary Magdalene” (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1, 9; Luke 24:10). Her devotion to Jesus, living and dead, was based on her gratitude for His delivering her from bondage to Satan. She had been an observer at the cross and now was the first person at the grave. This tomb had been closed with a large rock door (Mark 16:3-4) and had been sealed by the authority of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate (Matt. 27:65-66). The women were amazed to see an open and apparently empty tomb. They ran and told Peter and the beloved disciple (cf. John 19:26) that a terrible thing had occurred. They assumed that grave robbers had desecrated the tomb.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.