by William MacDonald
There are verses in the Bible that seem to assign evil actions to God. For example, when Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, "God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem" Qudg. 9:23). In the days of Ahab, Micaiah said to the wicked king, "The Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets" (1 King 22:23). Job attributed his losses to the Lord when he said, "What? shall we receive good at the hands of God, and shall we not receive evil?"...
Bible verses: 1 Samuel 16:14Job 2:10Isaiah 45:71 John 1:52 Corinthians 12:7
by A.W. Tozer
We know of many who have been deceived into believing that the learning and the memorizing of Christian doctrine is all-sufficient. They actually think that somehow they are better off for having learned the doctrines of religion. God actually asks of us what He asked of Noah long ago! "Demonstrate your faith in God in your everyday life!" It is evident that God did not say to Noah, "I am depending on you to hold the proper orthodox doctrines. Everything will be just fine if you stand up for...
by Charles Spurgeon
To what choice order of officials was this word spoken? To kings who proudly boast a right divine? Ah, no! too often do they serve themselves or Satan, and forget the God whose sufferance permits them to wear their mimic majesty for their little hour. Speaks then the apostle to those so-called "right reverend fathers in God," the bishops, or "the venerable the archdeacons"? No, indeed, Paul knew nothing of these mere inventions of man. Not even to pastors and teachers, or to the wealthy and...
Bible verses: Colossians 3:24
by Samuel Bagster
He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has given to...
Bible verses: John 15:2Malachi 3:2Malachi 3:3Romans 5:3Romans 5:5Hebrews 12:7Hebrews 12:8Hebrews 12:11Hebrews 12:12
Faith, constant meditation on the Scriptures, obedience, humility, . . . 3. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). The Scriptures purify, instruct, strengthen, enlighten and inform. The blessed man will meditate in them day and night. 4. To be entirely safe from the devil's snares the man of God must be completely obedient to the Word of the Lord. The driver on the highway is safe, not when he reads the signs...
Bible verses: Romans 10:17Psalms 25:9
"The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD." Exodus 7:5
The ungodly world is hard to teach. Egypt does not know Jehovah and therefore dares to set up its idols and even ventures to ask, "Who is the LORD?" Yet the LORD means to break proud hearts, whether they will or not. When His judgments thunder over their heads, darken their skies, destroy their harvests, and slay their sons, they begin to discern somewhat of Jehovah's power....
Bible verses: Exodus 7:5
by George Bowen
I will suppose that you have traveled in a strange country with a congenial companion. You were careful to do and say nothing that would mar the pleasure of your intercourse. There were many pleasant objects to look at, but your experience taught you that any unpleasantness between your companion and yourself would quite do away with the attractions of the things around you. So you were careful not to grieve him.
The Spirit of God is your companion. Most exalted of all beings, he...
Bible verses: Ephesians 4:30
by James Russell Miller
"But when they told Jacob all that Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived." Genesis 45:27
Every side of Joseph's character is beautiful. Everywhere we see him - he bears himself nobly. His childhood was winning. It was a sore test to which he was subjected when he began to endure wrongs; but here the splendor of his...
Bible verses: Genesis 45:27
by Alexander Maclaren
Weave the loving-kindness, or mercy, and faithfulness of ' God together, and see what a strong cord they are on which a man may hang, and in all his weakness be sure that it will never give nor break. Mercy might be transient and arbitrary, but when you braid in "faithfulness" along with it, it becomes fixed...
Bible verses: Psalms 42:2
Heaven is a place where we shall never sin; where we shall cease our constant watch against an indefatigable enemy, because there will be no tempter to ensnare our feet. There the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest. Heaven is the "undefiled inheritance"; it is the land of perfect holiness, and therefore of complete security. But do not the saints even on earth sometimes taste the joys of blissful security? The doctrine of God's word is, that all who are in union with the...
Bible verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. § Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud...
Bible verses: Malachi 3:15Isaiah 57:15Proverbs 16:19Matthew 5:3Proverbs 6:16Proverbs 6:17Proverbs 16:5Psalms 139:23Psalms 139:24Philippians 1:2Matthew 5:5
by Miles Stanford
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him" (Col. 2:6).
How readily and eagerly we take His Word when He says, "I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2), yet how slow of heart we are to believe that He has...
Bible verses: Colossians 2:6John 14:2Ephesians 2:10Ephesians 1:32 Peter 1:3
by T. Austin-Sparks
The time is coming, yes, and has already come, when true worshippers will worship in spirit and in reality. Indeed, the Father looks for men who will worship Him like that. (John 4:23 Phillips)
Jesus said to the woman, "the hour cometh, and now is." Then He dismissed the whole system that had existed up to that time. It was the whole system of Judaism according to the Old Testament. In one sentence, He...
Bible verses: John 4:23
by James Smith
What honour? Of being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, out of every nation, country, people, and tongue. Of being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible; by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever.
Of being acknowledged as the sons of God : "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is". Of being closely allied to Jesus : He is not ashamed to...
Bible verses: Psalms 149:9
by Selwyn Hughes
For Reading and Meditation: Job 9:21-35
The more the psalmist contemplates the condition of the ungodly, the more his perplexity increases. The next verses show him to be upset over the fact that people treat the ungodly with such admiration: "Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, 'How can God know? Does the Most High...
Bible verses: Job 9:21-35Psalms 73:10-12Psalms 73Deuteronomy 32:1-15Psalms 37:35Jeremiah 5:27-28
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