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Daily Devotional for January 25, 2022

"God is love." (1 John 4:8).

William MacDonald

The coming of Christ brought a new word for love into the Greek language - agape. There was already a word for friendship (philia) and one for passionate love (eros), but there was none to express the kind of love which God showed in giving His only begotten Son and which He calls on His people to show to one another.

This is another-worldly love, a love with new dimensions. The love of God had no...

Bible verses: 1 John 4:8

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William MacDonald

There is so much that a person could worry about - the possibility of cancer, heart trouble or a multitude of other diseases; foods that are supposedly harmful, accidental death, a communist takeover, nuclear war, runaway inflation, an uncertain future, the grim outlook for children growing up in a world like this. The possibilities are numberless.

And yet we are told in God's Word, "Don't worry over anything whatever." God wants us to have lives that are free of care. And for good...

Bible verses: Philippians 4:6

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William MacDonald

There is a subtle temptation, even in Christian service, to become great, to see one's name in the magazines or hear it over the radio. But it is a great snare. It robs Christ of glory. It robs ourselves of peace and joy. And it makes us prime targets for the Devil's bullets.

It robs Christ of Glory. As C. H. Mackintosh said, "There is always the utmost danger when a man or his work becomes remarkable. He may be sure Satan is gaining his objective when attention is drawn to aught or...

Bible verses: Jeremiah 45:5

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William MacDonald

The hireling prophet, Balaam, spoke a remarkable truth when he said that the all-seeing God could not see sin in His people, Israel. What was true of Israel then is wonderfully true of the believer today. As God looks upon him, He cannot find a single sin for which to punish him with eternal death. The believer is "in Christ". That means that he stands before God in all the perfection and worthiness of Christ. God accepts him in all the acceptability of His own beloved Son. It is a position...

Bible verses: Numbers 23:21

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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

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William MacDonald

God's ability to forget sins that have been covered by the blood of Christ is one of the most soul-satisfying truths in Scripture.

It is a great wonder when we read, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalms 103:12). It is a marvel that we can say with Hezekiah, "Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back" (Isaiah 38:17). It boggles the...

Bible verses: Hebrews 10:17Psalms 103:12Isaiah 38:17Isaiah 44:22Jeremiah 31:34

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William MacDonald

Without the assurance of this verse, it would be practically impossible to go on in the Christian life. As we grow in grace, we have a deepening awareness of our utter sinfulness. We must have some provision for instant cleansing for sins, otherwise we are doomed to perpetual guilt and defeat.

John tells us that, for believers, provision is made through confession. The unbeliever receives judicial forgiveness from the penalty of sins through faith in the Lord Jesus. The believer...

Bible verses: 1 John 1:9

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William MacDonald

The fact that Christ's Kingdom is not of this world is enough to keep me out of the world's politics. If I participate in politics, then I am casting a vote of confidence in the system's ability to solve the world's problems. But frankly I have no such confidence because I know that "the whole world lies in the power of the evil one" (1 John 5:19).

Politics has proved singularly ineffective in solving the problems of society. Political...

Bible verses: John 18:361 John 5:19Luke 9:602 Corinthians 10:4Acts 15:14John 6:28-29

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William MacDonald

Paul's instructions to slaves (Ephesians 6:5-8) are freighted with meaning for all who profess to be servants of Jesus Christ.

They show, first of all, that any honorable work, no matter how menial it is, can be done to the glory of God. The slaves to whom Paul wrote may have mopped floors, cooked meals, washed dishes, tended animals or cultivated crops. Yet the Apostle said that these chores could be done "as unto Christ" (v. 5); that in...

Bible verses: Ephesians 6:7Ephesians 6:5-8

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William MacDonald

Here is a message that glows with hope and promise. Just because a man has failed does not mean that God has put him on the shelf.

David's failures are recorded with stark realism. As we read them, we sit in the dust with him and burn with shame. But David knew how to break before the Lord, how to repent with bloodearnestness. And God was not through with him. God forgave him and restored him to a life of fruitfulness.

Jonah failed to answer God's missionary call and wound up in...

Bible verses: Jonah 3:1Ecclesiastes 11:3

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William MacDonald

The liberty of the child of God is one of his priceless possessions. Made free by the Son, he is free indeed. But he is called to responsible freedom, not to license.

Children want to be free from the restraints of home. Young people want to be free from the discipline of study. Adults want to be free from their marriage vows. Still others rebel against being boxed in by regular employment. But these are not the freedoms to which we are called.

The stars are not free to leave...

Bible verses: Galatians 5:13Romans 7:3Romans 6:7Romans 6:18Romans 6:221 Corinthians 9:191 Peter 2:16Galatians 5:131 Corinthians 8:9Romans 2:23-241 John 2:15-171 Corinthians 6:19

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Daily Devotional for January 14, 2022

"All things are yours." (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

William MacDonald

The unsaintly saints in Corinth had been squabbling over human leaders in the church. To some Paul was the ideal. Others made Apollos their favorite. And still others felt that Cephas was superlative. Paul is telling them that it is ridiculous to limit their choice to one when all these men belong to them. Instead of saying, "Apollos is mine," they ought to say, "Paul, Apollos and Cephas are all mine."

It is a word for us today. We err when we become exclusive followers of Luther,...

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

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William MacDonald

It is easy to misunderstand a verse like this. We read it and immediately think of hundreds of things that we cannot do. In the physical realm, for instance, we think of some ridiculous stunt requiring superhuman power. Or we think of some great mental achievement that lies far beyond us. So the words become a torture to us instead of a comfort.

What the verse actually means, of course, is that the Lord will give us power to do anything He wants us to do. Within the circle of His will...

Bible verses: Philippians 4:13

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William MacDonald

This is a good question because it reduces us all to size. We do not have anything that we did not receive. We received our physical and mental equipment through birth. What we look like and how brainy we are is something too far beyond our control to justify pride. It is an accident of birth.

All that we know is a result of our education. Others have poured information into our minds. Often when we think we have had an original thought, we find it in a book we first read twenty years...

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 4:7John 19:111 Corinthians 4:7Jeremiah 9:23-24

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