"If you look for Me wholeheartedly,
you will find Me."
Regardless of what any church leader, pastor, or anyone else says... your final authority should be: "What does the Bible say?"
Paul taught that some things he was teaching are hard to understand, "which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Pet 3:16
The Apostle Paul also warned that in the last days, not every minister would be teaching the truth of God's Word. "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths." 2 Tim 4:3-4
"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." Col 2:4
"The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress."
- Psalm 46:7
november 17, 2021
TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE:
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, ~Hebrews 9:27
TODAY'S WORSHIP SONG:
There Will Be A Day
Have you ever had the experience when you were talking to someone and rather than looking directly at you, they seem to be focused elsewhere? They appear to be scanning the room for someone else. This is something that I try not to do, because when you do so it is saying to the other person that you are searching for someone perhaps more important.
We read in Hebrews 13:1-3, "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the body also." In this short section we are to love others, continually and no matter what. Rather than scanning the room we should focus our attention on another and let that person know just how important they are to you. Consider the words in Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." When I read this it amazes me. Jesus, who is God, therefore higher than anyone and everyone, endured the cross because he maintained His gaze upon us, sinners in need of redemption. In addition to this, now in heaven at the right hand of the father, He maintains that same gaze on each of us. Why, because we are all so important to Him, that He was willing to die for us. Though others might become distracted and move onto to something or someone else, we read, concerning Jesus in Hebrews 13:5, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
So, when at work, at home, at the gym, in the stores, etc. what or who do we focus on? Do we meander through life in our own little world? Are we so focused on our electronic devices that the reality of mankind that is swarming around us seems to be less important? When we enter into a conversation do we let that other person know that at that moment there is no other person more important to you than them? We all make choices. Not just day to day, but moment to moment. Our ability to let that other person know just how important they are can make a world of difference to that person. God has given us such an opportunity to reach others. But, we can only do this if our eyes are focused on Jesus, off of ourselves, away from electronic devices, and on the lost and hurting world that surrounds us.
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