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Scripture Fulfilled (Luke 24:27)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Exodus 9-11 & Luke 24)

“And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures about Himself.”  Luke 24:27

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

The Bible fits together.  There are direct connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Bible is reliable.  As I read through the Bible, I can get a glimpse of a bigger picture.  When Isaiah said something about the future, it was fulfilled when Jesus was on earth.

Jesus frequently referenced Old Testament Scripture.  I need to read enough Scripture, on a regular basis, to see/hear that the OT guys were talking about something that would happen long after they were gone.  They spoke of a future that Jesus would be born/live/die/be resurrected in.

I need to tighten the strands of information I have of the Bible into a knot that consolidates my information of Him.

Ernest Borgnine was born on January 24th.  God gave him the ability to entertain.

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Cross Conversion ( Luke 23:41-43 )

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Exodus 6-8 & Luke 23)

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong.  Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’  Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:41-43

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

I must never give up on any non-believer.  The man in this story was close to a well-deserved death.  He realizes that he is a sinner.  He asks Jesus to take care of Him.  Jesus gives him the good news that his future, now and after death, will be with Him.  Wow!

Who is Jesus?  He is the sinless Son of God.

What did Jesus do?  He provided a way for this man to spend eternity with Him.

Such a simple message!  There is no one living beyond hope.

Recognize your sinful condition.  Recognize that an eternal future with God is available to you if you ask Him to save you from the alternative.  Do it now!

Ernie Kovacs was born on January 23rd.  God gave him the ability to entertain.

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Get Busy! (Luke 19:13) James Watt

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 47-48 & Psalm 10 & Luke 19)

“Put the money to work,” he said, “until I come back.”  Luke 19:13

What lessons are there for me from this Scripture?

I am not here on hold.  I am here to be active in accordance with His will.

“What, O Lord, do you want me to do?” This must be my cry.

I need to narrow my sights to the space I am in.  I can’t be so caught up in “elsewhere,” that I fail to take “His action” where I currently am.

God has high expectations for me and He knows precisely what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.  I cannot do anything of spiritual value on my own.  I must abide in Him completely and see where that leads me.

I can, and must, do all things through Him Who strengthens me.

What a joy to be in His will.  “O Father, keep me in Your will.”

James Watt was born on January 19th.  God gave him the ability to invent the steam engine.

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Exalted or Humbled (Luke 18:14) Peter Roget

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 44-46 & Luke 18)

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:14

What lessons are there for me from this Scripture?

I have no claim to special consideration from God.  Everything is via His grace and mercy.

I am better than no other believer.  He loves them as much as He loves me.  So my relationship with other believers is to regard them as equal beneficiaries of His grace.  That makes the “fellowship of believers” concept more understandable.

I must serve Him without grasping for recognition.  God knows what I do and the timing of recognition is His.  My role is to obey Him faithfully wherever I am.

Peter Roget was born on January 18th.  God gave him the ability to invent the slide rule.

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The Cost (Luke 14:27) Albert Schweitzer

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 34-36 & Luke 14)

“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”  Luke 14:27

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

Being a believer is not a part-time job.  It isn’t a fair weather job, either.  It involves total commitment, with a certainty of good days and bad days ahead.

Some of these folks that this verse is addressed to thought that they were aligning themselves with a near-future earthly king.  They anticipated for themselves power and prestige.  Jesus is telling them that it will be just the opposite.

My commitment to Him brings for me the promise of His presence as well as an after-life with Him.

I want to be where He wants me to be doing what He wants me to do.  There can be no alternative.  I love Him for what He has done for me and wholeheartedly want to please Him and make Him happy.

“Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Albert Schweitzer was born on January 14th.  God gave him the ability to be a doctor.

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The question ISN’T, “Do I know Jesus but, does Jesus know me? (Luke 13:26-27) Horatio Alger

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 31-33 & Luke 13)

“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’  But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.  Away from me, all you evildoers!’  Luke 13:26-27

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

There is joy and tragedy in these verses.

There is joy for me because I have: heard His message, identified myself as a sinner, recognized the eternal future I deserve because of my sin, accepted His sacrifice for my sins, and invited Him to control my life.  I am not going to get bad news on Judgment Day.

The tragedy is my awareness that many will be rejected by God.  They unfortunately now believe that they can engineer an eternity with God on their own.  These verses respond directly to that misguided thinking.

Knowing about God is not the same as knowing God.  A relationship must be established with Him on HIS terms or an eternal future away from Him is your future.

“O Lord, open the eyes of the spiritually blind.  May Your Words be my words in any interactions with these folks.”

Horatio Alger was born on January 13th.  God gave him the ability to write books.

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Being Lit (Luke 11:36) John Hancock

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 27-28 & Psalm 4 & Luke 11)

“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”  Luke 11:36

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

I must internalize God’s ways of doing things and behave accordingly.  If I do a good job of internalizing what He has for me then His light will radiate from me.  I will acquire His eyes and ears.  I will consider things as He would.

I cannot generate anything ultimately good on my own but if I am saturated with Him….look out!

I must be at places where His Light is accessible.  I must pray for a light-meter reading of the light I have myself in.

“Enlighten me, Father, so that people clearly see You when I’m in their space.  Dispel all darkness from my life, I beg.”

John Hancock was born on January 12th.  God gave him the opportunity to be a leader in the revolution against the British.

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Self (Luke 12:21) Alexander Hamilton

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 29-30 & Luke 12)

“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”   Luke 12:21

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

God controls my future.  I can make no assumptions with certainty of what will happen in the next second.

This man in the parable was confident that he had a complete handle on his future but didn‘t.

I must enjoy this moment with God and entrust my future to Him.  I want to be doing what pleases Him.  I want Him to prevent me from doing things that displease Him.

I must maintain a tight relationship with Him.  My own way is ultimate disaster.

“O the comfort of being in right relationship with Him.  Draw me nearer to You, Father.”

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 12th.  God gave him the opportunity to serve in the early US Government.

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Concentrate on Him (Luke 9:35) Bob Denver

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 23-24 & Luke 9)

“This is my Son whom I have chosen; listen to Him.”  Luke 9:35

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

I must concentrate my attention on God.  He is the ultimate source of instruction.  I must aggressively seek His guidance.  There is no one else of equal authority.

I must maintain a direct personal relationship with Him.  Intermediaries exist but they must not have the final say in what I do or don’t do.  I must not lean on my own understanding.  He has the answers.  He is my ultimate source of information.

“Lord, what do You want me to do…..and not do?  I want that direct guidance in my life.”

Bob Denver was born on January 9th.  God gave him the ability to entertain.

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Fear (Luke 8:36-37) Larry Storch

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Genesis 20-22 & Luke 8)

“Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.  Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them because they were overcome with fear.”  Luke 8:36-37

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

What were they afraid of?  It seems to me that they weighed the loss of income against the restoration of the demon-possessed man and decided against Jesus.

God’s ways must be my ways.  I must do what He wants.  God can’t work where there is resistance to Him.  I must open all areas of my life to His desires.  He is the potter.  I am the clay.

What could ever be better than to be in His will?  What will I give up in order to be in His will?  Everything I have is on loan from Him.  There will be an accounting of what I do with what He has given me.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

Larry Storch was born on January 8th.  God gave him the ability to entertain.

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