I heard about a man who entered an interstate out of a side road and did not even slow down. A big eighteen-wheeler pulled over, almost wrecking him. The truck driver leaned out of the window and yelled, “Hey, didn’t you see that sign?” The man said, “What sign?” The trucker said, “That sign that said Y–I–E–L–D.” “Oh,” he said, “I opened the window and yield as loud as I could.”
In the matter of victory, it is not your ability or your responsibility that counts. It is not even your response to His ability. You must choose to yield to Christ. You are to yield with all of your heart to the power, the presence, and the provision of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Look up the definition of “yield.” What does it say about the right of way? Who has the “right of way” in your life? Come before the Lord and surrender all of you to all of Him today.
Malachi 3—Communique. The prophet has three messages in this chapters. •Coming: the first and second coming of Christ are both in view here. The messenger in the return (prophecy of John the Baptist); the moment of the return (will come suddenly); the might of the return (great judgment upon the sinners). •Corruption: the people were defrauding offerings and despising obedience. •Consecrated: their fear (holy fear of God), their fellowship (those who feared God spoke one to another), their favor (they were God’s jewels). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Galatians 5:13–6:18—Conduct. The last third of the epistle emphasizes sanctified conduct of the believer. •Cause of the conduct: the Spirit not the law. The works of the flesh are cited and the fruit of the Spirit is given as a contrast. •Character of conduct: a number of areas of conduct are cited here. They include dealing with the sinning brother, humility, validating your calling/work, sharing with those who help you spiritually, sowing and reaping, and preference in giving favor (favor believers over unbelievers). Paul then closes the epistle with a parting shot at the legalists who insist on circumcision, but he glories in the cross of Christ. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 18—Galilee. •Pride: the inquiry of pride (the disciples want to know who is the greatest in the kingdom); the illustration for pride (Christ uses a child to illustrate the need of humility regarding heavenly matters); instruction for pride (Christ warns of mistreatment of the little ones who represent humility). •Polity: Christ instructs about dealing with the belligerent and the process of disciplining such an one in the church. •Pardon: this subject takes up over half the chapter. It involves the inquiry by Peter about forgiveness and the illustration by a parable of forgiveness. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Today is a featured video from our archive. It a video that has made some people shoot back angry comments online, but what is it about? In just a couple of minutes Ryan boils all the religions of the world down into two categories and shows that Jesus Christ is the only way to forgiveness of sin.
One of the biggest misunderstandings within Christianity is that the notion that God has a plan for every single person. Christians and Atheists both misinterpret this idea in ways that the Bible does not teach. God does have a plan for everyone, but it isn’t as commonly heard or is just outright ignored in favor of the other so–called plan of God. What I’m referring to is the mentality that God wants all his children to be financially, socially or physically successful.
Misinterpretations at Fault
As with most doctrinal issues misinterpretation is the issue. The most commonly over–quoted passage used is Jeremiah 29:11. I already wrote an article for focusingonthemarkministries regarding the logical fallacy of Jeremiah 29:11 but I’ll give it a brief overview here. The passage reads, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” –Jeremiah 29:11 The problem is when you put it into context and read Jeremiah 29:10 it reveals the recipient of this message are the Jews about to go into Babylonian exile not modern–day Christians.
Earlier I referenced Atheists having a misunderstanding of this idea. Well they rightfully mock Christians who teach this idea. Why? Because there are starving children in Africa. In America there are children and teenagers dying of cancer. Men and Women are dying at wars overseas. Paul makes an important statement on this topic in 1 Corinthians 15 when talking about the importance of believing in the resurrection of Christ. “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” –1 Corinthians 15:19 (ESV) Our hope is not in worldly things in the present life.
God’s Plan for All.
So where is the hope for the starving children, those with cancer and those dying at war and pretty much every human being suffering the curses of this world? It is in Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16 (ESV) This is God’s plan for all. In Revelation 4:11 and Acts 17:26–27 it further teaches that all of humanity is to seek God.
Paul teaches in 1 Timothy that God wants all of humanity to come to the knowledge of him. “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” –1 Timothy 2:3 (ESV) Whether or not you are successful or a failure; rich or poor is irrelevant to the Gospel. All people will face death at some point. What matters and what God has planned for all people is that they come to a knowledge and faith in Him and the atoning sacrifice of His Son on the cross. That is the plan and purpose of God.
The 2017 Christian Standard Bible is currently free at Logos, so those following the reading plan and want the 2017 CSB in Logos format can grab it free at the moment.
My friend Abram K-J is also reading through the Greek Gospels this year with a PDF and Accordance Bible Software reading plan on the Accordance Blog. For those who want an additional challenge, it’s worth a look.
“And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.”
The disciples were not the 12 leading minds on religious scene of their day. They were not theologians, or master thinkers. They were folks like you and I. A tax collector, some fisherman, even a radical political protestor. These men were not anything special. Jesus’s parables confused them as much as they confused the crowd. What set the disciples apart was their willingness to give everything else up for Jesus. That allowed them to spend the time that they needed with Jesus to understand Him. Are you willing to make that commitment?
Have a blessed and Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for continuing to read our blog posts and watch our videos and for your prayers to this ministry. Don’t forget you can read through the CSB Bible with me in 2018 as well. I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us in 2018!
Last year I was a little late getting the Word of the Lord out for 2017. This year I am well aware of what the Lord is trying to get out for 2018. Interestingly enough it’s the same as what he taught in 2017 and 2016 and 2015 and literally every year since the canonization of the New Testament. It’s called the Bible.