Daily Bible Study
HOUR OF NEED - 'Lord, come to us and heal us.' "I am your Healer, your Joy, your Lord. You bid Me, your Lord, come. Did you not know that I am here? With noiseless footfall I draw near to you. Your hour of need is the moment of My Coming. Could you know My Love, could you measure My Longing to help, you would know that I need no agonized pleading. Your need is My Call."
Ephesians 2:8-10: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Christians have been saved by grace. The grace of God is the source of salvation; faith is the channel, not the cause. God alone saves. Salvation never originates in the efforts of people; it always arises out of the loving-kindness of God. Truly, 'salvation is of the LORD.' The past tense of the verb "saved" in this passage indicates that the believer's salvation has already occurred in the past, at the Cross. 'the gift of God' - we cannot do anything to earn our salvation. Some suggest that 'the gift of God' modifies the word 'faith' in this verse. Thus Paul is saying that even our belief in God does not originate in ourselves. This too is a gift, so no one can take pride in their position as a Christian. Everything is received from our merciful and gracious Father.
RULE THE WORLD - "Remember no prayer goes unanswered. Remember that the moment a thing seems wrong to you, or a person's actions to be not what you think they should be, at that moment begins your obligation and responsibility to pray for those wrongs to be righted, or that person to be different. Face your responsibilities. What is wrong in your country, its statesmen, its laws, its people? Think out quietly, and make these matters your prayer matters. You will see lives you never touch altered, laws made at your request, evil banished. Yes! live in a large sense. Live to serve and to save. You may never go beyond one room, and yet you may become one of the most powerful forces for good in your country, in the world. You may never see the mighty works you do, but I see it, evil sees it. Oh! it is a glorious life, the life of one who saves. Fellow-workers together with me. See this more and more. Love with me, sharers of My life."
John 1:5 - "And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." Christ entered into this dark world to give it spiritual light. The word translated 'comprehend' can mean 1) to take hold of; 2) to overpower; 3) to understand. This verse may mean that darkness did not positively take hold of or understand the light, or that darkness did not negatively overcome the light. Both statements are true. Humans did not appropriate or understand the light, nor did they overtake or overpower it. Although Satan and his forces resist the light, they cannot thwart its power. In short, Jesus is life and light; those who accept Him are "sons of light." As the creation of light was the beginning of original creation (Gen. 1:3), so when believers receive the light, we become part of the new creation (2 Cor.4:3-6). Lord, thank you for our New Creation and please Bless all our brothers and sisters!!!
HOUR OF NEED - 'Lord, come to us and heal us.' "I am your Healer, your Joy, your Lord. You bid Me, your Lord, come. Did you not know that I am here? With noiseless footfall I draw near to you. Your hour of need is the moment of My Coming. Could you know My Love, could you measure My Longing to help, you would know that I need no agonizing pleading. Your need is My Call."