Daily Bible Study
2 Timothy 4:1,2: "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching." 'Preach the word' - the foundation of any ministry is God's word. Preaching God's truth is a sacred and demanding task, requiring perseverance and courage. 'Be ready' means to take a stand. This type of ministry is not for the novice. 'Long-suffering..teaching' patience and instruction are two necessary components of an effective ministry. True spiritual growth occurs over a period of time, through consistent teaching and application of God's Word.
SEEING CHRIST - "I am beside you. Can you not feel My Presence? Contact with Me is not gained by the senses. Spirit-consciousness replaces sight. When man sees Me with his human sight it does not mean of necessity that his spiritual perception is greater. Nay, rather that for that soul I have to span the physical and the spiritual with a spiritual vision clear to human eyes. Remember this to cheer My disciples who have never seen Me, and yet have had a clear spiritual consciousness of Me."
Jesus is talking with Thomas in John 14:6: " Jesus said to him, ' I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."' Through His death and resurrection, Jesus is the way to the Father. He is also the truth and the life. As truth, He is the revelation of God. As life, he is the communication of God to us. Let us all take a moment and give thanks to all the service men and women, who have been and are now, providing freedom to our country.
Psalm 8:1: "O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set your glory above the heavens!" The name of God and the glory of God are alternate ways of describing who He is. This Psalm ends with the same words it begins with. These words of praise to the name of God form a frame for its central subject - the praise of man as male and female, whom God has made to reflect His majesty. I hope you all have a great weekend and stay safe from this world's grasp.
GENTLE WITH ALL - "Love and laugh. Make your world the happier for your being in it. Love and rejoice on the gray days. There are wilderness days for My disciples as well as Mountains of Transfiguration, but on both it is duty, persistently, faithfully done, that tells. Be gentle with all. Try to see the heart I see, to know the pain and difficulty of the other life, that I know. Try, before you interview anyone, or speak to anyone, to ask Me to act as Interpreter between you two. Just live in the spirit of prayer. In speaking to Me, you find soul-rest. Simple tasks, faithfully done and persisted in, bring their own reward, and are mosaics being laid in the pavement of success. Welcome all who come here. I love you."