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The Word for Today

Saturday, April 10, 2010

When Your Mate Doesn't Share Your Faith (4)
If a woman has a husband who is not a believer
1 Corinthians 7:13 NIV

A wise wife listens to God. When you know things your partner doesn't about God and His Word, it's hard to resist 'demonstrating your knowledge'. But it's an art God wants you to master. Here are two Bible principles that will help you to lead, not push, your husband closer to God. First, the principle of submission. 'Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behaviour of their wives' (1 Peter 3:1 NIV). Submission to the needs of others is hard on our pride, especially when we know we're scripturally right. The need to be 'right', however, will sabotage your hopes for your mate's salvation. The words, 'in the same way', refer to 1 Peter 2:21-25 where Jesus submitted to injustice, to save us. To submit is Christ-like. It's also the best method of getting yourself out of God's way so God can work on your mate. Second, the principle of silence; '[That] they may be won over without words.' To protect your marriage and save your husband, God exempts you from the role of being His mouthpiece. However sincere, don't 'preach' at him. That includes placing Bibles, spiritual books and CDs where he can't miss them. If you do, he'll tune you out for sure. 'How else will he get the message?' you ask. '… by the behaviour of their wives… a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight' (1 Peter 3:1-4 NIV). Try it God's way!

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:

Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 13; Deuteronomy 14 TNIV

New Testament Reading
Luke 13:1-30 TNIV

Proverbs Reading
Proverbs 9:1-12 TNIV

1 John 4:7-12 NIV

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

  
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The Word for Today

Thursday, April 08, 2010

When Your Mate Doesn't Share Your Faith (2)
If a woman has a husband who is not a believer
1 Corinthians 7:13 NIV

Don't be surprised when you get opposition. 'I think my husband liked me better before I became a Christian and started to go to church,' a woman complained to her pastor. The pastor reminded her that spiritual warfare is part of the Christian life, and because believers and unbelievers are on opposite sides, she shouldn't be shocked. Jesus laid down the dividing line: 'He who is not with Me is against Me… ' (Matthew 12:30 NKJV). That's strong language! Neutrality isn't an option in this conflict. We are either on one side or the other. Jesus said, 'If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me' (John 15:19-21 NKJV). Don't take opposition personally. It's not about you, it's about His name. He, not you, is the target, and He can handle the flack!

You say, 'What should I do when I am criticised and misunderstood?' Try to stay detached from personal offence so that you can continue to love the person and be in a position to win them to Jesus. 'Bless those who persecute you… Repay no one evil for evil… live peaceably with all men… do not avenge yourselves… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good' (Romans 12:14-21 NKJV). Try it - it's Christ's winning strategy!

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:
Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 11; Deuteronomy 12 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Deuteronomy%2011;%20Deuteronomy%2012


New Testament Reading
Luke 12:35-59 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%2012:35-59


Psalms Reading
Psalm 43:1-5 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2043:1-5


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The Word for Today

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

When Your Mate Doesn't Share Your Faith (1)
If a woman has a husband who is not a believer
1 Corinthians 7:13 NIV

Living with an unbelieving mate is both a challenge and an opportunity. It's a challenge because believers and unbelievers see life differently. And it's an opportunity because God can use you to close the gap and win them to Christ. But for that to take place you must make two commitments. First, commit yourself to the goal of their salvation; second, commit yourself to your own growth through loving them and living with them. Once you've committed, you're ready for this practical and helpful counsel.

Remember the unbeliever's spiritual limitations. 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!' (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). Only when they're 'in Christ' can they be a 'new creation'. Only then will 'the old' go! The old will dominate until they receive the new. 'That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit' (John 3:6 NKJV). Remember, the unbeliever suffers from spiritual birth defects they can't overcome until the new birth corrects them. '… the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so… those… in the flesh cannot please God' (Romans 8:7-8 NAS). If they don't love God's Word, prayer and church like you do, it's because they're controlled by the flesh and are 'not even able' to. So have realistic expectations. Remember what you were like BC (Before Christ)? Be patient, loving and kind while God does His work in them.

Read the Bible in a year. Today's reading:

Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 9; Deuteronomy 10 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Deuteronomy%209;%20Deuteronomy%2010


New Testament Reading
Luke 12:1-34 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%2012:1-34


Psalms Reading
Psalm 42:7-11 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2042:7-11


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  
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    Like the part about reading the Bible in a year have been trying to get through the Bible for several years and am making progress maybe before am called to my final home I will achieve.

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The Word for Today

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Gentleness
God blesses those who are humble [gentle]
Matthew 5:5 NLT

The word 'gentleness' sounds so much like weakness that we are tempted to think of the word 'wimp'. Nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus said, 'Blessed are the meek [gentle], for they shall inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5 KJV). Notice, the gentle don't strive, manipulate or compete like others, yet they inherit everything. When you 'inherit' something you don't have to strive for it, you receive it because you're loved, valued, and part of the family.

Gentleness is born of love. It refuses to rush to judgment; doesn't drop names or force its way because it has nothing to prove; is troubled when the structure, the budget or the corporate image becomes more important than the people we're called to serve; is grieved when the schedule leaves no time to stop and care for the young, the old, the sick or the hurting. Gentleness is a virtue hard to find in a society that admires toughness. We're encouraged to get things done and get them done on time, even though people get trampled on in the process. Success, accomplishment and productivity count, but at what cost? There's no place for gentleness in such a milieu.

Paul was a powerhouse for God, yet he wrote, '… we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children' (1 Thessalonians 2:7 NIV). A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence and sensitivity. The gentle know that true growth requires nurture, not force. So let's dress ourselves in gentleness, for in our tough and unbending world, gentleness is a vivid reminder of God's presence among us.

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:

Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 6; Deuteronomy 7; Deuteronomy 8 TNIV
www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Deuteronomy%206;%20Deuteronomy%207
;%20Deuteronomy%208


New Testament Reading
Luke 11:33-54 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%2011:33-54


Psalms Reading
Psalm 42:1-6 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2042:1-6


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The Word for Today with Bob Gass

Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Word for Today with Bob Gass. Monday, 5th April 2010
Don't Prejudge Others
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 5:7 NKJV

Agnes Goddard writes, 'The first assignment for my husband Cecil in his art class was to sketch the San Luis Rey mission in Oceanside, California. Everyone turned in a sketch. When the teacher came to Cecil's, he held it up and said, "Who's the figure in the doorway of the mission?" Cecil said, "That's the padre." The teacher said, "Don't you think he looks a little sick?" "He could be," Cecil responded. "I'm an artist, not a doctor."'

Not a day goes by without somebody doing or saying something that evokes in us the need to form an opinion about them. The idea that we have to 'sort it all out' and make judgments about it, is an idea we are born with. The ancient fathers said that judging others is a heavy burden, whereas being judged by them is a light one. Once we let go of our need to judge others, we experience an incredible freedom. We are free to 'obtain mercy'.

Most of us aren't aware of how deeply rooted our prejudices are. We've convinced ourselves we relate easily to people who are different from us. But our spontaneous thoughts, uncensored words and knee-jerk reactions reveal that our prejudices colour our thinking. Strangers (people different from us) stir up fear, suspicion and hostility. They make us lose our sense of security by being just 'other'' What's the answer? Only when we embrace God's unconditional love for us, and begin to see those 'other' people as equally loved by Him, can we build bridges over which we can walk to share God's love and enjoy His family.

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:
Old Testament Reading
Deuteronomy 2:24-37; Deuteronomy 3; Deuteronomy 4:1-14 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Deuteronomy%202:24-37;%20Deuterono
my%203;%20Deuteronomy%204:1-14


New Testament Reading
Luke 10:25-42; Luke 11:1-4 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%2010:25-42;%20Luke%2011:1-4


Psalms Reading
Psalm 41:7-13 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2041:7-13


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


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