Daily Inspirational Thoughts
to bless your life.
A Daily Devotional
Monday through Thursday
by Beth McLendon
The topic this week is:
Bible verses to live by
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV
The best way to begin
is by teaching your children to pray.
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Salt and Light!
The following verses
were spoken by Jesus:
You are the salt of the earth;
but if the salt loses its flavor,
how shall it be seasoned?
Matthew 5:13a NKJV
You are the light of the world.
Let your light shine.
So we have a destiny to
to make people thirsty for Jesus
and to "light up" the way to Jesus.
I am speaking to "You" the reader -
How could you be more salty,
and how could you be a brighter light -
in your family and in the world?
have a friend who I've known for over 30 years. She is almost 80 years
old. She has been going to the same Bible-believing church for more than
Last winter her church began to turn away from the Bible - and instead be outspoken against Bible principles concerning sin.
The church leadership decided that God would want to change with the times. After all, it is 2015.
I talked to my friend in September, and she told me that she and several hundred members had a meeting. They all decided to leave and create a new church.
She said that she loves the friends who are not leaving, and she hopes that they will continue to love her - but she has to do the right thing.
I told her that she was being a model of doing the right thing, and I would pray for those who stayed behind.
I told her I would pray for those left behind that they would re-think the positions that they are endorsing.
I repeat that my friend is almost 80 years old. The last thing she wants to do is start a new church.
I am sooooooo proud of my friend. She didn't just do the easy thing. She did the right thing!
She did the right thing - in love.
She is being salt, and she is being light.
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God tells us that we must put HIM first. We must follow Him and the words He gave us in the Bible.
What will you do if you are faced
with the same situation?
Some of you are
facing that situation right now.
I am praying for you.
MANY people that I know have faced that same decision. (Friends from many different churches.)
The question becomes:
Will they follow Jesus and the Bible,
or will they fall away from the Bible and
follow lukewarm church friends?
It is not an easy situation.
Some of my friends left their church, and some stayed.
I admire those who left, and I am praying for those who stayed.
Even if we have a hard time finding a Bible-believing church at this time in history - we can still choose to have home church.
Jesus never promised us that being a Christian would be easy.
In fact, he assured us that we would face opposition and Persecution. Please read John 15:18-20 and Matthew 5:10.
Here is a Bible verse that sums up
my message about salt and light:
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution."
2 Timothy 3:12 KJV
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Here is a verse for believers
during hard times:
"He does not fear bad news,
nor live in dread of what may happen.
For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.
That is why he is not afraid,
but can calmly face his foes."
Psalm 112:7-8 TLB
Christians are in hard times.
The world is beginning to express anger at the Bible and at Christians.
It is not popular to be a Bible-believing Christian.
It is important to deepen our devotion to God.
It is important to find Scriptures that we can lean on to get us through tough times.
This little light of mine,
let it shine!
he is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today if ye will hear his voice,
HARDEN NOT your heart."
Psalm 95:7-8a KJV
The New Testament identifies
Jesus as our Shepherd.
We are called to obey Jesus our Shepherd.
Jesus is God - the second part of the Trinity.
The main way we hear God's voice is by reading the Bible.
Interesting that the New Testament also identifies
Jesus as the Word of God.
John 1:1 and Revelation 19:13
Some people - even some Christians -
harden their heart as they read what the Bible says.
The words - in blue above - explain what Psalm 95:7-8a (the first verse quoted today) is talking about when it says, "Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden Not your heart."
If we harden our heart toward the Bible, we will end up in trouble:
"Despise God's Word and find yourself in trouble. Obey it and succeed."
Proverbs 13:13 TLB
We must be alert and watchful as we study the Bible.
We must make sure that we do not harden our heart against the Words in our Bible.
As we read the Bible, God intends for its messages to change our perspectives and beliefs.
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Being a Christian is not as easy as it used to be.
We have to come up higher in our walk with Jesus in order to even survive the peer pressures that are coming at us.
What do I mean by "survive"?
The Philadelphia church - written about in the book of Revelation - answers that question.
Note that the book of Revelation contains the last words that Jesus spoke to the church.
I marvel that so few sermons focus on Revelation chapters 2 and 3 - because those verses contain Jesus' last advice to the church on how to live in this dark world.
Jesus spoke of being pleased with the Church of Philadelphia in the book of Revelation.
were the only church - of the 7 churches -
that totally pleased Jesus.
Jesus said he was pleased because they:
kept the Word of God and did not deny HIM.
Jesus told us that there would be great heavenly rewards for those in the Church of Philadelphia.
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Let's choose to be like the Philadelphia Church.
Let's try to obey the Words in the Bible, and
let's be sure to never deny that we love Jesus Christ.
is to remain FAITHFUL to Jesus.
Jesus is the Word of God.
John 1:1 and Revelation 19:13
May we always respect and follow
the Bible - the Word of God!