VIDEO The Power of God’s Word

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97

The Bible has always been a part of Michelle Borchardt’s life. As a child she memorized Bible verses as she walked to school, and after reciting the books of the Bible at church, she received a Bible of her very own. When Michelle’s grandmother passed away, she inherited her Bible. Over the years she read and studied it so much that the Bible needed to be rebound.

But when Michelle found out how much it would cost to repair her grandmother’s Bible, she decided to do something else with the money. After a friend told her about the needs of Bible translators worldwide, Michelle made a donation so that others could have God’s Word in their own language. Her grandmother’s Bible is still not repaired, but she says, “I can still read it this way, right here [on my dining room table].”[1]

God’s Word has the power to change our life and the lives of our family members and others around the world. But for change to occur, we must dedicate ourselves to the faithful reading and studying of Scripture. Open God’s Word and allow it to transform your life!

To know the Bible is to know God. Michelle Borchardt

[1] Stephanie Hills, “The Legacy of a Well-Loved Bible,” Wycliffe Bible Translators, August 1, 2022.


In All Our Dealings

Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves . . . with integrity and godly sincerity. 2 Corinthians 1:12

In 1524, Martin Luther observed: “Among themselves the merchants have a common rule which is their chief maxim. . . . I care nothing about my neighbor; so long as I have my profit and satisfy my greed.” More than two hundred years later, John Woolman, from Mount Holly, New Jersey, let his commitment to Jesus influence his tailor shop dealings. Out of support for the freeing of slaves, he refused to purchase any cotton or dye supplies from companies that used forced labor. With a clear conscience, he loved his neighbor and lived according to integrity and sincerity in all his dealings.  

The apostle Paul strived to live out “integrity and godly sincerity” (2 Corinthians 1:12). When some in Corinth tried to undermine his authority as an apostle for Jesus, he defended his conduct among them. He wrote that his words and actions could withstand the closest scrutiny (v. 13). He also showed that he was dependent on God’s power and grace for effectiveness, not his own (v. 12). In short, Paul’s faith in Christ permeated all his dealings.

As we live as ambassadors for Jesus, may we be careful to let the good news ring out in all our dealings—family, business, and more. When by God’s power and grace we reveal His love to others, we honor Him and love our neighbors well.

By:  Marvin Williams

Reflect & Pray

How are your words and actions a representation of your faith in Jesus? As a believer in Him, why are integrity and sincerity vital in your dealings with others?

Dear God, help me to serve others with such a clear conscience that my love for them is evident.

For further study, read Outrageous Compassion.

God Is for Us

May we live with the freedom, peace, and joy Jesus died to give us! Romans 8:31-34

Throughout life, there will be times when our sins and failures might lead us to conclude that God is disappointed or angry with us. When that happens, we need to fix our eyes on the truth of Scripture and ask the questions Paul posed in Romans 8: 

• “If God is for us, who is against us?” (v. 31). Our heavenly Father proved His loyalty to mankind when He delivered His own Son over to death in order to save us.

• “Who will bring charges against God’s elect?” (v. 33).  No accusation against us can stand, since at the moment of salvation, the Lord justified us. This means we were legally declared righteous, while still in our sinful condition. No one can reverse this transaction and make us guilty again. 

• “Who is the one who condemns?” (v. 34). Although Satan rails against us, Jesus’ death and resurrection are proof that we are right with God. Christ took our condemnation and gave us His righteousness in return. Now He sits at the Father’s right hand, interceding for us. 

When doubts about the Lord’s love and faithfulness arise, focus on truth. If we judge His loyalty to us by our circumstances or feelings, we will never get an accurate view of God. True security lies not in our good performance but in our relationship with Christ, and no one can take that from us. 

The Name of the Lord Jesus

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

This is the first of 144 references to the name of Christ in the New Testament. The word “name” (Greek noma) occurs only about 95 times when referring to any or all other names. This fact is itself a sort of commentary on Philippians 2:9: “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.”

In biblical times, a person’s name expressed the character or attributes desired for a child by his or her parents. The reason for the name “JESUS,” which means “Jehovah saves” or simply “salvation,” was given by the angel: “He shall save his people from their sins.”

There is only one Savior, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12); but His name does save! “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).

Those who do receive Christ are thenceforth associated with His name—and therefore with His person and work. First, they are to be baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). They are then to order their lives in a way that honors His name. “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19).

He has given many gracious promises of answered prayer if we pray in His name, “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16). The final use of “name” in the Bible stresses our eternal identification with His name, for “his name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4) as we are united with Him in the age to come. HMM

Yesterday, Today and Forever

Because ye are sons, God hath sent form the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.Galatians 4:6

The Scriptures are open and plain. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord. He is our great High Priest, alive and ministering for us today. His person, His power and His grace are the same, without change, yesterday, today and forever!

He is the same Lord because He is the same God. He is the same, never having changed in substance, in power, in wisdom, in love, in mercy. In His divine person, Jesus Christ has never known correction or change. He feels now as He has always felt about everyone and everything.

Jesus will not yield to those who charge that He is an absentee, that He is far away and unavailable. Our faith tells us that Jesus Christ is close at hand, that He is a living force in our lives today. He is the Holy Spirit of God fulfilling His promises moment by moment.

We…must stand together in our faith. Our Lord is as powerful now, as real now, as near to us now, as loving now as He ever was when He walked among the men and women on the shores of Galilee. JAF142-143

God always fills in all hearts all the room which is left Him there. JAS112

Is There a Personal Devil?

Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and against His army.Revelation 19:19

Surprising as it may sound, some Christians do not believe in a personal devil. A modern-day theologian writes: “Let us put to sleep this idea of a personal devil who walks about with a pitchfork seeking to tumble people into hell. Evil is not a personality but an influence—it is just the darkness where the light ought to be.”

While I agree that the picture of a personal devil walking about with a pitchfork and with horns and a tail is not to be found anywhere in Scripture, the concept of a personal devil is found everywhere in Scripture. One evidence of this is the fact that many of the names given to him denote his personality: Satan, deceiver, liar, murderer, accuser, tempter, prince of the power of the air, and so on. Listen to what someone has written on this subject:

Men don’t believe in the Devil now, as their fathers used to do.

They reject one creed because it’s old, for another because it’s new.

But who dogs the steps of the toiling saint, who spreads the net for his feet?

Who sows the tares in the world’s broad fields where the Savior sows His wheat?

They may say the Devil has never lived; they may say the Devil has gone,

But simple people would like to know—who carries his business on?

Take it from me, whether or not you believe in the Devil, he most certainly believes in you.

Prayer

Father, help me see that it is to Satan’s advantage for me not to believe in him. Then he can do his evil work unresisted. Over these coming weeks, unfold to me the strategies I need to overcome him. In Christ’s name I ask it. Amen.

Further Study

2Co 11:1-14; 1Th 3:5; 1Pt 5:8; Rv 12:10; Jn 8:44

What are some of the guises in which Satan comes to us?

How does Peter describe him?


Commended by God

For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.2 Corinthians 10:18

It is common for all of us to seek approval for our actions. As children, we longed for the affirmation of our parents. As we grew older, we also valued the opinions of our friends, colleagues, and employers. At times, the esteem of others can claim such importance that it becomes our way to measure our worth as a person.

Paul said that he was not striving to obtain the approval of people. Some of his critics thought their criticisms could determine what he did. Yet these same people were praising themselves for their own opinions and behavior. They were seeking the approval of others, and they were receiving it.

Jesus said that those who seek to gain the approval of others “have their own reward” (Matt. 6:2–5). Paul, too, realized that achieving the praise of others is not difficult, but earning God’s approval is a far greater accomplishment. The affirmation “Well done!” that Jesus received from the Father became Paul’s goal as well (2 Tim. 2:3–5). Paul knew that self-approval is not hard to attain. Paul himself had once been pleased with his own life, until he came to realize that the righteousness he was so proud of was mere rubbish in the kingdom of God (Phil. 3:8). After his conversion, Paul understood that God’s evaluation of his actions was what mattered, not his own opinion of himself.

Whose opinion matters most to you? Have you become complacent, enjoying the approval of those around you? Have you become satisfied with your estimation of the way you are living? The commendation that matters most is the one that comes from God. The pleasure that your life gives to God should be your motivation to live righteously.