What you know beyond a shadow of a doubt will hold you in those moments when your emotions throw you into the depths of the dark. The mind has power over the feelings.

Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
Job 16.19

Job was certain that God saw his situation, was on his side, and was working in his favor. As much as he suffered, he did not lose his reason.

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On the Portuguese devotional site, we began today a 52-part series on the actions of the follower of Christ. Below is the first in the series.

READ: “He who believes and is immersed shall be saved” Mark 16.16 MEG.

THINK: Whoever obeys the commandment of the Lord Jesus knows he is saved, according to his promise. Salvation is based, not on feelings, but on the reality of Christ’s offering and on the possibility of verifying if we are saved or not. See 1 John 5.13. We can be sure of our salvation when we obey what Jesus commands. Continue reading

How do you feel when you receive a compliment completely exaggerated? I get really embarrassed, because everybody knows it’s not true, and besides, it’s probably an attempt to impress me.

Evil people do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it all.
Proverbs 28:5 NET

We live in an age in which false humility wants to rob us of truth. It says we don’t have a corner on the market of truth. Nobody understands everything about the Bible. And there’s a dash of truth in this. Continue reading

ignorance dividesFrom ignorance is born division. The ignorant person thinks he knows and often swears he’s right. He doesn’t seek to know, doesn’t want to be informed, but shouts ever louder his wrong conclusions.

So there was a division in the crowd because of Jesus.
John 7.43 NET

Jesus disappointed many for not fitting messianic expectations. Because of his demands of discipleship, many quit following him. In this moment, however, many among the people were mistaken about him because they did not seek to know about him. They concluded that he was born in Galilee rather than Bethlehem. And the Scriptures prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, as a descendent of David.

Today as well, the most strident voices in religion sound out from ignorant people who spout wrong information about Jesus as if it were solid truth.

Better to hear Jesus speak about himself.

Open your Bible today to remove ignorance and reply with the truth.

The division will continue, but at least you’ll be on the side that God approves of.

 

You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led. 1 Corinthians 12:2 NET

What is spirituality? This was a critical question in Corinth. Paul establishes the criterion: spiritual is he who hears God’s revelation through the Holy Spirit when he speaks about Jesus (v. 3). Continue reading