A Good Thing – February 15


Day 15 ThemeDecision Making
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease… – Psalm 25:12, 13

Knowing that every choice we make, even a seemingly small one, can have a lasting impact on the course and tenor of our lives, the psalmist David shares with us one vital ingredient to the decision-making process, if we desire a soul-satisfying life. And, we can be thankful, the one vital requirement is not education, IQ, or market research.

The one ingredient that every soul-satisfying life has in common is this: the fear of the Lord. In other words, an awesome and imminent view of God will lead to a joyful and fulfilling kind of life. Our first question, before making any decision, must be “what would be most pleasing and glorifying to God?” And—here is the marvelous revelation from David—whatever is most pleasing and glorifying to God will also bring the most satisfaction and joy to us!

We therefore could not have a more pleasing or inspiring incentive for godly living than this two-pronged promise: God has woven this entire world together, David tells us, in such a way that what is most glorifying to Him will always also be what is most satisfying for us. Isn’t God good?

Shouldn’t our decisions reflect this wonderful and generous and joyful revelation from God? Shouldn’t our choices, then, be made in the reverent fear of God?

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Reassurance About Judgment – Stressing the Rails – February 15, 2021

DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY February 15, 2021

Reassurance About Judgment

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord– for we walk by faith, not by sight– we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore, we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:6-10

The Bible describes two kinds of judgments—one for those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ and one for those who do. For believers, judgment is an evaluation of the person’s life. While that may sound alarming, we can find comfort in these truths about our judge:

Identity. According to John 5:22, our judge will be Jesus. We can trust the One who laid down His life for our sake, brought us into God’s family, speaks to the Father on our behalf, and intercedes for us faithfully.

Character. Christ’s holy nature ensures that He will be fair. His omniscience means He can’t make decisions based on inadequate or faulty information. And His character is perfect, so He won’t make mistakes or treat certain people more favorably than others.

Purpose. Jesus will evaluate our life according to what we’ve done on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10). But because He already bore the punishment for our sin at the cross, our judgment has to do with rewards, not chastisement (1 Peter 2:24).

Christians can look forward to a new body that will never experience pain or death. What’s more, we will enjoy Jesus’ presence forever (Psalm 16:11John 14:3). We do not have to fear judgment, because we can trust our Judge and His intentions.

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Treasures of the Word – February 15

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FEBRUARY 15

WRITING:

Romans 5:18: “So then, as through one trespass came condemnation to all men, in the same way through one righteousness came justification of life to all men.”

BIBLICAL TREASURE:

One day Abraham Lincoln was in a slave market and he looked at a beautiful young slave who was being sold at a public auction. Lustful men were bidding, so Lincoln started bidding in turn. Eventually, it was sold to Lincoln. He took the sales certificate and handed it to her saying, “You are free.” She asked him, “What do you mean by ‘free’?” He replied: “You are free.” She continued to ask, “Free to do what you want to do?” He replied, “Yes.” “Free to say what you want to say?” He replied, “Yes.” “Free to go anywhere to go?” He replied, “Yes.”“Then I’m going with you.”

Friend, Jesus has given you your freedom. You have been redeemed by his precious blood. And in gratitude, your life should be dedicated to Him.

ACTION POINT:

Who do you know who is enslaved by sin today? Share with that person the liberating and redeeming love of Jesus Christ.


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Quiet Walk – Feb. 15

February 15

Deuteronomy 1

Moses reminds the new generation of their parents’ disobedience.

INSIGHT

Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it. Moses reviews the history of the wanderings of Israel to the new generation poised on the plains of Moab-ready to enter the Promised Land.

Moses tells them that their fathers did not believe the promises of God. Therefore, they were not obedient to Him. Their fathers condemned themselves to a life of untold hardship. Their fathers made their own destiny; they sealed their own fate.

Learn from their history. Do not repeat it.

PRAYER

· Offer praise to the Lord for His truth and light:

The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord is clothed,
He has girded Himself with strength.
Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting
(Psalms 93:1-2).

· As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this passage of confession to the Lord:

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies
and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord
(Psalms 25:6-7).

· As you confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, voice your affirmation of God’s Word:

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
(Psalms 27:1).

· As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
· the Lord’s leading in your life,
· opportunities to share your faith,
· your prayer list.

· Now offer this prayer of worship to the Lord:

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after we have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen (based on 1 Peter 5:10-11). 

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