|March 2013 Daily Devotion Archive|
Principles of the Bible: Worry
"Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. - Matthew 6:31-34
Dozens of verses in the Bible (just one example is Proverbs 3:5-6) tell us to trust in the Lord. Since God already knows and sees all things (John 16:30) and causes all things to work together for good for His children (Romans 8:28), then worry clearly implies a lack of trust in God. What worries do you have? Do you allow your worries to take over in your mind? Trust God. Trust that He is in control. Hand your worries over to Him so that you can be free to serve Him more fully.
Principles of the Bible: Sin
...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God... - Romans 3:23
Why do we even need a Savior? Aren't most people basically good? This is the prevailing wisdom in the world today, but it is clearly contrary to what the Bible teaches. Sure, if we simply compare ourselves to each other--most of us haven't killed anyone or done something "really bad" in human terms. But that isn't the standard. Jesus is the standard. Have you ever done anything wrong--even something that seems small? If so, then you have sinned against God. As humans, every single one of us, without exception, falls into that category. Backing up a few verses, Paul tells us in Romans 3:10 that no one is righteous, and in Romans 3:11, that no one seeks after God. Resist the temptation to compare yourself to other people, because it doesn't matter! God sets the standard, and it is a standard of perfect sinlessness that we can never hope to attain. But, by His loving grace, He still made a way for us, despite how undeserving we are. That way is through Jesus Christ alone.
Principles of the Bible: Salvation
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - John 3:16-18
People will argue that it isn't fair to say that there is only one way to God. Such people don't truly understand the nature of God. He is completely pure and holy, and we are fallen, sinful creatures--His enemies by nature. He would be perfectly right to punish all of us in hell for our sins. He didn't have to make any way at all for any of us. But, out of His love, mercy, and grace, He did. That way is through His Son, Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life and was sacrificed in our place on the cross. He didn't do anything to deserve that--we deserve it. But, He loves us so much that He took our punishment for us. Praise be to God!
Principles of the Bible: Contentment
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. - 1 Timothy 6:6-10
What can we take with us when we die? What has eternal value? These are the types of questions that we should keep in our minds when making decisions about how to spend our time and our money. We live in a highly materialistic, highly entertainment-oriented society. But none of those things matter if you look from an eternal perspective. What does matter? Getting right with the Lord, living your life with a focus on Him, working for His glory and the furthering of His Kingdom, and spreading the truth of His Word to the lost world around us. Spend your time doing those things for the glory of the Lord!
Principles of the Bible: Flee From Worldliness
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. - 1 John 2:15-17
So many principles from the Bible are summed up in these three verses. What should we do if we truly love God? We should flee from everything that is worldly, and focus on things that are godly. We are surrounded by an increasing amount of evil in our present-day society. Sexual and material temptations are everywhere, as are many other sinful things. Flee from everything worldly. Stand up for God, His truth, and things that are pure, holy, and right before Him (Philippians 4:8). It is crucial to live like this and reflect upon this every single day in order to stay away from the sinful things of this world and to stay focused on God. Don't give in to worldly temptations. Live for Christ!