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What? Lose My Life?

Scripture: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Luke 9:24).
 
This sounds like a paradox. Who wouldn’t want to save his life? How can a man save his life by losing it? Come on, this is just crazy! We will go to any length to preserve our lives, our well-being. We don’t want to lose either.

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God Sees It All

Bible Verse for Today: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).

At times it seems that those who have no regard for God prosper. They have wealth, material goods, and the best of life. Or so it can seem to those of us who are on the outside looking in. But the Lord sees both sides of the picture. God knows the wicked, and He knows the good. He sees it all.

 
David paints pictures of the wicked in the Psalms. The wicked have no fear of God and flatter themselves in their own eyes. The words of their mouths are iniquity and deceit. They stop being wise and doing good, and they lie in their beds at night devising wicked plans (36:1-4). They plot against the just and gnash against them (37:12). God tells us not to envy the wicked or get upset because of them (37:1). He laughs at the wicked and will cut them off (37:9, 13).
 
The good delight themselves in the Lord and trust in Him (37:4). God will make their righteousness go forth as the light, and their justice as the noonday (37:6). Those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land (37:9). The Lord upholds them, and their inheritance shall be forever (37:17, 18). The law of their God is in their hearts, and none of their steps shall slide (37:31).
 
God takes care of the righteous. He is their stronghold in the time of trouble and rescues them from the wicked (37:39, 40). David says, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25). God sees everything, and He takes care of the righteous.
 
Song: “Trust and Obey”
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your constant care and watching over us. We pray that we will never leave Your fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Donna Richmond Wittlif, Denver, Colorado
donnarichmond93455@yahoo.com

 

 


After Escaping

Today’s Bible Passage: “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them” (II Peter 2:20-21).
 
Notice that Peter said it would have been better for one not to have obeyed the gospel and become a Christian than to have become a Christian and then turn his/her back on what he or she had learned and returned to the old way of life. Yet, so many Christians do just that – they become unfaithful.

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