Lord, lead us to Jesus.

Ezekiel 13:1-15:8; Hebrews 8:1-13; Psalm 120:1-7 God speaks against “those who prophesy out of their own imagination … who follow their own spirit” (Ezekiel 13:2-3). In the face of such false prophets, we must pray, “Save me, O Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues” (Psalm 120:2). How does the Lord save us from …

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The Kingdom belongs to the Lord … and we will be there with Him.

Obadiah 1-21; Hebrews 2:1-18; Proverbs 26:13-22 The last words of Obadiah are a great declaration: "the Kingdom will be the Lord's" (Obadiah 21). When we think of God's Kingdom, we are thinking not only of a Kingdom which belongs, solely, to God, but a Kingdom, which He shares with the redeemed. Christ says, "Here am …

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The Word and the words (15): The way to the Father … the way of love and holiness … the way to heaven

“Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later " (John 13:36). "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go …

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The Word and the words (12): Jesus – the good shepherd …

"I am the good shepherd" (John 10:11). We read what Jesus says about himself. We read about who he is. "I am the good shepherd." As we read these words, our thoughts turn to the 23rd Psalm. "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, …

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Today, if you hear God’s voice, do not harden your hearts.

Joel 2:18-3:21; Hebrews 4:1-13; Psalm 119:145-152 As in Hebrews 3, we find, again, in Hebrews 4, the words, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7). The Word of God speaks of “the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31). We are called to decision …

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When the storms of life come your way

Ezekiel 26:1-27:36; Hebrews 12:1-13; Psalm 125:1-5 To Tyre, God says, “Your wealth, merchandise and wares, your mariners, seamen and shipwrights, your merchants and all your soldiers, and everyone else on board will sink into the heart of the sea on the day of your shipwreck” (Ezekiel 27:27). Those who are overladen by their attachment to …

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The School of Discipleship (7): Fixing our eyes on Jesus, let us move forward into the great future he is preparing for us.

Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen …

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Listening to what God says to us through his world, his written Word and his Son

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands... The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple" (Psalm 19:1,7). God speaks to us through his world, and he speaks to us through his written Word. Speaking to us through his world, he prepares …

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The God who is there… and the God who is here (in the human heart)…

"Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). Here, we read about faith - and we read about God. How are we to think about faith - and how are to think about God? …

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Words from far away and long ago … or more than that?

"The Lord is my light and my salvation ... The Lord is the strength of my life" (Psalm 27:1). We read these words from a faraway place and a long time ago, and we wonder, "Are these words for us? Are they for today's world? or Should they be left in the past?" Does God's Word give …

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Let us bless the Lord … and receive abundant blessing from Him …

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Hebrews 13:20-21). …

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Responding to God’s Word (52): Just as I am

Christ is able to save to the uttermost all who come to God through him (Hebrews 7:25). What a wonderfully encouraging verse this is! Jesus takes us from where we are to where he is. It's the journey from grace to glory. It begins with our coming to Jesus as sinners. It's a journey that …

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Are you looking for true and lasting joy? Look to Jesus. Let him fill you with his joy.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; I come before him with joyful songs (Psalm 100:1). We are to worship the Lord with joy. As I was thinking about this, my thoughts went to two chapters from God's Word: Isaiah 12 and Philippians 4. With joy, you will draw water from the wells of …

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Christ is calling us to walk with Him – in His victory.

Ezekiel 24:1-25:17; Hebrews 11:17-40; Psalm 124:1-8 There is, in these passages, the continuing conflict between the life of obedient faith (Hebrews 11) and the life of disobedience (God’s judgments in Ezekiel). The Psalmist makes it clear that the life of obedient faith is not an easy life - “If the Lord had not been on …

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Death will not have the last word.

Ezekiel 22:23-23:49; Hebrews 11:1-16; Proverbs 27:15-22 The contrast between a life of sin and shame and a life of faith and blessing is highlighted in the comparison between the passages in Ezekiel and Hebrews. The contrast is between living for the things we see - “She saw men ... As soon as she saw them …

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As far as the eye can see … and more than that!

"However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him — these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). "For now we see through a glass, darkly; …

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Don’t you want to get on in the world? – Which world are you living for?

Ezekiel 30:1-31:18; Hebrews 13:1-25; Proverbs 27:23-28:6 What a contrast there is between “Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Ezekiel 31:2) and “Jesus Christ” who is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Pharaoh had the appearance of “majesty”, yet he was “brought down” (Ezekiel 31:2,18). Jesus has a glory which will never be diminished. It …

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The call to return to the Lord is an urgent call.

Joel 1:1-2:17; Hebrews 3:1-19; Psalm 119:137-144 “Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Joel 2:13). The call to return to the Lord is an urgent call: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7-8). Those who have returned …

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Christ has come. Christ will come. We have been saved. We will be saved.

"so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation" (Hebrews 9:28). Here, on earth, we have the beginning of our salvation - purchased for us by the Saviour, who died for our sins. The completion of our salvation is …

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More than the things we can see with our eyes

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but …

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Earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to God’s holy people.

"Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people" (Jude 3). We rejoice in the great salvation that has been given to us. It is a good thing …

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A New Beginning: Some thoughts from the Scriptures

Genesis 1:1-3‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’. Its opening verses challenge us to get our priorities right. (a) the priority of God(1) God comes first. Before anyone else is mentioned, He is there. (b) the priority of God’s Word (3) God is the first to speak. Before any human word is spoken, there is the Word of the Lord. (c) the priority …

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What a wonderful redemption! – eternal redemption

Hebrews 8:1-9:14 -  God gave His promise – ‘I will make a new covenant’ (8:8-12; Jeremiah 31:31-34). God has fulfilled His promise. There is now a ‘new covenant in Jesus’ blood’ (Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25). The old covenant cannot even begin to compare with the new covenant. It is only …

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Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God

"When I see the blood, I will pass over you" (Exodus 12:13). When we read these words, our thoughts move forward to several verses from the New Testament. In John 1:29, our attention is directed towards Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." In 1 Corinthians 5:7, we learn …

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God is faithful (Opening up God’s Word – Genesis 12:1-3; Hebrews 6:13-20)

Our concern is not so much with Abraham. Our chief focus of attention is on "the God of Abraham." The story of Abraham is both the story of Abraham and the story of God's grace and power. We see the grace of God, revealed in the promises of God. We see the power of God, …

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Bring your weak faith to God, and ask Him to give you a stronger faith.

Hebrews 11:17-12:2 -  We read about many people who trusted the Lord. Their faith was real. It changed their lives. As you read of so many people who lived ‘by faith’, let God’s Word challenge you. Bring your own weak faith to Him and ask Him to give you a stronger faith: ‘I believe; help …

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Can people of this generation still live “by faith” in God (Part Two)?

In an earlier post, I invited people, who are unconvinced about faith in God, to consider what Hebrews 11 and the book of Genesis have to say to us about living by faith. Here's a link to that post. https://learningfromgodsword.wordpress.com/2022/08/08/can-people-of-this-generation-live-by-faith-in-god After I completed that post, which highlights what Hebrews 11 says to us about the …

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Can people of this generation still live “by faith” in God?

Have people, in this generation, stopped looking for answers to important questions? There are questions that might point us in the direction of God, but we, the people of this generation don't want to go there, We get uncomfortable when it's suggested that God might be the answer to our most important questions. What do …

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The way, the truth and the life; faith, hope and love

We begin with the words of Jesus: “I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6). From there, we move on to the words of Paul: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13). There are six words upon which we must focus our attention. There …

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Without God’s mercy and grace, we will fall. Through His mercy and grace, we will stand.

Ezekiel 4:1-6:14; Hebrews 5:11-6:12; Proverbs 26:23-27:4 “Alas! because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague” (Ezekiel 6:11). Alongside these words concerning Israel’s sin and fall, we place the solemn words of Hebrews 6:4-6, words which warn us of the danger …

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O come to the Father through Jesus, the Son.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3-4). We read these words of the Psalmist, and we ask the question, "Who has clean hands and a pure heart?" The moment each of us ask ourselves this question is the …

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God has spoken, and he’s still speaking.

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:8). On the one side, there is philosophy. On the other side, there is Christ. The two are very different. Philosophy begins with man - "after the tradition of men." …

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There is power in worshipping together with the Lord’s people.

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25). There is power in worshipping together with the Lord's people. It's life-changing power, …

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Learning from Genesis 1 (2): Read about Jesus. Learn about God, your Creator.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27). Here, in the Bible's first chapter, we have the big picture - the creation of the heavens and the …

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