Bible Prophecy in the News
May 16 Devotional
“But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham!” – Gen 22:11
The two “Abrahams,”with the disjunctive line between them should really be translated, “You, the two different Abrahams co-existing in one person.”
In Gen 22:11 God addresses Abraham with words, “Abraham, Abraham,” in our English translation of the Bible. But in the Hebrew, there is one more thing added, a disjunctive sign between the two “Abrahams.”This same disjunctive also appears in the Hebrew text in 1 Sam 3:10, when the Lord called, “Samuel, Samuel.”In Exodus 3:4, we read, “Moses, Moses”, but there is no disjunctive in this verse. Therefore, there must be a significant purpose in this use of this sign. What does it mean for us and our relationship with God?
Like us, Abraham also had an outward and inner man. There was the man that people knew, and the hidden man of the heart, with all its impulses, instincts and desires.
In his book, “My Correspondence with Jesus,” Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who spent 14 years in Communist prisons, wrote about the two natures living within all of us. Wurmbrand, a Jew by birth, was a Christian Pastor and recognized Greek and Hebrew Scholar. He explained the existence of the “hidden man,” as a whole man, with his own desires, thoughts, emotions, will and love – who lives in the heart of the outer man. This inner man is so hidden that men often live a lifetime without discovering him.
Wurmbrand wrote, “In my case, this Richard is known only to me, distinct from the ordinary Richard known to others. Therefore, God speaks to them as with two different beings. In the case of Moses, a harmony had been established. Thus there is no disjunctive sign when God says, ‘Moses, Moses.”
It is interesting that when God addresses both persons within his children. He doesn’t single out the part of you that we would like to believe is more presentable to God – our“Spiritual side,” but He speaks to all that is within a man. This means that God speaks into the ways of the flesh in us, those parts of us that we are often ashamed to address. In our efforts to keep parts of ourselves “hidden” from God and others, God lovingly uncovers all things hidden when He speaks your name. He doesn’t leave anything in the dark; it is all in the light. God recognizes it as part of me, part of my struggle as man yet, He breathes acceptance into me, all of me. Men are commanded to love one another, which means that the two in you should also love one another. The good person in you should love the person who is sinful in you. It is desirable that we understand each other and love God with all our heart, which means to love him with both sides of our nature, the good and evil.
Always remember that God is an Eternal being. He sees your life from His Eternal perspective. There is nothing that befalls you that He didn’t see with His foreknowledge. God is faithful and just and His mercies are new (inexhaustible) every day. He knows our inner struggles with the two who live within us. Next time you go before God for help with your inner struggles, know that he sees the whole you, the inner and outer man.
<>—NO ACCIDENTS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD—<>
Rowland V. Bingham, founder of the Sudan Interior Mission, was once seriously injured in an automobile accident. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The following day, when he regained consciousness, he asked the nurse what he was doing there.
“Don’t try to talk now, just rest,” she replied. “You have been in an accident.” “Accident? Accident!” exclaimed Dr. Bingham. “There are no accidents in the life of a Christian. This is just an incident in God’s perfect leading.”
“You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.”
– Phillips Brooks
May 18 Devotional
May 19 Devotional
March 21 to April 20
1. LEPUS (The Hare), or THE ENEMY trodden under foot.
2. CANIS MAJOR (The Dog), or SIRIUS, the coming glorious Prince of Princes.
3. CANIS MINOR (The Second Dog), or PROCYON, the exalted Redeemer.
May 20 Devotional
May 21 Devotional
May 23 Devotional
May 24 Devotional
“For where your treasure is, there will be your heart be also.” – Luke 12:34
Back in the days of ancient Rome, during the years of the Caesars, there was a person whose only job it was to hold a laurel wreath over the head of Caesar and from time to time intone the words, ‘Thou art mortal.’
The purpose of this was to remind the man in whom such a great powers resided that he, too, was, after all, only a man, and as such, mortal.
We don’t often think of our own mortality unless we are faced with something that reminds us of it. It may be a parent’s funeral, or a near collision accident, or maybe a medical test result that isn’t quite “normal.” No matter what the cause, it forces us to face the fact that we all have limited time on this earth. The Chinese have a saying that reads, “Pray for old age, it is a privilege denied to many.”
Some of us may be in a season of dealing with such a reality. What then, would God have us to learn in this “season?” Surely, it is a time planned for by God, for nothing catches Him by surprise.
Focusing on our own mortality can bring out the best and the worst in us. It is only when we realize that each day is a gift, that we can truly live life to the fullest, embracing all that is given to us. It can also invoke a feeling of fear and insecurity.
Regardless of the “feeling” that this realization creates, I think the lesson here is to turn our face towards the One that has “planted eternity in our hearts.” Ecclesiastes 3 not only describes the various seasons of our lives, it also tells us, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (v11).
How does one find beauty in a time of facing our own mortality? The answer lies with Him for each one of us. There is part of us required in a difficult season from our Eternal God. It requires our surrender to His will in difficult circumstances. Surrender to the One that breathed life in us; surrender to the one that shed His blood for our sins; surrender to the One that gave all and asks all. For He sees your life form His Eternal perspective and knows what you need most at this very moment in time.
Let us then live life with great expectation that His plan is a good one and for your Eternal benefit. God instructs us in His word that He is aware of our mortality. We have today. It is a gift. None of us has forever on this earth, and sometimes God allows us to be reminded, just like the Caesars of old. Maybe He reminds us so that we can truly cherish that which He has given us, or maybe He is allowing us a glimpse of an Eternity through our suffering that He has planned for us.
<>–Life’s Daring Adventure–<>
Helen Keller, though blind and deaf from the age of two, refused to be overcome by her disability. Rather than retreating into the darkness of her world, she ambitiously pursued her dreams.
“Security does not really exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it,” she commented.
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
<>–Better Than Man’s Approval–<>
“It is better to have God’s approval, than the world’s applause: there is a time shortly coming when a smile from God’s face will be infinitely better than all the applause of men: how sweet will that word be, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ (Matt. 25: 21).”
– Thomas Watson, (c. 1620 – 1686) English, Puritan preacher
May 26 Devotional
May 27 Devotional
May 28 Devotional
May 29 Devotional
May 30 Devotional
How Can I Be Saved?
You’ve probably seen John 3:16 posted somewhere on a sign, written on a freeway overpass, at a concert, at a sporting event, or even read to you as a little child. This verse is a simple one. There are 20 monosyllables (single words) in the verse. The Gospel is meant to be simple for everyone!
Be sure of your Salvation. Right now, and pray this simple prayer with a sincere heart...
“Lord, forgive me for my sins. I confess that I am a sinner. Come into my heart and make me the person you created me to be. I receive your gift of pardon through Jesus dying for me on the cross to save me. – Amen”
It was once determined in a court of law that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. There is a true story about a man that refused his pardon. A judge ruled that a pardon is only a pardon when it is accepted. When you prayed that prayer and accepted God’s pardon for your sins, you became a new creation in Christ.
The Bible teaches that you are saved by faith through Jesus. Grow in the Grace that was just given to you, seek God in His word (The Bible) and go out tell somebody!