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Our DAILY GOSPEL DEVOTIONAL is the story of Jesus from Incarnation to Ascension. This is a chronology and harmony of the gospel accounts in which the ongoing narrative and doctrinal context are carefully considered. In one year we reflect on every passage of every gospel.
May God bless you as we follow the disciples on the journey through the earthly life of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wolves in sheep’s clothing

Matthew 7:15-20 / Luke 6:43-45…

Jesus warns us that the devil dresses false prophets in the designer clothes of deception. False teachers seem innocent and devoted, but they are insatiable and devouring (2 Peter 2:1-3, 14-19). They are not discerned by outward appearance and attitude (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). What they speak resonates with the world’s way of religion but not the Apostle’s doctrine (Jeremiah 6:14 / 1 John 4:5-6). We are always to be on the lookout for them (Acts 20:28-31).

Jesus tells us that we can know who they are by the effects. The fruit reveals the root. When the tree is shaken the fruit falls down, when the fruit is used for food the juice flows. Through the pressures and pleasures of life whatever is filling the heart will come spilling out. Doctrine instructs devotion and leads to demonstration.

This goes for those who teach as well as those who are taught. We can be deceived ourselves, not knowing we are wolves. What is truly in the heart will evidence itself, sooner or later, either the greed, immorality, and thirst for power and control, or the goodness, purity, and humility (1 Timothy 5:24-25). This fruit is the inevitable result of who we are.

We are not to judge hypocritically, but in our desire to do things rightly, we must be careful not to let the pendulum swing too far, from overly critical to overly casual. We cannot judge a person’s soul, but we can keep them from peddling rotten fruit in our assemblies.

Are you a false prophet, as in living a false profession? If there is venom on your lips there is poison in your heart. Your true values will be voiced, viewed, and verified by your life.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Eureka

Matthew 7:13-14…

Every person who has ever lived has been looking for something. Jesus says many will find what they are looking for, but few will find what they truly need. To get what we truly need, Jesus says we must first find the gate, but then we must also walk in the way. If your destination is heaven your destiny is holiness. You can find the door but not enter the room. Many may marvel at the door, but dare not enter in.

People want to find God as a means to an end not as the end in Himself. They are looking for what “works,” what they like, and not looking for what glorifies God. To the natural mind, the way of destruction looks good and tastes delicious, and the way to life looks gross and tastes lousy. People aren’t looking for Repentance Road; they are looking for Satisfaction Street.

Walking along the road of true repentance means that the way will be narrow and hard. If we are to keep walking in the way, we must keep renewing our minds to find it in faith. Eventually you won’t have to worry about people holding you back. If you follow a certain path there comes a certain point where certain people won’t follow along. You don’t have to lose the lost; they will lose you (1 Peter 4:4).

Most people are not looking for a way out of the world but a way into what they want. Believe me, or better yet, believe Jesus, if you have found the true way you will follow it. It depends on what you are looking for.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jesus meets the measurement

Matthew 7:12…

This Golden Rule is the essence of a faithful life (Leviticus 19:18 / Matthew 22:37-40 / Romans 13:8-10 / Galatians 5:14 / James 2:8). This is to be our guiding principle in following Jesus.

The Golden Rule is not…

• Do unto others or they will do unto you
• Do unto others before they do unto you
• Do unto others because they have done unto you
• I won’t do unto others so that they won’t do unto me
• Do unto others as they would have you do
• Do unto others so that they will do unto you
• I won’t do unto others because they won’t do unto me

The Golden Rule is…

• Universal (whatever you wish that others would do to you)
• Positive action (do also to them)
• Grounded in divine revelation (for this is the Law and the Prophets)

We cannot simply say, “Go out and live in perfect obedience to everything God said and then you will be like Jesus.” If anyone could do that, then Jesus was not the unique Son of God. You need Jesus or you will not be able to walk the road, but we can walk it by faith, knowing that He has accomplished the walk for us, and when you fall He lifts you up. It is not your walk, your good works, it is His. Jesus IS the Golden Rule (Matthew 5:17), the way the truth and the life of it. Only He meets the measurement.

By the way, just because you do it doesn’t mean others will...it is the Golden Rule, not the Guaranteed Reciprocal.

“Living For Today With An Eye For Tomorrow”©

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