Jesus, Our Teacher

Jesus teacher

I John 2:27

And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

The early church had false teachers just as we do today. Those teachers taught that a few privileged people had the inside track with God. They were called Gnostics.

When the early believers practiced that one-on-one relationship, that abiding in Jesus by His Holy Spirit, He taught them what they needed to know. That Holy Spirit was the teacher of The Truth. John wrote to tell them they all had received the anointing of the Holy Spirit from Jesus. They all had the inside track by the gift of the Holy Spirit, not just a privileged few.

Today, we need to cultivate that abiding with Jesus. Some call it “Practicing the presence of Jesus.” We practice that presence by walking with Him in our daily living through frequent prayer, Bible reading and study, and assembling with fellow believers.

What is the gift the Holy Spirit has given you?

Lord Jesus, may I practice Your presence in my daily walk,
inviting You into every conversation and encounter.
Keep me from the false teachers by Your ever-present Holy Spirit.

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The Accuser

The accuser

Revelation 12:10
And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.”

One day, those of us who have put our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, will hear these words spoken in heaven. Jesus will throw Satan and his angels and all those who have not believed in Jesus and His resurrection into the lake of fire to remain there forever.
We will be with Jesus in the place He has prepared for those who belong to Him (John14:2), who have loved His appearing (II Timothy 4:8).
Jesus overcame our accuser at the cross. On this day, Jesus will come to claim His rightful deed to the earth. Our accuser will be silenced forever. He will no longer be allowed to operate anywhere in the universe. Hallelujah!

Lord Jesus, hasten the day when You come to claim
what is rightfully Yours and make an end
to our enemy of old.

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God’s Gift

Jesus Hisotry Channel

I Peter 2:24
And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, for by His wounds you were healed.

Jesus took the punishment for our wrongdoing that we might share in the inheritance of God. That we might walk blameless before Him. That we might be healed of the infirmities we experience in our bodies—our mind, soul and spirit.

He came to heal that which is broken. He came in order to be fastened to a cross so that we could be released from that which binds us to wrong thoughts, words, and actions.

He came to bleed and die for us that we might be welcomed into God’s own family as His own sons and daughters.
Jesus death and resurrection is a gift to us. It does no good until we receive it.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your obedience
to hang on the cross for me.
Through Your sacrifice I am set free
from wrong actions, thoughts, and deeds.
One day may I hear You say, “Not guilty.”

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Where Our Sin Goes

deep sea

Micah 7:19
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their (our) sins into the depths of the sea.

Our God is a God of compassion, of mercy. He loves us deeply with a love that never lets us go.

This scripture tells us that He is going to bring our bondages, our perversity, depravity, and guilt under His foot. In other words, He captures the things that put us in bondage and makes them subservient to Him.

He goes on to tell us that He hurls our sins, our iniquities and its consequences, into the deepest depths of the sea.

Corrie tenBoom always added a P.S. to this truth. She said, “and then God posts a sign that says, ‘NO FISHING.’” In other words, don’t go trying to dredge up confessed sins. They’re gone. God has stomped them and thrown them in a sea too deep to retrieve. Hallelujah!

Father God, thank You for sending Your Son
to overcome all my sins;
for taking the punishment I deserved.
May I walk in freedom before You
all the days of my life.

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When In Suffering and Grief

Jesus comfort

Lamentations 3:32
For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.

It is such a comfort to know when we are afflicted, when we undergo suffering, or when we grieve, the God of All Mercy is there. He has a multitude of goodness and kindness.

He is faithful. He is never late—or early. His intent is always for our highest good in the end.

Sometimes it looks like God is out to get us. Don’t believe it. It is Satan’s lie to get us to lose trust in the One who knows us best and loves us most.

Put your full trust in your Creator. He has a grand plan. Cooperate with Him to bring that plan into view.

Father God, I thank You in joy and in grief.
I put my full trust in You to bring to pass
those plans in Your heart for my life and living.
Show me how to cooperate with You
so I may stand with You, united, victorious, forever.

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God’s Guidance

crossroads

Psalm 112:4
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Many times we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we go right or left, or straight ahead? We need God’s wisdom, His instruction because only He knows the end from the beginning.

When we invite Him into a decision we can expect His sure guidance. His light. His instruction.

There is one qualification here. We must be upright in His eyes. That word “upright” means “to be right, pleasing, correct, righteous, straight.” If we are not pleasing in the Lord’s sight, we need not expect His light in our lives.

We need to ask Him today to show us any way that displeases Him, tell Him we’re sorry and change that way, that behavior, that keeps His light from us.

Lord God, I desire to walk a blameless path before You.
May all I do, say, and think, be pleasing in Your sight.
May I enjoy Your light in my life all my days.
May I reflect You in all my ways.

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Waywardness

Prodigal son

Luke 15:20
(Jesus said) “And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.”

The son here has finally come to the end of himself and decides to come to his father and admit his wrong. He intends to ask to be a lowly servant, no longer enjoying the status of a son.

The father sees him coming from a long way off, which indicates this father had been searching in the distance for any glimpse of his wayward, rebellious son. Seeing his son, he runs to welcome him home.

That word “run” here means to run exerting all effort as in a race course. This shows us the eagerness of the father to welcome his son home. He kisses his son again and again. Later, in the story we learn the father reinstates the son to full son ship—not a servant slave.

This is a picture of how God waits for us to turn from going our own way and come to Him, in sorrow for our sins. He ever searches the horizon in hopes to see our return.

Lord God, I’m sorry for walking my own way.
Cleanse me of my sinful ways.
Cause me to walk a right path before You.
Make me a true child of Yours.
Thank You for Your tender love that never lets go.

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