Who Is the One?

So then neither he who plants is anything,
nor he who waters,
but God who gives the increase.

1 Corinthians 3:7

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the One who is able to perform. You will make all things work together for good to those who love You and who are the called according to Your Purpose. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we tend to give up. Help us, LORD, to see how You are working in people’s lives. Enable us to see how things are coming together because of what You are doing and because of the way You are accomplishing things. Guide us to trust in Your perfect Will and Word and to do as You say. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

When gardening we can use the best compost and the finest seeds that we can find, and we can water the plants diligently, and we can make use of a good selection of fertilizers and pesticides. What we have to remember, though, is that God is the One who will give the increase.

This is not only true for gardening but also for the growth of faith in our life. We may come from a good home, of Spirit-filled parents and siblings, and have experienced some of the finest kinds of family worship there is. Our parents not only nurtured us but also tried to pull the weeds that distracted us in our daily walk with Christ. Still, God is the only and true Source who will give the increase to our faith.

Question is: Do we believe that God is the One? I mean, not only that He has made us, and that He is our Savior, but also that He is the One who is working things? Do we truly love the Picture that He has given to us? Do we believe that every single part of it, including each puzzling piece of life, fits into His perfect Plan? (More on puzzles in my next post)

Trust and know that God gives the increase today.

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Mindful of His Precepts

We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;
but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’

Nehemiah 1:7-9

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have created us, saved us, and called us. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, that we so often neglect to diligently read Your Word. Let us study it. Guide us in our daily walk, and help us to do what You are telling us to do. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Some days it is easier to read our Bible while on other days we are having great trouble following the words. We might begin to stumble over verses that are a real challenge for us. It’s not so much because we do not understand what the verses say, but that the verses demand a certain kind of action from us. Could it be that we are feeling discomfort due to reading something that God requires of us — something we are not willing to do?

Cain was the first murderer that walked this earth. The Bible says that Cain was very angry, and that his countenance fell. He was jealous of his brother. Why? The LORD respected Abel and his offering, but Cain’s offering He did not respect. So Cain rose up against Abel and killed him.

Both received one and the same command. One of them listened and did what God required of him while the other one did not care to please the LORD. Abel brought the best he could give to God while Cain offered whatever he would find to give. One’s offering involved all the heart, all the soul, and all the strength of the giver; the other one’s offering was not good and therefore unacceptable to God.

What kind of Bible students are we? Do we care what God promises in His Word? How about what He commands us to do?

Listen to what Matthew Henry writes in regard to today’s verses:

If God were not more mindful of his promises
than we are of his precepts
we should be undone.

Our best pleas therefore in prayer are those that are taken from the promise of God, the word on which he has caused us to hope, Psa 119:49.

Study the Word of God and do what it says today.

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What Does God’s Word Say?

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman,
Has God indeed said,
‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

Genesis 3:1 (emphasis mine)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Word of God. We praise You for the heaven as it declares Your Glory, and we praise You for the special revelation which You have given to us by Your written Word. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we take this too lightly and whenever we are tempted to doubt the trustworthiness and power of Scripture. Help us, precious LORD, help and guide us into and through Your Word — because Your Word is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

What happened back then in the Garden of Eden is still happening in this world today. We need to be aware of that to stay on top and master it.

How often do we bump into the question, “What does the Bible really mean by that?” Or, to phrase it in another way, “Did God really say that…?” It is that same old trick of the devil that will cause us to stumble and fall if we are not careful.

The tactic of the devil is to plant a doubt which is way more destructive than if he would be telling us a straight-out lie. It often begins with the simple question, “Has God indeed said?” As soon as we are giving it a second thought, thinking it over, we are caught in the net.

What follows is similar to what had happened to Eve in the Garden, and we will talk more about that in Friday’s blog post

Search and study your Bible and know what God’s Word says today.

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