Daily Message


Last update: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Daily Message
Introduction

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Welcome to Sound Truth Ministry ‘Daily Message’. It is much like ‘Daily Word’ in that there is a message for each day of the week. Please enjoy this daily study for your spiritual wellness. I urge you to take advantage of this and every opportunity to read / study God’s word. Enjoy!

Sunday
Bless (Praise) the Lord
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I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (KJV) Psalm 34:1

Daily Message – Sunday’s Focus: Boast about what the Lord has done and is doing in your life

Psalms 34:1-3 I will bless the LORD at all times. His praise will always be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall boast in the LORD. The humble shall hear of it, and be glad. 3 Oh magnify the LORD with me. Let us exalt his name together. (NHEB)

How is it possible for a human to ‘bless the Lord’? The Hebrew word barak (baw-rak’) implies ‘to bless’ is an act of deep love and respect. Some of the newer translations use praise, honor or thank instead of the word bless. English translations / revisions that predate the 1611 Authorized King James such as the Geneva, the Great Bible, Matthew and Coverdale use ” I will always give thanks unto the Lord:”

-It is likely that the King James revisers followed the Wycliffe, Bishop’s and The Vulgate {note: it is 33:2 in this translation} interpreting of the word ‘barak’. Whatever we do when it relates to God—bless, praise, honor or give thanks—should be done from our heart in respect to God as the Supreme Being. [1 Samuel 21:10–15]

Psalms 34 is one of my favorite Bible passages; it is full of action and so motivating. ‘Praise‘ – To worship in words or song; to do honor to; to show the excellence of God [from the Hebrew תְּהִלָּה thillah]. ‘Boast in the Lord‘ – to make a show or celebrate [from the Hebrew הָלַל halal]. ‘Magnify the Lord‘ – tell of (proclaim) the Lord’s greatness [from the Hebrew גָּדַל gadal]. ‘Exalt‘ – to lift up; be high actively [from the Hebrew רוּם ruwm]. Now let’s boast about what the Lord has done and is doing in your life! Be blessed – Tim.

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Monday
Worship God – Give Him Credit
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“Worship (seek) God – Because of Him we live, move and have our being” – from Acts 17:28-29

Daily Message – Monday’s Focus: Worship God

Reference Scriptures

Acts 17:26-28 This God made us in all our diversity from one original person, allowing each culture to have its own time to develop, giving each its own place to live and thrive in its distinct ways. 27 His purpose in all this was that people of every culture and religion would search for this ultimate God, grope for Him in the darkness, as it were, hoping to find Him. Yet, in truth, God is not far from any of us. 28 For you know the saying, “We live in God; we move in God; we exist in God.” And still another said, “We are indeed God’s children.” (The Voice)

Something to think about:
Give God praise where it is due. God is the creator of all things. We would be alive if not for Him. No one could do what they do if it were not for Him. I know some do not believe in creation. Nor give God credit for our being. Do you, child of God, worship God? Do you give him praise?
Key Points:
  1. Why did I use the title ‘Worship (seek) God’? Take a look at Acts 17:23 “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” (KJV) Paul’s message to the members of the court revealed ‘the unknown God’ whom they worshiped. In verse 27 the KJV says ‘they should seek the Lord’. God is not lost. He is where you are so you can ‘find’ Him. [Matthew 7:7; Psalms 139:7-12; 145:18] Get to know the God you worship!
  2. All things exist because of God – John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.” (NHEB)
  3. Give God credit for the creation of all things – Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (RKJNT)
Reference: Please take time to read Acts 17:22-34 (focus verses: 22-31; key verses 27-29). FYI, in the KJV Mars Hill refers to the Areopagus (click/tap for link to wiki) council (high court) in Athens, Greece.

Do you give God credit for your accomplishments? I just wanted to make you think about it. What have you done that God cannot get credit for? Think more on this, I recall the first time I took a good look at this. I struggled and wanted some credit because “I (a big I) worked hard…”. There was no way around it, if God had not created (we could stop here, but let’s consider a few things) the earth, Adam and Eve, the air we breathe, etc. Face it, there would be nothing without God. He is worthy of worship which is simple to perform acts of honor, respect and awe (obedient fear) in service to God the Supreme Being. Stay tuned for a deeper Bible study on worship, until then, be blessed – Tim.

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Tuesday
More than enough
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God will provide more than enough to do what He called you to do!

Daily Message – Tuesday’s Focus: Patience, Faith and Obedience

When we do exactly as God says, like Moses we will have more than enough to get the job done. Many, many years ago, I asked God to prepare me for His work. To make it so I would not have to rely on tithes and offerings to live or fulfill His calling. Patiently, I followed His leading, doing as instructed, God has supplied and continues to supply all I need. [Read Exodus 25:1-9; 35:4-19]

Exodus 36:1-7 So let Bezalel and Oholiab get to work, with every wise-hearted man to whom the Lord has given wisdom and knowledge, to do whatever is necessary for the ordering of the holy place, as the Lord has given orders. 2 Then Moses sent for Bezalel and Oholiab, and for all the wise-hearted men to whom the Lord had given wisdom, even everyone who was moved by the impulse of his heart to come and take part in the work: 3 And they took from Moses all the offerings which the children of Israel had given for the building of the holy place. And still they went on giving him more free offerings every morning.

4 Then the wise men, who were doing all the work of the holy place, came from their work; 5 And said to Moses, The people are giving much more than is needed for the work which the Lord has given us orders to do. 6 So Moses made an order and had it given out through all the tents, saying, Let no man or woman make any more offerings for the holy place. So the people were kept from giving more. 7 For the material they had was enough and more than enough for all the work which had to be done. (BBE)

This ministry does not have to ask anyone to give anything. I don’t believe we are unique, just another example of what happens when you trust and obey the Lord.

Keep in mind also, when the Lord sent the disciples (apostles) out to minister, He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff — no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts — 9 but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. [Read Mark 6:7-13; compare Matthew 10:1,5-15; Luke 9:1-6]. The book of Acts records what happened to the Apostles during their ministries, didn’t the Lord provide for them?

Trust the Lord to provide

Through the Holy Spirit, He blessed me with the skills to do all of the research, design and manage the website and the Bible studies. He gave me the skills to create all of the graphics using photos that we take and made it possible for me to have the time to do it all… I am not bragging, just giving God the praise for what He has done and is continuing to do. Trust the Lord, be patient and follow His instructions. If you are obedient and remain faithful, He will supply all your need. Be blessed – Tim.

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Wednesday
Liberty (Freedom) through Christ
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If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:36 (RKJNT)

Daily Message – Wednesday’s Focus: Freedom (to do good, not to sin)

John 8:31-36 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We are Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how is it that you say, You shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 And the slave does not abide in the house forever: but the Son abides forever. 36 If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. (RKJNT)

Many believe since they are free—through Christ— they can live as they please and still receive the reward of eternal life. Being free actually means freedom from the bondage of the Law (given to Moses) and from sin. It is not a license to sin or live a life of sin. Take a look at the discussion above in John 8. Jesus speaks of this religious freedom or liberty, but uses the word ‘free’:

  • We see the word free in John 8:32, 33 and twice in 36.
    • verse 32 eleutheroo (el-yoo-ther-oh’-o) means to make free from sin. By the Jews response, it seems they did not understand what Jesus meant when He said ‘the truth shall make you free“.
    • verse 33 the response, “were never in bondage to any man”. For some reason they must have assumed Jesus used eleutheros (el-yoo’-ther-os) [born free; non-slaves] which is the word they used in questioning Jesus, ‘how is it that you say, You shall be made free?’ What did the Jews mean by this?
    • in verse 36 the first use of the word free, Jesus repeats eleutheroo but then follows with elutheros this time meaning free from the Law.

1 Peter 2:16 As those who are free, not using your free position as a cover for wrongdoing, but living as the servants of God; (BBE)

The Roman church was warned against this in Romans 6:1-4 excerpt from verses 1-2: ‘Should we go on sinning so that grace may increase? Of course not! How can we who died as far as sin is concerned go on living in it?’. (ISV)

1 John 3:4-8 Everyone who lives sinfully is living in violation of law. Sin is violation of law. 5 And you know that Christ appeared to take away our sins; and in him sin has no place. 6 No one who maintains union with him lives in sin; no one who lives in sin has ever really seen him or learned to know him. 7 My children, do not let anyone mislead you. The person who lives righteously is righteous — as Christ is righteous. 8 The person who lives sinfully belongs to the devil, for the devil has sinned from the first. It was for this that the Son of God appeared, that he might undo the devil’s work. (OEB)

Religious Liberty

The most common word in the Bible for freedom is liberty. Eleutheria (pronounced el-yoo-ther-ee’-ah) – free, freedom or liberty in righteousness through Christ. We have different forms of religion that lead to many ways of living. Some people are not aware of the sin that remains in their life and see no need to change. Changing the way we live is vital to living a life that pleases God.

The moral values of the religious society have changed and being religious or spiritual is not the same for everyone. Once again I encourage you to study God’s word to get a true understanding of what He requires. We are allowed the freedom to live as we choose, my desire is that you choose to live for Christ. Eventually as stated in Romans 6:18, through liberty from sin you change and start living for Christ.

Romans 6:16-18 Do you not know that if you yield yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are slaves of the one you obey; whether of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once the slaves of sin, have obeyed from the heart that standard of teaching which was entrusted to you. 18 Being then set free from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness. (RKJNT)

Scriptures to read and study:

1 John 3:1-10; Romans 8:1-11; 1 Peter 2:13-17 {Romans 13:1-7}; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Finally my friends let us use this freedom through Christ to please God and not indulge in all manner of sinful activities. Be mindful of your activities, are they pleasing God? Be blessed – Tim.

Question for ‘Liberty (freedom) through Christ’: Has your life changed now that you are free from sin through Christ?

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Thursday
Be A Giver
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Give to everyone who asks of you; and, when anyone takes away what is yours, do not demand its return.
Luke 6:30 (OEB)

Daily Message – Thursday’s Focus: Cheerful Giving

This is will not be a popular post, Jesus tells us to be givers and kind—loving and charitable—let go of the worldly things.

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. (BBE)

In Acts 20:35 Paul is not quoting any particular passage in the Gospel that we can find, so I will not speculate. There are references that convey the message and I will leave it at that; most references point you to Matthew 10:8.

Acts 20:35 In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (WEB)

Luke 14:12-14 Then he said to his host, When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers, your kinsmen, or your rich neighbours; lest they invite you in return, and you are repaid. 13 But when you have a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And you shall be blessed; for they cannot repay you: but you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. (RKJNT)

The cheerful giver

I have considered writing on this for a long time and will use it as our challenge for this study. Please read 2 Corinthians 7:13 through 9:15 and share your understanding of what is said and meant. Too often we miss the full message because we start in the middle or towards the end; it wouldn’t hurt to start at 2 Corinthians 1:1 if you have the time.

Be a Giver Challenge
  1. Was Paul talking about offering as we use the term today?
  2. Who was to receive the funds the local assembly (church) or elsewhere?
  3. Pay close attention to chapter 8 verses 10-15.
  4. How long was it between the time they decided to give and the actual collection?
  5. What are the key points you learned from this lesson?

Please give your answers and feedback in the comment area at the end of the post.

Scriptures to read and study:

Luke 6:27-36 (key verse: 30); Acts 20:17-38; Matthew 10:5-15 (key verse: 8); 2 Corinthians 7:13-9:15

Why should you be a giver? One reason could be to consider the words of Christ—found only in a quote by Paul in Acts 20:35—”It is more blessed to give than to receive“. Keep in mind that John stated in John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” Try to be a giver and see if you are not happier. Be blessed – Tim.

Question for ‘be a giver’: Do you give cheerfully?

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Friday
Forgetting the past
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“this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind”
Philippians 3:13

Daily Message – Friday’s Focus: Letting go of your past

Philippians 3:12-16 Not that I have already attained it, or have already become perfect: but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not consider myself to have laid hold of it yet: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize, to which God has called me upward in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, be of this mind: and if in anything you are of a different mind, God shall also reveal this to you. 16 Only let us hold true to that which we have already attained. (RKJNT)

Aw, the good old days or not so good old days. It does not matter how you view your past, oh, I am so sorry we must understand “those things which are behind” is referring to the old sinful nature—old man / person. Your past is the life before your rebirth or before you became a child of God.

Philippians 3:18-19 For many, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even with weeping, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. (RKJNT)

Please do not think that being born again means you have changed the way you think and act. The “many” spoken of in Philippians 3:18 are born again who “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ…with minds set on earthly things”. Yes, as stated in Romans 6:6 the old man—sinful nature was crucified so we should no longer be a slave to sin. Forget about your past life—let go—’put off the old man’. You have the help you need to change through Christ and the Holy Spirit. The longer the enslavement the more difficult the transition / change to living free.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should no longer be enslaved by sin. (RKJNT)

Ephesians 4:22 Then put off the old man, which belongs to your former life, which is corrupt through deceitful lusts; (RKJNT)

Challenge: Forgetting your past
  1. What is the solution, how do we forget and let go of our past? Look at Philippians 3:14-17 and 20-21
  2. I can offer some simple advice:
    1. change your environment and your associates (unless they are born again believers)
    2. change your habits
    3. stay busy exploring your new life (you did it as a human developing from one stage of life to the next; your spiritual life is very much like that, you grow and develop as you go)
  3. Find a few Scriptures that relate to item 2 a-c. (for the babes in Christ, I plan to follow this study with another to cover these items)

Please give your answers and feedback in the comment area at the end of the post.

Scriptures to read and study:

Philippians 3:12-21; Romans 12:9-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Forget – to lose the remembrance of; to let go from the memory; to fail to recall, notice, or mention; pass over; to banish (shut out) from one’s thoughts; to put out of mind. Be blessed – Tim.

Question for today: Have you burned the bridge to your sinful past?

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Satruday
Forgetting-Part 2
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“Keep on imitating me, my friends. Pay attention to those who follow the right example that we have set for you.”
Philippians 3:17 (GNT)

Daily Message – Saturday’s Focus: Solution to letting go

Philippians 3:14-17 I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven. 15 All of us who have grown to be spiritually mature should think this way too. And if there is any of this that you don’t agree with, God will make it clear to you. 16 But we should continue following the truth we already have. 17 Brothers and sisters, join together in following my example. Also, learn by watching those who are living the way we showed you. (ERV)

How do we forget about and let go of our past? Of course there is no one answer for everyone but the basic elements involve three things:

  1. Our minds—the way we think: the model in Philippians 3:14 is of an athlete whose aim is to win the prize. Develop a sense of purpose; pursue goals that will please God.
    • A few Scriptures to support this:
      Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. (RKJNT)
      Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, and acceptable, and perfect. (RKJNT)
      Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are admirable; if there is any virtue, and if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things. (RKJNT)
  2. Our associates / friends: the people we do things with often have a strong impact on what we do and say. They may also keep us from growth in all areas of life. Make sure our associates / friends support us to do good and improve to do better (grow).
    • Supporting Scriptures:
      1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast [i.e., of sin, and especially the unrepentant sinner], so that you can be a new batch of dough, without yeast in it [i.e., a godly church without unrepentant sinners in it] as [I know] you really are. For our Passover [Lamb], Christ, has already been sacrificed. (AUV)
      1 Corinthians 5:11 Now, what I meant was that you should not associate with people who call themselves brothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. Don’t eat with such people. (GW)
      1 Corinthians 15:33-34 Do not be fooled: “Bad friends will ruin good habits.” 34 Come back to your right way of thinking and stop sinning. I say this to shame you—some of you do not know God. (ICB) [read 1 Corinthians 15:29-34 {Proverbs 13:20; Hebrews 12:12-17; 2 Peter 2:18-22 (Proverbs 26:11)}]
      2 Corinthians 6:14 Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same? (CEV)
      [Note: many translations use the phrase “unequally yoked” this is not referring only to marriage as is commonly believed. To put it in proper context: read 2 Corinthians 6:11-18; Acts 26:12-18; Ephesians 5:8-14 (key verse: 11)]
  3. Our environment: the places we go and where we live.

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven; from whence we eagerly look for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our lowly body, that it may be fashioned like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. (RKJNT)

You are now part of God’s family, your (our) citizenship is in—we are citizens of—heaven our future home. Heaven is where our thoughts and goals should be focused. Keep studying and reading the word of God eventually, if it has not already happened, it will!

How I let go; a short testimony (praise report)

My past: drug addict / dealer ♦ Associates: addicts and dealers ♦ Growth: from casual user to drug-dealer (to support the drug habit).

How did I let go: I repented and God cleaned me up (set me free from the addictions) overnight on March 17, 1977. Helped me change the people I connect with. I moved to a new physical and mental place.

My now (praise and glory to God): Retired computer-engineering executive and full-time minister ♦ Associates: other believers and family ♦ Growth: from computer tech to director of satellite data operations center.

Scriptures to read and study:

1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 6:11-18; Acts 26:12-18; Ephesians 5:8-14 (key verse: 11); 1 Corinthians 15:29-34 {Proverbs 13:20; Hebrews 12:12-17; 2 Peter 2:18-22 (Proverbs 26:11)}

Bad versus Good: our old sinful self thought about things that were bad in the sight of God. We did things that did not please God and we went places that God would be ashamed of. Now we should think of things that are good in the sight of God. We should do things that please God and go places that God would love to be. Forget about the old you and all that is associated with it—release yourself from that baggage, set yourself free and let go! Be blessed – Tim.

Related Bible study:

Spiritual Attitude || Changed Life || Christian Life

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