Truth for Today

THERE IS AN OPEN ROAD AHEAD OF YOU ~ all the way to heaven.

The challenge before you is to stop focusing on your problems and limitations—and to believe that the way ahead really is an open road, in spite of how it looks. When you are struggling, simply take the next step and thank Me for clearing the way.

We walk by faith, not by sight.
~ 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 [NKJV]

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
~ PSALM 16:11
 

Also read: 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13; JOHN 14:6 NKJV

I endured what I did to open up the path of

Life for you. Now have faith to believe that

I am the Way to the Father in heaven.

Truth for Today

WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR? 
 
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 
~ ROMANS 13:9

When Paul says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, he means that we should have the same care and concern for others that we have for ourselves. Paul said the same thing in this way: “Let each of you look not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4). You should be just as concerned about the comfort, happiness, peace, and joy of others as you are about your own.

Whose face do you wash in the morning? Whose hair do you comb? Whose wardrobe do you buy? Whose comforts are you concerned about? You are concerned about your self-preservation and self-comfort and should be concerned about others in the same way. Pay as much attention to them as you do yourself. That’s loving your neighbor as yourself.

Who is your neighbor? Anyone who comes across your path. Although it is hard to love everyone, you have a new capacity within you to do that (Rom. 5:5).

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AN INEXHAUSTIBLE RESERVOIR

You have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren. 
1 PETER 1:22

As Christians we have a great responsibility to love others, but how do we fulfill it? By understanding our resource.

Love is available to us, and it’s our fault if we don’t tap the necessary resource. We are to submit to the Spirit and learn how to love. We must purify our hearts by confessing our sin and realize the urgency of attracting others to Christ through our love. We are to make a conscious choice to love others, fellowship with other believers, and concentrate on others rather than ourselves. And we must consider the effect of loving others. Love given is inevitably returned.

When God saved you, He made you a new creation with the capacity to fulfill the debt of love. The reservoir of love is inexhaustible. You have the privilege of representing God in the world by loving others as He loved them and receiving love in return.

Truth for Today

DEMONSTRATING LOVE

~ Walk in love. [EPHESIANS 5:2]

What is love? How do you demonstrate it? To be able to practice love, you need to know what it is biblically. Throughout Scripture, love is characterized as an action.

First of all, love teaches the truth to others (Eph. 4:15) and ministers to their needs (Heb. 6:10). It sets an example by serving others and stimulating them to grow (Gal. 5:13). It covers other people’s faults (1 Pet. 4:8) and forgives (Eph. 4:32). Love also endures the problems and idiosyncrasies of others (1 Cor. 13:7) and sacrifices on their behalf (John 15:13–14).

Self-sacrificial love gives spiritual truth, help, and concern to those in need. We owe everyone that kind of love and should not owe anything else. That’s the heart of Christian living; it’s the magnet that attracts the world.

Truth for Today

GOD’S DIVINE PURPOSE 

He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
~ EPHESIANS 1:4

While Israel was still wandering in the desert of Sinai, Moses told them, “The Lord did not set His love on you or choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deut. 7:7–8). God did not choose the Jews because of who they were but because of who He is.

The same is true of God’s choosing believers. He chooses solely on the basis of His divine will, purpose, and love. There’s nothing you did to earn or gain salvation; it’s all of God. Be thankful that He chose you from before the foundations of the world.

Truth for Today

THE GOODNESS OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

~ LAMENTATIONS 3:22 – 23

The goodness of God’s faithfulness to believers is apparent, because even when we are unfaithful to Him, He remains faithful to us. The prophet Micah rejoiced in God’s faithfulness, exulting, “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy” (Mic. 7:18).

Whenever you’re in need, you can rely on the faithfulness of God’s promises, such as these: “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him” (Ps. 91:15); “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

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RESPONDING TO FALSE PROPHETS

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
~ MATTHEW 7:15

In Jude’s brief letter to believers, the apostle firmly warns against false prophets and tells us how to respond to them. “Keep yourselves in the love of God” (Jude 21). Our primary response to false teaching is simply to be right with God in the first place, to make sure we are in fellowship with Him and receiving His blessing and power. Then we can “have mercy on some, who are doubting” (v. 22, NASB)—believers who doubt their faith because of false teachers need reassurance.

Another necessary response might be to “save others, snatching them out of the fire” (v. 23, NASB)— unbelievers bound for hell after hearing false teaching need to be rescued before it’s too late.

Finally, Jude tells about a third response to false prophets: “On some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh” (v. 23, NASB). We sometimes must confront false prophets and their followers, doing so with a special dependence on the Lord and being careful not to get contaminated by their false teachings.

Truth for Today

DISCIPLESHIP IS SERIOUS

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost.
~ LUKE 14:28

You can pay nothing to earn salvation; yet living for Christ is a serious matter of discipleship. To be a Christian means to rely on Christ’s power rather than your own and to be willing to forsake your way for His. Being a Christian can mean facing persecution, ridicule, and tribulation. Jesus forewarned the disciples, “‘If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you’” (John 15:20).

But with His warning about the cost of discipleship, the Lord promised that your heart would rejoice “‘and your joy no one will take from you’” (John 16:22). And He also told His followers to “‘be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’” (16:33). You won’t escape the difficulties of discipleship, but Jesus will enable you to handle them.

Truth for Today

THE REPENTANT LIFE

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 
~ JAMES 2:17

If you have turned away from your sins and turned toward God’s way of righteousness, you will live a changed life. The theme of 1 John is that the truly redeemed person will demonstrate a truly transformed life. “Whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:5–6).

Those who teach that repentance and the repentant lifestyle aren’t a necessary part of the gospel are not presenting the gospel Jesus offered. Such a gospel of self-satisfaction and self-righteousness is from the world, not God.

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CHILDLIKE DEPENDENCY 

Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

~ MATTHEW 18:3

When speaking of genuine salvation, Jesus made an apt comparison to the characteristics of young children. To be saved, you must come to Christ with the dependent attitude and outlook of a little child: simple, helpless, trusting, unaffected, unpretentious, and unambitious. 

It’s not that children are without sin, but that they are naïve and unassuming, dependent on others and free from selfish claims to grandeur. They submit to the care of their parents and other loved ones, relying on them to meet all their needs. That’s the kind of humble and dependent attitude anyone must have who seeks to enter the kingdom of Jesus Christ.