The Daily Nugget
Friday, January 20, 2017
Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Our verse today expresses the desire Paul has to see the Philippian Christians have more Godly discernment. Oh how we need more discernment even today. Us Christians are making many ungodly decisions on a daily basis. A single wrong decision can cause havoc in our lives for many years. Sadly, our frivolous decisions also affect those around us. We must learn to allow the Spirit to lead us in every decision of life. He is our guide in every aspect of this life here on earth. Whether little or big, He is can be our guide into truth. Our verse reveals the force within that causes a Christian to allow the Lord to lead them into life’s decisions; “that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment”. The key phrase here is “your love”. This love here is speaking of our love in the Lord Jesus Christ. This love is a personal love. He says “your” love. We cannot make the correct decisions for our life while operating on someone else’s opinions. Notice further that this love for Christ should cause us to abound in “knowledge”. This word here in our verse simply means to know through discernment. What a blessing to have the personal power through the Spirit to know what to do and how to do in life’s decisions. But our verse goes on to say that this love for Christ will also cause us to abound in “all judgment”. This word here in this verse means to have discernment in perception. In short, our love in the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to give us the knowledge of God’s will in our life and also the power to act in His will in all decisions in our life as a child of God. How much do you love the Lord? Enough that you have discernment in knowledge and judgment? You see, a close and powerful relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ does matter. If we allow our carnal side to influence us then we can expect much chaos and havoc, but if we are willing to allow the Spirit to guide us in every move then oh how much more happiness there is to enjoy. When we say “I love the Lord”, do we really? Our love for Him is proven to be strong or weak in our daily decisions. Amen.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
This verse expresses an important piece of advice to us as born again Christians. We live in a time where God’s Word has been poked at, sliced up, smashed over, rearranged, rewrote and reprinted. This is such a shame. The very last warning in God’s word is a stern warning of destruction to those who attempt to destroy His Word. No matter how many times people try to rearrange God’s Word to try and make it so-called easier for them to read or comprehend, the real Word is still the real Word. Store shelves are packed with perverted versions of the Bible. It is so sad to see His precious Word mutilated and abused. Our verse warns us to not get into arguments and disagreements about His Word. State the truth and if the person refuses the truth then dust off your feet and move on. If the person shows interest in the truth then it is our responsibility to share it with them. “The truth shall make you free”. But if the truth is refused then the blame is off your back…move on. You cannot make someone take the truth. Our world is filled with false doctrine and heresies that are birthed from men changing and misusing the Word of God. Tampering with His Word is very dangerous. We must avoid getting caught up in debates with these people. Arguing and debating will do nothing but push them further from the truth. 2Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. We should state the truth, live the truth in their presence and move on down the road. Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. 2Timothy 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 1Timothy carries it a little further; Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Be careful with old “wives tales”. These will mislead us and those around us. So be sure not to destroy your witness by trying to prove that you are right and they are wrong. It is God’s truth…let Him put it where He wants it. I leave you with one more verse of encouragement. Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Amen!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Deuteronomy 13:3… for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
1Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. Isaiah 1:25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin. We all have a thought process that the life here should be perfect and be a form of paradise, but that is false thinking and dreaming. This world is a world cursed with sin and where there is sin then perfection is not nearby. The paradise that we seek is in eternity. If we have been born again then we can claim a home of paradise and perfection in the eternity of Glory. Until then, we live here in this foreign country serving Him and awaiting our rescue from tribulation. As our scriptures have stated so well this morning, we are tried and proven daily of the Lord. The temptation that is put before us of the Enemy is allowed to be placed before us by the Lord to test our love for Him. We say “I love the Lord” but do we really?? Our proving through the times of temptation shows just how much we really love the Lord. Our bending to sin is a proof that we love and desire sin more than the Lord. Then He also tests us through trials. The trials and storms of this life here on earth test the depth of our love for the Lord. Are we a shallow follower or do we seek the deep things of God? And is our love for Him so deep rooted that trials only bring us closer to Him with a deeper love for Him? Today, we will be tested and at the end of today we will have an evaluation of how much we really love the Lord. Be careful that that soft spot for sin will be rejected and rebuked in your life. Ask God for strength and faith to love Him more and deeper than ever and that our daily life will display that deep eternal love that we have for our Lord. Psalm 66:10 & 12 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. Isaiah 43:11-12 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. He will prove us today to show us whether our love for Him is as deep as we claim. May He give us wisdom and strength to rebuke and reject sin. Amen.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
What are you searching for? What is dominating your mind most of the time? What was occupying your mind as you lay down to sleep last night and what was the first thing on your mind when you woke up this morning? How we answer these few questions can be truth-telling signs of our spiritual condition as a Christian. Many times we refer to the “flesh seeking folk” as those that are unsaved, but many times we need to slap that title upon our own selves. This wicked world has so much to offer our flesh that our carnal side desires like a kid in a candy store. Temporary satisfaction is around every corner. But we must not forget that the things that trip our flesh trigger will always be temporary and many times will come with consequences. When we fall for the trap of fleshly lust we will soon find ourselves in a mess that will not straighten out or clean up anytime soon. What are we really after? Are we trailing fleshly lust or spiritual growth? My friend it is a choice. Sin is a choice. Ungodly living is a choice. Many say they cannot help it, but they are wrong. Living clean and right is a choice as well. Notice our verse; they that are “after” the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. That word “after” means to seek after, to desire, to have a hunger for, to catch up with. You see, it is a choice. Now this does not mean that we should be totally disconnected from the things and people of this world, but rather it means that we should not be dominated by the mammon and lustful things of this world. What or who makes your decisions in this life? What sways your path and chooses your direction of travel each day? It is a choice. They that are after the Spirit the do mind the things of the Spirit. As we go through today we must be attentive to the voice of the Holy Ghost. Spiritual discernment is a key to successful Christian living. Amen.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Our verse for today is the last verse of Acts chapter 2. This is a vital chapter in the Word of God because it is what we refer to as the birthing chapter of the grace church. In this chapter we see the basic ground rules and actions for a successful church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded to have the right faith. Our doctrines of faith must be according to the true Word of God. We are to have the right fervor. The first church was a fervent church. They were excited about serving the Lord Jesus. Their right fervor and faith would bring on the right fire. Many churches today are just ash bins. They contain only memories of past fires. They lie in a state of deadness not desiring to be filled with the fire of God. They are satisfied with just a community gathering. Then we see those places that are filled with wild fire. Wild fire is a fire out of control. A wild fire will destroy things that are of great value. Wild fire in a church is a fire that destroys Bible doctrine and balanced belief. What we need is what the first Christians had, a fire that is a controlled burn. This type fire is under the control of the Spirit of God. So, we need the right faith, the right fervency, the right fire and our verse mentions the right favour. They were “praising God, and having favour with all people”. It is easy for us to be nice to people we like and are compatible with, but what about those that we don’t feel a connection with? What about those that we don’t feel as close to? It is our duty as a child of God to be hospitable to all. If there is a member that you really just don’t feel any common ground with, don’t shun them! How hard is it to speak and be nice?! You don’t have to plan a Sunday dinner with them, but you can at least speak! What about visitors? Do you make an effort to make them feel special and welcomed?? Don’t treat them like invaders! Go speak and make them feel welcomed at the House of God. Someone once made you feel welcome. And then the last part of our verse just might unfold. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Be friendly and favor others today. Whether you are on the job or wherever you might be. Be friendly. The Lord just might use you as a tool to show them the truth about His saving grace. Amen.