Wednesday Devotion: Let God Do His Job


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Philippians 2:8-11 shows us how humility precedes honor,

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If God’s good pleasure and His plan are to be worked out in our lives, we must walk in humility. It is a prerequisite for us to pass the test of humility. As we see here, because Jesus humbled Himself, God highly exalted Him. And at that point, no demon in hell could do a thing to prevent it.

When God promotes you, no person, no demon, no ungodly system can hold you back. God’s exalting power is irresistible. It is undeniable, and it is undefeatable.

But a humble heart must come first. It has been said that no man stands taller than when he is on his knees before God. Let us humble ourselves and be obedient to God in every area of our lives. If we will lower ourselves, God will lift us. God’s job is to exalt us, and our job is to humble ourselves. If we try to do God’s job for Him, He will have to do our job for us.

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Are there 2 Gods in the Bible?


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by Greg King

“God is love,” declared the apostle John (1 John 4:8). For many centuries, Christians have attached great importance to this brief declaration. They have understood it to express the major defining characteristic of God. They have taken this little phrase to highlight who God is at the core of His being, to set forth His foremost quality. And since the Bible affirms the unchanging nature of God (Malachi 3:6), Christians have generally stated that God’s love is on display throughout the Bible—in the Old Testament as well as the New.

The problem
However, not everyone agrees that the entire Bible portrays a loving God. In his best-selling book The God Delusion, the militant atheist Richard Dawkins pulls no punches when he asserts, “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” To say the least (and much more could be said about Dawkins and his book), Dawkins does not see the Old Testament describing a God of love.

And it’s not just atheists who are challenged by the Old Testament’s description of God. Many casual readers of the Bible, and even a number of Christians, struggle with the Old Testament God. It appears to them, at least on the surface, that the description of God in the Old Testament presents a striking and dramatic contrast with that found in the New. Their impression is that the God of the Old Testament is harsh, vindictive, and punitive, while the New Testament God, as shown in Jesus Christ, reveals Himself as loving, gracious, and merciful.

How should we deal with this issue? Are there responses that support the orthodox Christian position that the Bible’s portrayal of God is consistent, that God is a God of love in both the Old Testament and the New? Or is the chasm between the descriptions of God in the two testaments so great that they cannot be bridged?

I will discuss some points that move the discussion of this challenging issue in a positive direction and provide some help in understanding it. However, first it’s appropriate to review several solutions that have been advocated and popularly held but that a careful study of the Bible shows to be erroneous, even though these ideas have attracted a wide following.

Unacceptable solutions
Two different Gods. One solution, advocated by a man named Marcion, who lived in the second century A.D., is simply to state that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament. According to Marcion, the God of the New Testament, the heavenly Father who sent Jesus and whom Jesus preached about, is kind, merciful, and forgiving. By contrast, the Old Testament God, the Creator of the material universe, is a jealous tribal deity whose law demands justice and who punishes people for their sins.

In light of this view, it isn’t surprising that Marcion rejected the entire Old Testament and accepted only a limited number of New Testament books—which he had edited to favor his perspective.

However, Marcion was judged a heretic by the early Christian church and was disfellowshiped, and there are compelling reasons why his perspective must be rejected. First, throughout the New Testament, it’s assumed that the God who “so loved the world” (John 3:16) that He gave His Son to die is the same God as the God of the Old Testament. Additionally, Jesus Himself is identified as the active Agent in Creation, the One who brought all things into existence (John 1:3, 10; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2), not the evil deity that Marcion made Him out to be. It’s a telling and decisive point that Jesus never distanced Himself from God as He is presented in the Old Testament. Rather, He saw His life in continuity with and in fulfillment of the Old Testament (Luke 24:27, 44).

A God with a split personality. Another suggestion, which doesn’t go as far as Marcion’s heresy, is that the same God is present in the Old and New Testaments but that He has a split personality. That is, God dealt with people differently in Old Testament times than He did in the New Testament era. Those who advocate this solution think that for some reason God chose to act harshly in His dealings with the Israelites and other nations in the Old Testament, but with the dawn of the New Testament, His gentleness and kindness come to the forefront.

This suggestion is developed in a rather elaborate way and given a veneer of sophistication in the theological system known as dispensationalism. Rooted in the nineteenth-century writings of John Darby and popularized in the marginal notes of the Scofield Reference Bible, dispensationalism continues to be a widely held view among many North American Christians. It maintains that God has related to people in different ways through a series of periods of time (dispensations) throughout history.

For example, Adam and Eve’s time in Eden is called the dispensation of innocence; the pre-Flood world, the dispensation of conscience; and the majority of the Old Testament era was the dispensation of law. This view also holds that these different dispensations are based on different biblical covenants.

However, dispensationalism, like Marcion’s view, falters on the grounds of the obvious continuity that is seen between God and His dealings in both Testaments. In fact, God declares of Himself, “I the LORD do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

Helpful solutions
What are some points to consider that might help us understand the Old Testament portrayal of God and bridge the gap that is sometimes thought to exist between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament as revealed by Jesus?

First, Jesus never distanced Himself from the God of the Old Testament. Never does He make a statement even hinting that His character or teachings are distinct and separate from the Old Testament revelation of God. He certainly distinguished His viewpoint and teachings from traditional Jewish understandings on a variety of topics (for example, Matthew 5:21, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32; 15:1–11), but He never departed from what the Old Testament reveals about God. To the contrary, it was the Old Testament God who gave Him to the world out of love (John 3:16), and He came as Immanuel, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), the living embodiment of the Old Testament God. Since Jesus didn’t separate the revelation of God provided by His life from the Old Testament God, as His followers we should not do so either.

Second, if one takes the Bible seriously, God is not a one-dimensional Deity with love as His only attribute. Rather, the Bible attributes a variety of characteristics to Him. He is holy, righteous, just, faithful, jealous, merciful, gracious, loving, and so on. The Bible gives quite a long list of God’s attributes, and to eliminate certain aspects of its descriptions of God because they don’t fit our concept of Him as a God of love is to pick and choose the evidence we will accept. Such an exercise leaves us with a diminished picture of God that is unfaithful to the Bible. We must let the Bible define the character and ways of God rather than deciding what God must be like and then imposing our view onto the Bible.

Third, the New Testament also contains some passages that challenge our popular understanding of God’s character. In other words, the God of the New Testament, even as seen in Jesus Christ, is not always a warm, fuzzy God who is gentle in every circumstance. Several New Testament passages demonstrate this point. The divine judgment that took the lives of Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit was certainly a serious punishment (Acts 5:1–11). Some might even view this as a remnant of the harsh Old Testament God, even though it’s found in the New Testament.

The New Testament’s book of Revelation also speaks of judgments from God that include undiluted wrath, a divine anger that’s unmixed with mercy (Revelation 14:9–11). Jesus Himself drove the merchants out of the temple with a whip of cords (John 2:13–17) and initially rebuffed the plea of a Canaanite woman to heal her daughter with what some consider to be a disparaging comment (Matthew 15:21–28). This is not to deny that the New Testament God is infinitely gracious and loving; it’s simply to note that both Old and New Testaments at times present challenges as we seek to understand God’s loving ways.

Fourth is the concept that Christians sometimes refer to as progressive revelation. Progressive revelation refers to the gradual unfolding of truth—that as we move through the Bible God reveals Himself and His character more and more clearly until we reach the apex of His self-revelation in Jesus Christ. This is not to say that the revelation of God found in the Old Testament is erroneous. It’s certainly true that David, Isaiah, Daniel, and other Old Testament writers received insights about God and communicated them in the pages of the Bible. However, these are all incomplete revelations.

As the Bible indicates, the fullest revelation of God is found in the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. No Old Testament prophet could ever say, as did Jesus, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Jesus is the only One of whom it could be said, “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). We must remember that as long as we are on this earth, even with the wonderful disclosure of God provided by Jesus, we will still, to use the words of Paul, “See but a poor reflection as in a mirror” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Only in eternity will we begin to comprehend some of the challenges to our understanding of God posed by certain passages in Scripture.

A final point to keep in mind is that our squeamishness about the Old Testament description of God might tell us more about us and the world in which we live than it does about God. Perhaps our age prefers a God whose affection is indulgent and permissive instead of One whose love is holy and jealous (Exodus 20:5; 34:14). Maybe we desire a God who is warm and cozy instead of One who is, as the New Testament declares, “a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29).

The following quotation from C. S. Lewis’s book The Problem of Pain is a striking indictment of our age: “What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven—a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves,’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all.’ ”

Instead of limiting ourselves to God’s revelation of Himself in only one part of the Bible, let us follow the example of many faithful Christians, the New Testament apostles, and Jesus Himself. We need to recognize the continuity in the Word of God and plumb the depths of the whole Bible, seeking to understand as completely and fully as possible the One whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3).

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How can you get kids to eat more fruits


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by Sue Radd

Real fruit is being displaced from kids’ diets by packaged snacks, soft drinks, and junk foods, all of which lead to early chronic diseases.

An analysis of the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey found that almost half the kids polled ate afterschool snacks that contain high saturated fat, such as cookies, cakes, and pastries, and at least 30 percent of their daily calorie intake came from these processed foods!

Yet many of these children didn’t achieve their daily target for whole fruit intake, with only 1 percent of 14- to 16-year-olds getting enough, not counting juice! Surprisingly, fruit intake tends to decline as children get older.

Why fruit is the perfect snack

Fruit is nature’s best after-school snack and dessert food. It helps protect kids from asthma, constipation, excess weight, high blood pressure, diabetes, and later, heart attack/stroke. For example, one U.S. study found that eating burgers three times a week was linked with a higher risk of asthma, whereas an increased intake of fruit, vegetables, and omega-3 fats was associated with a significantly reduced risk of asthma.

How much do they need?
Encourage your kids to eat fruit every day. Following are the minimum amounts they need for good health. (A serving is one medium piece, two small fruits, or one cup of cut-up fruit.)
age daily requirement
2–3 1 serving
4–8 1.5 servings
9–18 2 servings

What parents can do
The best way to influence your kids is to be a good role model. Teach them about the importance of fruit, and introduce them to different varieties in season. Studies show that it can take up to ten repeated exposures for a new fruit to be accepted.

Buy smaller sized fruits that fit into a lunchbox, or cut larger fruits into small pieces with a melon baller, pear cutter, or knife. If you make it easy for them, they’ll eat it.

Freeze grapes, pineapple chunks, and fruit skewers for hot summer days, and add whole fruit to smoothies.

Nutritionist Sue Radd is the award-winning author of The Breakfast Book and coauthor of Eat to Live, internationally acclaimed for showing how savvy eating can combat cancer and heart disease and improve wellbeing. See http://www.sueradd.com for more nutrition information.

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Why God said Remember


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By Joe Crews

What Could He Do?

Numerous surveys and questionnaires have confirmed that the most popular form of modern skepticism is to deny the creation story. Seventy-two percent of ministers interviewed expressed varying degrees of doubt that God actually spoke the world into existence according to the biblical account. This fundamental disbelief has led to the rejection of other foundational doctrines of Christendom such as the virgin birth and the atonement.

It is interesting to note that God apparently anticipated a lot of controversy over the Genesis record of fiat creation. His claims of manufacturing all the staggering mass of matter by merely commanding it to exist—well, there would certainly be doubters and disbelievers of such an account. And even those who read about it and believed it would soon forget the miraculous fact under the confusing influence of a million false gods who would arise.

So God needed to do something unusual to preserve the knowledge of His mighty act of creation. That power to speak heaven and earth into existence would distinguish Him from all the counterfeit gods and their deceptive claims. What could He do that would constantly point mankind back to the focal week of creation when He forever established His divine authority?

 

Creation – The Mark of God’s Sovereignty
God chose to memorialize that convincing display of creative power by setting aside the seventh day of creation week as a holy day of rest and remembering. It would constitute a tremendous safeguard of God’s sovereignty—a mark of His right to rule as the only true God. It would, at the same time, stand as a devastating debunking of every god who had not created the heavens and earth.

The writings of Old Testament prophets are saturated with reminders of God’s peculiar powers of creation. David wrote, “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens” (Psalm 96:5). Jeremiah expressed it: “But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God. . . . The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish. . . . He hath made the earth by his power” (Jeremiah 10:10-12).

Did God Himself demonstrate an extreme urgency in keeping the truth of creation vividly before the eyes of the world? Yes. To such a degree that He wrote into the heart of His great moral law the binding obligation of every living soul to keep the Sabbath holy, and thus, to acknowledge His divine authority. Within those eternal principles forming the foundation of His government and reflecting His own perfect character, God wrote these words: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. . . . For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is . . . wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).

What an act to highlight the omnipotent work of creation! Once a week, as the earth rotated on its axis, the Sabbath reminder would travel around the earth reaching every man, woman, and child with the message of an instant creation. Why did God say remember? Because to forget the Sabbath is to forget the Creator also.

 

Conversion—Creative Power at Work
Parallel to the accounts of a physical creation we find the record of God’s power to recreate the human heart. Evidently, the two processes stem from the same omnipotent source. It requires just as much power to effect conversion or recreation as to call something into existence by creation. Said the apostle, “Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Since the new birth is the most basic identifying mark of the justified believer, it is no wonder that the Bible writers constantly remind us of the creative power that distinguishes the true God from all counterfeits.

Pointing beyond the mere fact of a physical creation, God spoke these words also, “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them” (Ezekiel 20:12).

Please note that a sanctified Sabbath was to be the mark of a sanctified people. The word, “sanctify,” meaning to set aside for a holy use (a day which spoke of God’s creative power), served also as a reminder that God could set people apart for a holy use through regeneration or recreation.

In the light of these facts, it is easy to understand why the devil has waged a continuing, desperate battle against the seventh-day Sabbath. For almost six millenniums he has worked through pride of tradition, misinformation, and religious bigotry to destroy the sanctity of God’s special sign of authority—the Sabbath.

As a mark of God’s right to rule, the Sabbath challenged Satan’s boast that he would take God’s place. Said the adversary, “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. . . . I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13, 14). Satan actually wanted to be worshiped. To accomplish this, he had to nullify God’s claim as the rightful ruler. God’s authority rested on His claim to be the Creator, and the Sabbath was the mark of that authority. By destroying the Sabbath, Satan would prepare the way to set up a counterfeit government based on counterfeit claims of authority symbolized by a counterfeit day of worship.

 

The Battle Over Authority
It is fascinating to look back over the ages and see the outworking of the great controversy between Christ and Satan. The contest has always focused upon the issue of authority.

The strategy of the evil one has been a two-pronged attack on God’s claim to be the Creator. First, by the theory of evolution with its humanistic doctrine of natural selection. Second, by an age-long effort to destroy the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the mark of creative power.

We can only say in passing that each of these hellish attempts to discredit God’s authority has produced a bitter success beyond all expectation. Millions have been turned into religious skeptics and agnostics because of Darwin’s doctrine of organic evolution. Denying any fall of man that would require a Savior from sin, evolution struck at the plan of redemption as well as the fact of creation.

In a similar vein, Satan’s attacks on the Sabbath have led millions to disobey the one commandment in the Decalogue that God had made the specific test of obedience to the entire law.

A successful plan to subvert the loyalty of millions who were devoted to the true God required a masterpiece of satanic strategy. It would take time. It would involve centuries of deceptive mind-bending. There would be no dramatic turn from serving God to serving Satan. The secret would be to win obedience through religious subterfuge. Satan understood the principle of Romans 6:16 long before Paul ever penned the words, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey?”

Obedience is the highest form of allegiance and worship. If Satan could create an issue that would cause people to disobey God, he had an even chance of winning their obedience to his cause. The decisive contest would take place over the law of God. It constituted the foundation of God’s government. How could Satan destroy confidence in the law and make people obey him instead? And which commandment should he attack? Obviously, the one that pointed to God’s creative power and His right to rule. As the identifying sign of the true God, the Sabbath has always been an object of satanic hate. God had chosen the Sabbath as a test of loyalty to His law in the Old Testament: “That I may prove them,” said the Lord, “whether they will walk in my law, or no” (Exodus 16:4).

 

The Test Point of the Law
Since God had made the Sabbath the test point of all the Ten Commandments, Satan determined to make it the giant issue of the ages. By destroying the Sabbath, Satan would be prepared to launch his super-plan to claim obedience to a counterfeit day of worship. Manipulating the weakness of a compromised Christianity that had slowly acceded to pagan influences, Satan set up his masterpiece—a worldwide church-state—that would ruthlessly enforce compliance with his counterfeit system of worship.

For over a thousand years, beginning with the so-called conversion of the pagan Emperor Constantine, the dark history of apostasy unfolded. Almost the first act of the newly-professed Christian emperor was to make a law against Sabbath-keeping and to institute other laws requiring rest on the first day of the week, a wild solar holiday dedicated to pagan sun worship.

We will not dwell, at present, upon the well-documented history of the papal church councils that enforced the observance of the pagan Sunday on pain of death. The facts are well-known to those who have been willing to search the records with an open mind. During the fourth and fifth centuries, the first day of the week was exalted by papal decree to displace the true Sabbath of the Bible.

Unfortunately, prejudices and false information have led thousands of Christians to close their eyes to the overwhelming historical evidences of this substitution. The roots of their prejudice are not hard to identify. Satan has worked too long on his opposition system to allow it to be rejected easily. Through the ages he has perfected a series of subtle false arguments to bolster obedience to his counterfeit day of worship. He still hates the Sabbath that identifies the true God.

Only as we expose these attacks on the seventh-day Sabbath are we able to understand why millions continue to observe the first day of the week, a day for which there is not one supporting Bible text. No one disagrees with the meaning of God’s handwritten law, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord . . . in it thou shalt not do any work.” Yet millions do not obey it. No one can refute the overwhelming evidence of Sunday’s pagan origin, yet millions keep it instead of the plainly commanded Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. Why? I repeat, the reason is rooted in the clever arguments of Satan that have created a climate of prejudice against the holy Sabbath of the Lord. We shall now examine some major fallacies of those arguments.

 

Major Fallacy #1 – The Sabbath Was Made Only for the Jews
This falsehood has gained such strength that multitudes of Christians call this the “Jewish Sabbath.” But nowhere do we find such an expression in the Bible. It is called “the sabbath of the Lord,” but never “the sabbath of the Jew.” (Exodus 20:10). Luke was a Gentile writer of the New Testament and often referred to things that were peculiarly Jewish. He spoke of the “nation of the Jews,” “the people of the Jews,” “the land of the Jews,” and the “synagogue of the Jews” (Acts 10:22; 12:11; 10:39; 14:1). But please note that Luke never referred to the “sabbath of the Jews,” although he mentioned the Sabbath repeatedly.

Christ clearly taught that “the sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27). The fact is that Adam was the only man in existence at the time God made the Sabbath. There were no Jews in the world for at least 2,000 years after creation. It could never have been made for them. Jesus used the term “man” in the generic sense, referring to mankind. The same word is used in connection with the institution of marriage that was also introduced at creation. Woman was made for man just as the Sabbath was made for man. Certainly no one believes that marriage was made only for the Jews.

The fact is that two beautiful, original institutions were set up by God Himself before sin ever came into the world—marriage and the Sabbath. Both were made for man, both received the special blessing of the Creator and both continue to be just as holy now as when they were sanctified in the Garden of Eden.

It is also interesting to note that Jesus was the One who made the Sabbath in the first week of time. There was a reason for His claim to be Lord of the Sabbath day (Mark 2:28). If He is the Lord of the Sabbath day, then the Sabbath must be the Lord’s day. John had a vision on “the Lord’s day,” according to Revelation 1:10. That day had to be the Sabbath. It is the only day so designated and claimed by God in the Bible. In writing the Ten Commandments, God called it “the sabbath of the Lord” (Exodus 20:10). In Isaiah He is quoted as saying, “The sabbath, my holy day” (Isaiah 58:13).

But we must not overlook the fact that this God who created the world and made the Sabbath was Jesus Christ Himself. John wrote: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”( John 1:1-3, 14).

Paul clearly identified Jesus as the Creator, “. . . his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood. . . . For by him were all things created” (Colossians 1:13-16).

For Christians to separate Jesus from the Sabbath is a tragic mistake. For He is the Author, the Maker, the Sanctifier, and the Architect of the Sabbath. To discount the blessing that He placed on that day is to deny His authority.

This argument has led many to believe that the Sabbath existed only for a limited period of time following creation. But is this a fact? Actually, the Sabbath could never be just a type or shadow of anything, for the simple reason that it was made before sin entered the human family. Certain shadows and typical observances were instituted as a result of sin and pointed forward to the deliverance from sin. Such were the sacrifices employed to symbolize the death of Jesus, the Lamb of God. There would have been no animal sacrifices had there been no sin. These offerings were abolished when Christ died on the cross, because the types had met their fulfillment (Matthew 27:51). But no shadow existed before sin entered this world; therefore, the Sabbath could not be included in the ceremonial law of types and shadows.

Paul referred to the temporary system of ordinances in Colossians 2:14-16 as being “against us” and “contrary to us.” He tied it to the meat offerings, drink offerings, and yearly festivals of the law that was “blotted out.” It is true he referred to sabbaths also in the text, but take careful note that he called them “sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come.” Were some sabbath days blotted out at the cross? Yes, there were at least four yearly sabbaths that came on certain set days of the month, and they were nailed to the cross. They were shadows and required specified meat and drink offerings. These annual sabbaths are described in Leviticus 23:24-36, and then summarized in verses 37 and 38: “These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: beside the sabbaths of the Lord.”

The Scripture plainly differentiates between the annual, shadowy sabbaths and the weekly “sabbaths of the Lord.” The ceremonial sabbaths were blotted out at the cross; they had been added as a consequence of sin. But the Sabbath of the Ten- Commandment law had been hallowed before sin was introduced and was later incorporated into the great moral law written by the finger of God. It was eternal in its very nature.

 

Major Fallacy #2 – Just Keep Any Day in the Seven
By this argument Satan prepared the world to accept a substitute for the Sabbath God had commanded. Upon the tables of stone God wrote the great, unchanging law of the ages. Every word was serious and meaningful. Not one line was ambiguous or mysterious. Sinners and Christians, educated and uneducated, have no problem understanding the simple, clear words of the Ten Commandments. God meant what He said and He said what He meant. No one has tried to void that law as too complicated to comprehend.

Most of the ten begin with the same words: ‘‘Thou shalt not,’’ but right in the heart of the law we find the fourth commandment that is introduced with the word “Remember.” Why is this one different? Because God was commanding them to call something to memory that already existed but had been forgotten. Genesis describes the origin of the Sabbath in these words, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. . . . And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

Which day did God bless and sanctify? The seventh day. How was it to be kept holy? By resting. Could any of the other six be kept holy? No. Why? Because God commanded not to rest those days but to work. Does God’s blessing make a difference? Of course. This is why parents pray for God to bless their children. They believe it makes a difference. The seventh day is different from all the other six days, because it has God’s blessing.

Some more questions: Why did God bless the day? Because He had created the world in six days. It was the birthday of the world, a memorial of a mighty act. Can the Sabbath memorial be changed? Never. Because it points backward to an accomplished fact. July 4 is Independence Day. Can it be changed? No. Because the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Your birthday cannot be changed, either. It is a memorial of your birth, which happened on a set day. History would have to run through again to change your birthday, to change Independence Day, or to change the Sabbath day. We can call another day Independence Day, and we can call another day the Sabbath, but that does not make it so.

Did God ever give man the privilege of choosing his own day of rest? He did not. In fact, God confirmed in the Bible that the Sabbath was settled and sealed by His own divine selection and should not be tampered with. Read Exodus 16 concerning the giving of manna. For 40 years God worked three miracles every week to show Israel which day was holy. (1) No manna fell on the seventh day. (2) They could not keep it overnight without spoilage, but (3) when they kept it over the Sabbath, it remained sweet and fresh.

But some Israelites had the same idea as many modern Christians. They felt that any day in seven would be all right to keep holy: “And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” (Exodus 16:27, 28).

Get the picture? These people thought another day could be kept just as well as the seventh day. Perhaps they were planning to observe the first day of the week, or some other day which was more convenient. What happened? God met them and accused them of breaking His law by going forth to work on the seventh day. Would God say the same thing to those who break the Sabbath today? Yes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever—He changes not. God made it very clear that, regardless of their feelings, those who go forth to work on the Sabbath are guilty of breaking His law. James explains that it is a sin to break even one of the Ten Commandments: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:10, 11).

 

We Can’t Locate the True Seventh Day

 

This is a fallacy that has comforted many in their disobedience of the fourth commandment. It just is not true. Here are four positive proofs which identify the true Sabbath today:

1. According to the Scriptures, Christ died on Friday and rose on Sunday, the first day of the week.

Practically all churches acknowledge this fact by observing Easter Sunday and Good Friday. Here is the Bible evidence: “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on” (Luke 23:52-54).

Here is proof that Jesus died the day before the Sabbath. It was called “the preparation day” because it was the time to get ready for the Sabbath. Let us read the next verses: “And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment” (Verses 55, 56).

Please notice that the women rested over the Sabbath “according to the commandment.” The commandment says, “The seventh day is the Sabbath,” so we know they were observing Saturday. But the very next verse says, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared. . . . And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher” (Luke 24:1, 2).

How clearly these three consecutive days are described for us. He died Friday, the preparation day, commonly called Good Friday. He rested in the tomb on the seventh day, Sabbath, “according to the commandment.” That was Saturday. Then on Sunday, the first day of the week, Easter Sunday to many, Jesus arose from the grave.

Anyone who can locate Good Friday or Easter Sunday will have absolutely no difficulty finding the true Sabbath.

2. The calendar has not been changed so as to confuse the days of the week.

We can be positive that our seventh day is the same day Jesus observed when He was here. Pope Gregory XIII did make a calendar change in 1582, but it did not interfere with the weekly cycle. Our present Gregorian calendar was named after him when he made that small change in 1582.

What did Pope Gregory do to the calendar? Before 1582 the Julian calendar had been in effect, instituted by Julius Caesar about 46 B.C. and named after him. But the Julian calendar had calculated the length of the year as 365 1/4 days, and the year is actually eleven minutes less than 365 1/4 days. Those eleven minutes accumulated, and by 1582 the numbering of the calendar was ten days out of harmony with the solar system. Gregory simply dropped those ten days out of the numbering of the calendar. It was Thursday, October 4, 1582, and the next day, Friday, should have been October 5. But Gregory made it October 15 instead, dropping exactly ten days to bring the calendar back into harmony with the heavenly bodies.

Were the days of the week confused? No. Friday still followed Thursday, and Saturday still followed Friday. The same seventh day remained, and the weekly cycle was not disturbed in the least. When we keep the seventh day on Saturday, we are observing the same day Jesus kept, and He did it every week according to Luke 4:16.

3. The third evidence for the true Sabbath is the most conclusive of all. The Jewish people have been observing the seventh day from the time of Abraham, and they still keep it today.

Here is a whole nation—millions of individuals—who have been counting off time meticulously, week after week, calendar or no calendar, for thousands of years. Could they have lost track?

Impossible. The only way they could have lost a day would have been for the entire nation to have slept over an extra 24 hours and for no one ever to tell them about it afterwards.

There has been no change or loss of the Sabbath since God made it in Genesis. The origin of the week is found in the creation story. There is no scientific or astronomical reason for measuring time in cycles of seven days. It is an arbitrary arrangement of God and has been miraculously preserved for one reason—because the holy Sabbath day points to the creative power of the only true God. It is a sign of His sovereignty over the world and over human life; a sign of creation and redemption.

Is this not the reason God will preserve Sabbath-keeping throughout eternity? We read in Isaiah 66:22, 23: “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.”

The Sabbath is so precious to God that He will have His people observe it throughout all time to come in the beautiful new earth. If it is so precious to Him, should it not be precious to us? If we are going to keep it then, should we not keep it now?

In an age of false gods, of atheistic evolution, and traditions of men, the world needs the Sabbath more than ever as a test of our loyalty to the great Creator-God and a sign of our sanctification through His power.

4. Proof number four lies in the fact that over one hundred languages of the earth use the word “Sabbath” for Saturday.

For example, the Spanish word for Saturday is “Sabado,” meaning Sabbath. What does this prove? It proves that when those hundred languages originated in the long, long ago, Saturday was recognized as the Sabbath day and was incorporated into the very name of the day.

 

Major Fallacy #4 – The Sabbath Was Only a Memorial of Deliverance Out of Egypt
This strange idea is drawn from a single text in the Old Testament and is distorted to contradict many clear statements about the true origin of the Sabbath. The text is found in Deuteronomy 5:14, 15: “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.”

Some people draw from this text that God gave the Sabbath as a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt. But the Genesis story of the making of the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3) and the wording of the fourth commandment by God Himself (Exodus 20:11) reveals the Sabbath as a memorial of creation.

The key to understanding these two verses rests in the word “servant.” God said, “Remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt.” And in the sentence before this one He reminds them “that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.” In other words, their experience in Egypt as servants would remind them to deal justly with their servants by giving them Sabbath rest.

In similar vein God had commanded, “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him . . . for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33, 34).

It was not unusual for God to hark back to the Egyptian deliverance as an incentive to obey other commandments. In Deuteronomy 24:17, 18, God said, “Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge. . . . Thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”

Neither the command to be just nor to keep the Sabbath was given to memorialize the Exodus, but God told them that His goodness in bringing them out of captivity constituted a strong additional reason for their dealing kindly with their servants on the Sabbath and treating justly the strangers and widows.

In the same way, God spoke to them in Leviticus 11:45, “For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt . . . ye shall therefore be holy.” Surely no one would insist that holiness did not exist before the Exodus, or that it would be ever afterwards limited only to the Jews, to memorialize their deliverance.

 

Major Fallacy #5 – Keep Sunday in Honor of the Resurrection
It is true that Jesus rose on the first day of the week, but nowhere is there the slightest intimation in the Bible for anyone to keep that day holy. The basis for Sabbath-keeping is the direct handwritten command of God.
Many wonderful events occurred on certain days of the week, but we have no command to keep them holy. Jesus died for our sins on Friday. That is probably the most significant event in all of recorded history. It marks the moment my death sentence was commuted and my salvation assured. But not one Bible text hints that we should observe this day of such great significance.

It was a dramatic moment when Jesus rose from the grave on that Sunday morning, but there is not a scintilla of biblical evidence that we should observe it in honor of the resurrection. Not one instance of Sunday observance has been found in the recorded Scriptures.

There is, of course, a memorial of the resurrection commanded in the Bible, but it is not Sunday-keeping. Paul wrote: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

Baptism is the memorial of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Those who believe that Sunday observance honors His resurrection cite the upper room meeting of the disciples on the same day He arose from the grave. To them that gathering was to celebrate His resurrection. But when we read the Bible record of the event, we discover that the circumstances were quite different. Luke tells us that, even though the disciples were confronted with the eyewitness story of Mary Magdalene, they “believed not.” “After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” (Mark 16:12-14).

Obviously, none of those upper room disciples believed that He was raised, so they could not have been joyously celebrating the resurrection. John explains their reason for being together in these words: “The doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19).

Thus, we have examined the major arguments used against the observance of God’s holy Sabbath day. Not one of the objections provides a trace of evidence that God ever changed His mind about the Sabbath. When He wrote the word “remember” into the fourth commandment, it was in reference to the same seventh day that appears on our wall calendar. Neither men nor demons can diminish the validity of that eternal moral law.

May God grant each one of us the courage to honor the Sabbath commandment as heaven’s special test of our love and loyalty. As we have discovered, when Jesus returns, we will keep that same Sabbath with Him, ages without end. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

 

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Freedom from Addiction


downloadby Doug Batchelor

Before the Civil War, a Quaker walking past a slave auction saw one of his neighbors bidding for a pretty slave girl. He knew this man to be cruel and abusive, and he knew the terrible life the girl would live if this man were to become her owner. Moved to compassion, the Quaker stepped over to the auction area and began to bid for her. The bidding went up and up, and, eventually, he outbid the abusive slave owner. When he had completed the transaction with the sellers, the Quaker walked over to the girl, handed her the bill of sale, and said, “You are free to go.” He had purchased her freedom.

Jesus also was involved in purchasing freedom.After His baptism, He returned to His hometown and on the Sabbath attended the synagogue. Invited to speak, He opened the Bible and read, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me. . . . He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners” (Luke 4:18).

Jesus wasn’t talking about literally liberating people from jail. He said that “everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). And Solomon said that “the cords of [the wicked man’s] sin hold him fast” (Proverbs 5:22). We are all prisoners of sin. prisoners of sin.

Prisoner of sin

What does it mean to be a prisoner of sin? Addiction is a more modern word that means essentially the same thing. You’ve probably known an alcoholic who promised himself, his family, and even God that he wouldn’t take another drink; but a day or a week later, he was back drinking again. That’s slavery.

People can become addicted to all kinds of things: gambling, food, pornography, sex, and drugs, to name a few. Some people today even get addicted to computers and the Internet.

But Jesus is the Great Liberator from sin and addiction. Paul said, “Sin [addiction] shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

Some people think Paul meant that we don’t have to keep the law. It’s true that Jesus set us free from the curse of the law. When we’re saved, we’re no longer under the law’s death penalty. But being liberated Christians doesn’t mean we’re free to disobey God. That would be like a prisoner being set free from prison so he could go back to his life of crime! Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in our sins. Paul said, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:13).

God’s law actually provides freedom. James called God’s law “the perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25, KJV). And David said, “I will always obey your law. . . . I will walk about in freedom” (Psalm 119:44, 45).

The idea that God’s law brings freedom seems strange to some people. They think the law enslaves us. And it does enslave those who violate it. But the law that sends the thief to jail is the same law that protects your property and mine. The law that puts the murderer behind bars is the same law that makes it safe for you and me to walk down the street, day or night.

Power to obey

In other words, the law is liberating to those who obey it. The problem, of course, is that you and I don’t have the power to obey God’s law. That’s why we’re slaves to our sins. Ask any addict. He can’t say No to the object of his addiction. He’s trapped. He’s like a man who falls into a pit and breaks one arm and both legs. He’s a prisoner in that pit until someone comes down into the pit with him and helps him out.

Fortunately, God has provided you and me with a way of escape from the pit of sin into which we have sunk. God gives us the power to obey His laws. Christians call this power “conversion,” or “the new birth.” Jesus said that “no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5). The Holy Spirit breaks the power of sin over our lives and gives us the power to obey God’s laws.

The key question is this: How can you and I get God’s power at the moment temptation strikes, when we want nothing more than to do what we know is wrong?

The answer is simple: ask for it. In the midst of our great desire to do what we know we shouldn’t, we can say a simple prayer like this: “God, I’m powerless over this temptation. Please come into my life and give me the power to say No.”

What to expect

God won’t force you to stop doing what’s wrong when you say this prayer. Rather, He will give you the mental and emotional strength to refuse to act on the temptation. There is no addiction that’s too strong for God’s power to overcome. Does this mean you’ll never yield again? That may happen, like smokers who throw their cigarettes away and never want another one. But most smokers struggle for several weeks or months, perhaps even years, before they finally gain the victory over tobacco.

You, too, may have to struggle; sometimes gaining the victory, sometimes not. But don’t give up. Keep on asking for God’s power in your life. As you do this, you’ll grow in your ability to overcome the temptation, and eventually you’ll come to the place that it seldom troubles you.

The price God paid

It’s important to understand that victory over addiction didn’t come cheap. God paid a heavy price to deliver us from our slavery to sin.

There’s a story about some criminals who kidnapped the son of a millionaire in South America. To prove to the father how serious they were, the abductors cut off the son’s ear and sent it to him. That father liquidated every asset he had so he could pay off the kidnappers and get his son back.

Was the price the father paid worth it? He thought so, because he loved his son that much. God completely liquidated Heaven’s bank account when He sent His Son to die so that you and I could be set free from our sins and addictions. Was it worth the price? He thought so, because He loves us that much!

Your response

Another story that comes out of the slave trade before the Civil War is of a kindly plantation owner in the southern part of the United States who bought a big, burly slave and took him to his home. On the way, the slave kept muttering, “I won’t work for you. I won’t work for you!” The slave owner said nothing, but when he got home he handed the man his papers and said, “You’re free to go.” When the slave realized that he truly was free, he fell at the plantation owner’s feet and said, “Sir, I’ll work for you the rest of my life!”

That’s how it is with you and me and Jesus. When we realize that He truly has set us free from our sins and addictions and that with His help victory really is possible, we’ll want to obey His laws the rest of our lives.

I encourage you to invite God into your life today. Whatever the temptation that has kept you in slavery to sin and addiction, ask Him to give you the power to say No. I can assure you that He will.

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How to Prepare for Baptism


Baptismby Maylan Schurch

One afternoon this past May, spiffed up in our best suits, my nephew and I stood in the lobby of a large event center in the Midwest. Somewhere in a distant room his fiancée was slipping into a beautiful wedding dress.

Two groups of people were streaming through the lobby—the wedding guests who were packing the hall where in a few minutes I would preside at the ceremony, and little clusters of university students and their parents who were bound for a graduation gathering at another location in the center.

As I reflected on these two groups, it occurred to me that they illustrate the two main ways most people think about baptism. Some think it’s like a graduation, a recognition for a completed course of study. Other people—and I belong to this group—know that baptism isn’t a graduation, nor is it a magic spell or good-luck charm to ward off evil and guarantee salvation. Rather, baptism is like a wedding. Several times in both Testaments, God very clearly speaks of Himself as the Groom and His believers as the bride (Isaiah 62:5; Revelation 19:7).

When my wife, Shelley, and I were married, it certainly wasn’t a graduation, because neither of us had any experience whatsoever in being married to each other or to anyone else. What we did have was love and an earnest commitment to join our lives together until death. My sweetheart and I have been married for 35 years—and we still haven’t “graduated”!

If you’ve been thinking about seeking baptism, I have some helpful Bible suggestions.

Learn how important baptism is to Jesus

Before He performed His first miracle or taught His first parable, Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3). Second Peter 2:22 says He never sinned, and He was already in a closer-than-marriage “Trinity relationship” with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Christ was baptized, not for His own salvation, but as an example to us.

Jesus Himself presided at baptismal services, though He wisely allowed His disciples to do the actual baptizing (John 4:1, 2). Otherwise, those who were baptized by Him might boast that being immersed by the Son of God made their Christianity more pure than other people’s.

Before He ascended to heaven, Jesus spoke His “Great Commission,” commanding His disciples to go into all the world, and He combined baptizing with making disciples and teaching (Matthew 28:18–20). A month and a half later, 3,000 people were baptized on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41), a number that later swelled to 5,000 (Acts 4:4) and beyond.

Learn what baptism really means

Saul of Tarsus was one of the New Testament’s most influential converts, and shortly after he met Jesus in a dramatic vision on the road to Damascus, he was baptized (Acts 9:17–18). Soon he became known as Paul, and in Romans 6 he explains exactly what this ceremony signifies. “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:3–5, NKJV).

Paul made two main points.

Baptism means that Jesus lets me experience His death. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and since all have sinned (Romans 3:23), you and I and every other human being deserve death. Fortunately, Jesus died in our place, and now He asks us to participate symbolically in His death through baptism. That’s why Paul said that “all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death” (Romans 6:3).

Baptism means that Jesus raises me to a new life. If you ask Him, the Holy Spirit will change your motives so that you will truly follow Him into a new life where you become less and less selfish and more and more like Him. That’s what Paul had in mind when he went on to say that “just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (verse 4).

Baptism also means that you have repented of your sins. Peter told the crowd listening to him preach on the Day of Pentecost, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

Learn what should happen before you’re baptized

Baptism should happen after you express belief in Jesus. Paul cast a demon out of a fortune-telling slave girl in the town of Philippi, which got him and his companion Silas into trouble with the girl’s owners: they took the two preachers to court. The judge had the apostles thrown into prison! But they didn’t let that unfortunate turn of events discourage them. To the contrary, they sang songs of praise to God in their prison cell, turning their imprisonment into a midnight evangelistic concert!

Suddenly a powerful earthquake jolted the prison doors open, and all the inmates’ chains were loosened. The jailer, who was personally responsible for prison security and would have been executed for letting the prisoners escape, was about to commit suicide, but Paul stopped him.

The jailer must have been listening carefully to all the gospel music, because he sensed that he needed what Paul had. Here’s how the Bible describes the jailer’s response: “And he [the jailer] brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized” (Acts 16:30–33).

Did you spot another qualification for being baptized? Baptism should happen after God’s Word has been explained to you. While talking to the jailer, Paul first shared the “word of the Lord” more fully and only then were the jailer and his family baptized. Paul was simply following Jesus’ Great Commission advices to not only baptize but to teach and make disciples.

Other Bible baptisms show the importance of gaining some Bible knowledge before being baptized. The Ethiopian treasurer (Acts 8:28) was reading Isaiah as he traveled home from Jerusalem, and he needed the final understanding that Jesus was the Messiah. Then he was ready to be baptized. The same was true of the 3,000 devout Bible-believing Jews who were baptized on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), and of the centurion Cornelius (Acts 10:2).
Decide to be baptized soon

Have you been pondering whether to be baptized? After you’ve fulfilled the above conditions, don’t delay! Acts 22:16 says, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Just like my nephew and his new bride, and just like my wife and me, your joy in Jesus will grow as the years go by. So don’t put it off!

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What the Bible says about jewellery


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What kind of beauty is really worth having? Real beauty is inside the person and affects others positively. It’s in the Bible, I Peter 3:3-4, NIV. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Real beauty is not self-centered. It’s in the Bible, I Timothy 2:9-10, NIV. “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

Real beauty is found in the Lord. It’s in the Bible, Psalms 90:17, NKJV “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…”

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What the Bible says about Witchcraft


Predicting-the-Future The practice of witchcraft is forbidden by God. It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 18:9-13, NIV. “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.”

Those who practice witchcraft will not inherit the kingdom of God. It’s in the Bible, Galatians 5:19-21, NIV. “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; …drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The future is known only by God, not witches. It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 8:19, TLB. “So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting witches and mediums. Don’t listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God?”

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