TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, August 16, 2019:
Praiseworthy; consecrated; sacred; sanctified; invoke God’s favor upon; made happy, fortunate or prosperous.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Every person that lived before Christ died on the cross were to live under the Old Testament law based on the Ten Commandments. The purpose of the law was to show God’s people, specifically the Children of Israel, the way to practical holiness and to reveal to them God’s nature and His plan for how they should live. The law was designed to protect all of us from the evils of the world by defining sin.
And when Christ came into the world He fulfilled the law by taking upon Himself the penalty of the sins of all who believe in Him. During Christ’s earthly ministry, He gave us His promise of the BLESSED HOPE of His return to get those of us that have put our trust in Him.
This BLESSED HOPE is the most uplifting aspect of our knowing Jesus as our Savior. Every believer that has accepted Jesus as their Savior looks for the BLESSED HOPE of His coming again to take us with Him. This BLESSED HOPE is prophesied many times. In fact, for every prophecy recorded in the Bible concerning the first coming of Christ, there are eight prophecies on His second coming, which is our BLESSED HOPE.
To make sure that we understand that Jesus was coming again, the second time, there are 2,163 references in the scriptures. God fulfills all of His promises so all of us as believers can look forward to that special day with great assurance -- no doubt at all.
In Matthew five we read the words of Jesus as He preached the now famous sermon known as the Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon Jesus said, blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those that mourn, blessed are the meek, blessed are the hungry, blessed are the merciful, blessed are the pure in heart, blessed are the peacemakers, and blessed are the persecuted.
Jesus, in this sermon, was describing the traits he wanted in His followers. Jesus said that those who lived out these traits would be blessed. He knew what He was asking because He lived out these traits in His life while on this earth. Today He blesses us when we follow His examples and make it our goal to become more like Him.
It is written in James 1:17 that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Because of this we should give praise to God for all the ways He has blessed us as we look forward to that BLESSED HOPE of spending eternity with Jesus.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 11:2.
When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.
Help me to count my blessings every day. Thank You for the way You have blessed my life and the lives of my family. Help me to be a blessing to others today. Thank You for the assurance we have in the scriptures of the BLESSED HOPE of Your coming again to establish us in Your glorious Kingdom.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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