Devotional Thought for Today – 06/14/2021

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
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Philippians 3

This has never happened in the 23+ years I have been reading or writing daily devotionals, where two had the same bible verse. So I had to comment on this today.

CONTEXT: There are two major themes in Chapter 3, first Paul discusses Faith vs. Works in v.1-11, and then in v.12-21 he discusses the believer’s goal of following and being like Christ.

In order to peel back the layers of our text fully, we need to start at v.18, For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation], (AMP). Paul’s warning is there are enemies about those who will do anything and everything to oppose the cross.

He goes on in v.19, whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things. These enemies care about nothing except their own sinful desires even if it means their own destruction. They are COMPLETLY focused on earthly and temporal things and will destroy anything that opposes them.

Before digging deep into v.20, I wish to comment on the word Conversation (KJV) and Citizenship (just about every modern translation). The Greek word is Politeuma, pol-it’-yoo-mah, used only this time in all scripture and means:

  1. the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth
  2. the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered
  3. a state, commonwealth
    1. the commonwealth of citizens

While I am not going to pretend to understand the minds of the writers of the KJV, the manuscripts available showing their reasonings for certain uses and the context of the language of the day suggests that Conversation is a proper and better translation. Our “conversation” is our actions as citizens, not just the fact that we are citizens. The Old English term conversation meant your daily walk in life deeds as much as words.

So with that in mind, v.20, But [we are different because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Instead of earthly and temporal things the truly converted redeemed child of God will focus their Conversation and Citizenship on the Kingdom of God and the return of Christ.

How are your Conversation (daily walk) and Citizenship (eternal security)?

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/10/2021

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John 6

This is one of the longer chapters in the new testament, in fact, the whole bible. We can break it down into 6 major sections: v.1-14, is about the Miracle of Feeding the Five thousand; v.15-21, is the story of Jesus walking on water; v.22-40, is The Parable of Jesus being the Bread of Life; v.41-58, Jesus speaks directly to the Jews; v.59-65, Jesus is speaking directly to His disciples and finally v.66-71 is Peter’s confession of faith. 

Our text for today comes from the Bread of Life Parable v.22-40In order to fully get the CONTEXT, let us quickly look at the preceding two verses: 

Jesus replied to them, [g]I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually]. 36 But as I told you, you have seen Me and still you do not believe.

God told Moses to have the table for the bread of the Presence built for the tabernacle and stacked with twelve loaves as a way to remind Israel of His gracious provision for all their needs (Ex. 25:23–30Lev. 24:5–9). For the most part, only the priests could eat this bread, though in exceptional circumstances it could be given to those in dire straits (1 Sam. 21:1–9). Yet whoever ate this bread found that while it could sustain life for a time, it could not make anyone live forever. Israel needed a different type of food to find eternal life.¹

That food was the true Bread of Life, Christ Jesus Himself note the truths that Jesus’ proclaims in our text says: 

      • All that the Father giveth me –  This verse is clear that all True Believers are chosen by God 
      • shall come to me; – and delivered to Christ by the Father 
      • and him that cometh to me – Those that are given to Christ for eternal election ( remember god uses some for temporary purposes) 
      • I will in no wise cast out –  Christ will preserve the elect never abandoning  or casting them away 

Have you fed on the Bread of Life, is your life eternally secure? The Holy Spirit is tugging at your heartstrings, calling for your repentance. You don’t need some fancy prayer just call upon Christ for forgiveness and make Him Lord of your life today. 

Today’s Prayer

Father, thank you that you are no a God of temporary things. That your promises are eternal. As the hymn says, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.”  I am so prone to wander but promise to never cast me out. I pray Lord for the forgiveness of my wanderings and a closer walk with thee. Amen


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“Lessons from the Earthquake”

Easter or Resurrection Sunday if you prefer is and should be a day of celebration for true Christians worldwide. Especially with all that is currently going on in the world right now. That being said it is never a bad time to remember or learn from the lessons of the past or in this case as John MacArthur teaches “Lessons from the Earthquake”.

by Cameron Buettel Friday, April 10, 2020

Jesus never promised us lives free of tribulation and calamity. Indeed He warned His disciples, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33, NKJV). The current COVID-19 pandemic that has engendered so much fear and panic is not the first—nor will it be the last—crisis people will experience in this world.

On January 17, 1994, Los Angeles was struck by an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale. Just six days later, John MacArthur entered the pulpit of Grace Community Church to minister to a congregation still reeling from the devastation and ongoing aftershocks. His message was titled “Lessons from the Earthquake,” a sermon as timely today as it was twenty-six years ago. It remains a powerful reminder to maintain a godly, eternal perspective on the events around us. As John said that morning,

I think there are definitely some things we need to learn on the temporal side—the earthly side—about buildings and roads and emergencies and processes and all of that. But those kinds of things aren’t really what this earthquake should primarily teach us. There are lessons to learn that are far more profound than anything that is temporal. We need to contemplate the reality of what’s gone on from a biblical perspective—from the Lord’s perspective—and how it is to be viewed in line with His purposes and His will.

There are two categories of lessons to be learned: Lessons for ChristinasLessons for those who are Christians and lessons for those who are non-Christians. Another way of saying it would be lessons for those who are prepared to die and lessons for those who are not prepared to die. . . . An earthquake like this is a profound teacher. And the lessons it teaches are equally profound.

John lays out fourteen lessons in all—seven for believers and another seven for unbelievers. They are encouraging, energizing, and also deeply convicting reminders of the calling and opportunity God has placed upon our lives as His people—the glorious responsibility to bring the light of the gospel to a world engulfed in darkness.

I highly recommend you Click here to listen or read “Lessons from the Earthquake.”