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Amir Tsarfati - Watch TV7 Times Observer – We have peace with God through Christ
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John MacArthur (February-03-2023) Daily Devotional: The Joy of Exalting Christ
"Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus" (Phil. 1:1).
If exalting Christ is your goal, anything that furthers the gospel will bring you joy.
Next to the Lord Himself, Paul is perhaps the greatest illustration that joy is not necessarily related to one's circumstances.
Paul wrote to the Philippians from a prison cell, yet he spoke of joy and contentment. His life was a series of difficulties and life-threatening situations (see 2 Cor. 11:23-33). In fact the Lord, shortly after confronting him on the road to Damascus, said, "[Paul] is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake" (Acts 9:15-16). Yet in every situation Paul found cause for rejoicing.
His compelling desire to exalt Christ drove him to endure trial after trial. When Christ was exalted, Paul rejoiced. That was evident in Philippi where, after a brief ministry in which God redeemed a businesswoman named Lydia and expelled demons from a slave girl, Paul and Silas were falsely accused, unjustly beaten, and thrown into prison. Even that didn't stifle their joy, for at "about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them" (Acts 16:25).
That was such a powerful testimony to the joy of the Lord that soon afterward the jailer and his entire family believed the gospel and were saved.
Even when imprisonment prevented Paul from ministering as effectively as he desired, and when others usurped his apostleship and preached Christ out of envy and strife, he remained undaunted (Phil. 1:18). His circumstances were secondary to the priority of exalting Christ.
Is that your perspective? It can be! If your priority is to exalt Christ in every circumstance, whatever furthers that purpose will bring you joy.
Suggestions for Prayer
- Ask the Lord to help you maintain the priority of exalting Christ in every area of your life.
- If you feel envy or resentment toward others who proclaim the gospel (Phil. 1:15-17), confess that and learn to rejoice whenever Christ is exalted.
Read Behold Israel News - Archeologists in Israel Discover 1,500-Year-Old Inscription – “Christ, born of Mary…”
Archeologists revealed earlier this week that they had discovered the inscription on a stone dating back nearly 1,500 years; the artifact was uncovered in northern Israel’s Jezreel Valley.
A stone etched with the words “Christ, born of Mary…” was discovered in northern Israel earlier this week as archaeologists continued to excavate at a site located in et-Taiyiba (Taiba), which resides in the Jezreel Valley. The church where the stone was found is well-believed to have been constructed during the Byzantine Empire, making this artifact approximately 1,500 years old.
According to at least one source, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported the discovery on Wednesday.
The lettering on the stone, which is believed to have originally been part of a doorway lintel in the church, is inscribed in Greek and was likely part of a greeting upon entering the structure; a greeting that was commonly used in that era. Furthermore, Leah Di-Segni, a researcher out of the Institute of Archeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, suggests that it was likely inscribed during the foundational stages.
She also revealed that the full inscription reads, “Christ born of Mary. This work of the most God-fearing and pious bishop [Theodo]sius and the miserable Th[omas] was built from the foundation…Whoever enters should pray for them.”
Walid Atrash of the IAA added, told The Times of Israel that “The importance of the inscription is that until now we didn’t know for certain that there were churches from this period in this area.” He added, “This is the first evidence of the Byzantine church’s existence in the village of et-Taiyiba and it adds to other finds attesting to the activities of Christians who lived in the region.”
Theodosius was the Beit She’an regional archbishop during the end of the 5th century, and the mention of his partial name in the inscription provided the archaeologists with extremely accurate dating.
- Psalm 85:11 - Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Link - https://beholdisrael.org/archeologists-in-israel-discover-1500-year-old-inscription-christ-born-of-mary
John MacArthur (January-31-2023) Daily Devotional: Complementing Christ
God exalted Christ "and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph. 1:22-23).
The church was designed to complement Christ.
Here Paul uses a graphic analogy to illustrate the relationship of Christ to the church: He is the head; believers are His body. Paul elaborates that we're to hold "fast to the head [Christ], from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God" (Col. 2:19; cf. Eph. 4:15-16).
Just as the head controls the human body, so Christ governs His Body, the church (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-31). By His Spirit and His Word He supplies all the resources the church needs to function to His glory. In that way He guarantees that His purposes will be fulfilled.
The church is in fact "the fulness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph. 1:23). The implication is that the incomprehensible, all-sufficient, all-powerful, and utterly supreme Christ is in a sense incomplete—not in His nature, but in the degree to which His glory is seen in the world.
A synonym for "fulness" is "complement." The church was designed to complement Christ. He is the One "who fills all in all"—the fullness of deity in bodily form (Col. 2:9) and the giver of truth and grace (John 1:16). Yet He chooses to reveal His glory in and through the church. Therefore, until the church is fully glorified, Christ will not be fully complemented.
Does your life complement Christ? Do you "adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect" (Titus 2:10)? Do you "let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16)? You have every spiritual resource to do so, so don't let anything hold you back (Heb. 12:1-2)!
Suggestions for Prayer - Read Psalm 139:23-24 and pray with David that God will search your heart and reveal any sin that might hinder you from complementing Christ today.
For Further Study - Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-30.
- What spiritual gifts are mentioned in this passage?
- How does Paul deal with the misconception that some gifts are more important than others (see vv. 14-30)?
- As a member of Christ's Body, you are gifted by the Spirit to minister to others. Are you doing so?
John MacArthur (January-29-2023) Daily Devotional: Exalting Christ.
"[God] seated [Christ] at His right hand in the heavenly places" (Eph.1:20).
Christ occupies the highest place of power, prominence, authority, and honor.
To exalt someone is to elevate that person in status, dignity, power, and honor. As God, Jesus possesses all power and authority and is deserving of all honor and glory. But when He was on earth, most people refused to give Him the glory He deserved. Instead they mocked and eventually murdered Him.
Just prior to His death, Jesus prayed to the Father, "Glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with Thee before the world was" (John 17:5). The Father answered that prayer by giving Him an exalted name and an exalted position.
Paul wrote, "God highly exalted [Christ], and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:9-11).
Hebrews 1:3 adds that when Christ had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Old Testament priests didn't sit down while on duty because their work was never finished. Repeated sacrifices were necessary because of the priest's own sins and the sins of the people. Christ, on the other hand, made one all-sufficient sacrifice, then sat down. His atoning work was completed.
The "right hand" of God is a metaphor for the highest place of power, prominence, authority, and honor. From that exalted position Christ reigns as the Sovereign Lord of the universe.
There's one aspect of Christ's exaltation that we as believers can participate in right now. David said, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Ps. 34:3). Psalm 99:5 adds, "Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool." Be generous in praising Him today, for He is worthy!
Suggestions for Prayer - Read Psalm 34 and exalt the Lord for all the benefits He demonstrates on behalf of His people.
Joyce Meyer (January-20-2022) Daily Devotional: Enjoy the Righteousness of Christ
The first step in doing anything is choosing to do it. In order to encourage someone, you first choose to look for the best. In order to be at peace, you first choose not to worry. In order to start some- thing new, you first choose to step out and go for it.
You may not know how it’s all going to work out, but you can make some foundational choices today. Begin by saying, Today I choose peace over fear! Today I choose to break that old habit and start a good one! Today I choose not to lash out in anger! Today I choose not to live in the past!
Make a choice, take a step, and never forget to ask for God’s help (His grace) in executing your choice. We can do all things with and through Him, but we can do nothing without Him (see Philippians 4:13).
Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, I know I can’t always choose what happens around me, but I can choose how to respond. Help me to always respond the way You would have me respond. In Your precious name I pray, amen!
Charles Stanley (January-18-2023) Daily Devotional: Relying on Christ.
Instead of focusing on our self-esteem, let’s rely on Jesus in our inadequacy.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 - And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Our world emphatically proclaims the importance of self-esteem, which is a favorable impression of oneself. It’s not unusual to hear that an individual who values himself will accomplish much. Yet Scripture warns us not to think too highly of ourselves (Rom. 12:3 - For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith). We should have far greater confidence in Christ than in ourselves.
Despite his impressive credentials (Phil. 3:4-5 - although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee), Paul knew he was inadequate to complete the ministry God gave him. In fact, today’s passage says that when preaching the gospel to the Corinthians, he came in fear and trembling (1 Cor. 2:3 - I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling). His message wasn’t delivered with self-confidence but in complete reliance upon the Spirit. And that’s exactly how we should live as well.
When we rely on God’s power instead of our own abilities, He produces supernatural boldness in us. Even in the midst of difficulty, we can live with confidence because the indwelling Spirit of the living God enables us to follow Him. He directs and strengthens us in every situation as we humble ourselves in dependence upon Him.
Are you facing situations that make you feel inadequate? Instead of shrinking back, consider them as opportunities to put your confidence in the Lord. You can trust the One who is your Creator, Redeemer, and Friend.
Joseph Prince (January-16-2023) Daily Devotional: Always Accepted in Christ
“You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. . . . So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things . . . and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.” Exodus 28:36, 38
In the Old Testament, Aaron was the first high priest of Israel. The high priest of Israel is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our permanent High Priest today. God instructed that the golden plate of the miter (headdress), which has the Hebrew words Kadosh Le Yahweh (“Holiness to the Lord”) engraved on it, should always be on the forehead of the high priest so that all Israel would be accepted before God (see the illustration).
The high priest wears a gold plate
bearing the words, “Holiness to the Lord”
on his forehead.
What this means is that even when Israel failed in their thought life, they were still accepted by God because He judged the nation of Israel based on their high priest. If the high priest was accepted, the entire nation was accepted.
Today we have a perfect High Priest in Christ. It’s not your thoughts that qualify you to be accepted by God. Under the new covenant of grace, God is no longer judging you based on your thoughts. God judges you based on His Son.
If He is righteous, God sees you as righteous. If He is blessed, God sees you as blessed. If He is under God’s unclouded favor, God sees you as under His unclouded favor. If His thoughts are always perfect and filled with holiness unto God, God sees your thoughts as perfect in Christ!
Today when the devil comes to torment your mind, point him to Jesus. Jesus’ thoughts are always holy. Remember how the golden plate is always around the forehead of your High Priest and His thoughts are always filled with holiness to God.
Look at Exodus 28:38 again: “It shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.” Therefore, even when your thought life isn’t always perfect, know that Jesus’ thoughts are always perfect.
And it’s because of His perfection that you are always accepted in Him before God. God will never reject you because your thoughts are imperfect. He is looking at Jesus, and as long as His thoughts are holy, you are accepted!
Amir Tsarfati - Watch Sermon: The Bema Seat of Christ. While the concept of judgment for the non-believer is widely known and accepted, few understand that judgment is awaiting the believer as well; a very different judgment. Where is the bema seat of Christ? How can we get there? When will that happen, and how different will it be? This and more in Amir's teaching!
T.D. Jakes - Watch Sermon: We Are the Body of Christ. On T.D. Jakes new sermon series, Crushing, T.D. Jakes teaches on God's incomprehensible love for His children. Listen as he explains exactly what it means to be the body of Christ - only on TBN!