Delighting in God's Unsurpassable Gift

by Del Bates

Delighting in God’s goodness
Becomes a part of my day.
When I begin with Him
And I start out to pray.

Delighting in His goodness
For all that He has done.
Delighting in His goodness
For the gift of His own Son.

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Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won

The battlefield had long been determined. Since the demise of Lucifer and his followers, the forces of Satan had warred against the hosts of the LORD. Yet one particular battle had been foretold—the suffering of a Servant, the payment of all sin of all time, the redemption of mankind. This battlefield was the cross.

Although Scripture doesn’t reveal to us the spiritual warfare surrounding the cross, the Gospels help us to know the struggle and agony felt by those on the scene. If we stepped into the story that has been recorded for us, we would hear the jeers of the crowd, the hammering of nails, and the likely weeping of Jesus’ followers. We would see the anguish of John the disciple and others who watched their Master dying. We would see a centurion torn between doing his job and coming to the realization that this Man nailed to a cross was the Son of God.

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In the Footprints of Love

Love walked this earth so long ago.

A compassionate heart, a healing touch, powerful words.

He saw the needy and didn’t turn them away.

He called the broken and weary to come to Him.

 

 

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The Jesus in the Manger

Whenever I see a manger scene, whether it’s a foot tall or life-size, I always look at the baby Jesus. Does He look realistic enough? So many nativities give Him a peaceful look, and I imagine He did have one (when He wasn’t crying). But over time, I had forgotten the fullness of who was in that manger two thousand years ago until I started reading the book of Revelation.

 

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

What kind of relationship does Jesus want with believers? How does He describe Himself in John Chapter 14? What does He promise us, and what does He want us to do?

John Ch. 14  The Relationship Built on Trust

.1-6         Believe in Me:   “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6).
v.7-12     Believe Me: “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (v.10).
v.13-14  Believe Me: “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (v.13). ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

1 Peter Chapter 1  Because of the greatness of your salvation, live a holy life.

v.1-2  God’s plan of salvation for all believers includes sanctification by the Holy Spirit, obedience (to what is good), and cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ.
v.3-5  The inheritance that God has given you because of your faith, can’t be taken away from you, and it won’t decay or fade away.
v.6-9  So let the joy of your salvation carry you through the trials of your faith. ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

How well am I running for God?

Hebrews Ch. 12 Personal Application Questions:

v.1 Do the Biblical examples of the lives and choices of its faithful witnesses strengthen my endurance? Which ones are the most meaningful to me? Why?
v.1 Have I laid aside the encumbrances and sins that hinder me from running with endurance?
v.2 Do I go through life with my eyes fixed on Jesus and the example of His endurance?
v.3 Have I received such criticism or hostility from others that I have grown weary and discouraged?

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Refusing to Sin

Sometimes refusing to sin becomes very difficult, especially if the sin is a well-established pattern of attitude, thinking, speaking, or behavior. It feels like a kind of slavery. Romans Chapter 6 reminds us of our reality as Christians, and exhorts us to break free of the habits of sin and to replace them with the practices that are consistent with a heartfelt devotion to God. ...

 

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Spiritual Gifts

”But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV).

You have probably heard of the spiritual gifts of teaching, leadership, encouragement, mercy, and so forth that are listed in Romans Ch. 12. First Corinthians 12:8-10 lists other ways that the Holy Spirit manifests His power through the children of God. Have you ever considered how these gifts benefit the church?

The Gifts:

v.8  the word of wisdom – applying knowledge to the situation at hand
v.8  the word of knowledge – declaring the right or true thing

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Matthew Ch. 16  Don’t be clueless: Jesus won’t do all of your thinking for you.

v.1-4  Discern God’s presence with us, and adjust your life and faith accordingly.

v.5-12  Don’t let false doctrine—it’s like leaven—corrupt your understanding of truth.
Other Application: Remember that God sometimes uses figurative language to instruct us, and look for the spiritual significance of what He is saying. ...

 

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