Posted in Our Daily Bread on January 2, 2012 |
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Christ Jesus…made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant. Philippians 2:5,7
Money is power. That principle drives most cultures of the world. People scramble for wealth, often at the price of personal integrity, in order to gain the power to live where and how they want, drive the kind of vehicle they want, and get whatever else they want.
In a culture that worships money, believers in Jesus Christ are in danger of doing the same. Some use their money to control their family, or they may threaten to stop giving to their church if they don’t get their way.
How unlike Jesus! He had power over disease, and He used it to heal the sick. He had power over sea and He used it to remove fear. He had power to create, and He fed thousands. He had power to over sin, and He forgave sinners. He had power over His own life, yet He willingly gave up His life to save all who would call upon Him (Rom. 10:13).
Jesus possesed all power but he used it to serve others. He was called “Lord” by the disciples in the Upper Room, yet He was the only servant there (John 13:2-17). He washed their feet! When Peter protested, Jesus answered, “If I do not wash you, you have no part of Me. ” (v.8)
Instead of using money or anything else for selfish means, use it to serve others. That’s the right use of power. –Dave Egner
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Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21
The Bible in One Year: Genesis 1-2
At the beginning of a new year and a new millennium, we hear many predictions. But then, making predictions is nothing new. In 1983, US News and World Report Magazine had a section titled “What the next 50 years will bring?”. It had the usual suggestions about the growing importance of computers, about new medical breakthroughs, and about the sleeker, faster way of getting around. The introduction said, “Prediction is at best a risky business.” Then it qouted Sir Francis Bacon, who said, “Dreams and predictions ought to serve but for winter talk in the fireside.”
That maybe true of man’s predictions, but not for God’s prophecies. Man may speculate about what will happen next week, but God showed us in the Bible that he knows the future. This truth is one reason we can have absolute confidence in the Book of books. The Old Testament contains hundreds of prophecies about people, events and nations that have already been fulfilled. The chance of that many predictions coming true is astronomical.
Do you lack confidence in the Bible? Spend sometime examining its many fulfilled prophecies, I predict you’ll be convinced that it truly God’s Word, and you can rely on it for everything in your future. -Dave Brannon.
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