Scripture Challenge for 11-27-22
Where does this come from? ______________________
__:__And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
*As the verse says, “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”; is this something that we do on a regular basis? How many times are we asked to do something, but we do it grudgingly and maybe we do it not in the name of the Lord Jesus, but maybe for our own gain? It is no wonder why so many Christians today are living defeated lives. Everything we are doing should be for our leader, the Lord Jesus, but how often we fail in that area! We have always heard it said you are happiest when you are giving and that is true! So, now look at the last part of that verse that says, “giving thanks to God and the Father by him”. This shows that it is a privilege to serve God knowing in our hearts all of the time that we are serving the creator of this universe and we should give the thanks back to Him, because if we have done it in the name of Jesus we know that there will be good results that will last far beyond this world. So, the next time you help to do a task that might not seem all that fun, just remember this verse and do it all in the name of Jesus and give thanks to the Father by him for allowing you the opportunity to complete the task and get good Godly results that will last for Him!
Scripture Challenge for 11-20-22
This comes from Malachi.
__:__-__For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.
*The priest was there to teach, preach, and preserve the knowledge of God. They were messengers for God, but they had turned away allowing things like lame animals to be sacrificed. These sacrifices were a pointer to Jesus as Savior. It is no wonder why God rejected the priests, the people, and their polluted sacrifices. Believers today are called to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people that belong to God, that declare Him and praise Him; see 1 Pet. 2:9. The early church had that kind of priesthood in it in Acts 4:27-29 we find the people of the world rebelling against God and the early church's message of Salvation that comes from Jesus! They prayed for the ability to give the Word of God out in that day with great boldness and God heard their prayer, because in verse 31 we find that there was an earthquake and the believers spoke the Word boldly. This is the work of a messenger. Are we doing that today or are we just like those priests back in Malachi? When we don't stand against all of the corrupt teaching in this world, like for instance what we are allowing corrupt people to indoctrinate our children with today. What about the way that corrupt people are trying to normalize and encourage kids to decide their gender and then some churches that are to scared to stand against it going along with it? That is a slap in the face to God, because He makes them male and female (Matt. 19:4). God does not make mistakes. Where are the priests in the holy nation today to stand against things like these?