Today is December 18, 2018

Verse of the Day — Romans 13:1

Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God . . . and it is a minister of God to you for good.


All kings, presidents, and authorities (national and local) rule at God’s discretion.


There is great comfort knowing that God is in control of all things, including our world leaders. Regardless of the situation, God’s purposes are moving forward. Each and every authority is allowed by God, for His purposes. In the United States, Russia, Israel, and Bangladesh, all rulers are ordained by God. Whoever rules does so because God allows it. Even Pilate was in place for God’s purpose:

Pilate said to Him, . . . “Do You not know that I have authority to release You and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above . . .” —John 19:10-11

For those who think the end is near if God allows this person or that person in office, never forget:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to (His) purpose. —Romans 8:28

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. —Proverbs 21:1


Is it OK to have sex out of wedlock if you are a responsible 62-year-old adult in a long-term relationship?


Good grief, of course not! You should get married immediately, like yesterday! Here are a few verses you may have missed in your personal Bible study:

. . . when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin —James 1:15

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. —1 John 2:16

so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. —1 Peter 4:2

. . . abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. —1 Peter 2:11

. . . In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts. —Jude 18

But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn (in passion). —1 Corinthians 7:9



Dear Compass,

My girlfriend wrote you some time back to ask for advice on our situation—she was a Christian and I was not. You counseled her to break up with me—and she did. Since then I have turned my faith completely around and we are now loving God together. Do you have any advice that might help us never to turn away from God. And, do you think we should get married?



First, to settle the dust, what has really happened in your life? . . . You said, “I turned my faith completely around.” By that statement, it sounds like YOU think you did something to turn your life around, and, in reality, only Christ can do that FOR you.

Real faith is understanding that you are a sinner destined for hell and that Jesus is your only hope for eternal salvation (life) because He is the only One who paid the price for your redemption and the only One who can save you from hell.

So, assuming you’ve trusted Jesus and are a new creature in Christ, your prayer should be for maturity in Word and deed. As for marriage, the question is, are you willing to put Christ first in everything, including loving your wife as Christ loved His Church?

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, —Ephesians 5:25

Marriage is an incredible opportunity for you to be used by God in the life of your spouse and any children He blesses you with. It is a life-long commitment that can reap eternal rewards. But Satan hates a Godly marriage and will try to destroy it. So pray that God will be the foundation of all your decisions and go boldly knowing God is in control.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5

I can do all things through (Jesus) Who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13

May the Lord bless you and your relationship in Christ and into any marriage into which He leads!



Dear Compass:

It would be a wonderful thing if you titled your daily messages! I keep them in a file folder on my computer, but the challenge is, if I want to refer back to one of them, the “Subject line” always says the same thing: “Good Morning Lord!” It takes a lot of time to go through them to find the one that I need.



Great idea but our server format is basically “fixed.” However, you can click to reply to the GML, then give it a new subject, and, instead of sending it, file it! 🙂


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