Today is January 23, 2019

Verse of the Day — Psalm 119:45

I will walk in liberty . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There is great freedom when one chooses the way of the Lord.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Non-Christians tend to view Christianity as restrictive and smothering. They think of it in terms of “what you can’t do” if you are a Christian. Yet, Christians actually have far more liberty than non-Christians. The Bible says we are all born in Satan’s gated domain and Jesus came to set us free.

. . . upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. —Matthew 16:18

. . . He has sent Me (Jesus) . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners; —Isaiah 61:1

. . . the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. —2 Corinthians 3:17

In fact, God says He has placed us in a large area with room to roam—not a confining cell.

I will walk at liberty (Hebrew = “in a wide place”) —Psalm 119:45

From my distress I called upon the LORD;
The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.
—Psalm 118:5

When God says a “large room” to roam, think in terms of how big the universe is! God has given us so much liberty and so many choices that if we aren’t careful exercising our liberty, we’ll cause others to not understand.

But take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. —1 Corinthians 8:9


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass:

Can you please expound on your GML answer when you stated:

“It is also worth noting that God assumes motion on our part. We move, He guides us. Like a ship, we can’t be steered unless we’re moving!”


ANSWER:

You gotta get out of bed in the morning . . . you don’t wait for God to “move” you!

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I shall be slain in the streets!” —Proverbs 22:13

God gave all Believers at least one gift:

Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.” —Ephesians 4:8

And He expects us to use it, get in motion . . .

Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. —1 Timothy 4:14

Motion can also be work, for instance:

having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. —1 Timothy 5:10

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. —1 Timothy 5:17

Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. —2 Timothy 2:21

that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:17

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. —2 Timothy 4:5

Point is, get up, get going, serve the Lord with gladness, and let Him guide your steps (motion).

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

I have tried scores of different diets my entire life, and nothing seems to work for very long. Do you know of any “scriptural” diets I could follow? Or maybe some inspirational “diet” verses?

ANSWER

This is a new area for us. Since we have seen some that DO need to diet, we’ll take a crack at this. 🙂

Print the verses below and take them with you wherever you go. Just before each meal, read one of the following verses OUT LOUD (reading “out loud” is the key ingredient to this diet—and this includes when you are eating in restaurants, airports, with friends, etc. Do this for 60 days.

. . . do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? —1 Corinthians 6:19

. . . they are enemies of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite . . . —Philippians 3:18-19

For sin shall not be master over you . . . —Romans 6:14

. . . for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. —Romans 14:17

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the stomach of the wicked is in want. —Proverbs 13:25

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. —1 Corinthians 6:20

. . . put a knife to your throat, if you are a man of great appetite. —Proverbs 23:2

I buffet my body and make it my slave . . . —1 Corinthians 9:27

Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food; but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is . . . for the Lord; —1 Corinthians 6:13

And in their heart they put God to the test by asking for food according to their desire. —Psalm 78:18

. . . I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body . . . —Philippians 1:20

When confronted with the desire to eat between-meal snacks, read one of these verses out loud.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13

Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. —Philippians 4:8

Please let us know how this diet works 🙂

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