Today is January 25, 2019

Verse of the Day — Numbers 23:19

. . . Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When God says something, it’s a done deal.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

In a culture that tells us that everything is relative and truth is subjective, it’s a great comfort to Christians to know that our God never changes and His plan will stand for eternity. That is the great security we can have in a seemingly insecure world. God has not only made great promises to us, He has assured us that those promises are eternal and unalterable.

That is why God’s Word is one and the same with His character.

Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” —Jeremiah 1:12

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. —John 1:1

And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God. —Revelation 19:13

God has staked everything on the infallibility of His Word. What a rock! And what a blessing to read!


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

In response to the GML diet outline, one reader wrote:

In regards to the diet, one thing that might be beneficial is to address some of the reasons for eating. Oftentimes we eat because we’re stressed about something and food comforts us. Ultimately, Christ should be the one we turn to when we’re struggling, not food. Sometimes, when people are having a hard time watching their diet, the desire to eat is rooted in a negative self-image.

Reminding ourselves who we are in Christ:

  • That we are made in His image

    “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” —Genesis 1:27
  • That He chose us . . .

    just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, —Ephesians 1:4
  • That He “knit” us together in our mother’s womb and knows everything about us (Psalm 139)
All goes a long way to overcoming a negative self-image.

The other thing to consider is to remind ourselves to control our thought life.

For as he thinks within himself, so he is. —Proverbs 23:7

We are . . . taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, —2 Corinthians 10:5

The best dieting plans are those that are about changing lifestyles, not just a “one-month” thing. We should be “transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:2) in every aspect of our lives.

My personal diet plan has taken over two years to fully develop. I started by replacing one item in my diet that was unhealthy with one that was healthy. I stopped buying the bad foods and started keeping around only healthy snacks—that way when the temptation to splurge was highest, there was nothing to eat except fruits and veggies.

Removing ourselves from the presence of temptation makes falling prey to temptation much more difficult.


ANSWER:

We also would like to add that in a Compass eNews article, we outlined the problems associated with typical foods found in pantries today (Killers in the Kitchen). Many people have reported that by eliminating or reducing processed foods, and eating more vegetables and fruit, they also lost weight naturally.

You can read this eNews article by clicking on the title below:

Killers in the Kitchen!

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

In a recent question you kind of hinted that the pastor in question could lose his salvation. Was that your intention?

ANSWER

Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! Never. So sorry you read it that way.

What we said was: If your pastor remains unrepentant, it is possible that he may fall under “sin leading to death.”

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. —1 John 5:16

I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. —1 Corinthians 5:5

Don’t miss the “so his spirit may be saved” part. It’s consistent in Scripture that our physical bodies are no big deal. When we die, our bodies rot. But our spirit, the only eternally worthwhile part of us, immediately goes to be with the Lord—forever.

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. —2 Corinthians 5:1

. . . I say and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be home with the Lord. —2 Corinthians 5:8

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