Today is August 14, 2019

Verse of the Day — Hebrews 2:15

. . . and (Jesus) might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Satan doesn’t want us to understand that death has been disarmed.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

For four thousand years after the fall of man, Satan’s most formidable weapon was death. It was a costly and inevitable consequence of man’s rebellion against God, and Satan used it to his full advantage.

But when Jesus Christ emerged from the tomb that couldn’t hold Him, Satan not only lost the whole war, he lost the battle as well. Jesus took the power of death away from Satan for all time.

. . . that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” —Hebrews 2:14b

Because of what Jesus did, we as Believers need to look at death as victors, not victims. Paul, who was allowed to view a glimpse of heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1-4), understood this:

. . . the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; —Philippians 1:23b

Don’t let Satan enslave you to something from which you have already been delivered.

Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death. —John 8:51

O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? —1 Corinthians 15:55b

Bottom line: The Bible says Believers don’t die, they just go to a much, much better place!

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. —2 Corinthians 5:8

For more information on this topic, CLICK HERE to check out our article When Believers Die.


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In your answer regarding whether or not Christians should fast, are you saying fasting is wrong? Or simply not necessary anymore? My husband and I often fast when praying over something very serious.


ANSWER:

Oh good grief. Surely you don’t believe that if you torment yourself God will be more likely to answer your prayers! If you think that, why stop there? Why not beat your back to smithereens or force yourself to read the Washington Post every day? The more you dislike it the better chance the Lord will give you His wisdom?

No! God doesn’t want you to punish yourself. In the dispensation in which we currently live, the Church Age, there are no instructions to “fast” in order to get God’s attention or to make your prayers more likely to be answered.

Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, Believers now have direct access to the Lord of the universe Who lives in them. He hears every thought and word of every prayer. And no more or less based on what you do or don’t do.

There is nothing wrong with fasting for health reasons. But God is not impressed in any way spiritually.

For more info CLICK HERE to read an article we recently wrote on fasting.

Shalom!

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

Your answer was a little disturbing . . . I might be wrong here, but I think you missed the point in answering the question of the day (regarding confessing sin). I think the emphasis is on “confessing our sins.” In 1 John 1:9, God says:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Is this not for the purpose of fellowshipping/walking with our Lord? Therefore, how can you say continually confessing our sins before the Lord is NOT necessary? Will you yourselves not be accountable to the Lord on Judgment Day for how you have led or misled your readers?

ANSWER

Yes, we believe this verse has been mistaught for years.

If you take 1 John 1:9 to mean what you are insisting, that God only forgives your post-salvation sins if they’re confessed to Him, then you would HAVE to confess each sin to be saved. But that is not true. What if you didn’t know a particular sin was a sin? What if you forgot to confess something? What if you were sinning and died suddenly? This kind of theology makes mankind his own deliverer, instead of being delivered by what Jesus did on the cross. We don’t believe that sin can cause you to lose your salvation; therefore, salvation is never dependent on what you do, or don’t do, as a Believer.

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If confession were THAT important, we think Paul would have mentioned it at least once—being our apostle to the Gentiles! We think that confession would have been mentioned sometime before 95 AD when 1 John was written! Jesus did talk about confession when He spoke to the Jews under law, before the cross. But we live in a different dispensation, that of the Church Age. The only place ongoing confession is mentioned in the Epistles (instructions to those living in the Church Age) is regarding confessing our sins to one another for accountability, not for forgiveness.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. —James 5:16

Jesus said, “I will never desert you” (Hebrews 13:5), and the Bible says that nothing we can do will cause Him to leave us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38-39—(we fall into the category of “any created thing”)

Therefore, we believe the context of 1 John 1:9 is about salvation—the necessity of making a one-time confession that you are a sinner, destined for the eternal fires of hell, and have trusted the shed blood of Jesus on the cross at Calvary to pay for all of your sin—past, present and future. That interpretation is consistent with the rest of Scripture.

Also, don’t confuse repentance with confession. Whenever you find yourself in sin, you need to repent (change direction). Repentance is a form of acknowledgment of sin, but forgiveness is not dependent on repentance AFTER you’ve been saved. You can actually sin so much that God will kill you just to bring your spirit home rather than give you back to Satan.

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
     See also 1 John 5:16-17: 1 Timothy 1:20

However, you are correct that we could be wrong. We don’t claim 100% error-free comments. That’s why every GML carries the disclaimer at the bottom! 🙂

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

I am 28, a CPA, and really feel like a fish out of water. There is not one Christian in this firm. Even though I am not violating Scripture by being contractually bound together with them, the language used daily is disgusting. I despise even showing up for work. I would give anything to work in a ministry or a predominantly Christian business. Can you help me find mission opportunities, or does Compass need an accountant?

ANSWER

It is doubtful that you would do very well in a mission or ministry at this time. God has put you in an incredible evangelistic situation, and yet you don’t seem to recognize your opportunity.

Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” —Matthew 13:30

You may be the only light those lost accountants see their entire life. You need to develop a love for the pagan world, whatever situation God has allowed you to be in, before you look for work in a ministry.

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