Today is September 16, 2019

Verse of the Day — Colossians 1:9

. . . ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To know God’s will you must first know what God has willed.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

How do you know God’s will for you personally? In the verse above, the Bible says we are to “ask” God. And He will talk to us through the Holy Spirit’s illuminating of Scripture.

For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. —1 Corinthians 2:10

The Bible is God’s communique (2 Peter 1:21) to us for complete direction.

for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. —2 Peter 1:21

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12

God knows us intimately.

You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
—Psalm 139:3

He knows us inside out.

The LORD knows the thoughts of man,
That they are a mere breath.
—Psalm 94:11

And for you to have a personal relationship with God, you must seek to know God as well as He knows you. And the details about our Creator are there in our Bibles to read whenever we make it a priority. But the initiative is left up to us.

Search the scriptures . . . it is these that testify about Me. — John 5:39

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find . . . — Matthew 7:7


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In a past GML you referenced Noah and how he obeyed God even though it had never rained. I have heard this before in my Sunday School class when we studied Genesis, but now I can’t find any verse to support it. What verse are you using?


ANSWER:

You come to that conclusion by comparing Genesis 2:5-6, not sent rain, to Genesis 7:4 will send rain (to flood).

. .&nbsp. God had not sent rain upon the earth . . . But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. —Genesis 2:5-6

I will send . . . rain on the earth forty days and forty nights . .&nbsp. —Genesis 7:4

There is an interesting theory that the weather problems today may have stemmed from the atmospheric changes due to the mountains that formed as the continents separated—either during or just after the flood.

This theory assumes that the animals on the earth were all from one piece of land for Noah to take on the ark. There is some scientific evidence (that doesn’t refute biblical teaching) that the seven major land masses were previously one large piece of land.

Also, since the water God sent came from above AND below, there was apparently some kind of vapor canopy surrounding the earth. This water canopy fell, causing the flood, along with the water from the great deep (Genesis 7:11).

Since people lived much longer in those days, the vapor canopy protection from the sun could have contributed to this long life.

The terminology used by Jesus when He rebuked the wind/waves/storms (Luke 8:24) is the same wording/phrasing that is used to rebuke demons (Luke 4:35) and disease (Luke 4:39).

So weather seems to be tied to Satan/sin. Therefore, we think that these theories are plausible and do not contradict scripture.

They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. —Luke 8:24

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm. —Luke 4:35

And standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she immediately got up and waited on them. —Luke 4:39

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Regarding the wife putting a porno filter on her husband’s computer, we received this heartfelt response:

I wanted to respond on the recent question regarding pornography. First, I find your response (that it was wrong for the wife to put a pornography filter on her husband’s computer) to be right on target. I say this because for years I, too, struggled with pornography. Unfortunately, putting a filter on your computer will not stop someone with this desire without a change of heart. They will find other ways.

For me, this was my dark secret that I didn’t want anyone to know, but I didn’t want to stop. I had an addiction to lust, and it took a long time for me to realize that I did and to then realize how damaging this was to my spirit and to ALL of my relationships, especially with my wife, my family, and with God.

The first step for me was a desire to stop, admitting my sin and complete surrender to my Lord and Savior. Only once I decided to be honest with myself and shine a light on my darkness was I able to move past this addiction. I have found out that God is just waiting for us to take that little step of faith towards Him and He will begin to do marvelous things thru us.

I encourage anyone struggling with pornography to search their heart and be honest about what this addiction is costing them / because it is a lot. When you choose to do something in secret, it is usually not good. There are many resources online that will help if you just reach out. Then make the choice to trust in God who is the best filter for your life.

I was able to find victory once I became willing to surrender this addiction to Christ every day, and I am so grateful to be taken out of my darkness into His marvelous light.

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