Today is July 31, 2018

Verse of the Day — Psalm 37:18

The Lord knows the days of the blameless . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God already knows how long you will live!


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

“Blameless” means “complete, or perfect,” which ultimately means those who are permanently washed by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, if that describes you, relax! God is in such total control that your days are numbered. And there’s nothing you can do to change it:

And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? — Matthew 6:27

All the diets, all the running, all the worldly concerns, mean virtually nothing compared to what we are supposed to be concerned about—eternal things. In fact, the best part of the above “Verse For The Day” comes in the second half, which shows us what’s most important: that

their inheritance will be forever —Psalm 37:18b

And (to avoid an email avalanche), no, just because we can’t change how long we will live, we can’t throw caution to the wind.

And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'” —Luke 4:12

We do have a responsibility to make good decisions each and every moment.

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. —Hebrews 12:11

Just keep your emphasis and priorities on the long-term, eternal, and rest in God’s love and protection.

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
—Psalm 37:7

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Why “Asking Jesus Into Your Heart” Won’t Save You – by Bill Perkins


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I truly appreciate the work you do to illuminate the truth of God. And I agree with your doctrinal view about 99% of the time. In fact, I have found times when I initially disagreed and later (the Spirit) wooed (or won) me over to your interpretation of a passage. I do, however, have a point to challenge you with regarding a statement you made recently. You said:

“. . . don’t think that God ‘has’ to save someone just because you are praying for them. That would mean you could effect someone’s salvation by praying, or not praying. And that’s not scriptural.”

On this, I must split hairs. I agree that God does not have to do anything because we ask something of Him—especially the salvation of others’ souls. However, I also believe that intercessory prayer does magnify the Spirit’s power (as directed by God through Jesus [our High Priest at God’s right hand in heaven]) to act in accordance with His will. Also, look at how Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Nehemiah and others seemed to move the hand of God to save and have mercy on the people.

I believe that God is just, and maybe he plants all the seeds of discontent that spur us to pray and have some prayers answered—others (outside His will—not)—so in effect, by NOT praying (demonstrating unbelief) the Holy Spirit’s power is demagnified and ultimately—this does and will affect my “effect on others’ salvation”—through prayer.

In God, all things are possible.


ANSWER:

Thankfully, a person’s salvation is NEVER dependent on another human’s prayer or lack thereof.

For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” —Romans 9:15-16

So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. That is why we pray “if it’s Your will.”

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. —Matthew 6:10

At the same time, God invites us to:

  • Pray continually.

    “pray without ceasing;” —1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • Pray specifically.

    . . . in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6
  • Pray confidently.

    “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” —Hebrews 4:16

God also tells us that “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” —James 5:16b

God’s allowing us to pray to Him is quite a privilege. As far as we can tell, just HOW God filters our prayers into His sovereign plan is a mystery. But we know of NO scripture implying that our prayers in any way limit, enhance, magnify, demagnify, or in any other way affect God’s power or ability to act as He chooses.

As Believers, unlike Moses and others who didn’t have the Holy Spirit permanently indwelling them, our prayers are actually controlled by God, not the other way around.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; —Romans 8:26

When we pray, we are simply asking God for something, in faith, acknowledging our dependence on Him. Whether He grants our request, or changes our hearts, or however He chooses to work in that situation is His choice.

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. —1 Chronicles 29:11

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