Today is October 1, 2018

Verse of the Day — 2 Corinthians 13:3

Christ . . . who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Jesus knows you can’t be like Him.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

It is impossible for created, fallen human beings to in any way approach the likeness of God, who is perfect. That is why it is blasphemy to present Jesus Christ as some kind of spiritual role model whom we should emulate.

Rather, it is the indwelling of Christ in us and the exchange of our life for His that enables us to live the life that God desires for us.

Abide in me and I in you . . . for apart from me you can do nothing. —John 15:5

It is futile to try to work at living the Christian life; the real victory is in the surrender.

. . . it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me . . . —Galatians 2:20


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Regarding the husband having control of the wife’s inheritance, I usually agree with you, but why should the husband be entitled to that money? Why should she hand that over to her husband to squander? That money was left by a loved one for HER, not him. So shouldn’t she have a say in how it’s spent?


ANSWER:

The Bible says that the “two become one” (Genesis 2:24), and when you get married it’s for better or worse. Let’s consider some Biblical questions this raises…

How can a man lead his family if he’s not in control?

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. —Ephesians 5:23

How can a wife totally submit to her husband if she refuses to allow him to lead in all areas?

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. —1 Peter 3:1-2

How can a wife say she totally respects her husband if she won’t let him lead? If the wife held control of the money, what message would she be sending to her husband?

Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband. —Ephesians 5:33

Can a wife trust God with His written Word? Should she trust God or money? What is more important, money or Biblical adherence?

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” —Luke 16:13

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. —1 Timothy 6:10

Is it better for a wife to trust her own judgment on any financial matter that arises, or should she trust God through her God-given husband?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5

What if a husband is a non-believer? Is your husband’s eternity more important than temporal money?

For how do you know, O wife, whether you will [be used to] save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will [be used to] save your wife? —1 Corinthians 7:16

What does a woman’s sin nature, the result of the fall, entice her to do?

To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Yet your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you
.”
—Genesis 3:16

It’s a little awkward wording in a word-for-word translation. But in essence, the last part of the verse means “Your sin nature wants you to rule over your husband (take charge, make the decisions), but God set it up for him to rule over you.”

So the final question should be, what does God want?

The Bible says God wants the husband to lead his wife in everything, including a wife’s inheritance even if she is fearful he will squander it. He wants the wife to submit to her husband in everything, even if she thinks he will fail. (This is why women pray so much for their husbands!)

Obviously, a smart Godly husband will solicit his God-given wife’s advice, as well as others. But if he doesn’t, he’ll have to learn his lessons.

And don’t dismiss the fact that God may very well want to use the loss of monetary gain for His purposes in the long run…to teach the husband a needed Biblical truth or teach the wife a needed Biblical truth.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28

So for a wife to take financial matters into her own hands, she is being her own god, refusing to allow God to be God. She is saying, ultimately, “I know better than the Bible.”

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QUESTION

Dear Compass,

My wonderful Christian grandmother passed away recently. I know she is in heaven with our Lord. My question is, does she look down and see me? Does she know the things I do? I know there is no pain or suffering in heaven so it would make sense that she couldn’t see those things. Does an angel tell her when good things have happened to her family? Or is she rejoicing with the Lord so much she doesn’t have time to think of us any longer?

ANSWER

There are not a lot of verses dealing with what happens after someone dies. But of those available to study, we can determine a few facts.

In the Luke 16 story (not a parable) of the rich man and Lazarus, you find the persons who have died were fully cognizant in their new surroundings—Lazarus waiting for the Messiah to pay for his sins so he could go to heaven; the rich man being tormented in Hades as he waited for judgment day and hell.

If, therefore, in hell you were aware of family back on earth, it would seem highly likely that in heaven you would also be aware of your relatives back on earth.

You can’t assume that there won’t be any pain in heaven until after God wipes away the “former things” that will “not be remembered” in the New Heaven and Earth.

He will swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For the LORD has spoken.
—Isaiah 25:8

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” —Revelation 21:4-5

In Revelation 6:9-11, we see multitudes in heaven aware of the persecution of believers back on earth. Although it is unclear whether these “slain because of the Word of God” are viewing the activities or just reporting how they were just killed, they certainly are aware of the continued slaying by the antichrist’s activities.

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. —Revelation 6:9-11

As far as the angels giving updates to your grandmother, that too is at least possible. It seems that all heaven knows when a sinner on earth repents. According to Luke 15:10, if your grandmother happens to be in the presence of the angels when they break out into joyous celebration over the repentance of one of your family members, she’ll get an earful.

In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” —Luke 15:10

There are a lot of people who seem to use the death of a close relative as new motivation to “do what is right because now they can see all I do.” Although this may have some shallow temporal benefit, we think it probably comes across as a type of “slap in God’s face” as we should be more motivated to do what is right for God than our family.

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