Today is October 2, 2018

Verse of the Day — Proverbs 10:22

It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Don’t try to “get rich quick.”


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Since it is God who allows some people to have great wealth, it would be senseless to try to circumvent God’s will and gain it on your own. Because if you did, sorrow could come with it, or the money would slip-slide away from you.

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. —Proverbs 23:4-5

God does promise that if you work hard at your chosen craft, you will be rewarded.

Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles,
But the one who gathers by labor increases it.
—Proverbs 13:11
     See also Proverbs 21:25; 24:12

As the Verse of the Day says, you’ll be rewarded without sorrow added to the abundance. But if you are blessed with great increase, never misplace your trust:

If I have put my confidence in gold . . . gloated because my wealth was great . . . that would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, for I would have denied God above. —Job 31:24-28


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

What is God’s view on masturbation?


ANSWER:

(We debated whether we should answer this, but decided we should because it was something you probably wouldn’t ask your pastor 🙂

The Bible says that in marriage, pretty much anything goes (Hebrews 13:4). However, unmarried persons visualizing fornication is sin and no different than the actual act:

. . . everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. —Matthew 5:28

concerning the Gentiles who have believed . . . abstain from . . . fornication. —Acts 21:25

So outside of the marriage bed, if you are masturbating, it would be difficult to believe you are trusting God to meet your every need.

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We received many comments regarding our mini Bible study in reference to “tears on Judgment Day.”

The Bible is clear, there IS a judgment day for Christians—not for salvation but for a close examination of earthly deeds.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. —2 Corinthians 5:10

. . . For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. —Romans 14:10b

each man’s work will become evident; for the [judgment] day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. —1 Corinthians 3:13-15

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. —Colossians 3:23-25

However, we also know this Christian judgment day is not for judging sin because:

. . . there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. —Romans 8:1

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Colossians 2:13-14

Therefore if judgment day is not for judging sin, what is God judging? The Bible doesn’t specify. Possibly heart motivations. Did the motives for good works stand the test? If that’s the case, whatever has been accomplished through the Holy Spirit, for God’s glory, would be rewarded. And since there can also be “loss” on judgment day, there could be tears.

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