Let Him Do a New Thing—Day 2

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Let Him Do a New Thing—Day 2 Isaiah 43: 18, 19 “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.” At first glance, this particular verse appears to be peculiar. Why would those who belong to God be told not to remember what God had done in the past? I have often heard this verse being quoted to inspire others to embrace a new vision or a new direction. However, this verse is clearly encouraging readers to avoid assuming how God would deliver them. This is such an important factor in the life of a believer. We often find ourselves in situations that require assistance from God. A situation where we need to hear a word from the Lord, or we need him to move on our behalf. It is vital for our spiritual walk to know God is capable and no problem is too big for God. Israel experiences God overthrowing Pharaoh to bring them out of Egypt. Israel witnessed God...

Let Him Do a New Thing

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Let Him Do a New Thing Isaiah 43: 18, 19 We begin this week’s devotional series meditating on God’s boundless blessings that we often limit because of our lack of creativity. Although God is the one who dispenses the blessings, if in our minds we limit God’s ability to bless us as he desires, we miss out. The writer says, “Behold, I will do something new…Will you not be aware of it?’ How do we miss what God is doing? We worship him, pray and for many of us we desire to walk with him, yet, we still miss the new thing he is doing in our lives. We can easily miss God because of our assumptions. Assuming to know how he will move. Have we become so familiar with God that we know his routine? Question: Why assume to know what God is doing rather than just accepting what he is going to do? Assuming is to formulate or verbalize something without having...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 5

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 5 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  We conclude this week’s devotional in a spirit of gratitude. It is very easy to take our salvific knowledge of Christ for granted. With all of the inappropriate and misguided theological teachings regarding Christ, we were able to avoid false teachers and receive knowledge that ushered us to the truth. As we encounter truth, there is a growth that begins to take place in our lives. Question: How can we learn the truth of Jesus Christ and stay the same? The Greek word for knowledge in our devotional passage is, ĕpignōsis, ep-ig´-no-sis. The word means coming to understand something clearly and distinctly or as true and valid; often with a personal acquaintance that necessitates a positive or negative reaction. To come to the knowledge of who...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 4

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 4 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Let us begin today’s devotional meditating with this thought: Are we always learning, however, unable to determine what actually matters? Why is that? This was Paul’s charge against those incessant learners. Much time, energy and effort were spent learning, but they still had not come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. The picture that our writing depicts is one where the women are always seeking something. However, they are listening patiently to nonsense. All of this is done without discernment. Moreover, they have hopes of retrieving something worth finding. Does that sound familiar? Looking and desiring something and the very thing we want once we receive it, it still does not satisfy. Nevertheless, in the devotional passage the...

Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 3

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Ever Learning but Never Knowing—Day 3 II Timothy 3: 7 “Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Paul has made it clear in our devotional passage that false teachers and “The very falseness of the teaching itself makes them not able to learn the truth.” What is this truth that Paul is mentioning here? “To come to the knowledge of the truth,” In our passage the word for, “of the truth,” is alēthĕia, al-ay´-thi-a. This truth refers to the gospel of Jesus Christ, or the good news about Jesus Christ, especially as a message that conforms to (and answers) the nature of reality. This truth is dependable and unable to be shaken, nevertheless, how often is what we profess to believe regarding Christ challenged, and even discarded by what we learn from false teachers? Could we say that perhaps we make a lot of...