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Bible League: Living His Word
"People will make weapons to fight against you, but their weapons will not defeat you. Some people will say things against you, but anyone who speaks against you will be proved wrong."
The LORD says, "That is what my servants get! They get the good things that come from me, their LORD.

It pays to be a servant of the Lord, for one receives His great and mighty promises. Among them are the promises of our verse for today. Although there may be times when the weapons used to fight against us seem to prevail and there may be times when those who speak against us seem to succeed, we may grasp hold of these promises in faith and overcome. Our faith may use them as armor against the Enemy's attacks against us. Our faith may use them as shields to stop the "burning arrows that come from the Evil One" (Ephesians 6:16).

The weapons that people make to fight against the people of God are not always the material weapons of war. The weapons could be anything. They could be spurious lawsuits, theft of something of value, the refusal to pay that which is due, the betrayal of a trust, unjust laws that undermine religious liberty, and a whole host of other possibilities. Although these weapons may be permitted for a time to prosper against us, they are ultimately doomed to failure. Just as the Israelites found a way of escape through the Red Sea, we shall find a way of escape as well.

Further, the things that people say against the people of God are not always the boasts and threats of the armies arrayed before them. The things they say could be anything. They could be false accusations in a court of law, lies about our character, booming denunciations, deliberate misinterpretations of our intents and purposes, cheap put-downs in public, and a whole host of other possibilities. Although the things that are said may be permitted for a time to prosper against us, they are also ultimately doomed to failure. Just as the Lord rebuked Satan for accusing Joshua the high priest in Zechariah's vision (Zechariah 3:1-3), so shall the Lord rebuke those who speak against us.

We are not fair-game for the weapons and words of those who come against us. The servants of the Lord are protected by the great and mighty promises of Isaiah 54:17.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Job 1, 2, 3


Job 1 -- Job's Holiness; Satan's First Test: Loss of His Children and Goods

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Job 2 -- Job's Second Test: Job Loses His Health

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Job 3 -- Job's Lament

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New Testament Reading
Acts 7:1-19


Acts 7 -- Stephen's Speech, Stoning and Death

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
“For you ignore God's law and substitute your own tradition.”
        Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God's law in order to hold on to your own tradition.”
Insight
Jesus wasn't against all tradition, but he was against those who made their traditions as important, if not more important, than God's Word. Good traditions shine a spotlight on God's Word, move us to obedient service, and help our hearts sing. They explain and reinforce the teachings of God. God's Word should always be the focus, and tradition a means of bringing that Word alive.
Challenge
Celebrate your traditions with the prayer that Christ would be exalted. Change your traditions if they become more important than God's Word.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Daniel 3:16, 18  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said ... Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods.

The narrative of the manly courage and marvellous deliverance of the three holy children, or rather champions, is well calculated to excite in the minds of believers firmness and steadfastness in upholding the truth in the teeth of tyranny and in the very jaws of death. Let young Christians especially learn from their example, both in matters of faith in religion, and matters of uprightness in business, never to sacrifice their consciences. Lose all rather than lose your integrity, and when all else is gone, still hold fast a clear conscience as the rarest jewel which can adorn the bosom of a mortal. Be not guided by the will-o'-the-wisp of policy, but by the pole-star of divine authority. Follow the right at all hazards. When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. Do God the honor to trust him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle. See whether he will be your debtor! See if he doth not even in this life prove his word that "Godliness, with contentment, is great gain," and that they who "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, shall have all these things added unto them." Should it happen that, in the providence of God, you are a loser by conscience, you shall find that if the Lord pays you not back in the silver of earthly prosperity, he will discharge his promise in the gold of spiritual joy. Remember that a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of that which he possesseth. To wear a guileless spirit, to have a heart void of offence, to have the favor and smile of God, is greater riches than the mines of Ophir could yield, or the traffic of Tyre could win. "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and inward contention therewith." An ounce of heart's-ease is worth a ton of gold.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
John 1:38,39  And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?" • He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.

John 14:2,3  "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. • "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

Revelation 3:21  'He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Isaiah 57:15  For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Revelation 3:20  'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Matthew 28:20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Psalm 36:7  How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

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