Devotion

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Church Day (Sunday, December 10, 2017)

Truth—found 169 times in 165 Old Testament verses and 191 times in 173 New Testament verses

Variations: true, truly, truth, truth’s

Last usage in the Old Testament: Malachi 2:6 (truth)

First usage in the New Testament: Matthew 9:37 (truly)

Interesting fact: The various forms of the word truth (see above) occur forty-nine times in the gospel of John and sixteen times in John’s first epistle (First John). John also wrote frequently of truth in his other two epistles and the book of the Revelation. All this “truth” came from the man who said that he wrote “For the truth’s sake” (2 John 1:2).

Bible study tip: As it pertains to the history of Israel, First and Second Samuel and First and Second Kings cover the history of both Israel and Judah but emphasize more of their political history. On the other hand, First and Second Chronicles deal exclusively with Judah and emphasize genealogy and spiritual history.

Sunday, Day 337—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 338—They Believed Not the Truth
Tuesday, Day 339—A Bias Against the Truth
Wednesday, Day 340—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 341—There Is No Truth in the Land
Friday, Day 342—The Truth Shall Make You Free
Saturday, Day 343—Buy the Truth, and Sell it Not
Day 337: Church Day
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

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Faithful and True (Thursday, December 7, 2017)

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Introductory Thoughts

It is not enough that the Lord is true. What if this described Him only for a moment in time or during certain periods? What if He, at some point, determined it was no longer important or necessary to reveal the truth to mankind? Perhaps it was with these things in mind that the Lord decided to identify Himself as “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). He is, after all, “the faithful and true witness” (Revelation 3:14; Jeremiah 42:5), speaking counsels and words that are faithful and true (Isaiah 25:1; Revelation 21:5; Revelation 22:6). This reality has been a source of comfort for the saints of God since the beginning of time and will continue to be so throughout all eternity.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): In the past, God has been faithful and true (Isaiah 25:1). He does not change (Malachi 3:6a; Hebrews 13:8). We can count on Him forever (Psalm 100:5; Psalm 111:5b; Psalm 117:2; Psalm 146:5-6).
• (For everyone): What are some promises you have received from the Lord? How good would those promises be if God was not just as faithful as He is true?
• How can this truth, which is a blessing to believers, be a source of trouble and heartache for those who have not put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to show you the beauties of His faithfulness and truth.
• Ask the Lord to help your loved ones come to know His truth.

SONG: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

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Destitute of the Truth (Tuesday, December 5, 2017)

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Introductory Thoughts

Men choose to be destitute of the truth. According to the scripture, the Lord “will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). One would think all men would want to know the truth, but this is not always the case. Unfortunately, the last days are distinctively marked by those who are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). Men could know the truth if they desired to know it. Abraham’s servant profoundly stated, “Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth” (Genesis 24:27). God desires to show Himself and His truth to each and every one of us.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God’s invitation to be saved is for everyone and He reaches out to all (John 3:16; John 12:32-33; 2 Peter 3:9). It is sad that most men do not want the truth (Romans 1:21, 25; Romans 3:11; 2 Timothy 3:8; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). What will you do with the truth?
• (For everyone): Are you searching for the truth? Are you hungry for the Lord and His word? He will show you the truth. He will guide you in the way you should go. Will you hear, listen, and obey?
• Is there any truth from the Lord that you have rejected? How has this hindered your growth? Is there a way to go back and correct your rebellion?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank the Lord for His faithfulness to give the truth.
• Ask the Lord to give you a heart willing to obey the truth.

SONG: HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION

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A God Of Truth (Monday, December 4, 2017)

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Introductory Thoughts

The God of the Bible is a God of truth. All His “commandments are truth” (Psalm 119:151), and “all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4). He is “plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psalm 86:15), so much so that the Bible says His “mercy is great unto the heavens,” and His “truth unto the clouds” (Psalm 57:10). Absolutely nothing about the Lord contains any falsehood. In fact, each member of the Godhead is said to be truth. The Father is a “God of truth” (Deuteronomy 32:4), the Son is “the truth” (John 14:6), and the Spirit is “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). On the other hand, the Devil is the great enemy of truth. The Bible says of him, “there is no truth in him” (John 8:44).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God is true (Exodus 34:6; John 1:1, 14; 1 John 5:6). He cannot lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18:a). Satan lies and deceives (Luke 8:12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Whom would you rather serve (Joshua 24:15)?
• (For everyone): Who is the source of all truth? Why is this so important to know? Are we able to trust what the Lord has said? Are we able to trust that all the Lord has done is done in truth?
• The Devil is the enemy of the truth. What does the Devil do in people’s lives in order to try to discourage them from hearing, loving, and obeying the truth?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank God for the fact that He can be trusted!
• Ask the Lord to help you discern lies from the truth.

SONG: ALL GLORY BE THINE

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Church Day (Sunday, December 3, 2017)

Truth—found 360 times in 338 verses

Variations: true, truly, truth, truth’s

First usage: Genesis 4:24 (truly)

Last usage: Revelation 22:6 (true)

Defined: accuracy or correctness

Interesting fact: The word verily means in truth, true, or truly. It is repeated in the phrase “Verily, verily” found twenty-five times in the Bible, all occurring in the gospel of John.

Bible study tip: It is always best to study Bible passages in light of their place in the entire scheme of Bible history. Every student should be familiar with biblical history so that he does not misinterpret the intent of scripture. In order to consistently understand the truths of scripture, the student should place himself within the time frame of the passage instead of forcing the passage into his own current worldview and biases. This includes variations based upon dispensational distinctions, political situations, geography, and customs and manners.

Sunday, Day 330—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 331—A God of Truth
Tuesday, Day 332—Destitute of the Truth
Wednesday, Day 333—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 334—Faithful and True
Friday, Day 335—Thy Word Is Truth
Saturday, Day 336—I Am Not Worthy of All the Truth
Day 330: Church Day
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

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Let Every Man Be Fully Persuaded (Saturday, December 2, 2017)

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Introductory Thoughts

There are issues in which not all believers will necessarily agree. At times, these things are doctrinal issues forcing them to be addressed. At other times, the disagreements may revolve around issues where the scriptures are silent. In such cases, believers should be even more gracious with others. If one man “esteemeth one day above another” (Romans 14:5), he should regard that day “unto the Lord” (Romans 14:6). If another brother does not esteem that day above another (Romans 14:5), he should likewise do it “unto the Lord” (Romans 14:6). Instead of dividing over such things, believers should learn how to be gracious and understand that all believers will independently “stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Whatever we do, we should do with confidence that God approves (John 8:29b). If we cannot, that is sin (Romans 14:23b). What we can do or cannot is sometimes open to debate amongst believers. Instead of getting upset, let God be the judge (1 Corinthians 4:5).
• (For everyone): What are some things over which believers should not separate? How can people on both sides of the issue do what they do “unto the Lord”?
• What should be the believer’s authority in all matters of faith and practice? How should believers handle those things not addressed by the Bible?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to give you a scriptural graciousness.
• Ask the Lord to give peace amongst His people.

SONG: CLOSE TO THEE

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The Eye Cannot Say (Friday, December 1, 2017)

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

Introductory Thoughts

Unfortunately, all too often believers get at odds with each other because one believer thinks himself of much greater value and worth than other believers. This puffed up believer may consider himself more skilled in the scripture and better at living the Christian life. If he is not careful, he will begin looking down on other believers with an arrogant tone. The Bible says that this type of a person might become like the eye that says “unto the hand, I have no need of thee” (1 Corinthians 12:21). Yet, every member of the body, even those “which seem to be more feeble, are necessary” (1 Corinthians 12:22). Believers should be truly thankful for other believers. They should thank the Lord for all the benefits each member brings to the body.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Philippians 2:3 says we ought to think more of others than ourselves. We are to increase in love and charity (1 Thessalonians 3:12). We have nothing in which to glory (1 Corinthians 4:7) except the cross and the Lord (Galatians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 1:31).
• (For everyone): Is there some brother in Christ that you think to be of little or no importance? Can you actually think of things that he or she has done to be a blessing to you or to others? Knowing this, can you take the time to thank God for that believer?
• Do you think yourself superior to other believers? Is it possible that you are much weaker than you think?

Prayer Thoughts

• Thank God for the believers in your local body.
• Ask God to help you esteem others better than yourself.

SONG: MY SAVIOUR’S LOVE

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He That Is Not Against Us (Thursday, November 30, 2017)

Mark 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

Introductory Thoughts

The disciples zealously tried to insure everyone conformed to what they thought was appropriate. They proudly declared to Christ that they forbade some man that was casting out devils because he was not one of “them.” No doubt they were expecting the Saviour to praise and endorse their actions. Surely, thought they, he would be overly pleased with their zeal and boldness for the truth. The Lord’s words were likely quite surprising when He said, “Forbid him not” (Mark 9:39). As was His custom, the Lord followed these startling words with profound words of wisdom when He said, “For he that is not against us is on our part” (Mark 9:40). Christianity was never intended to be made up of mindless and robotic men and women.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Joshua wanted Moses to forbid two of the seventy elders from prophesying because they were in the camp and not at the tabernacle. Read Moses’ answer to Joshua (Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29). God can use whom He wants where and when He wants to use them.
• (For everyone): Are there some you would like to forbid from serving the Lord? Are they preaching Christ and salvation by grace through faith? Is there a way you could explain to them the way of God more perfectly (Acts 18:26)?
• Do you follow the same pattern of graciousness demonstrated by your Saviour? If not, why not?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to give you wisdom on when to forbid or when to allow.
• Ask the Lord to give you of His graciousness.

SONG: BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS

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