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Some Striking Things in Scripture

This year I’m using a Bible reading plan to help me read it in a year, so I’m getting a lot of different doses of Scripture each day. Here are some things that have been particularly worthwhile for me this week:

  • God gave Adam stewardship over the earth. But he was not a faithful steward.  Jesus was made a steward over all creation, and was (and is) completely faithful in his dominion over it. Everything is under his reign and he has accomplished his Father’s will perfectly (Heb. 2:5-9; cf. Gen. 1-3).
  • Proverbs has a whole lot to say about making wise decisions with your tongue. Our words should bring life, not death, to everyone who hears. What a challenge.
  • The opening chapters of Isaiah are filled with so much bad news. Yet there is so much good news as well.  So much so that it is even more unavoidable (see 2:1-5; 4:2-6; 6:1-13; 7:10-15; 9:1-7).
  • It is impossible to read the words of Jesus in Luke and not be challenged to a radical lifestyle. The more I read, the greater sense I gain of my radical-less-ness.

And finally…

  • Jesus is coming back someday to make everything right. So there has got to be more than morning commutes and 8-5’s and attending church and football on Saturdays and long vacations.  I want to be ready.
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Do your words give life or bring death?

Paul David Tripp has said, “You have never spoken a neutral word in your life. Your words have the power of life and death in them.” This morning, Proverbs 12:18, made that come to life for me:

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Lord, help me to speak words that are sweet to the ears of those around me. Let me speak life to people, and not death.

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Hitting the Hay with Humility

Here are two thoughts from C.J. Mahaney on how to cultivate humility as you end your day:

  • Avoid cosmic plagiarism. “Let not a single day end without the specific and intentional ‘transfer’ of all glory, for all grace to God alone!  That is the humble way to end each and every day.”
  • Accept the gift of sleep.  “Each night, as I confront the need again for sleep, I’m reminded that I’m a dependent creature.  I am not self-sufficient.  I am not the Creator.  There is only One who ‘will neither slumber nor sleep’ (Ps. 121:4), and I am not that One.”
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Responding to a Fool

During an interaction online today, someone told me, “I’m really not interested in you responding to me.  I most likely won’t read it, so go ahead and save your time.”  In this case, there is really only one way I can respond:

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you (Proverbs 9:8).

If you are the scoffer: Repent.  Be humble.  Be wise.  Don’t be puffed-up and foolish.  And if you are on the receiving end of such folly: Be discerning, knowing that reproof and correction will not always be helpful and sometimes, will even be counterproductive (see also Matt 7:6).

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