Monday, June 10, 2019

Deuteronomy 25:1-26:15; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Luke 13:1-21

We were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 2 Corinthians 7:5

Paul suffered greatly in his work for the Lord. He cites some of those experiences in 2 Corinthians 11, identifying the pain and persecution he endured. He concludes with the remark “That which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches” (v. 28). False prophets, legislative intimidation and worldly influences produce the “fightings” without; false teachers and misguided brethren bring about the “fears within”. These adversities, formidable indeed are but part of the “good fight” (1 Tim. 6:12), that we must wage if we are to receive the crowns that He will give. —Mark Kolchin

Sure I must fight if I would reign; increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word. —I. Watts

June 10

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 25:1-26:15; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Luke 13:1-21

With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26b, NKJV 

Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) It is also not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats could take away our sins (Hebrews 10:4). Thus, the Lord Jesus came to do God’s will (Hebrews 10:7). In Gethsemane, He prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me” (Matthew 26:39, NKJV). But it was impossible for God to spare His Son and He delivered Him up for us all (Romans 8:32). When He died, it was impossible for God to allow His Son to be held in death’s power, so He raised Him to life (Acts 2:23-24). With this, God assures us of our eternal hope in Him. Trust Him. —K. C. Ung

Only believe, only believe; all things are possible, only believe,
Only believe, only believe; all things are possible, only believe.
—Paul Rader