February 17 – Unbelievers Still Believe

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February 17  
Daily Reading – Leviticus 10-11 / Matthew 27:33-66

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    They mocked Him, spat upon Him, plucked out his beard, crucified Him with common criminals, called Him names, and treated Him with no respect. That is, they did so in the eyes of others. However, in private, the one in whom they said they did not believe, still brought terror to their souls. Even in their unbelieving, they believed enough to be afraid.

    I find people have not changed so much over the centuries. People ridicule and mock God and His church. They call them names and make fun of them. That is in public. Nevertheless, when tragedy happens or a death in the family occurs, it’s these same people who are calling on God and His church. Often, if their loved one is gone, their last error is worse than the first.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Why do unbelievers suddenly want to believe?

     
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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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February 16 – Innocent Blood

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February 16 – Innocent Blood  
Daily Reading – Leviticus 8-9 / Matthew 27:1-32

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Judas realized the blood of Jesus was innocent blood. He tried to make it right by giving back the blood money, but that didn’t work. He tried to resolve his sin by pleading with sin filled church leaders to forgive him. That didn’t work either. Even they said, “What is that to us?” They knew they could not fix it. Judas went to everyone except Jesus, and then died in his sin.

    Too often today, people are confused about how to deal with sin. They become church members, ask for absolution from a priest, or try to buy forgiveness with money. The only way to deal with our sin is to go the one who shed this precious blood for that sin, ask for His forgiveness, and let Him wash away our sin with that innocent blood.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Has the Innocent Blood of Christ been applied,
and washed away your sin?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 15 – How Well Do You Know Him

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How Well Do You Know Him  

February 15
Daily Reading – Leviticus 6-7 / Matthew 26:57-75

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Mothers have the ability to communicate with their eyes. They can look at their children one way and say, “behave yourself,” while another look says, “I love you.” This communication is there because the child has been close to their mom and knows her. With just the look of an eye, they know her heart.

    Jesus and the disciples had been so close that when Jesus looked at Peter, he knew Jesus’ heart. Knowing His heart, recalling His words, and recognizing his own sinfulness, caused Peter to weep. The eyes of the Lord are still upon us. Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Are we close enough to Him today,
to know His heart when He gives us a look?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 14 – Alone In The Crowd

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February 14
Daily Reading – Leviticus 4-5 / Matthew 26:42-56

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Have you ever been in a crowded room where people are laughing, talking, enjoying the event, but you don’t know anyone there. People may be nice as they walk by saying, “hello how are you,” but they don’t know you either, and are just making conversation. In a crowd of thousands, you can feel completely alone.

    Today’s verse says Jesus’ friends all left Him. There He was, surrounded by people, yet alone. Even worse, all who surrounded him wanted to hurt him. Not only was He alone, He was tormented. What a horrible experience for the creator of all to endure. His own creations were torturing Him, and the ones who said they loved Him left him alone. However, this same Jesus has told us, He would never leave us nor forsake us. He doesn’t want us to ever feel alone.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  What comfort does that bring to you?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 13 – A Fulfilling Promise

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A Fulfilling Promise

February 13 
Daily Reading – Leviticus 1-3 / Matthew 26:20-41

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    There’s long been a debate, who killed Jesus. Some say the Jewish leadership, while others blame Roman rulers of that time. However, think on this a moment. The disciples didn’t want Jesus to die. They wanted Him to start a kingdom. Jesus did not really want to go through this pain, although He willingly did so. I am sure God the Father wasn’t excited about placing His only Son in this situation. So why did it have to happen?

    Jesus said, “not as I will, but as thou wilt.” What placed Jesus on the cross of Calvary was the Word of God thousands of years earlier. It is God’s will that we shouldn’t die in our sin and perish. By His Word, He proclaimed and promised a Saviour and the defeat of Satan’s power. God always stands true to His Word.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Can you find time today
simply to tell Him thanks?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 12 – Not A Fair Exchange

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Not A Fair Exchange

February 12 
Daily Reading – Exodus 39-40 / Matthew 26:1-19

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Robert Van Kampen was a wealthy Christian man from Grand Haven, Mi. who built a Scriptorium. In this climate controlled underground vault he cared for over 5,000 items he had purchased, including clay tablets, biblical manuscripts and a blood-stained Bible. I was fortunate enough to see them before he passed and all the items were moved to Florida.

    Of all the items, I remember most the thirty pieces of silver they poured into my hands. It wasn’t until they told me what I was holding that I realized the value. It was the price exchanged for my Saviour. I wept as I thought, how could anyone see these rough lumps of silver as a fair exchange? However, God gave more than silver; He gave His only Son for me.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  I ask again, how can His Son
be a fair exchange for my life?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 11 – Works Salvation?

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Works Salvation?

February 11
Daily Reading – Exodus 36-38 / Matthew 25:31-46

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    I know some have read this passage of scripture and have seen it as a works salvation verse. They understand it to say that if you do these good deeds you make into heaven, and if you do not, you won’t. However, you have to read it all to understand it. We see in Matthew 25:37 those who had done the good deeds did not even realize they had done them. They were not working for salvation; they were serving because they were saved.

    The parable shines a light on the heart of the believer and unbeliever. Those who have trusted Christ have been given the Holy Spirit to reside in them. They act different because they are made new and are different.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Ask yourself, am I working to earn my salvation,
or serving because of my salvation?


NEXT WEEK’S DAILY BIBLE READING:

February 12, 2018 Exodus 39-40 Matthew 26:1-25
February 13, 2018 Leviticus 1-3 Matthew 26:26-56
February 14, 2018 Leviticus 4-6 Matthew 26:57-75
February 15, 2018 Leviticus 7-8 Matthew 27:1-32
February 16, 2018 Leviticus 9-11 Matthew 27:33-66
February 17, 2018 Leviticus 12-13 Matthew 28
February 18, 2018 No Passages Assigned

 

Living In His Word Ministries
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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 10 – When The Door Closes

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When The Door Closes

February 10  
Daily Reading – Exodus 34-35 / Matthew 25:1-30

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    Many today, believe they will receive Christ after the rapture, during the tribulation if they miss it today. It’s true, many who never heard of Christ will be saved then. The problem is, the bible never teaches that those who’ve heard, understand, and reject the truth of the gospel will get a second chance.

    Jesus comes back for His bride. When? He comes at the rapture before the time of tribulation. Today’s passage tells us all who knew of Christ but did not posses His Holy Spirit, pictured by the oil, at Christ’s appearance were shut out. When they cried to God, it says in Matthew 25:12 “But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” When the door closes on those who knew of Christ and refused Him, it locks.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Are you ready for the groom to come?
Is your lamp burning bright with the Oil of God?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 9 – Ready Or Not!

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Ready Or Not!

February 9  
Daily Reading – Exodus 31-33 / Matthew 24:32-51

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    I remember as a child playing hide and seek. One person would be at the goal counting and everyone else would go hide. How frustrating it was when trying to hide to run around, continually finding other kids in the places I wanted to hide. Then, before I could hide, I’d hear, “ready or not here I come.” I wasn’t ready and I was caught.

    Worse than being caught in hide and seek, will be anyone not ready when Jesus returns. We must be hidden in the righteousness of Christ when He comes or our sinfulness will be exposed. It appears that many today believe they have all the time in the world to prepare. However, the bible says He may come at any time.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Are you ready for His return?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12

February 8 – Give Me A Sign

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Give Me A Sign

February 8   
Daily Reading – Exodus 30 / Matthew 24:15-31

WHAT GOD HAS SAID:

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


WHAT I HAVE SEEN:

    People love a good show. The more amazing and flamboyant, the better. This has no longer confined itself to the secular world. Today we see the fastest growing churches are the ones with the best technical performance. I’m not saying what they’re doing is all wrong, but I am saying if that’s why we go that’s wrong.

    Jesus warns of people in the last days showing great signs and wonders trying to fool the church. The real church would not be fooled. Over time they will see through the show and will miss real worship. If people want a sign, here’s a sign for you. Look around at the signs and wonders going on today. Jesus said this culture would be sign of the last days.


WHAT DO YOU SAY:

  Do you think God may be trying to give
a “sign hungry people”
a sign of His own?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director|
Hebrews 2:12