Scripture of the Day: Deuteronomy 28:1-2

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Dive into God’s Word today and receive your blessing. (Lightstock)

“Now it will be, if you will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I am commanding you today, then the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings will come on you and overtake you if you listen to the voice of the Lord your God” (Deut. 28:1-2, MEV).

When you need it, following God’s direction in the Bible is key to financial turnaround.

Andre ‘Son of God’ Ward Retires as Champion

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Andre “Son of God” Ward (Andre Ward FB page)

A shout out to my man, Andre “Son of God” Ward, who retired from boxing this week at the age of 33 to spend more time with his family.

A devout Christian, Andre won all 32 of his professional fights and retired as undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world. Listen to my Javelin podcast interview with him and read his compelling story on Charismanews.com.

 

What Can Mere Flesh Do to You?

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (YouTube)

Take Psalm 56:3-4 to heart when you hear about Kim Jong Un’s latest exploits.

The Cuban missile crisis of 1962 happened four years before I was born. I can only imagine the uneasiness Americans—and Soviets alike—felt as they lay their heads on their pillow at night and awoke to in the morning, cognizant that nuclear holocaust was only the push of a few buttons away.

Like an elephant dangling from a cliff by a daisy, tensions between the then-Soviet Union and the United States had been pushed the brink by a series of events on both side, including the infamous Bay of Pigs invasion. The USSR retaliated to the latter by parking numerous nuclear warheads 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Given the volatility of Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev and the unrest in the Kennedy administration, Americans had every reason to feel jittery 24/7. The hysteria of atomic war filled the headlines and airwaves, leaving citizens to think about nothing else.

I didn’t live through the Cuban missile crisis, but I have seen movies and documentaries, and have talked to those who did. It was a precarious time, certainly.

Fifty-five years later—with a world far more savvy about nuclear weapon technology—the situation has come full circle. Only this time, it is one man—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—that is fueling the potential of mass, global destruction.

And make no mistake, Jong Un isn’t simply bluffing with his stockpile of nuclear weapons. He’s holding a full house and he intends to bet it—and raise—until he is called by American President Donald Trump. The threat is VERY, VERY real.

Like his father before him, Jong Un rules North Korea with an iron fist and narcissism. This story by The Daily Mirror in the U.K. gives keen insight into the mental instability of a man who has most likely committed far more atrocities than former Iraqi leader Sadam Hussein ever did. In fact, Hussein looks like a sweetheart compared to Jong Un.

Jong Un has backed President Trump into a corner. President Trump’s words are hardly diplomatic when he says we will “totally destroy” North Korea if it doesn’t back down from its agenda, but they are warranted. Jong Un needs to know that the United States will not ignore his threats.

This may frighten many Americans—especially those who vehemently dislike President Trump. But as believers, we need to trust God and cast down our imaginations (2 Cor. 10:5) because we have “made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most high, your dwelling, there shall be no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your tent.” (Psa. 91:9-10, MEV).

We are commanded several hundred times in the Bible to “fear not.” We all know the verses,

  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of self-control.” (2 Tim. 1:7, MEV)
  • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your road and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psa. 23:4, MEV)
  • “In the day when I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God whose word I praise, in God I have trusted; I will not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?” (Psa. 56-3-4, MEV)

As believers, we certainly do not have anything to fear. “What can mere flesh do to me?” There is nothing man can do to strip away the salvation that was given to you through grace when Jesus died on the cross. That was put into effect when you accepted Christ as your savior.

Believers need not walk in fear because of what Jesus did. I am also inspired by what my Jewish friend, Jonathan Feldstein, who lives in Efrat, Israel, once told me about how he lives his life, despite the constant threat of missiles landing in his backyard. He said, “we as Israelis cannot walk around every day afraid that we are going to be attacked. If we do that, then not only our enemies win, but the devil wins, too.”

Amen. While Jonathan holds to his Jewish heritage, I am working on him and his family—in diligent prayer—to come to know Jesus. He’s aware of that and he’s OK with it.

Jong Un is as unpredictable as he is vicious. He could do anything at any time because the enemy—Satan—owns him. And we will all know that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy.

As believers, we must pray for God to perform a radical miracle and juxtapose his life into a life of love and compassion. More importantly, we must be diligent in our pursuit of the cross daily.

Expand your prayer life. Keep God’s Word in your heart at all times. Although we don’t know the day or hour of Jesus’ return, it’s getting late. Make no mistake about that. It’s not the time to walk around in fear, but in confidence that God will overcome the evil of this world.

Shawn A. Akers is the content development editor for Charisma Media. Read his blog at shawnakersministries.com.

 

Scripture of the Day – 1 John 3:7

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“Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who does righteousness is righteous, just as Christ is righteous.” (1 John 3:7, MEV).

True Christians are to be loved for God’s and Christ’s sake. Those who so love them not, but despise, and hate, and persecute them, have the serpentine nature still abiding in them.

My Prayer: “Father, because I am a new creature in Christ, you have taken the serpentine nature away from me. Help me, every day, to live as Christ-like as possible, even when it is difficult to do so in the face of such an ungodly culture and society. Give me a pure heart every day that your light may shine through me.”

 

Scripture of the Day – John 17:4

“I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work you have given me to do.” (John 17:4, MEV).

The word signifies his performing every part of his undertaking in the most complete and perfect manner. Herein he glorified his Father; he pleased him, he praised him. It is the glory of God that his work is perfect, and the same is the glory of the Redeemer; what he is the author of he will be the finisher of.

 

Scripture of the Day

“Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” — Romans 4:7-8

Martin Luther knew this to be true, and that’s why he fathered the Reformation and put his life on the line with the Catholic church in the 1500s. How great is it to know that your sins are covered by the blood of Jesus!