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February 22, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 5


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Revelation 6:9

I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God and for the witness they had borne.

 

Thought for Today

The final and most compelling proof for the truthfulness of the Bible is the fact that the disciples died for the testimony of the truthfulness of the accounts they had shared. Excepting the Apostle John who died in exile, all of the other original 10 disciples, along with the Apostle Paul, Stephen, James the Brother of Jesus, and a host of other early saints, all died for their testimony that Jesus was God incarnate who died on a cross for the sins of the world and rose on the third day. Any one of them could have admitted that they made it all up, or that it was all a big misunderstanding. Rather than retract a single word they all chose to die horrible deaths. Who would die for a lie? Maybe one lunatic would, but not all of them. Surely if it was untrue someone would have saved their life by confessing that they made it up. Our verse today tells us that they are all in heaven for their bold witness, “slain for the Word of God.” The only explanation I can find for this incredible phenomenon is that they were all telling the truth.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for all those who stood for the truth in difficult circumstances, let me find in their sacrifice confidence in the witness they bore to Your word. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The true martyr is he who has become the instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, and who no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of being a martyr. ― T.S. Eliot,

 

Quote of the Day

A pastor friend of mine said, "Our problem is that we no longer have martyrs. We only have celebrities. ― Shane Claiborne

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February 21, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 4


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

Thought for Today

Another reason I find the Bible to be trustworthy is the unique way it impacts people who read it. Someone once said that the Bible both sings and stings. That is to say, the Bible can make you say, “Yes!” and “Ouch!” at the same time. The Bible has a way of breaking us down, revealing what we thought was long hidden from God. To be clear, the Bible is not a guidebook on how to be good. It certainly tells us what true goodness and love look like. However, the Bible is designed to help us see just how woefully short of the mark we are. It will not tell you what to do to save yourself. The Bible will tell you what God did to save you, because you are incapable of saving yourself. This is both bad news and good news. It is bad news because we so desperately want some credit for our own salvation. It is good news because, while you get no credit, Jesus did all that was necessary to make up for your failures in goodness and love. All you have to do is receive the free gift of His grace. You cannot run or hide from the truths of Scripture, they are living active. The real question is, what will you do when God shows you who you really are? Shake your fist at heaven or throw yourself on His mercy?

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, thank You for telling me the truth about myself, not because I didn’t know, but because I did, and now that I know You know the real me and still choose to love me, I will forever trust in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Sharper than any double-edged sword." A sword with two edges has no blunt side; it cuts both this way and that. The Word of God is edge all over. It is alive in every part, and in every part keen to cut the conscience and wound the heart. Depend on it: not a verse in the Bible is superfluous or a chapter that is useless. ― Charles Spurgeon

 

Quote of the Day

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior. ― John Stott

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February 20, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 3


Is the Bible Reliable?

Zechariah 11:12-13

Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.

 

Matthew 26:14-16

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

 

Matthew 27: 3-7

Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.

 

Thought for Today

One of the most powerful demonstrations of the truthfulness of the Bible is found in the myriad prophecies fulfilled within its pages. In the Old Testament there are 60 major messianic prophecies and about 270 minor prophecies. These were written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, yet He fulfills every single one of them. Many of those prophecies were completely out of Jesus’ control. He had no way to determine the price the Pharisees would place on His head. If He could He certainly wouldn’t have set it at the insulting price equal to that paid for a slave. However, Zechariah said it would be 30 pieces of silver. He told his audience that they would be cast on the floor of the temple and used to pay the potter. No one could know what was going to happen at that level of detail…except God. And lest you think the disciples engaged in a little revisionist history, remember that they declared the price Judas took to betray Jesus when the Pharisees were still around and they never refuted it. There was likely documentation demonstrating its use to buy the potter’s field. The evidence is overwhelming that it happened just as it was predicted. And this sort of thing happens 330 times in the Bible! Its truthfulness is clearly seen in the fulfillment of prophecy.

 

Prayer

Lord of time, I praise You for making Yourself known as You revealed what was to be over and over in Your Word. Help me to trust all that it says about Your Son’s love for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Some, who doubt that the Bible is the true Word of God, doubt it because they are unwilling to ascribe to God anything they cannot themselves achieve. ― Billy Graham

 

Quote of the Day

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
C.S. Lewis



Comments

02-20-2019 at 9:42 AM
Erica Ciro
Thank you Heavenly Father for graciously giving us Your Word and the many pieces of evidence to support that it is Truth and that You are real. In Jesus’ name who is the Amen.
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