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Q305: God's Name in Vain

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How long will you people turn my glory into shame?" - Psalm 4:2.

You have a relationship with the God of the universe. He has promised to be with you to the ends of the earth, to hear and answer your prayers, to empower you to meet every trial and challenge, and to fight your battles and overcome your enemies.  With all this potential and power, what are you accomplishing for and through Him? What are you doing as His representative to further His kingdom? What great thing are you striving to do with His help? Read Exodus 20:7 and consider whether this refers to using God's name as a curse word, or if it really refers to having the name of the Lord to use in prayer and action and not doing anything with it!

Q304: Judges

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?" - 1 Corinthians 6:2.

Many are infatuated with end time fantasies, but the end is not only about His return. It's also about the role the saints will have once the new heaven and new earth are formed. As part of that new era, the saints will judge the world!  Those who have been judged by the world system will then take their turn to evaluate the world according to God's standards. Are you getting ready for this role?  Are you reading, learning and growing to gain wisdom and sharpen your discernment? When you read 1 Corinthians 4:4-5, you get the sense that God will guide this process but that you will be involved as co-judges. Get ready!

Q303: The Depths

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David?" - Luke 20:40.

You will only plumb the depths of Scripture's wisdom and insight if you challenge yourself to pose and answer good questions. In this case, Jesus asked His opponents about how the Old Testament could label the Messiah to also be a Son of David. This indicated that the Messiah was not only of the tribe of Judah, but also that He was a human and not exclusively a divine being. What questions are you pondering where the Scriptures are concerned? This was Jesus' style of teaching and learning even when He was twelve years old, as you can see in Luke 2:46-52Perhaps it should be your style, too?

Q302: Relationships

What would Jesus ask you today?

"For what do righteousness and wickedness
have in common?" - 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Of course, the answer is nothing, for they are as incompatible as light and darkness. What's more, one is superior to the other, just like light is to darkness. This question is posed in the context of Paul's teaching that a believer should not be 'unequally yoked' with an unbeliever.  In other words, in most cases it's not wise to join forces with someone who does not know the Lord, especially in business, marriage or socially. Are you suffering due to some relationship with an unbeliever? Has their idolatry or values system rubbed off on you? Read the context of the question in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and then divest yourself of all inappropriate relationships as quickly as you can.

Q301: Projection

What would Jesus ask you today?

"So when you, a mere man,
pass judgment on them and yet do the same things,
do you think you will escape God's judgment?" - Romans 2:3.

It is easy to look at someone and be disgusted by their attitude or behavior, yet have the same present problem in your own life.  It's call projection and in some sense you are causing others to carry the pain of your own failure and sin. Rather than judge it in yourself, you judge it in others. And you can be the hardest on those who happen to have the same faults as you. Are you judgmental toward someone while you carry the same problem? For example, do you act self-righteously toward those who are proud, yet have pride in your own life? Follow the procedure Jesus described in Matthew 7:1-5 and you will not fall into this common tendency.

Q300: Learning Curve

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke
that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?" - Acts 15:10.

There was probably a day when you did not know right from wrong and you were estranged from the Lord.  Then you came to know Him, but you still had a steep learning curve of what it meant to serve and please the Lord. God was gracious to you during those times. Now, are you gracious to those who are where you were before or right after you met the Lord? Do you expect more from them than they can possibly produce?  Have you forgotten where you came from and how far you have come? Read 1 Corinthians 13 and then ask God to form and develop the love described there for all people, but especially for the lost and newly found.

Q299: Remember

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Don’t you remember that when I was with you
I used to tell you these things?" - 2 Thessalonians 1:5.

Paul was writing to remind the disciples of his teaching while he had been with them. Jesus taught and then four men recorded what He said so you and I can remember and reflect. What do you do to help you remember the important things you have been taught, things that someone paid a price to deliver to you? What price are you paying to deliver your truth that God has given you to others so they can read, hear and remember?  Do you write? Journal? Record and disseminate? Study? Read 2 Peter 1:12-15 and notice what Peter did and why he did it, and then take steps to make sure you remember and help others remember what God has done in and through you.

Q298: Failure

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Do you truly love me more than these?" - John 21:15.

Jesus posed this question to Peter three times after Peter had denied the Lord three times. Jesus knew that Peter had to face his failure in order to move on. Once Peter affirmed his love, Jesus reiterated Peter's mission by telling him to "feed my lambs." Are you grappling with some failure in your life? The way forward is not to ignore it, but to face it for what it was, learn from it and then refocus on your purpose from that point forward, acknowledging God's magnficent grace that allows you to do so. Read how Samson recovered from his failures to ultimately succeed in Judges 16:23-31 and then work to do the same as you recover from yours.

Q297: The Climb

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?" - Psalm 24:3.

It is a privilege to ascend to the heights God has assigned to you, but it also requires hard work and effort on your part.  God will not pick you up and carry you there, but He will empower and energize you to complete the climb and enjoy the fruit of your labors. Once you arrive, you will also have a spectacular view of God's purpose. Are you exerting enough effort to complete your climb? Are you enjoying the journey?  Are you relishing the view of climbing higher into God's purpose? Read Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 and ask yourself if you are enjoying your work or simply climbing your mountain for someone else's benefit.

Q296: Inner Peace

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why so disturbed within me?" - Psalm 43:5.

It is a sign of maturity that you can manage and even control your inner man with the help of the Spirit.  That is, if you want that kind of help. There may even be times when you need to seek some counselors to help you not with your emotions and thought life. Do anger, fear, bitterness or worry overwhelm you? Do you live in a state of peace or a state of upset and anxiety? As a superb example of this, read Acts 16:22-28 and see how Paul and Silas were at peace even after they had been abused and beaten, then determine to find this same peace and control in your own anxious moments.