Text: Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19)
Tweet: To trust in God amidst fallen humanity is to lay up treasure in Heaven forever, treasure that is both inestimable and irrevocable.
Text: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Tweet: Christians are the light of the world, the conscience of society illuminating right from wrong for others to see. However, if we fail to boldly speak out our light is doused out and our society left out in the dark without a Biblical beacon to guide it.
Text: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)
Tweet: Christians are the salt of the earth, the preservers of society who are commissioned by Christ to stand up against society’s putrid evils. However, if we lose our saltines—fail to stand up—we are useless to society and will be tossed aside and trampled by it.
Text: Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. (Psalm 31:18)
Tweet: If this prayer of the ancient psalmist was targeted toward today’s lying, proud, and contemptuous politicians, it would surely shut up and shutdown our present-day government.
Text: Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.(Psalm 31:16-17)
Tweet: The scowling faces of short-lived slanderers should not be fretted by those living under the shining face of God’s forever favor.
Text: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (Romans 1:18-22)
Tweet: According to the Bible and contrary to popular opinion, it takes an inexcusable imbecile, not an educated intellectual, to deny the existence of an intelligent Creator while surrounded by the incontrovertible evidence of
an intricately designed creation.
Text: And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. (Mark 10:46-52)
Tweet: Those who plead for Christ’s mercy will be called to Him and healed by Him of their blindness so that afterward they can see clearly to follow Him.
Texts: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: (Genesis 5:26)
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:5-9)
Tweet: Methuselah—a name which means, “when he dies, it (the flood) shall come”—is, as the longest living man in the Bible, an Old Testament testimony to the New Testament truth of the longsuffering of God with sinful humanity.
Text: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude 1:14-15)
Tweet: Like Enoch, Christians, who’ve been warned by God of His impending judgment of the earth, should walk so purely before God and so pleasingly with God that we too will be caught up to God before the final and fiery judgment of the earth is fiercely executed by God.
Text: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:3)
Tweet: Prayer should be a deep dive into the fathomless depths of God’s greatness, not a narrow exercise in exacting expediency, but an expanded one in extolling the divine excellencies.