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Repentance

September 14, 2019 — Thomas M. Hochmann

Yesterday I felt convicted to my core about my own sins, and I was inspired to put together a little montage of scripture on the topic of repentance, in the spirit of Daily Light on the Daily Path. If you have sin you need to confess and turn from, I hope these passages of scripture stir you to get right with God and draw near to him once more.

Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first... and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. Turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

(Romans 2:5; Proverbs 28:13; Revelation 2:5; Acts 8:22; Psalm 51:17; Acts 3:19-20; James 4:8)

Tags: repentance

Desire and Power

September 09, 2019 — Thomas M. Hochmann

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

It's not natural for us to want to do what pleases God. Thankfully, he gives us that desire. It's also not natural for us to have the ability to do what pleases God. Thankfully again, he gives us that power.

🙌 Praise God that we have any desire and power to do what pleases him, because Lord knows we couldn't generate any of that inside ourselves, by ourselves!

🙏 Pray to God that he will give us more desire, and more power, to do what pleases him!

May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Hebrews 13:21 NLT)

Tags: desiring-god, obedience, strength

Oh, How I Love Your Law!

September 06, 2019 — Thomas M. Hochmann

I was going to write a smattering of sentences about how much I cherish my various Bibles and how I spend all my waking hours at night and by day either reading the Bible, or thinking about what I read in it earlier... But, the psalmist said it far more eloquently than I ever could:

Oh how I love your law! 
   It is my meditation all the day... 

I love your commandments above gold, 
   above fine gold... 

My soul keeps your testimonies; 
   I love them exceedingly... 

I rise before dawn and cry for help; 
   I hope in your words. 
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, 
   that I may meditate on your promise. 

(Psalm 119:97,127,167,147-148 ESV)

Tags: bible-study, praise

Seven Arrows Bible Study

September 06, 2019 — Thomas M. Hochmann

The "Seven Arrows" method of Bible study...

↩️ What does this passage say?

⬅️ What did this mean to its original audience?

⬆️ What does this passage tell us about God?

⬇️ What does it tell us about man?

➡️ What does this passage demand of me?

↔️ How does this change how I relate to people?

⤴️ What does this passage prompt me to pray to God?

Tags: bible-study

Blessings from God

August 31, 2019 — Thomas M. Hochmann

Christian, if you are grumbling or downcast, read the first two chapters of Ephesians very carefully and try not to smile.

I just sat down to read through those chapters and make a quick list of all the blessings God has given us as believers. Of course, God has given us infinitely more blessing than what's in the list below, but this is just me writing things down from reading through the densely-packed praise of God found in Ephesians 1-2.

Read this list and try to keep your jaw from dropping over how good, gracious, merciful, and loving our God is toward you and me as individuals, and us collectively as his church.

God has...

  • Given us every spiritual blessing (1:3).
  • United us with Christ (v.3).
  • Given us his love even before the world was made, and chosen us before we could ever have a chance to try to earn it (v.4).
  • Adopted us into his family through Jesus (v.5).
  • Poured out glorious grace on us (v.6).
  • Purchased our freedom with the precious blood of his Son (v.7).
  • Forgiven our sins (v.7).
  • Showered kindness, wisdom, and understanding on us (v.8).
  • Revealed to us his plan regarding Christ (v.9). (Stop and think about this! God, the creator of the universe, has stooped to tell us worthless bits of clay what his plan is. Astounding!)
  • Given us an inheritance from God because we are united with Christ (v.11).
  • Identified us as his own possession by giving the Holy Spirit as a seal of ownership (v.13).
  • Purchased us to be his own people (v.14).
  • Given us life, which he did by raising Christ from the dead (2:5).
  • Seated us with Christ in heaven (v.6).
  • Saved us by his grace when we believed (v.8).
  • Created us anew as his masterpiece in Jesus so we can do the good things he planned for us in the beginning (v.10).
  • Brought us near to himself through the blood of Jesus (v.13).
  • Brought peace to us by Christ (v.14) — both peace with God (v.16) and peace between Jews and Gentiles (vv.15-16).
  • Made Jews and non-Jews into a new people (v. 15).
  • Given us direct access to himself through the Holy Spirit (v.18).
  • Transformed Gentiles from strangers and foreigners into members of God's family and citizens of the kingdom (v.19).
  • Joined all believers together in Jesus as a holy temple for God to dwell in (vv.21-22).

And we can't take credit for one shred of this amazing fountain of grace poured out on us! (2:8)

Tags: bible-study