April 20         
  
Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 24
     Psalm 31
     Ecclesiastes 7
     II Timothy 3
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''All  Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16-17)
 
THE WONDER OF THE WORD
            The key issue that every believer must settle with strong conviction is that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God; otherwise we stand on theological Jell-0. This doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture forms the apex for the Christian church and everything else depends upon it. ''If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?“ (Psalm 11:3)
            The present day weakness of the modem church and the ever-increasing apostasy of our day is simply because of the deterioration of our confidence and faith in the Word of God. It may be said of the church in the future, “She lost her missions and evangelism because she lost her faith in the Word of God."
            A fundamental commitment to the Bible as the authoritative, inspired and inerrant Word of God has been the hallmark of every great servant of God who was used to make a positive difference in this world for Jesus Christ. Every effective missionary, pastor, evangelist, or church worker must settle the issue that the original manuscripts of Holy Scripture are truth without any mixture of error. They are theopneustos, which means God breathed. We must be able to have complete confidence in the written Word of God and its revelation of truth about the living Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.
            The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible itself. What does the Bible claim for itself? We are given seven symbols of sacred Scripture:
  1. It is a seed to bring life: ''Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever '' (I Peter l:23)
  2. It is a lamp that brings light: ''Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.'' (Psalm 119:105)
  3. It is bread to bring strength: ''But that man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. '' (Deuteronomy 8:3b)
  4. It is a sword to give protection: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, bur against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.'' (Ephesians 6:12)
  5. It is a critic to bring correction: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. '' (Hebrews 4:12)
  6. It is a hammer, which has power: “...Like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.” (Jeremiah 23:29)
  7. It is a fire to bring warmth: “Is not my word like a fire? ...” (Jeremiah 20:9)  “Then said I, 'I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not '.” (Jeremiah 23:29)
            Now the greatest need is for God's people to share this living truth. We live in a cold, dead world that needs the warmth and fire of the Word of God.  We have what the world needs; should we not share it?
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            Of the 30 million souls in Morocco in Africa, almost 100% are Muslim. Of the less than 1% Christian, it is amazing that over 95% of them are not Moroccan in origin. Actually, no more than 5% of the population have had any personal contact with the Gospel. The most urgent prayer need in this country of 30 million souls is that it may become open for the messengers of the Gospel. It is a spiritual warfare, and our God is able to overcome every barrier, even this one.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
            ''...we may be sure that all things happen just as they are set out according to holy writ. We may believe that they happen to people not so very different from ourselves . . . In the words of a forgotten work of Mr. Gladstone, we rest with assurance upon 'the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture'."
Sir Winston Churchill