Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th October 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th October 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th October 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19 October 2022 Written BY BY BRAD BAURAIN (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: THE END IS NEAR

SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 4:7–11

KEY VERSE: The end of all things I near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 1 PETER 4:7

MESSAGE

In a Rhymes with Orange cartoon, two doomsday prophets are walking down the street. One carries a sign reading, “The end is near.” The other’s sign, by contrast, proclaims, “This will never end.”

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Christ’s return is the next major event on God’s redemptive calendar, which is why Peter could write, “The end of all things is near” (v. 7). “End” is used here in the sense of “culmination.” Biblically, the “last days” stretch from Christ’s first advent to His second. We’re living in them now! This is another motivation for us to imitate Christ in our attitudes and actions. We want to be found ready when He returns.

What can we do while waiting? First, we should “be alert and of sober mind so that [we] may pray” (v. 7). Second, we should “love each other deeply” (v. 8; see 1:22). “Deeply” does not mean fuzzy sentiments, but rather “actively” or “fervently,” like an athlete going all-out. Why? Because “love covers over a multitude of sins” (alluding to Prov. 10:12).

Forgiveness is a powerful example of love in action. Peter asked Jesus how many times to forgive, to which the Lord answered “seventy-seven times,” essentially meaning “without limit” (Matt. 18:21– 22). Third, we should “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (v. 9). And fourth, we should use our spiritual gifts to serve one another (vv. 10–11). This is what it means to be “faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th October 2022

This list makes quite a contrast with how people lived in their pagan or pre-Christ days—”debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry” (4:3). Our new priorities are to be alert and prayerful, love one another, show hospitality, and serve one another through spiritual gifts. No wonder Peter broke out in a brief doxology at the end of verse 11!

>> Today is a “choose your own application” day! Pick one item from Peter’s list of four ways to “live as if the end is near” and make a plan to put it into practice.

Pray with Us

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). May we use what You have given us to serve You faithfully.

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Dr. Bradley Baurain is Associate Professor and Program Head of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Moody Bible Institute. Bradley has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He has just published his first book, On Waiting Well. Bradley taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Bradley and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Northwest Indiana.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th October 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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