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LOOK UP TO LIVE

Devotional for Monday, January 17, 2022


Morning Isaiah 45:20-25

Noon Psalms 3

Evening 1 Peter 2:21-25


The disobedient Israelites who were punished with fiery snakes for having murmured against the Lord, were granted a means of salvation, to look at the bronze serpent that was raised in their midst. None of those who were bitten were saved by their own means, their salvation was by faith, they had to trust in the mercy of God and hope that He would save them and allow them to live. However, there was the possibility that someone, even amid the embracing pain of the sting and poison, did not trust God or the way He had arranged for their salvation. The Israelite who doubted and did not look at the bronze serpent inevitably died, but whoever raised his eyes received a new opportunity.

The fate of those who didn’t look to the cross of Christ or trust in the One who was raised on it, is terrifying, its end (worse than the bite of the serpent) is eternal death. However, today by faith you can be born again, you only have to look to live. Put your eyesight on Christ.


Written by Juan Daniel de la Vega,


Translated by Maria Elena Cardona


 

Morning Isaiah 45:20-25

20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.

21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.



Noon Psalms 3

1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.



Evening 1 Peter 2:21-25

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

 

Prayer Guide: [Chile-Bonilla] y [México-Veracruz]

Annual Bible reading: Exodus 5, 6, 7

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