Devotional Rep and Sets - 12-14

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Reps and Sets -‐‑ Morning & Evening Spiritual Training

"If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified." - Leonard Ravenhill

Church treasurers embezzle $16 Billion out of church funds each year. This exceeds the entire cost of all foreign missions worldwide.
250 of the 300 largest international Christian organizations regularly mislead the Christian public by publishing demonstrably incorrect or falsified progress statistics. 40% of the church's entire global foreign mission resources are being deployed to just 10 over-saturated countries which already possess strong citizen-run home ministries. (source: Gordon-Conwell Theo. Seminary here)

In Acts 23:1-3 Paul was on trial before Ananias in 57 AD when the Bible says, "At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, 'God will strike you, you whitewashed wall!' "

In agreement with the biblical account, Josephus records that between the years 47-59 AD the high priest was Ananias son of Nedebaios.

"The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly." - Proverbs 14:24

Be good today and say kind things to people.

December 14 Evening
"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God... Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation" - First Peter 1:23 and 2:2



Reps and Sets -‐‑ Morning & Evening Spiritual Training

Saved By the Word; Mature By the Word
After being saved (phase one) we must continue (phase two) in the same word that provided the knowledge and understanding that led us to salvation. At the same time, we must avoid the counterfeits and false teaching that can lead us away from the source of salvation. Losing salvation (phase one) is not possible, but failing to grow and produce the fruit of that salvation is a daily danger. Good deeds, godly character and the fruit of the Spirit are products of the seed of the Word of God, the same seed that produced the new birth.

For you have been born again (phase one), not of perishable seed, but of imperishable through the living and enduring word of God…. And this is the word that was preached to you…. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (phase two).4 – 1 Peter 1:23-2:2

In this verse, Peter encourages the early Christians to realize their salvation is a result of the Word of God being planted in their lives. These believers had heard and believed “the word that was preached.” And now that they have been born into the kingdom of God (“newborn babies”) by the seed of the Word of God, he explains that they should “crave” more of that same Word. The Greek word for “crave” is epipothesate (in the aorist imperfect active tense) and means “to long for, to desire, to crave”. This preposition in compound indicates intense desire directed toward an object (Lingustic Key, p. 570). The active tense means that the subject does, or causes, the craving. The word translated as “pure” in First Peter 1:23-2:2 is adolos which means “without deceit, unadulterated, uncontaminated”. This Greek word is used to describe the quality of grain, oil, wine. The term “may grow” is the Greek auxethete. It is rendered in the aorist subjunctive passive tense, and means “to cause...
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