Daily Devotional

  • Ellen White and the Bible
    on July 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    A healthy and balanced understanding of the interpretation and authority of Ellen White?s writings should always lead to a high regard for the primacy of Scripture. While some Adventists have not always practiced this ideal, this fact does not negate the truth of how Ellen white and the early Adventist pioneers uniformly understood the relationship of her writings to the Bible. Though Adventists place confidence in the prophetic writings of Ellen White and teach that by studying these writings a believer can become a more ?loving and lovable Christian? (MH 470), her words were never intended to replace the preeminence of the Bible. It is important to note that Ellen White never saw her writings as a divine commentary on how to interpret the Bible. Instead, she affirmed that the Bible should be carefully and prayerfully read and accepted as the final authority for all Christian beliefs and practices. MORE: https://adventistbookcenter.com/pocket-dictionary-for-understanding-adventism.html

  • The Virtue of Jesus
    on July 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The word virtue can be used in a few different ways. It is most commonly used to describe a moral behavior or quality of character (i.e., the virtue of humility). But the word can also be used to explain a reason for something (e.g., by virtue of the fact that Christ was always humble, and by virtue of the fact that His righteousness has been accounted to me, God treats me as if I have always been humble). The implications are astounding.  The beautiful news of the gospel is that Jesus is not only our example of Christian virue, but He is also our virtue. According to the apostle Paul, Jesus "because for us widsom from God?and righteousness and sancitfication and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). Jesus became our virtue.  What a sweet relief to know that "there is virtue in the blood of Christ." As you turn away from those things that can never truly satisfy your longings and put your faith in His sacrifice, "the righteousness of Christ will be revealed as you righteousness, the virtue of Christ as your virtue.

  • The Battle Is the Lord's
    on July 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The great thing about our God is that even when we take things into our own hands and foul up completely, He still has a plan for victory. God's plan was to pick David back up and cleanse him from his sin. David paid a price for his sin; he didn't get away with it. Don't think that he did. He virtually lost his family; the whole rebellion problem with his son Absalom was caused by that sin. He paid a price, but God forgave him.  Like David, You may have lost a battle with temptation. But God can still give you victory. The battle is still the Lord's. David was a great sinner, but he was also a great repenter. He confessed his sin and asked the Lord for forgiveness. That can be your experience as well. The battle is the Lord's!

  • Conformed to Transformed
    on July 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Breaking an addiction is never easy. But with our smartphones and computers, it is especially difficult because we can't just throw these things int he trash and walk away. The simple reality is, our phones, our computers, and many other digital devices that we regularly use are here to stay. So the question is not necessarily how do we get rid of them, but how do we keep appropriate boundaries in place that allow us to use them constructively, instead of them overtaking and using us? To help gain a fresh focus in your life, perhaps you might consider doing some digital detoxing and fasting. As I've heard it said, "A diet changes the way you look, but a fast changes the way you see." As my friend Derek Morris often likes to say, "We fast from the world so we can feast on Jesus." As we learn to disconnect and disentangle ourselves from our digital devices, we will find a fresh spiritual focus and new perspective in our walk with God. And this new focus makes all the difference in the world!

  • The Change in Me
    on July 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The more the King of the universe set up residence in my heart, the more I learned the road to forgiveness was a process?not once and done, but decision by decision, moment by moment.  Over time, I noticed [God's] instruction changed not only my inner thoughts but my outward behavior. The words coming out of my mouth become dramatically different. This noticeable softening of my speech actually surprised me. Instead of letting Rick know all the ways he disappointed me, I'd find something positive to say instead. "I appreciate your help today." Or, "Thanks for cooking dinner tonight, that helped out a lot!" I also stopped venting to my mom and close friends about Rick's failures. I knew this only built walls between these people and Rick.  Now that Jesus was tearing down the walls in my heart, I certainly didn't want to be putting them up for anyone else. Plus, with Jesus as my Proptector, I didn't need the temporary comfort of their sympathetic validation anymore.

  • The Myth of the Inflexible Prophet
    on July 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    A central problem all of us face in our lives is that of balance. In the case of Christian education, one polar extreme is to rely unthinkingly on prophetic authority, while the other is to lean on rationality in an unhealthy manner that allows it to become an excuse for what we really wanted to do anyway. Scripture must always guide our rational understanding. On the other hand, we must always understand and apply the truth of Scripture through the aid of our rationality. To rely either on Scripture or rational understanding without the other is a fatal misconception. Authoritative revelation and sanctified reason go hand in hand as we seek to understand God and develop a Christian educational system. God gave us the power of creative thought, and He expects us to use it for His glory. ### To learn more about Prophets in Conflict, visit AdventistBookCenter.com.

  • Making the Bright Choice
    on July 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    For seven brutal years in the fallen forests and fields of Israel, God gave breath and sustenance and seventy heartbeats a minute to men and women who were bowing down to a lifeless god. People worshipped Baal with the strength that God had given them; they offered up children as human sacrifices?children created in God's image and shaped in the womb by God. Before God can truly swing into action on our behalf, before He can fight for us against our own Midianite armies, the false gods have to go. The Baal idols have got to be torn down, and the Asherah poles of our own Facebook-distracted generation must be destroyed.  The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary hits that very nail on the head when it notes that "God would not honor a sacrifice to Himself until the idols were overthrown. So it is today. Every idol must be removed from the heart if we would claim God's blessing today." In Judges 6, the real power of God doesn't get ramped up until the false gods are ridden out of the town on a rail. God is always there; God is always love?but He can't be truly active and powerful until He is seated on the throne and giving the orders.