John 1—Word. •Prologue of the Word: the first five verses of John are the greatest introduction of Christ found in Scripture. They tell of the relationship of Christ (the Word) to God (He is God), to the galaxies (He created them), and to the Gospel (He is the Savior). •Proclamation of the Word: the work of John the Baptist which included his calling (“sent to bear witness of that light”); his clarification (he was not the Christ but was inferior to Him); his communication (Christ is the Lamb of God). •Pursuit of the Word: by early disciples. It involved the inspiring of the pursuit (the preaching of John the Baptist), inquiry in the pursuit (Christ was asked where He lived), instructing of the pursuers (Christ showed them where He lived and convinced them He was the Messiah), and increase in pursuers (first disciples win others to Christ). -Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Great devotional today from Adrian Rogers from Love Worth Finding. I wanted to take a moment to share it with readers: BIBLE MEDITATION: “…yield yourselves unto God…” Romans 6:13 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: I heard about a man who entered an interstate out of a side road and did not even slow down. A big eighteen-wheeler pulled over, almost wrecking him. The truck driver leaned out of the window and yelled, “Hey, didn’t you see that sign?” The man said, “What sign?” The trucker said, “That sign that said Y–I–E–L–D.” “Oh,” he said, “I opened the window and yield as loud as I could.” In the matter of victory, it is not your ability or your responsibility that counts. It is not even your response to His ability. You must choose to yield to Christ. You are to yield with all of your heart to the power, the presence, and the provision of the Lord Jesus Christ. ACTION POINT: Look up the definition of “yield.” What does it say about the right of way? Who has the “right of way” in your life? Come before the Lord and surrender all of you to all of Him today.
Malachi 3—Communique. The prophet has three messages in this chapters. •Coming: the first and second coming of Christ are both in view here. The messenger in the return (prophecy of John the Baptist); the moment of the return (will come suddenly); the might of the return (great judgment upon the sinners). •Corruption: the people were defrauding offerings and despising obedience. •Consecrated: their fear (holy fear of God), their fellowship (those who feared God spoke one to another), their favor (they were God’s jewels). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading