DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2021-07-16
WRITTEN AT: Deming, NM
SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 3:7-9
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 7 John kept preaching to the many crowds who came out to be baptized, “You are nothing but the offspring of venomous snakes, full of deception! Who warned you to repent before the coming wrath of God? 8 Then turn away from your sins, turn to God, and let your changed life be proof. Don’t think for a moment that it’s enough to simply be the favored descendants of Abraham. That’s not enough to save you.[i] I’m telling you, God could make more sons of Abraham out of stones if he chose to! 9 “Even now God’s axe of judgment is poised to chop down your barren tree right down to its roots! And every tree that does not produce good fruit will be leveled and thrown into the fire.”
APPLICATION: It was prophesied that John the Baptist would prepare the way for the coming, and ministry, of Jesus Christ. He was miraculously born to a very old childless couple, and when he became of age, he took his ministry very serious. He most often called the shots exactly the way that he saw them, while comparing the lives of those he ministered to, to God’s Holy Word. During my younger years, I was heavily involved in the leadership of the local church. However, when God blessed us with a daughter, and she became of age to understand, she could not depend on my relationship with the Lord, nor boast on her relationship with the Lord based on my involvement in the church. She had to seek out, and accept, Jesus for herself. As indicated in my opening, churches fill up when disaster approaches, or has just occurred. This tells me that the majority of people know where their help comes from and they know who holds the key to tomorrow. But they are so pulled by Satan and this world, that they want to hang on to that which they believe gives them the most satisfaction in life. So they try to avoid Christ, until the absolute end. The example I gave with my daughter is closest to the circumstances that John faced, for people started showing up for him to baptize them, thinking that their relationship with Jesus had been cemented by the fact that they were ancestors of Abraham. Friends, the Scriptures are still as true today, as they were back in the day of John. There is only one way into heaven! It matters not who you are related to, nor any other factor in life. If you try to disguise yourself as a child of God, and you have not accepted His Son as your personal Savior, then I hope that John’s duplicate who might be in your church, or in your normal walk of life, will say the same thing to you as John said: ‘You brood of snakes/vipers’. In verse 10 of Luke 3, the people got the message loud and clear, and I hope that each reader and/or listener will also get the message today and ask: ‘What then shall we do?’ Precious friends, the Word of God is clear, and it backs up exactly what John taught: Unless you are born again – in other words, unless you receive Jesus as your Savior and start life over afresh in Him and obey Him in all walks of life, then you will be considered a ‘fake’ just like the folk that came to John. Be real my friend, accept Jesus today and trust in Him with all your heart, soul and mind. Be obedient to His commands (found in the Bible) and follow His example in every walk of life. If you need help in understanding what this entails, please click on the link ‘To Know Jesus’ in my Footnote. You will find Scriptures that will help guide you to the foot of the cross to accept Jesus as Lord. Of course you may also get with a local Bible teaching pastor, or write to me, and one of us will introduce you to our Savior. I’m sure that no reader or listener would set out to be part of ‘a brood of vipers’, so I earnestly pray that you will accept the guidance given in this devotional today as your first step in becoming A Child of the Most High God!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: The rewards of heaven are available to all who accept Jesus as Lord!
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, in spite of the ugliness of sin, yet You forgave me of my sin and accepted me as our very own son. Thank You precious Lord for hearing my cry and forgiving me of my sin. I pray that every reader and/or listener will be openly accepted at one of John’s baptisms today, because they have surrendered themselves to Your lordship. But Lord, each of us will probably have relatives or friends who still fit the ugly name accused by John, and we humbly pray that You will reach out and touch their lives today. Humble them to see clearly what their current position is, and how critical it is that they seek You out today, before it is eternally too late. We are so thankful for Your grace Lord, and we will be eternally thankful for Your intervention in the lives of our loved ones who need You today. Be praised today Lord, because of the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!