Today’s Readings: Numbers 34, Psalm 78:40-72, Isaiah 26, 1 John 4
The Song of Praise in Isaiah 26 contains some very comforting verses, some reasons to praise God.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! Trust in The Lord always, for The Lord God is the eternal Rock. Is. 26:3-4
Then in 1 John 4, we are reminded to be on the lookout for false prophets, and John gives us some guidelines for discerning false prophets. First, we must know the Word in order to know if what they speak is truth or not. If they acknowledge Jesus came in a real body and that He lived a sinless life, dying for our sins, and being raised on the third day, then they have the Spirit of God. But if they do not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, they are not from God. John goes on to encourage us saying that if we belong to God, we have already won the victory over false prophets because God’s Spirit in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world (1 Jn. 4:4). If the prophets belong to the world, they will speak the world’s point of view.
John also speaks some famous words about loving one another in vv. 7-12. You don’t want to miss the beauty of those. Remember, it may seem like a lot to live up to. And in our own strength, it is impossible. But when we live in the power of the Holy Spirit, when we live a life yielded to Him, He makes it possible by loving others through us.by