Watchman’s Daily Devotional: When Jesus Finally Came, Israel Was in a Dire Spiritual State. The Jewish Nation Was Enslaved by the Burdensome Legalism of the Pharisees, Who Had Established a Set of Laws That No One Could Fulfill. Does This Ring a Bell?

The people were filled with uncertainty, seeking a deliverer to bring them peace and freedom from their sins. They were aware of God’s promise of a savior who would forgive their transgressions and purify their souls (Ezek. 36:25-27), yet they were unsure of His arrival and how to recognize Him. The overwhelming response to John the Baptist’s preaching reflects the anticipation among the people. Matthew 3:5-6 tells us, “Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea, and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.” The burning question on everyone’s mind was, “How can I enter the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus Himself was approached with this question in various forms. In Luke 10:25, a lawyer inquires, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”…

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Watchman Daily Devotional: A Great Number in the Body of Christ Live Under the Threat of Persecution. We Should Remember Them in Our Prayers and Do What We Can to Assist Them as if We Were There Among Them

Hebrews 13:3-5, 8 3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. The New Testament letters often conclude with concise instructions, and this is true for the book of Hebrews. I have selected a few of these instructions, and they are all valuable and worthy of our attention. In the body of Christ, there are many who face persecution and…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, “A Heavenly Escort” Do We Want Traveling Mercies? Here Seem to Be Two Good Ones: God’s Presence and Preservation. We Need Both of These in All Places, and We Will Have Them in All Places if We Go on Duty Rather Than Whim

“A Heavenly Escort ” Do we need journeying mercies? Here are choice ones — God’s presence and preservation, In all places we need both of these, and in all places we shall have them if we go at the call of duty, and not merely according to our own fancy. Why should we look upon removal to another country as a sorrowful necessity when it is laid upon us by the divine will? In all lands the believer is equally a pilgrim and a stranger; and yet in every region the LORD is His dwelling place, even as He has been to His saints in all generations. We may miss the protection of an earthly monarch, but when God says, “I will keep thee,” we are in no real danger. This is a blessed passport for a traveler and a…

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Watchman Daily Devotional: What Is the Biggest Influence You Are Letting Rule Your Life?

1 Kings 21:25 25 There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the LORD like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. What’s the biggest influence you’re allowing to rule your life? Donald Trump All the kings of the northern tribes adopted Jeroboam’s idolatry practices. Even after prophets predicted that their idolatry would bring their home to ruin, they would persist. In the meantime, King Asa, David’s great-great-grandson, revived his father’s faith in Juda. During his long reign, usurpers assassinated one monarch after another in the North. Though one of the worst, God chose to reorient Judah’s hearts toward Him under Ahab’s rule. God even granted Ahab many notable triumphs against far more formidable opponents. But Jezebel, Ahab’s Sidonian wife, inspired him to do evil. He had seen God send down fire, just as…

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Watchman Daily Devotional: Is There Something in Your Life That Is Pulling Your Heart Away From the Lord? Are You Always Monitoring Your Heart? Staying Sensitive to the Holy Spirit Results in Conviction and a Determination to Cut Off Anything That Pulls Us Away From Him

Chapter 11, verse 9 of a certain ancient text The Lord was displeased with Solomon, as his heart had strayed from the God of Israel, who had appeared to him on two occasions. Solomon had a large number of wives and concubines from different backgrounds. As warned, their hearts were led astray towards other gods. He also constructed places of worship for the deities of their respective nations. The persistence of these elevated locations in Jerusalem throughout the rule of numerous monarchs ultimately contributed to the nation’s downfall. Despite his continued adherence to Jewish rituals and sacrifices, his devotion to the LORD had waned. Following his passing, the nation would experience a deep division. How is it possible for someone’s heart to stray, despite experiencing abundant blessings from above? Despite having two encounters with a divine presence, his heart remained…

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Watchman: Galileans Weren’t Known for Having a Lot of Education, Like Peter. They Were More Well-Known for Their Violent Behavior. The Religious Elders Questioned What Impact Jesus Had on Peter and John Since They Noticed That They Were Speaking With Tremendous Boldness and Elegance

Acts 4:11-13 11He is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone’. 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” 13When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. At the temple, Peter and John spotted a disabled man begging. Peter informed him that while he had no cash to give him, he did have the power to heal people in the name of Jesus. He helped the man stand up by taking him by the hand. The man praised God while running around and bouncing up and down. That sparked a stir and attracted a sizable crowd. The religious…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional,Having Your Destination in Mind Can Be Beneficial When You Are Suffering Through a Lengthy Journey. You Can Get Through the Journey Just by Visualizing a Beautiful View or a Delicious Meal. Jesus Used a Parable to Explain the End Times to His Disciples

Daily Devotional: Jesus used a parable to teach His disciples about the end times. Three servants were tasked with looking after their master’s wealth while he was away. The word entrusted does not imply that they should simply keep it safe. Rather, they were tasked with managing their master’s wealth. They should help it grow by developing it. When the master left, two of the servants immediately went to work and invested their master’s wealth, according to Jesus. They began with the expectation that he would return. They showed their master how they had multiplied his wealth after he returned. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” he said, pleased. You’ve been dependable in a few areas; I’ll put you in charge of many others. Come and share your master’s joy!” (vv. 21, 23). The remaining servant, on the other hand,…

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Watchman Daily Devotional: If You Are Poor in Spirit, Certain Characteristics Will Mark Your Life

Being poor in spirit. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3-4). If you are spiritually poor, some characteristics will follow you throughout your life. Puritan writer Thomas Watson identified seven indicators of spiritual poverty (The Beatitudes [Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1971], pp. 45–48): In Psalm 131:2, it says, “Like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me.” When you are poor in spirit, you will focus not on yourself, but on honoring God and serving others. According to 2 Corinthians 3:18, believers are “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, [and] are transformation into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” When you are low in spirit, the wonders of Christ fascinate…

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Watchman: Daily Devotional, Exodus 3:11-12, But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and Bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I Will be With You.”

Indeed, who are we to be sent by Almighty God as His messengers? That God could use someone like me is a profound wonder to the humbled servant of God. When the Apostle Paul declared that God picked him, the worst sinner, to display God’s greatness, he knew it better than anybody else. “Who am I?” we can ask, like Moses and Paul. Sinners are redeemed alone by grace! It proves that when God uses us, He can use anyone. We must not stop at realizing our own weakness, but must also realize God’s all-sufficiency. What difference does it make if I am limited? God has no bounds! And if He sent me, He must also strengthen me. Moses admitted to God (as if God didn’t already know) that he was not a skilled speaker. “Who fashioned man’s mouth?” God…

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Watchman Update: You Will Be Betrayed Even by Your Parents, Brothers, Relatives, and Friends, and They Will Put Some of You to Death. All Men Will Hate You Because of Me. (Words of Jesus Recorded in Luke 21:16–17)

Jesus made a clear distinction between those who were his “disciples” and those who were religious but did not know God, as evidenced in the Gospel of John in Chapter 8, and he had harsh words for those who were religious but did not know God.            To the “disciples”: To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) To the unbelieving Jews: You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar…

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