Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | Aug. 8, 2022 | BE WISE AS SERPENTS

Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | Aug. 8, 2022 | BE WISE AS SERPENTS

Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 14:6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

EVEN AT A TIME LIKE THIS, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY OF YOUR LIFE, AVOID ANYTHING AND ANYONE WHO CAN HARM YOU AND CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT , AS JESUS DID, DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY.

Dearly beloved brethren, always remember, all scriptures are given to us by God to give us inspiration and guidance. So never gloss over any instructions.

What it did for them in Bible days can still be performed today.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

This is why the Bible says everything written are for our learning and admontions.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

BE WISE AS SERPENTS || BE WISE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY OF YOUR LIFE, AVOID ANYTHING AND ANYONE WHO CAN CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT

Paul and Barnabas discovered the mob wanted to harm and cut their lives short and they ran for their dear lives. Listen to it yourself again.

Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 14:6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

Why did they do what they did?

They were following the examples of saints in the days of old and even our Lord Jesus Christ.

After David was anointed king of Israel. King Saul out of envy and jealousy was determined to kill him and he ran for his dear life and God protected him.

1 Samuel 23:19
Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon.

When Ahab wanted to kill Elijah, God told him to go and hide himself in the be

1 Kings 18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah? 18:8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. 18:9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? 18:10 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

1 Kings 17:3
Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

When the king of Judah and others wanted to kill Jeremiah, God hid him, Himself.

Jeremiah 36:26
But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them.

BE WISE AS SERPENTS || BE WISE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY OF YOUR LIFE, AVOID ANYTHING AND ANYONE WHO CAN CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT

King David prayed over and over that God should hide him and deliver him from the enemies.

Psalms 17:8
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Psalms 27:5
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalms 31:20
Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Psalms 64:2
Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

Psalms 143:9
Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

God told the people of Judah to hide themselves.

Isaiah 26:20
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

During the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, He hid Himself from the Sanhedrin, that were determined to kill Him.

John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

John 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, 10:40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

John 12:36
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

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Jesus declined to yield to temptations from satan to harm Himself.

Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

When king Herod killed James and was set to kill Peter and then the angel of God brought him out of prison, he went to hide himself from Herod.

Acts 12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

All of these and many more were what happened, when Paul and Barnabas discovered they wanted to stone and killed them, they ran for their lives. Listen to it yourself again.

Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 14:6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

BE WISE AS SERPENTS || BE WISE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY OF YOUR LIFE, AVOID ANYTHING AND ANYONE WHO CAN CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT

Beloved brethren, it is true that God promises to keep us and give us long life, but then, let us take responsibility to protect ourselves from anything and anyone that can harm us and cut short our lives.

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Exodus 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 23:26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

All the same let us not deliberately expose ourselves to anything and anyone that can harm or cut our lives short.

One major thing that shall guarantee our divine protection is our wholehearted obedience to God in all things and at all times.

Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

The good Lord shall help you in particular in Jesus name.

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