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Yahweh, your Redeemer, and he who formed you from the womb says: 'I am Yahweh, who makes all things; who alone stretches out the heavens; who spreads out the earth by myself; Isaiah 44:24 WEB

In the Bible when someone was in trouble, danger, or in need, a male relative could 'redeem' them. This relative was called a 'kinsmen redeemer' and would step in and pay off their debt, buy back their property, and set them free.

A great example of this is in the book of Ruth. When Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi were widows, living penniless and gleaning in the fields, a wealthy relative named Boaz stepped up and took them in. Ruth suddenly went from having nothing, to having it all. She is King David's great grandmother and in the lineage of Jesus (Ruth 4:17).

The Lord is often mentioned as a Redeemer in the Bible. The word Redeem means: to save, compensate for the defects of, vindicate. In this light, the Lord wants to:

- (Save) Rescue you and keep you safe from danger.

- Compensate for your defects and make you a better person.

- (Vindicate) Clear you of all blame.

Jesus became our Redeemer. He has stepped in and laid His own life down for us. The debt that we could not pay, He did, and He has chosen the church as His own bride just as Boaz chose Ruth. Leave your past behind and let the Lord guide you from this day on. Your past, is in the past, and your future is now a bright one.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for redeeming me. Lord I want all that You have for me in this life, lead me. Please teach me the things that I should know and let me hear You clearly, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Monday, April 2

Tools for Life



Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, [Ezra] read from the Book of the Law of God.

Nehemiah 8:18



Imagine you’ve hired a contractor to carry out some major remodeling on your home. You open the door to find a man dressed in casual clothes and no sign of tools or workers. Expressing surprise, you ask him if he is there to begin work and he says, “Yes, I am!” When you ask where his tools and workers are, he says, “Well, I’ll figure something out!”



Recommended Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17



This is a man who is not “thoroughly equipped” for his job (2 Timothy 3:17). And sometimes we find ourselves not equipped for the job of living life. But sometimes we meet people who are—they possess a sense of wisdom, of peace, of contentment, and of purpose that amazes us. When we get to know them, we discover they have spent consistent time, for many years, studying the Word of God. The doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction they have gained is evident in their lives (2 Timothy 3:16).



Don’t show up for the job of life without the tools you need. Let the Word of God thoroughly equip you for life.



The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man.

R. A. Torrey



Read through the Bible: 2 Samuel 4 – 7
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Tuesday, April 10

Minds Governed by the Spirit

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

Sexual harassment cases have ruined a Who’s Who of reputations in the past few months, and much of the blame falls on our pornographic culture. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Zac Crippen points out that behind the harassment problem is a pornography crisis, which has fostered a sexually aggressive society. “Nobody is talking about what could be one of the most effective ways to attack the problem: Recognizing that pornography consumption is a public health crisis,” Crippen said.
Recommended Reading: Romans 8:1-6
Like most addictions, pornographic habits are difficult to control, and it requires great effort to keep one’s mind and habits free from immorality. But we possess a powerful weapon in God’s Word—the Sword of the Spirit. Scripture offers protection against the lust of the flesh. We must set our minds on the things of the Spirit, and nothing helps more than Bible study and Scripture memorization. Do you need a healing verse to memorize today? Try Romans 8:6: “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (NIV).

Clean thoughts make clean habits.James Allen, in As a Man Thinketh
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Friday, April 6

The Living Book

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Amazon.com has more than 3 million book titles for sale. In spite of whatever claims those books make, none makes a claim like the Bible makes about itself: that it is alive.
Recommended Reading: Jeremiah 23:29
What does that mean? It means the Bible is not just words. The words are inspired by God’s Spirit (see 2 Timothy 3:16). And because the words are alive, they can find their way into the lives of those who read them, right down to the division between soul and spirit, joints and marrow—down into the inner parts of our life. God’s Word can even cause us to see the true intention of our thoughts and desires. And, like all living things, the Word of God can produce new life. As Peter wrote, we are “born again . . . through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23, NIV).

Be forewarned: Reading the Bible is not like reading any other book. It has the power to change your life!



There is a living God. He has spoken in the Bible.

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Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Matthew 7:21

Documentation—it’s everywhere. Your workplace may require you to wear an I.D. tag. If you are traveling to a foreign country, you have to show a passport. If you’re entering a foreign country for an extended stay, you have to produce a visa. You can’t just tell a policeman, “I’m a licensed driver”—you have to show your license.
Recommended Reading: Luke 6:46
In other words, in much of life your word is insufficient. And neither will it be sufficient at the gates of heaven. In a discussion of false prophets and bad fruit, Jesus said that just saying “Lord, Lord” will not provide access to the kingdom of heaven. You must have documentation—evidence that you have lived a life consistent with the will of God. That doesn’t mean a life of sinless perfection; it means a life of continuing on a path leading to Christ-likeness. It means evidence that the old, carnal man is being replaced by the new person filled by the Spirit.

Does your spiritual walk document your spiritual talk? Let your life prove the power of the Gospel today.



Salvation is only by a working faith. In short, good works are the fruit of saving faith.

R. B. Kuiper



Read through the Bible: 1 Kings 19 – 20
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