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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-A Virtous Woman

by Robert Brock

Wednesday, June 26

A Virtuous Woman

Proverbs 31:10-31

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies,” Proverbs 31:10.

My amazing wife says it is virtually impossible for one woman to be and do all the things in this passage without a staff of servants and lots of money. She advises women to love Jesus and do the best they can with what God has provided. This is a king’s mother trying to teach her wealthy, spoiled, wayward son what kind of woman would be his best choice. Solomon married seven hundred idolatrous, vindictive women and three hundred concubines. If he had taken his mother’s advice and married a sweet Christian woman, he would have been a superman in Bible history.

The virtuous woman is committed to her man until death, not afraid of work, a careful shopper, gets the best deal and makes sure everyone is fed, buys real estate and farms it. She’s strong, a homemaker, not a slouch; she sews her family’s clothing; she’s compassionate, sharing her bounty with the helpless. She makes sure all members of her family have coats in winter. She takes care of herself and wears stylish clothing. Her husband shows up in court with starched and ironed clothes and everyone knows he would be nothing without her. She’s got a sewing factory in her house and haggles with marketers to get the best price for her goods. She is strong and faithful; one can trust her word; her advice is wise—not silly. Considering others, she takes care of her family’s needs, deserves other’s praise and thanks. She knows she is a classy lady; she puts God first, her husband second, her family third, others fourth, herself last. Her life screams her character. She’s a sermon on foot.

THOUGHT: If any single man can find a Christian woman with all these virtues, she is more precious than rubies.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Nature of Spiritual Government

by Robert Brock

Wednesday, June 19

The Nature of Spiritual Government

Leviticus 26:12

“And I will walk among you, and will be 
your God, and ye shall be my people,” Leviticus 26:12.

A theocracy is a government with no king or elected national officials. God rules the nation, usually through prophets, priests and tribal heads. This kind of government depends on the people obeying God’s Law; fear of judgment is certain.

God began the world with a theocracy. He will end the world the same way. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:3). This promise keeps Christians living in hope, regardless of the circumstances they have to endure while on earth.

A spiritual government depends on the Spirit of God guiding the hearts of the kingdom people, which requires the people to possess the Spirit. “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:12-14).

Possession of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for one to understand God’s instructions in His Word. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save [except] the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God…because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:11-14).

THOUGHT: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12).

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Perils of Having No Government

by Robert Brock

Tuesday, June 18

The Perils of Having No Government

Judges 21:25

“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man 
did that which was right in his own eyes,” Judges 21:25.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18). If there is no leader to point the way, a race can become extinct. Predators are lurking behind every rock to feed on the unwary who are not led in the right direction or protected by a benefactor concerned for their welfare. God compares us to domestic sheep. However, domestic sheep cannot survive very long without a shepherd. They will all fall off the cliff together, thinking someone surely knows where we are going. God created humans to follow a leader.

In the days of Israel’s evil kings, God said, “O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12). It is difficult to follow a selfish ruler who does not have the interest of his people at heart. Satan said to Jesus, “All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it” (Luke 4:6). It would be hard to find one world ruler who is a born again Christian.

God expects His children to obey their rulers. However, when the ruler crosses the laws of God, we are expected to obey God. “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). However, disobeying tyrants may be hazardous to our health. “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name” (Acts 5:41).

THOUGHT: Thank God for benevolent Christian leaders.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-God Is Merciful to Those Who Seek Him

by Robert Brock

Saturday, June 15

God Is Merciful to Those Who Seek Him

Hebrews 4:15-16

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” Hebrews 4:15, 16.

Paul used a double negative in this passage which canceled itself and made the statement a positive. We have a High Priest which can be touched with the feeling of our trials because, as a human, He went through the same temptations, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. Just as with Adam and Eve, Satan tempted Jesus in the flesh and He overcame. He used the Scriptures to fight Satan and send him packing. Jesus promises us the same power to overcome the temptations of Satan and his minions. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Some believe that Jesus could have sinned but He did not, thus earning the right to be the perfect sacrifice. This belief is heresy. Jesus was God, and God cannot sin. He was already the Savior before the foundation of the world. Rather, He was able to overcome in the flesh making Him the High Priest and Mediator who understands our trials in the flesh first hand. He also understands God’s perfect point of view which makes Him the perfect mediator between man and God. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5, 6).

THOUGHT: Therefore, through Jesus, we have the right to come before the Judge and ask mercy when we have sinned and grace to make it through hard times and trials.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Priesthood of Every Believer

by Robert Brock

Friday, June 14

The Priesthood of Every Believer

Revelation 1:6; 5:10

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father,” Revelation 1:6.

A Kohen (priest) is called upon to direct himself, and others, in the proper service of God: “And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons” (Exodus 28:1). The Aaronic priesthood led in worship, prepared the animals for sacrifice, administered the sacrifices, read the Scriptures and took care of the Tabernacle and Temple.

God expected the priests of Aaron to live holy lives because they reflected God to the worshipers. When Christ was crucified, He took the old ceremonial laws and sacrifices, which pictured Jesus’ sacrifice, and nailed it to the cross. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Colossians 2:14). Therefore, the Jewish priesthood was no longer necessary since Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law. He was the Passover Lamb of sacrifice that took away the sin of the world.

Peter explains that Jesus’ churches are now the priesthood. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [purchased] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:5, 9). “Shew forth” means to demonstrate the faith that we preach as God’s priests.

THOUGHT: Are you the kind of priest that reflects the Savior you preach?

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Building a Spiritual Building

by Robert Brock

Thursday, June 13

Building a Spiritual Building

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon,” 1 Corinthians 3:10.

From 2013 to 2015 we searched a town in East Texas for a home for one of our sons. We must have looked at fifty homes for sale. At least eighty percent of them had a cracked foundation, some looked like an earthquake had passed through. After rejecting many of the homes, we found out that some areas of that county have an odd kind of sand that swells and cracks cement foundations.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24, 25). “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock [Jesus, the foundation Rock] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

From Genesis to Revelation, God likens Himself to a foundation Rock or a mountain and He likens man to dust. “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;…my salvation” (Psalm 18:2). “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

THOUGHT: Check your foundation. If it is built on the solid Rock, He will hold on tight in the storm.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Word of God Is Food for Our Souls

by Robert Brock

Tuesday, June 11

The Word of God Is Food for Our Souls

Psalm 19:7-10

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the
testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple,” Psalm 19:7.

The brain is one of the largest organs in the human body. It contains more than one hundred billion nerves that communicate in trillions of connections called synapses. The brain is made up of many specialized areas that work together: five functions of the brain are creativity, memory and the ability to learn, social interaction, emotion and feelings, planning. It connects to the spinal cord and controls automatic functions such as breathing, digestion, heart rate, and blood pressure. The adult human brain weighs on average about three pounds, about two percent of the total body weight. The most intelligent animal brain on earth is the dolphin which has a brain more complex than humans, the dumbest animal brain is the domestic turkey.

The brain collects and stores about a million gigabytes of information. When one studies the Word of God the information is stored in the brain and transferred to the soul, changing attitudes, aiding in decisions and going forward with life under the guidance of God. “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). No other book has brought man so many blessings as the Word of God; it is supernatural food for man’s hungry soul. “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:103-105).

THOUGHT: A Christian who does not study God’s Word is living far below the standard God intends.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Ye Must Be Born Again

by Robert Brock

Monday, June 10

Ye Must Be Born Again

John 3:1-6

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” John 3:3.

Jesus was talking to a teacher of the Law, who was the master of a school like Paul’s teacher, Gamaliel. As a Pharisee, he believed three things would get him a front-row seat into the kingdom of Heaven: circumcision, being a descendant of Abraham and possession of the Law. Jesus statement in John 3:3 was confusing to such an astute leader. Jesus then illustrated entrance into the kingdom of God with childbirth. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?…he that came down from heaven…even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:6, 12-15).

Jesus taught Nicodemus that the Son of God was born the Son of Man, born once onto the earth in order that Nicodemus could be born twice, born of earthly humans and then born of a heavenly parent into Heaven.

Those who accept Jesus as Savior are born twice. They only die once, then, the resurrection. Those who refuse Jesus’ offer of salvation are born once, but they die twice. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,” (Revelation 20:6). The lost are resurrected after Jesus’ thousand-year reign, judged and forever cast into the lake of fire which is the second death.

THOUGHT “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Like Nicodemus, religion will not get us into the kingdom. Jesus is the Door.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Love Began with God

by Robert Brock

Saturday, June 8

Love Began with God

John 3:14-18

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved,” John 3:16, 17.

C.S. Lewis lived from 1898 to 1963. His tombstone bares one of his greatest prose: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” God’s love is like that. When we see the world as God sees it, we are looking through scarlet-colored glasses. When Jesus asked His Father to forgive us in our ignorance, God looked at the world through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). When Jesus returns for us, He will be wearing a scarlet robe symbolizing His sacrifice to cover our sins, and we will be wearing white robes symbolizing His righteousness.

David said God’s love is like the sun’s rays in the morning. It claims everything it touches. He created everything. He purchased everything with His most valuable possession, His Son’s sacrifice. Thus, by right of creation and by right of purchase God owns everything. The greatest gift of all is love. Because of His love we possess faith and hope—the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13; Romans 5:5).

THOUGHT: Since God is love, all the love ever experienced in the history of the world has its source in God.

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