Overcoming Envy

Read: Genesis 4:1-16

Envy is a feeling of not having what another person has. It is a feeling of discontentment on seeing someone else’s possessions. Some people toil and work hard to achieve more than others because of the competitive spirit generated due to envy, which is all worthless (Eccl. 4:4). Envy can lead to disaster and lack of happiness. The Bible gives different examples on envy, which lead to destruction.

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Flying High

Read: Isaiah 40:30-31

An eagle can detect in advance when a storm is approaching. It would fly to higher altitudes and wait for the winds to approach. And when the storm descends, the eagle sets its wings so that the wind would elevate it above the storm. Isn’t it wonderful that God has created such a bird? The eagle does not escape the storm but sails above the storm. Those who put their trust in Jesus will renew their strength like an eagle. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isa. 40:30-31).

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Sincere in the Heart

Read: 1 Samuel 16:7

Men judge the heart of others by their actions. But God judges the actions by the heart. If the heart is sincere, God will see the faith and bear with the failing. Sincerity makes our duties acceptable, like musk among linen that perfumes it. As Jehu said to Jehonadab in 2 Kin. 10:15, “Is your heart right …? And Jehonadab said, It is. If it is, give me your hand. So he gave him his hand; and he took him up into the chariot.

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God’s Opinion Alone Matters

Read: Hebrews 12:1-4

Imagine you are in an unfamiliar city, far from home, friends and family, when suddenly you are tempted to do something wrong. Is your first thought, “What would others think?” Or is it, “What would God think?” God’s opinion is the one that really matters, and it is never right to do wrong. But have you ever considered why you do what you do when faced with temptation?

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From Outer Space?

Read: Job 38:4-18

Many astronomers speculate about how life originated on Mars and then came to Earth. They say, “Microbes from Mars fell on the very early Earth…, and the offspring of those microbes are still here, and they are us.” Many students of science are looking to outer space for the origins of life on earth, not willing to believe and accept the Bible’s explanation that God placed humanity, animals, and plant life on earth through special creation. How can they assume that supposed microbial life started on a hostile planet? Why is it so difficult to accept that the earth, uniquely created for life to exist, is where God created and placed living creatures?

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