"And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon."
Reflection: To think that "men of all nations" who were "the kings of the earth" were hearing about the "wisdom of Solomon" and it had spread throughout the lands. Something interesting to note is that being around wise people is helpful. You want to surround yourself with wise counsel and receive wise instruction. These people had received information about such a wise king as Solomon and they wanted to be around Him.
Application: To think that we have the words of Solomon in the Bible and we can read it each day. What a blessing! Then, on top of that, we also know that "One wiser than Solomon" is Jesus Christ and we can read what He said and did in the Bible. Have you read the Bible today? Are you reading it each day to grow and understand? Seek His counsel.
The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ki 4:34). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Occasionally you come across a view worth sharing when talking with a person who has no Biblical basis for understanding the issues related to abortion. While a Christian has the understandings of the Bible from which to help them comprehend God's view on the subject of abortion, unbelievers do not.
Though this discussion could be modified a bit more to take out the uncertainty regarding the considerations of abortion for the person being spoken to, it does set up an interesting construct for an unbeliever to consider and is something worth watching and thinking about how you might want to consider talking with a person in an evangelism encounter who is a pro-choice unbeliever.To view it, click here.
"This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"
Reflection: From a cloud, the voice of the Father sounded while Jesus was on the mountain with three of the disciples. It must have been an incredible experience to see the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "they were afraid." What we fill our minds with can have a lasting impact on us.
Application: Who and what are you listening to today? Is it spiritually beneficial? Are you reading the Word of God? Attending Church? If not, make a concentrated effort to do so. "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"
The New King James Version. 1982 (Mark 9:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.; Ibid., (Jn 14:6).
"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"
Reflection: You could have all the riches in the world, have all the most incredible things money could buy and still be poor spiritually. If you gain the whole world and find out the God of the Bible is true after you pass out of this life, it will be too late. Your soul is much more precious to you than all the riches ot this world. The Bible says, Do not fear him who is able to kill the body, but cannot fear the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.
Application: The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Flee to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and receive the gift of everlasting life.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Mk 8:36). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The time is fulfilled, and tthe kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.
Reflection: The words in Mark 1:15 give an insight into the early words of Jesus' ministry. He was telling His hearers that the Kingdom of Heaven was being declared to their ears. He called on the hearers to repent and believe in the good news of the gospel. The message is still the same today and the words of Jesus are timeless and still apply today as if they were spoken right now.
Application: Who can you share these same words of Jesus with? Pray and ask the Lord to help you find that one person He wants you to tell about Him and speak the words that Jesus said here when He launched His ministry.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Mk 1:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.