“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
“The people of God are directed to the Scriptures as their safeguard against the influence of false teachers and the delusive power of spirits of darkness. Satan employs every possible device to prevent men from obtaining a knowledge of the Bible; for its plain utterances reveal his deceptions. At every revival of God’s work the prince of evil is aroused to more intense activity; he is now putting forth his utmost efforts for a final struggle against Christ and His followers. The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and every miracle must be tested.” GC 593
Dear Heavenly Father, please bless me to so study and understand your Word through the power of the Holy Spirit that I might know what is of You and what is not. Then grant me the love and wisdom and courage to faithfully obey You and be a genuine witness for the salvation of my family and others. Thank You, for I make these requests in the precious and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
NOTE: These devotionals began as daily texts to encourage my academy roommate and dear friend of nearly 50 years, until she suddenly passed a few weeks ago (Feb 2023). Now I continue to send them to her daughter in honor of her mom. First, I pray and look for a Bible verse or passage and find a suitable commentary (or vice versa) and add a prayer. If you agree to receive them, then this way I not only honor God but the memory of a very dear friend whom I desperately miss. My personal prayer is that God will bless me to find ways to multiply this blessing from one or two people to an unnumbered multitude. So please feel free to forward to your loved ones or to anyone as God leads you. I think I’ll call them Barb’s Devotionals. Thank you! Audrey