READ: Zechariah 6, John 21, 1 John 2 SIGNS AND WONDERS OF GOD In the mad rush of ministry that puts its hope in dramatic signs and wonders, we are in danger of missing the wonder of the great signs of God. There is no healing or miracle that can match the awesome and sequential…

READ: Zechariah 5, John 20, 1 John 1 GOD’S CURSE Either God is a liar or we are. John warns us that we can make God a liar by saying we have no sin (1 John 1:10). He points out that if we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie (v….

READ: Zechariah 4, John 19, 2 Peter 3 FINISHING WELL Finishing well requires the humility of small beginnings. Zechariah 4:10 reminds us not to despise the day of small things. When we reflect on a giant of the faith who passes to glory, we primarily tend to consider the accumulated achievements of his or her life. Great souls build…

READ: Zechariah 3, John 18, 2 Peter 2 JESUS HELP ME Spiritual maturity is counter to natural human maturity. To become an adult in human society means to be ever more dependent on yourself. To become an adult spiritually is to be ever more dependent on Jesus. Humans consider continual dependence on others to be…

READ: Zechariah 2, John 17, 2 Peter 1 SENT AFTER GLORY The word for glory in Hebrew is related to the word for “weight.” There is a weightiness to the presence of God. Zechariah notes an interesting prophetic utterance in that the Messiah declares: “He sent me after glory” (Zech. 2:8). In context, the Messiah is defending…

READ: Zechariah 1, John 16, 1 Peter 5 HELPING GOD ON HIS TERMS Jesus is so annoyingly persistent. The satisfactions of God are so much more exhaustive than ours; they cost us more to attain and they satisfy us more deeply once we find them, once they find us. We humans have a fairly low…

READ: Song of Solomon 8, John 15, 1 Peter 4 LOVE TO BE HATED We should love to be hated, but we should not seek to be hated. Being hated by the world brings us closer to Jesus. After all He reminds us that “if the world hates you, know that it hated me before it…

READ: Song of Solomon 7, John 14, 1 Peter 3 ON THE CONTRARY, BLESSING While a “nose like the tower of Lebanon” might have sounded attractive to the ancient Hebrews (Song. 7:4), holy women who trusted God adorned themselves a different way (1 Peter 3:5). Peter points out that incorruptible beauty is that of a gentle and…

READ: Song of Solomon 6, John 13, 1 Peter 2 TROUBLED IN SPIRIT The Word of God gives us incredible structural integrity. The Word is a lamp to our feet (Psalm 119:105), it is our revival (v. 107), it is our heritage (v. 111), and when we incline our heart toward it forever, to the…

READ: Song of Solomon 5, John 12, 1 Peter 1 SURPRISING TEACHERS Obeying Makes Us Wise. “I have understood more than the ancients,” says the psalmist, “because I keep your precepts” (Psalm 119:100). It is not study that makes us spiritually smart. Some of the most theologically brilliant people are the least submitted to Jesus and…

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