IN THE WORD eVOTIONS

 

Substance and Evidence

By Jason Van Divier
May 2, 2017

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1   Faith is not blind trust. In fact, without faith we are blind spiritually. As sight is a sense that gives evidence in the physical world, faith is the sense that gives evidence in the spiritual world. It … Read More

 

Joseph’s Tomb

By Jason Van Divier
April 2, 2017

“When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.” Matthew 27:59-60   Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent member of the … Read More

 

Like Him

By Jason Van Divier
March 3, 2017

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2   This is one of the great promises of eternal life—I won’t have … Read More

 

Stones from the River

By Jason Van Divier
February 1, 2017

“When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land’; for the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan…” Joshua 4:21-23   When Israel entered The Promised Land, the Lord had them take … Read More

 

Worship in Heaven

By Jason Van Divier
January 1, 2017

“Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever…” Revelation 4:9-10   Many wonder what we will do in heaven. Here in Revelation, we … Read More

 

What She Did

By Jason Van Divier
December 2, 2016

“‘She has done a good work for Me. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.’” Mark 14:6, 8   While she received a lot of criticism from others, the woman who anointed Jesus in Bethany the day before His crucifixion received great praise from Him. She … Read More

 

When Faith Is Tested

By Jason Van Divier
November 2, 2016

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac…concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.” Hebrews 11:17-19   What do you do when the promise of God seems to be in contradiction with the command of God? This was the case for … Read More

 

Gone

By Jason Van Divier
October 3, 2016

“‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” John 1:29   The word atonement is not typically found in the New Testament, with the one exception being the King James Bible’s use in Romans 5:11. This is because it is frequently used in the Old Testament for the Hebrew word … Read More

 

Freedom from Want

By Jason Van Divier
September 1, 2016

“‘…one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’” Luke 12:15   If there ever was a great lie it is that life is about what you acquire. Few would actually say that, but not so deep down many think it and live it. And so there is this journey people … Read More

 

Common People

By Jason Van Divier
August 2, 2016

“And the common people heard Him gladly.” Mark 12:37   It seems that there is an ever increasing desire in our culture to become famous. Many have been filmed since birth, documented every thought and move online, and so this is the next logical step. They see themselves as uniquely qualified for fame. When you … Read More

 

The Best Laid Plans

By Jason Van Divier
June 24, 2016

“‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’” James 4:15   The Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” The greatest error in planning that a believer can make, which will always result in failure, is leaving God out of the process. … Read More

 

Waiting for Something Better

By Jason Van Divier
May 20, 2016

“…he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Hebrews 11:10   Abraham wasn’t living for this life. He was waiting for something better by faith. He lived in a tent and never owned more than a burial plot in the land of promise. He maintained the mindset of a visitor, and … Read More

 

Life from Death

By Jason Van Divier
April 26, 2016

“For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:11   Do you feel as though you are in a way constantly dying as a Christian? Do the things you face as you walk with and serve … Read More

 

The Patient Warrior

By Jason Van Divier
April 19, 2016

“Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.” Joshua 11:18   The conquest of the land didn’t happen overnight. The Bible indicates that it took seven years to subdue all the kings and kingdoms that were inhabiting Canaan. Some are not prepared for war of any length. Some are prepared for a fight, … Read More

 

Grace Not in Vain

By Jason Van Divier
April 12, 2016

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10   We are not only saved and transformed by grace, but we … Read More

 

One Mightier Is Coming

By Jason Van Divier
April 5, 2016

“John answered, saying to all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’” Luke 3:16   Can you imagine someone responsible for preparing the way for another drawing attention to themselves? … Read More

 

Prophecy Inspires Worship

By Jason Van Divier
March 29, 2016

“And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: ‘We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.’” Revelation 11:16-17   The twenty-four elders of … Read More

 

Not Like Everyone Else

By Jason Van Divier
March 22, 2016

“‘No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.’” 1 Samuel 8:19-20   About one thousand and fifty years before Christ, the people of Israel demanded a king. Despite the … Read More

 

The Secrets of God

By Jason Van Divier
March 15, 2016

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” Psalm 25:14   Why is it that some people seem to have greater revelation and understanding of the things of God than others? Why was the future of God’s plan for Israel, the kingdoms of the earth, … Read More

 

Consuming the Word

By Jason Van Divier
March 8, 2016

“Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it…” Revelation 10:10   The little book contained the rest of the prophetic message that John would deliver. Within his vision, John takes the little book and eats it. This is reminiscent of the prophet Ezekiel, who did the same at his … Read More

 

Learning to Love the Deserts

By Jason Van Divier
March 1, 2016

“So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.” Luke 1:80   The preparation of John the Baptist is encouraging, especially considering our modern fame-oriented, social culture. At a time in life when most younger people are trying to make a name … Read More

 

As in Heaven

By Jason Van Divier
February 23, 2016

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10   As we look at the judgments of the great tribulation period, many wonder why they have to take place. Why must God judge the inhabitants of the earth before the return of Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom? … Read More

 

Getting Things Done

By Jason Van Divier
February 16, 2016

“‘Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.’” Ruth 3:18   Naomi’s advice to her widowed, Moabite daughter-in-law Ruth was to wait for Boaz to accomplish what God had set in motion. She wouldn’t have to … Read More

 

God’s Not Done with Israel

By Jason Van Divier
February 9, 2016

“And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:” Revelation 7:4   Virtually every major cult in the last one hundred and fifty years has claimed to somehow be (or make up from a part of their numbers) … Read More

 

Contend for the Faith

By Jason Van Divier
February 2, 2016

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 1:3   There were other things Jude would have rather written about, namely his shared … Read More

 

Fellow Workers for the Truth

By Jason Van Divier
January 26, 2016

“We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.” 3 John 1:8   1 John deals with a true relationship with God. 2 John focuses on walking in the truth, and 3 John is all about working for the truth. Here John encourages Gaius to receive and support those … Read More

 

Walking in Truth

By Jason Van Divier
January 19, 2016

“I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.” 2 John 1:4   Truth is not something we simply know or believe, but it has to be lived and walked in. In addition, we don’t decide what truth is; we learn what it … Read More

 

Confident Prayer for Believers in Sin

By Jason Van Divier
January 12, 2016

“If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.” 1 John 5:16   John tells believers … Read More

 

The Year of Drawing Near

By Jason Van Divier
December 29, 2015

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8   As we’re getting closer to another new year, the only thing that really matters is how close we are to God. Elections are important. Safety, economies, and jobs are all significant. But with the passing of time, we begin to realize … Read More

 

If You Knew the Gift of God

By Jason Van Divier
December 22, 2015

“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10   When Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in Sychar, she didn’t initially understand who He was. It wasn’t … Read More

 

Alive in the Spirit

By Jason Van Divier
December 8, 2015

“These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.’” Revelation 3:1   The church in Sardis had a reputation for being alive, but in reality it was dead. The seven churches of … Read More

 

Our Advocate with the Father

By Jason Van Divier
December 1, 2015

“And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1   If God has forgiven all our sins—past, present, and future (1 John 1:7), then why do we need to confess and be forgiven after we have been saved (1 John 1:9)? In a judicial sense, all … Read More

 

Thanksgiving Is Worship

By Jason Van Divier
November 24, 2015

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4   Known as Old Hundredth in the Genevan Psalter (musical arrangements of the Psalms put together for singing in the churches of Geneva by John Calvin during the reformation), this psalm reveals the … Read More

 

Bring Your Fish

By Jason Van Divier
November 17, 2015

“‘Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’” John 21:10   The third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, was while they were fishing on the Sea of Galilee. After a night of catching nothing, the disciples were instructed by the Lord from shore to cast their nets on the … Read More

 

Greater

By Jason Van Divier
November 10, 2015

“…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4   As John addressed the reality of false teachers and how to test what is preached, he reminded his readers that the spirit of the Antichrist was already at work in the world. This spirit is behind not … Read More

 

In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

By Jason Van Divier
November 3, 2015

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day…” Revelation 1:10   Far from any church, exiled on a small, rocky island in the Aegean Sea, in his nineties, John continued to worship on Sunday. The Lord’s Day was the first day of the week, the day Christ arose, and the day the early Church … Read More

 

Abide

By Jason Van Divier
October 27, 2015

“‘Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.’” John 15:4   Following the last supper, Jesus and the disciples left the upper room for the garden of Gethsemane. They would have passed by the … Read More

 

Guarding Against False Teachers

By Jason Van Divier
October 20, 2015

“…there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them…” 2 Peter 2:1   Some successfully recognize the lies of the enemy from outside the Church, only to fall prey to those among us peddling bad doctrine. Satan has no ethical dilemmas, and that … Read More

 

Make Sure

By Jason Van Divier
October 6, 2015

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure…” 2 Peter 1:10   Election is God’s sovereign and eternal choice of those who belong to Him. Our call is His action in time, when His choice is made evident and we respond to the gospel and are saved. From God’s vantage … Read More

 

The Meekness of Wisdom

By Jason Van Divier
September 29, 2015

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13   James contrasts here the two kinds of wisdom we can choose to govern our lives. We can go with the wisdom of the world, or the wisdom of God. … Read More

 

Committed in Suffering

By Jason Van Divier
September 22, 2015

“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19   Peter begins this section by talking about how we shouldn’t think suffering from persecution is strange or unusual. Our tendency is to conclude that if we suffer … Read More

 

More than Mere Belief

By Jason Van Divier
September 15, 2015

“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” James 2:19   Most people believe in God, even those who claim to be atheists. They wouldn’t spend so much time resisting Him if they didn’t. Satan and his fallen horde believe in God. How could they not, dwelling daily … Read More

 

Impartial Faith

By Jason Van Divier
September 8, 2015

“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.” James 2:1   Partiality is favoritism, and it has a sibling, discrimination. In this passage, James tells us real faith doesn’t involve either of these things. In fact, we discover that they are serious sins. Unfortunately, these … Read More

 

Called to Bless

By Jason Van Divier
September 1, 2015

“…not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9   The backdrop in 1 Peter is suffering in the life of the believer. In 1 Peter 2:21, we see that suffering is part of … Read More

 

Called to Suffer

By Jason Van Divier
August 25, 2015

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps…” 1 Peter 2:21   As believers, we are not called to avoid suffering, but to patiently endure it as we live for righteousness. Our example is Christ Himself. Peter talks about the Lord’s … Read More

 

Pure Milk

By Jason Van Divier
August 18, 2015

“…as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby…” 1 Peter 2:2   Peter was writing to believers throughout Asia Minor, equipping them to be victorious through suffering. They weren’t necessarily young believers, but the encouragement was that they desire the Word of God as a baby does milk. … Read More

 

We Haven’t Even Bled

By Jason Van Divier
July 28, 2015

“You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4   The first century Jewish believers who received this letter were enduring persecution for their faith in Christ. As a result, there was thought of going back to Judaism. The author encourages them to endure, and he reminds them that Jesus resisted sinful … Read More

 

Lord Hook Us Up

By Jason Van Divier
June 23, 2015

“‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38   The young people have a saying (I have to add this on account of my age), “Hook me up.” It means, as you might imagine, give me something really good. Ironically, it … Read More

 

LGBT and the BIBLE

By Jason Van Divier
June 16, 2015

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10   The Bible is clear on the subject … Read More

 

Are Some Lies Kosher?

By Jason Van Divier
May 26, 2015

“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31   Rahab has been called the harlot with a heart of gold. She was a woman with a shady past whose life was transformed by the gift of faith. She would … Read More

 

The Spiritual Solution

By Jason Van Divier
May 19, 2015

“‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’” Deuteronomy 31:17   Except for the exceptionally unaware, all in the United States can see our ever increasing moral, social, political, and financial problems. Sin is being legislated and righteousness is becoming illegal. Our inner cities are beginning to unravel with … Read More

 

Sluggish Religion

By Jason Van Divier
May 5, 2015

“…do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12   True faith doesn’t lag. Here, the author is talking about true believers in contrast to those who walk away. The true believer’s genuine relationship with God is marked by diligent imitation of the faith and patience of … Read More