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Examining The Scriptures Daily 2014 with biblical texts

Monday, December 22

The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?—Jer. 17:9.

Two matters of vital concern are our attitude toward sex and our view of marriage. Those who are not yet citizens of God’s Kingdom may condone homosexuality, consider pornography to be harmless fun, and think that adultery and divorce are purely personal matters. Kingdom citizens have abandoned such shortsighted, self-centered attitudes. Although many Christians formerly had an immoral lifestyle, they now view sex and marriage as gifts from God. They treasure Jehovah’s high standards and wholeheartedly agree that those who continue to engage in sexual misconduct are not worthy of being Kingdom citizens. (1 Cor. 6:9-11) However, they also recognize that the heart is treacherous. So they appreciate receiving specific warnings that help them to maintain high moral standards. w12 8/15 2:9

(Jer. 17:9) The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?
(1 Cor. 6:9-11) Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom. 11 And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.

Tuesday, December 23

In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.—2 Tim. 3:1.

Some today who do not know God also believe that the world as we know it cannot go on for much longer. Being afraid of some impending disaster, they have the attitude: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we are to die.” (1 Cor. 15:32) We, on the other hand, are not fearful. We refuse to isolate ourselves so as to cater to our own selfish longings. (Prov. 18:1) Rather, we disown ourselves and freely make use of our time, energy, and other assets to share the good news of God’s Kingdom with others. (Matt. 16:24) We find pleasure in serving God, especially in helping others come to know him. Many in Satan’s world hate us, though, so we may be persecuted for our faith. (John 15:19; 16:2) Still, we do not give out. Rather, we will draw closer to Jehovah than we may have imagined possible.—Jas. 1:2-4; 4:8. w12 9/15 4:7, 9

(2 Tim. 3:1) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.
(1 Cor. 15:32) If like other men, I have fought with wild beasts at Eph′e•sus, of what good is it to me? If the dead are not to be raised up, “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we are to die.”
(Prov. 18:1) Whoever isolates himself pursues his own selfish desires; He rejects all practical wisdom.
(Matt. 16:24) Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and keep following me.
(John 15:19) If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.
(John 16:2) Men will expel you from the synagogue. In fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he has offered a sacred service to God.
(Jas. 1:2-4) Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials, 3 knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith produces endurance. 4 But let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.
(Jas. 4:8) Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones.

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