Good News

“Good News”

We have studied about the power of the spoken word and have seen the great influence it has on others. Recall how the faithless words of a few men caused the whole nation of Israel to doubt the Lord and to stray away from Him. Even though the bad news they spread was false, the Israelites bought into it. This grave mistake cost them severely. God was with them and had delivered them from slavery in Egypt, and led them through the dessert and they were on the verge of entering the Promised Land. God promised to lead them safely in to take the land but a few faithless men spread news around that the people in this promised land were too big and too numerous. In other words they were saying that not even God could handle them! Even though God had delivered them from Egypt with such a mighty hand, and parted the Red Sea for them, and fed them manna from heaven and water from a rock, they still managed to be thrown off by some bad news from a few faithless men.

Just as faithless and false words can influence others and lead them to destruction; the good news can lead God’s children home where there is life and love. In Proverbs 15:30 God tells us that good news is so powerful that it brings healing to the bones or body! The Hebrew word He uses for “good” can also mean “beautiful or “best”, and when we begin to understand the good news that God gives us we realize that it truly is the best and most beautiful news we have ever received!

In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 we read that the good news is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day just as it is written. This is truly the best news you could ever hear if you understand that the Bible teaches that we all have sinned and that our sins separate us from God. Our sin is a wall that separates us from the Lord (Isa. 59:1-2) and without forgiveness that wall remains and our condemnation is certain. But thanks be to God that Jesus died for our sins. He bore our punishment. God loves us so much that He provided a way home for his babies, His children, you and me! But that is not the whole story. Remember that the gospel is the best news ever. The good news only begins with the forgiveness of our sin. As usual, God blesses us far more abundantly than we expect. As you grow in your understanding of all that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with you will not be able to contain yourself. The best and most beautiful news becomes even greater when we share it! As you study God’s word this week, seek to grow in your understanding and appreciation of the best and most beautiful news ever-the gospel of Jesus Christ! Stand on it and share it!


MEMORY VERSE:   Proverbs 15:30  ________________________________________________________________

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MONDAY: Read Luke 4:14-21,43; 8:1. What is the good news that Jesus was sharing in each of these passages?

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TUESDAY: Read Acts 5:42; 8:12,35; 10:36; 17:18. What is the good news that the disciples share in these verses?

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WEDNESDAY: Read 1Corinthians 15:1-58. What is the good news?

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THURSDAY: Read Romans 6:1-11 What is the good news?

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FRIDAY: Read and memorize Mark 16:15-16. As you dwell on the verses we studied this week dwell on the best and most beautiful news ever-the gospel -take great encouragement form the promises of God and go into all the world and share it!

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*Family Devotional Ideas:

Go over Proverbs 15:30 with your family and discuss it. Talk about the good news that God has given you. You can make a large smiley face and write on it. Ask each member of the family to name some of their favorite promises form God and write them on the smiling face. Be sure to pray together and thank God for all of his good and perfect gifts and for the good news He has given you.

 

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