What Jesus Did! 'Purified' — Mark 9:49

Wednesday June 29th, 2016

"Every person will be punished with fire."
— Mark 9:49

Key Thought

The real character of our lives will not be left in doubt. Facades will fall. Hidden secrets will be revealed. Well-camouflaged sins will be brought out in the open. Every action will be made clear. Nothing can be hidden from the purifier's fire. All that is dross will be removed. Only what is pure will remain.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God Almighty, the judge of all people, I pray that the defects, impurities, and dross in my life will be purified in my life now so that you will be glorified in my life both now and in the day of judgement. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then John said, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to force demons out of a person. He is not one of us. So we told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group." Jesus said, "Don't stop him. Any person that uses my name to do powerful things will not soon say bad things about me. The person that is not against us is with us. I tell you the truth. If a person helps you by giving you a drink of water because you belong to the Christ, then that person will truly get his reward. "If one of these little children believes in me, and another person causes that child to sin, then it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for that person to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea. If your hand makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to lose part of your body but have life forever. That is much better than to have two hands and go to hell. In that place the fire never stops. If your foot makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to lose part of your body but have life forever. That is much better than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. If your eye makes you sin, take it out. It is better for you to have only one eye but have life forever. That is much better than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. The worms that eat the people in hell never die. In hell the fire is never stopped. Every person will be punished with fire. "Salt is good. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. So, be full of goodness. And have peace with each other."

Mark 9:38-50

Related Scripture Readings

The foundation has already been built. No person can build any other foundation. The foundation that has already been built is Jesus Christ. A person can build on that foundation, using gold, silver, jewels, wood, grass, or straw. But the work that each person does will be clearly seen, because the Day will make it plain. That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test every man's work. If the building that a person puts on the foundation still stands, then that person will get his reward. But if that person's building is burned up, then he will suffer loss. The person will be saved, but it will be like he escaped from a fire.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

My body is not there with you, but I am with you in spirit. And I have already judged the man who did that sin. I judged him the same as I would if I were really there. Come together in the name of our Lord Jesus. I will be with you in spirit, and you will have the power of our Lord Jesus with you. Then give this man to Satan (the Devil), so that his sinful self will be destroyed. Then his spirit can be saved on the day of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 5:3-5

The law gave us only an unclear picture of the good things coming in the future. The law is not a perfect picture of the real things. The law tells people to offer the same sacrifices every year. The people who come to worship God continue to offer those sacrifices. But the law can never make those people perfect. If the law could make people perfect, then those sacrifices would have already stopped. Those people would already be clean {from their sins}. And they would not still feel guilty for their sins. {But the law cannot do that.}

Hebrews 10:1-2

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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