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Examining the Scriptures Daily
Examining the Scriptures Daily
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clothing.” (Matt. that spiritual need comes to the surface when they ask: ‘Why are we here? What is the purpose of life?’ The answer becomes clear when . include more than food. having a good day is just being able to get started and satisfy their needs. when greeted with the words “good morning. In his Sermon on the Mount. To many. not on bread alone. When tempted by the Devil to turn stones into bread. we have another basic need to care for if we truly want to be happy. Others equate a good day with feeling well and being energetic. Jesus said: “Man must live. it is just an expression.” (Matt. however. Hope you have a nice day.” one individual would often say. shelter. 4:4) Yes. In fact. 5:3) Happiness is possible because that need can be satisﬁed through an understanding of God’s written Word.Examining the Scriptures Daily Foreword “Good morning!” This cheerful greeting is heard around the world countless times each day. Jesus made mention of it when he said: “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need. the Bible. it’s good to see you. and other basic necessities. but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.” For most people. however.” But what would make a morning “good”? Some feel that starting the day with a nourishing breakfast is most important. For many. it is usually the ﬁrst thing said to family members on awakening or to others we meet later on. It seems to say: “Hello. “Let’s make it so. In whatever form or language. Those needs. Weather conditions can also be a signiﬁcant factor in our outlook.
Isa.they are helped to realize that rather than evolving from lower life-forms. 3:16.” —2 Tim. These daily gems will remind you of the truths you cherish. But the inspired Word of God can teach us. is produced. it will truly be a good start to the day. 1 John 4:8) Jehovah created us not only with physical needs but also with a spiritual need.—Isa. then. If you begin each day in this way. daily reminders from the Bible are! That is why this publication. our spirituality must be nourished regularly. 5:6) The brevity of the printed comments makes it possible to review them in just a few minutes. How important. Job 12:13. Deut. reprove us when necessary. What we learn is for our good because Jehovah teaches us the best way of life. man was created by a loving God. Many do this in the morning. We are bombarded by the propaganda of Satan’s system of things. Even though we have learned many spiritual truths. 40:26. We have an innate desire to know and worship God. and his purpose for mankind. and of the way you can please God. our imperfect minds tend to forget. In it you will ﬁnd a Scripture text with comments for each day of the year. either by themselves or with their family at the breakfast table.” mirroring some of his qualities. 48:17. . 32:4. the 2011 edition of Examining the Scriptures Daily. (Rev. set matters straight. Luke 11:28. of the need to stay spiritually awake. we were formed “in God’s image. Moreover. completely equipped for every good work. Just as our body needs to be sustained regularly with physical food. (Gen. We become engrossed in the daily concerns of life. 1:27. and keep us “fully competent. 4:11) By studying the Bible. 17. (1 Thess. we learn spiritual truths—facts about God. his standards.
And Jehovah has promised such refuge for those who seek him in true faith. 3. Also of note is the prophetic account in Revelation chapter 16.” And did not Jesus say that unless the great tribulation was cut short. But what if the calamity is widespread. and sections of the presidential palace. so great. Even now. 16:18) While those statements are symbolic in nature. including one of 6.” The prophecy goes on to relate that “a great earthquake occurred such as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth. Not knowing where to go for refuge. 18. On January 12. including hospitals. 2:2. the Haitian city of Port-auPrince was struck by a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7. 15. people poured into the streets and for weeks afterward camped in any open areas they could ﬁnd.” —Zeph. even global? Those who think that a global calamity is far-fetched need to consider the Flood and Jesus’ warning: “Just as the days of Noah were. as aftershocks rocked the city. In verse 14. 3:12. Why? After foretelling the Devil’s . the headquarters of the United Nations mission. there is a need to ﬁnd refuge. 1:14. schools.0. we learn that demonic expressions “go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth.—Zeph. “no ﬂesh would be saved”?—Matt. before those foretold events occur. 37. The best place to seek refuge is always a question when a calamity strikes. so the presence of the Son of man will be. they do indicate that destructive events of global proportions are coming and that there is a great need to seek a place of refuge.” (Rev.000 deaths resulted. More than 225. to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty. so extensive an earthquake. Many buildings collapsed. This proved wise. 24:22. 2010.2011 Yeartext “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah. Should one stay put or move? What location will prove safest? Who can be turned to for help? Decisions are easier when just a relatively small area is aﬀected.1 magnitude that occurred on January 20.
The Hebrew prophet Joel cited the saving power of Jehovah’s name when he wrote: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe. you will ﬁnd a Scripture text for each day and comments on that text. could there be than in the protection of the Almighty One himself? With inspired wisdom. foremost of whom is Jehovah God. (Rom.” —Prov. Jehovah can meet any challenge successfully.” DAILY TEXTS AND COMMENTS In the following pages. 18:10. what better place of refuge. It is with this in mind that the Governing Body has chosen as the yeartext for 2011 these words found at Zephaniah 3:12: “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah. 10:13) Today.” —Rev. in order. Peter said: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” (Joel 2:32) The apostle Peter conﬁrmed this when the Christian congregation was founded on the day of Pentecost 33 C. the Bible relates that Satan—full of wrath and conﬁned to the vicinity of the earth—goes oﬀ to wage war with those “who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus. 3. or 5) appearing in that issue. followed by the paragraphs where further comments may be found. 4. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection. He will prove to be our unconquerable stronghold! As the name Jehovah (meaning “He Causes To Become”) implies. What better stronghold. it is Jehovah God in whom we too must ﬁnd refuge. A powerful.E. 2. of each study article (1. The comments are taken from the Watchtower (w) issues of April 2009 to March 2010. King Solomon wrote: “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. He will do so for the sake of his people and in line with his purpose. the apostle Paul made the same point.” (Acts 2:21) Years later. Figures following the date of the Watchtower issue refer to the number. . There is no greater refuge in these trialsome times. invisible enemy who is aware of our personal weaknesses is a fearsome foe indeed. God will prove to be whatever is needed in any circumstances. But there are those who are more powerful than Satan. 12:17.defeat and his ouster from heaven at the time of the Kingdom’s birth in 1914.
then. Jesus Christ told the apostle Peter: “Simon. Finally. each of us who follows in Jesus’ footsteps will experience trials in some way or other. because you became beloved to us.” (Heb. Do we not. 13:1) Do not hold back! Use your life to praise Jehovah and to help others! Jehovah will bless your sincere eﬀorts. look! Satan has demanded to have you men to sift you as wheat. “to the end. 5:8. What aﬀection they felt for those whom they helped spiritually! Touching indeed are the words of the apostle Paul. May we also strive to treat others kindly. What precious knowledge we as Jehovah’s servants have! Yes. 17 Monday. January 3 [Jesus] cured all who were faring badly.—1 Thess. (Mark 9:33-37) He encouraged them by expressing conﬁdence that they would be eﬀective preachers of the good news. 17.—Matt. Jesus’ mental attitude toward the sick serves as an example for us. The love he showed to his disciples impelled them to love him in return and to keep his com- . January 1 All those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. 2:7. 34. 6 mandments. we understand who is to blame for deteriorating world conditions. Jesus was patient and understanding. 3:12. 20 Sunday. 35) Yes. we were well pleased to impart to you. let us show Christlike love to all our brothers. No man has ever been a more loving teacher than Jesus. 2:8. 19. Let us courageously obey all of Jehovah’s requirements. they ministered to others and succeeded in preaching the good news. Simon.Saturday. w09 7/15 3:16. January 2 We became gentle in the midst of you. Practically everyone must face health problems. Enduring persecution and risking death. his disciples displayed deep love and aﬀection for those to whom they preached. “let your brotherly love continue.”—1 Thess.” —1 Pet.—2 Tim. he oﬀered it with love. not only the good news of God. but they do share Jesus’ compassionate attitude toward the sick. and to explain to others how he will put an end to Satan and to mankind’s woes? Satan is responsible not only for many of the world’s sorrows but also for the opposition that God’s people experience. Peter compared the Devil to “a roaring lion.” Such love identiﬁes us as Jesus’ true followers. (John 14:15) Like Jesus. Christians do not have Jesus’ miraculous power to heal. who wrote: “Having a tender aﬀection for you. as Christ himself did.” (Luke 22:31) Similarly. His love moved him to feel pity for them and he cured them. feel impelled to share in the ﬁeld ministry so as to inform people of the identity of the chief troublemaker? And are we not happy to stand up for the true God. Today. He is determined to put us to the test. w09 9/15 3:16. When his disciples needed correction. Jehovah. but also our own souls. seeking to devour someone. 8:16. either his own or those of family members. even when their imperfections and weaknesses come to the fore. w09 4/15 2:5. (John 13:1. even in the face of trials.
19:9.’ ” (Isa. How can we be sure that these decisions are in harmony with God’s will? Jehovah has given us a gift that can help us greatly in this matter of obedience. Discoveries of hidden treasures have often made headline news. a change was to occur. 43:10) All members of the nation were included in that one servant class. 8 treasures that Jehovah urges his worshippers to seek. 9:10. if we were to give the desires of our heart too much prominence. Jehovah spoke of his people. (Jer. Some ﬁnds may have historical or artistic value. w09 8/15 4:6. It is the conscience. Jehovah would use a new nation. 17:9) If we do not rely on the sure. it is important to note that only the priests together with the nonpriestly Levites were responsible for teaching the nation. Clearly. However. God’s Word invites us to search for treasures that truly aﬀect us. as a collective servant.” which can be a protection and a safeguard for us in these perilous times. “ ‘You [plural] are my witnesses [plural]. January 5 The fear of Jehovah is pure. when it comes to spiritual instruction. the ancient nation of Israel. the Bible. 5 Wednesday. Among such treasures is “the fear of Jehovah. January 4 Safeguard your heart. —Matt. 2:7) Was the nation of Israel the slave about whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 24: 45? No. 15) The conscience.—Ps. right or wrong. It acts like an internal judge. 2: 14. For example.—Ps. 35:3.’ is the utterance of Jehovah. but they usually have little or no eﬀect on our day-to-day life. 4:23. What is the conscience? It is a special kind of self-awareness. many decisions need to be made that involve our obedience to God. knowledge. January 6 The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits. 11. 119:105. 2: 1-6) Consider the value of the . the work of the slave in Jesus’ illustration does follow a pattern similar to that of God’s “servant” in ancient Israel. Mal. (Rom. which Jesus said to the Jews of his day. and discernment. —Prov. has its limitations. our conscience might be nearly useless. unchanging guidance of God’s Word. And with the treasures of God-given wisdom.—Prov. Nevertheless. However. Finding “the very knowledge of God” can lead to the greatest honor any human can have—a close personal relationship with the Most High. and the reward is worth far more than any material treasure. We know that from the words of today’s text. enabling us to look at the choices we face in life or to reﬂect on the actions we have already taken and to evaluate them as to good or bad. ‘even my servant [singular] whom I have chosen. standing forever. In the complex world in which we live. The invitation is open to everyone. we will be able to deal successfully with problems and issues in our daily life. w09 7/15 1:1-3 Thursday. w09 6/15 4:4. however. 21:43. (Prov. (2 Chron. our selﬁsh tendencies might well distort the conscience.Tuesday.
” (Titus 2:14) In today’s vice-ridden society. 7-10) All rebellion against God will have been removed. (2 Thess.” as one Christian expressed it. Our zeal in heeding God’s warnings can help us to develop a hatred for what is bad. young and old alike. His greatest expression of love was to surrender his perfect human life so that others might be saved. January 9 He went journeying from city to city and from village to village. “At the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels. the apostle Paul told Titus that Jesus gave himself to cleanse his followers to make them “a people peculiarly his own. 20:1-3. Many years before Isaiah wrote the above words. preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God. January 7 Keep yourselves clean. zealous for ﬁne works. (Rev. He adapts his teaching to their needs and their level of understanding.—1 John 3:8. 16 Saturday. 4:23-25. and particularly on the Internet.—Luke 8:1.” This is none other than the archangel Michael. 97: 10. For instance. Jesus showed that kind of love. January 8 The Devil has been sinning from the beginning. in ﬁlms.” all “who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus” will be destroyed. he described Jesus and the angelic heavenly armies as going forth on white horses in order to carry on war in righteousness. A good teacher makes his students feel comfortable so that they are eager to involve themselves in what they are learning and are happy to express themselves. 15:11-13) And centuries later. who will bind the Devil and hurl him—and evidently the demons—into the abyss. magnetic pull. he traveled hundreds of miles on foot to share the good news with them. A loving teacher imparts knowledge because he genuinely cares for his students. He is sensitive to the abilities and circumstances of his students. (Ps. all of God’s servants. Jesus tirelessly cared for people physically and especially spiritually. 15 gel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. Thereafter. w09 7/15 3: 15.Friday. good King Asa vigorously pursued a campaign to root out immorality in Judah. 19:11-14) John also “saw an an- . (John 15:13) During his ministry. Satan and all other rebels will suﬀer destruction. —Isa. (Rev. on the TV screen. Rom. They will be released brieﬂy at the end of Christ’s Millennial Reign when perfect mankind will experience a ﬁnal test. w09 5/15 3:20. 21 Sunday. When teachers have such love. it is not easy—especially for youths—to keep morally clean. students will discern it. Rather than expecting people to come to him. must battle to keep free from the contamination of pornography that is displayed on billboards. and teaching and learning are enjoyable. w09 6/15 2:14. 52:11. 1:6-10) When John saw that same event in vision. 12:9) We need to abhor pornography in order to “break free from its powerful. (1 Ki.—Matt.
For example. 17) The more we ‘meditate on his activity’ and ‘concern ourselves with his dealings.’ the better we can get to . Jesus also pours out the coins of the money changers and overturns their tables. constant partying. the Bible. 3:16. 3:14) As “the ﬁrstborn of all creation. Christians are admonished “to repudiate ungodliness and worldly desires and to live with soundness of mind and righteousness and godly devotion amid this present system of things. 4:11. Appreciatively reﬂecting on his creative works can teach us a great deal about the Creator. (2 Tim. January 10 The zeal for your house will eat me up.” (Titus 2:6) Heeding this counsel means that you will face problems prayerfully and will rely on God-given strength. but that of power and of love and of soundness of mind. Jesus discovers “those selling cattle and sheep and doves and the money brokers in their seats. He orders those selling doves to take what they have and leave. “Soundness of mind” involves being able to think and reason sensibly. drug or alcohol abuse. 1:7. January 12 God gave us not a spirit of cowardice.” (Rev. w09 5/15 4:3.Monday. Jehovah. He was God’s personal companion. they recall the words penned centuries earlier by the psalmist David: “The zeal for your house will eat me up. 77:12) A very ﬁne way to become even more intimately acquainted with Jehovah is to follow the Christ. 1:15) During his prehuman existence. the book of creation speaks volumes about God’s qualities and abilities. Individually. “Stop making the house of my Father a house of merchandise!” he commands. Some immature youths manifest a spirit of cowardice and mentally try to escape stressful situations by resorting to excessive sleep or TV viewing. It includes the ability to face things as they are—not the way you would like them to be. 4:7) Thus. January 11 [God] is not far oﬀ from each one of us. 4 Wednesday. (Rom. (1 Pet.”—1 Pet. (Ps. (John 2:1316) Jesus’ actions relate directly to his concern for the temple. he drives out all the animals.” he lived for aeons in heaven with his Father. Jesus did more than just spend time with his Father. (Col. As Jesus’ disciples observe these events.” Brandishing a whip made of ropes. or sexual immorality. we may ask. We can seek God and really come to know him. w09 5/15 2: 9. 69:9) In this 21st century. 17. over seven million Christians manifest concern for God’s house.—John 2:17. Just think of the glory Jesus had alongside his Father “before the world was”! (John 17:5) He is “the beginning of the creation by God. —2 Tim.” (John 2:16. you will develop conﬁdence in “the strength that God supplies. ‘How can I increase my personal zeal for Jehovah’s house?’ w09 6/15 1:1-3 know Jehovah.—Acts 17:27. 1:20) Jehovah has also revealed details about himself in his written Word. Ps. In Jerusalem at the temple in the Court of the Gentiles.” (Titus 2:12) The Bible exhorts “younger men to be sound in mind. 10 Tuesday.
there will be “a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. and learn. life will present endless opportunities to build. (Acts 7: 23) During his stay in that land. the prospect of living forever on earth ﬁlls the hearts of millions with gratitude toward Jehovah. 14) Furthermore. Think of the friendships you will be able to cultivate. 19: 11. he conquered Satan in battle and hurled him and his demons down to the earth. and he will protect the “great crowd” through Armageddon.700 years ago when Isaiah wrote those words are evidently still alive today. (Rev. 2 Saturday. he could have heard of the trials of Job. What “glorious freedom” will then be enjoyed on earth by “the children of God”! w09 8/15 3: 17-19 Friday. What a wonderful future awaits them! May we all be determined to continue to “do what is good. 6:2. The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write about the kind of life that God’s people will enjoy on earth. though. w09 4/15 1:1. Jesus is a compassionate king. who was living nearby in the land of Uz. Shortly after he was installed as King of God’s Kingdom. 7:9. 19-21) Like David.—Job 1:21. plant.—Ps. Jesus is a conquering king. In what ways? . (Isa. Furthermore. 8:21. under the rule of Jesus and his joint heirs. the resurrected 144. The account of Job also deepens our understanding of what is involved in keeping integrity and helps us to grasp why Jehovah sometimes allows his servants to suﬀer. January 14 Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed. Today.” (Acts 24:15) Those who are resurrected on earth will have the prospect of living forever. 65:2125) Certain trees that were alive some 2. (Rev. w09 4/15 5:10. Moses was about 40 years old when he ﬂed from Egypt and took up residence in Midian. 12: 7-9) His victorious ride will continue until he will “complete his conquest. Jewish tradition holds that Moses wrote the book of Job sometime after Job’s death. (Rev. Those loving relationships will continue to grow indefinitely. Like D avid. January 13 He went forth conquering and to complete his conquest. January 15 The creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. Can you imagine yourself living that long with strength and good health? Instead of being a short walk from the cradle to the grave. The book of Job strengthens the faith of God’s servants in modern times.—Rom. the book of Job identiﬁes Satan the Devil as Jehovah’s chief Adversary and mankind’s enemy.Thursday. 37:27-29. —Rev. happy subjects of the Greater David.” so that we will be alive when the earth is ﬁlled with righteous. 11 The narrative opens our eyes to events of far-reaching importance that occurred in heaven and underscores the paramount issue of God’s universal sovereignty. The book also shows that imperfect humans like Job can remain loyal to Jehovah despite intense testing.000.” completely destroying Satan’s wicked system.
19 Tuesday. It is all too easy for humans to forget the Creator’s perspective. we need a threefold love—love for God. energy. love of the truth. Him you should serve. cling to what is good. of whom it was said: “You loved righteousness. 5:12. w09 7/15 3:18. January 17 Abhor what is wicked. 12:9. Jehovah’s Witnesses scour the earth in search of those who yearn to know and serve God. for the past 17 years in a row. we understand that our loving heavenly Father desires that people acquire the knowledge that leads to everlasting life. we have spent over one billion hours annually in the preaching and disciple-making work. Do not let that happen to you! God’s Word warns: . January 18 Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin.” Many today do not see sin and death in such dire terms. For instance. 7:12. w09 9/15 5:3.—Eccl. and you hated lawlessness. January 16 [God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. Why? If we see the severity of the “disease” that aﬄicts us. 1:9) Paying attention to godly wisdom will deepen our happiness now and safeguard us in times to come. association with those who do not adhere to God’s laws —whether at school or at work or through some form of ungodly entertainment—might affect our determination to do what is right. we experience not only the joy of giving but also the satisfaction of knowing that we imitate Jesus and please Jehovah.—Rom. The unwholesome inﬂuences that are prevalent in Satan’s world could cause us to lose our grip on godly principles. Our lifespan is inﬁnitely shorter than he meant it to be. 20 “Do not become wise in your own eyes. In fact. 39:5. 3:23) And what is the mortality rate? Paul wrote that sin brings death “to all men. (2 Pet. and love for people. (Rom. 2:4. but they dismiss as “natural” the death that creeps up on humans through the aging process. 10:20) By clinging to Jehovah.—1 Tim. to be truly eﬀective teachers.” (Heb. and material resources.” (Deut. The infection rate of sin is 100 percent.” (Prov. Yes.—Rom. 1:24) We need to keep that perspective in mind. no human has lived for even “one day” from Jehovah’s point of view. Actually. 3:8) God’s Word thus says that our lives are as transitory as a season’s growth of grass or as an exhaled breath. follow the wise counsel that Moses gave to God’s people in ancient times: “Jehovah your God you should fear. As we cultivate that kind of love and display it in our ministry. 3:7) Instead. We do so willingly. we will be imitating Jesus. (Ps. (John 17:3) Love moves us to help honesthearted ones to come to know and love Jehovah as we do. Like Jesus. 1 Pet. and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned. 4 Monday. we can better appreciate the value of the “cure”—our deliverance.Sunday. They worry about what they call premature death. and to him you should cling. w09 4/15 3:18. although the preaching work requires that we sacriﬁce time.
Attempting to sell a car to a prospective buyer.” (2 Cor. January 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love.” (Luke 12:32. Jesus felt that observing Jehovah’s commandments was essential to keeping a good standing with his Father. the buyer asked the brother if he was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 4:2) Hence. let us do our utmost to speak truth with our neighbor. if that was true of the perfect Son of God. His ransom sacriﬁce opened the way for mankind to be rescued from death. . do we need to do in order to remain in God’s love? We ﬁnd the answer to that question in Jesus’ own words. January 20 I am the ﬁne shepherd. w09 8/15 4:2-4 Thursday. we will bring glory to our heavenly Father and to his people. then. What. —Jude 21. spoken on the ﬁnal night of his life here on earth. w09 6/15 3:19. John 10:16) Thus Jesus proves to be the Fine Shepherd.” (John 15:10) Clearly. 14. not walking with cunning. . 78:70.—John 10:27-29. (Ps.” (1 John 5:3) Yes. Jehovah does not ask us to do something that is too hard for us. (John 10:3. 6:4. that we observe his commandments. Jesus accomplishes something that David could never do. we show that we love Jehovah by obeying him. —John 10:11. Now.Wednesday. Do we likewise bring praise to our Creator by our good moral character? Paul said: “We have renounced the underhanded things of which to b e ashamed. He loves his sheep so much that while on earth he willingly gave of himself for their well-being. would it not be true of us also? Primarily. He said: “If you observe my commandments. The ensuing discussion led to a ﬁne witness being given. . 15) As the Fine Shepherd. just as I have observed the commandments of the Father and remain in his love. After taking the car for a test drive. The apostle John expressed it this way: “This is what the love of God means. 71) Jesus too has proved to be a model shepherd. and yet his commandments are not burdensome. Nothing will stop him from shepherding his “little ﬂock” to immortal life in heaven and leading his “other sheep” to everlasting life in a righteous new world free from wolﬂike predators. The years David spent in ﬁelds and on hills tending sheep prep ared him for the demanding duties and responsibilities of shepherding the nation of Israel. He derives strength and guidance from Jehovah as he shepherds his “little ﬂock” and the “other sheep. by truthful speech. Why did he draw that conclusion? The man had taken note of the brother’s honesty as well as his neat appearance. he described all its good points as well as its faults. 7. —2 Cor. 20 by name. including those that could not be seen. January 19 In every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers. He knows his ﬂock so well that he calls each sheep . This certainly proved to be the case with a Witness living in Britain. you will remain in my love. w09 4/15 5:7 Friday. In so doing. This text implies that some action is required on our part.
Instead. the religions of Christendom have ignored the hope of everlasting life on earth. Cestius Gallus led Roman troops in a nearly successful attack on Jerusalem. the hope of . ftn. 9 Sunday. After all. people will no longer grow old and die but will live forever on earth. we must obey God and live by his righteous principles. 24:21) In 66 C. For the most part. leaving open a window of opportunity for endangered ones to escape to safety. But then he suddenly withdrew. Jesus spoke of an unusual development that would signal that the end was imminent. Unknown to both Paul and his fellow believers. (John 17:3) You have probably enjoyed sharing that Scriptural hope with others. the apostle Paul penned a strong. (Matt. 2 everlasting life is an essential aspect of the good news that we preach. January 23 He will wipe out every tear from their eyes. In order to gain salvation. It would be a mistake to lower our moral and spiritual standards.” (Matt. —Phil. immoral entertainment. the signal marking the opening stage of a “great tribulation” was only about ﬁve years away. neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.E. The initial fulﬁllment of the prophecy that Jesus gave his disciples in answer to their question took place in the ﬁrst century.Saturday. It molds our very outlook on life. 24:1. including when that association might be in the form of violent. in some way we have to choose if we will do things Jehovah’s way or not. and death will be no more. (Ezek. w09 9/15 2:8.. 2 Monday. sobering message to Hebrew Christians living in Jerusalem and its surroundings. 24:3. 6:11. January 24 He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved. in 61 C.” we show that our faith is real. Whereas the Bible teaches that the soul dies. “those in Judea [were to] begin ﬂeeing to the mountains. 15-22) Nearly three decades later. many people are skeptical about everlasting life on earth. and even take over the machine. w09 5/15 1:1. The former things have passed away. 21:4. Perhaps you recall the joy you felt when you ﬁrst learned that in the near future.. Upon observing that development. w09 8/15 1:1. we must protect ourselves and our children from the corrupting inﬂuences of Satan’s spirit. January 22 What will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things? —Matt. 2:8. —Matt. interfere with operation. the majority of churches teach the unscriptural doctrine that man has an immortal soul that survives death and lives on in the spirit realm.) Practically every day. 24:13.—Rev. Should we be any less vigilant in protecting ourselves from Satan’s “crafty acts”? (Eph. 2. 18:20) Hence. Computer users take pains to prevent their equipment from becoming infected with malicious viruses that can destroy data.E. By following Christ’s example of obedience even “as far as death. perhaps thinking that we are strong enough to resist the eﬀects of bad association.
6. As a result. Jesus told Nicodemus that those entering the Kingdom of the heavens must b e “b orn again. 7 Wednesday. in imitation of Jesus. this will not escape their children’s notice. he said the words found in today’s text. After speaking to Nicodemus in Jerusalem. Peter was standing before a crowd of worshippers in the temple. 14) This water represents God’s provisions for the restoration of all mankind to everlasting life. 11:26.” (John 3:3. an anointed one of God like Moses. He told her: “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all.—Luke 23: 35.” (John 4:5. he met a woman at Jacob’s fountain near the city of Sychar in Samaria. Heb. The parents’ words and teachings will carry weight. Jesus traveled north toward Galilee.E. The people were “surprised out of their wits” when Peter and John healed a beggar who was lame from birth. 18:15. w09 4/15 4:6. If parents strive to apply Bible principles in everyday matters. they looked forward to the coming of a prophet greater than Moses. w09 8/15 2:8.. w09 7/15 2:13. He then spoke of the hope that is open to the whole world. 7:12. That prophet would prove to be not just a messiah. Jesus taught his disciples to make spiritual values and pursuits their priority. 19) Those words of Moses were likely familiar to Peter’s audience. it would be extremely shortsighted to teach a child to pursue goals that would serve only for his material advantage. January 26 The advantage of knowledge is that wisdom itself preserves alive its owners. 6:33) Therefore. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. January 27 Jehovah God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me. they might draw the conclusion that Bible principles are not really important or practical. On the way. (Deut. “the Christ of God. January 25 Unless anyone is born from water and spirit. 18.—Eccl. if children perceive a double standard. 34:10) With keen anticip ation. (Matt. 14 Thursday. including those who will live on earth. the Chosen One” of Jehovah. (Deut. 9 to weaken in the face of worldly pressure. Then. As Jews.Tuesday. (Acts 3:11) Peter explained that this astonishing act was a result of Jehovah’s holy spirit operating through Jesus Christ. —John 3:5.—Acts 3:22. but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life. (John 3:16) Jesus was referring to the hope of everlasting life for his anointed followers in heaven and for others on earth. quoting from the Hebrew Scriptures. the apostle Peter quoted a prophecy by Moses that was fulﬁlled in Jesus Christ. However. 4) Jesus did not stop with that. the children may be more inclined . Shortly after Pentecost 33 C. Christian parents should also strive to cultivate in their children a desire to pursue spiritual goals. they had a high regard for Moses. Therefore. but the Messiah. Christian parents realize that a child’s upbringing entails more than providing for his material needs.
and I will refresh you. to fulﬁll the tremendous potential within them. ftn. Thus they were free to grow as servants of Jehovah God. Rightly. Yet. w09 4/15 5:8. all you who are toiling and loaded down. and he was patient with his disciples despite their faults. willingly came to earth to serve among imperfect and sinful people. 11:28. In order to grasp the severity of sin and its eﬀects. has no hold on him. 12:2) Jesus invited his disciples to ‘get under his yoke with him’ and thus to learn from him. (Gen. he holds out the hope of deliverance. which lies in Satan’s power. As KingDesignate. they inﬂicted on themselves and on us the terrible “disease” of sin. nor according to our errors has he brought upon us what we deserve. By choosing to sin against Jehovah. feelings. 29. That may be diﬃcult at ﬁrst because sin cost us something we have never yet experienced. January 30 Come to me. 8:1-14) In Jehovah’s strength. 1 John 5:19. he showed his authority over the demons. w09 9/15 1:1. Jesus washed their feet. Instead. they could choose to control their thoughts. As king. The Bible . Jesus always maintained his joy and self-control. rescuing victims from their clutches. Satan the Devil. we must try to fathom what it has cost us. (2 Sam. —Matt. and Jehovah himself put the dread of him upon all the nations. —Ps. Some of those would later kill him. Jesus. —John 13:14-17. Luke 4:36) Even the archenemy. —John 16:33. 103:10. 9 Sunday. but take courage! I have conquered the world. 14:17) Like King David. With Jehovah’s support. 6-13. Adam and Eve initially enjoyed perfect human life. for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart. the man Jesus w as fearless. and you will ﬁnd refreshment for your souls. Jehovah condemned them.—John 14:30. 11:29. Perfect in mind and body. he became a most powerful ruler. the nation’s boundaries were extended from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates. (1 Pet.” (1 Chron. David was a resolute warrior who protected the land of God’s people. Jesus conquered the world. they threw away that precious gift. thereby teaching them a lesson in being “lowly in heart” that they would never forget. (Mark 5:2. Jesus was mild-tempered. January 29 In the world you are having tribulation. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. (Matt. and actions. 3:16-19) At the same time. the perfect Son of God. they lost for themselves and their oﬀspring the kind of life that Jehovah intended for them.” Under David’s leadership. But for us. January 28 He has not done to us even according to our sins.Friday.) What could they learn? For one thing. w09 9/15 5:5 states: “David’s fame began to go out into all the lands. On the night before he died. 2:21-23) ‘Looking intently’ at Jesus’ example can help us to do the same when others’ faults and imperfections affect us. and “Jehovah kept saving David wherever he went. 3 Saturday. (Heb.
meeting attendance. in double amount. 6) Clearly. (Acts 16: 1-5) At that time. we do everything in our power to make known the name of Jehovah. 18 Tuesday. In case his family members might have done something displeasing to God or “have cursed God in their heart. and the preaching of the good news. Moreover. yet you know that it contains some immorality and violence. You have plans to watch a particular movie on TV the next evening.” You also recall Paul’s advice at Philippians 4:8. (Job 1:5) Even when being severely tested. Suppose it is your evening for personal study. You ponder Paul’s counsel at Ephesians 5:3: “Let fornication and uncleanness of every sort or greediness not even be mentioned among you. We hold to a healthy routine in such spiritual activities as study. just as it beﬁts holy people. January 31 Jehovah himself turned back the captive condition of Job when he prayed in behalf of his companions. February 2 Ezra . In 49 or 50 C.. w09 4/15 1:9. am I following Jesus’ example of strict obedience to God?’ What will you do? Will you watch that movie anyway? w09 9/15 2:5-7 . (Job 10:12) What a ﬁne example! We too must regularly take in accurate knowledge of Jehovah and his purposes. —Job 42:10. and chasteness. . You have just prayed for Jehovah’s spirit to help you to apply what you learn from his Word. so the integrity of God’s servants today makes Jehovah’s heart rejoice. He was to strive to make his manner of life exemplary. After observing Timothy’s further progress for some months. Paul was urging Timothy to keep applying himself in order to make progress in speech. prayer. What Job learned about God aroused in him the desire to please Jehovah. Paul dispatched him to Thessalonica in order to comfort and make ﬁrm the Christians in that city. faith. and Jehovah began to give in addition all that had been Job’s. . Imagine yourself in the following situation. (1 Thess. conduct. love. you ask yourself. when Timothy was likely in his late teens or early 20’s. As you weigh this inspired counsel. (1 Tim. February 1 Become an example to the faithful ones. One way to prepare our heart is by diligently studying the Scriptures and Bible-based publications.—Ezra 7:10. w09 5/15 2:3-5 Wednesday. he was “well reported on by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium.” who had observed his spiritual progress. And just as Job’s integrity pleased Jehovah.” he regularly oﬀered sacriﬁces. as well as in the way he fulﬁlled his ministry. ‘If I deliberately expose my heart and mind to such programs. Timothy began to make his advancement manifest to others when he was a young person. 3:1-3.Monday.E. 4:12. had prepared his heart to consult the law of Jehovah and to do it.—1 Tim. Paul took Timothy with him on his missionary journey. Job still said positive things about Jehovah. 4:13-15) When Paul penned this counsel sometime between 61 and 64 C.E. Timothy was already an experienced elder.
which. the birth of a certain male child caused a multitude of angels in heaven to praise God in the hearing of some shepherds. After raising this question.Thursday. w09 4/15 4:1. 2:12. our obedience to his instructions. (Col. brothers and sisters work zealously and for no wages. w09 6/15 2:16-18 Friday. by our strenuously upholding the clean standards associated with our worship. You must listen to him. 24:46. 24:45. Jesus had just referred to these ones. Similarly. to give them their food at the proper time?—Matt. Instead.” or “domestics.” or “slave. or group. the world itself could not contain the scrolls written. 24) This often results in improved job security.” whom he would appoint over all his belongings. of course.” That remarkable young man was. 3 “Without writing a single line. 47) Jesus. works of art. In addition. he clearly stated that there would be only one “steward. Historian Philip Schaﬀ was moved to state of this young man: . many other things also which Jesus did. discussions. (Luke 2:814) Thirty years later.”—Titus 2:14. if ever they were written in full detail. brothers and sisters who work secularly to care for their families go about their business in a whole-souled way. that child. the “master” in the illustration.—Acts 3:22. and furnished themes for more sermons.—1 Pet. Our trust in Jehovah. and the care we take of our meeting places are among ways that we demonstrate zeal for Jehovah’s house. began a ministry that lasted just three and a half years and yet changed history. Jesus then went on to say that this slave would be rewarded for his faithfulness by being appointed over all of the Master’s belongings. Said the apostle John: “There are. Jesus Christ. February 4 Jehovah God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me. volunteering their time and energy to help publish the good news. February 3 Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics. In the context of Luke’s Gospel. Two thousand years ago. we shall reap many beneﬁts. w09 6/15 4:1. he set more pens in motion. orations. learned volumes. 2 Saturday. now an adult. the steward must represent the “little ﬂock” of anointed disciples as a collective body. 3:23. as employers value their conscientious attitude and do not want to lose them as employees. and songs of praise. So as The Watchtower has often explained.” refers to this same group but highlights their role as individuals. Whether we are young or old. I suppose.”—John 21:25. than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. we want to have as full a share as we can in the Kingdompreaching and disciple-making work. 42) The “body of attendants. (Luke 12:32. February 5 Maintain your conduct fine among the nations. (Matt. And we will continue to be known as a people “zealous for ﬁne works. in fact. At Bethel homes throughout the world. did not say that there would be a multitude of slaves scattered throughout the various sects of Christendom.
9:1114) That perfect sacriﬁce would provide real atonement for two groups of people—the priestly class of Christ’s 144. 9 Monday. “Did you ask your father?” If the son has not.000 spiritanointed brothers and the “other sheep. If she disagrees with her husband about something. so that things would be as they were in the garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. A Christian wife does well to imitate Jesus by supporting her husband’s headship. (1 Pet. Among the most imp ortant sacriﬁces required by the Law were those oﬀered on the annual Day of Atonement. 6:4. On that day.—Eph.—Heb. while the oﬀering of the sacrifices signified Christ’s sacrificial death. 9:24. (1 Cor. 6:2) He also spoke of a reward for “everyone” who follows him. 16:1-30) The apostle Paul was inspired to reveal the meaning behind those symbolic actions. it would be appropriate for the mother to inquire. February 6 In the re-creation. 5 needed. 19:28. 25: 22. . 2: 21. There was to be a re-creation of conditions on earth. —Matt. he evidently referred to what had been the Jewish hope for centuries.” (Matt. she should discuss the matter with her husband before anything is decided. Lev. the world of mankind outside that heavenly ruling class. he foreshadowed Jesus’ entry into heaven itself to present before Jehovah God the value of the ransom sacriﬁce.” What did Jesus mean by “the re-creation”? Since Jesus used the term without explanation. the high priest oﬀered sacriﬁces to Jehovah to provide for the atonement of sins—ﬁrst those of the priestly class. Because the matter has not previously been discussed by the parents. then those of the nonpriestly tribes. when the Son of man sits down upon his glorious throne. 2:5-7. you who have followed me will also yourselves sit upon twelve thrones. she would talk with him in private. 25.Sunday. 19:29) All of this is to take place “in the re-creation. The re-creation will fulﬁll God’s promise of “creating new heavens and a new earth. February 8 [Christ] obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. 9:12. (Ex. 2) Consider a situation in which she has an opportunity to do this. Jesus Christ.” (John 10:16) When the high priest entered the Most Holy. gave no consideration to a seizure. that he should be equal to God. w09 8/15 2:4. 3:1. (Heb.” that is. 65:17. . Jesus told his ap ostles that they would be among those who would rule as kings and judge “the twelve tribes of Israel. Her son is seeking permission to engage in an activity for which parental permission is . 10 Tuesday. a Christian wife would certainly want to avoid contradicting her husband or challenging his opinion in front of their children. February 7 Jesus . Such individuals too “will inherit everlasting life. No. but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form.” —Isa.—Phil. w09 9/15 5:8. namely. judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Moreover. w09 7/15 2:9.—Heb. He showed that the high priest pictured the Messiah.
4:2) We should be determined never to be like that! Rather. let us continue to . Sadly. 7: 29-31) What motivates Christians like Robert to expend themselves in the preaching work? In addition to their love for Jehovah. We make every eﬀort to avoid stumbling them. 8:12. 3:16. (1 Tim. can we ﬁguratively stretch out our hand and help him to gain more faith? That is certainly a lesson evident in Jesus’ mild-tempered action toward Peter. why did you give way to doubt?’ ” (Matt. keeping in mind that our brother’s conscience may be more sensitive or restrictive than our own. At the same time. 2 Thursday. ‘How can I better reflect “the mind of Christ”?’ Try to keep in mind that Jesus did not become upset with his disciples. February 11 I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Peter actually did so for a while.—Phil. From an early age.Wednesday. they appreciate the excelling value of divine education. February 10 Hold a good conscience. (Eph. If the ﬂaws of others easily annoy us. But Robert chose to forgo what many viewed as a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity in order to pursue his goal of serving as a regular pioneer. Have you considered lately what your life might be like if you had not come to a knowledge of the truth? Reﬂecting on some of the outstanding blessings we enjoy as a result of being taught by Jehovah will help us to maintain our appreciation for the good news and to be zealous in sharing it with others. w09 9/15 1: 2. 2 Cor. When Jesus invited Peter to get out of the boat and walk toward Him on the water. Then Peter looked at the windstorm and began to sink. we should endeavor to respect the consciences of our beloved spiritual brothers and sisters. 9 Friday. even when they showed a measure of spiritual weakness. w09 9/15 4:1. 4:17-19) That is why so many people. We need to listen to our Bible-trained conscience instead of letting our selﬁsh inclinations overwhelm it. many p eople in this world give undue prominence to the desires of the heart while paying little or no attention to the standards set out in God’s Word. —1 Cor. we need to ask ourselves. His academic achievements as a high-school student qualiﬁed him to attend any of the best universities in his country. (1 Cor. 2:16. 5 let God’s Word educate and train our conscience so that it can be truly useful to us. Consider the case of the apostle Peter. 14:28-31) If we ever have to deal with a brother’s apparent lack of faith. Robert excelled in school. —1 Pet. which is the foremost reason. February 9 We do have the mind of Christ.—1 Cor. Did Jesus become incensed and say to him: “Serves you right! Let that be a lesson to you”? No! “Immediately stretching out his hand Jesus caught hold of him and said to him: ‘You with little faith. though endowed with a conscience. w09 8/15 4:8. 4. do terrible things. 4:2. 3:8.
. February 12 We mustered up boldness . though. and his son Arpachshad for 438 years. to speak to you the good news. Jesus told his disciples: “Do not think I came to put peace upon the earth. Constant exposure to these and other worldly trends can easily aﬀect our feelings and attitude toward the direction that Jehovah provides. Sadly. I came to put. Indeed.” (Matt. Terah. Abraham’s father. 2:8. causing us to relax our ﬁrm hold on the real life. and much of the content of the Internet poses a real danger to young and old alike. 2:17. God clearly indicated that Adam would live forever if he was obedient. . False religion plays a major role in many popular holiday celebrations. shapes people’s thinking. that of his son Isaac was 180 years. for in the day you eat from it you will positively die. even if they are close family members. reveals God’s purpose. We too must beware of the inﬂuences from Satan and his wicked system. The life span of Abraham was 175 years. 35: 28. pain. not peace. Adam lived for 930 years. and lifestyle. February 14 Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you oﬀ as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men. a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. sickness. (Gen. and that of Jacob was 147 years. morals. that is not the case. 32. but a sword. 10:3436) Instead of embracing the good news. The Flood survivor Shem lived for only 600 years. w09 7/15 1:5. This good news assures us of an end to suﬀering. and people grew old and died. sorrow. the human life span declined. February 13 As for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it. lived for 205 years. . and shows us how to come into a loving relationship with him. 47:28) Many people must have realized what this decline meant —the prospect of everlasting life had been lost! w09 8/15 1:3 Monday. It opens the way to everlasting life. How pleasant it is to hear good news! And the best news of all is the good news of God’s Kingdom. w09 7/15 4:1. we need to grasp the meaning of Paul’s words to the Colossians and take his counsel to heart if we do not want to succumb to Satan’s cunning schemes. 11:10-13. goals. Some make themselves enemies of those who proclaim it. 2:2.Saturday. (Gen. including secular humanism and the theory of evolution.—Gen. You would think that everyone would rejoice to hear this news that Jesus shared with mankind. —Col. 5:5. 6:17-19) Clearly. 2 23. . 6 Sunday. (Gen. 3:22) Adam’s early descendants no doubt learned about man’s fall from perfection. (1 Tim. 2:9. Jehovah’s purp ose for mankind was made evident at the very beginning of human history. . and death. The entertainment industry panders to the debased tendencies of the fallen ﬂesh. which was conﬁrmed by visible evidence. The entrance to the garden of Eden was blocked. 25:7. 3: . most people reject it. Worldly philosophy. 24) With the passing of time. —1 Thess.
Matt. 22:36-40.” (Matt. how do you react? You know that if you allow yourself to be intimidated and go along with the crowd. saying: “Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those persecuting you. w09 6/15 4: 6. all spirit-anointed Christians became part of the nation that now served as the slave class appointed by the Master. 19:18. even upon the Israel of God. are they?” (1 Cor. He said: “Everyone that keeps .” (Ex. Jesus Christ. So. most of your schoolmates have little or no regard for Bible standards.E. 23:4) Gaining insight into how God thinks and feels and what he requires of us equips us to imitate him more fully. February 16 You must love your fellow as yourself. Do your schoolmates ever call you names because you refuse to participate in certain activities with them? If so. 15:4. 44. 6:16. February 15 Upon them be peace and mercy. I am Jehovah. 29. 28:19. —Gal. Will associating with your schoolmates help you reach your goals? w09 7/15 2:16. 20) But was every member of that group to be involved with providing spiritual food at the proper time? No. 7. only a very limited number—just eight different men—were used to write the 27 books of the Christian Greek Scriptures. 5:43.” is made up of spiritual Israelites. are they? Not all are teachers. 12:29) Although all spiritbegotten Christians engaged in the preaching work. You youngsters may at times be tempted to disobey your parents. 15:4-7) For example. 21:43. or becoming a Bethelite. —Lev. what can help you to follow Jesus’ example and resist temptation? (Matt. The new nation. 10 on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. w09 5/15 4:6 Thursday. are they? Not all are prophets. Thereafter. Jesus showed what God requires of us and how he feels about his worshippers. 28) After stating the Pharisaic interpretation of a statement in the Law—“you must love your neighbor and hate your enemy”—Jesus made known Jehovah’s thinking. (Matt. such as becoming a pioneer or a ministerial servant. serving in a territory where there is a greater need for Kingdom publishers. you will disappoint your parents and Jehovah. Each member of that nation was given the commission to preach the good news and make disciples. (Matt. 2:28. 5:27. “the Israel of God. The apostle Paul tells us: “Not all are apostles.Tuesday. Ex. (Matt. 9:6) It came into existence with the outpouring of God’s spirit at Pentecost 33 C. Where would you wind up if you followed your schoolmates? Perhaps you have set certain goals for yourself.—Matt. 4:1-10) Likely. 20:14. February 17 Honor your father and your mother. They might try to get you to participate in questionable activities and make fun of you when you refuse. Rom. Luke 12:6. 17 Wednesday. after quoting one of the Ten Commandments—“you must not commit adultery”—Jesus explained God’s view of what takes place inside the heart of a man long before he commits that act.
We must take action in order to resist and thus protect ourselves. w09 9/15 2:10. Jehovah did not literally live there. He never allowed the world to stop him from carrying out his preaching commission or to cause him to lower his standards for true worship and proper conduct.Friday. 11 Saturday.—Isa. 13. Rather. is the house that you people can build for me. is the place as a restingplace for me?” (Isa. 8:5. then. 9:24.” After telling them that the Father “has committed all the judging to the Son. 66:1) Nevertheless. and he picked up his cot and began to walk.” Jesus also said: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come out.” Jesus said: “He that hears my word and . 22. how much less. and religious pressures that could cause them to deviate from Jehovah’s righteous ways. Many face family opposition. Christians deal with moral. Where. February 19 The man immediately became sound in health. Heb. Jesus restored a sick man to health at the pool of Bethzatha. He declared: “The heavens are my throne. the temple built during Solomon’s reign served as the focal point for the worship of Jehovah. In ancient Israel. Acts 17:24. this house that I have built!—1 Ki. w09 8/15 2:10 Sunday. social. and where. educational institutions promote the theory of evolution ever more aggressively. but only what he beholds the Father doing. In some countries. nor should we.” (John 5:1-8. the house of God was the temple in Jerusalem. then. and atheism is gaining more attention. February 20 I am no part of the world. Jesus’ example shows us how we can succeed. Surrounded as we are by this world’s attitudes and conduct. —John 17:16. we need courage to resist contamination. then. Studying Christ’s courageous example and reﬂecting on it can give us the necessary courage to remain separate from the world. 8. 8:27. Of course. where prayers were oﬀered. yes. those who did good things to a resurrection of life. In Jerusalem. 60:4. February 18 Will God truly dwell upon the earth? Look! The heavens. w09 6/15 1:4. —John 5:9. it is the arrangement for us to approach him in worship on the basis of Christ’s ransom sacriﬁce. To the Jews who criticized what he did. 8:28-30) Today. we cannot merely hunker down and do nothing. and the earth is my footstool. (1 Ki. In the face of such pressures. All of God’s faithful servants on earth unite to worship Jehovah in this spiritual temple. ﬁnancial. He never yielded to the world’s inﬂuence. those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. Jehovah’s house is no stone ediﬁce in Jerusalem or anywhere else. themselves cannot contain you. 24-29) Jesus was telling the persecuting Jews that he was the one appointed by God to fulﬁll the Jewish hope of everlasting life on earth and that he would do so by raising the dead. Jesus explained that “the Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative. the heaven of the heavens. 5 believes him that sent me has everlasting life. 19.
13 Tuesday. ask yourself: ‘Why do I want to get married? What expectations do I have? Is this the right person for me? What can I bring to a marriage?’ To help you make an insightful examination. —Job 1:5. we act like Elihu of old. (2 Chron. 1:10. and thus make Jehovah’s heart rejoice. Jehovah answered Solomon’s prayer. But Job also used them in worship. come what may. Instead.—2 Chron. believing that it is the solution to unhappiness. Job had no “valuable things” with which to honor Jehovah.Monday. young adults do not seriously consider the demands of marriage. February 23 Do not make yourselves like a horse or mule without understanding. So before pursuing a courtship.”—1 Ki. Carefully evaluate what is stated there and apply it. (2 Chron. Once the trials began.” She was impressed by what Solomon said and by the prosperity of his kingdom. boredom. 32:9. 1: 11. Satan. Later. he unselﬁshly asked for wisdom and knowledge. (Prov. his words of . 1:7) Solomon could have asked for more wealth. Some young adults have rushed into marriage. 13 Wednesday. the exchanging of marriage vows is a serious matter. February 21 [Job] got up early in the morning and oﬀered up burnt sacriﬁces according to the number of all [his children]. 24:45-47) View such material as advice that Jehovah is giving you. We join our brother in the struggle against our common enemy. That is the way Job would do always. 1 Thess. February 22 Give me now wisdom and knowledge. The ﬁrst asset that Satan caused Job to lose was his livestock. 34) Many of his proverbs were written down and are still treasured by those who seek wisdom. (1 Ki.” w09 5/15 2:12. 3:9) But he could —and did—honor Jehovah with his lips! w09 4/15 2:7. Never allow yourself to become “like a horse or mule without understanding.500 miles to test Solomon’s wisdom with “perplexing questions. When Solomon became king. Those animals were valuable. who spoke to Job as a true friend. 10:24. The queen of Sheba traveled some 1. and problems at home. (Matt. (Prov. 3:27. 8 wisdom were unmatched among his contemporaries. (Prov. 32. (1 Ki. 20:25) At times. 5:25) Our goal is to help our fellow servant to maintain his integrity. that was no longer possible. However. they ﬁnd that much more is involved than they had realized. Jehovah appeared to him in a dream and said that He would give him anything he asked for. How can we show that we keep the real enemy in mind when a tragedy befalls a fellow believer? Instead of distancing ourselves from the aﬀected brother. 12) As long as Solomon was faithful to Jehovah. 4:30. likely his livelihood. loneliness. w09 4/15 5:12. or a longer life. 10:1-9) The Bible identiﬁes the Source of Solomon’s wisdom by stating: “All the people of the earth were seeking the face of Solomon to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.—Ps. power. “the faithful and discreet slave” has published very speciﬁc articles.
(Ex. 4:22. February 25 Now that we have left the primary doctrine about the Christ. w09 5/15 1: 3. and stay there until I give you word. 2:15. 11:1) Hosea’s words pointed back to the time when the nation of Israel. 3:15. let us press on to maturity. February 24 Take the young child and its mother and ﬂee into Egypt. Jehovah would provide a “seed. 5:12-14) “Mature people” are not content to partake only of “milk. and Job oﬀered similar sacriﬁces. oﬀered animal sacriﬁces to Jehovah.” Therefore. both were ‘called out of Egypt. crushing him out of existence. Paul not only encouraged the ﬁrst-century Hebrew Christians to press on to maturity but also told them what spiritual maturity involves. 19-23. Later. “It is necessary for us to pay more than the usual attention to the things heard by us. 2:10) Moreover. both Moses and Jesus escaped death at the hands of a tyrannical ruler. When the ﬁrst faithful human. 23. (Heb. that rescuer would suﬀer along the way. —Heb. What would that involve? There were early indications that a sacriﬁce would be required. 4:4. and out of Egypt I called my son. 6:1. 8:20. the rescuer would have to provide a means of atonement. 21. 2:13.Thursday. 1:22–2:10) In addition.” wrote Paul.” a rescuer.” They take in “solid food. a way of reconciling humans to God by undoing the eﬀects of sin. —Matt. For instance. their percep- . w09 9/15 5:6. for Herod is about to search for the young child to destroy it. 31:54. 12:29-37) However. who would one day destroy Satan. receiving a ﬁgurative wound in the heel. the earthly life of Jesus resembled the life of Moses. Jacob. 2:1.’ The prophet Hosea stated: “When Israel was a boy.”—Heb. under its divinely appointed leader. Moses. —Gen. was led out of Egypt. (1 Cor. we learn something about the cost of deliverance. However. His words were a prophecy that was fulﬁlled when Joseph and Mary returned from Egypt with Jesus after the death of King Herod. Abraham.” (Hos. That sounds painful and debilitating. they know both “the elementary things” and “the deep things” of the truth. such Godfearing patriarchs as Noah. Hosea’s words referred not only to a past event but also to a future one. 6 Saturday. 5. w09 4/15 4:8 tive powers are trained through use—through application of what they know—helping them to distinguish right from wrong. 22:13. as babes. then I loved him. In this prophecy. (Ex. which pleased God. In some respects. Abel. 7 Friday.—Gen. but what does it mean? Just what would Jehovah’s Chosen One have to endure? In order to save mankind from sin. he met with divine approval. Job 1:5. —Matt. this training enables them to discern what Scriptural principles are involved and how to apply them. February 26 He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel. “that we may never drift away. When they are faced with a decision.
”—Job 1:21. Job is described as a man who “proved to be blameless and upright. 34. Jehovah allowed Satan to attack that faithful man. and rebelliousness. although they might be alarmed about world conditions. and he will separate people one from another. which contribute much to mankind’s misery. not integrity. within the course of one day. . but the righteous . (Job 1:1. just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Our ﬁrst parents. Jesus spoke of everlasting life in his discourse about the conclusion of the system of things. w09 4/15 2:4 Monday. 41. his attendants had been killed. it was the Devil who deceived Eve into rebelling against God. . 25:33. (Matt. Job said: “Jehovah himself has given. contentiousness. Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed. all the nations will be gathered before him. He is the one who has developed among imperfect. . 4:4. Job learned that his livestock had been stolen or destroyed. True. 40. Satan alleged that Job would be loyal to Jehovah only as long as God continued to reward and protect him. Many do not believe that Satan exists. 32. 45. 24:1-3) He mentioned that those receiving an adverse judgment “will depart into everlasting cutting-oﬀ. 2:14. successive generations have acted very unwisely. corruption. 31:1) Satan claimed that Job’s worship of God was based on selﬁshness. (Job 1:13-19) Instead of caving in to Satan’s attack. chose independence from their Creator. and disorder. Adam and Eve. w09 4/15 1:3-5 ones into everlasting life.—1 Tim.Sunday. much of the responsibility for mankind’s woes rests with humans themselves. Jas. 3:14.” It was Job’s godly devotion—not his wealth and inﬂuence—that made him a target for the attacks of Satan the Devil. 46) Since the anointed are chosen to be rulers in the heavenly Kingdom. dying mankind a world system under his control. February 27 The woman was thoroughly deceived. deception. greed. (2 Cor. To provide an answer to Satan’s charge.” (Matt.” human society displays the same basic characteristics that he does —pride. 72:8) These subjects will enjoy everlasting life on earth. “the righteous ones” must be the earthly subjects of that Kingdom. 25:31.” (Ps.—Job 1:8. and his ten children had lost their lives. The Bible foretold: “[Jehovah’s King] will have subjects from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. February 28 There is no one like him in the earth. 1 Tim.” “The righteous ones” who receive everlasting life are those who loyally support Christ’s spirit-anointed “brothers. —Matt. Still. and Jehovah himself has taken away. As a result. hatred. w09 8/15 2:6 Tuesday. Thus. March 1 When the Son of man arrives . Because Satan is “the god of this system of things. they do not discern the real cause—Satan the Devil. 29:7-16. 15) Such characteristics have led to political and religious conﬂicts. and fearing God and turning aside from bad. 3:6. jealousy. And since then.
ask yourselves: ‘What message are we sending to our children when it comes to the amount of time that we dedicate to TV and entertainment on the one hand and Bible study and participation in the ﬁeld service on the other? What really are our family’s priorities? Are we setting a good example by centering our lives and our decisions on true worship?’ God’s law must ﬁrst be in the parents’ own hearts if they are to rear God-fearing children. —Luke 9:23. and under his kingship Israel enjoyed peace. How so? He lovingly and patiently taught his disciples by word and example. 25) While still faithful. John and the other three Gospel writers point to Moses. a mediator. 4:25. He showed them how to carry out the commission that he gave them. w09 4/15 4:4. So. March 4 The princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. the Bible tells us that Moses was a prophet. w09 5/15 4:1. Prince of Peace. (John 13:1417) Children tend to imitate their . 29) Jesus too is supremely wise and is called “Prince of Peace. 2) Whether we embraced true worship recently or decades ago. Jesus is saying that disowning yourself and becoming his follower is something you would want to do. 2 parents. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor. In what way did those ancient servants of God provide foregleams of Jesus. parents. attend Christian meetings regularly. follow me continually.—Isa. David. and what can we learn from these accounts? In brief. 6:6. March 3 These words that I am commanding you today must prove to be on your heart. What about those of us who are already walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ? We are exhorted to “keep on doing it more fully.” Clearly.” (1 Thess. (Luke 8:1) Jesus’ disposition and conduct toward his disciples taught them how they were to treat one another. March 2 If anyone wants to come after me. Jesus is an excellent model for Christian parents. . Eternal Father.—Deut. and a deliverer. either for good or for bad. 9:6. David was a shepherd and a king who conquered Israel’s enemies. (Ezek. Christ Jesus’ role resembles that of those earlier men but Jesus’ place in God’s purpose is superlative. Solomon was a wise ruler. So is Jesus. you need to take to heart Jesus’ invitation stated in today’s text. reﬂecting on reasons for following the Christ will help us to apply Paul’s exhortation and follow Him ever more fully in our daily lives. 12 Friday. and grow in your knowledge of the lifesaving truth found in God’s Word. 4:1. let him disown himself and . Mighty God. w09 7/15 2:11. (1 Ki. How delighted Jehovah must feel to see among the congregated throngs of his worshippers on earth you newly interested ones and young ones! As you continue to study the Bible.Wednesday. 5 Thursday. and Solomon as men who foreshadowed Jesus as God’s Anointed One and designated King. 37:24. Jesus too is a shepherd and a conquering king. .
5:3.” He provided another in these: “No one has love greater than this. Why? He provided one answer in these words: “I love the Father. Solomon described a number of things that . the Sermon on the Mount expands on the principles of some of Solomon’s proverbs. In numerous cases. widows. Jesus obediently carried out his Father’s will.” (John 6:68) For example. persecuted. Why? In order to make their new home available to relief workers.000 miles to help. (Isa.” (Matt. w09 4/15 5:14 Monday.” (John 14:31. displaced local Witnesses remained in their temporary accommodations for a year or more after their houses had been rebuilt. Moved by Jesus’ example. 14:21. 53:4. he submitted willingly to his Father’s instruction.”—Isa. Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for putting their Christlike love into action. 36:9. more than 20. 7) Before he came to the earth. 30) As the Messianic King. 11 Sunday. Jesus Christ has “the spirit of wisdom. since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them. (Isa. More than 5. “the source of life. Though it cost him his perfect human life.000 volunteered. He would have to suﬀer terribly and then be put to death. (Prov. packed their belongings into a pickup truck and drove over 2.600 homes of Witnesses and others in the region have been rebuilt or repaired. That was Jesus Christ. Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be rejected. Those who apply the principles found in Jesus’ teachings are drawn closer to Jehovah. that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends. 4:8.” (1 Cor. Prov. Consider the Witnesses who responded to the call for help after storms and hurricanes devastated widespread areas of the southern United States in 2005. w09 9/15 5:10. 8:32. to the love of Jehovah’s Son. 33. 16:20) Jesus emphasized that true happiness stems from things that are related to the worship of Jehovah and the fulﬁllment of God’s promises. 22:11. 53:5. 12:42) Jesus sp oke “sayings of everlasting life. When his Father taught him those truths. 15:13) So our deliverance is due. What an example of displaying Christ’s mental attitude! w09 9/15 3:12-15 bring happiness to a worshipper of Jehovah.—Isa. Two fleshly sisters. who described himself as “something more than Solomon. and executed. Around the world.—Matt. 1:24. 3:13. 50:4-6) Likewise. March 5 Have intense love for one another. Matt. while on earth. many leaving comfortable homes and secure jobs to help their aﬄicted brothers. he was glad to do it for the sake of our deliverance. God’s onlybegotten Son was aware of what our deliverance would cost him. to bear the sins of imperfect humans. 5:8) Christ embodies “the wisdom of God. March 6 Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.Saturday. or pierced.—1 Pet. Only one human clearly surpassed Solomon in wisdom. did he shrink back or rebel? On the contrary. March 7 He was being pierced for our transgression. 11:2.” (Ps. in large part.
Jesus said: “No man can come to me unless the Father. 9) And Jesus said: “You have carefully hidden these things from wise and intellectual ones. he told Peter to put away his sword.” (Matt. (Matt. But when Satan challenged Job’s integrity. 25:8. draws him. saying the words of today’s text. and have revealed them to babes. 24:9. . 2 Wednesday. we would never have come to a knowledge of God. The psalmist David wrote: “[Jehovah] will teach the meek ones his way. w09 9/15 4:4. his children. Exercising his authority as God’s Son. 25) Jesus’ disciples would need similar courage because false religious leaders would also persecute them and kill some of them. 13 selves with having the good sense to ﬁnd the truth? No. 5:5. —Matt. that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me.” (Luke 10:21) As servants of Jehovah. (John 18:11) Jesus fearlessly exposed the unloving false teachers of his day and their wrong teachings.—1 Pet. As a result. 5 Thursday. let these go. Jehovah permitted Satan to test the integrity of God’s loyal servant Job. not in earthly weapons. he had more in mind than just the man Job.” (Hag. my son. Jesus manifested great courage throughout his ministry. 23:34.” (Ps. and his health. but in Jehovah. March 10 Be wise. “the desirable things of all the nations. 21:12) When soldiers came to arrest Jesus on his last night on earth.—John 18:8. Job lost his livestock. Satan is still challenging the integrity of God’s servants!—Rev. 23:13. Yes. 2:7) Are you not grateful to be one of those whom Jehovah has drawn to his Son?—Jer. March 8 If .” claimed Satan. and make my heart rejoice. This challenge raised an issue that went far beyond Job as an individual and that has continued long after his death. can we credit our- . 27:11. and overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 23. even today. he courageously stepped forward to protect his disciples. and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul. w09 4/15 2:1. In fact. w09 9/15 2: 12. 24. he fearlessly “entered into the temple and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple. on our own initiative. How can we qualify to beneﬁt from divine education? A major requirement is that a person be meek and teachable. thus showing that the source of Jesus’ conﬁdence lay.” (John 6: 44) By means of the preaching work and by means of holy spirit. Moments later. . Jehovah is drawing sheeplike individuals. so deep into the last days of this wicked system. 12:10.—Prov. March 9 [God] gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones. who sent me. “Skin in behalf of skin. Satan was seen accusing God’s servants following his eviction from heaven some time after the establishment of God’s Kingdom in 1914.Tuesday. 9:23. (Job 2:4) In a vision given to the apostle John. it is I you are looking for.
and conﬁned them in stocks.” (Luke 12:32) At the time of this same Festival of Dedication. yet even he had times when it was a struggle for him to preach. his words included both the hope of heavenly life for the “little ﬂock” and the hope of everlasting life on earth for millions of “other sheep.—Acts 16:16-24. Consider Abraham. —John 15:20.” (Gen. Jesus told his opposers: “You do not believe. The apostle Paul was a bold and fearless preacher who had an excel- . or did he also have in mind eternal life in an earthly paradise? Jesus had recently comforted his followers with the words: “Have no fear. —John 10:28.Friday. 11:19) He believed in the resurrection! Abraham had a basis for his belief. Sarah. because you are none of my sheep. w09 7/15 4:3. when Jesus spoke to those opposers. 2:2) In Philippi the authorities had beaten Paul and his companion Silas with rods. 4 Sunday. they will persecute you also. . however. but we do meet with disdain and apathy. To the Christians in Thessalonica. March 13 They will by no means ever be destroyed. which are not of this fold. we mustered up boldness by means of our God to speak to you the good news of God with a great deal of struggling. God had said to him: “It is by means of Isaac that what will be called your seed will be. to produce a son in their old age. 15) That promise provided a basis for hope that God would not abandon his purpose for mankind. 3:1-5. we need faith and courage to endure in our work of preaching the good news with boldness. Jesus said: “I have other sheep. 4:1921) Abraham also had Jehovah’s word. March 11 The [human] creation was subjected to futility . (Gen.” (Heb. thrown them into prison. . . 11:17) Why was he willing to do this? (Heb. w09 8/15 1:4. Consequently. .” (1 Thess.” w09 8/15 2:12 Saturday. (2 Pet. and I know them. 21:1-3. . Abraham “as good as oﬀered up Isaac. or some aspect of it may seem intimidating. March 12 If they have persecuted me. little ﬂock. on the basis of hope. Jehovah had brought back to life Abraham’s reproductive powers and had made it possible for him and his wife. his only-begotten son. And I give them everlasting life. When being tested.—Rom.’ (Gen. Rom. and they follow me.” (John 10:16) Hence. 18:10-14. 8:20. and no one will snatch them out of my hand. At the Festival of Dedication in Jerusalem. because your Father has approved of giving you the kingdom. After all. 5 lent grasp of the truth. 1:5-8) Perhaps you at times ﬁnd it hard to share in the ministry. The very ﬁrst prophecy of the Bible pointed to a “seed” that would ‘bruise the serp ent in the head. 21:12) Therefore. those also I must bring. Abraham had sound reasons for expecting that God would resurrect Isaac. Paul wrote: “After we had ﬁrst suffered and been insolently treated (just as you know) in Philippi. In many lands we do not face outright persecution. My sheep listen to my voice.” (John 10:26-28) Was Jesus speaking only of life in heaven.
March 14 Never has another man spoken like this. 2 ﬁce of oversight. Others are truthful only when it is convenient or expedient. (Mark 3:13-15) This assignment was in harmony with the basic meaning of the Greek word apostolos.” (Acts 6:7) So the primary responsibility for the spiritual feeding work rested with the apostles. Many people say that the word “truth” has various shades of meaning or that truth differs from one person to another.” (Matt.” However. First-century Roman Governor Pontius Pilate reﬂected a warped view of truth when he cynically asked Jesus: “What is truth?” (John 18:38) Conﬂicting attitudes about truth abound in our day. Matt. For instance.” (Luke 4:22. . He taught with clarity. but it has little value in the life and death struggle for survival and security. He always spoke the truth. simplicity. (Acts 6:1-3) The new arrangement resulted in Jehovah’s blessing as “the word of God went on growing. 7: 28) Jesus was unquestionably the greatest Teacher who ever lived. The truths he taught were easy to grasp yet truly profound.—Acts 2:42. we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth. March 15 We shall devote ourselves . March 16 Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor. to marvel at the winsome words proceeding out of his mouth. 22:16) Genuine Christians imitate Jesus’ example. w09 6/15 4:7. Even his enemies acknowledged: “Teacher. Man has little choice in the matter—he must lie to live. which is derived from a verb meaning simply “send forth. . 4:25. saying: “Never has another man spoken like this. as time went on and the Christian congregation was about to be established.” How diﬀerent it is for Christ’s disciples! Jesus’ view of truth was not philosophical.” Matthew rep orts that those who listened to Jesus as he taught in the Sermon on the Mount “were astounded at his way of teaching. in response to a dispute that arose about the daily distribution of food to widows. The Bible gives us glimpses of the impact Jesus made on those who met him. . w09 7/15 3:1. 8 Wednesday. —Acts 6:4. . When Jesus app ointed his 12 apostles. They do not hesitate to speak the truth. Gospel writer Luke relates that people in Jesus’ hometown “began . their primary work involved being sent out to preach the good news to others. He adapted his teaching to those to whom he spoke. and irrefutable logic. to the ministry of the word. w09 6/15 3:1-3 Tuesday.—John 7:46. The book The Importance of Lying states: “Honesty may be a noble ideal.” And John observes that the oﬃcers who were sent to arrest Jesus returned empty-handed.—Eph.Monday. the role of an ap ostle became an “of- .” (Acts 1:20-26) What was the primary concern of the 12 apostles? The answer is found in the words of today’s text. whether they were of high station or low. He skillfully used illustrations and questions. and the number of the disciples kept multiplying in Jerusalem very much.
in order that “the world may have the knowledge that you sent me forth and that you loved them just as you loved me. empathy for those suﬀering. Reflecting on Jesus’ humble mental attitude can help us to ‘conduct ourselves as lesser ones’ among our brothers. we should be good students of the Scriptures and the publications of “the faithful and discreet slave. —Matt. 10:13.Thursday. 20:28. 15. w09 9/15 1:6. our unity helps to identify us as Christ’s followers. (Luke 4:1-4) How clearly his action of throwing greedy merchants out of the temple shows his sense of justice! (Mark 11:1517. 133:1) Jesus prayed to his Father that all true Christians would be united. Jehovah. we must view others’ imperfections as Christ did. the Bible. indignation at his disciples who reprimanded young children.—Heb. for he is a babe. and he taught that only by being forgiving can we receive forgiveness. March 18 Everyone that partakes of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness. March 19 The Son of man came. It took me about two years to ﬁnish the whole Bible. and the depth of his wisdom. Jesus was forgiving. To enjoy such unity. Reading the Bible daily has sustained me through some of the darkest moments of my life.” (Matt. his likes and his dislikes. March 17 He that has seen me has seen the Father also. 5:13. we must become well-acquainted with God’s word. Since this message is contained in his Word. (Ps. but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. not to be ministered to. wants his children to “dwell together in unity. the degree of his power. (Luke 9:4648) Doing so contributes to unity.—John 14:9. his message to us. like the father of a large family. Do not the miracles Christ performed show the tremendous p ower he had at his disposal? Yet. Consider the example of a Christian named Orchid. 8 thinking in this way can help us to train our perceptive powers.—Matt.” to get along. (Matt. but it seemed that I was meeting my Creator for the ﬁrst time. 7 Friday. 14. John 11:32-35) Think of how Jesus’ actions shed light on God’s cardinal attributes. 24:45-47) Absorbing God’s . he never used that power for personal gain or with the intent of harming others. 6:14. To attain maturity. 12:42) What can we say about the love Jesus displayed by surrendering his soul in behalf of others except that “no one has love greater than this”? —John 15:13. She says: “The reminder that has had the biggest eﬀect on my life is the one about regular Bible reading. w09 5/15 4:7. John 2:13-16) His teachings and the winsome words he used to reach people’s hearts indicate that he was “more than Solomon” in wisdom. I learned about his ways.” w09 5/15 1:7 Saturday. When we read in the Gospels that Jesus felt compassion for the needy.” (John 17:23) Thus. do we not see the Father feeling the same emotions? (Mark 1:40-42.
” Each of us wants to “become wise. nor can he ever be corrupted by anyone. When it comes to associations. 41:8) This man was outstandingly faithful.” Jehovah cannot be made any wiser than he is. 8:23-27.” Linda responded: “May I assure you of something?” She then read the words of James 1:13 and added: “All the suﬀering that we and our loved ones experience is not punishment from God. March 21 Take your rod and stretch your hand out over the waters of Egypt. featuring it in our ministry. (Ex. 4:1-9) For example. w09 8/15 4:11. he sets a beautiful example for us when it comes to associations.Sunday. 9 involving water when at his command the waters of the Nile and its reedy pools became blood. (Jas.” (Isa. Linda acknowledges: “I was able to give comfort by using the Bible. a Witness.” That conversation led to a regular home Bible study with the woman. Both Moses and Jesus p erformed miracles. Moses was the ﬁrst human on record to perform miracles. Moses performed miracles . w09 6/15 2:7. w09 4/15 4:9 Tuesday. (Ex. Worldwide we endeavor to teach people from the Bible. over their Nile canals and over their reedy pools and over all their impounded waters. he even walked on water!—Matt. (John 2: 1-11) Later. Therefore. people are like sponges. March 22 Bad associations spoil useful habits. but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly. One householder explained to Linda. and water came gushing out of rock in the desert. 12 Monday. 17:5-7) Jesus too performed miracles involving water. We tend to absorb whatever is around us. the householder gave Linda a warm hug. Think of it —which imperfect humans does Jehovah choose as his friends? Jehovah referred to the patriarch Abraham as “my friend. Indeed.—2 Chron. He befriends such people today. Our Creator well knows how dangerous—and how helpful—associations can be for imperfect humans. March 20 With them there was the book of Jehovah’s law. 2:21-23) That is the kind of friend Jehovah chooses. 17:9. His very ﬁrst miracle was that of turning water into wine at a wedding feast. The householder lamented: “I don’t know what I have done that God allowed this to happen to me. that they may become blood. We make a special eﬀort to show others the actual words of the Bible.” (Prov.—Ex. he gives us this wise counsel: “He that is walking with wise persons will become wise. the Red Sea was parted. thus demonstrating that they had Jehovah’s backing. 13:20) None of us want to “fare badly. that her husband had suﬀered a stroke and needed her attention.” At that. and obedient —a man of faith. 14:23-25. And on one occasion. Sometimes the verses we read from the Bible are ones the householder has never heard before. since it is the Word of God. Yet. over their rivers. 7:19. 14:21. righteous.—1 Cor. he calmed the turbulent Sea of Galilee. 15:33.
a recipient of Jesus’ love.—Rom. w09 4/15 1:4.Wednesday. 6 of the faith”? Paul wrote: “Continue applying yourself to public reading. and faultless.” They are to “love one another intensely from the heart. . 1:22) Today. fully accomplish your ministry. No one should put his conﬁdence in any element of this old world. Thereafter. 16 Friday. cultivating genuine friendships within the congregation. Drawing attention to Timothy’s imp ortant assignment. How are your study habits? Are you absorbed in “the deep things of God”? (1 Cor. be absorbed in them. Ponder over these things. to teaching. Later. 4:1. 2:10) Or do you put forth only minimal eﬀort? Pondering over what you study will move your heart. as the recent turmoil in the world’s ﬁnancial system vividly demonstrates. 12:10. . Timothy had to be “nourished with the words of the faith. 2: 1-5. 4:8. 15) Improvement requires diligent personal study.—1 Cor. March 24 The spirit searches into all things. pressures on all of God’s people are intensifying. even the deep things of God. The expression “be absorbed” conveys the idea of being immersed in an activity. As used in the Bible. have intense love for one another. In showing honor to one another take the lead.—Prov. human integrity denotes a completeness of heart devotion to the person of Jehovah. Already. .” (1 Pet. 4: 13. God permitted Satan to strike Job with a painful disease. blameless. 5) To fulﬁll this charge.—Job 1:6. to exhortation.” He added: “Do the work of an evangelizer. (1 John 2:1517) Rather. (Job 1:6-11) Although Satan mentioned Job’s possessions. and he leveled charges against Job. preach the word. The introductory narrative of the book of Job describes a gathering in heaven where the angels took their station before Jehovah. w09 5/15 2:15. Again Satan leveled charges against Job.”—1 Pet.” (1 Tim. Paul wrote: “I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus. 2:10. The term “integrity” carries the thought of being upright.” (1 Tim. because love covers a multitude of sins.” By saying that. urged Christians to cultivate “unhypocritical brotherly aﬀection” and to display “obedience to the truth. and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul. saying: “Skin in behalf of skin. And Peter emphasized the point further. March 25 In brotherly love have tender aﬀection for one another. we need more than ever to develop such Christlike qualities. as the end of this system draws ever nearer. be at it urgently. 2. saying: “Above all things.—Job 2:1-8. Satan was also present. we need to draw closer to Jehovah and to one another.” (2 Tim. righteous. w09 9/15 3:12 Thursday. Peter. he focused his attention on challenging Job’s integrity. March 23 Satan proceeded to enter right among them. there was another gathering in heaven. 4:6) How can you be “nourished with the words . the Devil challenged the integrity not only of Job but of any “man” who worships Jehovah.
Can you do so? Some of us who cannot move away may try to witness to people who live in our area but speak a diﬀerent language. Bildad. (Job 42:7-9) May we too act in such a way that Jehovah views us with favor. So eﬀective was their campaign that the people of the sur- . in the third year of his reign. he spoke to his accusers about his love for Jehovah’s ways. (Ps. 13 Sunday.” Jesus said that he is “the truth and the life. it simply means that to ﬁnd the treasures. March 28 [Jehovah] will guard the very way of his loyal ones. to ﬁnd the knowledge of God. 2:3.” (John 14:6) Yes. w09 6/15 2:7. Jesus also has roles that are vital to the understanding of Bible truth and the gaining of everlasting life. No one comes to the Father except through me. we give our love to Jehovah voluntarily and unconditionally. Jehoshaphat sent for ﬁve princes. w09 4/15 2:12. 8 Monday. March 26 Carefully concealed in [Christ] are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. 12:10) This heartfelt love strengthens us to maintain integrity under test. 17:10) By visiting homes at various times on diﬀerent days. we may be able to speak with several members of a household. 2:8. and Zophar because they had not spoken the truth. He had them travel through all the cities to teach the people Jehovah’s laws.—Col. —Prov. 97:10) Love moves us to honor the name of Jehovah. (Job 10:12. —2 Chron. 17:9. no matter how limited we may feel. God expressed his anger toward Eliphaz. To say that all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge are “concealed in” Christ does not mean that they are locked away. Even though Job was grief-stricken and had endured much. and our attention must be directed to Jesus Christ. When we engage in the houseto-house ministry. we must put forth strenuous eﬀort. In addition to being “the way. and two priests.Saturday. Contrary to what the Devil claims. nine Levites. (2 Chron. What counts is not only what we do but also why we do it. Jehovah indicated his approval of Job by referring to him four times as “my servant” and by instructing him to intercede in behalf of the wrongdoers. we must avail ourselves of the help and direction that Jesus provides. w09 7/15 1:7-9 rounding nations began to fear Jehovah.” This indicates that his role is much more than that of being the means of approach to the Father. March 27 They kept going around through all the cities of Judah and teaching among the people. out of the reach of anyone. He sees our good motives and does not judge us if we cannot do all we would like to do. At the same time. 28:28) In the ﬁnal chapter of the book of Job. (Rev. Rather. how thoroughly do we cover our assigned territory? Interestingly. This is in harmony with what Jesus said about himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. Many of God’s servants in modern times have been willing to leave their homes and move to serve where there is a greater need for zealous Witnesses.
5 Thursday. 4: 12. As their descendants.” (2 Chron. 15:9-15) Jehovah will likewise surely bless us when we serve him wholeheartedly.” (1 Cor. obedience is easier. bear in mind that becoming mature requires eﬀort. Consider the advice the ap ostle Paul gave to the Corinthians. 3 Wednesday. 7:23. Continue applying yourself to public reading. But how do we respond when there is a conﬂict between our desire to be obedient and “the desire of the ﬂesh and the desire of the eyes”?—1 John 2:16. 13) Christian youths need to make progress and make their advancement manifest to others. . in chasteness. 16:710) How do we react when Jehovah oﬀers us advice or direction through Christian elders? Do we promptly take to heart their Scripturally based counsel and avoid falling into the trap of resentment? w09 6/15 1:7. .Tuesday. to teaching. w09 9/15 2:4. obedience does not come naturally. God has given us the freedom . . to exhortation. Because of our inherited imperfection. so that he let himself be found by them. Paul told Timothy: “Become an example to the faithful ones in speaking. King Asa’s reforms united the people of Judah as well as a great number of people from the kingdom of Israel who came down to join in a grand assembly at Jerusalem. March 30 I behold in my members another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my members. (2 Chron. 8 to choose to obey him or to disobey. pain. God created Adam and Eve as intelligent creatures and free moral agents. . We read: “They swore to Jehovah. Along with such great freedom comes responsibility. in love. Of course. Good judgment needs to be exercised by young people. . Our moral decisions mean life or death for us. March 31 Ponder over these things. in conduct. when no sacriﬁce. Asa later resented correction from Hanani the seer. He wrote: “Do not become young children in p owers of understanding . They also impact on those around us. 4:15. In other words. . or inconvenience is involved. in faith. accountability. 14:20) Heeding the counsel to acquire the ability to think and reason like a full-grown person will help young people to avoid making serious mistakes. that your advancement may be manifest to all persons. And all Judah gave way to rejoicing over the thing sworn. 15:2. It is not always easy to obey God’s laws.” (1 Tim. What does that mean? It means that we can decide to do good or to do bad. March 29 Jehovah is with you as long as you prove to be with him.—1 Tim. for it was with all their heart that they had sworn and with full pleasure on their part that they had looked for him. (Mark 12:30) Sadly. and Jehovah continued to give them rest all around. we too are free moral agents. . Together they declared their determination to worship Jehovah loyally. w09 5/15 2:2. be absorbed in them.—Rom. —2 Chron. . If you are a young person. Become full-grown in p owers of understanding.
’ (Isa. Still. People hated Enoch and evidently would have murdered him had Jehovah not cut his life short. Jesus Christ. w09 7/15 4:5 Sunday. Why so? Following the rebellion in Eden. 3:13. April 2 I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed.” w09 10/15 4: 20. What boldness Enoch displayed! —Gen. since the beginning of human history.—Isa. Isaiah’s prophecy depicts the transformation of human personalities that is taking place in our time.—Matt. What would you do if you noticed that an unmarried friend was becoming emotionally attached to an unbeliever? Out of fear of harming your friendship. Using a beautiful word picture. 3:15. (Col. The universal appeal of the good news and the ﬁne fruitage it produces testify to the excelling value of divine education. —Gen. How vital it is that we build strong friendships by communicating openly and forgiving one another freely! If we display such love. 21 and those who served Satan. —Jas. nationality. He prophesied that God would come with His holy myriads to execute judgment against the ungodly.Friday. April 1 We all stumble many times. 5:21-24. of course. Formerly violent people have become peaceable. Although God’s servants are imperfect. 15) This message was certainly not a popular one. it will become “a perfect bond of union. (Jude 14. they have ‘beaten their swords into plowshares. enmity was directed against Enoch. what would you do? A good friend would seek the help of loving shepherds in assisting a companion who has taken a false step. 3:2. would you hold back from voicing your concerns? Or if your friend ignored your counsel. (Isa. Such a course requires courage. another faithful man who lived before the Flood. a righteous man. At times. Jehovah foretold that there would be enmity between those who served God . 2:4) What accounts for these remarkable changes? People have taken in “the knowledge of Jehovah” and have applied it in their lives. the measure of a friendship is not how often we sin against each other but how completely we forgive those grievances. The supreme example of courage and boldness was. and they too will do or say things that irritate us. 11:9. they form a true international brotherhood. Later. 11:6-8) Those who were once at enmity with one another because of diﬀerences in race. was killed by his brother. no lasting damage will come to a friendship based on love for Jehovah. w09 9/15 4:6 Saturday. 11:19. boldness has always been needed by all of those loyal to Jehovah. April 3 The earth will certainly be ﬁlled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea. 14) However. or some other cultural background have learned to dwell together in unity. Yet. This enmity quickly became evident when Abel. Figuratively sp eaking. tribe. we will give our friends “cause for complaint” against us.
not one would get a ‘busy signal. Job’s wife suﬀered the same blows that her husband suﬀered. Jehovah never turns a deaf ear to the petitions of his faithful servants. 4:8. 2 Jehovah to examine us.” helping us to pursue a course leading to everlasting life. (Acts 16:2) Young Timothy must have displayed a maturity beyond his years. (Job 1:1319) It must have hurt her to see her husband suﬀering a painful disease. However. Bildad suggested that Job’s children had engaged in wrongdoing and deserved their fate. April 5 O Hearer of prayer. 3) Under such heavy pressure. —Ps. he could be faulted when he turned to “declaring his own soul righteous rather than God. We can be conﬁdent that he hears us. Then.” For example. and lead me in the way of time indeﬁnite. 22:2.—1 Tim. (Ps. The Roman province of Galatia. 15) Timothy surely enjoyed his life as a young Christian amid those familiar surroundings.Monday. Job kept his integrity. —2 Tim. three men arrived—Eliphaz. and see whether there is in me any painful way. Initially. was home to the boy Timothy. Paul and the local body of elders laid their hands upon Timothy. At some point. Jehovah can lead us in “the way of time indeﬁnite. He even questioned whether those who keep integrity are of any value to God! (Job 2: 11. his mother. even to you people of all ﬂesh will come. young Timothy. and his grandmother embraced Christianity and became active in one of the congregations. and know my heart. 3: 14. 1:5.” (Job 32:2) Still. Instead. At the time. under the direction of the holy spirit. things began to change with the apostle Paul’s second visit to the area. he remained faithful through it all. we must approach God with humility. w09 11/15 1:1-3 Wednesday. Then. 24) Let us not only pray but also submit to God’s examination and the counsel of his Word. in what is now Turkey. setting him apart for special work in the congregation. 1:6. 16:2. April 4 The body of older men laid their hands upon you. w09 4/15 1:7 Tuesday. True. Even if millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses were to pray to God at the same time. 4:14. 139:23. O God. 65:2. April 6 Are you yet holding fast your integrity? Curse God and die! —Job 2:9. (2 Tim. 138:6) We should ask . Eliphaz insinuated that Job’s suﬀering was punishment for past sins. Bildad. as David did when he said: “Search through me. Examine me. several Christian congregations were established after Jesus’ death. Timothy may have been in his late teens or early 20’s. 8:4. and know my disquieting thoughts. There.” (Ps. causing her to say the above. w09 12/15 1:1.’ If our prayers are to be answered. Paul took note of the fact that Timothy was “well reported on by the brothers” in the local congregations. and Zophar—ostensibly to oﬀer Job comfort. The loss of her children and the family wealth must have devastated her. they used deceptive reasoning and proved to be “troublesome comforters.
(1 Cor. 14:1) The Messianic Kingdom is the means by which “all nations of the earth will . 3:29. do the work of an evangelizer. Jesus. the religious leaders had no true love for God. Further. Among the scribes and Pharisees. This requires developing the “art of teaching. 4:2) By arranging to share in the ministry with those who are experienced in this work. 7 them. April 9 Keep your senses in all things.’ (Phil.” (Gen. Everlasting life on earth will be possible for him through the resurrection. 2:8) To follow Paul’s example in the ministry. 9: 36) He was warm.” states the Bible.—Rev. and kind.—2 Tim.” (2 Tim. 11:10) That city is God’s Kingdom.—Gen. but Jesus loved “the word of God”—he taught it. viewing them as “accursed people. 7:9.” (John 7:49) In contrast. (1 Thess.” (Gal. fully accomplish your ministry. because they became beloved to him. Abraham will have to live again. April 8 You do not have the love of God in you. To receive blessings under that Kingdom. who will rule with him in his Kingdom. 22:18) Abraham could not p ossibly have understood the full signiﬁcance of the covenant Jehovah made with him. bless themselves. Nevertheless. who genuinely cared about others and ‘slaved in furtherance of the good news. later that number was revealed. suﬀer evil.Thursday. 4:17) Referring to those he had helped. 7:4. And life eternal will be possible for those who survive Armageddon or those who will be raised from the dead. governing what he taught and how he dealt with people. loved his Father and delighted to do his will.” (Matt.’ or used his very life in helping them. What made Jesus’ way of teaching so diﬀerent from theirs? The religious leaders of the day had no love for the common people. explained it. However. sympathetic. 20:12-14. (Luke 11:28) Yes. 2:19-23) Do you show this self-sacriﬁcing spirit in your ministry? w09 5/15 2:15. 22:17.—John 5:42. How many his “seed” would number was unknown to Abraham. “he was awaiting the city having real foundations. since they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd. . you will be able to learn from their teaching methods.000. (Heb. you must have the same disposition as Timothy. constitute the “seed. The religious leaders twisted God’s words to serve their own ends. 18 Friday. 4:5. Rather. 14. as Timothy learned from working with Paul. Jesus Christ and the 144. defended it. and lived by it. however. there were doubtless intelligent men who possessed knowledge and the skills to impart it. April 7 I shall surely multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the grains of sand that are on the seashore. Rev. Jesus was moved with pity for . Paul said that he not only shared the good news with them but also gave of his ‘own soul. ‘Doing the work of an evangelizer’ means making your ministry more eﬀective and helping others to gain salvation. . love permeated the very being of the Christ. they despised them. w09 7/15 3:3 Saturday. w09 8/15 1:6.
free from any deceit. They have learned that showing Christlike compassion not only helps us to “bear the weaknesses of those not strong” but also contributes to unity. They “abhor what is wicked” and “cling to what is good. 31:5) By choosing our words carefully. . Jesus showed his disciples that God does not favor one race or nationality over another. True Christians do not twist or misrepresent the facts so as to mislead others. 12:9) In imitation of “the God of truth. 2. (John 4:5-26) We. Like Jesus. 15:1. In responding to Christ’s love for all mankind. 5 (Rom. 24. (2 Cor. should regard all people as our neighbor.—Col. 5:22. 11:29) Therefore. 15) The love Christ displayed was central to his accomplishing what God has purposed for mankind. what did Paul mean when he said that we should speak truth with our neighbor? (Eph. therefore. to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.—Rom.” (Rom. we feel compelled to ﬁnish our assignment before the end comes. (Matt. w09 9/15 1:8.—John 14: 23. 23) By thus following the pattern of humility and mildness that Jesus provided. 15:1) Furthermore. 20:28. 22:37) By observing what Jesus taught and keeping his commandments. w09 6/15 3:4. As we think about what Christ has done for us. This requires that we successfully cultivate love of God to the fullest extent possible. it encourages the entire congregation to reﬂect Christ’s mental attitude.—Matt. (Matt. just as Jesus did. April 10 God is not partial. April 12 The Son of man came . we show that we love him and are determined to uphold God’s sovereignty at any cost.Sunday. (Matt. (Ps. April 11 Have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had. 15:10. 3:9. We can learn much by imitating the faith of those who have spent many years imitating Christ. Jesus linked being “lowly in heart” with mildness. 35. 15:5. our love for him deepens. 5:43-45) Yet. (Gal. Jehovah. Jesus’ course stimulates a response in us. 10. but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. . w09 12/15 4:9-11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9) Matthew 26:6-13 Monday. extending love even to those who act like enemies. these usually show understanding of others’ imperfections. . 4:25) Speaking truth involves sharing information that is factual.” we should strive to be honest and forthright in all our dealings. 5:14. we need Jehovah’s holy spirit. which is part of the fruitage of God’s holy spirit. We should pray for God’s holy spirit and strive to cultivate its fruitage.—Acts 10:34. even embarrassing or uncomfortable situations can be tactfully resolved without resorting to guile. 9 Tuesday. we will please our heavenly Father. And the model Christ left for us to follow closely enables each of us to have a part in that divine purpose. along with studying Jesus’ example. so that we can imitate that example properly.
April 13 What I teach is not mine. On earth. Those words of Jesus . (John 12:34) Thus. 28) Although Jesus had overwhelming credentials proving that he was the Messiah. loved them to the end. 13. What Jesus did in washing his disciples’ feet was neither a mere ritual nor just an act of kindness.—Luke 24:21.”—1 John 3:18. neither in word nor with the tongue. Before relating the account. 22:15-22. Now they must humbly do loving things for one another. John 12:20-50 Friday. but belongs to him that sent me. just as I did to you. to their “other sheep” companions. 23:1-12. but in deed and truth. 5) Even some of Jesus’ loyal disciples were disappointed at his not providing political deliverance. The men sitting in the upper room with Jesus that night in Jerusalem were convinced that Jesus was the promised Messiah. (Isa. (John 10:16) No matter what our background. having loved his own that were in the world. w09 11/15 4: 20.—John 15:15.Wednesday. The apostle John. you should do also. —John 7:16. because all the things I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. genuine brotherly love should move us to display care and concern for all our Christian brothers and sisters. the vast majority of the ﬁrst-century Jews did not acclaim him. it is impossible to draw close to Jehovah without ﬁrst drawing close to Christ. 24:1-3 Thursday. we can have the privilege of being friends of Jesus. they could not accept the Messiah who fulﬁlled the prophecies that said he would be despised. wrote: “Little children. whose feet were washed by the Lord.—John 14:6. John wrote: “Jesus. and ﬁnally killed. 69) It must surely have warmed their hearts to hear him say to them the words of today’s text. and in time. Jesus was “the Father’s representative. avoided by men. let us love. In fact. including that he would be a political messiah who would liberate them from Roman oppression. 21. But they remained loyal. 14-17 to his faithful apostles apply in principle to all anointed Christians today and. w09 10/15 3:1. by extension. Our friendship with him is of utmost importance because being his friends makes us friends of Jehovah too. w09 12/15 3:10. April 14 I have called you friends. 2 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 10) Matthew 21:18. 19. that. (John 6:68.” (John 13:1) It was his love for the disciples that moved Jesus to render a service usually performed by a slave. April 15 I set the pattern for you. accurate understanding was given them.—John 13:15. 21:12. 21 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 11) Matthew 21:33-41. Why? Because they had their own preconceived ideas about the Messiah. 11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9) Matthew 21:1-11. meant for pains and for having acquaintance with sickness.” (John 16: 27. 53: 3. Yes.
w09 5/15 4:10. Using the expression “the Christ. (John 14:2-5) Later Jesus told them: “When that one arrives. 14 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 13 and 14) Matthew 26:17-56. 1: 20. Bible prophecies can be correctly understood only when the role of Jesus in connection with the Messianic Kingdom is taken into consideration.E. is another way to emphasize Jesus’ oﬃce as the Messiah. 27-37 Memorial Date After Sundown Sunday. In the Bible. Luke 22:7-13 Monday. when they were anointed by God’s spirit to be future kings did Jesus’ followers discern that their thrones would be in heaven. —Luke 23:43. Col. they did not understand what he meant. April 18 We are preaching . . Christ Jesus. It also explains why Jesus appears to be no more than a great man to those who do not value the Hebrew Scriptures.” the title preceded by the deﬁnite article. the spirit of the truth. —Rev. Christ Jesus as Lord. 2. held by him. and the Christ. it highlights that Jesus was the Anointed One of Jehovah. he will guide you into all the truth. April 16 The bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying. 1:5. such as Jesus Christ. as in “Christ Jesus. 4. 14-16.—1 Cor. (Acts 5:42) Regardless of how the title “Christ” is used with reference to Jesus. When he spoke to his disciples about his going to heav- . 1:3. From Jehovah’s ﬁrst prophetic declaration. or oﬃce. w09 7/15 1:11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 12) Matthew 26:1-5. was Jesus’ reference to the heavenly hope. Jesus himself ﬁrst used the term “Jesus Christ”—the name followed by the title.—2 Cor. Knowledge of Jesus gives God’s people the key to unlocking the meaning of Bible prophecies that are yet to be fulﬁlled.—2 Cor. 1 Pet. the title “Christ” is used with reference to Jesus in various ways. 11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 14) Matthew 27:1.Saturday. Luke 22:1-6 en to prepare a place for them. (John 17:3) This usage clearly draws attention to the one who was sent forth by God and became his Anointed One.” (John 16:13) Only after Pentecost of 33 C. What did require an explanation. That explains why many of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures are puzzling to those who do not accept Jesus as the promised Messiah. w09 8/15 2:13. He knew about the hope of everlasting life on earth in a world to come. however. to the glorious visions of the book of Revelation. 15:49. which contain many Messianic prophecies. When the title is placed ahead of the name. 4:5. . April 17 You will be with me in Paradise. recorded at Genesis 3:15.” the emphasis shifts from the person to the position. 19:10. The evildoer to whom Jesus spoke needed no explanation about Paradise.
Tuesday, April 19 Esau . . . began to embrace [Jacob] and fall upon his neck and kiss him, and they burst into tears.—Gen. 33:4.
Prayer can reduce anx iety. Fearing danger from his twin brother, Esau, Jacob prayed: “O Jehovah, . . . deliver me, I pray you, from my brother’s hand, from Esau’s hand, because I am afraid of him that he may come and certainly assault me, mother together with children. And you, you have said, ‘Unquestionably I shall deal well with you and I will constitute your seed like the grains of sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ” (Gen. 32:9-12) Although Jacob took precautionary steps, his prayer was answered when he and Esau were reconciled. (Gen. 33:1-3) Read that petition carefully, and you will see that Jacob did not just plead for help. He expressed faith in the promised Seed and gratitude for God’s loving-kindness. Likewise, our prayers should contain not only requests but also expressions of faith. w09 11/15 2:5, 6
thanksgiving. In the Christian congregation, Jehovah does not require us to oﬀer such formal, material sacriﬁces. However, the apostle Paul shows that we are still expected to oﬀer sacriﬁces. Paul explains that Christians should show their gratitude by a life of self-sacriﬁce. To that end, we have to make our minds over. Through inherited imperfection, we are subject to “the law of sin and of death.” (Rom. 8:2) We, therefore, need to be transformed, “be made new in the force actuating [our] mind,” by radically changing our inclinations.—Eph. 4:23. w09 10/15 1:1, 2
Thursday, April 21 Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.—Mark 5:8.
Jesus took a courageous stand even against the demons. On one occasion, he was confronted by a demon-possessed man so strong that no one could bind that man with a chain. Unintimidated, Jesus expelled the many demons that held the man in their control. (Mark 5:1-13) Today, God has not given Christians the power to perform such miracles. Still, in our preaching and teaching, we too must wage spiritual warfare against Satan, the one who has “blinded the minds of the unbelievers.” (2 Cor. 4:4) As in Jesus’ case, our weapons “are not ﬂeshly, but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things”—deeply ingrained but wrong religious notions. (2 Cor. 10:4) In wielding these spiritual weapons, we learn much from Jesus’ example. Jesus’ courage was based, not on bravado, but on faith. Ours must be too.—Mark 4: 40. w09 9/15 2:14, 15
Wednesday, April 20 Present your bodies a sacriﬁce living, holy, acceptable to God. —Rom. 12:1.
Jehovah appreciates willing sacriﬁces made by his servants to express their love for him and their submission to his will. In ancient times, he accepted various animal sacriﬁces and other oﬀerings. These were made according to the Mosaic Law by Israelites seeking to obtain forgiveness for sins and to express
Friday, April 22 Jehoshaphat . . . set his face to search for Jehovah. —2 Chron. 20:3.
Faced with the threat of the combined forces of Ammon, Moab, and the people of the mountainous region of Seir, Jehoshaphat movingly beseeched Jehovah: “O our God, will you not execute judgment upon them? For in us there is no power before this large crowd that is coming against us.” (2 Chron. 20:12, 13) After Jehoshaphat prayed, Jehovah’s spirit moved Jahaziel, a Levite, to utter words of comfort that instilled conﬁdence in the people. (2 Chron. 20:14-17) Yes, back then, Jehoshaphat and the kingdom of Judah received direction from Jehovah through Jahaziel. Today, we receive comfort and direction through the faithful and discreet slave class. Certainly, we always want to cooperate with and show respect for the appointed elders, who work hard in shepherding us and implementing the directions of “the faithful and discreet slave.” —Matt. 24:45; 1 Thess. 5:12, 13. w09 6/15 1:9, 10
That son became John the Baptizer, who announced the coming of the long-awaited prophet greater than Moses—Jesus Christ. (John 1:23-36) As a prophet, Jesus spoke about his own death, foretelling how he would die, where he would die, and at whose hands he would die. (Matt. 20:17-19) To the surprise of his listeners, Jesus also foretold the destruction of Jerusalem with its temple. (Mark 13:1, 2) His prophecies reach right down to our own time.—Matt. 24:3-41. w09 4/15 4: 10, 11
Sunday, April 24 By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves. —John 13:35.
Marcelino, a man in Cameroon, lost his eyesight at work. After his accident, the rumor spread that he had become blind because he was a witch. Instead of giving him comfort, his pastor and other members of his church expelled him from the congregation. When one of Jehovah’s Witnesses invited him to a meeting, Marcelino hesitated. He did not want to face more rejection. Marcelino was surprised by what happened at the Kingdom Hall. He was warmly welcomed, and he gained comfort from the Bible teachings he heard. He began attending all congregation meetings, progressed in his Bible study, and was baptized in 2006. Now he is sharing the truth with his family and neighbors and has started several Bible studies. Marcelino wants the individuals studying the Bible with him to feel the same love he has experienced among God’s people. w09 11/15 4:1-3
Saturday, April 23 You will be called a prophet of the Most High.—Luke 1:76.
A true prophet is an inspired sp okesman for Jehovah, one who proclaims “the magniﬁcent things of God.” (Acts 2:11, 16, 17) Among other things, his prophesying could include announcing future events, revealing aspects of Jehovah’s purpose, or proclaiming God’s judgments. In the ﬁrst century, Zechariah acted as a prophet in revealing God’s purpose regarding his son, John.
Monday, April 25 They pained even the Holy One of Israel.—Ps. 78:41.
Jehovah is not paralyzed by hurt and disappointment. When complications have arisen, Jehovah has promptly taken steps to minimize the bad consequences of what happened. He has also taken long-term measures so that in the end his purpose will be fulﬁlled. (Ps. 104:31) Yes, Jehovah remains “the happy God.” (1 Tim. 1:11; Ps. 16:11) Because we were created in Jehovah’s image, we have thinking ability and practical wisdom, allowing us to analyze our problems and take positive action whenever possible. One important factor that can help us cope with life’s problems is to recognize that certain things are simply beyond our control. Agonizing over such matters may lead to added frustration and rob us of the many joys associated with true worship. After taking reasonable measures to resolve a problem, it is best to move on and focus on more productive endeavors. w09 12/15 2:5-8
sometimes “a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household.” (Matt. 10:36) How comforting to know that within the congregation, we can ﬁnd those who will stick closer to us than a literal brother! (Prov. 18:24) As indicated by Paul’s personal greetings at the conclusion of his letter to the congregation in Rome, he forged many close friendships. (Rom. 16:8-16) Obviously, the apostle John too developed many enduring friendships. w09 10/15 3:19, 20
Wednesday, April 27 I came to be beside him as a master worker, and I came to be the one he was specially fond of.—Prov. 8:30.
Jesus was not the Originator or Purposer behind the ransom sacriﬁce. Rather, this means of deliverance was a key feature of Jehovah’s will. The apostle Paul indicated that the altar at the temple, upon which the sacriﬁces were oﬀered, represented Jehovah’s will. (Heb. 10:10) So the deliverance we receive by means of Christ’s sacriﬁce is something we owe ﬁrst and foremost to Jehovah. (Luke 1:68) It is an expression of his great love for humans. (John 3:16) He and his Son had enjoyed associating together for countless millions, perhaps even billions, of years. The Son worked joyously with the Father as his beloved “master worker” and as his Spokesman, “the Word.” (Prov. 8:22, 31; John 1:1) What Jehovah endured as his Son was tormented, ridiculed, and then executed as a criminal is far more than we can know. Our deliverance cost Jehovah dearly! w09 9/15 5:12, 14
Tuesday, April 26 Give my greetings to the friends by name.—3 John 14.
Jesus continues to care for us not only through the oversight of loving shepherds but also by providing us with spiritual mothers and brothers and sisters within the congregation. (Mark 10:29, 30) When you ﬁrst began associating with Jehovah’s organization, how did your relatives react? Hopefully, they supported your eﬀorts to draw close to God and Christ. But Jesus warned that
my purpose. 2:19-22) These friendships thrived for one reason above all others: They were based on genuine love for Jehovah. 13 and if we read it and meditate on its contents. 8) They will help you to remain in God’s love. In his second letter to his young companion Timothy. on this account the world hates you. Consider the friendship between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. April 29 We have a helper with the Father. my love. 23:16-18. my longsuﬀering. (Ruth 1:16. my faith. 12:17-21. . my endurance. 16 Saturday. all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. Paul wrote: “You have closely followed my teaching. my persecutions. Jesus warned his followers that they would meet up with opposition from the nations of the world. Phil. 2:23. they will help you to obey Jehovah. April 30 If you were part of the world.—John 15:19. the world would be fond of what is its own. 1 Sam. w09 10/15 2:1. Study helps us to understand the issues of universal sovereignty and personal integrity. 2 Friday. we beneﬁt greatly from being part of the earth-wide brotherhood that Jehovah supplies with spiritual food. Additionally. On the basis of that sacriﬁce.” (2 Tim. Paul gave wise counsel on how they should react to opposition. (Matt. Such friends will not lead you to fare badly in a spiritual sense. —Rom. As Jehovah’s servants today. and it was counted to him as righteousness. my sufferings. he explained why by saying the above. we enjoy important beneﬁts. but I have chosen you out of the world. and on the evening preceding his death. and to sow with a view to the spirit. we can have a close relationship with God despite our imperfection. we have the complete Bible.—1 John 2:1. For instance. —Jude 21. Now because you are no part of the world. w09 4/15 2:15. The apostle Paul experienced the truthfulness of Jesus’ words. Further. 24:45-47) In each of the approximately 100. the one between David and Jonathan. Jesus Christ. (Gal. 4:8) When facing trials. meetings are conducted that instruct us and strengthen us.Thursday.” —Jas. we also pray for the support and strengthening aid of God’s holy spirit. April 28 “Abraham put faith in Jehovah. 3:1012) In writing to the Christians in Rome. Jesus Christ provided the ransom sacriﬁce and thus laid the groundwork for forgiveness of sins. or the one between Timothy and Paul.” Then Paul added: “In fact. 6:7. my course of life. (Jas. 17. to grow spiritually. Can you ﬁnd friends who love Jehovah as much as you do? Be assured that the Christian congregation is rich with potential for ﬁnding friends of that kind. What can help you to make good choices as to your friends? Studying Bible examples can prove motivating. we prepare ourselves for tests of faith.000 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Rather.” and he came to be called “Jehovah’s friend. w09 8/15 4:12. His words can give us guidance in this time of the end.
However. In what sense was it surpassing? Paul proceeded to illustrate what he meant. Some say that a person is wise if he has merely accumulated a wealth of knowledge. In addressing both Abraham and Moses. 17) Should we not imitate Jehovah by listening when others speak to us? w09 11/15 5:3. May 3 Become imitators of God. 2 was something better to pursue. those who allow themselves to be inﬂuenced by such ones end up being “tossed about as by waves and carried hither and thither by every wind of teaching. 4: 14) How diﬀerent it is with those who acquire true wisdom. On the contrary. Despite his high position as Sovereign of the universe. even as I am of Christ.Sunday. Jehovah used a Hebrew term often translated “please. (Ps. and he is not intrigued by the so-called elevated thinking of human philosophy. The word “wisdom” is used loosely. 5:1. 3:19. Although he urged Corinthian Christians to keep zealously seeking certain gifts of the spirit that were manifest in the ﬁrst century. (Gen. May 2 Become imitators of me. Paul showed them that there .” (Eph. he treats humans with great kindness and respect. what would he amount to? Nothing! Moved by God’s spirit. including its composition and its history.” (Rom. God’s good manners are also evident in the way he listens to humans. 4:6) When his servants commit errors. (1 Cor. Jehovah is “merciful and gracious. 51:11. —1 Cor. he is not impressed by man-made inventions. w09 12/15 4:12 Tuesday. May 1 The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 18:23-32) He did not view Abraham’s concern as a drain on His time. 13:14. slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and trueness. Because of following Christ’s steps closely. Jehovah listens to the prayers of his servants and to the cries of repentant sinners. The apostle Paul was an imitator of Christ.” The context in the verses that follow shows that this was the surpassing way of love. 11:1. he drove home this important point. such as healing and speaking in tongues.” (Ps. Thus. the Source of which is Jehovah God! The Bible tells us that Jehovah is “wise alone. 16:27) He knows all that there is to know about the universe.” (Gen. 13:1-3) If he had certain outstanding abilities and accomplished great things but did not have love. he explained: “Yet I show you a surpassing way. Jehovah God sets the perfect example of courtesy. the world’s so-called intellectuals offer no trustworthy guidance for ﬁnding true meaning in life. 4 Monday. 86:15) He is far diﬀerent from some humans who explode with fury when others do not meet their expectations. —Eph. Ex. w09 4/15 3:1.—1 Cor. When Abraham raised questions regarding the people of Sodom. At 1 Corinthians 12:31. Jehovah patiently answered each one. Paul had freeness of speech in urging his brothers to become imitators of him. The physical laws of nature—upon which humans rely for their research—are all of Jehovah’s making.
If we were to rebel against those humans. 8:21. You might wonder. May 4 Many are the friends of the rich person.—Prov. we will . Whom will you choose as your sovereign. 5:13. (Matt. Such a course would amount to saying that we do not value or appreciate the ransom at all. humans in positions of authority are imperfect. your ruler? If we choose Jehovah as our Sovereign. forever—all because of what Jehovah has done to deliver us! —Rom. May 6 Have regard for those who are working hard among you and presiding over you. 16:21-23) James and John showed an ambitious spirit when they asked that Jesus give them prominent positions in the Kingdom. why do we need to do it?’ The answer comes down to the issue of sovereignty. so that they too may have a clean standing with Jehovah and the hope for an eternal future. w09 8/15 4:14. 5:12. 15 Thursday. however. Rather. 3:14) We will show it by sharing with others our wonderful hope of deliverance. Their action incensed the other apostles. 11:19) Certainly. we ourselves are imperfect. 14:20.Wednesday. in perfection. w09 9/15 5:15. If we do not.—1 John 2:2. ‘If it is such a challenge for us to respect authority. 4:16) Surely Jehovah and his Son are worth every bit of the time and energy we can devote to praising them! (Mark 12:28-30) Think of it! We can look forward to life as God meant it to be. In addition. That observation sums up the tendency of imperfect humans to form friendships based on what they can receive rather than on what they can give. Why is this so diﬃcult for us to do at times? For one thing. how would Jehovah view our actions?—1 Thess. Peter on occasion failed to view matters from a spiritual perspective. (1 Tim. we will show it. (2 Pet. Jesus displayed no such weakness. patiently tried to correct the thinking of his friends and did not easily become exasperated with them. He was not swayed by a person’s ﬁnancial or social status. can we truthfully call him our Ruler? Furthermore. then. not for his connections to the wealthy and prominent. 17 Friday. We must show respect for authority. Jesus. 20:2028. Never will we give in to the willful practice of sin and lead the hypocritical double life that often goes with it. Jesus’ friends were ﬂawed individuals. If we appreciate what Jehovah and his Son have done in order to deliver us from sin and death. w09 10/15 3:3. (Matt. 4 show our appreciation by working hard to stay clean in God’s sight. —1 Thess. Jehovah usually exercises his authority through imperfect humans whom he entrusts with responsibility to care for his people. (1 John 5:3) We will ﬁght against our tendency to sin.—Matt. we need to respect his authority. May 5 He is a propitiatory sacriﬁce for our sins. but for befriending the lowly and despised. Jesus was known. We struggle with an inborn tendency to rebel. and the issue of prominence was an ongoing cause of contention.
just as the Christ also loved you and delivered himself up for you as an oﬀering and a sacriﬁce to God for a sweet-smelling odor. drawing people to its warm. and he inspired his followers with that same zeal for the Kingdom. (Rom. Likewise. May 9 I am giving you a new commandment.—John 13:34. so love draws Jehovah’s servants together in unity and attracts sincere ones to true worship. —John 3:36. The love of the true Christian brotherhood has no equal in human society. 5:2. 20:28) As a result. and no one spoke with greater boldness than he did. the Bible explains: “The blood of Jesus .—John 14:6. 5:8-10) It is by putting faith in Jesus and obeying him that we can have an approved relationship with God. he is the only one through whom it is possible for us to approach God. Sin has alienated mankind from God. 4 Sunday.—John 7:46. (John 15:16) However.Saturday. Jesus was zealous in his eﬀorts to spread the good news. that you love one another.000 hours in preaching the good news of the Kingdom and teaching interested ones Bible truths. (Matt. the wonderful bond of love in the congregation will weaken unless we as individual Christians work to strengthen it. Acts 5: 42) Last year. . some seven million of Christ’s followers spent over 1. Unless those enjoying the ﬁre supply it with fuel. w09 5/15 4:12. 28:18-20. Jesus was a preacher and a teacher.” That is. ﬂickering ﬂames. it will go out. Think of a campﬁre burning at night.500. Thus. (Luke 4:1621. Do you have a meaningful share in that work? Meditating on the example of Jesus moves us to “stay awake and keep our senses” as to what God will soon do. w09 4/15 4:12.” (1 John 1:7) The Son has thus opened up the way of reconciliation with God.” (Eph. Jesus is “the way” also in a further sense. he had no equal. ‘In what ways can I go on walking in love?’ w09 11/15 4:1. 21: 1-4) How so? Jesus Christ is “the way. How can we do so? The apostle Paul answers: “Go on walking in love. our brotherly love cannot be taken for granted. May 7 Never has another man spoken like this. 6. (Isa. (Rev. 5:2) So ask yourself. 43) As a teacher. 7:9. Just as a magnet draws iron. 2. Appealing as it is. Jesus’ words have meaning for those who hope to gain everlasting life on earth. 13 Monday. This is true in the matter of prayer. .” (Matt. for only by praying through Jesus do we have the assurance that the Father will give us whatever we may . cleanses us from all sin. he laid the foundation for a global preaching and teaching campaign that is still continuing. In addition to being a prophet. 13 request in harmony with His will. 59:2) Jesus gave “his soul a ransom in exchange for many. He preached the good news of God’s Kingdom. May 8 I am the way and the truth and the life.—1 Thess.000. 10.
or holy spirit. a wife who shows genuine kindness to her husband after he makes unpleasant comments about her beliefs may well defuse a potentially explosive situation. 31:12) As to providing “ﬁne things in the sight of all men. —Phil. but Jehovah puts his seal. . 2:12. —Rom. 3:13. This is the kind of education that is needed today. we should not retaliate in kind. 4 Wednesday. I do not yet consider myself as having laid hold on it.” —Eph.’ doing so “with fear and trembling. 3:1. 10:4. . 22. upon them. They do not .” In the domestic setting.” (Heb. 4) They realize that although they have received a wonderful invitation.Tuesday. and not according to Christ. 1 Pet. (1 Cor. but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things. The apostle Paul likened the ministry of God’s servants to spiritual warfare. May 11 Brothers. and human philosophies. 14. No good comes from ‘returning evil for evil. Paul explained that when faced with hostility. with complete lowliness of mind. w09 9/15 4:7 select this hope for themselves. The Christian mate resists the temptation to repay an unkind word or act with another unkindness.” (2 Cor. Phil. but . May 12 Return evil for evil to no one. 12:17. 1:3. Individuals who are anointed by God’s holy spirit receive a heavenly “calling. .” or “invitation. 1 Thess.’ On the contrary. (Prov.” Jehovah’s Witnesses have often overcome prejudice by providing practical assistance to their neighbors when a disaster strikes. superstitions. w09 10/15 2:3. The anointed remnant must do their utmost to ‘walk worthily of the calling with which they were called. 2:12. Divine education helps people to overcome bad practices and to cultivate godly qualities. 2. 4:1. it is only that —an invitation. (2 Cor. . 2:8. —Col. Paul recommends a better way: “Provide ﬁne things in the sight of all men. w09 6/15 4:13. 6:9-11) It improves family life. For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God. I am pursuing down toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus. 14 Thursday. They must remain faithful until death in order to obtain this prize. to mention just a few. ftn. 5) What are some of the “strongly entrenched things” from which divine education frees people? The burden of false teachings.) This personal invitation is from God. And it gives those without hope a real purpose in life. May 10 Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you oﬀ as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men . He wrote: “The weapons of our warfare are not ﬂeshly. Heeding his counsel is particularly important in homes that are religiously divided. such an attitude can only aggravate the situation. 1:21.
20:7-10. 12:46) Do you appreciate the spiritual treasures you have found in Jesus so much that you would recommend them to others. 25.’ ‘eating’ Jesus’ flesh and blood. and the hypocritical viewed these requirements as too difﬁcult to fulﬁll. May 14 The creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption. 16) The proud. 8:21. we enjoy a true spiritual paradise. w09 4/15 5: 18. May 15 I am the light of the world. We have peace with God and with our fellow man. for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. “in order that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness.” (John 1:3-5. Pilate “surrendered Jesus to their will.” said Jesus. the rich. which many found hard to accept. “the meek ones themselves will possess the earth. 9:2) The apostle Matthew explained that Jesus fulﬁlled that prophecy when He commenced preaching and said: “Repent. 2:3.” (Isa. 13 Saturday. John 3:3. After they pass the ﬁnal test at the end of the Thousand Year Reign. May 13 This man is for a certainty the savior of the world.” (Matt. —John 8:12. neither will they . 13 learn war anymore. they will reach human perfection. we contribute to the beauty of the spiritual paradise. humble Jews accepted Jesus as the Messiah. 17:14. you people.” but because the Jews charged him also with sedition. he would rise. As obedient humans enjoy peace to an unprecedented degree under Jesus’ rule. Jesus foretold that he would be condemned by the chief priests and be impaled by Gentiles. 20:17-19) His aﬃrmation before the Sanhedrin that he was “the Christ the Son of God” was judged to be blasphemy. 17) Jesus’ ministry brought to the people spiritual enlightenment and freedom from enslavement to false religious teachings. the future will be even better. 26:63-66) Pilate found in him “nothing deserving of death. Nation will not lift up sword against nation. Long before Jesus’ birth on earth. light itself has shone upon them. being “born again.—John 4:42.”—Luke 23:13-15. but on the third day.” and being “no part of the world. both by word of mouth and by your ﬁne Christian conduct? w09 7/15 1:12. as did some Samaritans. 19 Sunday. “I have come as a light into the world. 6:53. 4) By acting in harmony with God’s spirit. In the Christian congregation. (Matt. 4:16. (Matt. the prophet Isaiah foretold: “The people that were walking in the darkness have seen a great light.Friday. Rev.—Rom. As for those dwelling in the land of deep shadow.” (Mark 8:34. w09 12/15 3:12. and they will indeed ﬁnd their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. However.” (Isa. Entry into the Kingdom would require ‘disowning oneself.”—Ps. 37:11. However. Note what Isaiah prophesied about the conditions that we are experiencing today: “They will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. One reason why people rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah was his teachings.
Eph. 3 Wednesday. Whatever its nature. entertainment. are we making time for personal study of the Scriptures? Jehovah will bless us individually and as families if we follow the guidance of the slave class. we may realize the danger of being consumed by anxieties. Do we carefully heed this good counsel so that we are spiritually protected? What about the admonition to establish a regular routine of family worship? Have we taken the advice to heart and set aside an evening for that purpose? If we are single. but he can respond to our prayers by guarding our mental powers. God revealed to Paul that the “thorn in the ﬂesh” would not be removed miraculously. 12:10-13. 28) Similarly today. w09 11/15 3:2. 4:7. God’s Word entreats us: “Do not be anxious over anything. 6 Tuesday. 12: 7-10) This does not mean that we should stop praying to Jehovah about distressing matters. 4:6) Jehovah may not take away our problem. and I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. After the third time. Does being truthful with others mean that we must disclose every detail to whoever asks us a question? Not necessarily. Jesus said: “Neither am I telling you by what authority I do these things. 15. 23:27. 11 the years. —1 Tim. Paul did what he could to remove this aﬄiction. Over . w09 12/15 2:10.” (Mark 11:2733) He did not feel obligated to answer the question in view of their corrupt practices and faithless example. Jesus said: “I will ask you one question. . 4:25. After praying about a matter. (Matt.” (Phil. but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. (2 Cor. —Phil. Paul accepted this fact and concentrated on serving Jehovah fully. Jehovah’s people need to be on guard against apostates and other wicked men who use trickery or cunning for selﬁsh purposes. While on earth. May 16 The peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. 24:45-47) We need to examine our response to the direction we receive from the slave class.” When the scribes and older men were unwilling to give an answer. When hypocritical religious leaders asked him by what power or authority he performed signs and miracles. May 17 I am writing you these things . (Matt. The apostle Paul had an aﬄiction that caused him much distress. You answer me. w09 6/15 3:3. 4:14.—Eph. (Ps. One way to ﬁnd our place in the congregation and give evidence that we treasure it is to cooperate fully with “the faithful and discreet slave” and its representative Governing Body. we have received pointed direction on dress and grooming.Monday. praying to Jehovah for relief. and improper use of the Internet. 10:16. 86:7) On the contrary. that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in God’s household.—Matt. for example. May 18 Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor. Jesus demonstrated that some people are undeserving of a direct answer or of certain information. . 3:14.
22:1. the apostle Peter wrote about the future of mankind. who had also come to visit Job. 2. They are superbly organized and have high positions in God’s arrangement.” (Ps. sent forth to minister for those who are going to inherit salvation?—Heb. 21:1-4) This has been the hope of believing mankind ever since human perfection was lost in the garden of Eden. 3:7. w09 4/15 1:8 Saturday. May 20 Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite proceeded to answer and say: “Young I am in days and you men are aged. 2. 5:11) These spirit sons of God have personality. Adam and Eve and their descendants could have enjoyed life in a paradise home as part of Jehovah’s universal family of intelligent creatures. 103:20.” thus enabling humans to reﬂect the Creator’s lofty qualities. commended where possible. (Rev.—Rev. w09 5/15 3: 1. 4 He addressed Job considerately. 1:14. All of them are “mighty in power. (Job 36:1. . Gen.—Job 33:32. (Heb. listened carefully. 11) What a ﬁne example for those who need to oﬀer counsel today! Elihu showed patience. 17 Friday. 1:26) By exercising the gift of free will properly. Upright people will live in Paradise on earth endlessly without aging. 2:7. saying the above. Although younger than the other four men. Then Elihu assured Job that serving God faithfully is always worthwhile. All the angels rejoiced at the ‘founding of the earth’ and shared with delight in their assigned work as this unique jewel in space developed into mankind’s home. we read of Elihu. and it continues to strengthen faithful servants of Jehovah to this day. Elihu ﬁrst listened to the arguments presented by Job and his three companions. What will replace the governmental heavens and the wicked human society that are present now? (2 Pet. and oﬀered upbuilding counsel. There are millions of faithful angels in heaven. and free will. May 19 Are they not all spirits for public service. Elihu commended Job for his upright course.Thursday. divine qualities. using Job’s personal name. 3:13) They will be replaced by “new heavens”—God’s Messianic Kingdom—and “a new earth”—a righteous human society of true worshippers. 7) Jehovah created man “a little lower than angels” but in His “image. w09 8/15 2:16. carrying out his word. By inspiration. But he also said that Job had focused too much on trying to prove his own faultlessness. That is why I drew back and was afraid to declare my knowledge to you men.”—Job 32:6. (Job 38:4. Elihu showed greater wisdom. This hope is solidly based on both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Greek Scriptures. After reading of Job’s three false comforters. Rev. May 21 The heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for ﬁre and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. —2 Pet. The last book of the Bible stirs our hearts with its vision of mankind lifted to perfection.
w09 11/15 2:7. to be good teachers. and love work together. Luke 12: 42) Still. our objective is not only to impart Bible knowledge but also to reﬂect Jehovah’s qualities. Solomon’s prayer pleased Jehovah. 12:1) It means that we do our utmost not to be “fashioned after this system of things” with its corrupt morals. 8 Tuesday. through his organization. Then God will help you to acquire the knowledge and exercise the wisdom needed to care for your responsibilities in a proper and loving manner. 5:10. using our “power of reason. helps us to do so today. I have found favor in your eyes. 3: 7-14) If you receive service privileges that seem overwhelming. we should aim to teach not only with our minds but also with our hearts. pray for wisdom and display a humble spirit. 54:13.” Thus. (Eph. God gave Moses greater knowledge of His ways—a necessity if . Of course. 2:1-3) Paul also invites us to use our “power of reason” to prove to ourselves what is “the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. and Jehovah. we need knowledge of our subject and we need skill to impart that knowledge. if. and warped thinking. ‘Lead this people up [from Egypt]’ .” (Ex. Jesus helped his disciples to acquire both. .—Ps. “See. 33:12. skill. but be transformed by making your mind over. especially his love. w09 10/15 1:2.” he pleaded. 13) In response. “you [Jehovah] are saying to me. the results can be most satisfying. 5 he was to take the lead among Jehovah’s people. please. Such a complete change can be brought about only with the help of God and his spirit. the love we show will go a long way in reaching the hearts of those to whom we preach. 12:2. we are personally convinced that carrying out such activities is God’s will for us.—Zech. who gave him not only what he requested but also riches and glory. your ways. And now. (1 Ki. May 24 Quit being fashioned after this system of things. debased entertainment. Moses prayed for knowledge of God’s ways. 4:6. —1 Pet. To be truly eﬀective in our disciple-making work. an abundance of teaching skills or just a few. When knowledge. May 22 Christ [left] you a model for you to follow his steps closely. . 2:21. w09 7/15 3:4. make me know. Solomon entreated God for the wisdom required to discharge the duties of kingship in Israel. Furthermore. O Jehovah. It also requires serious eﬀort on our part. A desire to please Jehovah should motivate you to pray for wisdom. Eph. please. (Isa. May 23 Make me know your own ways. we engage in Christian activities because we are moved by God’s spirit to demonstrate our heartfelt love for Jehovah. Whether we have a lot of knowledge or just a little. Thus. —Rom. we must imitate Jesus by teaching with love.” (Rom. we desire to imitate him in our ministry and in our life. 3 Monday.Sunday. As followers of Christ. 25:4.
During the time period between the lives of Abraham’s great-grandson Joseph and the prophet Moses. w09 12/15 1:3 moning courage. the book of Job is not merely an account about one man’s trials. . likely composed by Moses. she did so and immediately sensed that she had been healed. Jesus put his pity and compassion into action. he did not allow his three companions to make him think that he had failed as an integrity keeper. May 25 Paul expressed the desire for [Timothy] to go out with him. . Timothy was presented with an unusual invitation—to become the apostle Paul’s traveling companion! Imagine how surprised and excited Timothy must have been! For years to come. Timothy became well-known to many Christians for his spiritual advancement. —Mark 5:34. May 27 Until I expire I shall not take away my integrity from myself! —Job 27:5.” —Phil. May 26 Daughter. Did Jesus reprimand this poor. a woman suﬀered from an abnormal ﬂow of blood. Although Job did not understand this issue. She kept saying: “If I touch just his outer garments I shall get well. 2:20-22. (Acts 16:4. This should strengthen our faith and help us to realize that we can maintain our integrity and uphold Jehovah’s sovereignty. the apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians: “I have no one else of a disposition like [Timothy’s] who will genuinely care for the things pertaining to you. However. Go in peace. he said the words of today’s text. Like a child with a father he slaved with me in furtherance of the good news. Consider one instance. Jesus was aware that someone had touched him. there lived a man named Job. 15:25-27) Still. —Acts 16:3. After some ten years of working with Timothy. likely fearing a rebuke because she had violated the Law.Wednesday. Jesus’ reputation and demeanor must have convinced her that he could and would heal her. her condition made her and anyone who touched her ceremonially unclean. For 12 long years. and it reveals that the integrity and life prospects of all of God’s earthly servants are involved in the issue raised in Eden. 5) Hence. fell down trembling at his feet and poured out the whole truth. explains why Jehovah allowed Job to suﬀer and how the matter turned out for him. Timothy would travel with Paul and at times with others. 12 Friday. The Bible book of Job. (Lev. Paul and Timothy engaged in traveling work that contributed much to the spiritual upbuilding of the brothers. She knew that under the Mosaic Law. it centers on issues of universal importance. your faith has made you well. w09 8/15 1:8 Thursday. The book provides insight into Jehovah’s righteousness in exercising his sovereignty. . (Mark 5:2533) How comforted she must have been to hear such kind words! w09 9/15 1:11. suﬀering woman? Far from it! Reassuringly. and he looked around to see who it was.” Sum- . The woman. carrying out various missions on behalf of the apostles and older men.
Jesus encouraged his loyal disciples to remain friends with one another. what a pleasure it is to be associated with a worldwide organization whose members follow the pattern set by those ﬁrstcentury Christians! We are determined to obey Jesus’ command to display genuine love for one another. During his ﬁnal night on earth. “I learned that we can never go wrong if we apply Bible principles. which says: ‘As far as it depends upon you. He displayed a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and complete conﬁdence in them. w09 5/15 1:8-10 Sunday. we must rise above such attitudes. Only faith that is alive can move us to courageous action. To become acquainted with the Word of God means to know what it says and to put that knowledge into practice. Today. (Heb. John 8:17) To build faith that can withstand the trials of the sort that inevitably come with discipleship. As a weapon. However. not a literal sword.” that is. Indeed. w09 10/15 4:1. —Rom. 4:12. 5:13) They did not acquaint themselves with the message by allowing it to guide them in making wise decisions in their lives.—Heb. putting into our minds the truths that are the foundation of faith. but the sword of the spirit. in God’s Word. during these last days. ﬁrst-century Christians became known for their unbreakable devotion to . May 29 These things I command you. 5:22. —John 15:17. God’s Word. 21:13. 16 God and to one another. 2 Monday. and the fellow employee was impressed that Kyle had taken that step. What did she do to heal the breach? She explains: “The scripture that readily came to my mind was Romans 12:18. How can we acquire real faith? Jesus’ example guides us. The experience of a Christian sister named Kyle shows how this can be done. w09 9/15 2:15. Time and again he supported his teachings with a reference to the Scriptures.” The meeting was very successful. (2 Tim. be peaceable with all men.” says Kyle. (Jas. 2:17) And we must pray for holy spirit because faith is part of the spirit’s fruitage. that you love one another. 10:17.—Gal. Spiritual babes of Paul’s day failed to use God’s Word and test its value by actual practice. we must read and study the Bible daily and attend Christian meetings. May 30 The word of God is alive and exerts power. (Matt.Saturday. Kyle had an altercation with one of her workmates. people in general are disloyal and fail to show natural aﬀection. Jesus wielded. The apostles needed to remain close friends if they were to endure the trials that lay ahead and to accomplish the work that Jesus would soon assign them. Often he prefaced his words with the statement: “It is written. May 28 Faith follows the thing heard. 3:1-3) The friendships they do form are often shallow and self-serving. We must also meditate—reﬂect deeply—on what we learn. To keep our identity as true Christians.’ So I made an appointment to meet this workmate after work. letting it sink into our heart.
Tuesday. our words and deeds will show that we are walking and living by spirit. he remained loyal when facing death by a Nazi ﬁring squad.”—Heb. 15 Thursday. How can we. asking Jehovah to help us display its fruitage of love. 23) If so. and prisons during and after World War II. kindness. and problems they encounter? Basically it is love based on principle. What enables Christians to endure no matter what trials. Humble prayers of that kind please Jehovah and speak well of us. particularly the recorded words of Jesus. Do we individually pray for holy spirit.” he wrote. 5:16. 13:7. labor camps. (Luke 11:13) Solomon was also called “the congregator” who “taught the people knowledge continually. June 2 We pray to God that you may do nothing wrong.” w09 12/15 4: 14. 1:18) Therefore. faith. June 1 Whoever loses his soul for my sake is the one that will save it. mildness. joy. and by meditating on what we read. where we are ‘taught continually. as Head of the Christian congregation. and self-control? (Luke 11:13. long-suﬀering. God’s Word assures us that our sincere prayers for help will be answered. Such love goes beyond just giving up something in a material way. let him keep on asking God.” (Eccl.—Jas. difﬁcult situations. —Luke 9:24. we should pray for them and also give them Scriptural help so that they will act honestly and will not do anything wrong. A young German Witness named Wilhelm well illustrates this. It extends to the point of being willing to maintain our integrity and even to lose our life for the sake of Christ. May 31 If any one of you is lacking in wisdom.’ w09 4/15 5:15 Wednesday. w09 11/15 1:10. beneﬁt from godly wisdom? Since Jehovah’s wisdom is revealed in his Word. 1:5. we will ﬁnd gems of wisdom in God’s Word that can help us to deal with challenges and make wise decisions. In a farewell letter to his family. 13:18. goodness. “Carry on prayer for us. Paul told Christians in Corinth the words of today’s text. as followers of the Greater Solomon. Gal. 10) Jesus. he will reward us. even as the apostle Paul did. “for we trust we have an honest conscience. we must put forth the eﬀort to ﬁnd it by carefully studying the Bible. we need to persevere in asking God for wisdom. 15:8) We can ask that others pray for us.—2 Cor. peace. (Luke 9:25) Reﬂect on the faithful course of Witnesses who suﬀered in concentration camps. is also a congregator of his people. 25) If we learn that our children are being tempted to cheat on tests at school. (Gal. he wrote: “Above all we must love God. as our Leader Jesus Christ commanded. 12:9. as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. 11 . 2: 1-5) Further. Rather than compromise. If we stand up for him. (Prov. 5: 22. we do well to attend congregation meetings. (Prov. With the help of the holy spirit. Col. (John 10:16.
“Bible teaching has transformed me. do we not have abundant reasons to praise Jehovah? w09 9/15 4:8 situation. Although of humble means. and they thus joined Satan in becoming “wicked spirit forces” and vicious foes of God’s servants. 2 Pet. 2:4. Satan was proved to be a liar in the case of that faithful though imperfect man. 12:10. who accuses them day and night before our God. —Gen. God purposed that one from within the heavenly part of his organization would crush all rebels and that through him “the things in the heavens and the things on the earth” would be brought together. it would be a great achievement. Job suﬀered. Sovereign of all creation. —Heb.Friday. Then Satan claimed that any human would turn away from God if he suﬀered physically. he said to the Christian elder who accompanied her to the station: “There are over 38 million people in this state. 11 Sunday. each servant of God who keeps his integrity despite whatever Satan brings against him demonstrates that in his own personal case. If you can help ten people to become like this woman.” Impressed. June 5 I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. another oﬃcer asked her.S. 6:1-4) Jehovah cast those rebels into dense darkness. 7 Saturday. she took the chain to the police station and turned it in. but his integrity was not broken. The police oﬃcer there could not believe his eyes! Later. the accusations of that remorseless enemy are false. Enmity would persist between Satan and God’s “woman.” When we consider the millions of lives that have been improved by divine education. Job’s loyalty withstood the test.” Yes. 13:18. w09 4/15 1:10. although the details remained a “sacred secret” to be revealed progressively. A woman in India accepted a Bible study and in time qualiﬁed as an unbaptized publisher. Why did he not ignore the Devil’s challenge concerning Job? God knew that neither ignoring Satan nor destroying him would resolve the issue that had been raised. The Devil had claimed that Job would not remain loyal if he lost his favored economic . Jehovah viewed the heavenly organization of faithful spirit creatures as a beloved wife bonded with him as Husband. 3:15. 6:11-13. “Why did you choose to turn in the chain?” She explained. (Jude 6. One day while returning home from working on a Kingdom Hall construction project. June 3 We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. so I am an honest person now. (Eph. Jehovah is the Creator of the universe. 1:8-10) In Noah’s day.). Hence.—Eph. Gen.—Rev. w09 5/15 3:6. What of other worshippers of God? In eﬀect. This prophecy provided a sure basis for hope. June 4 The accuser of our brothers has been hurled down. she found on the ground near a bus station a gold chain worth eight hundred dollars (U. a number of angels left their “proper dwelling place” and materialized ﬂeshly bodies in order to pursue selﬁsh pleasure on earth.
as directed against him. If we were ever to rebel against those he has put in positions of authority. it takes real eﬀort on our part to develop such an obedient and submissive spirit.’ is the utterance of Jehovah. He wrote: “Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive.000 underpriests. and Jeremiah. June 8 Each of us will render an account for himself to God. reflected in his promise to Jeremiah: “They will be certain to ﬁght against you. 13:17) Granted. they will eventually reach perfection and be “set free from enslavement to corruption” . we would be rebelling against him! The apostle Paul reveals the right attitude to cultivate toward those who have positions of responsibility in the Christian congregation. 2 Cor. Faithful ones of pre-Christian times. June 6 They are murmuring against me. such as Abel.—Num. When the Israelites murmured and rebelled against Moses. Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention. for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account. The matter is between this person and Jehovah. They do not believe that their being of the anointed gives them special insights beyond what even some experienced members of the “great crowd” may have. How should other Christians view a person who claims to have been anointed and begins to partake of the emblems at the Memorial? He or she should not be judged. but they will not prevail against you. Abraham. Jehovah took their reb ellious actions personally. though. —Rom. but they saw them afar oﬀ and welcomed them.—Heb. 27) God has not changed. Remember. w09 7/15 4:7. 1:19) Today. looked to a bright and appealing future. However. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the “other sheep” have. Is that goal not worth our every eﬀort? w09 8/15 4:16.’” (Jer. (John 10:16) They do not expect special treatment. 18. ‘to deliver you. (Rom. we are likewise strengthened. (Rev. w09 6/15 4:15 Tuesday. for ‘I am with you.—Prov. that they may do this with joy and not with sighing. 8 Wednesday. 8:21) Moreover. 2:7. 17 through the priestly services of Christ Jesus and his 144.Monday. Jeremiah and other bold servants of God in ancient times took courage because of Jehovah’s assurance.” (Heb. (Num. for this would be damaging to you. 4:17. that we are working to remain in God’s love. Sarah. 14:27. 14:26. Elij ah. (Titus 1:2) Upon being resurrected. when we reﬂect on God’s promises for our future and his assurance of spiritual protection. June 7 They did not get the fulﬁllment of the promises. 14:12. 11:13. nor do they claim that their partaking of the emblems places them above the appointed elders in the congregation.
these enemies discover that friendships among true Christians are unbreakable. Christ was resurrected. proving that he was alive and giving them further instructions. 1:26. 4:12.Thursday. as “a corresponding ransom. (1 Tim.—Matt. “No matter how many the promises of God are. (1 John 3:16) Without a doubt. (Rev. w09 10/15 4:3-5 Adam’s oﬀspring and made it possible to give everlasting life to all who accept him as God’s means of salvation. 1:20) Even “a shadow of the good things to come” contained in the Mosaic Law became a reality in Christ Jesus.” wrote the apostle Paul. two together could make a stand against him. . and for 40 days he appeared to his disciples. Jesus is “the truth” not only because he always spoke and lived the truth but also because all the prophecies written about the Messiah—scores of them—were fulﬁlled in him. But when individuals are drawn together by a mutual love for God. Jesus’ faithfulness unto death resolved an important aspect of the “sacred secret. the most satisfying friendships we can enjoy are with those who love Jehovah. (Acts 1:3-5) Then he ascended to heaven to present to Jehovah the value of his precious sacriﬁce and await the appointed time when his presence as Messianic King would begin.” (Col. “they have become Yes by means of him. and they shed light on his central role in the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose. 15 Friday. 20:28.” (2 Cor. If misunderstandings arise.” —Rom. June 9 If somebody could overpower one alone. 27) He proved to the ultimate degree that a perfect man can maintain “godly devotion” and uphold God’s sovereignty despite the severest of tests imposed by Satan. The strongest friendships are founded on a love for Jehovah. we need to follow the Messiah. to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. that friendship will endure. 2:5. 10:1. true friends will treat each other in a way that pleases Jehovah. True. When Jehovah is the third cord in a friendship. 6:23. In the meantime. Jesus is “the life” because he has bought the human race with his lifeblood. w09 5/15 4:12. (Heb. 14. their friendship will be unshakable. Throughout history. . June 10 The Son of man came . 6) After three days in the grave. and everlasting life is a gift that God gives “by Christ Jesus our Lord. 15 Saturday. 3:16) And. 19:10) To beneﬁt from the fulﬁllment of what God has purposed for us. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn in two. w09 12/15 3:14.—Eccl. If opposers of God try to cause divisions.—John 14:6.” Jesus paid the penalty for sin inherited by . (1 Tim. June 11 I am the way and the truth and the life. servants of Jehovah have proved their willingness to face death rather than betray one another. he had much to do. those who do not love Jehovah can also form rewarding friendships. 2:17) Jesus is the focal point on which all prophecies concentrate. Col.
No matter where we look—to the heavens above or to the soil beneath our feet—we ﬁnd abundant evidence of an all-wise and loving Creator. 1:25) Both from the Holy Scriptures and from Christian meetings. —Prov. he had deep love for the Corinthian Christians.” Paul spent himself teaching and strengthening the new congregation. 16: 24.—Prov. Jehovah knows more than anyone else what we need in order to be happy. (1 Cor. the apostle did not give up. The wisdom that comes from God lays emphasis on sound judgment and is based on accurate knowledge and understanding. (Jas. w09 11/15 4:5. 3:17) Because Jehovah is all-wise. 6:13. the last thing we should do is discontinue our healthy routine of worship. June 12 O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and past tracing out his ways are!—Rom. So he entreated them to “widen out” by drawing close to him and other fellow believers. w09 4/15 3:3. 14) On the other hand. 18:1. 6) Jehovah’s wisdom. 12:25. 11:5. After all. Paul came to Corinth in the fall of 50 C. Why did Paul urge the Corinthians to widen out in their love? Consider how the congregation in ancient Corinth got its start. In fact. —2 Cor. an antidote for sadness is to engage in activities that bring happiness. In a short time. some in the congregation drew away from him. too. Although his preaching work there began with difﬁculty. remaining in a state of dejection can be harmful. we receive “pleasant sayings” that can buoy us up and make our hearts rejoice. 6. Their prayers have become perfunctory. 9-11) They had every reason to love and respect him in return. 1:1. Some Christians have become disheartened to the point of discontinuing their personal Bible reading and their meditation on God’s Word. 6) Paul wanted the genuine love of all his brothers and sisters. For “a year and six months. Jas. June 14 You. 19:1. 5:1-5. 15:13. along with his other matchless qualities. Isa. and they may isolate themselves from fellow worshippers. (Prov. 2. Jehovah tells us that we can ﬁnd delight and happiness in reading his Word and in peering into it regularly. 13 Tuesday. When matters go wrong in our lives. we are conﬁdent that his laws guide us in the best way of living. Jehovah’s works reveal aspects of his personality. Clearly. 1:20) From the largest to the smallest. 11:33.Sunday. Perhaps a few did not like his frank counsel. 40:26. w09 12/15 2:12. a positive perspective will help us to focus on aspects of our lives from which . 4 we can derive delight and joy. widen out. (Acts 18:5. However.” (2 Cor. (Prov. can be observed in the things he made. (Rom.E. June 13 Because of the pain of the heart there is a stricken spirit. 6 Monday. (Ps.—Ps. We can learn much about him by considering the things that he has made. Clearly. many in that city put faith in the good news. 6: 1-10) Others may have listened to the slander of the “superﬁne apostles. 3:5.
but also gossipers and meddlers in other people’s aﬀairs.” Yes. For coals are what you are raking together upon his head. June 15 If your enemy is hungry. learn to be unoccupied. To the very end of his life on earth. Jesus’ . however. In such a case. having loved his own that were in the world. —1 Pet. He said that “gossipers and meddlers in other people’s aﬀairs” are “talking of things they ought not. It also motivates us to show similar love toward our spiritual brothers and sisters as well as toward all others.” (1 Thess. 6 outstanding example of love sets a high standard for his followers to uphold. Jesus forgave him. Jesus entrusted Peter with weighty responsibilities. Jesus showed love toward those whom he met and especially toward his disciples. 5:13.” In view of his counsel found in Romans chapter 12. (Mark 14:66-72) Yet. How much better it is to heed Paul’s inspired counsel: “Make it your aim to live quietly and to mind your own business. once Peter had returned. June 17 They . w09 9/15 3:1-3 Friday. Acts 2:14. give him bread to eat. for by doing this you will heap ﬁery coals upon his head. Like “ﬁery coals.Wednesday. . his teaching.—Rom. give him something to drink. feed him. congregation elders may need to ask questions about personal matters in order to carry out their assigned duties. yes. gadding about to the houses. 12:20.—John 13:1. if he is thirsty. June 16 Jesus. 22: “If the one hating you is hungry. 8:14-17. Kind actions can win people over to a more favorable attitude toward Jehovah’s people and the Bible message they preach. those who pry into the aﬀairs of others or those who cannot be trusted to keep a conﬁdence may ﬁnd that others are reluctant to share personal information with them. loved them to the end. and his sacriﬁcial death—demonstrated his love. Paul doubtless had in mind what we read at Proverbs 25:21. w09 10/15 2:5. and if he is thirsty. w09 6/15 3:7 Thursday. Paul indicated that some people may not be entitled to receive a full or complete answer. Jesus set the perfect example of love. 4:11) At times. his own apostle Peter denied him three times. —1 Tim.” acts of kindness can warm the hearts of opposers and perhaps melt down their hostility. 45. . —Luke 22:32. On the night before Jesus’ death. Paul could hardly have meant that the illustrative coals were to inﬂict punishment or shame upon an opposer. 5:2. Later. 10:44. our cooperation in speaking truth is much appreciated and is a great help. Everything about him —his speech. Rather. the proverb—as well as Paul’s similar words to the Romans—seems to refer to an ancient method used for smelting metal ores. not only unoccupied. give him water to drink. and Jehovah himself will reward you. as Jesus foretold he would. talking of things they ought not. his conduct.
2:5. 4) Satan is involved in misleading people and has used apostate Christianity to obscure the heartwarming truth about God’s purpose for man and the earth. Its laws are inscribed by God on human hearts. (Gal. honor.—John 8:29. Having spent perhaps billions of years in heaven with his heavenly Father. Before we can cultivate love for Jehovah in others. The result? “I love the Father. and defend him. Moses mediated the Law covenant between Jehovah and the Israelites. ‘a nation producing the fruits’ of the Messianic Kingdom.” (2 Tim. they [would] accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled. . 3 Monday. we are eager to share with others what we know about a person whom we love. The Christian Greek Scriptures explain by what means God will make possible everlasting life for mankind in Paradise on earth. June 20 Keep my covenant. The lifting of mankind to the perfection that Adam lost was part of the hope of Israel. will receive everlasting blessings because of that superlative covenant.. It also moved him to speak about Jehovah and to help others to know and love God. 4:3. 8:10) Thus. —Ex. w09 8/15 3:2. who hypocritically claimed to represent God. but. and strength. 6:16) While the covenant mediated by Moses included laws written by God on stone. Untold multitudes. A mediator acts as a bridge between two parties. make secret the words . 24:11) The apostle Peter warned Chris- . mind.E. He loved Jehovah with his whole heart. June 18 I always do the things pleasing to [the Father]. w09 4/15 4: 14. In 33 C. 4:3. soul. (Matt. “the Israel of God” is now God’s special property. 7 tians: “There will also be false teachers among you.” Jesus said. they are not the only ones to beneﬁt from it.Saturday. Jesus was a mediator.” (2 Pet. (Matt. “the Israel of God. in accord with their own desires. the covenant mediated by Jesus is superior. 2:1) The apostle Paul spoke of “a period of time when [people would] not put up with the healthful teaching. So why did man’s hope have to be rediscovered? Jesus foretold that false prophets would corrupt his teachings and that most people would be misled. It impelled him to denounce the religious leaders. Usually. We praise. until the time of the end. —Dan. 15 Sunday. w09 7/15 3:6. Heb. (John 14:31) That love motivated him always to do the things pleasing to God. We do that because we want others to feel as attracted to that person and his qualities as we are. Still. we must know and love him ourselves. After all. Jesus knew him well. Like Moses. 21:43) Members of that spiritual nation are the participants in that new covenant. . 19:5. (Matt. 12:4. 4. June 19 O Daniel. even many who at present are asleep in death. (1 Tim.—2 Cor.” which became a worldwide congregation made up of anointed Christians. 22:36-38) Jesus set a perfect example. true worship is based on love for God. Jehovah initiated a better covenant with a new Israel.
6 Thursday. in conduct. Paul had journeyed to Macedonia but had asked Timothy to remain in Ephesus. 4: 25. Pressing on to maturity requires that we do our utmost to obey Jehovah. (1 Ki. then. 12. obedience is often learned from the things suffered. —1 Tim. honesty. 28. prayer must come from the heart. personal reading and study of the Scriptures. before throngs assembled in Jerusalem for the inauguration of Jehovah’s temple in 1026 B. that your advancement may be manifest to all persons.E. As exempliﬁed by Jesus Christ. attendance at Christian meetings.” Paul added: “Ponder over these things.’ If an enemy captured God’s people. —1 Ki. Through obedience under extreme adversity. (Josh.C. Why? Some in that city were becoming a divisive inﬂuence in the congregation by introducing false teachings. Paul wrote to Timothy: “Become an example to the faithful ones in speaking. After the ark of the covenant was placed in the Most Holy and Jehovah’s cloud ﬁlled the temple. 4:12. w09 12/15 1:5.Tuesday. 8:48. 4:16. Eph. How was he to accomplish this? In part. in faith. 13 purity of the congregation. 58) Surely.” (1 Tim. 25) Our obedience. 39) The same prayer shows that there is hope for a sinner who ‘returns to God with all his heart. This is the kind of advancement that every Christian should want to manifest. be absorbed in them. and note its references to the heart. (Heb. recorded at 1 Kings chapter 8. 1:8. by setting a good example for others to imitate. Timothy was to protect the spiritual . June 22 Stay by these things. 15) This advancement had to do with Timothy’s spiritual qualities rather than with any position of authority. doing his Father’s will on earth involved physical and mental suffering. —Heb. in love. 5:8. Jesus was “made perfect” for the new position God had in mind for him. 6:1. w09 5/15 1:3. Heb. 10:24. and participation in the preaching work is clear. Matt. June 23 Your heart must prove to be complete with Jehovah our God by walking in his regulations and by keeping his commandments as at this day. To be heard. Study Solomon’s prayer. 7) God’s counsel regarding morals. 29. 1:6. their pleas would be heard if their heart was complete with Jehovah. 20. that of b eing King and High Priest. What about us? Are we determined to obey Jehovah even when we are faced with distressful problems? (1 Pet. Solomon acknowledged that Jehovah alone knows a person’s heart. is an indication that we have progressed toward maturity. 10 Wednesday. 28:19. Solomon praised God. 8:61. w09 11/15 2:9. 5:3-5. Jesus was obedient to his Father. June 21 Let us press on to maturity. 9) Before coming to earth. even under adversity. However. your prayers should come from the heart. (1 Ki. Prior to writing those words. Solomon oﬀered a heartfelt prayer. proper use of the tongue. in chasteness. 8:38. for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
Some might reason that areas such as entertainment and dress and grooming are personal matters. he wrote the above. 1:11. (Jas. 4. 9 Sunday.” (Matt.—John 13:2135. and a light to our roadway. Our prayers for anointed Christians and for their “other sheep” companions give evidence of our concern for God’s organization. w09 11/15 3:4. and John fell asleep instead of supporting Jesus through his most trying hour. that our ministry might not be found fault with. (John 10:16) Paul asked fellow worshippers to pray so that ‘ability to speak might be given him to make known the sacred secret of the good news. 119: 105) Thus we can guard against developing a spirit of independence. both inside and outside the congregation. Because Judas had become a friend of the world. but our prayers ought to include others—even Christians we do not know by name. 5 Saturday. of course. 12) Prayers of that kind say much about us and how we view our brothers and sisters in the faith. 6:17-20) Do we personally pray for other Christians in that way? w09 11/15 1:8. June 24 You are my friends if you do what I am commanding you. 6:3. For the dedicated Christian who cherishes his place in the congregation. (2 Thess. —John 15:14. Jesus ended his friendship with Judas Iscariot. 4:4) Therefore. Consideration must especially be given to Jehovah’s viewpoint as revealed through his Word. 26:41) In contrast. personal preferences should not be the sole determining factor when making decisions. Jesus did not remain friends with his imperfect disciples because he was overly indulgent or blind to their imperfections. Jesus detected that this former close companion had allowed his heart to be corrupted. June 25 We thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ always when we pray for you. but the ﬂesh is weak. Paul also prayed for Christians in Thessalonica. he saw that their motives were good. For example. saying: “The spirit. —Col. Even though Judas maintained the outward appearance of friendship.Friday. We are wise also to consider how the choices we make in personal matters aﬀect our ministry and other people.—2 Cor. he had made himself an enemy of God.’ (Eph. is eager. though.’ (Ps. Peter. 6 known all the believers in Colossae. Rather. Even so. w09 10/15 3:5. the Bible. James. Jesus was understandably disappointed in them. We undoubtedly pray for ourselves. Jesus had already dismissed Judas when He declared His friendship with the remaining 11 faithful apostles. 4. 1:3. but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers. Its message should prove to be ‘a lamp to our foot. he chose to focus on their good intentions and positive qualities. since we heard of your faith in connection with Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the holy ones. June 26 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling. Though the apostle Paul may not have .
—Mark 10:15. They show themselves to “be at this ministry” when they earnestly provide guidance and instruction to the congregation from God’s Word by their prayerful study. do not try to stop them. They hold out hope for all integrity keepers. who are admonished to preside “in real earnest. Jesus was not pleased with his disciples.’ (Mark 10:16) Today’s children too will look back with fondness on the elders and others who show them wholesome. 12:6. Some of the gifts Paul mentions—exhorting. presiding—especially concern Christian elders. Jesus’ disciples tried to prevent people from bringing their young children to Jesus for him to touch. unselﬁsh interest. 8) That ministry is similar to the one mentioned at Acts 6:4. he said the words of today’s text. 4:10-27) That dream indicated that divine sovereignty toward the earth expressed by a kingdom in the line of King David would be manifested again after a period of 2. research. spirit has brought pressure upon me in my belly.” What does such a ministry involve? Christian elders use their gifts to build up the members of the congregation. God’s sovereignty toward our globe began to be asserted anew with the installation of Jesus Christ as heavenly King in the year 1914. they would recall that Jesus Christ ‘took them into his arms and blessed them.Monday. 5 Wednesday.C. 14 Tuesday. More important. 10 “one body. He told them: “Let the young children come to me. Jehovah sometimes gives a message to an individual that also has a broader application for mankind in general. in the way overseers serve as teachers and carry out “a ministry. 12:4. where the apostles declare: “We shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” That same earnestness should be evident. from an early age. Although what Elihu spoke under inspiration was fulﬁlled in Job’s restoration.—Rom.—Job 32:18.E. June 29 Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will by no means enter into it. June 27 I have become full of words. On one occasion. June 28 We have gifts diﬀering according to the undeserved kindness given to us. This can be seen from Daniel’s prophecy involving Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about the chopping down of an immense tree.” (Rom. children who receive such genuine concern in the congregation learn that Jehovah’s spirit is on his people. teaching.” (Mark 10:13. using the children to provide an object lesson.520 years. his words are also meaningful to others. w09 10/15 1:4. (Dan. states Paul. Just think of how Kingdom rule will soon fulﬁll the hopes of obedient mankind! w09 8/15 1:9. Think for a moment about how some of those children would feel years later when as men and women. 7. or the . w09 9/15 1:13. 14) Then.” The context seems to indicate that Paul here refers to “a ministry” carried out within the congregation. 5. for the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones. and shepherding. beginning in 607 B.
18:6. 7) None of those sacriﬁces—in fact. 24:45) As his sheep. 30:16. Lev.” (2 Ki. we do well to “pay more than the usual attention to the things” we read about him in the Bible and in the publications of “the faithful and discreet slave. we can. 12:1-13) Further. (Heb. Our obeying the command to listen to the Messiah is a serious matter. let us be eager to listen to Jesus and follow him.631 people attended! It was said of Hezekiah: “In Jehovah the God of Israel he trusted. 2:1. provided that we “keep holding the pattern of healthful words” by practicing what we learn “with the faith and love that are in connection with Christ Jesus. Matt. 12:2. some seven million of us distributed invitations.”—2 Tim. Listen to him. including sheep and goats. Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem invited the whole nation—even those of the northern kingdom—to attend the Passover celebration. (Acts 3:22.Thursday. And how Jehovah has blessed this eﬀort! Why.” (Ex. (Ex. 30:6-9) In recent years. or male sheep. 20) We have zealously shared in this work. is “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. sheep played a notable role in the remission of sin and approach to God. At that time. in obedience to Jesus’ command. 23) Listening to Jesus involves ‘looking intently at him. 5:6. as a substitute. w09 6/15 1: 16-18 . after Abraham had demonstrated that he was willing to oﬀer his son Isaac. For instance. Runners sped through the land carrying letters of invitation. July 2 He kept sticking to Jehovah.’ (Heb. (2 Chron.” (John 1:29) This fact alone makes Jesus a treasure that outranks any material treasure that has ever been found. (Gen. Throughout the Bible. 1:13. sheep again played a signiﬁcant role. 3) Hence. —2 Ki. and James witnessed the transﬁguration. John. June 30 See. 29:38-42. and a total of 17. on the other hand. —Luke 9:35. no sacriﬁce oﬀered by humans—could bring permanent release from sin and death. 18:5) May it be similar in our case. the Lamb of God! —John 1:36. this time as part of “Jehovah’s passover. 10:1-4) Jesus. Peter. he was told not to harm Isaac and was provided with a ram. w09 5/15 4:17-19 Saturday. 22:12.—Deut. the one that has been chosen. (John 10:27) Can we succeed in following the Christ continually? Yes. w09 7/15 1:14. we have shared in a similar eﬀort. July 1 This is my Son. (Heb. in 2008. Our zeal for God’s house will help us ‘keep sticking to Jehovah’ with the prospect of everlasting life in view.” as well as what we hear about him at Christian meetings. considering his example closely.790. the Mosaic Law provided for the sacriﬁce of various animals. 15 Friday. (Luke 22:19. they heard a voice from heaven say the above. We have used appealing printed invitations to invite people in our territories to gather with us in commemorating the Lord’s Evening Meal. 13) When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt.
Zacchaeus. (Jas. and by attending Christian meetings. the apostle Paul could write that the good news had been preached “in all creation that is under heaven. 10:36. 19:5) While cultural norms and circumstances may dictate how we address people today. What enabled such ones to endure mistreatment? Not just their love for the brotherhood but. we allow Bible principles to give us ﬂexibility in dignifying fellow humans everywhere. July 3 I. 5: 28) They knew that Jehovah was with them and would bless them —and bless them he did! In fact. It was not so with the Son of God. for my part. 9 They do not allow class distinctions to curtail the respect their fellow believers and others deserve. 1 John 4: 21) There are many other situations in life that call for the love that endures all things. How can we do that? By often communicating with God through prayer. Some have even been ordered out of the home. and many others heard him call them by their name.” (Col. 18 Monday. 10:35) Teenagers have endured opposition from unbelieving parents. Jehovah’s servants cultivate warmth toward others. Jesus’ ﬁrst-century disciples simply could not stop speaking about the things they had seen and heard. a husband and wife clothed with this quality are fortiﬁed to stick to each other and keep their marriage intact.—Ps. others will observe it and may be drawn to Jehovah. Hence. by reading Bible-based publications. —Col. —Matt. it is quite diﬀerent. Rather. Did not Jesus foretell that this would take place? Yes. w09 11/15 5:6. July 5 A man’s enemies will be persons of his own household.Sunday. (Matt. 42. shall rejoice in Jehovah. and many have experienced the truthfulness of his words. 7 Tuesday. Within the marriage union. As we grow in knowledge of God. (Acts 4:20. our hearts will be ﬁlled with love for him. (1 Pet. Mary. less than 30 years after Jesus’ death. (Luke 10:41. 3:14. Then. 2:1-4) The gracious way that God and his Son treat people of all nations and ethnic groups digniﬁes such individuals and attracts those rightly disposed to the truth. their genuine love for Jehovah and his Son. When opposition comes upon individual Christians from family members. w09 12/15 4:17. Martha. Others have been disowned. as we express our love for God in words and deeds. we do not follow rigid protocol in regard to manners. The Jewish religious leaders viewed those who did not know the Law as “accursed people” and treated them as such. above all. but they were taken in by kindly Witnesses. —John 7:49. w09 7/15 3:8. July 4 This crowd that does not know the Law are accursed people. We also strengthen our love for God by studying his Word. 1:22. 104:34. Frontal assaults against God’s people in general are one thing. . 1: 23) If we want to be truly effective teachers. we too need to make sure that we continue to strengthen our love for God. Of course. what constitutes good manners varies from place to place.
it may not be diﬃcult for elders to “readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. the deliverance Jehovah performed through Jesus is much greater. can you make good friends? Take the initiative. w09 9/15 3:4. regular actions. then. some had to be disfellowshipped . elders must uphold Jehovah’s righteous standards at all times. and love. July 7 Try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. Jesus is the means by which obedient ones are delivered from slavery to sin. 5:20) Nevertheless. 1 Tim. 9:12. The apostle Paul encourages us to “follow the course of hospitality. In doing so. (1 Cor. when elders who handle these matters show Christlike love. Soon. Can you make it a regular part of your routine to show hospitality to members of your congregation? w09 10/15 4:6.—Prov. Jehovah told Moses that the ﬁrstborn of Israel would be saved if the Israelites took the blood of the Passover lamb and sprinkled it on the lintels and doorposts of their doorways. 5 Friday. The world’s bad or indiﬀerent moral attitudes can rub oﬀ on young and old alike. On their last night before the Exodus. Good friendships are not formed by accident. 34:18. one after the other. How. July 8 [Jesus] obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. One way you can be hospitable is by inviting diﬀerent ones in the congregation to share a simple meal with you. 6:1. 18) And that deliverance is “an everlasting deliverance. some of the oﬀspring of Israel were in grave danger. 21) Great as those acts of deliverance were. who miraculously parted the waters of that sea. as the last days of Satan’s system come to their climax.Wednesday. (Rom. eroding their resolve to walk the narrow way. the whole nation was in serious danger. 3:27. They were trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian war chariots.” (Rom. Sadly. they reﬂect Jehovah’s mildness. When someone is truly repentant. 7 from the Christian congregation. and others were reproved. Even siblings who worship Jehovah within Christian families need to work at forming a close friendship. In the ﬁrst century. (Ex. 12:1-13. 21-23) So it proved to be. Nobody else can walk the path of hospitality for you. 5:1113. 17 Thursday. It is similar today.”—Ps. Like Jesus. (Ex. But enduring friendships are a product of hard work and self-sacriﬁce. when it happens to be in the power of your hand to do it. killing all the ﬁrstborn. 12: 13) Following a literal course involves taking a series of steps. July 6 Do not hold back good from those to whom it is owing.—Heb. the spirit of the world is taking an ever greater moral toll. this can have a profound impact on the wrongdoer. A mutual love for Jehovah is the foundation. kindness. 5:12.—Gal. Likewise. 14:13. being hospitable involves taking a series of small.” w09 4/15 4:16. Jehovah again provided deliverance through Moses. Later. God’s angel would pass through the land of Egypt. A situation that can be particularly heartrending is dealing with serious wrongdoing.
43:5) What can you learn from that Levite? If imprisonment for righteousness’ sake were to prevent you from being with fellow believers in their place of worship for a time. 37:5. 11. (Rev. July 10 To Jehovah the heavens belong. wait patiently for God to act in your behalf. and Jesus delighted to do so because he loved his heavenly Father. As the Jews gradually adopted the Greek idea of inherent immortality. July 9 You .” (Gen. Jesus fearlessly aﬃrmed that He was both Christ and the Son of God. and for this I have come into the world. and rely upon him. 12.” (Ps. apostate religious leaders of Christendom have embraced other ideas. According to the Scriptures. for I shall yet laud him as the grand salvation of my person and as my God. 104:5. 20:1-3.—Ps. But Jesus remained silent in resp onse to the accusations against him. 3:19) The earth. Likewise. 115:16. Led before the Sanhedrin and questioned by the high priest. their original hope of life on earth faded. Theologians twisted the Scriptures to make texts that describe the heavenly hope appear . Studying the Psalms can enrich your prayers and help you to wait for God to answer them. our bold and fearless witnessing is deeply rooted in love of God and love of neighbor. 19) Jesus also had love for the people. Meditate on past joys in God’s service. 57-65) Shortly thereafter.Saturday. w09 11/15 2: 11. 12 Sunday. According to this view. 22:36-40. How diﬀerent this is from the way man is presented in the Bible! Man is a physical creature. mankind will be elevated to perfection on earth.—Matt. that I should bear witness to the truth. Jesus did say: “For this I have been born. (Mark 14:53. is man’s everlasting home. . 21:1-4) However.” (John 18:37) Jehovah had commissioned Jesus to preach the good news. but the earth he has given to the sons of men. 7 Monday. Jesus stood bound before Pilate. and he himself will act. who could have freed him. —Matt. but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. not a spirit. To Pilate. a person’s life on earth is intended to be transitory—a test to determine if he is worthy of life in heaven. not heaven. (Luke 4:18.—Ps. O my soul. . Consider the patience of an exiled Levite. He knew their lives were diﬃcult. (Mark 15: 1-5) All of this took much courage. and why are you boisterous within me? Wait for God. 6. 11 to teach that all good people go to heaven. 23:28. w09 8/15 3:4. he sang: “Why are you in despair. 42:5. Jehovah said to the ﬁrst man: “Dust you are. w09 7/15 4:10. and pray for endurance while you “wait for God” to restore you to active association with his people.—Ps. appear righteous to men. Something similar happened to the early Jewish hope of everlasting life on earth. July 11 Roll upon Jehovah your way. Although he could not go to Jehovah’s sanctuary for a time.
July 14 Go to the ant. you lazy one. 12:7-10. and in most colonies three types of ants can be found: queens. Ants are organized into colonies. transplants. all were involved in the vital preaching work. Researchers have found that this skillful “gardener” adjusts its eﬀorts according to the amount of food that is needed by the colony. Of course.Tuesday. July 12 If he does not listen to them. 10 Thursday. w09 5/15 3:9. 5:14. The Scriptures do not teach that each person on earth has a guardian angel. Similarly. 28. 12:1-3. God may give us the wisdom and inner strength needed to cope with “a thorn in the ﬂesh” that aﬄicts us as if we were being slapped by “an angel of Satan. They teach us that diligent eﬀort is needed if we wish to produce good fruitage. (Prov. 6:22. all of them busily toiling on and under the earth’s surface. and he rescues them. But only a very limited number were used to write the books of the Bible and oversee the Christian congregation. One particular ant. In real terms. (1 Cor. 6:6. w09 6/15 4:16. Although as a composite body the slave class is responsible for feeding the spiritual household. some of our brothers in Nazi concentration camps were execut- . We can learn from the ants. July 13 The angel of Jehovah is camping all around those fearing him. not all individuals of the slave class have the same responsibilities or work assignments. 34:7. 18. —Ps. 25) Some researchers believe that for every human there are at least 200. 3:17. and prunes its fungus gardens in ways that maximize yield. Each group contributes in its own way to caring for the colony’s needs. it is only the elders who take this action in their capacity as representatives of the congregation.000 ants. Meshach. 60. Are all anointed ones throughout the earth part of a global network that is somehow involved in revealing new spiritual truths? No. the South American leaf-cutting ant. 17 ed. Acts 7:59. speak to the congregation. Angels are ever alert to intervene according to God’s will. This little insect fertilizes. 11) The circumstances and issues were diﬀerent. Consider the instinctive wisdom of the ant. Abednego. To illustrate: The Scriptures at times speak of “the congregation” as taking certain action in handling judicial matters. but help may come in a diﬀerent manner. though. males. Daniel. Fellow Christians may be motivated to provide help and comfort. could be called a sophisticated gardener. 30:24.” —2 Cor. (Dan. They rescued Shadrach. —Prov. and workers. and Peter but did not prevent the deaths of Stephen and James at enemy hands. —Matt. w09 4/15 3:7-9 Wednesday. whereas Jehovah saw to it that most of them survived. see its ways and become wise. 1 Thess. Jehovah could send an angel to assist us. 7. 18:17. 12:14-18) In the ﬁrst century.
Jehovah. for people may be drawn to the God we serve because they notice how we stand out as diﬀerent from the crowd in this deﬁled world. Num. He also knows that our cleanliness reﬂects on him. Deut. 7) In line with this. 12:2. July 17 Our being adequately qualiﬁed issues from God. and it can change the way he thinks and even how he feels about things.—Lev. July 15 You must not make your souls unclean. 2:3) While privileges of special service may bring some into the limelight. In what ways do we need to remain clean? Really. 3:6. and of joints and their marrow. 12:3) Therefore. w09 9/15 4:9 Sunday. 5:5. (Lev.” humble tasks that often go unnoticed by men. feet. which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it. 19:17-20. 5:22. has the power to reveal what a person really is on the inside. not our own competence. 30:17-21.Friday. and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart. 11:44. (Ex. with the prospect of living forever. Lev. enables people to make profound changes in their lives. That is of great importance. 15:31) The Mosaic Law touched on such matters as the disposal of waste. our heavenly Father. will prevent us from becoming opinionated. Gal. 11: 45. the Bible. and clothing. being modest. 23) Colossians 3:10 says: “Clothe yourselves with the new per- . 3:5. the cleansing of vessels.—2 Cor.—Heb. We should humbly recognize that any fruitage we may have in our ministry is the result of God’s blessing. Jehovah wants us to be clean. Jehovah made it clear to his people that physical cleanliness was essential. He knows that cleanliness is essential to our well-being. 11:32. 8 Saturday. w09 10/15 1:7. 4:12. a person can become a friend of God. The gifts we may have are due to Jehovah’s “undeserved kindness. 12:16. 14) The Israelites were reminded that their God. or being aware of our limitations. (Rom. we should not glorify ourselves. (1 Cor.” “pure. It takes true humility and conscious effort to recognize that each of our brothers and sisters is superior to us in one way or another. and the washing of hands. along with the help that Jehovah provides by means of his holy spirit. In ancient Israel. However. Paul states: “I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think. is holy—which means “clean.—Rom.” (Rom.—Lev.” and “sacred. (Phil.” It is necessary that we have self-respect and ﬁnd joy and satisfaction in our Kingdom service. in all respects. all will ﬁnd deep joy in accomplishing “lowly things. w09 8/15 4:18. 19 sonality.” The message found in God’s Word. 23:13. July 16 The word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit. 1 Pet. The transforming p ower of God’s Word. By coming to an accurate knowledge of the Scriptures and by conforming his life to Jehovah’s righteous standards.” Servants of the holy God need to be holy as well.
do we hesitate to acknowledge it to our mate.—Eph. comfort. For example. they did not know all the details of how God would fulﬁll his promise through the Messiah and the Kingdom. July 18 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. it elevates our message and shows honor to those to whom we speak. Sarah. 4:8. —Matt. which includes a concise deﬁnition and a list of such exemplary men and women of faith as Noah. —1 Pet. 1 Tim. Eph. freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. tactless. when we make a mistake. —Matt.Monday.” (Eph. In fact. tenderly compassionate. Paul said: “Let all malicious bitterness and anger and wrath and screaming and abusive speech be taken away from you along with all badness. Many problems and misunderstandings can be reduced or eliminated by being open.—Phil. 12:34. (Prov. mature Christians strive to build up. 6: 3-5. 12:18. Our speech says much about us. instead of using speech that is undigniﬁed. w09 7/15 1:16. critical. 4:32. (1 Pet. 3:8-10) Speaking truth does not mean that we should be blunt. July 19 They kept on investigating. negative. Paul urged his fellow Christians to “look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith. w09 6/15 3:8. w09 12/15 1:8. 2. He wrote: “If any man seems to himself to be a formal worshiper and yet does not bridle his tongue. Jesus. Only through Jesus can faith be perfected. 1:15. 9 Hebrews chapter 11 had strong faith in God’s promise. 17 Wednesday. 23:12. With all of this in mind. Being rude does not increase the value of the truth or its impact. and kind in our communication. 12:1. or to other close family members? Oﬀering a sincere apology from the heart helps to promote peace and unity within the family. 16) Righthearted ones will surely observe how we use the gift of speech and may follow our example.” Why? Although those faithful men and women listed in . their faith was incomplete. In Hebrews chapter 11. 20) Our readiness to discuss our moral convictions with others and to speak out in defense of God’s lofty standards can reveal our devotion to God. Jesus’ half brother James recognized the impact that our speech can have on our worship. or hurtful. Abraham. even those who were used by Jehovah to pen the many Messianic prophecies did not fully grasp the import of what they wrote. (Rom. honest. July 20 Become kind to one another. we ﬁnd Paul’s masterful discussion of faith. or made complete. 4:29. but goes on deceiving his own heart. 1:26) Our speech can reveal to others in the congregation the degree to which we have progressed spiritually. 1:11. 9. to our children. and encourage. console. this man’s form of worship is futile. 4:31) When we speak in a kind and digniﬁed manner. 9 Tuesday.” (Jas. Accordingly. and Rahab. In that sense. How essential that we clearly understand and recognize Jesus’ role as “the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith”!—Heb.
schoolmates. each of us can contribute to that wholesome atmosphere. —2 Tim. . 12:18. . Accordingly. (Prov. July 22 Men will be lovers of themselves. for example. support the weak. be peaceable with all men. however. w09 10/15 2:7-9 Friday. the book of Job identiﬁes Satan as mankind’s merciless enemy. 16 Saturday. . 4: 26) This also holds true within the Christian congregation.—Job 2:7. He says that we should be “peaceable with all men. and people we meet in our public ministry. However. as far as it depends upon you. Christians suﬀered from similar problems. . July 23 If possible. . we learn of the vindication of Jehovah’s sovereignty and Satan’s ﬁnal destruction.” such problems may be on the rise. as far as it depends upon you. be longsuﬀering toward all. The book of Job adds to our knowledge of Satan’s rebellious course.” (1 Thess. The Hebrew Scriptures provide details about Satan’s shameful role in challenging Jehovah and leading mankind astray. When Satan was present at the gatherings in heaven.” That includes neighbors. Paul. ftn. How can we do so? To begin with. helpful actions are as appropriate now as they were for Christians living back then. (2 Tim. Eph. w09 9/15 1: 15. The apostle qualiﬁes his counsel. (Matt. we ﬁnd more information about Satan’s opposition to Jehovah. 5: 14) This involves putting Christlike kindness to work. The atmosphere within the true Christian congregation provides a refreshing contrast to that of the unkind world. By imitating Jesus. 3:1) In Bible times. exhorted Christians to “speak consolingly to the depressed souls. w09 4/15 1:13. fellow employees.Thursday. After he accused Job and received permission to test him. In these “last days. The Devil had a malicious attitude and a sinister objective. saying: “If possible. July 21 Satan went out away from the person of Jehovah and struck Job with a malignant boil from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.) One way to be a peacemaker within the family circle is to settle disagreements as quickly as p ossible rather than allow situations to deteriorate. without love of goodness. but they are by no means new. he did not attend with the intention of praising Jehovah.” That means doing all we reasonably can to be “peaceable with all” but not to the extent of compromising God’s righteous principles. 3. 14 health problems or other adverse circumstances. 15:18. . In the Christian Greek Scriptures. “Satan went out away from the person of Jehovah.—Rom. many in the congregation need our help and encouragement because they face .” (Job 1:12) Hence. 5:9. and in the book of Revelation. Paul goes beyond the need to be peaceable within the family circle and in the congregation. having no natural aﬀection. Genuine Christians are peace lovers and peacemakers. 3:2.
your faith has made you well. neighbors. Elihu probably did not understand the full signiﬁcance of the ransom. (Col. w09 11/15 5:5 Tuesday. 1 Pet. 3: 12-14. 13) “To do good” includes performing good deeds in behalf of others. Elderly ones among the survivors will return to the days of their youthful vigor. July 26 I have found a ransom! —Job 33:24. The book of Job also shows that there will be a resurrection. July 24 Let us work what is good toward all. Among the many things that Jesus Christ learned from his Father was courtesy. 9) And accomplishing our ministry with a selfsacriﬁcing spirit is truly rewarding. 4:8. Acts of kindness toward our mates. (Prov. w09 8/15 1:11-13 Monday. (1 Pet. He often stopped what he was doing in order to help a distraught individual. Rom. 6:10. and others. Moreover. Elihu’s words reﬂect the hope that God would one day accept a ransom and set man free from the process of aging and from death. 14-17) Moreover. and other relatives bring deep satisfaction. Such conduct does not go unnoticed by our relatives. 6:23. It is the gift of God. 10. parents. 1:10-12) Still.—John 10:16. hospitable. Go in peace. we follow Jesus’ example by being kind and helpful. both immortality in heaven for anointed Christians and everlasting life on earth for Jesus’ “other sheep” depend on the exercising of faith in Christ’s ransom sacriﬁce. and it pleases Jehovah. 3:27) Being tender. Jesus was extraordinarily considerate toward those who put their faith in him. 3:12.—Mark 5:34. children. and others in need found Jesus ready and willing to help them. although they came to him without an appointment. 7:9. 15) Today. such conduct gloriﬁes Jehovah and brings us happiness. Lepers.” (Eccl. The Bible says: “I have come to know that there is nothing better for [mankind] than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life. Luke 18:35-41) As Christians. Elihu’s words continue to have meaning for millions of Christians who hope to survive the destruction of the present system of things. (Mark 5:30-33. Jesus said that there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. While we wait for the wonderful future in store for us. Jehovah’s will is that we enjoy the good things that he gives us.Sunday. the prospect of seeing resurrected ones restored to the days of their youth continues to delight faithful people. Elihu’s words presented the wonderful prospect of everlasting life. He did not ig- . Jesus was always patient and kind. blind people reduced to begging. July 25 Daughter. Although his ministry at times placed great demands on his time and energy. Of course. and forgiving toward our spiritual brothers and sisters also results in much joy.—Gal. w09 12/15 2:15 nore them. and also that every man should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. (Rev. (Job 14:14. and be in good health from your grievous sickness.
9 Friday. 14 coming fellow worshippers. (Matt. though. a brother named James. Jesus showed consideration for their physical limitations.”—John 15:13.” When a hospitable host in Bible times received friends into his home. we can do the same with others. When we were alone in a production room. Right then I recalled an experience related in The Watchtower regarding a brother who faced a similar temptation on his job. (Mark 6:30-32) And he was interested not just in telling them what he thought but also in hearing and understanding what they thought and felt. 26:27. True.” (Gen. In a short while. not even be mentioned among you. Why not spend a few minutes conversing with them? At the next meeting. —Rom. 1:5. and we are exhorted to imitate him in wel- . The article used the example of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. he prayed for his Father to protect them during their trials. July 27 Let fornication . watch over them on account of your own name which you have given me.—John 17:11. —1 Tim. No one should take oﬀense if we are not able to greet them at every meeting. 28. she began making sexual advances. For instance. admit to one’s society and friendship. “that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends. —Eph. Jesus looked past the faults of his loyal friends and acted in their best interests. we will have had delightful conversations with just about all our brothers and sisters. . we can pay attention to those whom we have not seen or with whom we have not spoken recently. July 28 Welcome one another. 15:7. There is no need to worry if we do not get to speak with everyone on the same day. w09 11/15 4:8. he knew that he must oﬀer his life as a legal requirement to satisfy his Father’s standard of justice. in order that they may be one just as we are. 4:19) For example. As we greet our brothers at the Kingdom Hall and other places.” says James. (Matt. 17:2426) Jesus both lived and died for his friends. “one employee seemed to be of good character and showed interest in Bible truth. 16:13-16. 28) But Jesus gave his life as an expression of love. and she ran out.Wednesday.” said Jesus. I promptly pushed the girl away. The Greek word rendered “welcome” means “to receive kindly or hospitably. accepted a job where all his coworkers were women. 39: 7-12) James was thankful that he maintained a good conscience. .” (Eph. . July 29 Holy Father. he let them know how happy he was to see them. 9:22. It is a real protection for a Christian to have p erceptive powers that are properly trained to distinguish right from wrong in a world that is “past all moral sense. “No one has love greater than this. Heb. w09 10/15 3:7. w09 5/15 1:13. 8 Thursday. . Christ has ﬁguratively welcomed us in that way. 5:3. “While many of these clearly showed a lack of moral sense. . who regularly read and deeply appreciated Scriptural publications. just as the Christ also welcomed us.
Study of God’s Word and attendance at Christian meetings should not be neglected. he would start wielding his power as King of God’s Kingdom. July 30 Whatever you are doing. and it stays close to holes and crevices that can provide lifesaving shelter. we need to stay close to our fellow Christians so that we can enjoy “an interchange of encouragement” with them. 12:710) The preaching and teaching work that Jesus began in 29 C. (Prov. (Rom. —Col. 11:15) Shortly thereafter. 10:24. 24. we need to have sharp spiritual vision so . The great majority of Jehovah’s people are doing their best to care for the spiritual needs of their families and have a full share in the ministry each week. Similarly. Rather. One way we can be watchful is by taking advantage of the spiritual protection that Jehovah makes available to us. (Luke 4:4. 19:11. note that this animal does not leave itself vulnerable to attack. —1 Pet. w09 4/15 3:11-13 Monday.” (Matt. 3:23. Bible prophecies and world events conﬁrm that his presence as King began in 1914. He will then tell sheeplike ones who accept him as Jehovah’s means of salvation to “inherit the kingdom.E. July 31 Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. The rock badger is a comparatively small creature that can teach us important lessons. and not to men. 24:3. 5:8. Many brothers and sisters assist with Kingdom Hall construction. Heb. August 1 Keep your senses. Throughout the centuries since his resurrection. Soon he will judge all the living. 30:26) First. A way to show that we cherish our place in the congregation is by closely examining our personal circumstances and doing all we can to ‘glorify our ministry’ and bring honor to Jehovah. w09 11/15 3:6 Sunday. We can be conﬁdent that when we oﬀer ourselves willingly in God’s service and do our best to serve him whole-souled.—Matt. is nearing its grand climax. 17 that we can perceive the dangers that lurk in Satan’s world.—Rev. and members of Bethel families throughout the world. he led the holy angels in casting Satan and his demons from heaven. 25:34. there is always a place for us in his arrangement. Rev. 1:13) At the appointed time. Others serve in such special forms of full-time service as missionaries. 25) Furthermore. Jesus has faithfully supervised the activities of the Christian congregation over which he has been ruling as King.Saturday. it takes advantage of its keen eyesight to see predators from afar. just as the rock badger thrives in a close-knit community. 25:31-33. 11:13) Some are able to be regular pioneers. as did “the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matt. (Col. traveling overseers. (Rev. 1: 12.—Rom. 41) Those who reject Jesus as King will suﬀer destruction. w09 12/15 3:16. work at it whole-souled as to Jehovah. for you know that it is from Jehovah you will receive the due reward. be watchful.
Down through the ages. wrote Paradise Lost and its sequel Paradise Regained. But at the same time. In 1651. —Luke 22:43. 15. August 2 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. Bible translation and printing had made the Holy Scriptures more widely available.” (Gen. Today a limited numb er of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. members of the great crowd are careful not to elevate any individuals who claim to be part of that slave. These spirit-anointed men oversee the Kingdom work and the spiritual feeding program. August 4 Light itself has ﬂashed up for the righteous one. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. and Eternall Life on Earth. saying: “Rise. The angels could have prevented Jesus’ arrest and cruel death. 4:5-7) So let us imitate Jesus’ example by living with “soundness of mind. for else the comparison were not proper. Jehovah therefore resurrected Jesus to immortal heavenly life. however. an angel was sent to strengthen him. In his works. (Matt. 97:11. 1 Pet.” (1 Cor. (Matt.—Ps. giving him “all authority” and making angels subject to him. John Milton (1608-1674). 14. 28:18. Instead. 5) Members of the great crowd appreciate the spiritual food produced under the Governing Body’s direction. Milton referred to the reward that the faithful will receive in an earthly paradise. Jesus died a sacriﬁcial death and furnished proof that a perfect man can maintain integrity to God despite being tested to the limit. (Acts 16:4. 13:37-39) By the 1600’s.” —Acts 10:26. Luke 24:4-7. 3: 15. 15:21. 19 Thursday. yet facing persecution conﬁdently.—Acts 14: 14. (Matt. Satan did not always succeed in obscuring the truth. In accord with Jehovah’s purpose. a few careful Bible readers saw ﬂashes of truth as they understood some aspects of how God will restore mankind to perfection. As in the ﬁrst century. Acts 2: 32. 3:22) Jesus thus proved to be the principal part of the “seed” of God’s “woman. one scholar wrote that since through Adam men “have forfeited Paradise. while respecting the slave as a class. August 3 Peter lifted him up.” not taking unnecessary risks. No Christian who genuinely receives the anointing with God’s spirit would want or expect such treatment. 12 with each individual member of the slave class before making decisions.Tuesday. Gal. I myself am also a man. 7: 13. w09 6/15 4:18. though. 3:16) Jesus knew that it was wrong for him to put Jehovah to the test by expecting angels to rescue him if he were to engage in reckless behavior. the Governing Body does not consult . w09 5/15 3: 11. w09 8/15 3:8 Wednesday.” so in the Christ “all men shall be made to live on Earth.—Titus 2:12. 22) One of the English-speaking world’s famous poets. Although most religions that claim to be Christian deny the hope of everlasting life on earth.
’ (1 Tim. . 9 Sunday. (Rev. . 5:47. but on God. and to rest their hope. what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?—Matt. What does it involve? Instead of storing up material riches. 6:17-19) Such a course of self-sacriﬁce reﬂects practical wisdom. In this regard. Talk to them.—Rev. 7:16) After the ﬁnal test. 16:26. Eternal Father. not on uncertain riches. who will live forever in perfect health and happiness. 24. What a grand heritage lies just ahead for all who obey God’s Anointed One! w09 12/15 3:18. we can beneﬁt from this divinely inspired counsel. a person could develop a habit that is in reality ill-mannered. 20: 10) How wonderfully and ﬂawlessly Jesus fulﬁlls his role as the Messiah! A paradise earth will be ﬁlled with redeemed humans. however. One distinct way that divine education prepares us for the coming of Jehovah’s day is by helping us to set proper priorities. each of us does well to consider: ‘Where am I storing up treasure? Am I slaving for God or for Riches?’—Matt. it is appropriate and desir- . 6:19. 7:17. Prince of Peace. such as “Wonderful Counselor. (John 5:26-29) The Messiah will guide willing humans to “fountains of waters of life. 19 Saturday.Friday. w09 11/15 5:8. consultant Donald Weiss wrote: “People resent it when others look through or past them. and the rightfulness of his universal sovereignty fully vindicated. we should strive “to work at good” and “to be rich in ﬁne works. including those resurrected from the dead. 20. (Matt. w09 9/15 4:11 able to greet others. will be “hurled into the lake of ﬁre. no one is expected to speak to everyone passing by on a crowded sidewalk. all rebels. Mighty God. including Satan and his demons. Jehovah’s sacred name will have been cleared of all reproach. Jesus will fully live up to all his titles. In many other situations. In the fast-paced life that is common in many places today. 7) His Kingdom rule will lift humans to perfection. August 5 What beneﬁt will it be to a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?—Matt.” (Rev. 16:27) In view of the nearness of Jehovah’s day.” Even if we are not aﬄuent. we ‘treasure up for ourselves a ﬁne foundation for the future.” (Isa.” enabling obedient mankind to enjoy a peaceful relationship with Jehovah. August 6 If you greet your brothers only. Is it your custom to greet people? Or do you often walk by without a smile or a pleasant word? With no bad intention. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be highminded. August 7 God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.” By putting spiritual matters ﬁrst in our lives. . 9:6. The remedy is simple: Greet people. two people often pass each other without saying “hello” or “how are you?” Of course.” If we do not let aloofness or coldness on our part chill our contact with others. During his Thousand Year Reign. we will have good results.
7. For example. hope. 52:2. —2 Cor. When his apostles repeatedly argued among themselves as to who was greater. Hope in promises we long to see fulﬁlled will no longer be entertained after all things have become new. —1 John 2:17. With everlasting life in view. we need to “widen out. 21 Wednesday. —1 Cor. August 10 You. we will surely see and understand ever more facets of God’s love. they look forward to seeing one another again. w09 12/15 4:20. 34:13. —Ps. John 13:14) Similarly. things that we have faith in will become reality. (Rom. w09 6/15 3: 10.Monday. August 9 Now.” using it to inﬂict painful wounds with abusive or degrading speech. when those attending conventions and assemblies introduce themselves to others and begin talking. 6:13. 10 Tuesday. 22:24-27. 4:32) By being candid with our brothers but not overly frank. these three. First. (Mark 9:33-37. 13:13. (Mark 10:4244) They imitate Christ by being “kind to one another” and “tenderly compassionate” in their dealings with others. 12:18) In this way. there remain faith. 11 grow out of its infancy stage and reach maturity. intensifying the love that unites us in true worship. Truly. w09 11/15 4:5. The opportunities for forming lasting friendships abound in Jehovah’s organization. he pointed out that gifts of the spirit would pass away and that the Christian congregation would . Prov. while ﬁrm for righteousness.” It would be wise to ask ourselves. Eventually. we see the wisdom of pursuing the surpassing way of love. If we “widen out. (Ps. (1 Cor. 15:7) It is a step that can lead to enjoyable discussions and lasting friendships.” our circle of friends will grow. Note how the apostle Paul emphasized that truth. But what about love? That will never fail. widen out. but the greatest of these is love. Among Jehovah’s people today. we can express what is on our mind without being oﬀensive. too. and therefore the need for faith in them will end. it excels in any and all situations. August 8 Safeguard your tongue against what is b ad. never would we want our tongue to be “sharpened like a razor. Indeed. we honor God and promote unity in the congregation. Kingdom Hall construction volunteers as well as those sharing in relief work often become good friends because they get to know one another’s ﬁne qualities through the experiences they share. and your lips against speaking deception. love. Christian elders today do not lord it over God’s ﬂock. or end. (Eph. Jesus ﬁrmly but patiently helped them to understand the need for humility. Luke 9:4648. however. If the interests that we share with some Christians separate us from others. ‘Do I greet both older and younger ones in the congregation?’ Greeting others is the ﬁrst step in welcoming them. 13:812) Then he concluded with the words of today’s text.
the apostles were loyal. the girl rose from the dead! Can you imagine the joy of her parents? Then you have an idea of the surpassing joy that will be ours when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear [Jesus’] voice and come out” in the resurrection. and people will give to you. 10 1:19. Yet. anger is damaging and does not reﬂect “the mind of Christ. August 12 We do have the mind of Christ. 20) Jesus warned some in his day in no uncertain terms. Jesus was generous in giving of his time. August 13 He will save his people from their sins. 2:6-8.Thursday. consider what happened when Jesus went to the home of a certain man named Jairus. and resources. but they did their best to support him during good times and bad. 66-68. whose 12-year-old daughter had died. shaken together and overﬂowing. Jesus saves his followers from the wrath of God and brings them into a loving relationship with Jehovah. 2: 23) Rather. —Luke 22:28. w09 10/15 3:9. By delivering them from slavery to sin. These false friends abandoned Jesus when they misunderstood something he said. For with the measure that you are measuring out. Their friendship with Christ was often tested. they may be tempted to express their own feelings about the individual’s actions and attitude.” (Luke 8:41. they jumped to a wrong conclusion and turned their backs on him. In contrast. 42. When a wrongdoer rej ects Scriptural counsel or tries to shift the blame for his wrong. only put forth faith. 50) True to his words.—John 6: 26. he left the way open for wrongdoers to repent and return to Jehovah’s favor. some did try to associate with Jesus purely for what they could get out of him. Knowing the damage the person has already caused. 18 Friday. To visualize what that will mean. August 11 You are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials. people were drawn to him and were happy to give to him in return.—Matt. Jesus could say: “Practice giving.” (Luke 6:38) Of course. (Luke 8:1-3) From personal experience. but never once did he say anything that was hateful or was intended to cause pain.” (1 Tim. (1 Pet. Jesus not only rescues us from our past sins but also opens the way for us to enjoy a better future. and she will be saved. 1:15) Remember that the Scriptural arrangement for judicial action within the congregation protects the ﬂock and may move a disciplined wrongdoer to repentance. Rather than give Jesus the beneﬁt of the doubt. 1:21.—John 5: 28. 29. elders and others may feel indignant. 60. —1 Cor. 2:16. The deliverance from sin that Jesus provides will in due time include freedom from its grim effects—sickness and even death. w09 9/15 3:6. aﬀection. 49. 7 Saturday. one of the main reasons for Jesus’ coming into the world was “to save sinners. . they will measure out to you in return. —2 Cor. pressed down. Indeed.” (Jas. As a result. 56. w09 4/15 4:17. Jesus reassured Jairus: “Have no fear. They will pour into your laps a ﬁne measure.
our love for God. 4:15. August 16 We.—John 6:68. w09 7/15 3:10. they can learn much from this illustration and do their share to contribute to Christian unity. w09 10/15 1: 9. we can ﬁnd joy in whatever material gifts we have received from Jehovah. 12:5. the antics of young animals. On the other hand.Sunday. his enthusiasm will be evident. although many. and other wonders of nature cost nothing. Jesus said: “Every well-trained student will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40.—Ps.” (John 3:34) Like a piercing light. 16) Although the “other sheep” are not part of the composite body of Christ. according to the functioning of each respective member in due measure. They brought hope and comfort to humble ones who were deceived by false religious leaders and oppressed by the Devil. for he is the Giver of all good things.” (Eph. “although many. 12:4) In a similar vein. 1:18) He reminds spirit-begotten Christians that a body has many members with diﬀerent functions and that they. and faith in the ransom sacriﬁce will result in our complete relief from the adversities of imperfect life and lead us to lasting joy. Ultimately. August 14 You have sayings of everlasting life. Paul exhorted anointed Christians in Ephesus: “Let us by love grow up in all things into him who is the head. August 15 I will be joyful and rejoice in your loving-kindness. Christ. 31:7. Moved by his love for us. are one body. From him all the body. Jehovah will rescue us from calamity. by being harmoniously joined together and being made to cooperate through every joint that gives what is needed.—John 10:16. Furthermore. 10 Monday. we grow in our love for Jehovah. makes for the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. He knew he had something precious to share—the truth about his heavenly Father. 17 Tuesday.” (Rom. .—Ps. If a teacher cares about what he teaches. (Col. Christ. a breathtaking sunset. are one body in union with Christ. w09 12/15 2:16. Even while undergoing trials. (1 John 5:3) In the meantime. Paul compares anointed Christians to members of a body serving unitedly under their Head. exerting a powerful inﬂuence on those whom he teaches. the truths that Jesus taught exposed what was bad and highlighted what was good. you have known about the distresses of my soul. the very “sayings of God. obedience to his commandments. if a teacher does not truly appreciate what he teaches. (Acts 10:38) The love Jesus had for truth is found not only in his teachings but in all he did. The New Berkeley Version in Modern English) Jesus loved what he taught. 11 As we reﬂect on such things. we ﬁnd comfort in knowing that Jehovah is well-aware of all the things that aﬄict us. in that you have seen my aﬄiction. a majestic landscape. 34:19. how can he expect his students to value what they are hearing? Never underestimate your example as a teacher of God’s Word.—Rom. yet they can ﬁll us with awe and bring us joy.
3: 24) A Christian who is “full-grown in powers of understanding” develops such gratitude and enjoys intimacy with Jehovah. w09 4/15 1:14.—Acts 14:26. her main concern was the impression she gave to others. “I struggled greatly. Some apostates oppose the use of the divine name. Like their father. 15 Friday. When we strive to make spiritual progress. Jehovah. Age. Their mind may be poisoned by a critical attitude toward individuals in the congregations. 10) We thus grow in our appreciation for God and for all the provisions he has made for our beneﬁt. 12:6. Rom. For example.Wednesday. He hates people of integrity. Satan was the ﬁrst creature to turn apostate. although you incite me against him to swallow him up without cause. August 19 Become full-grown in powers of understanding. or the Governing Body.” w09 5/15 1:15. health.’ and it proved to be vital when she faced a distressing health problem. “I realized that I had to make some changes if I was going to feel that I was giving everything I could to Jehovah. The Devil tested Job both when he was prosperous and when he was destitute.” Younger members of the congregation may be able to do more physically because of their youthful energy. 16 Thursday. 1:9. We also need to bear in mind that anything we are able to do in Jehovah’s organization depends on God’s undeserved kindness. (Jas. Modern-day apostates .—Job 2:3. 14:20. Job’s faithfulness showed that Satan is a liar.” she said. and other factors also inﬂuence what we are able to do in Jehovah’s service. whereas older ones beneﬁt the congregation greatly because of their wisdom and experience. “and the splendor of old men is their gray-headedness. our place in the congregation depends on what we are able to do or are in a position to do. “The beauty of young men is their power. “My heart was not ablaze with the desire to serve Jehovah. Clearly. Louise developed ‘ﬁrmness of heart. Satan. 5:8) Louise said. 11. w09 11/15 3:7 display characteristics similar to those of the Devil. They are not interested in learning about Jehovah or in serving him. The biggest change was to throw my whole heart into his worship. (Job 2:3-5) Nevertheless.” By putting forth such eﬀort.—Rom.” states Proverbs 20: 29. 12:6-8. our mind stays focused on “the more important things. but I really drew close to Jehovah. Christian elders. August 18 Even yet [Job] is holding fast his integrity. (John 8:44) No wonder servants of Jehovah avoid all contact with them! —2 John 10. (Rom. A sister named Louise admitted that for some time after baptism. August 17 We have gifts diﬀering according to the undeserved kindness given to us. It is important to scrutinize our circumstances because. apostates target people of integrity.” (Phil.—1 Cor. the place a brother occupies in the congregation differs in some respects from that of a sister. Satan has no compassion for the needy or for victims of calamity. to some extent.
” The result? “They were one and all ﬁlled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness. 52:11. turn away.” (Acts 2:41. 1:5-8) God is aware of any disturbing thoughts you may have. the two reported to the brothers what had occurred. (1 Sam. regardless of the sexual degradation of the world around us. Infuriated by what Jesus’ disciples were accomplishing. for example. keep yourselves clean. We strive to keep our thoughts clean. get out of there. Jehovah can and will give us his holy spirit if we ask him to do so. With Jehovah’s help. If you are facing a test of integrity. (Jas. does not rest with us. 138:3. . The courage to speak the truth to others. That is why. —Ps. August 22 Keep on asking in faith. —Jude 21. it is a challenge to remain clean. 2:1-10. Today. we insist on keep- . grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness. August 20 Fear began to fall upon every soul. w09 7/15 4:12-14 ing our worship clean. Childless Hannah. Regardless of your circumstances. one of the Levite Elkanah’s two wives. . Open your heart to him in full faith.—1 Sam. August 21 Turn away. the religious leaders arrested Peter and John and ordered them not to speak about Jesus. follow the counsel of the disciple James. Upon being released.” and accept the guidance of his spirit and the counsel of his Word. get out from the midst of her. we too can come oﬀ victorious in the face of any opposition. 1:6. True. We need to be clean on the inside as well as on the outside. . w09 8/15 4:20 Monday. we carefully avoid the false religious celebrations and holidays so popular in today’s world. We adhere faithfully to Jehovah’s standards of moral cleanness. prayed for a son and had faith that her prayer would be answered. 1:918) Your taking time to meditate on her prayer on that occasion may well enrich your own prayers and help you to see that even sadness over a distressing problem can be overcome if you pray in faith that Jehovah will answer you. We keep ever in mind the inspired warning that is found in today’s text. requesting: “Jehovah. and he can guide and comfort you by means of his spirit. 4:24-31) Notice that it was Jehovah’s powerful holy spirit that helped the disciples speak God’s word with boldness. —Jas. w09 11/15 2: 13-15 Sunday. But Jehovah’s people strive to do so because this helps them remain in God’s love. avoiding any contamination from false religion. and they all prayed about the opposition they faced.Saturday. Most important. “not doubting at all. —Isa. even to opposers. always pray in faith. and many portents and signs began to occur through the apostles. we stay spiritually clean by refraining from even touching what our heavenly Father views as unclean in a religious sense. touch nothing unclean.—Acts 2:43. and do not doubt that he can give you the wisdom needed to cope with your trial. Turn to Jehovah in prayer.
” (2 Tim. Jehovah stated the above. Matt. August 24 The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things. Phil. 11:29. always being refreshing to others. or removed. (Isa. 6:6-8. he must also live by means of them. Jehovah assures his people that sin and death will be swallowed up. Look for ways and make opportunities to do so. The love of riches is a sign of spiritual deﬁciency. 11 Thursday. so should we. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light. (Ps. treating others with warmth and kindness. Jehovah inspired other Bible writers to mention the hope of everlasting life. 11:28) Each of us can show kindness by taking an active interest in the welfare of others. which if a man will do. Paul’s two letters to Timothy provided exhortation on several areas of conduct. 6:10.—1 Tim. the psalmist David concluded a psalm about the unity of true worshippers at Zion with the words: “There Jehovah commanded the blessing to be. 1:5. (Gal. Christians have the responsibility to ‘receive their brothers kindly. 2) But Timothy was not a hypocrite.—Lev. (1 Tim. 21:4. Paul was well-acquainted with the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the damaging result of their course.” (Ps. Saying the right things without doing the right things would make one a hypocrite.” (Rom. however. For instance. he cautioned Timothy against such insincerity and pretense. In contrast. In his second letter to .” manifest spiritual advancement. 18 Timothy. Since they could not live up to the Law’s perfect standards.” w09 8/15 1:14-16 Wednesday. w09 12/15 1:10. 3:13) After Moses. 37: 29) For example. “from all the earth. —Matt. August 23 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” urged Paul. Paul wrote: “I recollect the faith which is in you without any hypocrisy. 4: 1. 18:5. even life to time indeﬁnite.”—2 Cor. learning to show “love free from hypocrisy. 30. 12: 10) That means following Christ’s example. Timothy was to avoid the pursuit of riches. showing genuine concern even for those we may never before have met. for I am mildtempered and lowly in heart. 4:11-13. —1 Tim. 133:3) Jehovah inspired Isaiah to prophesy about everlasting life on earth. w09 9/15 1:17. adding: “In showing honor to one another take the lead. 32:2. (Isa. (3 John 5-8) As Jesus took the initiative in showing compassion to others. When giving the nation of Israel the Law. More than once.Tuesday. and you will ﬁnd refreshment for your souls. Reach out! “In brotherly love have tender aﬀection for one another. August 25 You must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions. Christians who ﬁnd contentment in a simple life.’ to treat them as Jesus would have treated them. 25:7. 8) Like a suﬀocating “envelopment” —a blanket—sin and death have weighed heavily on mankind. the Israelites were condemned by the Law and needed a release from that condemnation. “having sustenance and covering. Timothy needed to make his genuineness as a Christian manifest to others. 6:6. 1:5) Still.
” said Jesus. 16:7) He knows how we feel about our meetings.” —Prov. do not show yourself heated up only to do evil. 119: 105) In his Word. the Bible.” —Matt. which gives guidance to man on how best to cope with inherited imperfection. Jehovah is aware of what we think of Christ’s “brothers. 13 Saturday. we know that it does not belong to us to take vengeance. “do not say the same things over and over again. “When praying. also upon earth. August 28 Our Father in the heavens.” (Gen. (Rom. Says Proverbs 17:3: “The reﬁning pot is for silver and the furnace for gold. says Jehovah. w09 10/15 2:10 Sunday. The psalmist wrote: “Let anger alone and leave rage. 12:19. I will repay. beloved. 7:12.” (2 Tim. Regarding marriage.” To whose wrath is Paul referring? He could hardly mean that we should give free rein to our own wrath. and he will save you. we yield place to God’s wrath. He taught principles that when applied would help family members to avoid attitudes and conduct that threatened their marriage or the happiness of their family. Clearly. as in heaven. 6:7. and our spiritual brothers and sisters. 25: 40) He knows whether we really desire what we pray for or we are merely repeating a set of words. including outright opposers. August 26 All things. 37:8) And Solomon counseled: “Do not say: ‘I will pay back evil!’ Hope in Jehovah. Jehovah knows what we are inside. Jehovah provided Christ’s ransom sacriﬁce to make that redemption possible. 5:8) Furthermore.” (Ps. —Matt. Jesus emphasized that marriage was intended to be permanent. Let your kingdom come. our ministry. but Jehovah is the examiner of hearts. interests. but yield place to the wrath. Jehovah provides direction to help people maintain strong. After the ﬁrst human p air sinned. therefore. happy families. just as the people of the nations do. 10.Friday. you also must likewise do to them. Even with “those not favorably disposed” toward our work and our message. the redemption of sinful mankind became an important part of Jehovah’s purpose.” (Matt. that you want men to do to you. Jehovah provided his Word. 5:27-37.—Matt. for they [wrongly] imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words. (1 Sam. for it is written: “Vengeance is mine. August 27 Do not avenge yourselves. Our prayers to God reveal our motives. 3 Paul counsels Christians not to avenge themselves but to “yield place to the wrath. and desires. As Christians. 6:9. w09 7/15 2:2. 2:23-25) . 20:22. let your name be sanctiﬁed.—Matt.” God sees what is in our heart. 2:24) During his earthly ministry. Let your will take place.”—Rom. we will keep ourselves “restrained under evil” and act “with mildness. w09 11/15 1:12. (Ps. the book of Genesis states that a man must “stick to his wife and they must become one ﬂesh.
our petitions to Jehovah unite us with “the entire association of [our] brothers in the world. 4:3. they died by slaughter with the sword. arrogant. Powerful. the Israelites “refused to become obedient. particularly when circumstances are diﬃcult. August 29 Make for us a god who will go ahead of us. 28) We likewise respect Jehovah’s direction given through his channel and join in praising him.”—Heb.” (1 Pet. let us not neglect regular attendance at congregation meetings along with our brothers and sisters. And what did he demand? Permission for several million of Pharaoh’s slaves to leave the country! Did Moses need boldness? Absolutely! (Heb. 20: 27. If we sometimes ﬁnd ourselves in sore straits. For example.” they violated his law on idolatry. w09 5/15 1:11 Even if we are isolated. 24:3. 11:27) During the centuries that followed. August 31 Moses was by far the meekest of all the men. . Paul states: “They were stoned. 3:5. 11:37. 7 Tuesday. 32:2. we certainly do not know what has happened to him. With what result? They came oﬀ victorious in the ensuing battle and returned to Jerusalem “with rejoicing” and “with stringed instruments and with harps and with trumpets to the house of Jehovah. they were in want. (Prov. because as regards this Moses. Just as Jehoshaphat and his people gathered together to seek Jehovah’s guidance. 11. 12:3. 12 Wednesday. under ill-treatment. not as a mere representative of the gods. Moses showed b oldness in speaking to Pharaoh. prophets and other faithful servants of God continued to take a courageous stand for pure worship. in tribulation. 6.—Ex. not knowing what to do. they “fell to quarreling with Moses” and kept “putting Jehovah to the test. and stubborn. (Ex. Pharaoh was not accustomed to having others tell him what to do. 11. w09 7/15 4:6. . And what did Moses foretell? Devastating plagues. 20:4. . 17:1-4) Less than two months after entering into a divine covenant and agreeing to do “all the words that Jehovah [had] spoken. but as a god himself. . . Applying what we have learned from the Scriptures can be a challenge. . Pharaoh’s word was law. 7) .Monday. shortly after Jehovah liberated the sons of Israel from Egyptian bondage. It was before this man that Moses. 4:6. appeared repeatedly—unbidden and unwelcome.—Heb. a ruler who was viewed. Phil. 32:1. 5:9) Jehoshaphat and his people followed Jahaziel’s God-given direction. August 30 They came to consult Jehovah. . 7-9) Whatever their reason was. 1218. —2 Chron.” (2 Chron.” (Acts 7:3941) Paul urged Christians to ‘do their utmost’ to avoid ‘falling into the same pattern of disobedience’ that the Israelites showed when they were afraid to enter the Promised Land. let us follow the ﬁne example set by Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah and turn to Jehovah in prayer with full trust in Him. w09 6/15 1:9. . (Ex. a meek shepherd. .” Why? Because of a lack of water to drink. Satan’s world was not kind to them. he ruled by decree.—Num.
your life will have the highest purpose. you would do whatever you could to help him. and are you hoping to get baptized? From your study of the Bible. He did not look like a king. w10 3/15 2:8.”—1 Cor. 16:7. For example. We need to keep asking for Jehovah’s help and guidance. 2) Jehovah’s holy spirit will produce in you such godly qualities as peace and faith. anoint him. a young man with beautiful eyes and handsome in appearance. And the spirit of Jehovah began to be operative upon David from that day forward. if someone came to you for aid. and living in the way that God approves will strengthen your hope of everlasting life. September 2 The prayer of the upright ones is a pleasure to [Jehovah]. The account says: “Accordingly [Jesse] sent and had [David] come. you very likely now know that your life should be focused on praising Jehovah. w10 2/15 4:4. 2:10. 6:8) Well. Yet. it is not the mere outward appearance that matters.—Isa. September 3 You are my witnesses. 3:20.”—1 Sam. Jehovah ﬁnds pleasure in your asking him for his spirit. 148:11-13. So when Samuel learned that Jehovah had not chosen any of the seven older sons of Jesse. making a dedication and getting baptized will show that you really want to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. he asked that the youngest be brought in from the pastures. assemblies.” (Eph. Another way to come under the inﬂuence of God’s spirit involves our meetings. September 1 Mere man sees what appears to the eyes. and he will give it to you. to the prophet Samuel. 43:11. (Gal. “Why should I continue to ask if God already knows ‘what things I am needing before ever I ask him’?” (Matt. Now he was ruddy. 15:8. one reason being that he asked you to assist him. He can “do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive. he sees what the heart is. You will be happy because you are doing the divine will. (Compare Proverbs 3:27. Luke 12:15) As a dedicated Christian. God could discern David’s heart condition. 5 Friday.) Likewise. (Rom. for one . 23) God will answer your prayers and bless your eﬀorts to conform your life to his Word. not on merely pleasing yourself or acquiring material possessions. for this is he!’ Accordingly Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. it is what a person really is on the inside. 43:10. Then Jehovah said: ‘Get up. With God. and conventions. Rather. 16:12. but as for Jehovah. w09 4/15 5:1. Luke 11:13) How would you answer. if someone inquired. Your ministry will be joyful. —Prov. he appeared to be nothing more than a young shepherd boy. 3 thing. though. 12. 5:22. 13.Thursday. —Isa. Paying attention to the program is very important in understanding “the deep things of God. Moreover. 9 Saturday. —1 Sam. by praying for holy spirit. 12:1. showing trust in you. Have you made a dedication to God in prayer. and it was pleasing to him. (Ps. you acknowledge your reliance on Jehovah.
4:12. does not get puﬀed up. September 5 Women [should] adorn themselves in well-arranged dress. he commanded his followers to proclaim that Kingdom until the end of the present system of things. as well as in other areas of their personal life. 3:11) This principle applies to Christian men too. Rev. When Paul told Timothy to be exemplary in chasteness. 1 Pet. when we follow the pattern Jesus left and help others to do the same. Our striving to cultivate and show Christlike kindness at all times and in every situation brings us rich rewards.” (1 Cor. most of them lack the humility and courage needed to face the ridicule and opposition that may result from sharing the Kingdom message with their neighbors. 5:2) Even acts of immorality that might seem to be secret are known to God and are certain to become known to fellow humans eventually. Why did Jesus make God’s Kingdom the main theme of his ministry? He knew that he himself as King of that Kingdom. 5:24.—1 Tim. that of sexual morality. they cannot preach what they do not understand. 3:2) . orderly. with modesty and soundness of mind.” (1 Tim. 17.—Eph.” (1 Tim. 24:14) People who merely profess to be followers of Christ do not engage in this work—in fact. freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. 5:12. let us constantly strive to reﬂect Jesus’ mildness and kindness in our dealings with others. 13 Tuesday. w09 9/15 1: 18. w09 12/15 1:12. In addition. Especially in Timothy’s dealings with women was his conduct to be above reproach. may we heed the admonition of today’s text. (1 Tim. our happy. 20:10) Hence. (Rom.Sunday. they cannot. 24:9.—1 Tim. producing the spirit’s good fruitage. would deal with the root causes of mankind’s woes—sin and the Devil. Second. 4:32. Jehovah’s spirit will be able to operate freely in the congregation. Therefore. it does not brag. Why? For at least three reasons: First. along with his resurrected spiritbegotten brothers. w10 1/15 3:6 When we display these qualities in our daily activities. 2:23) And third.—John 14:16. 19 Monday. 2:9. Paul admonished overseers to be “moderate in habits. younger women as sisters with all chasteness. September 4 I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God. false Christians do not have God’s spirit. united worship will bring joy to God himself. —Luke 4:43. Women who are modest and sound in mind in their choice of dress and grooming. tenderly compassionate. 13:4) Rather than holding grudges against our brothers and sisters. Paul described Christlike love this way: “Love is long-suﬀering and kind. (Matt. (Matt. sound in mind. set excellent examples. He was to treat “older women as mothers. September 6 Become kind to one another. Love is not jealous. our advancement will be made manifest to all. he was alluding to a very specific area of conduct.
including our prayers. (Luke 10:17-21) No wonder Jesus gained the respect of his disciples by his loving and compassionate treatment of them! Jesus’ example teaches husbands that Christian headship is not a position of harsh domination. —Eph.”—Eph. (Matt. the Bible reveals the names of only Michael and Gabriel. or message. John 2:1417) He kindly gave counsel to his disciples.—Phil. 3:10. what would that reveal about our motives? Paul said .” Especially during danger or persecution should we beseech Jehovah for help and guidance. Rather. Instead. 15 that we should make our petitions known to God “along with thanksgiving. 1: 12) So. Jesus was “mild-tempered and lowly in heart. 11. 105. (Gen.—Ps. 5:25. even repeatedly when necessary. (Mark 6:34. 23) Besides expressing similar gratitude. (Luke 1:26.” for his “righteous judicial decisions. Jehovah’s angels provide us with ﬁne examples of humble service. 20:21-28. 12:7) Our worship. 107: 15. (Matt.” We certainly have reason to express sentiments like those of David found at 1 Chronicles 29:11-13.” states the Bible. 15:36. he praised and encouraged his disciples. Never did he abdicate his responsibilities.” (Matt. Luke 22:24-27) Still. Rev. Certain angels refused to disclose their names to humans. w09 5/15 3:14. however. Jesus did not berate or humiliate them. it is one marked by respect and self-sacriﬁcing love. w09 11/15 1:5-7 Friday. “Into these very things angels are desiring to peer. should go only to God. 4:6. now available in the Bible. September 9 Husbands. w09 7/15 2:4-6 Thursday. (Matt. September 7 Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers. Jesus thanked God for food and for the bread and wine used at the Lord’s Evening Meal. 32:29. continue loving your wives. but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God.Wednesday. 4:8-10) The angels also set an example in patience. what do they do? They wait patiently until God’s due time for his “diversiﬁed wisdom” to “be made known through the congregation. nor did he make them feel unloved or incapable of carrying out what he was teaching them to do. This may serve as a safeguard against our giving angels undue honor. “To supplicate” means “to make a humble entreaty. we should “give thanks to Jehovah” for “his wonderful works to the sons of men. 119:62. 13:17. (1 Pet. Judg. 11:29) He was also a man of action. If we prayed only when we needed something.” and for his word. just as the Christ also loved the congregation. Mark 14:22. 22:9. 18) Although there are millions of spirit creatures in heaven.—Rev. Mark 9:33-37. September 8 Do not be anxious over anything. they are not privy to all of them. Though they are intensely interested in knowing God’s sacred secrets.
‘Do I make myself available to others or do I often appear to be too busy?’ Habits that are not wrong in themselves can sometimes raise barricades to conversation. to infuse us with hope. The world has nothing that can rightly be compared with our spiritual paradise. September 10 The peace of your sons will be abundant. and brotherly love. . “I prefer to keep to myself” or “I don’t feel like talking in the morning. we have the privilege of extending to others an invitation to enter the spiritual paradise. . . for example. that I should declare .Saturday. As directed by the elders. 16. it is often the “time to speak. For I am not ashamed of the good news. we may send the message that we prefer not to have their company. He wrote: “To me. 3:7) Some might say.” (Eccl.” —1 Cor. 3:8) It is not diﬃcult to imagine Paul’s enthusiasm as he taught others about Jehovah and His purposes. If we frequently use a cellular telephone or use earphones to listen to recordings in the presence of others.” Nonetheless. 54:13. this undeserved kindness was given. and to fortify us in times of adversity. 14) By proclaiming the Kingdom message. there is “a time to keep quiet. September 12 Go on walking in love.” But when we are around people.—Rom. That good news provides satisfying answers to life’s important questions and has the power to transform our life. 65:13. —Acts 18:24-26. they might conclude that we do not care to speak to them. Paul considered it an honor to proclaim the truth. Of course. w09 7/15 3:12. Each Christian should ask himself. If others often see us engrossed in looking at a handheld computer. 13 Monday. even as Aquila and Priscilla “expounded the way of God more correctly” to Apollos. we may be blessed with the privilege of helping certain new ones. The good news found in God’s Word enables us to come to know the Creator and to enter into a loving relationship with him. 5:2. unity. It is also a blessing to assist those who have recently become associated with the congregation and would beneﬁt from training in the ministry. This is especially evident at international conventions. w09 11/15 4:12 Sunday. The spiritual paradise that we enjoy stands in stark contrast with the deplorable conditions in the world today. 1:15. his disciples loved and valued the truth about Jehovah and Christ so much that opposers could not discourage them from sharing it with others. where our brothers and sisters from many nations. languages. w10 2/15 4:12. 13 to the nations the good news about the unfathomable riches of the Christ. September 11 There is eagerness on my part to declare the good news . and ethnic groups come together in an atmosphere of peace. 13:5. Like Jesus. .—Isa. . (Isa.” (Eph. engaging in friendly conversation even when we are not inclined to do so is evidence of love that “does not look for its own interests. —Eph.
Elders should never rush to put a wrongdoer out of the congregation. 8 Thursday. Thus.—John 17:3. 5:22. 21 all the Scriptural counsel that the elders gave them. 4:8. there are steps we must take. however. 11.” (John 1: 41) Today. (1 Pet. It is tragic that some are unrepentant and must be disfellowshipped. Were you not thrilled to ﬁnd that out? Just like the ﬁrst-century disciples. God’s means of salvation? w09 12/15 3:2. Just like the ﬁrst-century Jews. came to know that Jesus is now reigning as King of God’s Kingdom. the world of mankind has lived outside Jehovah’s universal family. w09 9/15 3:7. what he is doing now. and what he will yet accomplish. 12 Wednesday. most people today ignore the evidence of the Messiah’s presence. he may be deeply grateful both to Jehovah and to the “gifts in men” who made it easier for him to return to the congregation. you were moved to proclaim: “We have found the Messiah. when a sinner later has a change of heart. —Rom. September 13 These have been written down that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. though. as many do.Tuesday. (Compare Deuteronomy 32:5. They ought to show that they want erring ones to return to Jehovah. Nevertheless. We must get to know God. as individuals we can request that God accept us into his family of approved servants. In the future. 6: 19) We were not born as sons of God because when the ﬁrst human pair sinned. September 15 We became reconciled to God through the death of his Son. When elders show a Christlike attitude. —John 20:31. they help to smooth the way for the person to have a change of heart and eventually to return. alienated from God. 3:21) Prior to baptism. None of us have a natural father who could pass on to us life as it should be—perfect life. but they will certainly remember that the elders respected their dignity and treated them with love. yet it is heartwarming to know that a large number of such ones later return to Jehovah and his congregation. w10 1/15 1: 11. Why not approach them with renewed zeal and show them that Jesus Christ is indeed the promised Messiah. Heb. and change our ways.) From that time onward. do you highlight Jesus’ role as the Messiah? Doing so will enhance your appreciation for what he has done for you. you no doubt have talked to your relatives and friends about the Messiah. 11:6. when you talk about the truth. learn to trust him. You. some of these former wrongdoers may not remember . 12. (1 Tim. 5:10. 20. Acts 3:19. repent. They too want a political messiah or at least one who will work through human political rulers.—Eph. Like Andrew and Philip. At baptism we make a request to God for a good conscience so as to be acceptable to him. the human race was separated from its loving Father and Creator. September 14 The fruitage of the spirit is love. —Gal. How is that possible for sinners such as we are? The apostle Paul answered with the words of today’s text.
or desires. 28:19.” Before his ascension to heaven. Having been baptized ‘in the name of the holy spirit. —Matt. for the sake of his good pleasure. . is acting within you in order for you both to will and to act. as shown in the words of today’s text. What if we simply lack motivation to do more in Jehovah’s service and are inclined to coast along in the congregation? Paul states: “God is the one that. .” (Matt. 10 to ‘make disciples of people of all the nations. (Phil. 26:1. teaching them to observe all the things he had commanded them. Make me walk in your truth. It comes from the Bible—the book written under the direct inﬂuence of God’s spirit. directed by that spirit. 24:14. the resurrected Jesus commissioned his followers . become disciples of Jesus Christ. in fact. Jehovah can act within us and affect our will.’ He promised them that he would be with them “all the days until the conclusion of the system of things. How vital it is. we have an active share in a work that had its beginning in the ﬁrst century. w09 11/15 3:9. and then the end will come.’ they cooperate with and rely on the spirit to help them. ﬁlled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness. 2: 13. Jehovah is the Source of holy spirit. 2 Sunday. September 16 Make me know your own ways. Thus. The spirit impels them to extend the invitation and explain Scriptural truths to those who have the prospect of living forever in Paradise on earth. Think also of the message preached by the anointed and the growing great crowd. He uses the spirit to open the hearts and minds of the bride class to understand his Word.—Ps. . 5. 4:13) Should we not. When we reﬂect upon how Jehovah God and his Son feel about what we do in serving their interests. Jesus told his disciples: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations. w10 2/15 3:12 Saturday. Three days before his death. We are.Friday. What about those who accept the invitation. that we be eﬀective in our ministry! w10 2/15 1:1.” Yes. the holy spirit. 20) As Jehovah’s Witnesses. then. September 17 They were . No other work is equal in importance to the lifesaving work of Kingdom preaching and disciple making. and extend the invitation to still others? The spirit is involved in their case too. ask Jehovah to make us want to do his will? King David of ancient Israel did just that. the invitation is extended by means of holy spirit. September 18 Make disciples of people of all the nations. 26:6-10. 28:19. the Bible. 25:4. teach me your own paths. (Matt.—Acts 4:31. Luke 21: 1-4) That feeling of gratitude can move us to beg Jehovah to make us want to make spiritual advancement. We can do the same by praying that Jehovah will make us want to do what pleases him. O Jehovah. . 2. baptizing them in the name of . then. our hearts are ﬁlled with appreciation for them.
those who dedicate themselves to Jehovah ﬁnd . many resort to outright lies. many employees claim to be working when they are actually attending to personal matters. For example. When applying for a job. . Heb. though that is contrary to company rules. exaggerate their experience or education ´ ´ on a resume in order to obtain a better or higher-paying job. for instance. In all your ways take notice of him. . —Jer. (Eph.” —Jas. and he himself will make your paths straight. for I am but a boy. Jehovah repeatedly reassured him with the words: “I am with you. September 19 I actually do not know how to speak. w09 6/15 3:13. so it may be difﬁcult to resist the temptation to be less than honest with an employer. 15:20) Just as Jehovah strengthened Jeremiah. he can help us to do what he expects of Christians today. Jeremiah was able to preach an unpopular message for 40 years. 19 Wednesday.” (Prov. (Job 33:25. 6: 5-8) Being a conscientious worker can also bring praise to our heavenly Father. He will even restore his loyal ones to their youth so that they can beneﬁt from his care forever. (1 Cor. The Bible says: “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart . 14 Tuesday. w10 1/15 1:18.—1 Pet. and he will draw close to you. 1:6.” (Jer. 1:8. (Prov. We are living in an age of rampant dishonesty. They may be reading material unrelated to their job. On the other hand. —Heb.—Matt. 6) We reveal that we trust in Jehovah when we avail ourselves of the help he provides through his Word and through the congregation. If we allow Jehovah to guide our steps in life. nothing will prevent us from being faithful to him. September 21 We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. 8 long-lasting happiness. 4:8. 6:16-19) Thus. 19. However. he even said: “I shall speak no more in his name. 13:18. yet their dedication is not to a work but to our appreciative God. Dedicating ourselves to Jehovah and thereafter living in harmony with that dedication by doing his will brings more happiness than being dedicated to anything or anyone else. 2:12. sending personal electronic messages.Monday.” (Jer. September 20 You cannot slave for God and for Riches. They may. Jeremiah said the above. The key factor is to rely on God. The honor of being “God’s fellow workers” makes them happy. 3: 5. True Christians do not view being honest and truthful as something optional. The Bible says: “Draw close to God. w10 1/15 2:7. with Jehovah’s encouragement. to save you and to deliver you. 6:24. Christians give their employer a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. or browsing the Internet. When Jehovah assigned Jeremiah to be His prophet. 20:9) Yet. making personal phone calls. 3:9) No one could be more appreciative of their self-sacriﬁce than he is. many people devote their life to the pursuit of material wealth without attaining true happiness and genuine satisfaction. Later. 6:10) Dedicating your life to Jehovah brings you into a close relationship with him.
Christians today make sacriﬁces for the sake of the good news. Did Paul regret the choice he had made? No. spending nearly 1. 5:16. 18 was likely no more than 13 years old. the global preaching work today is done under the direction of God’s spirit. but you have yet to take the vital steps of dedication and baptism. Your goal is to serve Jehovah forever. let us be guided by the spirit as we declare the good news of God’s Kingdom! w10 2/15 1:17. and had he continued in that course. The resurrected Jesus told his disciples the words above. Thus. (Acts 22:3) In time. We need God’s spirit so that we can lead a life dedicated to him. the apostle Paul was being groomed for success in the Jewish system of things.—Mark 10:29. w09 9/15 4:13. ‘Why should I hesitate?’ If you recognize the holy spirit’s role in accomplishing Jehovah’s will today and appreciate its operation. —Gal. 3:8.Thursday. Through God’s Word and his spirit-directed organization.5 billion hours a year in the ministry. —Phil. September 23 I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. 18 Friday. If you have been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses. How thrilling it is to have a zealous share in this never-to-berepeated work! As in the ﬁrst century. ask yourself. (Gal. w10 3/15 2:17. On account of him I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse. Like Paul. 14) When he accepted the good news and took up the preaching work. then take the steps you have learned to be right. Close to seven million Witnesses of Jehovah are declaring the Kingdom message in over 230 lands. If you were baptized years or decades ago. he left all of that behind. surely you have experienced the inﬂuence of the holy spirit. we will display “the greatest freeness of speech” in our ministry. September 22 Keep walking by spirit. The work that began then is being done on an unprecedented scale today. (Acts 28: 31) By all means. into the endless future. holy spirit will move you in the right direction. then. —Acts 1:8. When he . He will generously provide his holy spirit for you. he moved from his native city of Tarsus to Jerusalem to study under the highly esteemed Law teacher Gamaliel. Jehovah will richly bless you. That can continue to be the case—yes. 30. as the words of today’s text show. 14 Saturday. Prior to his becoming a Christian. September 24 You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you. he might have risen to prominence in Judaism. 1:13. be determined to keep on walking by holy spirit. You have seen and felt how God can strengthen you with his spirit. enjoying spiritual association with them. If we respond to the spirit’s direction. and you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth. Paul began to stand out among his contemporaries.
(Matt. (Ps. Some respond favorably. 109:1-3) In this world alienated from God. though. What will help you to do so? Look to the future. Therefore. are not to be that way. while others neither understand nor appreciate our form of worship. I will not be afraid.—Luke 22:26. for Jesus is with you. Some criticize. Honest prayer to Jehovah regarding our motives can help us to discern the truth about them. For instance. These sisters may work along with the feelings they express in their private prayers by striving to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. you are never on your own. Pray to Jehovah for courage. as in times past. September 27 Jehovah is my helper. 10. Luke 22:24-27) If we have wrong desires. w09 11/15 1: 15. ridicule. 18 Monday. w10 2/15 3:3. Keep strong your love of God and neighbor. —1 John 4:9. It is not ordinary water composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.Sunday. but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life. The invitation is to “come” and satisfy one’s thirst with a very special type of water. w09 7/15 4: 15. 22:17.” (John 4: 14) The extraordinary water that humans are invited to partake of imparts everlasting life. 13:6. Jesus had in mind a different type of water when he said to a Samaritan woman at a well: “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all. 4 (3 John 9. Christian wives may have a keen desire that their husbands serve as ministerial servants or elders.—Rev. In our day. honesty in praying to Jehovah God can expose them and help us to change before they become ﬁrmly entrenched. September 26 You. Though literal water is essential for sustaining life on earth. What can man do to me?—Heb. for the speech and conduct of a man’s family have a bearing on how he is viewed in the congregation. Always remember. 28:20) Holy spirit will strengthen you. the truth continues to divide people. An open invitation has been extended to humans by means of holy spirit. The water of life represents all of God’s provisions for recovering obedient humans from sin and death and giving them unending perfect life in Paradise on earth. it takes boldness to preach as Jesus did. 10. (Matt. September 25 Let anyone that wishes take life’s water free. is eagerness to serve in a position of oversight among God’s p eople really a humble desire to be helpful and to do the most we can for the advancement of Kingdom interests? Or could it be that we want to have “the ﬁrst place” or even wish to “lord it over” others? . 10:22) At times. And Jehovah will bless and support you. or even hate us. just as Jesus foretold. may we be of good courage and say the words of today’s text. we are the target of misinformation and malicious propaganda through the media. This is important. 16 Tuesday.
” (1 Pet. knowing that as the disciple James wrote. 16 Thursday.” (John 17:15. 4:10) Jesus therefore prayed in behalf of his followers: “I request you. David. 6: 17. the love of the Father is not in him. But Jonathan accepted the fact that Jehovah had chosen David for this privilege. we are better prepared to face mockery and insults in a way worthy of a Christian. not to take them out of the world. Responding in kind to disparaging comments does not produce good results. they will persecute you also. They reject it at heart. but doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect.Wednesday. 18:1) King Saul wanted his son Jonathan to inherit the throne of Israel. do we loyally defend our friend? w09 10/15 4:11 soften the attitude of those who insult us. are we quick to believe it? Or. September 28 A true companion is loving all the time.” (Col. He did not resent the praise David received. 16) Ask yourself: ‘Do I strive to be no part of the world? Do others know my stand on unscriptural celebrations and customs as well as on those that may not have a pagan origin but clearly reﬂect the spirit of the world?’—2 Cor. and is a brother that is born for when there is distress. 4:4) It can be a challenge to heed James’ words in a world that oﬀers countless temptations. 4:6) If we make it a habit to be courteous to family members. 20:24-34) Are we like Jonathan? When our friends receive privileges. (2 Tim. Hence. When composing those words. They are no part of the world. Unlike Saul. 4:3. w10 1/15 3:15. 4. so as to know how you ought to give an answer to each one. 3:15) Our displaying courtesy—responding mildly and respectfully—may . (1 Sam. just as I am no part of the world. do we comfort and support them? If we hear harmful gossip about a friend. fellow students. —Prov. w09 11/15 5:11. The world and its ﬂeshly spirit stand in opposition to Jehovah and his holy spirit. “friendship with the world is enmity with God. September 29 If they have persecuted me. (1 Sam.—Rom. are we happy for them? When they suﬀer hardships.” (Jas. coworkers. —John 15:20. Christ’s true followers do not merely refrain from being a part of the world. nor did he swallow the slander that Saul spread about David. but to watch over them because of the wicked one. 12 Friday. (Titus 2:7. 1 Pet. seasoned with salt. alw ays ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you. Jonathan did not become envious of David. 12:17-21. Solomon may have had in mind the friendship that his father. September 30 If anyone loves the world. and people in the neighborhood. 17:17. enjoyed with Jonathan. 8) Paul recommended: “Let your utterance be always with graciousness. —1 John 2:15. members of the congregation. How should we react? The apostle Peter wrote: “Sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts. like Jonathan.
Saturday, October 1 For this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.—John 18:37.
Jesus knew that the best way of life centered on serving God and bearing witness to the truth. He knew that he would be tested severely and put to death. (Matt. 20:18, 19; Heb. 4:15) Shortly after Jesus was baptized, Satan tempted him to abandon the best way of life—but to no avail. (Matt. 4:1-11) This teaches us that regardless of what Satan does, we can maintain our integrity. He is likely to focus his attention on those approaching baptism as well as on newly baptized ones. (1 Pet. 5:8) Opposition may come from well-intentioned but misinformed family members. Yet, such tests aﬀord us opportunities to manifest ﬁne Christian qualities, such as respect and tact, when we answer questions and give a witness. (1 Pet. 3:15) These experiences can therefore have a positive eﬀect on those who listen to us.—1 Tim. 4:16. w10 2/15 4:14, 15
our persecutors, we try to enlighten them, realizing that some among them may be acting out of ignorance. (2 Cor. 4:4) We endeavor to heed Paul’s counsel as found in today’s text. One way to bless opposers is to pray for them. Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount: “Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, to bless those cursing you, to pray for those who are insulting you.”—Luke 6:27, 28. w09 10/15 2:13, 14
Monday, October 3 Peter said to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.”—Acts 2:38.
Think of the religious situation of those Jews and proselytes who heard Peter. They had already accepted Jehovah as their God. And from the Hebrew Scriptures, they knew about the holy spirit, God’s active force used during creation and thereafter. (Gen. 1:2; Judg. 14:5, 6; 1 Sam. 10:6; Ps. 33:6) But they needed something more. It was vital for them to understand and accept God’s means of salvation—the Messiah, Jesus. Hence, Peter highlighted their need for being “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” Some days before, the resurrected Jesus commanded Peter and others to baptize people “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit.” (Matt. 28:19, 20) That had profound meaning in the ﬁrst century, and it still does. w10 3/15 1:2, 3
Sunday, October 2 Keep on blessing those who persecute; be blessing and do not be cursing.—Rom. 12:14.
We know that our Christian activity will provoke the anger of our enemies, for Jesus warned us: “You will be objects of hatred by all the nations on account of my name.” (Matt. 24:9) Consequently, we are not surprised or discouraged when we meet up with opposition. (1 Pet. 4:12, 13) Rather than feeling animosity toward
Tuesday, October 4 Oﬀer your very selves to him: a living sacriﬁce, dedicated and ﬁt for his acceptance.—Rom. 12:1, “The New English Bible.”
Before someone who is alienated from God can become a member of God’s family of approved servants, he ﬁrst needs to make a solemn promise to Jehovah. To understand why, imagine a respectable father who shows kind interest in an orphaned youth and wishes to adopt him as a member of his own family. The father is known to be a good man. Still, before accepting the youth as his son, the man wants the boy to make a promise. So the man says, “Before I accept you as a son, I need to know that you will love and respect me as your father.” Only if the youth is willing to make a solemn promise will the man admit him into his family. Is that not reasonable? Similarly, Jehovah accepts into his family only those who are willing to make a vow of dedication to him. w10 1/15 1:13
their generosity abound. For according to their actual ability, yes, I testify, beyond their actual ability this was, while they of their own accord kept begging us with much entreaty for the privilege of kindly giving and for a share in the ministry destined for the holy ones [in Judea].” (2 Cor. 8:2-4) Although poor themselves, Christians in Macedonia were very generous. They considered it a privilege to share with their needy brothers in Judea. w09 10/15 1:12
Thursday, October 6 [Jesus] continued in retirement in the deserts and praying. —Luke 5:16.
Jesus often withdrew from the crowds in order to pray to his Father privately. (Matt. 14:13; Luke 6:12) We have the same need for solitude. In calm prayer under peaceful conditions, we are likely to make decisions that please Jehovah and are in our best spiritual interests. However, Jesus also prayed publicly. At our meetings, loyal men represent the congregation in public prayer. (1 Tim. 2:8) Fellow believers should be able to say “amen,” meaning “so be it,” at the end of such a prayer. To do so, however, they must agree with what was said. There is nothing shocking or tactless about Jesus’ model prayer. (Luke 11:2-4) Moreover, he did not itemize all the needs or problems of each person in his audience. Personal concerns are suitable subjects for private, not public, prayer. And when representing a group in prayer, we should refrain from including conﬁdential matters. w09 11/15 1: 17, 18
Wednesday, October 5 Share with the holy ones according to their needs. —Rom. 12:13.
Our love for our brothers will move us to “share with the holy ones according to their needs” and according to our ability. Even if we have few of this world’s goods, we can share what we have. Writing of Christians in Macedonia, Paul stated: “During a great test under aﬄiction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty made the riches of
Friday, October 7 Let those in Judea begin ﬂeeing to the mountains.—Luke 21:21.
During their ﬂight from Jerusalem, Christians needed to show Christlike love for one another, even as Christ had shown love for them. They surely had to share whatever they had with one another. But Jesus’ prophecy reached far beyond the razing of that ancient city. He foretold: “There will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.” (Matt. 24:17, 18, 21) Before and during that “great tribulation” yet ahead, we too may face hardships and deprivations. Having Christ’s mental attitude will help us to get through them. At that time, we will need to follow Jesus’ example, showing unselﬁsh love. In this connection, Paul counseled: “Let each of us please his neighbor in what is good for his upbuilding. For even the Christ did not please himself . . . Have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had.”—Rom. 15:2, 3, 5. w09 9/15 3:9-11
are those who ridicule or oppose us. (2 Pet. 3:3) Opposition may come from those in authority, from schoolmates or workmates, or even from close family members. Add to this our own personal weaknesses, such as shyness and fear of being rejected. A multitude of factors can make it difﬁcult for us to exercise “freeness of speech” and speak the word of God with “boldness.” (Eph. 6: 19, 20) Boldness, however, does not mean bluntness or rudeness. (Col. 4:6) While being bold, we also want to be peaceable with all.—Rom. 12:18. w10 2/15 1:3, 4
Sunday, October 9 Taste and see that Jehovah is good.—Ps. 34:8.
If you have been sharing in the preaching and teaching work for some time now, you have no doubt had opportunities to taste and see that Jehovah is good. Have there been times when you sensed the help of his spirit as you were presenting the good news? Have you seen others’ eyes light up as Jehovah opened their heart to pay attention to the message? (Acts 16:14) Has Jehovah helped you to overcome obstacles, perhaps opening the way for you to expand your ministry? Has he supported you in times of difﬁculty, enabling you to continue serving him when you felt that your strength was giving out? (Phil. 4:13) When we personally experience Jehovah’s helping hand as we carry out our ministry, he becomes more real to us and we feel even closer to him. (Isa. 41:10) Is it not a blessing to be one of “God’s fellow workers” in the grand work of divine education?—1 Cor. 3:9. w09 9/15 4: 14, 15
Saturday, October 8 They were . . . speaking the word of God with boldness. —Acts 4:31.
Our God-given work of Kingdom proclamation is a privilege beyond compare. However, it is not without challenges. While some people readily accept the good news of God’s Kingdom, many prove to be like those living in the days of Noah. They “took no note until the ﬂood came and swept them all away,” said Jesus. (Matt. 24:38, 39) Then there
—1 Tim. let your glory be above all the earth. 17 Wednesday. October 10 Your loyal ones will bless you. . O Jehovah . 5:1. (Ps. Paul encouraged young Timothy to have respect for all members of the congregation. 57:9-11) What heartwarming sentiments! Do you not agree that such touching words from the Psalms can aﬀect and enrich your prayers? w09 11/15 2:18. There are so many reasons to do so! For example. 14 Tuesday. for Paul urged Timothy to “ﬁght the ﬁne ﬁght of the faith” and turn away “from the empty speeches that violate what is holy and from the contradictions of the falsely called ‘knowledge. entreat him as a father. unwavering faith. 145:11-13) Do your prayers show that you appreciate the privilege of announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom? Words of the psalmists may also help you to express to God in heartfelt prayer your gratitude for Christian meetings. younger men as brothers. —Ps. In prayer.Monday. assemblies. 6:4. none of our dear brothers and sisters will feel like strangers in our presence. 122:1) Gratitude for your precious relationship with God may move you to pray from the heart with thoughts like these: “I shall laud you among the peoples. Now he tries to imitate them by conversing with his fellow Bethelites. Could Timothy risk toying with the harmful ideas that were inﬁltrating the congregation? No. and conventions. . paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons. Timothy was told that in “later periods of time some [would] fall away from the faith. David was eager to extol Jehovah’s kingship. 20.’ ” (1 Tim. By taking a strong stand and decisive action against apostasy. October 12 Do not severely criticize an older man. remember to praise and thank Jehovah. (Ps. (1 Cor. 4:1) All in the congregation. 21) There can be no doubt that Timothy followed Paul’s . As we engage others in upbuilding conversation. and your trueness up to the skies. . For your lovingkindness is great up to the heavens. 27:4. older women as mothers. we contribute to their spirituality and emotional wellbeing. We too should treat older Christians as if they were our mothers and fathers and the younger ones as our siblings.” (1 Tim. that is. younger women as sisters with all chasteness. O God. we can make our advancement manifest and be an example in faith. 2. mentally diseased over questionings and debates about words. need to be like Timothy in displaying strong. 145:10. A brother working at a branch oﬃce fondly remembers several older Bethelites who regularly took time to speak with him in his early days at Bethel.” (Ps. Their encouraging words made him feel that he really was part of the Bethel family. 10:12) Interestingly. To the contrary. October 11 He is . w09 11/15 4: 13. —1 Tim. including those in positions of responsibility. When we have that attitude. w09 12/15 1:16. children of our own parents. . 19 wise advice. 6: 12. Do be exalted above the heavens.
bringing us great joy. October 13 There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. 3:15. 10) When handled properly.” The teachings of the Bible can be used to help others bring their thinking in line with the truth. If you keep your love for the good news strong. . harmful practices. then. 6:16. (2 Tim. We can use the Bible to cut away any ideas that are “raised up against the knowledge of God. he himself will rescue you.—1 Tim. those whom you teach will sense that love. October 15 Always [be] ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you. 6:4-10. as Jesus did when he was tempted by the Devil. For example. Matt. although that meant being thrown into the lions’ pit. For good reason.—1 Pet. . w10 2/15 2:11. 2:15) We should be careful that we do not use the Bible to intimidate people. expose false doctrines. w09 7/15 3:13. imagine yourself accompanying Jesus during his earthly ministry or traveling along with the apostle Paul. Though we can use the Scriptures to defend the truth. the Bible is not a club with which to browbeat our listeners. we should not let a month go by without speaking about Jehovah to others! If at all possible. Reflect on the blessings you have received through your obedience to the good news. How clearly . .Thursday. we should carefully ponder what we have learned and pay attention to what we teach. and philosophies that reﬂect imperfect human wisdom.” that is. (Deut. 10:4. what can the truth of God’s Word accomplish? (2 Cor.—Dan. 14 his actions indicated to observers that nothing is more important than regular worship of Jehovah! (Matt. should we not endeavor to participate in the ministry each week? w10 2/15 3:14. What about us? What sacriﬁces are we making or are we willing to make in order to declare the good news of God’s Kingdom with constancy? Why. 16. 6:16. The prophet Daniel demonstrated the importance of regularity in worship. 10:20. 16 Saturday. And it brings us added joy when we share that gift with others. It is a priceless gift that has been given to us. October 14 Your God whom you are serving with constancy. and envision how different life will be. “Handling the word of the truth aright” involves more than explaining Scriptural truths accurately. 5) Scriptural truth can overturn “strongly entrenched things. 7. 8:3. There is no body of knowledge more precious or more important than the good news. What can you do to strengthen your love for the good news even further? While reading God’s Word. 19-22) He did not change his spiritual routine—his habit of praying to God “three times in a day. (Dan. pause at times to reﬂect on what you read. Picture yourself in the new world. 12 Friday. —Acts 20:35. 4:15. as he had been regularly doing”—even for one month. 4:4. 5:16) Daniel was willing to die rather than neglect his spiritual routine.
When she answered a knock on the door of her house. Rather than robbing us of freedom. (Eph. And how grateful she was to learn the truth about idols! Now she demonstrates commendable zeal by sharing diligently in ﬁeld service. w10 3/15 1:11 Monday. —Ps. 5:31) Previously. 5:15) Likely you felt deep gratitude. belonging to the God we love will surely make and keep us happy.—Rom.’ Being baptized in the name of the Son means acknowledging what Jesus has done for you and accepting his authority as “the Chief Agent of life.” wrote the apostle Paul. As sinners. helping other people spiritually. One young Asian girl rememb ers how her mother performed rituals in front of numerous images in their home. Hence. we do not deserve to belong to a perfect God.—1 Tim.” (Acts 3:15. How did you feel upon learning what the Son of God did for you? (2 Cor. w09 6/15 2:6 dom of choice to all people. 30:19. We engage in a campaign to help people break free from false religious teachings. 14:8. and if we die. you had no relationship with the Creator. 2:12. 1 John 5:21. she found two Witnesses who were ready to help her learn the true God’s distinctive name. 1:9. including the practice of idolatry. w10 1/15 2:17-19 Tuesday.Sunday. 83:18. 22. Just as our conﬁdence in a surgeon may grow as we learn of his reputation. in order to present you holy and unblemished. so our trust in Jehovah will grow as we continue to learn about him. 5:14. and actually you had no valid hope. Reasoning that not all the images could represent the true God. we live to Jehovah. “[God] now has again reconciled by means of [Jesus’] fleshly body through his death. October 18 One man died for all.”—Col. (1 John 4:18) Jehovah grants free- . 2:4. Only God’s undeserved kindness makes it possible. you now have a relationship with the Father. the girl often prayed that she could get to know his real identity. 1: 21. Jehovah.” (Deut. But by exercising faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized. —2 Cor.—2 Tim. His Word says: “You must choose life in order that you may keep alive. October 17 Both if we live. October 16 [God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. Our houseto-house ministry enables us to meet all sorts of people. That helped to move you to dedicate your life to God and to ‘live no longer for yourself. by loving Jehovah your God. 20) He wants us to express our love for him by freely choosing to serve him. 115:4-8. 13) “You who were once alienated and enemies because your minds were on the works that were wicked. we continue to study God’s Word carefully because that will help us to love him in a way that will dispel any fear of belonging to him. we die to Jehovah. but for him who died for you. you and your oﬀspring.
5:28. more important. as far as it depends upon you. (Prov. Provide ﬁne things in the sight of all men. He may have companions whose company he enjoys but who do not live by the Bible’s moral code. he may face a real challenge regarding friendships. Displaying good manners in diﬃcult situations brings good results. In Japan. as it may help him to arrive at a balanced. 3:7. 15:33. 15:22) Christian husbands who honor their wives gain not only the love and respect of their wives but. the approval of Jehovah.—1 Pet. 12:17. false friends will “go on speaking abusively of you” because you do not run with them to “the same low sink of debauchery. and he feels the need to limit his contact with such compan- . He or she may even want to join with you in learning about Jehovah. Because the family will be aﬀected. Soon he was studying twice a week. it is these friends who are being disloyal to you. it would be beneﬁcial and kind for the husband to consider his wife’s opinion. 4) Really. Even though we said unkind things to you. In the past. —Rom. How can a husband exercise his authority and at the same time treat his wife as someone worthy of honor? One way a husband can honor his wife is by carefully considering her point of view and her feelings before he makes decisions that aﬀect the family. he sees that their activities could have a bad inﬂuence on him. When a Bible student begins to make changes in his lifestyle. not the reverse. On the other hand. the man said: “I’m sorry about what happened. 13 Friday. Even so. he lacked all hope of being happy. he is being disloyal. he noticed that the guest was watching him from a short distance away. 7 Thursday. .Wednesday. October 19 Return evil for evil to no one. a certain Witness faced ridicule from both a householder and his guest. Now. w09 7/15 2:6.—Eph. Perhaps a decision has to be made regarding a move or a change of job or regarding everyday matters. for example. As he continued preaching in the territory. 13 ions. When the brother approached him. he may feel that if he does not associate with them. he may regularly have spent time socializing with them. which the man accepted. continue dwelling in like manner with [your wives] . w09 11/15 5:12. and it will be easier for her to support him. What do I have to do to be like that?” Because that man had lost his job and his mother had just died.” (1 Pet. more considerate decision. the brother left the door. remember that a true friend will be happy that you are trying to improve your life. 29. assigning them honor. . With a courteous attitude. w09 10/15 4:12. though. 18. October 20 Bad associations spoil useful habits. If possible. I noticed that you kept smiling. If you face this challenge. be peaceable with all men.—1 Cor. The Witness oﬀered him a Bible study. 4:3. October 21 You husbands. such as where to take a vacation or how to adjust the family budget so as to cope with the rising cost of living.
certainly wants you youths to be happy. (John 4:34. Jehovah God. October 22 Beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.’ tour. Jesus did not stop with just saying what is quoted above. Acts 17:3) So if it has not been your custom to use the Bible regularly in your ministry. 5) Later. with the help of Jehovah’s spirit. “he summoned his twelve disciples” and sent them out on a preaching. who made it his custom to reason from the Scriptures.Saturday. a young Christian often has to make weighty decisions. 11:9. 20.323. However. 2 “The word of God is alive and exerts power. October 23 He reasoned with them from the Scriptures. Mark 13: 10. perhaps by spending more time in the ministry or by being more eﬀective in it? Some have tried to improve the quality of their ministry by making better use of the Bible. 4:6) Are you having a regular share in this work? Are you trying to improve as a Kingdom proclaimer. why not make it your goal to do so? Perhaps you could select a few key texts that explain what God’s Kingdom is and how it will solve speciﬁc problems that concern people in your neighborhood. Tanakh—The Holy Scriptures) So wrote wise King Solomon of ancient Israel.” wrote the apostle Paul. 28:19.” (Job 13:26) During adolescence and the following early years of life. Jesus “designated seventy others and sent them forth by twos” to do the same work. proclaiming it worldwide. More than that. for youth and the prime of life are vanity. . or ‘harvesting.168. w09 5/15 2:1 Sunday. (Matt. It exceeded the total number of Jehovah’s Witnesses by over 10 million. 2) The need for more Kingdom proclaimers is also great today. 9:38. those days of youth are often marred by painful mistakes that may aﬀect a person’s future happiness.—Acts 17:2. (Heb. The ﬁelds are indeed ripe for harvesting. enjoy yourself while you are young! Let your heart lead you to enjoyment in the days of your youth. —Eccl. Jehovah wants your joy to last beyond the time of youth. The Originator of this message. 35) We should. w10 1/15 3:7. 11:10. pray and ask for more workers.” (Eccl. Then be prepared to read them as you preach from door to door. 9:35-38. The worldwide Memorial attendance for the 2009 service year was 18. But how can we act in harmony with such requests? We can do so by becoming more eﬀective ministers as we zealously share in the Kingdompreaching and disciple-making work. 4:12. (Luke 10:1. After speaking those words. Bad judgment can leave deep emotional scars and create problems that may aﬀect the rest of his life. Christ’s true followers give the interests of God’s Kingdom priority in life. (Zech. 9 Monday. and ward oﬀ calamity from your ﬂesh. w10 2/15 2:1. 10:1.—Matt. therefore. “O youth.—Matt. Even faithful Job bemoaned having to face “the consequences of the errors of [his] youth. October 24 Remove vexation from your heart.
Tuesday, October 25 Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.—Matt. 22:21.
What sort of “things” do we owe Caesar, that is, the governmental authorities? When Jesus uttered those words, the discussion centered on taxes. So to maintain a clean conscience before God and men, Christians obey the laws of the land, including those pertaining to the paying of taxes. (Rom. 13:5, 6) But we recognize that Jehovah is the Supreme Sovereign, the only true God, whom we love with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11) We therefore render to Jehovah God submission without reservation. (Ps. 86: 11, 12) Many countries oﬀer social programs or services to help those in need of material support. There is nothing wrong with a Christian’s receiving such assistance—provided that he qualifies. Speaking truth with our neighbor would rule out giving false or misleading information to governmental authorities in order to receive public assistance. w09 6/15 3:16, 17
(Prov. 8:30) Nevertheless, personally enduring in faith as a human despite suﬀering proved his complete integrity. Although he was a perfect man, Jesus did not try to remain perfectly obedient on his own. He prayed for God’s help to remain obedient. For us to remain obedient, we too need a humble, prayerful attitude. For this reason, the apostle Paul counseled Christians: “Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus,” who “humbled himself and became obedient as far as death.”—Phil. 2:5-8. w09 9/15 2:2, 3
Thursday, October 27 Love never fails.—1 Cor. 13:8.
Love is a basic human need. Yet, genuine love of God and neighbor is woefully lacking. We see happening what the Bible foretold about these last days. Men are “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, . . . lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5) God’s Word warns us against misguided love. And the Bible describes what happens when such love takes root in one’s heart. (1 Tim. 6: 9, 10) Though Demas was associated with Paul, Demas turned to loving what the world oﬀered. (2 Tim. 4:10) The apostle John warned Christians against this very danger. (1 John 2:15, 16) Loving the world and its transitory things and ways is not compatible with loving God and what originates with him. We are no part of this world, though we are still living in it. Thus, we have the challenge of avoiding the world’s distorted view of love. It is vital that we not let ourselves be trapped by misguided or perverted love. w09 12/15 4:1-3
Wednesday, October 26 Christ oﬀered up supplications and also petitions to the One who was able to save him. —Heb. 5:7.
Jesus’ experience as a human on earth taught him new aspects of obedience. (Heb. 5:8) It may seem that there could be nothing more for Jesus to learn about serving Jehovah. After all, he had enjoyed intimate association with Jehovah for unknown aeons and had been God’s “master worker” during creation.
Friday, October 28 Let the sayings of my mouth and the meditation of my heart become pleasurable before you, O Jehovah.—Ps. 19:14.
Today, many simply do not want to hear what the Bible says. If we are to persevere in speaking the word of God, it is important that we study the Scriptures in a manner that allows us to absorb their message fully. Regularity—not a hit-or-miss approach—should mark our study habits. How important it is that we take time to meditate on what we read, so that Bible truths sink deep down into the heart! Surely, we should strive to improve the quality of our personal study. Another way to beneﬁt from Jehovah’s holy spirit is to “consider one another to incite to love and ﬁne works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together.” (Heb. 10:24, 25) Exerting ourselves to be in regular attendance at Christian meetings, listening carefully, and applying what we learn are ﬁne ways to be guided by the spirit. w10 2/15 1:11, 12
ries for missionaries. The apostle Paul and his companions were “forbidden by the holy spirit to speak the word in the district of Asia”; nor were they permitted to go into Bithynia. We do not know exactly how the spirit prevented their going into those places, yet it is clear that the spirit led Paul into the vast ﬁeld of Europe. He received a vision of a Macedonian man pleading for help. (Acts 16:6-10) Today, Jehovah’s spirit is likewise directing the worldwide preaching. w10 3/15 2:10-12
Sunday, October 30 The dragon grew wrathful at the woman, and went oﬀ to wage war with the remaining ones of her seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.—Rev. 12:17.
The apostle John saw an “angel ﬂying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare as glad tidings to those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev. 14:6) Jehovah’s servants are thus assured of angelic backing as they preach the good news of the established Kingdom despite the Devil’s vicious opposition. Today, angels do not lead us to honesthearted ones by speaking to us as an angel spoke to Philip and directed him to the Ethiopian eunuch. (Acts 8:26-29) However, many modern-day experiences give evidence that angels behind the scenes are supporting our Kingdom-preaching work and guiding us to those “rightly disposed for everlasting life.” (Acts 13:48) How important it is, then, to share in the ministry regularly!—John 4: 23, 24. w09 5/15 3:17, 18
Saturday, October 29 The spirit and the bride keep on saying: “Come!”—Rev. 22:17.
The spirit, working through the anointed bride class, is extending this invitation regarding life’s water. If you have accepted the call to “come!” are you determined to say, “Come!”? What a privilege it is to be able to share in this lifesaving work! This vital work is now being accomplished under the guidance of holy spirit. We read how the holy spirit was involved in the ﬁrst century in opening up new territo-
Monday, October 31 You must love your neighbor as yourself.—Matt. 22:39.
That love (a·ga pe in Greek) is a moral love that takes into account duty, principle, and propriety, but it can be warm and intense. (1 Pet. 1:22) It is reﬂected in selﬂess words and deeds. (1 Cor. 13:4-7) Because love is a product of God’s holy spirit, it enables true Christians to do what others cannot do, such as overcome racial, cultural, and political barriers. (John 13:34, 35;
Gal. 5:22) Sheeplike ones cannot help but be moved when they see such love. For example, when a young Jewish man in Israel attended his ﬁrst Christian meeting, he was amazed to see Jewish and Arab brothers worshipping Jehovah side by side. As a result, he began to attend meetings regularly and accepted a Bible study. Do you show such heartfelt love to your brothers? And do you make it a point to extend a warm welcome to newcomers at your Kingdom Hall, regardless of their nationality, skin color, or social standing? w10 1/15 3:18, 19
Tuesday, November 1 The two will be one ﬂesh. —Matt. 19:5.
Marriage is a relationship that requires a high level of commitment. Two people who merely live together without getting married can never enjoy real security; neither can their children. But partners who are committed to each other in honorable marriage have an impelling Scriptural reason for striving to resolve their diﬃculties with love when problems arise. (Matt. 19:6; 1 Cor. 13:7, 8; Heb. 13:4) In Bible times, people benefited from having binding contracts in business and employment. (Matt. 20:1, 2, 8) Today, the same holds true. For example, we beneﬁt from having a binding written agreement, or written contract, before we begin a business venture or start working as an employee in a company. Hence, if commitment enhances relationships such as friendship, marriage, and employment, how much more will making an unreserved dedication beneﬁt you in your relationship with Jehovah! w10 1/15 1:6, 7
Wednesday, November 2 For everything there is an appointed time.—Eccl. 3:1.
When we are being represented in public prayer, we need to display reverential “fear of God.” (1 Pet. 2:17) There may be a proper time and place for some actions that would be inappropriate at a Christian meeting. For instance, suppose someone sought to have all in a group link arms or hold hands during such a prayer. This might offend or distract some, including visitors who do not share our beliefs. Some marriage mates might discreetly hold hands, but if they embraced each other during public prayer, those who got a glimpse of such conduct might be stumbled. They might think or get the impression that the couple was focusing on their romantic relationship instead of reverence for Jehovah. Out of deep respect for him, let us therefore “do all things for God’s glory” and avoid conduct that could distract, shock, or stumble anyone.—1 Cor. 10:31, 32; 2 Cor. 6:3. w09 11/15 1:19
65:21) Under God’s rule. Those who have not as yet made a deﬁnite decision in favor of Jehovah should prayerfully consider the beneﬁts that God’s way of ruling will bring to mankind. tea. For one thing. we will discover many other ways of being hospitable. Jehovah has had ample opportunity to demonstrate to his creatures what real wisdom is. Christians who strive to learn another language so as to preach the good news among foreigners who have moved into the territory of their congregation can truly be counted among those who are following the course of hospitality. but God’s rule will eliminate them. 37:1. 6) Indeed. Human rule has been unable to solve the problem of crime. (Ps. But if we show initiative. God’s rule will remove all the wicked from the earthly scene. the earth will become a paradise in which there will even be a resurrection of the dead. which contains a Bible message in many languages. November 4 O the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How unsearchable his judgments are and past tracing out his ways are!—Rom. 21:5. 11:6-9) Poverty and hunger have been constant features under human rule. it is commendable.”—Jas. Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned. then peaceable. (Isa. (Gen. as well as his progressively revealing details of this purpose to his servants. —Rom. w10 1/15 4:14 Saturday. and when this is done in love. The disciple James said: “The wisdom from above is ﬁrst of all chaste. many of us are not in a position to learn another language.” (Ps. w09 10/15 1:12-14 Nothing can impede God’s ability to handle matters successfully. 17 Friday. or some other beverage is also a way of showing hospitality. ready to obey. Acts 24:15. not hypocritical. but God’s rule will make “wars to cease to the extremity of the earth. 3:17. all of us can have a meaningful share in helping foreigners by making good use of our booklet Good News for People of All Nations. sharing a cup of coﬀee. 9) Man’s rule has led to incessant warfare. not making p artial distinctions. full of mercy and good fruits.Thursday. 11:33. Jehovah revealed the way that he would undo all the bad eﬀects caused by their rebellion. November 5 I am making all things new. including terrorism. if our means or our strength do not allow us to invite others for a meal. —Rev. 46:9) Why. 2. and hypocrisy. Hospitality is sometimes expressed by inviting someone for a meal. . Isa. God’s rule will even restore peace between humans and animals! (Isa. the old and the sick will delight in a return to youthful vigor. brought Jehovah’s wisdom into sharp focus. In a world marked by immorality. partiality. 3:15) Such immediate action. unreasonableness. mercilessness. (Job 33: 25. 35:5. November 3 Follow the course of hospitality.—Luke 23:43. disobedience. w10 1/15 5:16. Still. Of course. reasonable. 12:13. war.
focus attention on the importance of knowing God’s thinking on the subject. As a girl. ‘Let us see how we can get God’s mind on the matter. In writing to Titus. so that the word of God may not be spoken of abusively. . Ruth had probably worshipped Chemosh and the other gods of Moab. we are winning him over to place his trust in that teaching. . Paul stated: “Let the aged women be reverent in behavior. sisters prove that they treasure their role in the congregation. 15 rael. w10 1/15 2:4 Tuesday.” but Ruth did not. to turn back from accompanying you. . which made special provision for widows and for the poor and landless. By having a full share in the ministry and by willingly making sacriﬁces for that work. . to love their children. 14 Monday. To “persuade” means to “win over. she found happiness.” The one persuaded is “so convinced that [he] puts conﬁdence in someth[ing]. for where you go I shall go. —Ruth 1:16. and security. protection. Naomi urged the two young women to return home. It would not be easy for them to settle in Is- .” (Titus 2:3-5) What a force for good the mature sisters in the congregation can be! By respecting the brothers who take the lead and by making wise decisions in such areas of life as dress and grooming and entertainment. To accomplish this. w10 2/15 2:14. —Ps. . but she came to know the true God. Orpah indeed “returned to her people and her gods. to be sound in mind. Ruth beneﬁted from God’s Law. 68:11. (Ruth 1:15) She acted on her faith and knew to whom she wanted to belong. and your God my God. good. Jehovah. workers at home. November 6 He spoke with boldness .’ Or you might ask.” Because of her choice to serve Jehovah. November 7 Your people will be my people. Under Jehovah’s wings. that they may recall the young women to their senses to love their husbands. giving talks and using persuasion. we need to convince our listener of the truthfulness of what we say. for Bethlehem. teachers of what is good.” When we persuade a person to accept a Bible teaching. they set a ﬁne example for others and show a high regard for their own place in the congregation. started out with their mother-inlaw. and where you spend the night I shall spend the night. ‘What does God have to say about this situation?’ Introducing the text in this way emphasizes that the Bible is from God and helps build high regard for it in the mind of the listener. After posing a question and getting the householder’s response.Sunday. and she married an Israelite who had come to take refuge in her land. November 8 The women telling the good news are a large army. She told Naomi: “Do not plead with me to abandon you. When you introduce a scripture. Orpah. subjecting themselves to their own husbands. Naomi. . chaste. as Ruth and her sister-in-law.—Acts 19:8. (Ruth 1:1-6) Later. you may want to say something to this eﬀect. w09 11/15 3:13.
(Matt. Jesus said that those falsely professing to serve him would be distinguished from his true followers by their fruits—their teachings and their conduct. but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit. preaching the good news of the Kingdom. Though you were baptized in the name of the Son. 2 Friday. For example. Paul stated: “When being reviled. 13) Accordingly. 15:18. (Matt. —Matt. 10) False Christians have a distorted view of God and often a hypocritical form of godly devotion. November 10 Every good tree produces ﬁne fruit. but keep conquering the evil with the good. 1 John 5:19) Jesus revealed that his anointed brothers have “conquered [Satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing. we bless. do you bear in mind that both of you are sinners? You both need God’s forgiveness. 12:11) This shows that the best way to conquer Satan and the evil inﬂuence he is exercising over the present system of things is to do good by our work of witnessing. people are inevitably inﬂuenced by what they take into their mind and heart.Wednesday. that slave would not release his fellow slave who owed him 100 denarii. (Dan. if someone oﬀends you. we bear up. To emphasize this need. w10 3/15 1:12 Thursday. (Gal.” (1 Cor.” The two kinds of fruits have become clearly manifest during this time of the end. 1 John 2:6. 18:23-35) Yes. 3: 1-5) Ask yourself: ‘Do my conduct and teachings clearly harmonize with God’s Word? Do I beautify the truth in the eyes of those searching for it?’ w10 1/15 3:1. 7:17. and you should both be forgiving. Jesus then made this point: Jehovah will not forgive the one who does not forgive his brother. November 9 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil. (Matt. 19) Those who are fed falsehoods produce “worthless fruit. Later. November 11 Fo rgi v e w ha t ev e r you h a v e against anyone. (John 8:44. 16. The apostle Paul knew from his own experience that a persecutor can become a faithful disciple of Christ and a zealous servant of Jehovah. including that of being willing to forgive others. a true Christian will heed the words of today’s text.” (John 4:24.—1 Pet. in order that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you. 20) Indeed. —Rom. That awareness is helpful every day. 1:13-16. you are keenly aware of your own sinful inclinations. The source of all evil is Satan the Devil. 7:15. when being defamed. 4:12. 2 Tim.” where- . we entreat. when being persecuted. 23) In another letter. being baptized in the name of the Son means recognizing Jesus’ authority and striving to follow his example and teachings. Jesus gave an illustration: The master of a slave canceled his debt of ten thousand talents (60 million denarii). 12:21. —Mark 11:25. 12:3. whereas those having spiritual insight worship God “with spirit and truth. 2:21. w09 10/15 2:13-15 as those who are taught spiritual truth produce “ﬁne fruit.” (Rev.
it is not easy for us imperfect humans to live up to our dedication to our perfect God. Jesus encouraged his followers to make friends for themselves by means of “the unrighteous riches. 4:4) Yet. they may receive you into the everlasting dwelling places. November 14 Make friends for yourselves by means of the unrighteous riches.Saturday. as is the case of the anointed. w09 10/15 3:17 Sunday.—Heb. but “in deed and truth. As an ordained minister. for it ﬁguratively pierces to the dividing of bones and their marrow. November 13 Our being adequately qualiﬁed issues from God. entertainment. you have a ministr y to p erform. 2:9. You can live up to your dedication by doing your best and relying on God’s spirit. 3:10) Yes. It contains helpful information that can show people how to live in this complex world. when we donate money toward the construction and maintenance of our meeting facilities. November 12 The word of God is alive and exerts power. the Bible is a book of matchless wisdom. the message emanating from the Bible is sharper than any man-made sword. part of “the whole association of brothers” throughout the world. 10:14) You may not feel fully qualiﬁed to shoulder such a responsibility. What p ower God’s word. 17: 17. (Rom.” (1 John 3:16-18) We provide such ﬁnancial support when we engage in the preaching work. Jehovah.’ (1 Pet. employment. —Luke 16:9. (Col. One way that those of the other sheep class can help Christ’s brothers is by ﬁnancially supporting the preaching work. 15 Monday. and so forth. But. Rather. 4:12. it is God who qualiﬁes you. 13:20. Granted. has! In a figurative sense. we prove our friendship and love. 2:21-23) It is also vital to get to know the brothers and sisters in your local congregation. not just in word. (Jas. John 15:14. w10 3/15 2:14. —2 Cor. Scriptural truth reaches the innermost part of a person and penetrates his thoughts and emotions. and when we contribute funds toward the worldwide preaching work. do not overlook the fact that you have since cultivated new friendships. 3:5. 119:105) It is a tremendous help when we are dealing with problems or are making decisions about our choice of friends. Whether the amount we contribute is small or great. 5 tion is that some with whom you once associated may be puzzled at your new way of life and may ‘speak abusively of you. That truth can exert its transforming power and can bring about genuine changes in a person. the most important being with Jehovah and Jesus Christ. by using our material assets to further Kingdom interests. 1 Tim. 2:17. dress.—Ps. 9:7. or message. 37:25. when such fail.—2 Cor. Prov. w10 2/15 2:4. Prov.” Not that we can buy friendship with Jesus or Jehovah.—1 Pet. God’s Word can change lives! Moreover. so that. One complica- . (Ps. both Jehovah and Jesus certainly appreciate our cheerful giving. exposing what he really is on the inside.
8:22) We are also victims of our own imperfection. sickness. come what may. houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and ﬁelds. and Gaius. 4:1822) What assurance did Jesus give them? Jesus indicated that his disciples would be part of a spiritual brotherhood. 22:37) When we dedicate ourselves to God. 8 Thursday. November 16 What actually will there be for us?—Matt. (Matt. with persecutions. 14) Yes. To devote themselves fully to the Kingdompreaching work. He said: “No one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or ﬁelds for my sake and . but we are conﬁdent that Jehovah will deal mercifully with us even when we make mistakes. peace of mind. (Ps. and in the coming system of things everlasting life. the Bible describes true worshippers as happy people. it is possible to experience considerable joy.” (Mark 10:29. November 15 The drawing near to God is good for me. (Rom. So we dedicate ourselves to God because. 38:4) And. 23. and death cause much distress. w10 2/15 4:7.—Acts 16:14. to time indefinite they will cry out joyfully. Peter wanted to know what the future held for him and for Jesus’ other disciples. (Matt. (Matt. w10 1/15 1:14. such as Lydia. (Isa. 103: 13. we perform an act of faith.” but we trust in God’s promise to support us in our eﬀorts. Many of God’s people have been victims of crime. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not immune to the calamities that befall mankind in general. (Phil. Aquila. 3 John 1. November 17 All those taking refuge in [Jehovah] will rejoice. 10:22. 5-8. —Job 27:5. true Christians are hated and persecuted. they had made important sacriﬁces. w09 12/15 2:1-3 Wednesday. Rom. We know that it will not always be easy to walk with God while living among “a crooked and twisted generation. poverty. 15 for the sake of the good news who will not get a hundredfold now in this period of time. 2:15. 73:28. 16:2) Does this mean that true Christians pursue a life devoid of joy and happiness? Should our lives be marked only by sadness and grief until the end comes? Clearly. Time and again. Jehovah wants us to be happy as we await the fulﬁllment of his promises. Natural disasters. 7:21-25) We have faith that Jehovah will reward our resolve to keep our integrity. as Jesus had promised. John 15: 20. Why is that so? Our faith in Jehovah makes us conﬁdent that drawing close to God is good for us.—Ps. and contentment even in the midst of calamities. 15. —Ps. 65:13. 30) First-century Christians. 18:2-4. 19:27. in spite of our imperfection.Tuesday. and other injustices. like Jesus. war. 14. we desire to belong to him and are resolved to be loyal to him. were among those who provided “houses” and became “brothers and sisters and mothers” to fellow believers. 4:13) We know that we are imperfect. 5:11. Priscilla. (Ps. We cannot fully enjoy the beneﬁts of being a member of Jehovah’s family without making a vow of dedication.
4:2. In 1929. (Jas. Before you can begin your journey.’ how did they ‘muster up boldness’ to speak to those in Thessalonica? “By means of our God.” wrote Paul.A. we cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard. 4:10) That key allows those at odds with each other to begin applying Bible principles. U. 19. 22:17. But as for us.—Acts 4:29.” the apostles Peter and John said: “Whether it is righteous in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God. the article stated: “The faithful remnant class join [the Most High] in the gracious invitation and say. When challenged by “rulers [of the people] and older men and scribes. give attention to their threats. The key is humility. November 20 Jehovah. The anointed followers of Christ have been extending that invitation since as far back as 1918. It must be done now. Euodia and Syntyche.Friday. saying the words of today’s text. (1 Thess. (Acts 4:5. Jehovah helped them muster up boldness by means of his spirit. judge for yourselves..S. After the apostle Paul and his companions had been ‘insolently treated in Philippi. (Acts 15:3739) These accounts show that true worshippers are not immune to disagreements. 20. 2:2) Jehovah God can dispel our fears and give us similar boldness. and grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness. Imagine that you and a friend are going to take a trip by automobile. ‘Come. w09 11/15 4:15.’ This ap- . you must put a key into the ignition and start the car’s engine.—Phil. w10 2/15 3:8 Sunday. November 19 The spirit and the bride keep on saying: “Come!”—Rev. The process of resolving personal diﬀerences is also started with a key. two Christian sisters in ancient Philippi. in 1922 urged listeners to ‘advertise the King and his kingdom.” Rather than praying to God for persecution to stop. the bride class continues to extend that invitation. the public talk entitled “Millions Now Living May Never Die” oﬀered hope that many will gain life in a paradise earth after the battle of Armageddon. But he requires something of us. they and fellow believers made supplication. A talk given at the convention of Bible Students at Cedar Point.” In part. In that year. 5 Saturday. November 18 Euodia I exhort and Syntyche I exhort to be of the same mind in the Lord. Jehovah provides us with help to resolve conﬂicts and restore friendships.” To this day. Ohio.’ This message is to be proclaimed to those who have a desire for righteousness and truth. the March 15 issue of The Watchtower contained an article entitled “Gracious Invitation. 16 peal helped the remnant of the bride class to reach more people with the invitation. w10 2/15 1:4. A heated dispute between Paul and Barnabas became public knowledge and resulted in their going separate ways for a while. apparently had some difﬁculty in resolving a problem that arose between them. 31) God’s spirit can do the same for us.
’ Regardless of what we must face. They are “the Israel of God.” (Gal. (Heb. 40:26) What can be said about God’s dominant quality. He wrote the following to his fellow Christians: “You are ‘a chosen race. Matt. 9:27a. 2:10) This new nation is made up of anointed Christians. a people for special possession. natural Jews who ac- . November 21 I have put life and death before you. He expressed that love in providing the ransom for mankind’s redemption.Monday. wisdom and. but the three basic requirements for life cited by Moses have not changed. 22:37) Second. we can grow in appreciation for his attributes —his justice. a holy nation. w10 3/15 4:2-4 Wednesday. 6 Tuesday.000. a royal priesthood.” (1 Pet. (Ps. They were restated by Jesus and others. 10:23-25) Third. by listening to his voice and by sticking to him. (1 John 5:3) This calls for our regular presence at Christian meetings. Ps. 36) God’s oﬀering Jesus as a propitiatory sacriﬁce for our sins ought to stir love within us in return. w09 12/15 4:5. First. his love? It is expansive and affects us all. —Rev. —Rom. 21:43. ‘we must love Jehovah our God. 20. 32:4. let us always exercise faith in God and follow his Son. 10:6) Later.’ We demonstrate that we love God by acting in accord with his righteous ways. (Matt. the blessing and the malediction. 14:1. November 23 God recommends his own love to us in that. but are now God’s people. the apostle John saw that these spiritual Israelites number 144. 104:24) The universe also gives proof that Jehovah is the Source of dynamic energy and inexhaustible power. Jehovah manifests justice in all his ways and in his perfect law. 4. 20:6. (Isa. 5:8. you and your oﬀspring. while we were yet sinners. Israel proved unfaithful to God. by loving Jehovah your God. p ower. above all. (John 3:16. who have the heavenly hope. By studying the Scriptures and progressively taking in knowledge of Jehovah. where the Bible is discussed. —Matt. and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive. The apostle Peter clearly identiﬁed this new nation. 19:7) We can reﬂect on all of Jehovah’s creative works and be in awe of his superior wisdom. (Dan. ‘we must stick to Jehovah. 6:16) In a vision. November 22 The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits. for Peter went on to say: “You were once not a people. Christ died for us. 2:9) As foretold. that you should declare abroad the excellencies’ of the one that called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (Deut. ‘we must listen to Jehovah’s voice’ by studying God’s Word and obeying his commandments. many non-Israelites were also included in this nation.—2 Cor. superlative love. 17 cepted Jesus as the Messiah were the ﬁrst members of that new nation. This provision is available to the whole world of mankind. 4:1618.” (1 Pet. —Deut. 30:19. w10 2/15 4:16.
When those “rightly disposed for everlasting life” become believers and get baptized. What. Describing her reaction when a close friend stopped serving Jehovah. Godly parents in Bible times made sure that their children learned basic points of courtesy in the home. John 4: 24) By living in harmony with Jesus’ instructions. 14) His words to Pharaoh show that he had learned the proper way to address a person of high oﬃce. not just because he provides me with friends inside his organization. I wondered if she had been serving Jehovah just to please her family. 41:16.” she says. 2 Friday. I then began to reassess my own motives. and he commissioned them to make disciples. 41:33.—Gen. if a friend inside the congregation decides to turn his or her back on Jehovah. (Gen. 28:19.Thursday.—Judg. perhaps needing to be disfellowshipped? Such a circumstance . Jesus taught his followers to worship God with spirit and truth. We can do nothing better with our life than conform to God’s Word and learn from his Son. though. 40: 8. and on that day about three thousand souls were added. but only one way is the best. members of the congregation can ﬁll the void. (Gen. but especially toward those related to us in the faith. 11:35-40. When Bible students are abandoned by former friends who have no love for God.” w09 10/15 4:14. November 26 Those who embraced his word heartily were baptized. Jephthah’s daughter showed outstanding respect for her father by complying with his vow in a very trialsome situation. 20:12) One way for children to honor their parents was by having good manners at home. (Matt. —Gal. we have sound reasons to say to them. 15 Saturday. 34) The Ten Commandments given to the sons of Israel included this command: “Honor your father and your mother in order that your days may prove long upon the ground that Jehovah your God is giving you. When imprisoned. we please Jehovah and enjoy His blessing. Consider the polite way in which Abraham and his son Isaac addressed each other at Genesis 22:7. I thought my friend was ﬁrmly grounded in the truth. 6:10. w10 2/15 4:1. Jehovah wants us to enjoy the best way of life. he was courteous even to his fellow prisoners. 20. November 24 I need not be considered! God will announce welfare to Pharaoh. one sister said: “I felt as if something inside of me died. “Welcome to the best way of life!” (Acts 13:48) During the ﬁrst century of our Common Era.—Acts 2:41.” (Ex. Jesus Christ. “I am determined to show Jehovah that I love him for who he is. The good training from his parents was evident also in the case of Joseph. 15 can be very distressing. Was I serving Jehovah for the right reasons?” How did this sister cope? “I threw my burden on Jehovah. thousands of people from diﬀerent nations embraced the truth and gave public evidence of their devotion to God by being baptized. w09 11/15 5:14. November 25 Let us work what is good toward all. but she was not. People can live in various ways.
You might say that it means to be governed by the holy spirit in your daily activities. Yet. you seek to refrain from the works of the ﬂesh. and he remained in Jehovah’s favor despite the calamities predicted for the nation as a whole. sects. w10 3/15 2:4. ﬁts of anger. Living in a way that allows holy spirit to direct our lives can also motivate us to carry out our ministry courageously. practice of spiritism. . (2 Chron. taking to heart the warning example of what can happen if we allow apostasy and unfaithfulness to encroach on our worship. the ﬁrstcentury Christians accomplished a tremendous preaching work. Josiah’s good eﬀorts to remove idolatrous practices were noted. We want to respond to Jehovah’s direction promptly. Galatians chapter 5 brings out the contrast between being under the inﬂuence of the holy spirit and that of the ﬂesh. just as he did in Josiah’s case. 5:17. jealousy. 18) If you are under the inﬂuence of the holy spirit. The combined beneﬁts of constantly praying for the spirit. —2 Chron. enmities. .” (Rom. idolatry. and regularly attending Christian meetings can help us to be “aglow with the spirit. allowing the holy spirit to inﬂuence you. 34:14. prayerfully meditating on what we read. envies. contentions.” it becomes obvious that they were motivated by a stronger force. began to read its contents to Josiah. “Walking by spirit” involves accepting the action of the holy spirit upon you. divisions. They preached the good news “in all creation that is under heaven. 1:23) When we consider that most of them were “unlettered and ordinary. Those include .”—Rom.” (Gal.Sunday. God provided a message condemning some of the religious practices that had been carried on in Judah. 34:19-28) Surely our desire is the same as Josiah’s was. uncleanness. Holy spirit is the most powerful force in the universe. in turn. they got to wondering. revelries. rather than let yourself be controlled by ﬂeshly desires. And we can be conﬁdent that Jehovah will note with approval our zeal for true worship. . 13) It will help to set your mind on the things of the spirit and cooperate with its leadings.” (Col. 34:1418) What was the eﬀect? The king immediately ripped his garments apart in grief and instructed the men to consult Jehovah. November 27 When they beheld the outspokenness of Peter and John. loose conduct. you “put the practices of the body to death by the spirit. (2 Chron. 8:5. 14 such things as “fornication. 5 Tuesday.—Acts 4:13. drunken bouts. —Gal. 5:19-21) In a sense. strife. w09 6/15 1:20 Monday. and it can empower humans to do Jehovah’s will. 5:16. (Gal. w10 2/15 1:13. diligently engaging in meaningful personal study. November 28 Keep walking by spirit. Hilkiah handed the book to the royal secretary Shaphan who. Under its inﬂuence. Through the prophetess Huldah. 12:11. November 29 Hilkiah the priest found the book of Jehovah’s law.
and I shall also water your camels. and numerous other harmful desires and inﬂuences.Wednesday. —Ps. the pursuit of riches and prominence. (Col.—Gal.” How are such friendships formed? Vanessa says: “I had to seek this friendship out and not just wait for it to come to me. and materialism. “I have a very dear friend who is in her 50’s.” says Vanessa. 10 Friday.” (Gen. ‘Let your water jar down. . Satan has trapped many with a selﬁsh desire for independence. to guard you in all your ways. November 30 He will give his own angels a command concerning you. 6:13. could it be that you are restricting your view of who can be a friend? (Rom. —Matt. “I can tell her anything that I can tell friends my age. please. please. pride. December 1 You. . Of course. who is in her early 20’s. 91:7-10. Matt.’ this is the one you must assign to your servant. 24:12) How comforting it is to know that heavenly angels guide and protect us so that we can preach the good news. “the faithful and discreet slave” provides spiritual food to protect us against the teaching of evolution. 11:3) He catches others by promoting greed. (Rev. 14:6) Also. 2:8) And many have been lured into the trap of illic- it sex relations. Still others he misleads by such philosophies as patriotism. he will guide you in life if you pray and are determined to be led by his spirit. that I may take a drink. ‘Take a drink. Yet. many young ones treasure the friendships they have formed with older members of the congregation. December 2 Jehovah .’ and who will indeed say.” Are you willing to build friendships with those outside your age bracket? Jehovah will certainly reward you for your eﬀorts. he and Timothy became close friends despite a difference in age and background. Today. evolution. For instance. to Isaac. 24:45. Have you ever felt that there is just no one in your congregation whom you can befriend? If so. As women drew water at a certain well. w10 1/15 2:12. 24:13. too. 5:18. 4 . the enticement of immoral desires.—Gen. (2 Cor. She soon accompanied him to Canaan and became Isaac’s beloved wife. . 11:13) Paul did not restrict his friendships to those of his own age group. 24:12. w09 10/15 4:9. Bible study makes it evident that you should always pray for God’s guidance. you cannot expect God to give you a special sign. (Ps. And she cares about me so much. the servant prayed to Jehovah: “What must occur is that the young woman to whom I shall say. cause it to happen. and false religion. —2 Cor. 13 Thursday. Consider what happened when the patriarch Abraham sent his eldest servant —likely Eliezer—to Mesopotamia to obtain a God-fearing wife for Isaac. 91:11. 14) The prayer of Abraham’s servant was answered when Rebekah watered his camels. widen out. w09 11/15 2:3. Such spiritually harmful plagues have caused millions to lose their love for God.
5:12-14) Of course. consumed by feelings of . food. (Rom. the August 1. Jesus stated a basic truth when he said: “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. Jesus pointed his followers toward a satisfying way of life when he said: “If anyone wants to come after me. issue of The Watchtower stated on page 232: “Let the anointed encourage all who will to take part in telling the good news of the kingdom. They do not have to be anointed of the Lord in order to declare the Lord’s message. Prov. he went without rest. the identity of the “great crowd” mentioned at Revelation 7:9-17 was made clear. Jesus said: “I always do the things pleasing to him.” (John 8: 29. 10 self-importance. 8:13. When necessary. especially for those who love righteousness and who have suffered injustice and mistreatment at the hands of the wicked. And these. As a result.” (Matt. Being dedicated to Jehovah results in happiness because it involves the giving of ourselves. Sooner or later the wicked will have to be brought to justice. —Eccl. Satan. 22:17. time was needed to settle the issue and to demonstrate convincingly that the rebels were utterly wrong. 2 Monday. our ﬁrst parents joined Satan in challenging Jehovah’s rightful authority and became sinners in His sight.Saturday.” In 1935. For ex ample. “Come!” in resp onse. Hence. Jesus found delight in making his Father’s heart rejoice. 1932. However. and joined the bride class in actively inviting others to ‘come and drink life’s water free. and comfort so that he could help others to ﬁnd the road to life. Eccl. December 4 It will not turn out well at all with the wicked one. caused humans to reject Jehovah’s way of governing.” (Acts 20:35) Jesus fully experienced the happiness of giving during his earthly ministry. Jehovah knew how their disrespectful and rebellious course would turn out for them.—John 4:34. let him disown himself. It is a great comfort to Jehovah’s witnesses to now know that they are permitted to carry the waters of life to a class of people that may be taken through Armageddon and given everlasting life on the earth. Those who hear the invitation to “come” are invited to say. (John 8:44) Back in Eden. that inevitable outcome had to be made obvious to all intelligent creatures. 5:22. 8:12) That is comforting news.’ w10 2/15 3:9. w10 1/15 4:1. (Prov. having appreciatively heard the message. 16:24) Doing so draws us closer to Jehovah. Foremost among the wicked who will be brought to justice is Satan the Devil. December 3 Let anyone hearing say: “Come!”—Rev. have made a dedication to God. 27:11) Thus. Could we place ourselves in the hands of anyone else who could care for us more lovingly? w10 1/15 1:16. 17 Sunday. undergone water baptism. December 5 My food is for me to do the will of him that sent me and to ﬁnish his work.
w09 10/15 1:15. or do I remain ﬁrm for Bible principles. Jesus ‘wept with people who were weeping’ when his friend Lazarus died. why not pray about the matter and seek spiritual strength through regular Bible study. you likely try to learn from his example and good qualities. between one serving God and one who has not served him. you want to imitate Jesus to the best of your ability. we should be sensitive to the pains and heartaches of our brothers and sisters. 3:18. w10 1/15 3:4. 13:15. weep with people who weep. our feelings of shared joy or compassion will be evident. prayer. Jesus as King of the heavenly Kingdom is able to handle the matter in his time and way.” (Eph. December 8 You people will again certainly see the distinction between a righteous one and a wicked one. 12) Even if an imperfect human makes a mistake. December 7 Put on the new personality. the appointed elders.Tuesday.”—Matt. In line with your wholehearted dedication to God. —Rom. whether at school or at work.” including “the fruit of lips which make public declaration to [God’s] name. If you see room for improvement. the more you will produce “ﬁne fruit. Likewise. but we should stand out as diﬀerent from those who do not love and serve Jehovah. particularly the spiritually older men. 3:16) Of course. Jesus himself “became overjoyed in the holy spirit. —Eph. This involves continuing to work at putting away the old personality and putting on the new. and meeting attendance? The more God’s Word becomes a part of you. 4:20-23) When you come to respect a friend. Similarly. Do you believe that? w10 3/15 1: 13. you want to learn from Christ and imitate him. we do not want to appear self-righteous. —Mal. or do I stand out as diﬀerent? Do I always strive to ﬁt in with my secular associates. 4:11. we can bring much relief to fellow believers who are suﬀering emotional pain if we take the time to listen to them with a truly sympathetic ear. . (John 11:3235) We want to follow Jesus’ example of showing empathy. We need to learn to understand and even share another person’s feelings. When a fellow Christian rejoices. As you reﬂect on those words. for the building up of the body of the Christ. 14 Thursday. . When 70 disciples of Christ returned joyfully from a preaching campaign and related the good results of their work. Paul’s counsel in this verse can be summed up in two words: Show empathy. You also . (Eph. If we are aglow with the spirit. even speaking up when appropriate?’ (1 Pet. we wish to share his or her joy. 7:17. The provision of having such men appointed is “with a view to the readjustment of the holy ones. 16 need to respect the way Jesus directs those dedicated to Jehovah. . 5 Wednesday. 4:24. On the other hand. ask yourself: ‘Do I blend in with the world. Often. Heb. 12:15. December 6 Rejoice with people who rejoice.” (Luke 10:17-21) He shared their joy. Christ is using imperfect humans in the local congregation.
That is an average of over 5. December 10 God is love. Paul gives three admonitions.” (John 3:16) Could God have shown his love for mankind in a more remarkable way than by sending his only-begotten Son to earth in order to ransom sinners? (John 15:13) This great demonstration of love also served as a pattern for humans. the apostle advises us to “persevere in prayer. w10 1/15 4:11 Sunday. December 11 There arose no little disturbance concerning The Way. w10 2/15 4:2.” Finally. 9. 1: 29-31. w09 10/15 2:17.—1 John 4:8. practical counsel. How? The apostle John quotes Jesus as saying: “God loved the world so much that . we do our best to conquer evil with good. Jehovah expressed his love in new ways.000 people have made the decision to serve Jehovah and be baptized in symbol of their dedication to him. During the past ten years. 2:21) The disciple-making work has sped up in these last days and is now being done in over 230 lands.” (Acts 9:2) This expression was ﬁtting because those who became followers of Christ adhered to a manner of life that centered on faith in Jesus Christ and on imitating his example.700. more than 2. (1 Pet. Persevere in prayer. in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.—Isa. To the extent possible.—Rom. We should try to overcome opposition with acts of kindness.” This will enable us to follow his further counsel to “endure under tribulation. we need to keep our minds ﬁxed on the future that Jehovah holds in store for us and to “rejoice in the hope” of everlasting life. 30:21. (Gen. without violating Bible principles. It is also a demonstration of conﬁdence that he will help us to serve him faithfully. even as Jesus did. In addition to all this wise. 18 he gave his only-begotten Son. Since we could never do all these things without Jehovah’s help. The early disciples of Christ belonged to “The Way. for it marks the beginning of an intimate relationship with Jehovah. 26. knowledge of the Scriptures.—John 17: 25. Ps. giving them the opportunity to reﬂect God’s self-sacriﬁcing love in everyday life. remembering that vengeance belongs to Jehovah. —Acts 19:23. 3 Saturday. December 9 Rejoice in the hope. Even when faced with outright hostility.Friday. we should endeavor to live peaceably with all men.000 individuals every week! The decision to be baptized is based on love for God. Jehovah also lovingly provided humans with a beautiful home containing everything necessar y for their happiness. 2:8. and faith in what they teach. 12:12. We should not retaliate in kind. 139:14-16) But once wickedness was introduced into the human family. be it in heaven or on earth. Baptism is a milestone in our life. Endure under tribulation. The fear-inspiring and wonderful way in which we are made bears witness to God’s love. Romans chapter 12 gives us abundant counsel on how we should react to opposition.
’ (Ex. 7 not unreasonable in what he expected of Moses. he experienced the joy of accomplishing God’s will. they had a change of heart and begged for forgiveness. Yet. Finally. He understands our imperfect nature. —Jas. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. But God was . 18. though. You may have wondered if you will be able to do what Jehovah expects of you. w09 11/15 4:16. however. Holy spirit is needed for us to manifest the fruitage of the spirit. Waiting for the other person to show humility is not the solution when we too are holding the key of humility in our hand. and I will refresh you. w10 3/15 2:6. 29. December 14 Humble yourselves in the eyes of Jehovah. making peace will be diﬃcult. 23) You realize. (Gen. how you cultivate the soil of your heart makes a diﬀerence in the quality and quantity of the fruitage of the holy spirit in you. So ask yourself. that this calls for eﬀort on your part. and speaking in his name. 18:15-17. what would be produced without the farmer’s hard work? (Prov. 24. To illustrate: A farmer cultivates the land. “the fruitage of the spirit. The Bible contains excellent counsel on resolving conﬂicts.—Matt. sunshine and water are necessary. living by his law. 3:12-14. 1:10. we contribute to the unity and joy of the congregation. you are imitating the ﬁne examples of the prophets. December 13 Come to me. 103:14) Serving God as a follower of Jesus is refreshing rather than overwhelming because such a life course beneﬁts others and makes Jehovah’s heart glad. Joseph pardoned them. 5: 22. The other person may need time to sort out his feelings. w10 1/15 2:6 Wednesday. we must read and meditate on God’s Word. ‘Am I permitting holy spirit to produce its fruitage by working along with it?’ In order to come under the inﬂuence of the holy spirit. you manifest godly qualities. . For example. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of being a servant of God. 10:4) Yes. Jehovah ‘taught him what to do. It was a long time before they faced him as prime minister of Egypt. Moses felt inadequate when he was sent to speak to the Israelites and to the king of Egypt. 19 Tuesday.” (Gal.—1 Pet. Of course. and he wants to help us. 3:11. 4:1. for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart.Monday. If you are doing that. 27) Unless we humbly apply that counsel.—Col. We might compare holy spirit to sunshine. without such he cannot expect any harvest. December 12 A diligent inquiry and a careful search were made by the prophets. . and he will exalt you. 50:15-21) By maintaining peace with our brothers and sisters. Eph. Jehovah is just as reasonable in what he expects of us. 11:28. 5:23. . 10. we should not give up hope. 4:10. As holy spirit operates upon you. (Matt. 4:26. however. (Ps. and Jacob’s sons became a nation that had the privilege of bearing the name of Jehovah. 13-15) Since Moses accepted the help oﬀered. If our initial attempts to make peace seem unfruitful for some reason. Joseph’s brothers dealt treacherously with Joseph.
The most direct way to receive God’s holy spirit is to ask for it. December 16 Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved. 5:17) That is what a Christian woman named Rosa did. we should tactfully expose religious falsehoods that malign our Creator. how can we personally live up to our unique name? For one thing. When a fellow worker. for this would be damaging to you. is pleased to use these imperfect men. (Jer. Indeed. how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him! —Luke 11:13. Still. 13:17. to make that precious name manifest to all. December 15 Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive. heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses knew the name of God. Christ. (Eph. which in reality attributes to the God of love the cruel traits of the Devil. When she read Psalm 83:18. (1 Thess. compare Mark 9: . France. disturbed by a report on mistreated children. 10:13.” says Rosa. the impact was profound. we may ﬁnd it a challenge to obey the Bible-based direction given to us by the local elders. 7:31. She began to study the Bible and is now a faithful sister serving in another land. 7 Friday. w09 10/15 3:18 17-27) Are you proud to bear the name of your heavenly Father? Do you help others to come to know that holy name? A woman in Paris. know how to give good gifts to your children. She was able to give a ﬁne witness and make a follow-up arrangement. preaching informally. cried out. So be proud to bear God’s name and. for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account. such as the doctrine of hellﬁre. or working business territory—intimidate us. A way that all of us can prove that we are friends of Christ is by cooperating with the direction provided by congregation elders. Also.Thursday. in imitation of Jesus. As Jehovah’s Witnesses.—Heb. —Rom. December 17 If you. so she asked the next Witness she met to show her that name in her Bible. w10 1/15 3:13. that they may do this with joy and not with sighing. we must faithfully bear witness to God. 14 Saturday. 5:23) At times. we should constantly pray for holy spirit. the Head of the congregation. What did she do to get the courage to speak up? “I prayed to Jehovah and asked for his spirit to help me. although being wicked. we can pray to Jehovah for his spirit and ask him to help us muster up the needed boldness. and this may distort our view of their counsel. 1 John 4:8. “What is this world coming to?” Rosa could not pass up such an opportunity to give a witness. w10 2/15 1:6. Therefore. We are likely aware of their imperfections. we prove our love for Christ. If certain aspects of the ministry—doing street witnessing. the way we react to their authority directly inﬂuences our friendship with Christ. These men are app ointed by holy spirit under Christ’s direction. When we overlook the faults of the elders and joyfully follow their direction.
God’s active force can strengthen you whenever you feel weak and in need of help. 6:33. With that example of Israel in mind. Should we not strive to wield it skillfully? w10 2/15 2:5. 4:710. but how can God bless those who do not submit to his way of ruling? —Ps. 6 Monday.” (2 Cor. December 19 May the God who gives hope ﬁll you with all joy and peace by your believing. —Eph. . you may still ﬁnd it diﬃcult to cope with daily challenges. it is not surprising that throughout the ages. the Bible’s message can free people from spiritual bondage to Satan. (Eph.” When presented eﬀectively. December 20 Accept . Although Jehovah permitted Israel to have a visible king. (Matt. (Matt. (1 Sam. but it is I whom they have rejected from being king over them. 6:9) The Scriptures also foretell God’s purpose for the future. 1 John 2:17. we are able to take into consideration the long-term eﬀects of our decisions. 2:10-12. . the sword of the spirit. 4) With the road ahead ﬁguratively well-lit. 7:12.” wrote the apostle Paul. helping us to pursue a lifestyle that is consistent with that purpose. 12:10) Paul knew that God’s spirit can make up for human weaknesses. (1 Tim. regardless of their nature. You can experience the same feeling! w10 3/15 2:16 Tuesday.Sunday. Israel demanded a visible. Thus. Through the prophet Samuel. What you have to contend with may at times leave you feeling lost. 8:7. human king.—1 Sam. 8:9-18) History demonstrated the truth of Jehovah’s warning. “When I am weak. “then I am powerful. Being ruled by a human king led to serious problems for Israel. government in the hands of humans who do not know Jehovah has failed to bring permanent good results. 6:17.” It was when he was weak that he felt holy spirit operating on him. 15:13. Even with helpful friends around you in the congregation. as if you were in a long tunnel of problems. some politicians invoke God’s blessing on their eﬀorts to achieve peace and security. December 18 It is not you whom they have rejected. Jehovah told Samuel to grant their request. 6:12) Paul called God’s word “the sword of the spirit. that you may abound in hope with power of holy spirit. Phil. 9 for his holy spirit. God’s word. 2:3. he warned them that rule by a human king would come at a price. of what a powerful weapon the Bible is in our spiritual warfare.—Rom. That is especially a time for you to turn to Jehovah. too. True. asking . especially when that king proved unfaithful. It is a sword that is saving lives instead of destroying them. Paul wrote that he could “take pleasure in weaknesses. Applying the principles found in God’s Word makes it possible for us to get along well with others. w10 1/15 5:8. 18) What a meaningful life a person can enjoy if he allows godly principles to guide his life! Think. that is.
show kindness to the elderly and sick. For some 6. 23:24.000 years. w09 11/15 5: 16-18 Thursday.—Isa. 23:25. turned their backs . He lacks nothing and needs no one. They should be helped to understand why they ought to hold doors for people.—Prov. 8:38. children who are courteous. December 21 Any weapon whatever that will be formed against you will have no success. and oﬀer to help those carrying heavy packages. and Jehovah feels deeply distressed when they do. Hence. 6. children will be able to make friends and will maintain peace with others. Even God’s own true worshippers have on occasion hurt his feelings. criminals. 39) He has protected the congregation from powerful religious and political enemies whose aim has usually been. December 23 Your father and your mother will rejoice. And do we not beneﬁt from the variety of qualities displayed by our Christian brothers and sisters? Indeed. Jehovah must have felt some disappointment when one of his spirit sons rebelled and became Satan. young ones need to learn the proper way to greet visitors. 13:20. December 22 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Think. They need to understand the importance of sincerely saying “please. 6:5. (Jer. (Ps. 41) The pain that Jehovah feels when his people reject him is certainly great. not to kill us.” and “I am sorry. 54:17.Wednesday. 63:9. but to separate us from our holy God. However. w09 12/15 2:4.” The best way to train children to be courteous is by setting a good example. w10 1/15 2:14. Just as we constantly have to protect ourselves from physical dangers. such as accidents.—Rom. murder. God must have been aﬀected later when some other angels joined in the rebellion. 1 Pet. 3:1-10) Clearly. 12) Furthermore. and to eat a meal with others. violence. 15 on him. Moreover. 78:40. (Gen. Jehovah has the entire universe under his authority. 5 Friday. To get along well as adults. 10. bad things happen. to answer the telephone. We seek the advice of the elders. we should regularly take advantage of the guidance that Jehovah provides for us in our publications and at congregation meetings and assemblies. 4: 10) We have no reason to doubt that Jehovah can protect us from anything that could cause us to lose his approval. the masterpieces of his physical creation. 3:23. They will be well-equipped to work with employers and coworkers. and sexual perversion. so we must act continuously to protect ourselves from spiritual dangers. he has heard despicable lies and blasphemies. of the p ain felt by God when Adam and Eve.” “you are welcome.—Prov. (Prov. Thus. too.” “thank you. The value of training our children to be well-mannered cannot be overestimated. 11.” “may I help you?. mannerly. billions of their descendants have rejected Jehovah’s authority. and upright will bring their parents joy and satisfaction. (Rom.—Isa. or infections. Since then. Jehovah has observed acts of idolatry. our association with the congregation helps us to b ecome wise.
December 26 His enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat.” that is. 2: 1-3. Do they reﬂect your keen interest in Jehovah’s Kingdom.” (Prov. seasoned with salt. 6:9. When the Sanhedrin ordered Peter and John to stop ‘teaching upon the basis of Jesus’ name. (Acts 4:18-20) After being released. they told fellow believers what had happened. 10) They should. Wise King Solomon wrote: “Oil and incense are what make the heart rejoice. December 24 They with one accord raised their voices to God. w09 11/15 2:21. John. how much more so do our friends inside the congregation! Good friends value each other’s opinion.” The weeds are described as “the sons of the wicked one. this apostasy was clearly evident. also the sweetness of one’s companion due to the counsel of the soul. w10 3/15 3:5. Rather. 13:25. multitudes became worshippers of Jehovah. Jesus tells us that the enemy “is the Devil. 7 Sunday. By the time that the last apostle. those who claim to be sons of the Kingdom but do not produce genuine fruitage! These hypocritical Christians who claim to be followers of Christ are really part of the “seed” of Satan the Devil. This poisonous plant closely resembles wheat in its early stages before it reaches maturity. Paul was speciﬁcally referring to the way we should talk to those “on the outside. 3:15) Jesus did not say that the wheat would become weeds. prayer often includes pleas for help to serve Jehovah with courage. and in the sanctiﬁcation of his holy name? (Matt. Think about your own prayers. 39) In a literal sense. the weeds that Jesus referred to were probably the bearded darnel.—2 Pet.—Acts 4:24. 4:6. in the doing of his will. —Matt.Saturday. 141:5) If a friend expresses concern about some course of action that you are taking. 1 John 2:18. 4:5) Surely. So this illustration does not portray genuine Christians who fall away from the truth. 13:38. or do you take oﬀense? w09 10/15 4: 17. Because of persecution or other trials. for they were “ﬁlled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness”! (Acts 4:24-31) As a result. if nonbelievers deserve respect when we speak to them. 22 be both gracious and forthright. December 25 Let your utterance be always with graciousness. (Gen. Then all those present petitioned God for help in speaking his word with boldness. 27:9) Is that how you view any counsel you receive from a friend? (Ps.—Col. so communication between them needs to . Prayer can also strengthen you to declare the good news boldly. it points to a deliberate eﬀort on the part of Satan to corrupt the Christian congregation by introducing wicked people into it.’ those apostles courageously refused to quit. was old. 18 Monday.” (Matt. What a ﬁtting picture of imitation Christians. (Col. those who are not our Christian brothers. How thrilling it must have been when that prayer was answered. how do you react? Do you view the comments as an act of loving-kindness.
and we all stumble many times. Ask yourself: ‘Am I still aglow with the spirit? Do I pray to Jehovah for his spirit? Do my prayers show that I rely upon him to do his will? Do they contain words of appreciation for the ministry entrusted to us? How are my personal study habits? How much time do I take to meditate on what I read and hear? How involved am I in congregation meetings?’ Reﬂecting on questions such as these can help you identify areas of weakness and take corrective measures. 12:11. The Bible—An American Translation) What if we have lost our zeal for the ministry or our fervor for it is not what it used to be? Then an honest self-examination is in order. That is one reason we bear witness about his name and . 3:13. we are in a position to experience the profound joy we feel when God forgives us our errors. w09 12/15 4:7. Our brothers around the globe persevere in observing God’s commandments despite facing apathy and outright rejection of the Kingdom message. 17) Personally experiencing that heartwarming characteristic of Jehovah strengthens our love for him and encourages us to follow his example in our dealings with others. 16 Wednesday.” (1 John 5:3) Yes. and for that we should be most grateful. 8 Thursday. love of Jehovah God motivates us to observe his commandments. Jehovah’s willingness to do so for thousands of years demonstrates that he possesses these marvelous qualities to a perfect degree. we are moved to share knowledge of God with others as well as to observe all his other commands. w10 1/15 4:15. 3:2. We are all sinners. December 27 Keep testing whether you are in the faith. which beneﬁts others. (2 Tim. 1 John 1:8. sins.—Col. Jehovah’s qualities of patience and long-suﬀering would scarcely have come so prominently to the fore had it not become necessary for him to deal with human imperfections. —Matt.—2 Cor. 16 Kingdom. How can we demonstrate our love of God in response to all that he has done for us? The inspired answer is significant: “This is what the love of God means. 4:5) Likewise. December 28 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Ps.—2 Pet. By b eing “on fire with the Spirit. 9) How grateful we should be that Jehovah is willing to forgive “in a large way”! (Isa. They do not let up in their eﬀorts to accomplish their ministry fully. (Jas. Doing that out of our heart’s abundance is an evidence that we observe God’s commandments with a pure motive. keep proving what you yourselves are. 3:15. and yet his commandments are not burdensome. and shortcomings. December 29 Consider the patience of our Lord as salvation.” we can demonstrate increased boldness in our houseto-house ministry and when witnessing informally. 55:7) Consider also this fact: Having been born as imperfect sinners. 51:5. 9.Tuesday. (Rom. 12:34. w10 2/15 1:14. that we observe his commandments. 13:5.
Friday. He also sang: “My own foot will certainly stand on a level place.—Acts 17:2. Present arguments in a clear and logical manner. 12) The true God has a place for each of us in his organization. And what joy and satisfaction we experience because we have a place in the congregation! “Jehovah. endeavor to reach the heart of your listener. 17 Saturday. 16:23) At times.” (Ps. Reason from the Scriptures in a way that is convincing. we can keep our precious place in Jehovah’s arrangement. who sent me. draws him.—John 6:44. Paul convincingly reasoned with others from the Scriptures. w10 2/15 2:17 2011 S M T W T 3 4 10 11 17 18 24 25 31 JAN 2 9 16 23 30 S 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29 F S MAY 1 8 15 22 29 M 2 9 16 23 30 T 3 10 17 24 31 W 4 11 18 25 T F S 5 6 7 12 13 14 19 20 21 26 27 28 SEP S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 FEB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 27 28 29 30 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26 31 JUN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 21 22 23 28 29 30 4 5 6 11 12 13 18 19 20 25 26 27 OCT 2 9 16 23 30 MAR JUL 3 4 5 6 10 11 12 13 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 31 1 2 3 AUG 7 8 9 10 14 15 16 17 21 22 23 24 28 29 30 31 NOV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 APR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DEC . 26:8. December 30 No man can come to me unless the Father. it may be necessary to do research and provide additional information. It has given our life purpose and meaning. (Acts 17:4) Like him. Using corroborative evidence can also ‘add persuasiveness to your lips. It is better to use one text well by explaining and illustrating the point than to read two or three scriptures in rapid succession. By continuing to follow theocratic direction and by staying busy in God’s service.” said the psalmist. December 31 [Paul] reasoned with them from the Scriptures. Jehovah has lovingly drawn each of his servants into a relationship with him. 20:5) Avoid being blunt. Out of all the billions of people on the earth. I have loved the dwelling of your house. Jehovah has extended a personal invitation to us to be a part of his congregation today. Your statements should be solidly based on God’s Word.’ (Prov. (Prov. among the congregated throngs I shall bless Jehovah. Using heartfelt entreaty and sound logic. ‘Draw up’ what is in it by using kind questions that reﬂect personal interest in the individual. Accepting this invitation was the best decision we ever made. They should be supported by satisfying evidence. w09 11/15 3:16.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?