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Examining the Scriptures Daily
Examining the Scriptures Daily
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include more than food. when greeted with the words “good morning. Jesus said: “Man must live. When tempted by the Devil to turn stones into bread.” (Matt.Examining the Scriptures Daily Foreword “Good morning!” This cheerful greeting is heard around the world countless times each day. we have another basic need to care for if we truly want to be happy. Hope you have a nice day. To many.” But what would make a morning “good”? Some feel that starting the day with a nourishing breakfast is most important. It seems to say: “Hello. having a good day is just being able to get started and satisfy their needs. it is just an expression. Others equate a good day with feeling well and being energetic. it’s good to see you. In whatever form or language. the Bible. “Let’s make it so. and other basic necessities. shelter.” For most people. it is usually the ﬁrst thing said to family members on awakening or to others we meet later on.” (Matt. Jesus made mention of it when he said: “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need. not on bread alone. 5:3) Happiness is possible because that need can be satisﬁed through an understanding of God’s written Word. Weather conditions can also be a signiﬁcant factor in our outlook. but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth. In his Sermon on the Mount. In fact. clothing.” one individual would often say. For many. however. Those needs. 4:4) Yes. 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 . however.
—Isa. it will truly be a good start to the day. Job 12:13. (Rev.they are helped to realize that rather than evolving from lower life-forms. Isa.” mirroring some of his qualities. 1:27. and keep us “fully competent. (1 Thess. Many do this in the morning. set matters straight. then. of the need to stay spiritually awake. our imperfect minds tend to forget. Even though we have learned many spiritual truths. his standards. If you begin each day in this way. and of the way you can please God. We have an innate desire to know and worship God. we were formed “in God’s image. man was created by a loving God. 4:11) By studying the Bible. Deut. daily reminders from the Bible are! That is why this publication. 32:4. completely equipped for every good work. (Gen. Just as our body needs to be sustained regularly with physical food. we learn spiritual truths—facts about God. the 2011 edition of Examining the Scriptures Daily. Moreover. 48:17. 1 John 4:8) Jehovah created us not only with physical needs but also with a spiritual need. Luke 11:28. 3:16. 5:6) The brevity of the printed comments makes it possible to review them in just a few minutes. But the inspired Word of God can teach us. We become engrossed in the daily concerns of life. is produced. our spirituality must be nourished regularly. These daily gems will remind you of the truths you cherish. reprove us when necessary. We are bombarded by the propaganda of Satan’s system of things. 40:26. What we learn is for our good because Jehovah teaches us the best way of life.” —2 Tim. either by themselves or with their family at the breakfast table. . In it you will ﬁnd a Scripture text with comments for each day of the year. How important. and his purpose for mankind. 17.
” And did not Jesus say that unless the great tribulation was cut short.—Zeph. On January 12. including one of 6. before those foretold events occur. so the presence of the Son of man will be. so extensive an earthquake. and sections of the presidential palace. 18. 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. 3:12. there is a need to ﬁnd refuge. “no ﬂesh would be saved”?—Matt. including hospitals. The best place to seek refuge is always a question when a calamity strikes. But what if the calamity is widespread. 2010. And Jehovah has promised such refuge for those who seek him in true faith. the headquarters of the United Nations mission.0. 24:22. Why? After foretelling the Devil’s . to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty. More than 225. 37.” (Rev. This proved wise. 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. 3. they do indicate that destructive events of global proportions are coming and that there is a great need to seek a place of refuge. 15. 2:2. schools. we learn that demonic expressions “go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth.2011 Yeartext “Take refuge in the name of Jehovah.1 magnitude that occurred on January 20. the Haitian city of Port-auPrince was struck by a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7. 16:18) While those statements are symbolic in nature. as aftershocks rocked the city.” —Zeph. Many buildings collapsed. Even now. Also of note is the prophetic account in Revelation chapter 16. In verse 14. 1:14.000 deaths resulted. Not knowing where to go for refuge. so great.” The prophecy goes on to relate that “a great earthquake occurred such as had not occurred since men came to be on the earth. people poured into the streets and for weeks afterward camped in any open areas they could ﬁnd.
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. A powerful. could there be than in the protection of the Almighty One himself? With inspired wisdom. (Rom. 18:10. 2. .E. 3. 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. King Solomon wrote: “The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. What better stronghold. He will do so for the sake of his people and in line with his purpose. invisible enemy who is aware of our personal weaknesses is a fearsome foe indeed. 4. foremost of whom is Jehovah God.” (Acts 2:21) Years later. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection. God will prove to be whatever is needed in any circumstances. 12:17. it is Jehovah God in whom we too must ﬁnd refuge. There is no greater refuge in these trialsome times. 10:13) Today. But there are those who are more powerful than Satan. the apostle Paul made the same point. The comments are taken from the Watchtower (w) issues of April 2009 to March 2010. of each study article (1. 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.defeat and his ouster from heaven at the time of the Kingdom’s birth in 1914. Jehovah can meet any challenge successfully. followed by the paragraphs where further comments may be found.” DAILY TEXTS AND COMMENTS In the following pages. Figures following the date of the Watchtower issue refer to the number. in order. you will ﬁnd a Scripture text for each day and comments on that text.” —Rev. what better place of refuge. Peter said: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” —Prov. or 5) appearing in that issue. He will prove to be our unconquerable stronghold! As the name Jehovah (meaning “He Causes To Become”) implies.” (Joel 2:32) The apostle Peter conﬁrmed this when the Christian congregation was founded on the day of Pentecost 33 C.
but they do share Jesus’ compassionate attitude toward the sick. His love moved him to feel pity for them and he cured them. w09 9/15 3:16. May we also strive to treat others kindly. January 2 We became gentle in the midst of you. (John 13:1. even in the face of trials. w09 4/15 2:5. he oﬀered it with love. 6 mandments. Practically everyone must face health problems. look! Satan has demanded to have you men to sift you as wheat. No man has ever been a more loving teacher than Jesus. 35) Yes. his disciples displayed deep love and aﬀection for those to whom they preached. “let your brotherly love continue.—Matt. Jehovah. Jesus was patient and understanding.” Such love identiﬁes us as Jesus’ true followers.—1 Thess. but also our own souls. Jesus’ mental attitude toward the sick serves as an example for us. Enduring persecution and risking death. Christians do not have Jesus’ miraculous power to heal. because you became beloved to us. we were well pleased to impart to you. (Mark 9:33-37) He encouraged them by expressing conﬁdence that they would be eﬀective preachers of the good news. January 3 [Jesus] cured all who were faring badly. we understand who is to blame for deteriorating world conditions. The love he showed to his disciples impelled them to love him in return and to keep his com- . What precious knowledge we as Jehovah’s servants have! Yes. 17. Let us courageously obey all of Jehovah’s requirements.” (Heb. Do we not. January 1 All those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. “to the end.” —1 Pet. w09 7/15 3:16. 19. let us show Christlike love to all our brothers.” (Luke 22:31) Similarly. What aﬀection they felt for those whom they helped spiritually! Touching indeed are the words of the apostle Paul.—2 Tim. Simon. each of us who follows in Jesus’ footsteps will experience trials in some way or other. (John 14:15) Like Jesus. 2:8. 34. 17 Monday.Saturday. 3:12. Jesus Christ told the apostle Peter: “Simon. then. 20 Sunday. 2:7. they ministered to others and succeeded in preaching the good news. not only the good news of God. who wrote: “Having a tender aﬀection for you. When his disciples needed correction. 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. either his own or those of family members. seeking to devour someone. 5:8. 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. He is determined to put us to the test. as Christ himself did. Today. 8:16. Finally. even when their imperfections and weaknesses come to the fore. 13:1) Do not hold back! Use your life to praise Jehovah and to help others! Jehovah will bless your sincere eﬀorts.”—1 Thess.
9:10. January 6 The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits. our selﬁsh tendencies might well distort the conscience. Mal. January 4 Safeguard your heart. 4:23. 15) The conscience. 19:9. It is the conscience. 2: 1-6) Consider the value of the . and discernment. (2 Chron.Tuesday. What is the conscience? It is a special kind of self-awareness. 5 Wednesday. w09 8/15 4:6. Nevertheless. God’s Word invites us to search for treasures that truly aﬀect us. —Prov.” which can be a protection and a safeguard for us in these perilous times. however. 17:9) If we do not rely on the sure. we will be able to deal successfully with problems and issues in our daily life. 21:43.—Ps. Discoveries of hidden treasures have often made headline news. And with the treasures of God-given wisdom. knowledge. Jehovah would use a new nation. However. ‘even my servant [singular] whom I have chosen. 43:10) All members of the nation were included in that one servant class. right or wrong. We know that from the words of today’s text. Among such treasures is “the fear of Jehovah. Some ﬁnds may have historical or artistic value. it is important to note that only the priests together with the nonpriestly Levites were responsible for teaching the nation. 11. and the reward is worth far more than any material treasure. w09 7/15 1:1-3 Thursday. 2:7) Was the nation of Israel the slave about whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 24: 45? No. if we were to give the desires of our heart too much prominence. the work of the slave in Jesus’ illustration does follow a pattern similar to that of God’s “servant” in ancient Israel. but they usually have little or no eﬀect on our day-to-day life. (Rom. “ ‘You [plural] are my witnesses [plural].’ is the utterance of Jehovah. when it comes to spiritual instruction. a change was to occur. the Bible. 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. 8 treasures that Jehovah urges his worshippers to seek. w09 6/15 4:4.—Ps. as a collective servant. has its limitations. many decisions need to be made that involve our obedience to God. our conscience might be nearly useless. standing forever. unchanging guidance of God’s Word.—Prov. the ancient nation of Israel. The invitation is open to everyone. It acts like an internal judge. (Jer. Jehovah spoke of his people. For example. However. —Matt. In the complex world in which we live. which Jesus said to the Jews of his day. Finding “the very knowledge of God” can lead to the greatest honor any human can have—a close personal relationship with the Most High. 2: 14. Clearly.’ ” (Isa. 35:3. January 5 The fear of Jehovah is pure. 119:105. 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. (Prov.
w09 5/15 3:20. When teachers have such love. His greatest expression of love was to surrender his perfect human life so that others might be saved. Our zeal in heeding God’s warnings can help us to develop a hatred for what is bad. Thereafter. January 7 Keep yourselves clean. who will bind the Devil and hurl him—and evidently the demons—into the abyss. young and old alike. (1 Ki.—1 John 3:8. For instance. 20:1-3. He adapts his teaching to their needs and their level of understanding. (John 15:13) During his ministry. January 8 The Devil has been sinning from the beginning. 1:6-10) When John saw that same event in vision. he described Jesus and the angelic heavenly armies as going forth on white horses in order to carry on war in righteousness. 12:9) We need to abhor pornography in order to “break free from its powerful. 19:11-14) John also “saw an an- . —Isa. Rather than expecting people to come to him. January 9 He went journeying from city to city and from village to village. (2 Thess. Jesus tirelessly cared for people physically and especially spiritually. magnetic pull. 7-10) All rebellion against God will have been removed. it is not easy—especially for youths—to keep morally clean. (Rev. They will be released brieﬂy at the end of Christ’s Millennial Reign when perfect mankind will experience a ﬁnal test. A loving teacher imparts knowledge because he genuinely cares for his students. Jesus showed that kind of love. 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. must battle to keep free from the contamination of pornography that is displayed on billboards.—Matt. on the TV screen. “At the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels. Many years before Isaiah wrote the above words. students will discern it. 21 Sunday. (Rev. all of God’s servants. good King Asa vigorously pursued a campaign to root out immorality in Judah. Rom. 52:11.” (Titus 2:14) In today’s vice-ridden society. zealous for ﬁne works. w09 7/15 3: 15. 15 gel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. in ﬁlms. (Ps.” as one Christian expressed it. He is sensitive to the abilities and circumstances of his students. the apostle Paul told Titus that Jesus gave himself to cleanse his followers to make them “a people peculiarly his own. 97: 10.—Luke 8:1. w09 6/15 2:14. he traveled hundreds of miles on foot to share the good news with them. 15:11-13) And centuries later.” all “who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus” will be destroyed.” This is none other than the archangel Michael. preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.Friday. and particularly on the Internet. and teaching and learning are enjoyable. 16 Saturday. Satan and all other rebels will suﬀer destruction. 4:23-25.
4:7) Thus. “Stop making the house of my Father a house of merchandise!” he commands. 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. Ps. As Jesus’ disciples observe these events. w09 5/15 4:3. constant partying.” (Rev. January 10 The zeal for your house will eat me up. Appreciatively reﬂecting on his creative works can teach us a great deal about the Creator.—John 2:17.” he lived for aeons in heaven with his Father. It includes the ability to face things as they are—not the way you would like them to be. (Rom. 69:9) In this 21st century. In Jerusalem at the temple in the Court of the Gentiles. He orders those selling doves to take what they have and leave. ‘How can I increase my personal zeal for Jehovah’s house?’ w09 6/15 1:1-3 know Jehovah.—Acts 17:27. Jesus also pours out the coins of the money changers and overturns their tables. w09 5/15 2: 9. (Ps. (John 2:1316) Jesus’ actions relate directly to his concern for the temple. 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. the Bible. they recall the words penned centuries earlier by the psalmist David: “The zeal for your house will eat me up. 4 Wednesday. Individually.” (Titus 2:12) The Bible exhorts “younger men to be sound in mind. (1 Pet.” (John 2:16. (2 Tim. (Col. He was God’s personal companion. 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.’ the better we can get to . 17. —2 Tim. 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. 4:11. 1:7. drug or alcohol abuse.” Brandishing a whip made of ropes. or sexual immorality. Jesus did more than just spend time with his Father. you will develop conﬁdence in “the strength that God supplies. For example. 3:16.” (Titus 2:6) Heeding this counsel means that you will face problems prayerfully and will rely on God-given strength. 10 Tuesday. Jehovah. January 11 [God] is not far oﬀ from each one of us. he drives out all the animals. We can seek God and really come to know him. 1:20) Jehovah has also revealed details about himself in his written Word. over seven million Christians manifest concern for God’s house. we may ask.”—1 Pet. 17) The more we ‘meditate on his activity’ and ‘concern ourselves with his dealings. the book of creation speaks volumes about God’s qualities and abilities.Monday. Some immature youths manifest a spirit of cowardice and mentally try to escape stressful situations by resorting to excessive sleep or TV viewing. January 12 God gave us not a spirit of cowardice. 3:14) As “the ﬁrstborn of all creation. “Soundness of mind” involves being able to think and reason sensibly.
Moses was about 40 years old when he ﬂed from Egypt and took up residence in Midian. What “glorious freedom” will then be enjoyed on earth by “the children of God”! w09 8/15 3: 17-19 Friday. and he will protect the “great crowd” through Armageddon. Like D avid. The book also shows that imperfect humans like Job can remain loyal to Jehovah despite intense testing. —Rev.” so that we will be alive when the earth is ﬁlled with righteous. Today. 8:21. January 14 Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed. Jesus is a compassionate king. Furthermore. life will present endless opportunities to build.Thursday.” completely destroying Satan’s wicked system. Can you imagine yourself living that long with strength and good health? Instead of being a short walk from the cradle to the grave.” (Acts 24:15) Those who are resurrected on earth will have the prospect of living forever.000. The prophet Isaiah was inspired to write about the kind of life that God’s people will enjoy on earth. there will be “a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.—Ps. 65:2125) Certain trees that were alive some 2. Think of the friendships you will be able to cultivate. the book of Job identiﬁes Satan the Devil as Jehovah’s chief Adversary and mankind’s enemy. (Rev. Jewish tradition holds that Moses wrote the book of Job sometime after Job’s death. Jesus is a conquering king. happy subjects of the Greater David. though. 2 Saturday. 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. In what ways? . he could have heard of the trials of Job. under the rule of Jesus and his joint heirs. (Rev. 19-21) Like David. 37:27-29. w09 4/15 5:10. 7:9. (Rev.—Rom. the prospect of living forever on earth ﬁlls the hearts of millions with gratitude toward Jehovah. who was living nearby in the land of Uz. What a wonderful future awaits them! May we all be determined to continue to “do what is good. 6:2. he conquered Satan in battle and hurled him and his demons down to the earth. January 13 He went forth conquering and to complete his conquest. the resurrected 144.—Job 1:21. Those loving relationships will continue to grow indefinitely. January 15 The creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. 14) Furthermore. Shortly after he was installed as King of God’s Kingdom. 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.700 years ago when Isaiah wrote those words are evidently still alive today. (Isa. w09 4/15 1:1. 19: 11. plant. 12: 7-9) His victorious ride will continue until he will “complete his conquest. (Acts 7: 23) During his stay in that land. The book of Job strengthens the faith of God’s servants in modern times. and learn.
10:20) By clinging to Jehovah. The unwholesome inﬂuences that are prevalent in Satan’s world could cause us to lose our grip on godly principles. and love for people. w09 9/15 5:3. It is all too easy for humans to forget the Creator’s perspective. January 16 [God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned. For instance. (2 Pet.” (Heb. We do so willingly. we will be imitating Jesus. 1:9) Paying attention to godly wisdom will deepen our happiness now and safeguard us in times to come.—Rom.” Many today do not see sin and death in such dire terms. Jehovah’s Witnesses scour the earth in search of those who yearn to know and serve God. Actually. no human has lived for even “one day” from Jehovah’s point of view.—1 Tim. Him you should serve.—Rom. 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. Why? If we see the severity of the “disease” that aﬄicts us. 3:7) Instead. and to him you should cling. 39:5. 20 “Do not become wise in your own eyes. 19 Tuesday. As we cultivate that kind of love and display it in our ministry. January 18 Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin. (Ps. energy. 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 understand that our loving heavenly Father desires that people acquire the knowledge that leads to everlasting life. although the preaching work requires that we sacriﬁce time. and material resources.—Eccl. Yes.” (Prov. we have spent over one billion hours annually in the preaching and disciple-making work. 2:4. 5:12. The infection rate of sin is 100 percent. They worry about what they call premature death. 3:23) And what is the mortality rate? Paul wrote that sin brings death “to all men. but they dismiss as “natural” the death that creeps up on humans through the aging process. follow the wise counsel that Moses gave to God’s people in ancient times: “Jehovah your God you should fear. 4 Monday. we experience not only the joy of giving but also the satisfaction of knowing that we imitate Jesus and please Jehovah. of whom it was said: “You loved righteousness. cling to what is good. we need a threefold love—love for God. (Rom. (John 17:3) Love moves us to help honesthearted ones to come to know and love Jehovah as we do. Do not let that happen to you! God’s Word warns: . 1 Pet. love of the truth. 7:12. to be truly eﬀective teachers. Our lifespan is inﬁnitely shorter than he meant it to be. and you hated lawlessness. w09 4/15 3:18. In fact. w09 7/15 3:18.Sunday. January 17 Abhor what is wicked. we can better appreciate the value of the “cure”—our deliverance. for the past 17 years in a row.” (Deut. 1:24) We need to keep that perspective in mind. Like Jesus. 12:9.
not walking with cunning. let us do our utmost to speak truth with our neighbor. (Ps. 7. After taking the car for a test drive. Jesus felt that observing Jehovah’s commandments was essential to keeping a good standing with his Father. He loves his sheep so much that while on earth he willingly gave of himself for their well-being. 71) Jesus too has proved to be a model shepherd. w09 4/15 5:7 Friday. 20 by name. He derives strength and guidance from Jehovah as he shepherds his “little ﬂock” and the “other sheep. He knows his ﬂock so well that he calls each sheep . January 20 I am the ﬁne shepherd. This certainly proved to be the case with a Witness living in Britain. by truthful speech. if that was true of the perfect Son of God. The ensuing discussion led to a ﬁne witness being given. January 19 In every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers. He said: “If you observe my commandments. —2 Cor. 6:4. 14. he described all its good points as well as its faults. 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. and yet his commandments are not burdensome. (John 10:3. Jehovah does not ask us to do something that is too hard for us.” (1 John 5:3) Yes. —Jude 21. —John 10:11. 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. The apostle John expressed it this way: “This is what the love of God means. we show that we love Jehovah by obeying him.” (2 Cor. Jesus accomplishes something that David could never do.” (John 15:10) Clearly. . Attempting to sell a car to a prospective buyer. 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 buyer asked the brother if he was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 15) As the Fine Shepherd.Wednesday. would it not be true of us also? Primarily. His ransom sacriﬁce opened the way for mankind to be rescued from death. spoken on the ﬁnal night of his life here on earth. w09 8/15 4:2-4 Thursday. including those that could not be seen. you will remain in my love. Now. 4:2) Hence. do we need to do in order to remain in God’s love? We ﬁnd the answer to that question in Jesus’ own words. we will bring glory to our heavenly Father and to his people. then. w09 6/15 3:19. . What. In so doing. 78:70. just as I have observed the commandments of the Father and remain in his love.—John 10:27-29. John 10:16) Thus Jesus proves to be the Fine Shepherd. January 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love. . This text implies that some action is required on our part. Why did he draw that conclusion? The man had taken note of the brother’s honesty as well as his neat appearance.” (Luke 12:32. that we observe his commandments.
in 61 C. 24:13. It would be a mistake to lower our moral and spiritual standards. But then he suddenly withdrew. perhaps thinking that we are strong enough to resist the eﬀects of bad association. and even take over the machine. 9 Sunday. w09 5/15 1:1. in some way we have to choose if we will do things Jehovah’s way or not. After all. 6:11. we must obey God and live by his righteous principles. In order to gain salvation. 24:3. ftn. 24:21) In 66 C. people will no longer grow old and die but will live forever on earth. immoral entertainment. w09 9/15 2:8. 2 everlasting life is an essential aspect of the good news that we preach. 21:4. The initial fulﬁllment of the prophecy that Jesus gave his disciples in answer to their question took place in the ﬁrst century. Unknown to both Paul and his fellow believers. January 23 He will wipe out every tear from their eyes.” we show that our faith is real.Saturday.E. 18:20) Hence. we must protect ourselves and our children from the corrupting inﬂuences of Satan’s spirit. (Ezek. “those in Judea [were to] begin ﬂeeing to the mountains. 2 Monday. —Phil.” (Matt. Whereas the Bible teaches that the soul dies. The former things have passed away. Should we be any less vigilant in protecting ourselves from Satan’s “crafty acts”? (Eph. Jesus spoke of an unusual development that would signal that the end was imminent. Instead. January 22 What will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things? —Matt. and death will be no more. It molds our very outlook on life. Cestius Gallus led Roman troops in a nearly successful attack on Jerusalem. Computer users take pains to prevent their equipment from becoming infected with malicious viruses that can destroy data. the religions of Christendom have ignored the hope of everlasting life on earth.. Upon observing that development. interfere with operation.E. leaving open a window of opportunity for endangered ones to escape to safety. 2. including when that association might be in the form of violent. the majority of churches teach the unscriptural doctrine that man has an immortal soul that survives death and lives on in the spirit realm. For the most part. January 24 He that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved. the apostle Paul penned a strong. the hope of . (John 17:3) You have probably enjoyed sharing that Scriptural hope with others. w09 8/15 1:1. 2:8. sobering message to Hebrew Christians living in Jerusalem and its surroundings. —Matt.) Practically every day. 15-22) Nearly three decades later. 24:1. neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.—Rev. By following Christ’s example of obedience even “as far as death. many people are skeptical about everlasting life on earth. (Matt. Perhaps you recall the joy you felt when you ﬁrst learned that in the near future. the signal marking the opening stage of a “great tribulation” was only about ﬁve years away..
he said the words found in today’s text. it would be extremely shortsighted to teach a child to pursue goals that would serve only for his material advantage. As Jews. 7:12. if children perceive a double standard. 19) Those words of Moses were likely familiar to Peter’s audience. (Matt. 18.—Luke 23: 35. 4) Jesus did not stop with that.—Eccl. in imitation of Jesus. they had a high regard for Moses. Jesus told Nicodemus that those entering the Kingdom of the heavens must b e “b orn again. After speaking to Nicodemus in Jerusalem. Jesus taught his disciples to make spiritual values and pursuits their priority. He told her: “Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all. However. they looked forward to the coming of a prophet greater than Moses. Jesus traveled north toward Galilee. “the Christ of God. 34:10) With keen anticip ation. but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life. quoting from the Hebrew Scriptures. this will not escape their children’s notice. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Deut. Heb. 18:15. Shortly after Pentecost 33 C. Christian parents should also strive to cultivate in their children a desire to pursue spiritual goals. Therefore. the apostle Peter quoted a prophecy by Moses that was fulﬁlled in Jesus Christ. but the Messiah.. the Chosen One” of Jehovah. If parents strive to apply Bible principles in everyday matters. January 25 Unless anyone is born from water and spirit. The people were “surprised out of their wits” when Peter and John healed a beggar who was lame from birth. The parents’ words and teachings will carry weight. 6.Tuesday.” (John 4:5. That prophet would prove to be not just a messiah. 7 Wednesday. 14) This water represents God’s provisions for the restoration of all mankind to everlasting life. 11:26. (Deut. January 27 Jehovah God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me. an anointed one of God like Moses. 6:33) Therefore. they might draw the conclusion that Bible principles are not really important or practical.E. On the way. Christian parents realize that a child’s upbringing entails more than providing for his material needs. 9 to weaken in the face of worldly pressure. As a result. including those who will live on earth. w09 7/15 2:13. Peter was standing before a crowd of worshippers in the temple. He then spoke of the hope that is open to the whole world. 14 Thursday. (Acts 3:11) Peter explained that this astonishing act was a result of Jehovah’s holy spirit operating through Jesus Christ.” (John 3:3. he met a woman at Jacob’s fountain near the city of Sychar in Samaria. —John 3:5. w09 8/15 2:8. (John 3:16) Jesus was referring to the hope of everlasting life for his anointed followers in heaven and for others on earth. the children may be more inclined . January 26 The advantage of knowledge is that wisdom itself preserves alive its owners. w09 4/15 4:6.—Acts 3:22. Then.
—Matt. With Jehovah’s support.” (1 Chron. January 28 He has not done to us even according to our sins. By choosing to sin against Jehovah.” Under David’s leadership. That may be diﬃcult at ﬁrst because sin cost us something we have never yet experienced. 11:29. 14:17) Like King David. —Ps. As king. Luke 4:36) Even the archenemy. the man Jesus w as fearless. and I will refresh you. (2 Sam. 11:28. to fulﬁll the tremendous potential within them. 3:16-19) At the same time. In order to grasp the severity of sin and its eﬀects. Rightly. Jesus conquered the world. (Gen. On the night before he died. 103:10. w09 9/15 5:5 states: “David’s fame began to go out into all the lands. The Bible . 9 Sunday. which lies in Satan’s power. Yet. for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart. rescuing victims from their clutches. the nation’s boundaries were extended from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates. (Matt. and he was patient with his disciples despite their faults. he showed his authority over the demons. and actions. Jesus was mild-tempered. 8:1-14) In Jehovah’s strength. they threw away that precious gift. he holds out the hope of deliverance. Jesus always maintained his joy and self-control. they inﬂicted on themselves and on us the terrible “disease” of sin. w09 9/15 1:1. w09 4/15 5:8. (Mark 5:2. January 30 Come to me. he became a most powerful ruler. (1 Pet. we must try to fathom what it has cost us. Jesus washed their feet.Friday. January 29 In the world you are having tribulation. Instead. Jesus. but take courage! I have conquered the world. the perfect Son of God. all you who are toiling and loaded down. thereby teaching them a lesson in being “lowly in heart” that they would never forget. 2:21-23) ‘Looking intently’ at Jesus’ example can help us to do the same when others’ faults and imperfections affect us. and Jehovah himself put the dread of him upon all the nations. 12:2) Jesus invited his disciples to ‘get under his yoke with him’ and thus to learn from him. and you will ﬁnd refreshment for your souls. Thus they were free to grow as servants of Jehovah God. Perfect in mind and body. they could choose to control their thoughts. But for us. —John 16:33. —John 13:14-17. 29. nor according to our errors has he brought upon us what we deserve. has no hold on him. and “Jehovah kept saving David wherever he went. they lost for themselves and their oﬀspring the kind of life that Jehovah intended for them.) What could they learn? For one thing. 6-13. Some of those would later kill him. Jehovah condemned them. Adam and Eve initially enjoyed perfect human life. 3 Saturday. (Heb. 1 John 5:19. As KingDesignate. David was a resolute warrior who protected the land of God’s people. Satan the Devil. ftn. willingly came to earth to serve among imperfect and sinful people.—John 14:30. feelings. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.
In case his family members might have done something displeasing to God or “have cursed God in their heart. w09 4/15 1:9.” who had observed his spiritual progress. as well as in the way he fulﬁlled his ministry. He was to strive to make his manner of life exemplary. when Timothy was likely in his late teens or early 20’s. 3:1-3.—Ezra 7:10. and chasteness. and the preaching of the good news. We hold to a healthy routine in such spiritual activities as study. you ask yourself. Paul took Timothy with him on his missionary journey.—1 Tim. And just as Job’s integrity pleased Jehovah. prayer. Timothy began to make his advancement manifest to others when he was a young person.. and Jehovah began to give in addition all that had been Job’s. meeting attendance. so the integrity of God’s servants today makes Jehovah’s heart rejoice. w09 5/15 2:3-5 Wednesday. (Job 1:5) Even when being severely tested. just as it beﬁts holy people.Monday. —Job 42:10. . faith. 4:13-15) When Paul penned this counsel sometime between 61 and 64 C.” he regularly oﬀered sacriﬁces. Imagine yourself in the following situation. One way to prepare our heart is by diligently studying the Scriptures and Bible-based publications. (1 Tim. You have plans to watch a particular movie on TV the next evening. we do everything in our power to make known the name of Jehovah. Suppose it is your evening for personal study. As you weigh this inspired counsel.E. You have just prayed for Jehovah’s spirit to help you to apply what you learn from his Word. 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 . After observing Timothy’s further progress for some months. February 2 Ezra . in double amount. Paul was urging Timothy to keep applying himself in order to make progress in speech. January 31 Jehovah himself turned back the captive condition of Job when he prayed in behalf of his companions. conduct. Paul dispatched him to Thessalonica in order to comfort and make ﬁrm the Christians in that city. February 1 Become an example to the faithful ones.” You also recall Paul’s advice at Philippians 4:8. Timothy was already an experienced elder. In 49 or 50 C. Job still said positive things about Jehovah. 6) Clearly. . What Job learned about God aroused in him the desire to please Jehovah. (Job 10:12) What a ﬁne example! We too must regularly take in accurate knowledge of Jehovah and his purposes. love. 18 Tuesday. had prepared his heart to consult the law of Jehovah and to do it. 4:12. (1 Thess. yet you know that it contains some immorality and violence. ‘If I deliberately expose my heart and mind to such programs. (Acts 16: 1-5) At that time. You ponder Paul’s counsel at Ephesians 5:3: “Let fornication and uncleanness of every sort or greediness not even be mentioned among you. Moreover. he was “well reported on by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium.E.
w09 6/15 4:1. 47) Jesus. our obedience to his instructions. (Luke 2:814) Thirty years later.”—Titus 2:14. 3:23. he set more pens in motion.” refers to this same group but highlights their role as individuals. February 4 Jehovah God will raise up for you from among your brothers a prophet like me. to give them their food at the proper time?—Matt. And we will continue to be known as a people “zealous for ﬁne works. which. now an adult.” or “slave. (Col. the birth of a certain male child caused a multitude of angels in heaven to praise God in the hearing of some shepherds. brothers and sisters work zealously and for no wages. did not say that there would be a multitude of slaves scattered throughout the various sects of Christendom. we shall reap many beneﬁts. of course. or group. Two thousand years ago.” or “domestics. 3 “Without writing a single line. w09 4/15 4:1. Whether we are young or old. 2:12. February 5 Maintain your conduct fine among the nations. Our trust in Jehovah. that child. as employers value their conscientious attitude and do not want to lose them as employees. In the context of Luke’s Gospel.—Acts 3:22.Thursday. Said the apostle John: “There are. the world itself could not contain the scrolls written. 2 Saturday. and songs of praise. Similarly. In addition. orations. February 3 Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics. (Matt. in fact. the steward must represent the “little ﬂock” of anointed disciples as a collective body. he clearly stated that there would be only one “steward. we want to have as full a share as we can in the Kingdompreaching and disciple-making work. volunteering their time and energy to help publish the good news. began a ministry that lasted just three and a half years and yet changed history. works of art.” That remarkable young man was. if ever they were written in full detail. and furnished themes for more sermons. 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.—1 Pet.”—John 21:25. 24:45. Jesus Christ. 24:46. learned volumes. 24) This often results in improved job security. discussions. You must listen to him. So as The Watchtower has often explained. and the care we take of our meeting places are among ways that we demonstrate zeal for Jehovah’s house. w09 6/15 2:16-18 Friday. many other things also which Jesus did. Historian Philip Schaﬀ was moved to state of this young man: . Jesus had just referred to these ones. After raising this question. Instead. 42) The “body of attendants. I suppose. by our strenuously upholding the clean standards associated with our worship. brothers and sisters who work secularly to care for their families go about their business in a whole-souled way. the “master” in the illustration. than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times. At Bethel homes throughout the world.” whom he would appoint over all his belongings. (Luke 12:32.
(Ex.—Heb. but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form. Jesus told his ap ostles that they would be among those who would rule as kings and judge “the twelve tribes of Israel.” (John 10:16) When the high priest entered the Most Holy.” —Isa. There was to be a re-creation of conditions on earth. she should discuss the matter with her husband before anything is decided. it would be appropriate for the mother to inquire. He showed that the high priest pictured the Messiah. The re-creation will fulﬁll God’s promise of “creating new heavens and a new earth. w09 9/15 5:8. . 9:12. February 6 In the re-creation. 2:5-7. w09 8/15 2:4. —Matt. 65:17. 6:2) He also spoke of a reward for “everyone” who follows him. (1 Cor. namely. Because the matter has not previously been discussed by the parents. (Heb.—Phil. you who have followed me will also yourselves sit upon twelve thrones. 9:24. 19:29) All of this is to take place “in the re-creation. Such individuals too “will inherit everlasting life.” What did Jesus mean by “the re-creation”? Since Jesus used the term without explanation. judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 2: 21. Jesus Christ.Sunday. If she disagrees with her husband about something.000 spiritanointed brothers and the “other sheep. (1 Pet. she would talk with him in private. the high priest oﬀered sacriﬁces to Jehovah to provide for the atonement of sins—ﬁrst those of the priestly class. while the oﬀering of the sacrifices signified Christ’s sacrificial death. a Christian wife would certainly want to avoid contradicting her husband or challenging his opinion in front of their children. 9 Monday. the world of mankind outside that heavenly ruling class. “Did you ask your father?” If the son has not. Among the most imp ortant sacriﬁces required by the Law were those oﬀered on the annual Day of Atonement. when the Son of man sits down upon his glorious throne. No. 25. February 7 Jesus .” (Matt. Her son is seeking permission to engage in an activity for which parental permission is . w09 7/15 2:9. 2) Consider a situation in which she has an opportunity to do this. .—Eph. then those of the nonpriestly tribes. he evidently referred to what had been the Jewish hope for centuries. Moreover. he foreshadowed Jesus’ entry into heaven itself to present before Jehovah God the value of the ransom sacriﬁce.” that is. 6:4. On that day. that he should be equal to God. 19:28. A Christian wife does well to imitate Jesus by supporting her husband’s headship.—Heb. so that things would be as they were in the garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. 25: 22. gave no consideration to a seizure. February 8 [Christ] obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. 9:1114) That perfect sacriﬁce would provide real atonement for two groups of people—the priestly class of Christ’s 144. 3:1. 5 needed. Lev. 16:1-30) The apostle Paul was inspired to reveal the meaning behind those symbolic actions. 10 Tuesday.
—1 Pet. His academic achievements as a high-school student qualiﬁed him to attend any of the best universities in his country. February 11 I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. 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. Robert excelled in school.—1 Cor. 4:17-19) That is why so many people. If the ﬂaws of others easily annoy us. do terrible things. When Jesus invited Peter to get out of the boat and walk toward Him on the water. Peter actually did so for a while. ‘How can I better reflect “the mind of Christ”?’ Try to keep in mind that Jesus did not become upset with his disciples.—Phil. (Eph. 3:16. 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. We make every eﬀort to avoid stumbling them. w09 9/15 4:1. (1 Tim. w09 8/15 4:8. —1 Cor. Sadly. From an early age. 4. 4:2. 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. (1 Cor. 3:8. 9 Friday. 7: 29-31) What motivates Christians like Robert to expend themselves in the preaching work? In addition to their love for Jehovah. 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. which is the foremost reason. let us continue to . 5 let God’s Word educate and train our conscience so that it can be truly useful to us. why did you give way to doubt?’ ” (Matt. we should endeavor to respect the consciences of our beloved spiritual brothers and sisters. February 9 We do have the mind of Christ. even when they showed a measure of spiritual weakness. At the same time. they appreciate the excelling value of divine education. we need to ask ourselves. 2 Cor. 14:28-31) If we ever have to deal with a brother’s apparent lack of faith. 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. though endowed with a conscience.Wednesday. keeping in mind that our brother’s conscience may be more sensitive or restrictive than our own. 2:16. February 10 Hold a good conscience. Then Peter looked at the windstorm and began to sink. 2 Thursday. 8:12. We need to listen to our Bible-trained conscience instead of letting our selﬁsh inclinations overwhelm it. 4:2) We should be determined never to be like that! Rather. Consider the case of the apostle Peter.
32. 2:2. Abraham’s father. . and people grew old and died. lived for 205 years. —1 Thess.—Gen. 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. causing us to relax our ﬁrm hold on the real life. w09 7/15 1:5. pain.” (Matt. You would think that everyone would rejoice to hear this news that Jesus shared with mankind. The life span of Abraham was 175 years. even if they are close family members. not peace. February 12 We mustered up boldness . a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. that of his son Isaac was 180 years. most people reject it. 2 23. 3:22) Adam’s early descendants no doubt learned about man’s fall from perfection. . 11:10-13. False religion plays a major role in many popular holiday celebrations. 25:7. 6 Sunday. 2:17. We too must beware of the inﬂuences from Satan and his wicked system. that is not the case. . (Gen. reveals God’s purpose. including secular humanism and the theory of evolution. and lifestyle. 3: . Terah. and that of Jacob was 147 years. The Flood survivor Shem lived for only 600 years. but a sword. 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. w09 7/15 4:1. . shapes people’s thinking. and much of the content of the Internet poses a real danger to young and old alike. Some make themselves enemies of those who proclaim it. (Gen. February 13 As for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it. 2:9. God clearly indicated that Adam would live forever if he was obedient. Adam lived for 930 years. . (1 Tim. It opens the way to everlasting life. This good news assures us of an end to suﬀering. —Col. the human life span declined. sorrow. I came to put. 10:3436) Instead of embracing the good news. Sadly. sickness. which was conﬁrmed by visible evidence. Worldly philosophy. The entertainment industry panders to the debased tendencies of the fallen ﬂesh. The entrance to the garden of Eden was blocked. goals. (Gen. for in the day you eat from it you will positively die. 6:17-19) Clearly. 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. and shows us how to come into a loving relationship with him. to speak to you the good news. though. morals. 5:5. and his son Arpachshad for 438 years. Indeed. Constant exposure to these and other worldly trends can easily aﬀect our feelings and attitude toward the direction that Jehovah provides. Jehovah’s purp ose for mankind was made evident at the very beginning of human history. 35: 28. 24) With the passing of time. 2:8. How pleasant it is to hear good news! And the best news of all is the good news of God’s Kingdom. and death. Jesus told his disciples: “Do not think I came to put peace upon the earth.Saturday.
23:4) Gaining insight into how God thinks and feels and what he requires of us equips us to imitate him more fully. are they?” (1 Cor. Matt. 6:16. February 17 Honor your father and your mother. Do your schoolmates ever call you names because you refuse to participate in certain activities with them? If so. what can help you to follow Jesus’ example and resist temptation? (Matt. are they? Not all are teachers. 19:18. Each member of that nation was given the commission to preach the good news and make disciples. 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. (Matt.Tuesday. I am Jehovah. Rom. 28:19. He said: “Everyone that keeps . 4:1-10) Likely. (Matt. how do you react? You know that if you allow yourself to be intimidated and go along with the crowd. 5:27. or becoming a Bethelite. So. 15:4-7) For example. You youngsters may at times be tempted to disobey your parents. Thereafter. only a very limited number—just eight different men—were used to write the 27 books of the Christian Greek Scriptures. February 15 Upon them be peace and mercy. 12:29) Although all spiritbegotten Christians engaged in the preaching work. 20:14. Where would you wind up if you followed your schoolmates? Perhaps you have set certain goals for yourself. They might try to get you to participate in questionable activities and make fun of you when you refuse. The apostle Paul tells us: “Not all are apostles. w09 5/15 4:6 Thursday. 5:43. “the Israel of God.E.” is made up of spiritual Israelites. 29. saying: “Continue to love your enemies and to pray for those persecuting you. Ex. The new nation.” (Matt. you will disappoint your parents and Jehovah.” (Ex. serving in a territory where there is a greater need for Kingdom publishers. all spirit-anointed Christians became part of the nation that now served as the slave class appointed by the Master. most of your schoolmates have little or no regard for Bible standards. 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. are they? Not all are prophets. —Lev. 21:43. Jesus Christ. 22:36-40. 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. 2:28. Jesus showed what God requires of us and how he feels about his worshippers. w09 6/15 4: 6. 15:4.—Matt. (Matt. 44. February 16 You must love your fellow as yourself. 17 Wednesday. —Gal. Luke 12:6. such as becoming a pioneer or a ministerial servant. even upon the Israel of God. 9:6) It came into existence with the outpouring of God’s spirit at Pentecost 33 C. 10 on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 7.
those who did good things to a resurrection of life. We must take action in order to resist and thus protect ourselves. 60:4. 8:27. the house of God was the temple in Jerusalem. we cannot merely hunker down and do nothing. then. 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. February 18 Will God truly dwell upon the earth? Look! The heavens. Where. In some countries. we need courage to resist contamination. this house that I have built!—1 Ki. how much less. then. and the earth is my footstool. ﬁnancial. 13.” Jesus said: “He that hears my word and . then. it is the arrangement for us to approach him in worship on the basis of Christ’s ransom sacriﬁce. is the place as a restingplace for me?” (Isa. those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. w09 6/15 1:4. 19. 8. In Jerusalem. social. Christians deal with moral. 22. Studying Christ’s courageous example and reﬂecting on it can give us the necessary courage to remain separate from the world. w09 8/15 2:10 Sunday. —John 5:9. themselves cannot contain you. and he picked up his cot and began to walk. Of course. Jesus restored a sick man to health at the pool of Bethzatha.” (John 5:1-8. Many face family opposition. and where. 9:24. 5 believes him that sent me has everlasting life. 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. Heb. the temple built during Solomon’s reign served as the focal point for the worship of Jehovah. 8:5. educational institutions promote the theory of evolution ever more aggressively. and religious pressures that could cause them to deviate from Jehovah’s righteous ways.—Isa. the heaven of the heavens. —John 17:16. All of God’s faithful servants on earth unite to worship Jehovah in this spiritual temple. Jehovah’s house is no stone ediﬁce in Jerusalem or anywhere else. Surrounded as we are by this world’s attitudes and conduct. 8:28-30) Today. February 19 The man immediately became sound in health. He never yielded to the world’s inﬂuence. February 20 I am no part of the world.” After telling them that the Father “has committed all the judging to the Son. w09 9/15 2:10. To the Jews who criticized what he did. where prayers were oﬀered. (1 Ki.” 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 explained that “the Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative. Rather. Jehovah did not literally live there.Friday. is the house that you people can build for me. but only what he beholds the Father doing. yes. He declared: “The heavens are my throne. Acts 17:24. 66:1) Nevertheless. In the face of such pressures. In ancient Israel. Jesus’ example shows us how we can succeed. 11 Saturday. and atheism is gaining more attention. nor should we.
10:24. 13 Tuesday. 3:9) But he could —and did—honor Jehovah with his lips! w09 4/15 2:7.500 miles to test Solomon’s wisdom with “perplexing questions. Once the trials began. young adults do not seriously consider the demands of marriage. (Prov. Some young adults have rushed into marriage. But Job also used them in worship. 13 Wednesday. 20:25) At times. Jehovah answered Solomon’s prayer.” She was impressed by what Solomon said and by the prosperity of his kingdom. believing that it is the solution to unhappiness. (Prov. That is the way Job would do always. The queen of Sheba traveled some 1. February 21 [Job] got up early in the morning and oﬀered up burnt sacriﬁces according to the number of all [his children]. 34) Many of his proverbs were written down and are still treasured by those who seek wisdom. boredom. they ﬁnd that much more is involved than they had realized. 1 Thess. (Matt. 1:7) Solomon could have asked for more wealth. However. February 22 Give me now wisdom and knowledge.—Ps. 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. loneliness. and problems at home. and thus make Jehovah’s heart rejoice. So before pursuing a courtship. power. 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. w09 4/15 5:12. (2 Chron. that was no longer possible. Jehovah appeared to him in a dream and said that He would give him anything he asked for.Monday. 1:10. (1 Ki. Satan. Those animals were valuable. Job had no “valuable things” with which to honor Jehovah. he unselﬁshly asked for wisdom and knowledge. 3:27. 8 wisdom were unmatched among his contemporaries. Never allow yourself to become “like a horse or mule without understanding. 12) As long as Solomon was faithful to Jehovah. 1: 11. We join our brother in the struggle against our common enemy. When Solomon became king. 5:25) Our goal is to help our fellow servant to maintain his integrity.”—1 Ki. (Prov. who spoke to Job as a true friend. 24:45-47) View such material as advice that Jehovah is giving you. (1 Ki. Later. 32. Instead.—2 Chron. 4:30. 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. “the faithful and discreet slave” has published very speciﬁc articles. Carefully evaluate what is stated there and apply it.” w09 5/15 2:12. The ﬁrst asset that Satan caused Job to lose was his livestock. the exchanging of marriage vows is a serious matter. likely his livelihood. or a longer life. (2 Chron. his words of . February 23 Do not make yourselves like a horse or mule without understanding. we act like Elihu of old. —Job 1:5. come what may. 32:9.
” wrote Paul. then I loved him. In some respects. both Moses and Jesus escaped death at the hands of a tyrannical ruler. receiving a ﬁgurative wound in the heel. 19-23. such Godfearing patriarchs as Noah. 4:4. 2:10) Moreover. February 25 Now that we have left the primary doctrine about the Christ.—Gen. their percep- . a way of reconciling humans to God by undoing the eﬀects of sin. What would that involve? There were early indications that a sacriﬁce would be required. who would one day destroy Satan. 8:20. and out of Egypt I called my son. 3:15. 6 Saturday. 5:12-14) “Mature people” are not content to partake only of “milk. “that we may never drift away.Thursday. both were ‘called out of Egypt.’ The prophet Hosea stated: “When Israel was a boy. was led out of Egypt. 6:1. but what does it mean? Just what would Jehovah’s Chosen One have to endure? In order to save mankind from sin. for Herod is about to search for the young child to destroy it. Moses. 1:22–2:10) In addition. Hosea’s words referred not only to a past event but also to a future one. Paul not only encouraged the ﬁrst-century Hebrew Christians to press on to maturity but also told them what spiritual maturity involves. 4:22. 12:29-37) However. 7 Friday. (1 Cor. 2:1. the earthly life of Jesus resembled the life of Moses. (Heb. When the ﬁrst faithful human. 2:13. that rescuer would suﬀer along the way. February 26 He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel. he met with divine approval.” Therefore. the rescuer would have to provide a means of atonement. Abel. w09 4/15 4:8 tive powers are trained through use—through application of what they know—helping them to distinguish right from wrong. and Job oﬀered similar sacriﬁces. we learn something about the cost of deliverance. as babes. February 24 Take the young child and its mother and ﬂee into Egypt. 2:15. crushing him out of existence. 21. 5. let us press on to maturity. they know both “the elementary things” and “the deep things” of the truth. this training enables them to discern what Scriptural principles are involved and how to apply them. 31:54. “It is necessary for us to pay more than the usual attention to the things heard by us. —Matt. His words were a prophecy that was fulﬁlled when Joseph and Mary returned from Egypt with Jesus after the death of King Herod. oﬀered animal sacriﬁces to Jehovah. —Matt. For instance. —Gen.” a rescuer. 11:1) Hosea’s words pointed back to the time when the nation of Israel. However. Job 1:5. 23. w09 5/15 1: 3.”—Heb. w09 9/15 5:6. under its divinely appointed leader. Jacob. and stay there until I give you word. Jehovah would provide a “seed. which pleased God. That sounds painful and debilitating. (Ex. In this prophecy.” They take in “solid food. Later. (Ex. 22:13. When they are faced with a decision. —Heb.” (Hos. Abraham.
3:6. (Job 1:13-19) Instead of caving in to Satan’s attack. 2:14. hatred. Let the name of Jehovah continue to be blessed. Thus.—1 Tim. . Job is described as a man who “proved to be blameless and upright. Satan alleged that Job would be loyal to Jehovah only as long as God continued to reward and protect him. and he will separate people one from another. 3:14. 15) Such characteristics have led to political and religious conﬂicts. all the nations will be gathered before him. Because Satan is “the god of this system of things. 34. 31:1) Satan claimed that Job’s worship of God was based on selﬁshness. Jas.Sunday. much of the responsibility for mankind’s woes rests with humans themselves. The Bible foretold: “[Jehovah’s King] will have subjects from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. and disorder. although they might be alarmed about world conditions. 25:33. True. —Matt. 32. greed. 1 Tim. dying mankind a world system under his control. not integrity. and fearing God and turning aside from bad.” “The righteous ones” who receive everlasting life are those who loyally support Christ’s spirit-anointed “brothers. but the righteous .” It was Job’s godly devotion—not his wealth and inﬂuence—that made him a target for the attacks of Satan the Devil.—Job 1:8. Still. and his ten children had lost their lives. 45. Job said: “Jehovah himself has given. 40.” (Ps. Job learned that his livestock had been stolen or destroyed. To provide an answer to Satan’s charge. February 28 There is no one like him in the earth. it was the Devil who deceived Eve into rebelling against God. (Job 1:1. jealousy. 72:8) These subjects will enjoy everlasting life on earth.” (Matt. 24:1-3) He mentioned that those receiving an adverse judgment “will depart into everlasting cutting-oﬀ. and rebelliousness. 4:4. successive generations have acted very unwisely. Adam and Eve.”—Job 1:21. And since then. (2 Cor. deception. they do not discern the real cause—Satan the Devil. w09 8/15 2:6 Tuesday. w09 4/15 2:4 Monday. As a result. his attendants had been killed. w09 4/15 1:3-5 ones into everlasting life. within the course of one day. . (Matt. 29:7-16. March 1 When the Son of man arrives . and Jehovah himself has taken away. . just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. February 27 The woman was thoroughly deceived. corruption. Our ﬁrst parents.” human society displays the same basic characteristics that he does —pride. contentiousness. He is the one who has developed among imperfect. Jesus spoke of everlasting life in his discourse about the conclusion of the system of things. 46) Since the anointed are chosen to be rulers in the heavenly Kingdom. which contribute much to mankind’s misery. chose independence from their Creator. Jehovah allowed Satan to attack that faithful man. “the righteous ones” must be the earthly subjects of that Kingdom. 41. Many do not believe that Satan exists. 25:31.
David was a shepherd and a king who conquered Israel’s enemies. 12 Friday.—Isa. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor. 25) While still faithful. and under his kingship Israel enjoyed peace. 4:25. March 2 If anyone wants to come after me. Jesus is an excellent model for Christian parents. —Luke 9:23. and a deliverer. and what can we learn from these accounts? In brief. 5 Thursday. He showed them how to carry out the commission that he gave them. 6:6. . March 4 The princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. 2) Whether we embraced true worship recently or decades ago. March 3 These words that I am commanding you today must prove to be on your heart. 9:6. parents. So is Jesus. . Mighty God. 2 parents. attend Christian meetings regularly. follow me continually. How so? He lovingly and patiently taught his disciples by word and example. a mediator. (Ezek. Jesus too is a shepherd and a conquering king. John and the other three Gospel writers point to Moses. Jesus is saying that disowning yourself and becoming his follower is something you would want to do.Wednesday. 29) Jesus too is supremely wise and is called “Prince of Peace. the Bible tells us that Moses was a prophet.” (1 Thess. Solomon was a wise ruler. Prince of Peace. 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. In what way did those ancient servants of God provide foregleams of Jesus. So. 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. Eternal Father. and Solomon as men who foreshadowed Jesus as God’s Anointed One and designated King.” Clearly. you need to take to heart Jesus’ invitation stated in today’s text. and grow in your knowledge of the lifesaving truth found in God’s Word. Christ Jesus’ role resembles that of those earlier men but Jesus’ place in God’s purpose is superlative. either for good or for bad.—Deut. let him disown himself and . w09 5/15 4:1. (Luke 8:1) Jesus’ disposition and conduct toward his disciples taught them how they were to treat one another. (1 Ki. 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. 4:1. 37:24. w09 4/15 4:4. w09 7/15 2:11. (John 13:1417) Children tend to imitate their . 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. David.
7) Before he came to the earth. What an example of displaying Christ’s mental attitude! w09 9/15 3:12-15 bring happiness to a worshipper of Jehovah. Why? In order to make their new home available to relief workers. he was glad to do it for the sake of our deliverance. 3:13.” (John 14:31.” (1 Cor. Prov. 5:3.—Isa. 22:11. Solomon described a number of things that . 36:9. More than 5.” (Ps. to the love of Jehovah’s Son. packed their belongings into a pickup truck and drove over 2. 5:8) Christ embodies “the wisdom of God. March 7 He was being pierced for our transgression. Jesus obediently carried out his Father’s will. in large part. who described himself as “something more than Solomon. Moved by Jesus’ example. “the source of life. or pierced. Consider the Witnesses who responded to the call for help after storms and hurricanes devastated widespread areas of the southern United States in 2005. Jesus Christ has “the spirit of wisdom. 15:13) So our deliverance is due.” He provided another in these: “No one has love greater than this. 14:21.—Matt. 33. Why? He provided one answer in these words: “I love the Father. Two fleshly sisters. since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them. w09 9/15 5:10.000 miles to help. 53:5. 50:4-6) Likewise. Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for putting their Christlike love into action. to bear the sins of imperfect humans. Only one human clearly surpassed Solomon in wisdom. God’s onlybegotten Son was aware of what our deliverance would cost him. 1:24.” (Matt. 8:32. Those who apply the principles found in Jesus’ teachings are drawn closer to Jehovah. Around the world.”—Isa. He would have to suﬀer terribly and then be put to death. while on earth. 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. displaced local Witnesses remained in their temporary accommodations for a year or more after their houses had been rebuilt. 30) As the Messianic King. (Isa. more than 20. the Sermon on the Mount expands on the principles of some of Solomon’s proverbs. many leaving comfortable homes and secure jobs to help their aﬄicted brothers. (Isa. 11 Sunday. he submitted willingly to his Father’s instruction. w09 4/15 5:14 Monday. Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be rejected. When his Father taught him those truths. did he shrink back or rebel? On the contrary. (Prov. That was Jesus Christ. 53:4. March 6 Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need. Though it cost him his perfect human life. persecuted. and executed.” (John 6:68) For example.—1 Pet. 4:8. widows. 11:2.000 volunteered. In numerous cases. March 5 Have intense love for one another. 12:42) Jesus sp oke “sayings of everlasting life. Matt. that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends.Saturday.600 homes of Witnesses and others in the region have been rebuilt or repaired.
saying the words of today’s text. w09 4/15 2:1. 9) And Jesus said: “You have carefully hidden these things from wise and intellectual ones.—Prov. March 10 Be wise.” (Hag. Satan was seen accusing God’s servants following his eviction from heaven some time after the establishment of God’s Kingdom in 1914. 23:34. and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul.Tuesday. 25) Jesus’ disciples would need similar courage because false religious leaders would also persecute them and kill some of them. March 8 If .” (Luke 10:21) As servants of Jehovah. 21:12) When soldiers came to arrest Jesus on his last night on earth. 23. Jehovah is drawing sheeplike individuals. not in earthly weapons. Jehovah permitted Satan to test the integrity of God’s loyal servant Job. Moments later. and have revealed them to babes. he had more in mind than just the man Job.—John 18:8. Exercising his authority as God’s Son. Jesus manifested great courage throughout his ministry. 23:13. thus showing that the source of Jesus’ conﬁdence lay. “Skin in behalf of skin. even today. he fearlessly “entered into the temple and threw out all those selling and buying in the temple. .—1 Pet. he told Peter to put away his sword. (Job 2:4) In a vision given to the apostle John. his children. (John 18:11) Jesus fearlessly exposed the unloving false teachers of his day and their wrong teachings. w09 9/15 4:4. Job lost his livestock. In fact. The psalmist David wrote: “[Jehovah] will teach the meek ones his way. he courageously stepped forward to protect his disciples. it is I you are looking for. How can we qualify to beneﬁt from divine education? A major requirement is that a person be meek and teachable. and make my heart rejoice. my son. . 9:23. draws him. 2 Wednesday. but in Jehovah. can we credit our- . Satan is still challenging the integrity of God’s servants!—Rev. 25:8. (Matt.” (John 6: 44) By means of the preaching work and by means of holy spirit. and his health. 24:9. 2:7) Are you not grateful to be one of those whom Jehovah has drawn to his Son?—Jer. so deep into the last days of this wicked system. “the desirable things of all the nations. let these go. 5 Thursday. Jesus said: “No man can come to me unless the Father. we would never have come to a knowledge of God. —Matt. As a result. who sent me.” claimed Satan. But when Satan challenged Job’s integrity.” (Matt. w09 9/15 2: 12. March 9 [God] gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones. on our own initiative. that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me. This challenge raised an issue that went far beyond Job as an individual and that has continued long after his death. 27:11. 24. 12:10. Yes. 5:5. 13 selves with having the good sense to ﬁnd the truth? No.” (Ps. and overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
Jesus told his opposers: “You do not believe. March 12 If they have persecuted me. because your Father has approved of giving you the kingdom. God had said to him: “It is by means of Isaac that what will be called your seed will be.—Acts 16:16-24. 21:1-3. March 11 The [human] creation was subjected to futility . March 13 They will by no means ever be destroyed. and no one will snatch them out of my hand. we need faith and courage to endure in our work of preaching the good news with boldness. we mustered up boldness by means of our God to speak to you the good news of God with a great deal of struggling. 11:19) He believed in the resurrection! Abraham had a basis for his belief. 3:1-5.” (Heb. At the Festival of Dedication in Jerusalem. (Gen. 21:12) Therefore. To the Christians in Thessalonica. 4:1921) Abraham also had Jehovah’s word. but we do meet with disdain and apathy. Paul wrote: “After we had ﬁrst suffered and been insolently treated (just as you know) in Philippi. (2 Pet. those also I must bring. because you are none of my sheep. yet even he had times when it was a struggle for him to preach. The very ﬁrst prophecy of the Bible pointed to a “seed” that would ‘bruise the serp ent in the head.—Rom. 15) That promise provided a basis for hope that God would not abandon his purpose for mankind. however. In many lands we do not face outright persecution. or some aspect of it may seem intimidating.” (John 10:26-28) Was Jesus speaking only of life in heaven. Jesus said: “I have other sheep. Rom.” (John 10:16) Hence. Abraham had sound reasons for expecting that God would resurrect Isaac. Sarah. 1:5-8) Perhaps you at times ﬁnd it hard to share in the ministry. After all. And I give them everlasting life. . . little ﬂock. The apostle Paul was a bold and fearless preacher who had an excel- .” w09 8/15 2:12 Saturday. —John 15:20. —John 10:28. Consider Abraham. w09 7/15 4:3.Friday. 4 Sunday. which are not of this fold. Abraham “as good as oﬀered up Isaac. when Jesus spoke to those opposers. 18:10-14.” (1 Thess. they will persecute you also. and I know them. . to produce a son in their old age.” (Luke 12:32) At the time of this same Festival of Dedication. 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.” (Gen.’ (Gen. 11:17) Why was he willing to do this? (Heb. thrown them into prison. Jehovah had brought back to life Abraham’s reproductive powers and had made it possible for him and his wife. 2:2) In Philippi the authorities had beaten Paul and his companion Silas with rods. 8:20. his only-begotten son. My sheep listen to my voice. on the basis of hope. . w09 8/15 1:4. Consequently. and they follow me. . When being tested. 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. and conﬁned them in stocks. 5 lent grasp of the truth.
” (Acts 1:20-26) What was the primary concern of the 12 apostles? The answer is found in the words of today’s text. . but it has little value in the life and death struggle for survival and security. 7: 28) Jesus was unquestionably the greatest Teacher who ever lived. to the ministry of the word. simplicity. 2 ﬁce of oversight. Many people say that the word “truth” has various shades of meaning or that truth differs from one person to another. He always spoke the truth. March 14 Never has another man spoken like this. The Bible gives us glimpses of the impact Jesus made on those who met him. their primary work involved being sent out to preach the good news to others. Even his enemies acknowledged: “Teacher. . w09 7/15 3:1.Monday. to marvel at the winsome words proceeding out of his mouth. Man has little choice in the matter—he must lie to live. He adapted his teaching to those to whom he spoke.—Eph. w09 6/15 4:7.—John 7:46.” How diﬀerent it is for Christ’s disciples! Jesus’ view of truth was not philosophical. For instance.” (Matt. (Mark 3:13-15) This assignment was in harmony with the basic meaning of the Greek word apostolos. we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth. in response to a dispute that arose about the daily distribution of food to widows. The truths he taught were easy to grasp yet truly profound. and irrefutable logic. the role of an ap ostle became an “of- . . whether they were of high station or low.” 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.” (Luke 4:22. saying: “Never has another man spoken like this. which is derived from a verb meaning simply “send forth.—Acts 2:42.” However. 4:25. . (Acts 6:1-3) The new arrangement resulted in Jehovah’s blessing as “the word of God went on growing. Gospel writer Luke relates that people in Jesus’ hometown “began . March 16 Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor. When Jesus app ointed his 12 apostles. and the number of the disciples kept multiplying in Jerusalem very much. as time went on and the Christian congregation was about to be established. —Acts 6:4.” And John observes that the oﬃcers who were sent to arrest Jesus returned empty-handed. March 15 We shall devote ourselves . They do not hesitate to speak the truth. The book The Importance of Lying states: “Honesty may be a noble ideal.” (Acts 6:7) So the primary responsibility for the spiritual feeding work rested with the apostles. 22:16) Genuine Christians imitate Jesus’ example. w09 6/15 3:1-3 Tuesday. 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. He skillfully used illustrations and questions. 8 Wednesday. Others are truthful only when it is convenient or expedient. He taught with clarity.
the Bible. his likes and his dislikes. Jehovah. in order that “the world may have the knowledge that you sent me forth and that you loved them just as you loved me. 8 thinking in this way can help us to train our perceptive powers. for he is a babe. Reading the Bible daily has sustained me through some of the darkest moments of my life. 10:13. It took me about two years to ﬁnish the whole Bible. To enjoy such unity. (Luke 9:4648) Doing so contributes to unity. empathy for those suﬀering. 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. like the father of a large family. we should be good students of the Scriptures and the publications of “the faithful and discreet slave. When we read in the Gospels that Jesus felt compassion for the needy. 20:28. w09 9/15 1:6. we must become well-acquainted with God’s word. do we not see the Father feeling the same emotions? (Mark 1:40-42. John 11:32-35) Think of how Jesus’ actions shed light on God’s cardinal attributes. 133:1) Jesus prayed to his Father that all true Christians would be united. 14.—Matt. we must view others’ imperfections as Christ did. our unity helps to identify us as Christ’s followers. wants his children to “dwell together in unity. (Ps. he never used that power for personal gain or with the intent of harming others. (Matt. Reflecting on Jesus’ humble mental attitude can help us to ‘conduct ourselves as lesser ones’ among our brothers. Do not the miracles Christ performed show the tremendous p ower he had at his disposal? Yet. not to be ministered to.” (John 17:23) Thus. To attain maturity. and the depth of his wisdom. indignation at his disciples who reprimanded young children. March 19 The Son of man came.Thursday. 15. 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. Jesus was forgiving. March 17 He that has seen me has seen the Father also. 7 Friday. Since this message is contained in his Word. and he taught that only by being forgiving can we receive forgiveness.—John 14:9. w09 5/15 4:7. 5:13.” w09 5/15 1:7 Saturday. (Luke 4:1-4) How clearly his action of throwing greedy merchants out of the temple shows his sense of justice! (Mark 11:1517. 24:45-47) Absorbing God’s . 6:14. but it seemed that I was meeting my Creator for the ﬁrst time.” (Matt.—Heb. She says: “The reminder that has had the biggest eﬀect on my life is the one about regular Bible reading. —Matt.” to get along. I learned about his ways. Consider the example of a Christian named Orchid. his message to us. but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. the degree of his power. March 18 Everyone that partakes of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness.
he sets a beautiful example for us when it comes to associations. 12 Monday. thus demonstrating that they had Jehovah’s backing. w09 4/15 4:9 Tuesday. Moses performed miracles . He befriends such people today. 2:21-23) That is the kind of friend Jehovah chooses. When it comes to associations. 8:23-27. featuring it in our ministry. And on one occasion. he gives us this wise counsel: “He that is walking with wise persons will become wise. Both Moses and Jesus p erformed miracles. The householder lamented: “I don’t know what I have done that God allowed this to happen to me. over their rivers.Sunday. the Red Sea was parted.” At that. 9 involving water when at his command the waters of the Nile and its reedy pools became blood. since it is the Word of God. 7:19. that they may become blood. 13:20) None of us want to “fare badly. the householder gave Linda a warm hug.” That conversation led to a regular home Bible study with the woman. March 20 With them there was the book of Jehovah’s law. he even walked on water!—Matt. 14:23-25. March 21 Take your rod and stretch your hand out over the waters of Egypt.” (Prov. 41:8) This man was outstandingly faithful.” Each of us wants to “become wise. and water came gushing out of rock in the desert. Our Creator well knows how dangerous—and how helpful—associations can be for imperfect humans. he calmed the turbulent Sea of Galilee. that her husband had suﬀered a stroke and needed her attention. righteous.—Ex.” Jehovah cannot be made any wiser than he is. 15:33. Sometimes the verses we read from the Bible are ones the householder has never heard before. w09 8/15 4:11. (Ex. a Witness. 14:21. His very ﬁrst miracle was that of turning water into wine at a wedding feast. Worldwide we endeavor to teach people from the Bible. but he that is having dealings with the stupid ones will fare badly. and obedient —a man of faith. (Jas. 17:5-7) Jesus too performed miracles involving water. over their Nile canals and over their reedy pools and over all their impounded waters. w09 6/15 2:7. nor can he ever be corrupted by anyone.—1 Cor. people are like sponges. March 22 Bad associations spoil useful habits. Indeed. (John 2: 1-11) Later. One householder explained to Linda. We tend to absorb whatever is around us. Therefore.” 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. 4:1-9) For example. We make a special eﬀort to show others the actual words of the Bible.—2 Chron. 17:9. (Ex. Linda acknowledges: “I was able to give comfort by using the Bible. Think of it —which imperfect humans does Jehovah choose as his friends? Jehovah referred to the patriarch Abraham as “my friend. Moses was the ﬁrst human on record to perform miracles. Yet.” (Isa.
” They are to “love one another intensely from the heart. 4:8. . Paul wrote: “I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus. even the deep things of God. Timothy had to be “nourished with the words of the faith. and he leveled charges against Job. 15) Improvement requires diligent personal study. we need more than ever to develop such Christlike qualities.” (2 Tim. w09 4/15 1:4. And Peter emphasized the point further. fully accomplish your ministry. urged Christians to cultivate “unhypocritical brotherly aﬀection” and to display “obedience to the truth. (Job 1:6-11) Although Satan mentioned Job’s possessions. and everything that a man has he will give in behalf of his soul. Ponder over these things. there was another gathering in heaven. have intense love for one another. As used in the Bible.”—1 Pet. he focused his attention on challenging Job’s integrity. pressures on all of God’s people are intensifying. saying: “Skin in behalf of skin. The term “integrity” carries the thought of being upright. In showing honor to one another take the lead. w09 9/15 3:12 Thursday. the Devil challenged the integrity not only of Job but of any “man” who worships Jehovah. No one should put his conﬁdence in any element of this old world. How are your study habits? Are you absorbed in “the deep things of God”? (1 Cor. cultivating genuine friendships within the congregation. Again Satan leveled charges against Job. 4:1. because love covers a multitude of sins. 6 of the faith”? Paul wrote: “Continue applying yourself to public reading.” (1 Tim.” By saying that.—Prov. Drawing attention to Timothy’s imp ortant assignment. 4: 13.—Rom. blameless. be at it urgently. 4:6) How can you be “nourished with the words . to teaching. saying: “Above all things. . human integrity denotes a completeness of heart devotion to the person of Jehovah. The expression “be absorbed” conveys the idea of being immersed in an activity. Already. March 24 The spirit searches into all things. .—Job 2:1-8. 2:10) Or do you put forth only minimal eﬀort? Pondering over what you study will move your heart. 16 Friday. (1 John 2:1517) Rather. 12:10.” He added: “Do the work of an evangelizer. preach the word. righteous.” (1 Pet. Satan was also present. Later. 2:10. 2: 1-5. be absorbed in them. Peter. a recipient of Jesus’ love. 5) To fulﬁll this charge. to exhortation. as the end of this system draws ever nearer. 2.” (1 Tim. March 25 In brotherly love have tender aﬀection for one another. God permitted Satan to strike Job with a painful disease. w09 5/15 2:15. Thereafter.—Job 1:6. and faultless. The introductory narrative of the book of Job describes a gathering in heaven where the angels took their station before Jehovah.—1 Cor. March 23 Satan proceeded to enter right among them. 1:22) Today. we need to draw closer to Jehovah and to one another. as the recent turmoil in the world’s ﬁnancial system vividly demonstrates.Wednesday.
(Rev. out of the reach of anyone. he spoke to his accusers about his love for Jehovah’s ways. When we engage in the houseto-house ministry. Contrary to what the Devil claims. 17:10) By visiting homes at various times on diﬀerent days. nine Levites. Bildad. in the third year of his reign. it simply means that to ﬁnd the treasures.—Col. 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. In addition to being “the way. we must avail ourselves of the help and direction that Jesus provides. Jehoshaphat sent for ﬁve princes. March 28 [Jehovah] will guard the very way of his loyal ones. no matter how limited we may feel.” Jesus said that he is “the truth and the life. At the same time. 12:10) This heartfelt love strengthens us to maintain integrity under test. and two priests.” (John 14:6) Yes. to ﬁnd the knowledge of God. 2:3. w09 6/15 2:7. 2:8. March 26 Carefully concealed in [Christ] are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. So eﬀective was their campaign that the people of the sur- . March 27 They kept going around through all the cities of Judah and teaching among the people. (Job 10:12. (Ps. (Job 42:7-9) May we too act in such a way that Jehovah views us with favor. 97:10) Love moves us to honor the name of Jehovah. God expressed his anger toward Eliphaz. and our attention must be directed to Jesus Christ. we may be able to speak with several members of a household. Rather. and Zophar because they had not spoken the truth. This is in harmony with what Jesus said about himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. (2 Chron. 8 Monday. He had them travel through all the cities to teach the people Jehovah’s laws. —Prov. 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.Saturday. To say that all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge are “concealed in” Christ does not mean that they are locked away. w09 7/15 1:7-9 rounding nations began to fear Jehovah. Jesus also has roles that are vital to the understanding of Bible truth and the gaining of everlasting life. What counts is not only what we do but also why we do it. 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. He sees our good motives and does not judge us if we cannot do all we would like to do. how thoroughly do we cover our assigned territory? Interestingly. 17:9. we must put forth strenuous eﬀort.” This indicates that his role is much more than that of being the means of approach to the Father. No one comes to the Father except through me. —2 Chron. w09 4/15 2:12. 28:28) In the ﬁnal chapter of the book of Job. we give our love to Jehovah voluntarily and unconditionally. Even though Job was grief-stricken and had endured much. 13 Sunday.
” (1 Tim. 15:9-15) Jehovah will likewise surely bless us when we serve him wholeheartedly.—1 Tim. 4:15. 15:2. accountability.” (1 Cor. in conduct. obedience is easier. to exhortation. Together they declared their determination to worship Jehovah loyally. 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. God has given us the freedom . Asa later resented correction from Hanani the seer. Because of our inherited imperfection. Paul told Timothy: “Become an example to the faithful ones in speaking. in chasteness. so that he let himself be found by them. Consider the advice the ap ostle Paul gave to the Corinthians. 5 Thursday. . They also impact on those around us. March 29 Jehovah is with you as long as you prove to be with him. Of course. be absorbed in them. . in love. 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. And all Judah gave way to rejoicing over the thing sworn. 4: 12. . in faith. that your advancement may be manifest to all persons. to teaching. w09 5/15 2:2. Our moral decisions mean life or death for us. . 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. and Jehovah continued to give them rest all around. (2 Chron. March 31 Ponder over these things. What does that mean? It means that we can decide to do good or to do bad. . we too are free moral agents. We read: “They swore to Jehovah. As their descendants. . obedience does not come naturally. . 7:23. 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.—Rom. Continue applying yourself to public reading. 13) Christian youths need to make progress and make their advancement manifest to others. when no sacriﬁce. (Mark 12:30) Sadly. or inconvenience is involved. 8 to choose to obey him or to disobey. .Tuesday. —2 Chron. Good judgment needs to be exercised by young people. 3 Wednesday. He wrote: “Do not become young children in p owers of understanding . pain. In other words. If you are a young person. w09 9/15 2:4. Become full-grown in p owers of understanding. for it was with all their heart that they had sworn and with full pleasure on their part that they had looked for him. God created Adam and Eve as intelligent creatures and free moral agents. 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. Along with such great freedom comes responsibility. It is not always easy to obey God’s laws. bear in mind that becoming mature requires eﬀort.” (2 Chron.
—Gen. Why so? Following the rebellion in Eden. tribe. 11:9. a righteous man.Friday. or some other cultural background have learned to dwell together in unity. 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. The supreme example of courage and boldness was. 11:19. April 1 We all stumble many times. w09 7/15 4:5 Sunday. This enmity quickly became evident when Abel. Later. 3:15. (Col.—Matt. boldness has always been needed by all of those loyal to Jehovah. Jesus Christ. nationality. The universal appeal of the good news and the ﬁne fruitage it produces testify to the excelling value of divine education. At times. 15) This message was certainly not a popular one. Although God’s servants are imperfect. (Jude 14. w09 9/15 4:6 Saturday. Jehovah foretold that there would be enmity between those who served God . April 2 I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. Formerly violent people have become peaceable. they form a true international brotherhood. 21 and those who served Satan. April 3 The earth will certainly be ﬁlled with the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters are covering the very sea. 3:13.” w09 10/15 4: 20. How vital it is that we build strong friendships by communicating openly and forgiving one another freely! If we display such love. would you hold back from voicing your concerns? Or if your friend ignored your counsel.—Isa. enmity was directed against Enoch. 2:4) What accounts for these remarkable changes? People have taken in “the knowledge of Jehovah” and have applied it in their lives. was killed by his brother.’ (Isa. the measure of a friendship is not how often we sin against each other but how completely we forgive those grievances. and they too will do or say things that irritate us. Isaiah’s prophecy depicts the transformation of human personalities that is taking place in our time. What boldness Enoch displayed! —Gen. Using a beautiful word picture. another faithful man who lived before the Flood. People hated Enoch and evidently would have murdered him had Jehovah not cut his life short. it will become “a perfect bond of union. 5:21-24. Still. 11:6-8) Those who were once at enmity with one another because of diﬀerences in race. since the beginning of human history. 3:2. Yet. Figuratively sp eaking. what would you do? A good friend would seek the help of loving shepherds in assisting a companion who has taken a false step. 14) However. no lasting damage will come to a friendship based on love for Jehovah. of course. they have ‘beaten their swords into plowshares. we will give our friends “cause for complaint” against us. —Jas. (Isa. He prophesied that God would come with His holy myriads to execute judgment against the ungodly. Such a course requires courage.
3) Under such heavy pressure. 3: 14. w09 11/15 1:1-3 Wednesday. (Acts 16:2) Young Timothy must have displayed a maturity beyond his years. and Zophar—ostensibly to oﬀer Job comfort. —2 Tim. 138:6) We should ask . w09 12/15 1:1. and know my disquieting thoughts. Paul took note of the fact that Timothy was “well reported on by the brothers” in the local congregations. He even questioned whether those who keep integrity are of any value to God! (Job 2: 11. as David did when he said: “Search through me.’ If our prayers are to be answered. 2 Jehovah to examine us. setting him apart for special work in the congregation.Monday. several Christian congregations were established after Jesus’ death. Timothy may have been in his late teens or early 20’s. However.” (Job 32:2) Still. 16:2. (2 Tim. 139:23. We can be conﬁdent that he hears us. (Ps. three men arrived—Eliphaz. 4:8. Jehovah never turns a deaf ear to the petitions of his faithful servants. even to you people of all ﬂesh will come. Jehovah can lead us in “the way of time indeﬁnite. Even if millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses were to pray to God at the same time. w09 4/15 1:7 Tuesday. 22:2.” For example. Bildad suggested that Job’s children had engaged in wrongdoing and deserved their fate. not one would get a ‘busy signal. April 4 The body of older men laid their hands upon you. under the direction of the holy spirit. and lead me in the way of time indeﬁnite. 24) Let us not only pray but also submit to God’s examination and the counsel of his Word.” (Ps. he could be faulted when he turned to “declaring his own soul righteous rather than God. At the time. 1:5. they used deceptive reasoning and proved to be “troublesome comforters. Instead. Then.—1 Tim. 65:2. causing her to say the above. April 6 Are you yet holding fast your integrity? Curse God and die! —Job 2:9. 8:4. and see whether there is in me any painful way. young Timothy. Initially. Examine me. There. his mother. Eliphaz insinuated that Job’s suﬀering was punishment for past sins. he remained faithful through it all. 4:14. The loss of her children and the family wealth must have devastated her. was home to the boy Timothy. April 5 O Hearer of prayer. True. 15) Timothy surely enjoyed his life as a young Christian amid those familiar surroundings. 1:6. in what is now Turkey. Paul and the local body of elders laid their hands upon Timothy.” helping us to pursue a course leading to everlasting life. Then. (Job 1:1319) It must have hurt her to see her husband suﬀering a painful disease. things began to change with the apostle Paul’s second visit to the area. we must approach God with humility. Job’s wife suﬀered the same blows that her husband suﬀered. O God. The Roman province of Galatia. Job kept his integrity. and know my heart. Bildad. At some point. —Ps. and his grandmother embraced Christianity and became active in one of the congregations.
And life eternal will be possible for those who survive Armageddon or those who will be raised from the dead. viewing them as “accursed people.” (Gen. fully accomplish your ministry. (Heb. To receive blessings under that Kingdom. However. What made Jesus’ way of teaching so diﬀerent from theirs? The religious leaders of the day had no love for the common people. 18 Friday. the religious leaders had no true love for God.” (2 Tim. who genuinely cared about others and ‘slaved in furtherance of the good news. there were doubtless intelligent men who possessed knowledge and the skills to impart it. Rev. How many his “seed” would number was unknown to Abraham. . do the work of an evangelizer. Jesus Christ and the 144. 4:5. 22:18) Abraham could not p ossibly have understood the full signiﬁcance of the covenant Jehovah made with him. 7:4. 9: 36) He was warm. 7 them. Everlasting life on earth will be possible for him through the resurrection. as Timothy learned from working with Paul. 4:17) Referring to those he had helped. 11:10) That city is God’s Kingdom.000. you must have the same disposition as Timothy. w09 7/15 3:3 Saturday. (Luke 11:28) Yes. 20:12-14.” (Matt. loved his Father and delighted to do his will. Paul said that he not only shared the good news with them but also gave of his ‘own soul. . they despised them. “he was awaiting the city having real foundations. and lived by it.Thursday. 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. April 8 You do not have the love of God in you. defended it. Nevertheless. Among the scribes and Pharisees. (1 Thess. 4:2) By arranging to share in the ministry with those who are experienced in this work. The religious leaders twisted God’s words to serve their own ends. love permeated the very being of the Christ.’ (Phil. but Jesus loved “the word of God”—he taught it. who will rule with him in his Kingdom. 14. later that number was revealed. however. 14:1) The Messianic Kingdom is the means by which “all nations of the earth will . sympathetic. you will be able to learn from their teaching methods. Jesus. Abraham will have to live again. because they became beloved to him. (1 Cor. suﬀer evil. Further. 2:19-23) Do you show this self-sacriﬁcing spirit in your ministry? w09 5/15 2:15.—John 5:42. w09 8/15 1:6.” states the Bible. bless themselves. since they were “skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.—2 Tim.” (John 7:49) In contrast. April 9 Keep your senses in all things. ‘Doing the work of an evangelizer’ means making your ministry more eﬀective and helping others to gain salvation. governing what he taught and how he dealt with people. Rather.” (Gal. explained it. 2:8) To follow Paul’s example in the ministry. 22:17. constitute the “seed.’ or used his very life in helping them.—Rev. 3:29. and kind. 7:9. Jesus was moved with pity for .—Gen. This requires developing the “art of teaching.
True Christians do not twist or misrepresent the facts so as to mislead others. 5:22. (Matt. April 11 Have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had. 5:14. 15:5. but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him. We can learn much by imitating the faith of those who have spent many years imitating Christ. to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. we show that we love him and are determined to uphold God’s sovereignty at any cost. it encourages the entire congregation to reﬂect Christ’s mental attitude. We should pray for God’s holy spirit and strive to cultivate its fruitage. 5:43-45) Yet. we will please our heavenly Father.—Matt. w09 12/15 4:9-11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9) Matthew 26:6-13 Monday. Jehovah. April 12 The Son of man came . w09 6/15 3:4. 24. should regard all people as our neighbor. They have learned that showing Christlike compassion not only helps us to “bear the weaknesses of those not strong” but also contributes to unity. In responding to Christ’s love for all mankind. our love for him deepens. And the model Christ left for us to follow closely enables each of us to have a part in that divine purpose. so that we can imitate that example properly. (Matt. 15:1. 4:25) Speaking truth involves sharing information that is factual. 22:37) By observing what Jesus taught and keeping his commandments. (Gal. (John 4:5-26) We. . 20:28. 5 (Rom. extending love even to those who act like enemies. . even embarrassing or uncomfortable situations can be tactfully resolved without resorting to guile. these usually show understanding of others’ imperfections. Jesus’ course stimulates a response in us. we need Jehovah’s holy spirit.—Col. 31:5) By choosing our words carefully. just as Jesus did.—Acts 10:34.Sunday. we feel compelled to ﬁnish our assignment before the end comes. Like Jesus. 12:9) In imitation of “the God of truth. 2. Jesus showed his disciples that God does not favor one race or nationality over another. (Ps. 3:9. 15:10. 10. April 10 God is not partial. 15:1) Furthermore. (2 Cor.—Rom. Jesus linked being “lowly in heart” with mildness.” (Rom. They “abhor what is wicked” and “cling to what is good. free from any deceit. w09 9/15 1:8.” we should strive to be honest and forthright in all our dealings. This requires that we successfully cultivate love of God to the fullest extent possible. 35. 23) By thus following the pattern of humility and mildness that Jesus provided. what did Paul mean when he said that we should speak truth with our neighbor? (Eph. 11:29) Therefore. therefore. 15) The love Christ displayed was central to his accomplishing what God has purposed for mankind. 9 Tuesday. As we think about what Christ has done for us. along with studying Jesus’ example. . (Matt.—John 14: 23. which is part of the fruitage of God’s holy spirit.
to their “other sheep” companions. loved them to the end. Before relating the account. they could not accept the Messiah who fulﬁlled the prophecies that said he would be despised. whose feet were washed by the Lord. Yes. In fact. —John 7:16.—Luke 24:21. The men sitting in the upper room with Jesus that night in Jerusalem were convinced that Jesus was the promised Messiah.” (John 13:1) It was his love for the disciples that moved Jesus to render a service usually performed by a slave. 24:1-3 Thursday. 22:15-22. 11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 9) Matthew 21:1-11. w09 10/15 3:1. 21:12. 5) Even some of Jesus’ loyal disciples were disappointed at his not providing political deliverance. 28) Although Jesus had overwhelming credentials proving that he was the Messiah. Those words of Jesus . wrote: “Little children. Our friendship with him is of utmost importance because being his friends makes us friends of Jehovah too. accurate understanding was given them. you should do also. 14-17 to his faithful apostles apply in principle to all anointed Christians today and.—John 14:6. Why? Because they had their own preconceived ideas about the Messiah. because all the things I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. John wrote: “Jesus. But they remained loyal. (John 6:68. (Isa. it is impossible to draw close to Jehovah without ﬁrst drawing close to Christ. let us love. but belongs to him that sent me. 21. 21 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 11) Matthew 21:33-41. having loved his own that were in the world. John 12:20-50 Friday. meant for pains and for having acquaintance with sickness.”—1 John 3:18. (John 12:34) Thus. but in deed and truth. Jesus was “the Father’s representative. neither in word nor with the tongue. and ﬁnally killed. 23:1-12. 2 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 10) Matthew 21:18. genuine brotherly love should move us to display care and concern for all our Christian brothers and sisters. What Jesus did in washing his disciples’ feet was neither a mere ritual nor just an act of kindness.—John 15:15. avoided by men. 69) It must surely have warmed their hearts to hear him say to them the words of today’s text. w09 11/15 4: 20. On earth. and in time. w09 12/15 3:10. including that he would be a political messiah who would liberate them from Roman oppression.” (John 16: 27. 13. we can have the privilege of being friends of Jesus. Now they must humbly do loving things for one another. 53: 3. by extension. The apostle John.—John 13:15. 19. April 14 I have called you friends. April 13 What I teach is not mine. the vast majority of the ﬁrst-century Jews did not acclaim him. April 15 I set the pattern for you.Wednesday. (John 10:16) No matter what our background. just as I did to you. that.
(John 14:2-5) Later Jesus told them: “When that one arrives. .—1 Cor. 2. which contain many Messianic prophecies. Luke 22:1-6 en to prepare a place for them.—2 Cor. recorded at Genesis 3:15. 11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 14) Matthew 27:1. or oﬃce. Jesus himself ﬁrst used the term “Jesus Christ”—the name followed by the title. 27-37 Memorial Date After Sundown Sunday. he will guide you into all the truth. April 16 The bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying. April 17 You will be with me in Paradise.E. 1:5. such as Jesus Christ. the spirit of the truth. 14-16. From Jehovah’s ﬁrst prophetic declaration. —Rev. w09 5/15 4:10. The evildoer to whom Jesus spoke needed no explanation about Paradise. In the Bible. Using the expression “the Christ. 19:10. Christ Jesus. they did not understand what he meant. it highlights that Jesus was the Anointed One of Jehovah. as in “Christ Jesus. Bible prophecies can be correctly understood only when the role of Jesus in connection with the Messianic Kingdom is taken into consideration. That explains why many of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures are puzzling to those who do not accept Jesus as the promised Messiah. when they were anointed by God’s spirit to be future kings did Jesus’ followers discern that their thrones would be in heaven. April 18 We are preaching . to the glorious visions of the book of Revelation. —Luke 23:43. When the title is placed ahead of the name.” (John 16:13) Only after Pentecost of 33 C. held by him. the title “Christ” is used with reference to Jesus in various ways. however. It also explains why Jesus appears to be no more than a great man to those who do not value the Hebrew Scriptures. He knew about the hope of everlasting life on earth in a world to come.—2 Cor. 1 Pet.” the emphasis shifts from the person to the position. 1: 20.Saturday.” the title preceded by the deﬁnite article. (Acts 5:42) Regardless of how the title “Christ” is used with reference to Jesus. Knowledge of Jesus gives God’s people the key to unlocking the meaning of Bible prophecies that are yet to be fulﬁlled. 14 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 13 and 14) Matthew 26:17-56. and the Christ. w09 8/15 2:13. 1:3. Christ Jesus as Lord. 4. 15:49. . 4:5. (John 17:3) This usage clearly draws attention to the one who was sent forth by God and became his Anointed One. is another way to emphasize Jesus’ oﬃce as the Messiah. What did require an explanation. Luke 22:7-13 Monday. was Jesus’ reference to the heavenly hope. When he spoke to his disciples about his going to heav- . w09 7/15 1:11 Memorial Bible reading: (Events on Nisan 12) Matthew 26:1-5. Col.
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
but I have chosen you out of the world. my longsuﬀering. Jesus Christ.Thursday. to grow spiritually. 2:19-22) These friendships thrived for one reason above all others: They were based on genuine love for Jehovah. and it was counted to him as righteousness. w09 8/15 4:12. (Gal. we can have a close relationship with God despite our imperfection. the one between David and Jonathan. 3:1012) In writing to the Christians in Rome. —Rom. we also pray for the support and strengthening aid of God’s holy spirit. Now because you are no part of the world. His words can give us guidance in this time of the end. 2 Friday. 8) They will help you to remain in God’s love. my faith. or the one between Timothy and Paul. . my course of life. we have the complete Bible. 4:8) When facing trials. 12:17-21. my love.” —Jas. he explained why by saying the above. 16 Saturday. my purpose. 24:45-47) In each of the approximately 100. 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. we enjoy important beneﬁts. (Jas. In his second letter to his young companion Timothy. 13 and if we read it and meditate on its contents. April 30 If you were part of the world. Additionally. —Jude 21. w09 4/15 2:15. they will help you to obey Jehovah. (Ruth 1:16. we beneﬁt greatly from being part of the earth-wide brotherhood that Jehovah supplies with spiritual food. Rather. and on the evening preceding his death. The apostle Paul experienced the truthfulness of Jesus’ words. Consider the friendship between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. and to sow with a view to the spirit.” (2 Tim. my sufferings. Jesus Christ provided the ransom sacriﬁce and thus laid the groundwork for forgiveness of sins.000 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. the world would be fond of what is its own. all those desiring to live with godly devotion in association with Christ Jesus will also be persecuted. 6:7. my persecutions.—John 15:19.” and he came to be called “Jehovah’s friend. 1 Sam. April 29 We have a helper with the Father.—1 John 2:1. Paul gave wise counsel on how they should react to opposition. w09 10/15 2:1. Such friends will not lead you to fare badly in a spiritual sense. we prepare ourselves for tests of faith. Phil.” Then Paul added: “In fact. 17. On the basis of that sacriﬁce. Study helps us to understand the issues of universal sovereignty and personal integrity. April 28 “Abraham put faith in Jehovah. on this account the world hates you. Jesus warned his followers that they would meet up with opposition from the nations of the world. What can help you to make good choices as to your friends? Studying Bible examples can prove motivating. 23:16-18. As Jehovah’s servants today. For instance. meetings are conducted that instruct us and strengthen us. Further. 2:23. Paul wrote: “You have closely followed my teaching. my endurance. (Matt.
” The context in the verses that follow shows that this was the surpassing way of love. (Ps. In what sense was it surpassing? Paul proceeded to illustrate what he meant. 3:19.” (Gen. The word “wisdom” is used loosely. On the contrary. Some say that a person is wise if he has merely accumulated a wealth of knowledge. May 2 Become imitators of me. Jehovah is “merciful and gracious. 86:15) He is far diﬀerent from some humans who explode with fury when others do not meet their expectations. Although he urged Corinthian Christians to keep zealously seeking certain gifts of the spirit that were manifest in the ﬁrst century. At 1 Corinthians 12:31. In addressing both Abraham and Moses. Jehovah used a Hebrew term often translated “please. May 3 Become imitators of God. Jehovah God sets the perfect example of courtesy. Despite his high position as Sovereign of the universe.” (Rom. May 1 The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.—1 Cor. Thus. 13:1-3) If he had certain outstanding abilities and accomplished great things but did not have love. 4: 14) How diﬀerent it is with those who acquire true wisdom. even as I am of Christ. w09 12/15 4:12 Tuesday. Jehovah patiently answered each one. what would he amount to? Nothing! Moved by God’s spirit. he is not impressed by man-made inventions. the world’s so-called intellectuals offer no trustworthy guidance for ﬁnding true meaning in life. God’s good manners are also evident in the way he listens to humans.” (Ps. including its composition and its history. the Source of which is Jehovah God! The Bible tells us that Jehovah is “wise alone. he explained: “Yet I show you a surpassing way. 16:27) He knows all that there is to know about the universe. 11:1. and he is not intrigued by the so-called elevated thinking of human philosophy. he treats humans with great kindness and respect. such as healing and speaking in tongues. (Gen. 2 was something better to pursue. slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and trueness. When Abraham raised questions regarding the people of Sodom. —Eph. —1 Cor. The apostle Paul was an imitator of Christ. 17) Should we not imitate Jehovah by listening when others speak to us? w09 11/15 5:3. 4 Monday.” (Eph. w09 4/15 3:1. (1 Cor. 51:11. 4:6) When his servants commit errors. 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. Paul showed them that there . However. Because of following Christ’s steps closely. Jehovah listens to the prayers of his servants and to the cries of repentant sinners.Sunday. he drove home this important point. 5:1. 18:23-32) He did not view Abraham’s concern as a drain on His time. Ex. 13:14. 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.
Jehovah usually exercises his authority through imperfect humans whom he entrusts with responsibility to care for his people. your ruler? If we choose Jehovah as our Sovereign. —1 Thess. May 4 Many are the friends of the rich person.Wednesday. how would Jehovah view our actions?—1 Thess. He was not swayed by a person’s ﬁnancial or social status. Peter on occasion failed to view matters from a spiritual perspective. Never will we give in to the willful practice of sin and lead the hypocritical double life that often goes with it. If we were to rebel against those humans. We must show respect for authority. 5:12.—Prov. we need to respect his authority. 16:21-23) James and John showed an ambitious spirit when they asked that Jesus give them prominent positions in the Kingdom. can we truthfully call him our Ruler? Furthermore. Jesus. May 5 He is a propitiatory sacriﬁce for our sins. ‘If it is such a challenge for us to respect authority. 15 Thursday. 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. 17 Friday. why do we need to do it?’ The answer comes down to the issue of sovereignty. (Matt. 5:13. In addition. w09 10/15 3:3. 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. May 6 Have regard for those who are working hard among you and presiding over you. Jesus was known. in perfection. 11:19) Certainly. If we do not. then. Why is this so diﬃcult for us to do at times? For one thing. 8:21. w09 9/15 5:15. forever—all because of what Jehovah has done to deliver us! —Rom. 14:20. but for befriending the lowly and despised. patiently tried to correct the thinking of his friends and did not easily become exasperated with them. (2 Pet. Their action incensed the other apostles. we will show it. Rather. If we appreciate what Jehovah and his Son have done in order to deliver us from sin and death. we ourselves are imperfect. humans in positions of authority are imperfect. Jesus’ friends were ﬂawed individuals. (Matt. 3:14) We will show it by sharing with others our wonderful hope of deliverance. not for his connections to the wealthy and prominent. w09 8/15 4:14. Jesus displayed no such weakness. (1 Tim. so that they too may have a clean standing with Jehovah and the hope for an eternal future. 20:2028. (1 John 5:3) We will ﬁght against our tendency to sin.—1 John 2:2. we will . You might wonder. We struggle with an inborn tendency to rebel. and the issue of prominence was an ongoing cause of contention. 4 show our appreciation by working hard to stay clean in God’s sight. however. Such a course would amount to saying that we do not value or appreciate the ransom at all.—Matt. Whom will you choose as your sovereign.
Unless those enjoying the ﬁre supply it with fuel. (John 15:16) However.—John 7:46. Jesus’ words have meaning for those who hope to gain everlasting life on earth. Jesus was a preacher and a teacher.” (Eph. some seven million of Christ’s followers spent over 1. Acts 5: 42) Last year. (Rom. Think of a campﬁre burning at night. 43) As a teacher. drawing people to its warm. the wonderful bond of love in the congregation will weaken unless we as individual Christians work to strengthen it.” (1 John 1:7) The Son has thus opened up the way of reconciliation with God. May 8 I am the way and the truth and the life. cleanses us from all sin.—1 Thess. 20:28) As a result. Likewise. 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. Appealing as it is. he is the only one through whom it is possible for us to approach God. (Matt.” That is. w09 4/15 4:12. 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.500. 13 request in harmony with His will. How can we do so? The apostle Paul answers: “Go on walking in love. 5:2. ‘In what ways can I go on walking in love?’ w09 11/15 4:1. he had no equal. He preached the good news of God’s Kingdom. Jesus is “the way” also in a further sense. (Rev.Saturday. 5:8-10) It is by putting faith in Jesus and obeying him that we can have an approved relationship with God. 59:2) Jesus gave “his soul a ransom in exchange for many. 7:9. ﬂickering ﬂames. Sin has alienated mankind from God. 28:18-20. that you love one another. the Bible explains: “The blood of Jesus . May 9 I am giving you a new commandment.000 hours in preaching the good news of the Kingdom and teaching interested ones Bible truths. Thus.” (Matt. and he inspired his followers with that same zeal for the Kingdom. (Isa.000. . Jesus was zealous in his eﬀorts to spread the good news. 10. he laid the foundation for a global preaching and teaching campaign that is still continuing. it will go out. 5:2) So ask yourself. 2. so love draws Jehovah’s servants together in unity and attracts sincere ones to true worship. our brotherly love cannot be taken for granted. for only by praying through Jesus do we have the assurance that the Father will give us whatever we may . 6. and no one spoke with greater boldness than he did. The love of the true Christian brotherhood has no equal in human society.—John 13:34. (Luke 4:1621. —John 3:36. 4 Sunday.—John 14:6. This is true in the matter of prayer. 13 Monday. Just as a magnet draws iron. In addition to being a prophet. 21: 1-4) How so? Jesus Christ is “the way. w09 5/15 4:12. May 7 Never has another man spoken like this. .
Heeding his counsel is particularly important in homes that are religiously divided.” or “invitation. it is only that —an invitation. —Phil. . They must remain faithful until death in order to obtain this prize. —Rom. Paul recommends a better way: “Provide ﬁne things in the sight of all men. This is the kind of education that is needed today. (Prov. but powerful by God for overturning strongly entrenched things. 3:13. w09 6/15 4:13. —Col. w09 10/15 2:3. w09 9/15 4:7 select this hope for themselves. 22. but Jehovah puts his seal. The apostle Paul likened the ministry of God’s servants to spiritual warfare. . 6:9-11) It improves family life. (2 Cor.” In the domestic setting. 2:12. 2:12. Divine education helps people to overcome bad practices and to cultivate godly qualities. but .” (Heb. to mention just a few. Paul explained that when faced with hostility. 10:4. Phil.’ doing so “with fear and trembling. For we are overturning reasonings and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God. 14. a wife who shows genuine kindness to her husband after he makes unpleasant comments about her beliefs may well defuse a potentially explosive situation.” (2 Cor. or holy spirit. 1:21. we should not retaliate in kind. 2:8. No good comes from ‘returning evil for evil. with complete lowliness of mind. .” —Eph. 1 Thess. 4:1. 1:3. (1 Cor. I do not yet consider myself as having laid hold on it. 5) What are some of the “strongly entrenched things” from which divine education frees people? The burden of false teachings. 1 Pet. . I am pursuing down toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus. 12:17.’ On the contrary. such an attitude can only aggravate the situation. 31:12) As to providing “ﬁne things in the sight of all men. 2. and human philosophies.” Jehovah’s Witnesses have often overcome prejudice by providing practical assistance to their neighbors when a disaster strikes. and not according to Christ. 3:1. superstitions.Tuesday. They do not . The Christian mate resists the temptation to repay an unkind word or act with another unkindness. He wrote: “The weapons of our warfare are not ﬂeshly. And it gives those without hope a real purpose in life. May 12 Return evil for evil to no one. 14 Thursday. 4) They realize that although they have received a wonderful invitation.) This personal invitation is from God. upon them. ftn. 4 Wednesday. May 11 Brothers. The anointed remnant must do their utmost to ‘walk worthily of the calling with which they were called. 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 . Individuals who are anointed by God’s holy spirit receive a heavenly “calling.
In the Christian congregation. One reason why people rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah was his teachings. humble Jews accepted Jesus as the Messiah.Friday. We have peace with God and with our fellow man.—Rom.”—Ps.”—Luke 23:13-15. 13 learn war anymore. they will reach human perfection.” (Mark 8:34. 4) By acting in harmony with God’s spirit. “I have come as a light into the world. Pilate “surrendered Jesus to their will. Rev.” said Jesus. being “born again. the prophet Isaiah foretold: “The people that were walking in the darkness have seen a great light.—John 4:42.” and being “no part of the world. and the hypocritical viewed these requirements as too difﬁcult to fulﬁll. 17) Jesus’ ministry brought to the people spiritual enlightenment and freedom from enslavement to false religious teachings. “in order that everyone putting faith in me may not remain in the darkness. the rich.” (John 1:3-5. 8:21. you people. we contribute to the beauty of the spiritual paradise. the future will be even better. 17:14.” but because the Jews charged him also with sedition.’ ‘eating’ Jesus’ flesh and blood. —John 8:12. “the meek ones themselves will possess the earth. 37:11. As for those dwelling in the land of deep shadow. May 14 The creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption. 26:63-66) Pilate found in him “nothing deserving of death. both by word of mouth and by your ﬁne Christian conduct? w09 7/15 1:12. 9:2) The apostle Matthew explained that Jesus fulﬁlled that prophecy when He commenced preaching and said: “Repent. 20:17-19) His aﬃrmation before the Sanhedrin that he was “the Christ the Son of God” was judged to be blasphemy. John 3:3. as did some Samaritans. 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.” (Matt. 19 Sunday. As obedient humans enjoy peace to an unprecedented degree under Jesus’ rule. Entry into the Kingdom would require ‘disowning oneself. 13 Saturday. w09 12/15 3:12. he would rise. light itself has shone upon them. (Matt. May 15 I am the light of the world. 6:53. for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. neither will they . but on the third day. which many found hard to accept. Nation will not lift up sword against nation.” (Isa. 4:16. 12:46) Do you appreciate the spiritual treasures you have found in Jesus so much that you would recommend them to others. May 13 This man is for a certainty the savior of the world. 25. (Matt.” (Isa. 2:3. However. and they will indeed ﬁnd their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. Jesus foretold that he would be condemned by the chief priests and be impaled by Gentiles. After they pass the ﬁnal test at the end of the Thousand Year Reign. 20:7-10. However. w09 4/15 5: 18. Long before Jesus’ birth on earth. 16) The proud. we enjoy a true spiritual paradise.
(Ps. You answer me. 12: 7-10) This does not mean that we should stop praying to Jehovah about distressing matters. Paul accepted this fact and concentrated on serving Jehovah fully. Does being truthful with others mean that we must disclose every detail to whoever asks us a question? Not necessarily. —Phil. 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. Jesus said: “I will ask you one question.” (Mark 11:2733) He did not feel obligated to answer the question in view of their corrupt practices and faithless example. 4:14. May 18 Speak truth each one of you with his neighbor.” (Phil. After the third time. God’s Word entreats us: “Do not be anxious over anything. we may realize the danger of being consumed by anxieties. When hypocritical religious leaders asked him by what power or authority he performed signs and miracles. 12:10-13. Jehovah’s people need to be on guard against apostates and other wicked men who use trickery or cunning for selﬁsh purposes. entertainment. (Matt. (Matt. w09 6/15 3:3. 15. praying to Jehovah for relief. and I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. w09 11/15 3:2.—Matt. Jesus demonstrated that some people are undeserving of a direct answer or of certain information. Over . Whatever its nature. May 16 The peace of God that excels all thought will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. 4:25. w09 12/15 2:10. 28) Similarly today. but he can respond to our prayers by guarding our mental powers.Monday. May 17 I am writing you these things . 4:7. . but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. Jesus said: “Neither am I telling you by what authority I do these things. After praying about a matter. God revealed to Paul that the “thorn in the ﬂesh” would not be removed miraculously. Eph. for example. (2 Cor. 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. 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 have received pointed direction on dress and grooming. 3:14. and improper use of the Internet. Paul did what he could to remove this aﬄiction. The apostle Paul had an aﬄiction that caused him much distress. 6 Tuesday.—Eph.” When the scribes and older men were unwilling to give an answer. that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in God’s household. 86:7) On the contrary. 10:16. 24:45-47) We need to examine our response to the direction we receive from the slave class. . While on earth. 23:27. 11 the years. 3 Wednesday. 4:6) Jehovah may not take away our problem. —1 Tim.
” thus enabling humans to reﬂect the Creator’s lofty qualities. (Job 38:4. —2 Pet.Thursday. 17 Friday. w09 5/15 3: 1. commended where possible. using Job’s personal name. and it continues to strengthen faithful servants of Jehovah to this day. 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. The last book of the Bible stirs our hearts with its vision of mankind lifted to perfection. 1:26) By exercising the gift of free will properly. This hope is solidly based on both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Greek Scriptures.—Rev. What will replace the governmental heavens and the wicked human society that are present now? (2 Pet. w09 4/15 1:8 Saturday. we read of Elihu. May 19 Are they not all spirits for public service. After reading of Job’s three false comforters. 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. Elihu commended Job for his upright course. 3:13) They will be replaced by “new heavens”—God’s Messianic Kingdom—and “a new earth”—a righteous human society of true worshippers. who had also come to visit Job. 22:1. 2. Adam and Eve and their descendants could have enjoyed life in a paradise home as part of Jehovah’s universal family of intelligent creatures. Gen. sent forth to minister for those who are going to inherit salvation?—Heb. 3:7. saying the above. 4 He addressed Job considerately. All of them are “mighty in power. (Job 36:1. Elihu ﬁrst listened to the arguments presented by Job and his three companions.”—Job 32:6. Rev. the apostle Peter wrote about the future of mankind. 103:20. listened carefully. Although younger than the other four men. Then Elihu assured Job that serving God faithfully is always worthwhile. and oﬀered upbuilding counsel. But he also said that Job had focused too much on trying to prove his own faultlessness. May 20 Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite proceeded to answer and say: “Young I am in days and you men are aged. They are superbly organized and have high positions in God’s arrangement. w09 8/15 2:16. (Rev. By inspiration. 21:1-4) This has been the hope of believing mankind ever since human perfection was lost in the garden of Eden. (Heb. 11) What a ﬁne example for those who need to oﬀer counsel today! Elihu showed patience. 5:11) These spirit sons of God have personality. 2:7. . carrying out his word.” (Ps. Upright people will live in Paradise on earth endlessly without aging. Elihu showed greater wisdom. 7) Jehovah created man “a little lower than angels” but in His “image. There are millions of faithful angels in heaven. 1:14. That is why I drew back and was afraid to declare my knowledge to you men. 2.—Job 33:32. and free will. divine qualities.
8 Tuesday. we engage in Christian activities because we are moved by God’s spirit to demonstrate our heartfelt love for Jehovah.” Thus. —Rom. w09 11/15 2:7. May 24 Quit being fashioned after this system of things.—Ps. May 22 Christ [left] you a model for you to follow his steps closely. Whether we have a lot of knowledge or just a little.” (Rom. ‘Lead this people up [from Egypt]’ . . especially his love. through his organization. When knowledge. we desire to imitate him in our ministry and in our life. who gave him not only what he requested but also riches and glory. w09 10/15 1:2.Sunday.” he pleaded. Jesus helped his disciples to acquire both. (Eph. and love work together. pray for wisdom and display a humble spirit. but be transformed by making your mind over. To be truly eﬀective in our disciple-making work. Such a complete change can be brought about only with the help of God and his spirit. 12:1) It means that we do our utmost not to be “fashioned after this system of things” with its corrupt morals. A desire to please Jehovah should motivate you to pray for wisdom. I have found favor in your eyes. 33:12. Luke 12: 42) Still. Thus. —1 Pet. As followers of Christ. Of course. your ways. Solomon entreated God for the wisdom required to discharge the duties of kingship in Israel. debased entertainment. “you [Jehovah] are saying to me. the love we show will go a long way in reaching the hearts of those to whom we preach. we must imitate Jesus by teaching with love.” (Ex. And now. Furthermore.—Zech. May 23 Make me know your own ways. we need knowledge of our subject and we need skill to impart that knowledge. 54:13. Solomon’s prayer pleased Jehovah. helps us to do so today. Moses prayed for knowledge of God’s ways. to be good teachers. 2:21. please. Eph. O Jehovah. 3 Monday. It also requires serious eﬀort on our part. and Jehovah. we are personally convinced that carrying out such activities is God’s will for us. 3: 7-14) If you receive service privileges that seem overwhelming. and warped thinking. “See. 25:4. 5:10. the results can be most satisfying. make me know. . we should aim to teach not only with our minds but also with our hearts. (Isa. please. skill. using our “power of reason. if. 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. w09 7/15 3:4. 13) In response. that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 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. an abundance of teaching skills or just a few. our objective is not only to impart Bible knowledge but also to reﬂect Jehovah’s qualities. God gave Moses greater knowledge of His ways—a necessity if . 4:6. 5 he was to take the lead among Jehovah’s people. 12:2. (1 Ki.
Did Jesus reprimand this poor. May 25 Paul expressed the desire for [Timothy] to go out with him. she did so and immediately sensed that she had been healed. This should strengthen our faith and help us to realize that we can maintain our integrity and uphold Jehovah’s sovereignty. Timothy would travel with Paul and at times with others. Jesus was aware that someone had touched him. Although Job did not understand this issue. She knew that under the Mosaic Law. After some ten years of working with Timothy. The Bible book of Job.” —Phil. —Mark 5:34. your faith has made you well. fell down trembling at his feet and poured out the whole truth. May 27 Until I expire I shall not take away my integrity from myself! —Job 27:5. Jesus’ reputation and demeanor must have convinced her that he could and would heal her. (Acts 16:4. (Lev. and he looked around to see who it was. . and it reveals that the integrity and life prospects of all of God’s earthly servants are involved in the issue raised in Eden. Consider one instance. likely composed by Moses. However. —Acts 16:3. Paul and Timothy engaged in traveling work that contributed much to the spiritual upbuilding of the brothers. May 26 Daughter. 15:25-27) Still. likely fearing a rebuke because she had violated the Law. suﬀering woman? Far from it! Reassuringly. . carrying out various missions on behalf of the apostles and older men.” Sum- . Go in peace. . For 12 long years. the book of Job is not merely an account about one man’s trials. 5) Hence. 12 Friday. During the time period between the lives of Abraham’s great-grandson Joseph and the prophet Moses. (Mark 5:2533) How comforted she must have been to hear such kind words! w09 9/15 1:11. it centers on issues of universal importance. Jesus put his pity and compassion into action. 2:20-22. The woman. there lived a man named Job. Timothy became well-known to many Christians for his spiritual advancement. a woman suﬀered from an abnormal ﬂow of blood. 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.Wednesday. he did not allow his three companions to make him think that he had failed as an integrity keeper. explains why Jehovah allowed Job to suﬀer and how the matter turned out for him. She kept saying: “If I touch just his outer garments I shall get well. he said the words of today’s text. her condition made her and anyone who touched her ceremonially unclean. The book provides insight into Jehovah’s righteousness in exercising his sovereignty. w09 8/15 1:8 Thursday. Like a child with a father he slaved with me in furtherance of the good news. 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. w09 12/15 1:3 moning courage.
Indeed. w09 5/15 1:8-10 Sunday. which says: ‘As far as it depends upon you. Jesus encouraged his loyal disciples to remain friends with one another. To keep our identity as true Christians. be peaceable with all men. He displayed a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and complete conﬁdence in them. We must also meditate—reﬂect deeply—on what we learn. but the sword of the spirit.’ So I made an appointment to meet this workmate after work. —Rom. (2 Tim. 3:1-3) The friendships they do form are often shallow and self-serving. ﬁrst-century Christians became known for their unbreakable devotion to . May 30 The word of God is alive and exerts power. 2 Monday.—Heb. 16 God and to one another. not a literal sword. How can we acquire real faith? Jesus’ example guides us. (Heb. God’s Word. 5:13) They did not acquaint themselves with the message by allowing it to guide them in making wise decisions in their lives. w09 10/15 4:1. we must rise above such attitudes.Saturday. 21:13.—Gal. 5:22. John 8:17) To build faith that can withstand the trials of the sort that inevitably come with discipleship. “I learned that we can never go wrong if we apply Bible principles. putting into our minds the truths that are the foundation of faith.” The meeting was very successful. To become acquainted with the Word of God means to know what it says and to put that knowledge into practice.” that is. (Jas. However. and the fellow employee was impressed that Kyle had taken that step. Time and again he supported his teachings with a reference to the Scriptures. Today. Jesus wielded. —John 15:17. Spiritual babes of Paul’s day failed to use God’s Word and test its value by actual practice. that you love one another. 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. 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. Often he prefaced his words with the statement: “It is written. 10:17. 2:17) And we must pray for holy spirit because faith is part of the spirit’s fruitage. (Matt. w09 9/15 2:15. during these last days. As a weapon. in God’s Word. May 29 These things I command you.” says Kyle. Kyle had an altercation with one of her workmates. May 28 Faith follows the thing heard. we must read and study the Bible daily and attend Christian meetings. people in general are disloyal and fail to show natural aﬀection. Only faith that is alive can move us to courageous action. letting it sink into our heart. The experience of a Christian sister named Kyle shows how this can be done. What did she do to heal the breach? She explains: “The scripture that readily came to my mind was Romans 12:18. During his ﬁnal night on earth. 4:12.
goodness. we must put forth the eﬀort to ﬁnd it by carefully studying the Bible. Gal. beneﬁt from godly wisdom? Since Jehovah’s wisdom is revealed in his Word. 13:7. June 2 We pray to God that you may do nothing wrong. Humble prayers of that kind please Jehovah and speak well of us. 11 . 13:18. (Luke 11:13) Solomon was also called “the congregator” who “taught the people knowledge continually. asking Jehovah to help us display its fruitage of love. and prisons during and after World War II. as followers of the Greater Solomon.” he wrote. faith. In a farewell letter to his family. 10) Jesus. It extends to the point of being willing to maintain our integrity and even to lose our life for the sake of Christ. as our Leader Jesus Christ commanded. peace. If we stand up for him.”—Heb. let him keep on asking God. —Luke 9:24. Rather than compromise. God’s Word assures us that our sincere prayers for help will be answered. is also a congregator of his people. kindness.—2 Cor. we do well to attend congregation meetings. 5:16. With the help of the holy spirit. 12:9. and self-control? (Luke 11:13. (John 10:16. (Prov.—Jas. long-suﬀering. 15:8) We can ask that others pray for us. he wrote: “Above all we must love God.” (Eccl. Paul told Christians in Corinth the words of today’s text. 5: 22. 1:18) Therefore. 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. Col. w09 11/15 1:10. and problems they encounter? Basically it is love based on principle. where we are ‘taught continually. “for we trust we have an honest conscience. our words and deeds will show that we are walking and living by spirit. How can we. even as the apostle Paul did. we will ﬁnd gems of wisdom in God’s Word that can help us to deal with challenges and make wise decisions.’ w09 4/15 5:15 Wednesday. joy. Do we individually pray for holy spirit. 25) If we learn that our children are being tempted to cheat on tests at school. (Prov. “Carry on prayer for us. difﬁcult situations. (Luke 9:25) Reﬂect on the faithful course of Witnesses who suﬀered in concentration camps. we need to persevere in asking God for wisdom. as Head of the Christian congregation.Tuesday.” w09 12/15 4: 14. June 1 Whoever loses his soul for my sake is the one that will save it. 15 Thursday. he remained loyal when facing death by a Nazi ﬁring squad. (Gal. 23) If so. 1:5. Such love goes beyond just giving up something in a material way. particularly the recorded words of Jesus. mildness. What enables Christians to endure no matter what trials. and by meditating on what we read. as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. 2: 1-5) Further. May 31 If any one of you is lacking in wisdom. labor camps. he will reward us.
w09 5/15 3:6. 2:4. and they thus joined Satan in becoming “wicked spirit forces” and vicious foes of God’s servants. but his integrity was not broken.S.—Rev. 1:8-10) In Noah’s day. 11 Sunday. a number of angels left their “proper dwelling place” and materialized ﬂeshly bodies in order to pursue selﬁsh pleasure on earth. 2 Pet. do we not have abundant reasons to praise Jehovah? w09 9/15 4:8 situation.). If you can help ten people to become like this woman. she took the chain to the police station and turned it in. she found on the ground near a bus station a gold chain worth eight hundred dollars (U. he said to the Christian elder who accompanied her to the station: “There are over 38 million people in this state.Friday. Jehovah is the Creator of the universe. 6:1-4) Jehovah cast those rebels into dense darkness. it would be a great achievement. —Gen. Satan was proved to be a liar in the case of that faithful though imperfect man. “Bible teaching has transformed me. (Eph. Hence. The Devil had claimed that Job would not remain loyal if he lost his favored economic .—Eph. “Why did you choose to turn in the chain?” She explained. 12:10. What of other worshippers of God? In eﬀect. 7 Saturday. the accusations of that remorseless enemy are false. June 5 I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. Gen. 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. June 4 The accuser of our brothers has been hurled down.” When we consider the millions of lives that have been improved by divine education. although the details remained a “sacred secret” to be revealed progressively. The police oﬃcer there could not believe his eyes! Later. June 3 We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things.” Impressed. 3:15. Sovereign of all creation. A woman in India accepted a Bible study and in time qualiﬁed as an unbaptized publisher. Job’s loyalty withstood the test. One day while returning home from working on a Kingdom Hall construction project. Then Satan claimed that any human would turn away from God if he suﬀered physically. Jehovah viewed the heavenly organization of faithful spirit creatures as a beloved wife bonded with him as Husband. —Heb. w09 4/15 1:10. so I am an honest person now. 6:11-13. another oﬃcer asked her. Although of humble means.” Yes. (Jude 6. 13:18. Job suﬀered. 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. each servant of God who keeps his integrity despite whatever Satan brings against him demonstrates that in his own personal case. who accuses them day and night before our God. Enmity would persist between Satan and God’s “woman. This prophecy provided a sure basis for hope.
000 underpriests. Jehovah took their reb ellious actions personally. and Jeremiah. for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account. looked to a bright and appealing future. Remember. —Rom. When the Israelites murmured and rebelled against Moses. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the “other sheep” have.Monday. 8 Wednesday.—Num. such as Abel. (John 10:16) They do not expect special treatment. He wrote: “Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive. Faithful ones of pre-Christian times. 14:27. June 7 They did not get the fulﬁllment of the promises.’ is the utterance of Jehovah. we are likewise strengthened. nor do they claim that their partaking of the emblems places them above the appointed elders in the congregation. (Num. Sarah. as directed against him.—Heb. for this would be damaging to you. reflected in his promise to Jeremiah: “They will be certain to ﬁght against you. 4:17. but they will not prevail against you. for ‘I am with you. Jeremiah and other bold servants of God in ancient times took courage because of Jehovah’s assurance. June 6 They are murmuring against me. 14:26. 1:19) Today. 11:13. it takes real eﬀort on our part to develop such an obedient and submissive spirit. but they saw them afar oﬀ and welcomed them. Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention. June 8 Each of us will render an account for himself to God. ‘to deliver you. 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. However. The matter is between this person and Jehovah. w09 6/15 4:15 Tuesday. Is that goal not worth our every eﬀort? w09 8/15 4:16. 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. If we were ever to rebel against those he has put in positions of authority. (Titus 1:2) Upon being resurrected. when we reﬂect on God’s promises for our future and his assurance of spiritual protection. though. (Rom. Elij ah.—Prov. 14:12. 27) God has not changed.’” (Jer. 2:7. 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. w09 7/15 4:7.” (Heb. 17 through the priestly services of Christ Jesus and his 144. they will eventually reach perfection and be “set free from enslavement to corruption” . 18. 13:17) Granted. Abraham. that we are working to remain in God’s love. 2 Cor. that they may do this with joy and not with sighing. 8:21) Moreover. (Rev.
their friendship will be unshakable. two together could make a stand against him. 6:23. these enemies discover that friendships among true Christians are unbreakable. If opposers of God try to cause divisions. (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. to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many. 4:12. (1 John 3:16) Without a doubt. June 9 If somebody could overpower one alone. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn in two. and they shed light on his central role in the outworking of Jehovah’s purpose. and everlasting life is a gift that God gives “by Christ Jesus our Lord. . that friendship will endure. 2:5. When Jehovah is the third cord in a friendship.” (2 Cor. 10:1. Jesus’ faithfulness unto death resolved an important aspect of the “sacred secret. 15 Saturday. True. servants of Jehovah have proved their willingness to face death rather than betray one another. 6) After three days in the grave. 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.” (Col. the most satisfying friendships we can enjoy are with those who love Jehovah. and for 40 days he appeared to his disciples. But when individuals are drawn together by a mutual love for God. . 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. 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. 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. proving that he was alive and giving them further instructions. we need to follow the Messiah. In the meantime.” —Rom. Christ was resurrected.—Matt. 14. (Heb.—Eccl. he had much to do. 20:28.” Jesus paid the penalty for sin inherited by . 15 Friday. w09 12/15 3:14. w09 5/15 4:12. 2:17) Jesus is the focal point on which all prophecies concentrate. 19:10) To beneﬁt from the fulﬁllment of what God has purposed for us. June 11 I am the way and the truth and the life. Col. those who do not love Jehovah can also form rewarding friendships. Throughout history. true friends will treat each other in a way that pleases Jehovah. as “a corresponding ransom.—John 14:6. (Rev. 3:16) And. If misunderstandings arise. “they have become Yes by means of him. 1:26. The strongest friendships are founded on a love for Jehovah. “No matter how many the promises of God are. (1 Tim. (1 Tim.Thursday. Jesus is “the life” because he has bought the human race with his lifeblood. June 10 The Son of man came .
June 14 You. Jehovah knows more than anyone else what we need in order to be happy. In a short time. Paul came to Corinth in the fall of 50 C. 3:17) Because Jehovah is all-wise. some in the congregation drew away from him. After all. The wisdom that comes from God lays emphasis on sound judgment and is based on accurate knowledge and understanding. —2 Cor. remaining in a state of dejection can be harmful. 11:5. Clearly. For “a year and six months. Isa. (Jas. can be observed in the things he made. 4 we can derive delight and joy.—Ps. Some Christians have become disheartened to the point of discontinuing their personal Bible reading and their meditation on God’s Word. 5:1-5. 16: 24. w09 4/15 3:3. 9-11) They had every reason to love and respect him in return. We can learn much about him by considering the things that he has made. 6. 2. w09 12/15 2:12. 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. —Prov. 19:1. the last thing we should do is discontinue our healthy routine of worship. Their prayers have become perfunctory. many in that city put faith in the good news. 40:26. 14) On the other hand. 12:25. Jehovah tells us that we can ﬁnd delight and happiness in reading his Word and in peering into it regularly. 6 Monday. (1 Cor. Jehovah’s works reveal aspects of his personality. (Prov. w09 11/15 4:5. he had deep love for the Corinthian Christians. we are conﬁdent that his laws guide us in the best way of living. Clearly. 15:13. So he entreated them to “widen out” by drawing close to him and other fellow believers.” (2 Cor. an antidote for sadness is to engage in activities that bring happiness. (Acts 18:5. Jas. Perhaps a few did not like his frank counsel. and they may isolate themselves from fellow worshippers. (Rom. we receive “pleasant sayings” that can buoy us up and make our hearts rejoice. (Prov. June 13 Because of the pain of the heart there is a stricken spirit. 6:13. In fact. Why did Paul urge the Corinthians to widen out in their love? Consider how the congregation in ancient Corinth got its start. (Ps.” Paul spent himself teaching and strengthening the new congregation. 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. 1:1. too. 11:33. along with his other matchless qualities. 6: 1-10) Others may have listened to the slander of the “superﬁne apostles.—Prov.Sunday. widen out. 18:1. Although his preaching work there began with difﬁculty. 13 Tuesday. 6) Paul wanted the genuine love of all his brothers and sisters. 3:5. 1:25) Both from the Holy Scriptures and from Christian meetings. When matters go wrong in our lives. the apostle did not give up. 1:20) From the largest to the smallest.E. 6) Jehovah’s wisdom. a positive perspective will help us to focus on aspects of our lives from which . However.
for by doing this you will heap ﬁery coals upon his head. Paul indicated that some people may not be entitled to receive a full or complete answer. How much better it is to heed Paul’s inspired counsel: “Make it your aim to live quietly and to mind your own business. Kind actions can win people over to a more favorable attitude toward Jehovah’s people and the Bible message they preach. and Jehovah himself will reward you. 12:20. w09 9/15 3:1-3 Friday. In such a case.—Rom. It also motivates us to show similar love toward our spiritual brothers and sisters as well as toward all others. (Mark 14:66-72) Yet. not only unoccupied. Jesus’ .” In view of his counsel found in Romans chapter 12. He said that “gossipers and meddlers in other people’s aﬀairs” are “talking of things they ought not. To the very end of his life on earth. w09 10/15 2:5. 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.” Yes. —1 Pet. Paul doubtless had in mind what we read at Proverbs 25:21. Jesus entrusted Peter with weighty responsibilities. loved them to the end. 45. give him water to drink. On the night before Jesus’ death. however. 5:13. gadding about to the houses. Acts 2:14. the proverb—as well as Paul’s similar words to the Romans—seems to refer to an ancient method used for smelting metal ores. congregation elders may need to ask questions about personal matters in order to carry out their assigned duties. Everything about him —his speech. Jesus showed love toward those whom he met and especially toward his disciples. his conduct. his own apostle Peter denied him three times. feed him.—John 13:1. June 15 If your enemy is hungry. his teaching. Jesus set the perfect example of love. once Peter had returned. learn to be unoccupied.” acts of kindness can warm the hearts of opposers and perhaps melt down their hostility. and his sacriﬁcial death—demonstrated his love. give him bread to eat. yes. Jesus forgave him. . 22: “If the one hating you is hungry. Paul could hardly have meant that the illustrative coals were to inﬂict punishment or shame upon an opposer. our cooperation in speaking truth is much appreciated and is a great help. For coals are what you are raking together upon his head. give him something to drink. 8:14-17.Wednesday. June 16 Jesus. as Jesus foretold he would. Rather. June 17 They . 4:11) At times. w09 6/15 3:7 Thursday. 10:44. Later. having loved his own that were in the world. but also gossipers and meddlers in other people’s aﬀairs. —1 Tim. . —Luke 22:32. Like “ﬁery coals. talking of things they ought not.” (1 Thess. 5:2. if he is thirsty. and if he is thirsty. 6 outstanding example of love sets a high standard for his followers to uphold.
22:36-38) Jesus set a perfect example. Jehovah initiated a better covenant with a new Israel.—2 Cor. but. The Christian Greek Scriptures explain by what means God will make possible everlasting life for mankind in Paradise on earth. A mediator acts as a bridge between two parties. He loved Jehovah with his whole heart. June 19 O Daniel. It also moved him to speak about Jehovah and to help others to know and love God. (John 14:31) That love motivated him always to do the things pleasing to God. Its laws are inscribed by God on human hearts. (Matt. make secret the words . 12:4.” (2 Pet. 2:5. The lifting of mankind to the perfection that Adam lost was part of the hope of Israel. 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. we are eager to share with others what we know about a person whom we love. In 33 C. true worship is based on love for God. (1 Tim. soul. 6:16) While the covenant mediated by Moses included laws written by God on stone. 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.. June 20 Keep my covenant. —Ex. and defend him.Saturday. June 18 I always do the things pleasing to [the Father]. (Gal. w09 4/15 4: 14. It impelled him to denounce the religious leaders. Having spent perhaps billions of years in heaven with his heavenly Father. Jesus was a mediator. 2:1) The apostle Paul spoke of “a period of time when [people would] not put up with the healthful teaching. We praise. will receive everlasting blessings because of that superlative covenant. The result? “I love the Father.” (2 Tim. they [would] accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled. 4:3. the covenant mediated by Jesus is superior. 8:10) Thus. Like Moses. Jesus knew him well. —Dan. 24:11) The apostle Peter warned Chris- .” which became a worldwide congregation made up of anointed Christians. they are not the only ones to beneﬁt from it. 21:43) Members of that spiritual nation are the participants in that new covenant. honor. 4. w09 7/15 3:6. and strength. (Matt. we must know and love him ourselves. We do that because we want others to feel as attracted to that person and his qualities as we are. . even many who at present are asleep in death. Heb. 4:3. until the time of the end. who hypocritically claimed to represent God. Before we can cultivate love for Jehovah in others.—John 8:29. After all. ‘a nation producing the fruits’ of the Messianic Kingdom. Moses mediated the Law covenant between Jehovah and the Israelites. “the Israel of God” is now God’s special property. “the Israel of God. in accord with their own desires. Usually. 7 tians: “There will also be false teachers among you. Untold multitudes. mind. w09 8/15 3:2. 15 Sunday.” Jesus said. Still. . (Matt. 19:5. 3 Monday.E.
Jesus was obedient to his Father. recorded at 1 Kings chapter 8. Heb. be absorbed in them. 1:6. 8:48. (Heb. even under adversity. (1 Ki. 8:61.’ If an enemy captured God’s people.” Paul added: “Ponder over these things. Paul had journeyed to Macedonia but had asked Timothy to remain in Ephesus. 10:24.” (1 Tim. To be heard. 1:8. Solomon acknowledged that Jehovah alone knows a person’s heart. 10 Wednesday. in faith. 12. —Heb. Prior to writing those words. 28:19. Pressing on to maturity requires that we do our utmost to obey Jehovah.C. 4:16. w09 5/15 1:3. 29. personal reading and study of the Scriptures. What about us? Are we determined to obey Jehovah even when we are faced with distressful problems? (1 Pet. 28. June 22 Stay by these things. their pleas would be heard if their heart was complete with Jehovah. that your advancement may be manifest to all persons. then. and note its references to the heart. 58) Surely. This is the kind of advancement that every Christian should want to manifest. Paul wrote to Timothy: “Become an example to the faithful ones in speaking. 7) God’s counsel regarding morals. Timothy was to protect the spiritual . proper use of the tongue. 5:3-5. —1 Ki. 5:8.Tuesday. honesty.E. 8:38. As exempliﬁed by Jesus Christ. 39) The same prayer shows that there is hope for a sinner who ‘returns to God with all his heart. 6:1. Solomon praised God. Eph. Solomon oﬀered a heartfelt prayer. (1 Ki. in chasteness. 6 Thursday. Through obedience under extreme adversity. Matt. —1 Tim. After the ark of the covenant was placed in the Most Holy and Jehovah’s cloud ﬁlled the temple. and participation in the preaching work is clear. June 21 Let us press on to maturity. 4:12. w09 11/15 2:9. in love. However. (Josh. attendance at Christian meetings. Jesus was “made perfect” for the new position God had in mind for him. w09 12/15 1:5. doing his Father’s will on earth involved physical and mental suffering. that of b eing King and High Priest. in conduct. 9) Before coming to earth. 20. is an indication that we have progressed toward maturity. prayer must come from the heart. Why? Some in that city were becoming a divisive inﬂuence in the congregation by introducing false teachings. How was he to accomplish this? In part. 25) Our obedience. Study Solomon’s prayer. by setting a good example for others to imitate. 4: 25. before throngs assembled in Jerusalem for the inauguration of Jehovah’s temple in 1026 B. your prayers should come from the heart. obedience is often learned from the things suffered. for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you. 13 purity of the congregation. 15) This advancement had to do with Timothy’s spiritual qualities rather than with any position of authority. 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.
119: 105) Thus we can guard against developing a spirit of independence.” (Matt. For the dedicated Christian who cherishes his place in the congregation. he wrote the above. Though the apostle Paul may not have .—John 13:2135. Some might reason that areas such as entertainment and dress and grooming are personal matters. w09 11/15 3:4. but the ﬂesh is weak. Jesus ended his friendship with Judas Iscariot. he had made himself an enemy of God. Our prayers for anointed Christians and for their “other sheep” companions give evidence of our concern for God’s organization. Paul also prayed for Christians in Thessalonica.—2 Cor. 9 Sunday.Friday. Rather. (Jas. though. w09 10/15 3:5. he chose to focus on their good intentions and positive qualities. —Col. 4:4) Therefore. since we heard of your faith in connection with Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the holy ones. Jesus was understandably disappointed in them. Jesus had already dismissed Judas when He declared His friendship with the remaining 11 faithful apostles. James. 1:11. but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers. (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. is eager. personal preferences should not be the sole determining factor when making decisions. 26:41) In contrast. Because Judas had become a friend of the world. 6:3.’ (Ps. both inside and outside the congregation. that our ministry might not be found fault with. We undoubtedly pray for ourselves. We are wise also to consider how the choices we make in personal matters aﬀect our ministry and other people. Peter. Its message should prove to be ‘a lamp to our foot. June 25 We thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ always when we pray for you. of course. Consideration must especially be given to Jehovah’s viewpoint as revealed through his Word. June 24 You are my friends if you do what I am commanding you. but our prayers ought to include others—even Christians we do not know by name. saying: “The spirit. —John 15:14. and a light to our roadway. June 26 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling. 5 Saturday. and John fell asleep instead of supporting Jesus through his most trying hour. Even so. 4. Jesus detected that this former close companion had allowed his heart to be corrupted. 6:17-20) Do we personally pray for other Christians in that way? w09 11/15 1:8. (2 Thess. the Bible. For example. he saw that their motives were good. 1:3.’ (Eph. 4. Jesus did not remain friends with his imperfect disciples because he was overly indulgent or blind to their imperfections. Even though Judas maintained the outward appearance of friendship. 6 known all the believers in Colossae. 12) Prayers of that kind say much about us and how we view our brothers and sisters in the faith.
” (Rom. Jesus was not pleased with his disciples. June 27 I have become full of words. (Dan. or the . he said the words of today’s text. More important. Think for a moment about how some of those children would feel years later when as men and women. and shepherding. where the apostles declare: “We shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. spirit has brought pressure upon me in my belly. 12:6. who are admonished to preside “in real earnest. in the way overseers serve as teachers and carry out “a ministry. 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. w09 10/15 1:4. Just think of how Kingdom rule will soon fulﬁll the hopes of obedient mankind! w09 8/15 1:9.520 years. w09 9/15 1:13. from an early age. 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. On one occasion. 5. for the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones.’ (Mark 10:16) Today’s children too will look back with fondness on the elders and others who show them wholesome.—Rom. they would recall that Jesus Christ ‘took them into his arms and blessed them.Monday.” What does such a ministry involve? Christian elders use their gifts to build up the members of the congregation. They hold out hope for all integrity keepers. his words are also meaningful to others. He told them: “Let the young children come to me.C. 14 Tuesday. beginning in 607 B. June 29 Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will by no means enter into it. children who receive such genuine concern in the congregation learn that Jehovah’s spirit is on his people. teaching. using the children to provide an object lesson. Jesus’ disciples tried to prevent people from bringing their young children to Jesus for him to touch.E.” That same earnestness should be evident. states Paul. Although what Elihu spoke under inspiration was fulﬁlled in Job’s restoration. This can be seen from Daniel’s prophecy involving Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about the chopping down of an immense tree.—Job 32:18. 5 Wednesday. unselﬁsh interest.” (Mark 10:13. presiding—especially concern Christian elders.—Mark 10:15.” The context seems to indicate that Paul here refers to “a ministry” carried out within 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. 8) That ministry is similar to the one mentioned at Acts 6:4. Jehovah sometimes gives a message to an individual that also has a broader application for mankind in general. do not try to stop them. 14) Then. 12:4. research. Some of the gifts Paul mentions—exhorting. 7. June 28 We have gifts diﬀering according to the undeserved kindness given to us. 10 “one body.
” as well as what we hear about him at Christian meetings. (Gen. Runners sped through the land carrying letters of invitation. 20) We have zealously shared in this work. 18:6. 15 Friday. w09 6/15 1: 16-18 . 5:6. w09 5/15 4:17-19 Saturday. 13) When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt.” (John 1:29) This fact alone makes Jesus a treasure that outranks any material treasure that has ever been found. is “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. or male sheep. 10:1-4) Jesus. (2 Chron.Thursday. Our obeying the command to listen to the Messiah is a serious matter. 2:1.” (Ex. some seven million of us distributed invitations. (Heb. 12:1-13) Further. Listen to him. For instance. 30:6-9) In recent years. sheep again played a signiﬁcant role.’ (Heb. (Heb.” (2 Ki.631 people attended! It was said of Hezekiah: “In Jehovah the God of Israel he trusted. 22:12. 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. (Acts 3:22. —2 Ki. 7) None of those sacriﬁces—in fact. And how Jehovah has blessed this eﬀort! Why. July 1 This is my Son. considering his example closely. 29:38-42. 23) Listening to Jesus involves ‘looking intently at him. in 2008. they heard a voice from heaven say the above. 3) Hence. (John 10:27) Can we succeed in following the Christ continually? Yes. 24:45) As his sheep. the Lamb of God! —John 1:36. (Ex. At that time. w09 7/15 1:14. 30:16. John. he was told not to harm Isaac and was provided with a ram. this time as part of “Jehovah’s passover. Lev. the Mosaic Law provided for the sacriﬁce of various animals. in obedience to Jesus’ command. July 2 He kept sticking to Jehovah. Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem invited the whole nation—even those of the northern kingdom—to attend the Passover celebration.—Deut.”—2 Tim. the one that has been chosen. no sacriﬁce oﬀered by humans—could bring permanent release from sin and death. let us be eager to listen to Jesus and follow him. 18:5) May it be similar in our case. we can. and a total of 17. Matt. Throughout the Bible. as a substitute.790. 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. —Luke 9:35. and James witnessed the transﬁguration. after Abraham had demonstrated that he was willing to oﬀer his son Isaac. sheep played a notable role in the remission of sin and approach to God. June 30 See. we have shared in a similar eﬀort. 1:13. We have used appealing printed invitations to invite people in our territories to gather with us in commemorating the Lord’s Evening Meal. 12:2. including sheep and goats. Peter. on the other hand. Our zeal for God’s house will help us ‘keep sticking to Jehovah’ with the prospect of everlasting life in view. (Luke 22:19.
as we express our love for God in words and deeds. and many others heard him call them by their name. 9 They do not allow class distinctions to curtail the respect their fellow believers and others deserve. 1:22. The Jewish religious leaders viewed those who did not know the Law as “accursed people” and treated them as such. 18 Monday. it is quite diﬀerent. our hearts will be ﬁlled with love for him. Within the marriage union. shall rejoice in Jehovah. 10:36. 19:5) While cultural norms and circumstances may dictate how we address people today. a husband and wife clothed with this quality are fortiﬁed to stick to each other and keep their marriage intact. (Matt. Some have even been ordered out of the home. It was not so with the Son of God. Then. 3:14. what constitutes good manners varies from place to place. but they were taken in by kindly Witnesses. Mary. What enabled such ones to endure mistreatment? Not just their love for the brotherhood but. and many have experienced the truthfulness of his words.Sunday. Rather. (Jas. 1 John 4: 21) There are many other situations in life that call for the love that endures all things. the apostle Paul could write that the good news had been preached “in all creation that is under heaven. (Luke 10:41. w09 12/15 4:17. w09 11/15 5:6. Zacchaeus. 7 Tuesday. others will observe it and may be drawn to Jehovah. less than 30 years after Jesus’ death. Others have been disowned.—Ps. Jesus’ ﬁrst-century disciples simply could not stop speaking about the things they had seen and heard. and by attending Christian meetings. 104:34. Martha. How can we do that? By often communicating with God through prayer. 1: 23) If we want to be truly effective teachers. When opposition comes upon individual Christians from family members. (Acts 4:20. 5: 28) They knew that Jehovah was with them and would bless them —and bless them he did! In fact. . by reading Bible-based publications. Of course. Frontal assaults against God’s people in general are one thing. w09 7/15 3:8. As we grow in knowledge of God. Did not Jesus foretell that this would take place? Yes. —John 7:49. July 3 I. their genuine love for Jehovah and his Son. 10:35) Teenagers have endured opposition from unbelieving parents. —Col. 42. (1 Pet. 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. July 4 This crowd that does not know the Law are accursed people. we allow Bible principles to give us ﬂexibility in dignifying fellow humans everywhere. —Matt. Hence.” (Col. July 5 A man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. We also strengthen our love for God by studying his Word. we do not follow rigid protocol in regard to manners. Jehovah’s servants cultivate warmth toward others. above all. for my part. we too need to make sure that we continue to strengthen our love for God.
one after the other.” w09 4/15 4:16. But enduring friendships are a product of hard work and self-sacriﬁce. Even siblings who worship Jehovah within Christian families need to work at forming a close friendship. Later. and others were reproved. 12:1-13. it may not be diﬃcult for elders to “readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. 21-23) So it proved to be. kindness. this can have a profound impact on the wrongdoer. regular actions. When someone is truly repentant. 9:12. Can you make it a regular part of your routine to show hospitality to members of your congregation? w09 10/15 4:6. the whole nation was in serious danger. Like Jesus. 3:27. can you make good friends? Take the initiative. In doing so. Likewise. 5:1113. One way you can be hospitable is by inviting diﬀerent ones in the congregation to share a simple meal with you. Jehovah again provided deliverance through Moses. they reﬂect Jehovah’s mildness. Jesus is the means by which obedient ones are delivered from slavery to sin. when it happens to be in the power of your hand to do it. (Ex. 6:1. Soon. On their last night before the Exodus. July 6 Do not hold back good from those to whom it is owing. Sadly. Nobody else can walk the path of hospitality for you. 7 from the Christian congregation. 21) Great as those acts of deliverance were. as the last days of Satan’s system come to their climax. 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. the spirit of the world is taking an ever greater moral toll. who miraculously parted the waters of that sea. 5:20) Nevertheless. killing all the ﬁrstborn.” (Rom. 17 Thursday. How. The apostle Paul encourages us to “follow the course of hospitality. and love. They were trapped between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian war chariots. A situation that can be particularly heartrending is dealing with serious wrongdoing. 5:12. the deliverance Jehovah performed through Jesus is much greater. It is similar today.Wednesday. 12: 13) Following a literal course involves taking a series of steps.—Gal. some had to be disfellowshipped . (1 Cor. being hospitable involves taking a series of small. elders must uphold Jehovah’s righteous standards at all times. w09 9/15 3:4. some of the oﬀspring of Israel were in grave danger. 1 Tim. July 8 [Jesus] obtained an everlasting deliverance for us. 5 Friday. 18) And that deliverance is “an everlasting deliverance.—Prov. July 7 Try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness. God’s angel would pass through the land of Egypt. 14:13. In the ﬁrst century. The world’s bad or indiﬀerent moral attitudes can rub oﬀ on young and old alike. Good friendships are not formed by accident.—Heb. eroding their resolve to walk the narrow way. (Rom. when elders who handle these matters show Christlike love. A mutual love for Jehovah is the foundation. 34:18. then. (Ex.”—Ps.
Jesus did say: “For this I have been born. apostate religious leaders of Christendom have embraced other ideas.—Ps. Led before the Sanhedrin and questioned by the high priest. but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. who could have freed him. He knew their lives were diﬃcult. Consider the patience of an exiled Levite. . July 9 You . 19) Jesus also had love for the people. and he himself will act. is man’s everlasting home. 21:1-4) However. According to the Scriptures. their original hope of life on earth faded. Something similar happened to the early Jewish hope of everlasting life on earth. Although he could not go to Jehovah’s sanctuary for a time.” (Ps.” (Gen. 57-65) Shortly thereafter. mankind will be elevated to perfection on earth.” (John 18:37) Jehovah had commissioned Jesus to preach the good news. As the Jews gradually adopted the Greek idea of inherent immortality. and Jesus delighted to do so because he loved his heavenly Father. w09 8/15 3:4. appear righteous to men. and pray for endurance while you “wait for God” to restore you to active association with his people. 11 to teach that all good people go to heaven. 115:16. 20:1-3. our bold and fearless witnessing is deeply rooted in love of God and love of neighbor. 37:5. 12. and rely upon him. (Luke 4:18. July 10 To Jehovah the heavens belong. (Mark 15: 1-5) All of this took much courage. 3:19) The earth. and why are you boisterous within me? Wait for God. Meditate on past joys in God’s service. not a spirit. 42:5. 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. 11. not heaven. a person’s life on earth is intended to be transitory—a test to determine if he is worthy of life in heaven. Theologians twisted the Scriptures to make texts that describe the heavenly hope appear . w09 7/15 4:10. To Pilate. O my soul. How diﬀerent this is from the way man is presented in the Bible! Man is a physical creature. w09 11/15 2: 11. 12 Sunday. for I shall yet laud him as the grand salvation of my person and as my God.—Matt. wait patiently for God to act in your behalf. —Matt. he sang: “Why are you in despair. Jesus fearlessly aﬃrmed that He was both Christ and the Son of God. (Rev.—Ps. 23:28. Jehovah said to the ﬁrst man: “Dust you are. 104:5. July 11 Roll upon Jehovah your way. that I should bear witness to the truth. 6. Studying the Psalms can enrich your prayers and help you to wait for God to answer them. (Mark 14:53. Likewise. According to this view.Saturday. but the earth he has given to the sons of men. and for this I have come into the world. Jesus stood bound before Pilate. . 7 Monday.—Ps. But Jesus remained silent in resp onse to the accusations against him. 22:36-40.
some of our brothers in Nazi concentration camps were execut- . Ants are organized into colonies. transplants. Meshach. In real terms. Each group contributes in its own way to caring for the colony’s needs. 1 Thess. But only a very limited number were used to write the books of the Bible and oversee the Christian congregation. the South American leaf-cutting ant.Tuesday. 10 Thursday. 18. Angels are ever alert to intervene according to God’s will. 17 ed. Similarly. 18:17. and he rescues them. Consider the instinctive wisdom of the ant. Daniel. and prunes its fungus gardens in ways that maximize yield. —Ps. and workers. They rescued Shadrach. 25) Some researchers believe that for every human there are at least 200. We can learn from the ants. Are all anointed ones throughout the earth part of a global network that is somehow involved in revealing new spiritual truths? No.” —2 Cor. w09 6/15 4:16. all of them busily toiling on and under the earth’s surface. w09 4/15 3:7-9 Wednesday. 6:6. Jehovah could send an angel to assist us. Of course. 30:24. males. 7. though. 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. 12:7-10. July 14 Go to the ant. 34:7. see its ways and become wise. and in most colonies three types of ants can be found: queens. One particular ant. July 12 If he does not listen to them. This little insect fertilizes. all were involved in the vital preaching work. Although as a composite body the slave class is responsible for feeding the spiritual household. 6:22. The Scriptures do not teach that each person on earth has a guardian angel. They teach us that diligent eﬀort is needed if we wish to produce good fruitage. could be called a sophisticated gardener. Acts 7:59. (1 Cor. speak to the congregation. —Matt. you lazy one. 12:1-3. but help may come in a diﬀerent manner. (Dan. whereas Jehovah saw to it that most of them survived. —Prov. not all individuals of the slave class have the same responsibilities or work assignments. Fellow Christians may be motivated to provide help and comfort. 5:14. July 13 The angel of Jehovah is camping all around those fearing him. 12:14-18) In the ﬁrst century. 28. w09 5/15 3:9. 60. it is only the elders who take this action in their capacity as representatives of the congregation. 3:17. Abednego.000 ants. 11) The circumstances and issues were diﬀerent. and Peter but did not prevent the deaths of Stephen and James at enemy hands. To illustrate: The Scriptures at times speak of “the congregation” as taking certain action in handling judicial matters. (Prov. Researchers have found that this skillful “gardener” adjusts its eﬀorts according to the amount of food that is needed by the colony.
11:32. That is of great importance. 12:16. (Rom. In ancient Israel. (1 Cor. 2:3) While privileges of special service may bring some into the limelight. 30:17-21. a person can become a friend of God. with the prospect of living forever. along with the help that Jehovah provides by means of his holy spirit. 3:6.—Heb. Jehovah wants us to be clean.” It is necessary that we have self-respect and ﬁnd joy and satisfaction in our Kingdom service. 11:44. feet. Num. w09 8/15 4:18. the cleansing of vessels. and the washing of hands. The gifts we may have are due to Jehovah’s “undeserved kindness.—Lev.” “pure. (Phil. 5:5. (Lev. 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. Deut. and of joints and their marrow. Paul states: “I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think.—2 Cor. 19 sonality. 7) In line with this. or being aware of our limitations. enables people to make profound changes in their lives. (Ex. Jehovah. w09 9/15 4:9 Sunday.—Lev.—Rom. Lev. 19:17-20. 23:13. in all respects.” (Rom. 8 Saturday. July 17 Our being adequately qualiﬁed issues from God. Gal. and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Servants of the holy God need to be holy as well. has the power to reveal what a person really is on the inside. 15:31) The Mosaic Law touched on such matters as the disposal of waste. We should humbly recognize that any fruitage we may have in our ministry is the result of God’s blessing. our heavenly Father. 4:12. 23) Colossians 3:10 says: “Clothe yourselves with the new per- .” The message found in God’s Word. July 15 You must not make your souls unclean. the Bible. 11: 45. 1 Pet. and it can change the way he thinks and even how he feels about things. 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.Friday. not our own competence. 12:3) Therefore. w09 10/15 1:7. 12:2. He also knows that our cleanliness reﬂects on him. being modest. all will ﬁnd deep joy in accomplishing “lowly things. By coming to an accurate knowledge of the Scriptures and by conforming his life to Jehovah’s righteous standards. 3:5. In what ways do we need to remain clean? Really. and clothing. is holy—which means “clean. Jehovah made it clear to his people that physical cleanliness was essential. However. 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. we should not glorify ourselves. He knows that cleanliness is essential to our well-being. 5:22. 14) The Israelites were reminded that their God.” and “sacred. will prevent us from becoming opinionated.” humble tasks that often go unnoticed by men. which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it. The transforming p ower of God’s Word.
to our children. 12:34. or made complete. (1 Pet. 12:18. 6: 3-5. With all of this in mind. and kind in our communication. tactless. comfort. He wrote: “If any man seems to himself to be a formal worshiper and yet does not bridle his tongue. mature Christians strive to build up. Jesus. or hurtful. their faith was incomplete. and Rahab. July 19 They kept on investigating. 4:8. freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. Abraham. —Matt. Paul said: “Let all malicious bitterness and anger and wrath and screaming and abusive speech be taken away from you along with all badness. 9. do we hesitate to acknowledge it to our mate. For example. w09 12/15 1:8. 1 Tim. honest. Jesus’ half brother James recognized the impact that our speech can have on our worship. Paul urged his fellow Christians to “look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith. 12:1. or to other close family members? Oﬀering a sincere apology from the heart helps to promote peace and unity within the family. 17 Wednesday. —Matt. it elevates our message and shows honor to those to whom we speak. Being rude does not increase the value of the truth or its impact. 23:12. 4:32. (Prov. Eph.” (Jas.—Eph. this man’s form of worship is futile. 1:11. In that sense. Many problems and misunderstandings can be reduced or eliminated by being open. Our speech says much about us. 4:31) When we speak in a kind and digniﬁed manner. 16) Righthearted ones will surely observe how we use the gift of speech and may follow our example. when we make a mistake. even those who were used by Jehovah to pen the many Messianic prophecies did not fully grasp the import of what they wrote. 9 Tuesday.—Phil. How essential that we clearly understand and recognize Jesus’ role as “the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith”!—Heb. In fact. critical. 1:26) Our speech can reveal to others in the congregation the degree to which we have progressed spiritually. 4:29. Accordingly. 9 Hebrews chapter 11 had strong faith in God’s promise. —1 Pet. negative. Only through Jesus can faith be perfected. they did not know all the details of how God would fulﬁll his promise through the Messiah and the Kingdom. tenderly compassionate. Sarah. (Rom. July 18 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Why? Although those faithful men and women listed in .” (Eph. w09 6/15 3:8.Monday. 2. 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. In Hebrews chapter 11. which includes a concise deﬁnition and a list of such exemplary men and women of faith as Noah. instead of using speech that is undigniﬁed. 1:15. we ﬁnd Paul’s masterful discussion of faith. but goes on deceiving his own heart. 3:8-10) Speaking truth does not mean that we should be blunt. and encourage. July 20 Become kind to one another. w09 7/15 1:16. console.
exhorted Christians to “speak consolingly to the depressed souls. In these “last days. . ftn. (Prov.—Job 2:7. . having no natural aﬀection. The apostle qualiﬁes his counsel. w09 9/15 1: 15. for example. be peaceable with all men. as far as it depends upon you. and in the book of Revelation.—Rom. support the weak. we learn of the vindication of Jehovah’s sovereignty and Satan’s ﬁnal destruction. 5: 14) This involves putting Christlike kindness to work. By imitating Jesus. .” That includes neighbors.” (1 Thess. saying: “If possible. Genuine Christians are peace lovers and peacemakers. July 22 Men will be lovers of themselves. the book of Job identiﬁes Satan as mankind’s merciless enemy. 5:9. he did not attend with the intention of praising Jehovah. we ﬁnd more information about Satan’s opposition to Jehovah. 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. The Hebrew Scriptures provide details about Satan’s shameful role in challenging Jehovah and leading mankind astray.Thursday. The atmosphere within the true Christian congregation provides a refreshing contrast to that of the unkind world.” (Job 1:12) Hence.” That means doing all we reasonably can to be “peaceable with all” but not to the extent of compromising God’s righteous principles. 4: 26) This also holds true within the Christian congregation. without love of goodness. many in the congregation need our help and encouragement because they face . . The book of Job adds to our knowledge of Satan’s rebellious course. How can we do so? To begin with. be longsuﬀering toward all. 3:2. fellow employees. however. July 23 If possible. w09 4/15 1:13. 3. but they are by no means new. He says that we should be “peaceable with all men. “Satan went out away from the person of Jehovah. schoolmates. When Satan was present at the gatherings in heaven.) 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. 14 health problems or other adverse circumstances. . 16 Saturday. Paul. In the Christian Greek Scriptures. However. Accordingly. Eph. each of us can contribute to that wholesome atmosphere. 12:18. After he accused Job and received permission to test him. as far as it depends upon you. Paul goes beyond the need to be peaceable within the family circle and in the congregation. (2 Tim. —2 Tim. Christians suﬀered from similar problems. The Devil had a malicious attitude and a sinister objective. helpful actions are as appropriate now as they were for Christians living back then. (Matt. . and people we meet in our public ministry. 3:1) In Bible times.” such problems may be on the rise. w09 10/15 2:7-9 Friday. 15:18.
and other relatives bring deep satisfaction. While we wait for the wonderful future in store for us. Jesus was always patient and kind. and others in need found Jesus ready and willing to help them. children. parents. 1 Pet. 3:27) Being tender. Elderly ones among the survivors will return to the days of their youthful vigor. 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. 6:23. (Job 14:14. 10. Jehovah’s will is that we enjoy the good things that he gives us. Acts of kindness toward our mates. 3: 12-14. Rom. w09 11/15 5:5 Tuesday. Such conduct does not go unnoticed by our relatives. and others. July 26 I have found a ransom! —Job 33:24. such conduct gloriﬁes Jehovah and brings us happiness. 14-17) Moreover. He often stopped what he was doing in order to help a distraught individual. 4:8. 6:10. and forgiving toward our spiritual brothers and sisters also results in much joy. (Rev. 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. (Col. 13) “To do good” includes performing good deeds in behalf of others. (Prov. Although his ministry at times placed great demands on his time and energy. Among the many things that Jesus Christ learned from his Father was courtesy. 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.—Gal. and also that every man should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. neighbors. Lepers.—John 10:16. Moreover. w09 8/15 1:11-13 Monday. Jesus was extraordinarily considerate toward those who put their faith in him. hospitable. w09 12/15 2:15 nore them. Elihu’s words presented the wonderful prospect of everlasting life. Of course. (Mark 5:30-33. Luke 18:35-41) As Christians. we follow Jesus’ example by being kind and helpful. He did not ig- . 3:12. 9) And accomplishing our ministry with a selfsacriﬁcing spirit is truly rewarding.Sunday.” (Eccl. and be in good health from your grievous sickness. blind people reduced to begging. 1:10-12) Still. although they came to him without an appointment. The book of Job also shows that there will be a resurrection. 15) Today. July 24 Let us work what is good toward all. Go in peace. the prospect of seeing resurrected ones restored to the days of their youth continues to delight faithful people.—Mark 5:34. (1 Pet. Jesus said that there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. Elihu’s words continue to have meaning for millions of Christians who hope to survive the destruction of the present system of things. Elihu probably did not understand the full signiﬁcance of the ransom. It is the gift of God. July 25 Daughter. your faith has made you well. 7:9.
Right then I recalled an experience related in The Watchtower regarding a brother who faced a similar temptation on his job. 1:5. 28.” said Jesus. . 28) But Jesus gave his life as an expression of love.” (Eph. (Matt. . July 27 Let fornication .” When a hospitable host in Bible times received friends into his home. As we greet our brothers at the Kingdom Hall and other places. we can do the same with others. (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. 15:7. and she ran out. he let them know how happy he was to see them. w09 5/15 1:13. —Eph. Why not spend a few minutes conversing with them? At the next meeting. 9 Friday. w09 11/15 4:8. 16:13-16. “No one has love greater than this. he knew that he must oﬀer his life as a legal requirement to satisfy his Father’s standard of justice. Jesus looked past the faults of his loyal friends and acted in their best interests. No one should take oﬀense if we are not able to greet them at every meeting. 39: 7-12) James was thankful that he maintained a good conscience. “one employee seemed to be of good character and showed interest in Bible truth. w09 10/15 3:7. There is no need to worry if we do not get to speak with everyone on the same day. . —Rom. I promptly pushed the girl away. not even be mentioned among you. . 4:19) For example. When we were alone in a production room. in order that they may be one just as we are. he prayed for his Father to protect them during their trials. and we are exhorted to imitate him in wel- . The Greek word rendered “welcome” means “to receive kindly or hospitably. For instance. The article used the example of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife. we will have had delightful conversations with just about all our brothers and sisters. Heb.Wednesday. July 29 Holy Father. 5:3. Jesus showed consideration for their physical limitations.” (Gen. “that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends. we can pay attention to those whom we have not seen or with whom we have not spoken recently. a brother named James. In a short while. 8 Thursday. “While many of these clearly showed a lack of moral sense. who regularly read and deeply appreciated Scriptural publications. she began making sexual advances. —1 Tim. 17:2426) Jesus both lived and died for his friends. (Matt. accepted a job where all his coworkers were women. just as the Christ also welcomed us. 26:27. though.” says James. admit to one’s society and friendship. 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. 9:22. watch over them on account of your own name which you have given me. True.—John 17:11. 14 coming fellow worshippers. . Christ has ﬁguratively welcomed us in that way. July 28 Welcome one another.”—John 15:13.
12:710) The preaching and teaching work that Jesus began in 29 C. We can be conﬁdent that when we oﬀer ourselves willingly in God’s service and do our best to serve him whole-souled. Rev.” (Matt. w09 11/15 3:6 Sunday.—Rom. 1:13) At the appointed time. 24:3. 3:23. 30:26) First. is nearing its grand climax. August 1 Keep your senses. Similarly. as did “the conclusion of the system of things. for you know that it is from Jehovah you will receive the due reward. he would start wielding his power as King of God’s Kingdom. we need to stay close to our fellow Christians so that we can enjoy “an interchange of encouragement” with them. July 31 Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. there is always a place for us in his arrangement. 10:24. w09 12/15 3:16. 25:31-33. (Rev. Throughout the centuries since his resurrection. 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. 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.—Matt. He will then tell sheeplike ones who accept him as Jehovah’s means of salvation to “inherit the kingdom. —1 Pet.—Rev.” (Matt. work at it whole-souled as to Jehovah. (Rom. Bible prophecies and world events conﬁrm that his presence as King began in 1914.Saturday. 24. Rather. 19:11. just as the rock badger thrives in a close-knit community. 1: 12. 41) Those who reject Jesus as King will suﬀer destruction. —Col. Soon he will judge all the living. note that this animal does not leave itself vulnerable to attack. (Col. One way we can be watchful is by taking advantage of the spiritual protection that Jehovah makes available to us. he led the holy angels in casting Satan and his demons from heaven. 11:15) Shortly thereafter. Jesus has faithfully supervised the activities of the Christian congregation over which he has been ruling as King. (Luke 4:4. Others serve in such special forms of full-time service as missionaries. w09 4/15 3:11-13 Monday. 25:34. and it stays close to holes and crevices that can provide lifesaving shelter. we need to have sharp spiritual vision so . traveling overseers. and members of Bethel families throughout the world. July 30 Whatever you are doing. 17 that we can perceive the dangers that lurk in Satan’s world. be watchful. and not to men. 11:13) Some are able to be regular pioneers. Many brothers and sisters assist with Kingdom Hall construction. Study of God’s Word and attendance at Christian meetings should not be neglected. 5:8. 25) Furthermore. it takes advantage of its keen eyesight to see predators from afar. (Prov.E. Heb. The rock badger is a comparatively small creature that can teach us important lessons.
15. for else the comparison were not proper. But at the same time. wrote Paradise Lost and its sequel Paradise Regained. and Eternall Life on Earth. 97:11. (Matt. In his works. Today a limited numb er of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. Jesus died a sacriﬁcial death and furnished proof that a perfect man can maintain integrity to God despite being tested to the limit. As in the ﬁrst century. 1 Pet. (Matt. August 2 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.—Acts 14: 14. No Christian who genuinely receives the anointing with God’s spirit would want or expect such treatment.—Ps. w09 5/15 3: 11. the Governing Body does not consult . Bible translation and printing had made the Holy Scriptures more widely available. one scholar wrote that since through Adam men “have forfeited Paradise. 14. August 4 Light itself has ﬂashed up for the righteous one. In accord with Jehovah’s purpose.” not taking unnecessary risks. 12 with each individual member of the slave class before making decisions. 3: 15. Milton referred to the reward that the faithful will receive in an earthly paradise. These spirit-anointed men oversee the Kingdom work and the spiritual feeding program. —Luke 22:43.” —Acts 10:26. Jehovah therefore resurrected Jesus to immortal heavenly life. (Matt. 13:37-39) By the 1600’s. 3:22) Jesus thus proved to be the principal part of the “seed” of God’s “woman. 4:5-7) So let us imitate Jesus’ example by living with “soundness of mind. however. Instead. I myself am also a man. Acts 2: 32. w09 8/15 3:8 Wednesday. yet facing persecution conﬁdently. The angels could have prevented Jesus’ arrest and cruel death. In 1651. w09 6/15 4:18.—Titus 2:12. members of the great crowd are careful not to elevate any individuals who claim to be part of that slave. 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. Although most religions that claim to be Christian deny the hope of everlasting life on earth. John Milton (1608-1674). Down through the ages. Satan did not always succeed in obscuring the truth. 5) Members of the great crowd appreciate the spiritual food produced under the Governing Body’s direction.” so in the Christ “all men shall be made to live on Earth. 28:18. while respecting the slave as a class. a few careful Bible readers saw ﬂashes of truth as they understood some aspects of how God will restore mankind to perfection. 15:21. Gal. though. 19 Thursday. an angel was sent to strengthen him.” (1 Cor. (Acts 16:4. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (Gen. August 3 Peter lifted him up.Tuesday. giving him “all authority” and making angels subject to him. Luke 24:4-7. 22) One of the English-speaking world’s famous poets. 7: 13. saying: “Rise.
The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be highminded. such as “Wonderful Counselor. 16:26. who will live forever in perfect health and happiness. 5:47. One distinct way that divine education prepares us for the coming of Jehovah’s day is by helping us to set proper priorities. 16:27) In view of the nearness of Jehovah’s day. each of us does well to consider: ‘Where am I storing up treasure? Am I slaving for God or for Riches?’—Matt. August 5 What beneﬁt will it be to a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?—Matt. no one is expected to speak to everyone passing by on a crowded sidewalk.” By putting spiritual matters ﬁrst in our lives. and the rightfulness of his universal sovereignty fully vindicated. including Satan and his demons. Is it your custom to greet people? Or do you often walk by without a smile or a pleasant word? With no bad intention. 24. Eternal Father. a person could develop a habit that is in reality ill-mannered.” (Rev. 9 Sunday. . it is appropriate and desir- . we should strive “to work at good” and “to be rich in ﬁne works. but on God.’ (1 Tim. (Matt. In the fast-paced life that is common in many places today. 20.” enabling obedient mankind to enjoy a peaceful relationship with Jehovah. In this regard. 6:19. . however. two people often pass each other without saying “hello” or “how are you?” Of course. 19 Saturday. not on uncertain riches. including those resurrected from the dead.” (Isa. all rebels. 9:6.Friday. The remedy is simple: Greet people. August 7 God will wipe out every tear from their eyes. Mighty God. we ‘treasure up for ourselves a ﬁne foundation for the future. 6:17-19) Such a course of self-sacriﬁce reﬂects practical wisdom. During his Thousand Year Reign. August 6 If you greet your brothers only. we will have good results. 7) His Kingdom rule will lift humans to perfection. .” Even if we are not aﬄuent. Talk to them. What a grand heritage lies just ahead for all who obey God’s Anointed One! w09 12/15 3:18. (Rev. and to rest their hope. what extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing?—Matt. will be “hurled into the lake of ﬁre. 7:17. we can beneﬁt from this divinely inspired counsel. 20: 10) How wonderfully and ﬂawlessly Jesus fulﬁlls his role as the Messiah! A paradise earth will be ﬁlled with redeemed humans. w09 11/15 5:8. Jesus will fully live up to all his titles. Jehovah’s sacred name will have been cleared of all reproach. consultant Donald Weiss wrote: “People resent it when others look through or past them. Prince of Peace. In many other situations. w09 9/15 4:11 able to greet others. What does it involve? Instead of storing up material riches.” If we do not let aloofness or coldness on our part chill our contact with others. 7:16) After the ﬁnal test. (John 5:26-29) The Messiah will guide willing humans to “fountains of waters of life.—Rev.
widen out. Among Jehovah’s people today. he pointed out that gifts of the spirit would pass away and that the Christian congregation would . When his apostles repeatedly argued among themselves as to who was greater. 10 Tuesday. Prov. (Eph. For example. 13:13. (1 Cor. when those attending conventions and assemblies introduce themselves to others and begin talking. (Mark 9:33-37. these three. love. 15:7) It is a step that can lead to enjoyable discussions and lasting friendships. (Rom. —Ps. 12:18) In this way. 4:32) By being candid with our brothers but not overly frank. 11 grow out of its infancy stage and reach maturity. Hope in promises we long to see fulﬁlled will no longer be entertained after all things have become new. 34:13. never would we want our tongue to be “sharpened like a razor. (Mark 10:4244) They imitate Christ by being “kind to one another” and “tenderly compassionate” in their dealings with others. Note how the apostle Paul emphasized that truth. —1 Cor.” using it to inﬂict painful wounds with abusive or degrading speech. 52:2. Truly. —1 John 2:17. August 8 Safeguard your tongue against what is b ad. 6:13. but the greatest of these is love. Indeed. August 9 Now. If we “widen out. 7. John 13:14) Similarly. w09 11/15 4:5. If the interests that we share with some Christians separate us from others. August 10 You. too. (Ps.Monday. Jesus ﬁrmly but patiently helped them to understand the need for humility. we need to “widen out.” our circle of friends will grow. 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. First. intensifying the love that unites us in true worship. there remain faith. things that we have faith in will become reality. Luke 9:4648. 21 Wednesday.” It would be wise to ask ourselves. But what about love? That will never fail. or end. Christian elders today do not lord it over God’s ﬂock. 22:24-27. and therefore the need for faith in them will end. however. —2 Cor. hope. we will surely see and understand ever more facets of God’s love. we can express what is on our mind without being oﬀensive. we see the wisdom of pursuing the surpassing way of love. Eventually. we honor God and promote unity in the congregation. 13:812) Then he concluded with the words of today’s text. while ﬁrm for righteousness. and your lips against speaking deception. With everlasting life in view. it excels in any and all situations. w09 12/15 4:20. w09 6/15 3: 10. ‘Do I greet both older and younger ones in the congregation?’ Greeting others is the ﬁrst step in welcoming them. they look forward to seeing one another again. The opportunities for forming lasting friendships abound in Jehovah’s organization.
20) Jesus warned some in his day in no uncertain terms. 2:6-8. As a result. 2: 23) Rather. 50) True to his words. he left the way open for wrongdoers to repent and return to Jehovah’s favor. anger is damaging and does not reﬂect “the mind of Christ. they will measure out to you in return. 49. 18 Friday. Jesus could say: “Practice giving. When a wrongdoer rej ects Scriptural counsel or tries to shift the blame for his wrong.—John 6: 26. w09 9/15 3:6. Rather than give Jesus the beneﬁt of the doubt. some did try to associate with Jesus purely for what they could get out of him.—John 5: 28. Jesus was generous in giving of his time.” (Luke 6:38) Of course. the apostles were loyal. Jesus reassured Jairus: “Have no fear. Jesus not only rescues us from our past sins but also opens the way for us to enjoy a better future. . elders and others may feel indignant. but never once did he say anything that was hateful or was intended to cause pain. 60. 10 1:19. and she will be saved.Thursday. people were drawn to him and were happy to give to him in return. They will pour into your laps a ﬁne measure. The deliverance from sin that Jesus provides will in due time include freedom from its grim effects—sickness and even death. they jumped to a wrong conclusion and turned their backs on him. Knowing the damage the person has already caused. August 13 He will save his people from their sins. To visualize what that will mean. shaken together and overﬂowing. w09 10/15 3:9. (1 Pet. 2:16. August 11 You are the ones that have stuck with me in my trials. aﬀection. These false friends abandoned Jesus when they misunderstood something he said. pressed down. August 12 We do have the mind of Christ.—Matt. 1:21. w09 4/15 4:17. and people will give to you. 1:15) Remember that the Scriptural arrangement for judicial action within the congregation protects the ﬂock and may move a disciplined wrongdoer to repentance. By delivering them from slavery to sin. 66-68. Their friendship with Christ was often tested. consider what happened when Jesus went to the home of a certain man named Jairus. (Luke 8:1-3) From personal experience. 42. one of the main reasons for Jesus’ coming into the world was “to save sinners. —2 Cor. For with the measure that you are measuring out.” (Jas.” (1 Tim. whose 12-year-old daughter had died.” (Luke 8:41. In contrast. 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. only put forth faith. —Luke 22:28. Jesus saves his followers from the wrath of God and brings them into a loving relationship with Jehovah. they may be tempted to express their own feelings about the individual’s actions and attitude. Indeed. —1 Cor. but they did their best to support him during good times and bad. 56. 7 Saturday. Yet. and resources. 29.
Sunday. “although many. our love for God. a breathtaking sunset.—John 6:68. makes for the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. 4:15. Ultimately. Moved by his love for us.—Rom. we grow in our love for Jehovah. are one body in union with Christ.” (Eph. and other wonders of nature cost nothing. w09 12/15 2:16. If a teacher cares about what he teaches.—Ps. and faith in the ransom sacriﬁce will result in our complete relief from the adversities of imperfect life and lead us to lasting joy. for he is the Giver of all good things. 10 Monday. (1 John 5:3) In the meantime. in that you have seen my aﬄiction. On the other hand. . 12:5. Christ.—Ps. 34:19. Christ. although many. Furthermore. 11 As we reﬂect on such things. Paul exhorted anointed Christians in Ephesus: “Let us by love grow up in all things into him who is the head. (Col. 16) Although the “other sheep” are not part of the composite body of Christ. how can he expect his students to value what they are hearing? Never underestimate your example as a teacher of God’s Word. yet they can ﬁll us with awe and bring us joy. we ﬁnd comfort in knowing that Jehovah is well-aware of all the things that aﬄict us. by being harmoniously joined together and being made to cooperate through every joint that gives what is needed. August 15 I will be joyful and rejoice in your loving-kindness. they can learn much from this illustration and do their share to contribute to Christian unity. Jesus said: “Every well-trained student will be like his teacher. August 14 You have sayings of everlasting life. exerting a powerful inﬂuence on those whom he teaches. you have known about the distresses of my soul. obedience to his commandments. 17 Tuesday. 1:18) He reminds spirit-begotten Christians that a body has many members with diﬀerent functions and that they. 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.” (Luke 6:40. 31:7. the antics of young animals. the truths that Jesus taught exposed what was bad and highlighted what was good.—John 10:16. a majestic landscape. are one body. (Acts 10:38) The love Jesus had for truth is found not only in his teachings but in all he did. we can ﬁnd joy in whatever material gifts we have received from Jehovah. Even while undergoing trials. his enthusiasm will be evident. August 16 We. Paul compares anointed Christians to members of a body serving unitedly under their Head.” (John 3:34) Like a piercing light. The New Berkeley Version in Modern English) Jesus loved what he taught. w09 10/15 1: 9. if a teacher does not truly appreciate what he teaches. He knew he had something precious to share—the truth about his heavenly Father. From him all the body. 12:4) In a similar vein.” (Rom. w09 7/15 3:10. Jehovah will rescue us from calamity. the very “sayings of God.
(Jas. 16 Thursday. Rom. and other factors also inﬂuence what we are able to do in Jehovah’s service.’ and it proved to be vital when she faced a distressing health problem.” she said. 10) We thus grow in our appreciation for God and for all the provisions he has made for our beneﬁt. apostates target people of integrity. w09 11/15 3:7 display characteristics similar to those of the Devil.—Rom. to some extent. Some apostates oppose the use of the divine name. Louise developed ‘ﬁrmness of heart. Jehovah. The biggest change was to throw my whole heart into his worship. but I really drew close to Jehovah. “My heart was not ablaze with the desire to serve Jehovah. Satan has no compassion for the needy or for victims of calamity. They are not interested in learning about Jehovah or in serving him.” w09 5/15 1:15. whereas older ones beneﬁt the congregation greatly because of their wisdom and experience.—Acts 14:26. A sister named Louise admitted that for some time after baptism. the place a brother occupies in the congregation differs in some respects from that of a sister.Wednesday. 5:8) Louise said. our mind stays focused on “the more important things. 1:9. (Rom. our place in the congregation depends on what we are able to do or are in a position to do. Clearly.” states Proverbs 20: 29. “I realized that I had to make some changes if I was going to feel that I was giving everything I could to Jehovah. 14:20. August 17 We have gifts diﬀering according to the undeserved kindness given to us. Like their father. (John 8:44) No wonder servants of Jehovah avoid all contact with them! —2 John 10. Job’s faithfulness showed that Satan is a liar. 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. For example. “I struggled greatly. “The beauty of young men is their power. Satan was the ﬁrst creature to turn apostate.” By putting forth such eﬀort. 12:6. We also need to bear in mind that anything we are able to do in Jehovah’s organization depends on God’s undeserved kindness. (Job 2:3-5) Nevertheless. 12:6-8. Christian elders. August 19 Become full-grown in powers of understanding. or the Governing Body. August 18 Even yet [Job] is holding fast his integrity. It is important to scrutinize our circumstances because. Modern-day apostates . “and the splendor of old men is their gray-headedness. her main concern was the impression she gave to others. 11. He hates people of integrity. health. Satan. Their mind may be poisoned by a critical attitude toward individuals in the congregations. Age.” Younger members of the congregation may be able to do more physically because of their youthful energy. although you incite me against him to swallow him up without cause.—Job 2:3. 15 Friday. The Devil tested Job both when he was prosperous and when he was destitute.—1 Cor. When we strive to make spiritual progress.” (Phil.
prayed for a son and had faith that her prayer would be answered. Jehovah can and will give us his holy spirit if we ask him to do so.Saturday. grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness. True. The courage to speak the truth to others. Regardless of your circumstances. If you are facing a test of integrity. always pray in faith. get out from the midst of her. With Jehovah’s help. —Isa. But Jehovah’s people strive to do so because this helps them remain in God’s love. 4:24-31) Notice that it was Jehovah’s powerful holy spirit that helped the disciples speak God’s word with boldness.” (Acts 2:41. and he can guide and comfort you by means of his spirit. . we carefully avoid the false religious celebrations and holidays so popular in today’s world. requesting: “Jehovah. 138:3. Open your heart to him in full faith. even to opposers. 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. August 20 Fear began to fall upon every soul. turn away. the two reported to the brothers what had occurred. for example. . Childless Hannah. does not rest with us. We strive to keep our thoughts clean. we too can come oﬀ victorious in the face of any opposition. “not doubting at all. We keep ever in mind the inspired warning that is found in today’s text. That is why. we insist on keep- . Infuriated by what Jesus’ disciples were accomplishing. and many portents and signs began to occur through the apostles. Most important. Upon being released. keep yourselves clean. —Jude 21. 1:5-8) God is aware of any disturbing thoughts you may have. follow the counsel of the disciple James. and do not doubt that he can give you the wisdom needed to cope with your trial. one of the Levite Elkanah’s two wives. it is a challenge to remain clean.” and accept the guidance of his spirit and the counsel of his Word. August 22 Keep on asking in faith. Turn to Jehovah in prayer.—Acts 2:43.” The result? “They were one and all ﬁlled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness. w09 7/15 4:12-14 ing our worship clean. . August 21 Turn away. We need to be clean on the inside as well as on the outside. (Jas. 1:6. w09 11/15 2: 13-15 Sunday.—1 Sam. —Ps. We adhere faithfully to Jehovah’s standards of moral cleanness. 52:11. w09 8/15 4:20 Monday. regardless of the sexual degradation of the world around us. (1 Sam. touch nothing unclean. Today. get out of there. avoiding any contamination from false religion. the religious leaders arrested Peter and John and ordered them not to speak about Jesus. —Jas. 2:1-10. we stay spiritually clean by refraining from even touching what our heavenly Father views as unclean in a religious sense. and they all prayed about the opposition they faced.
always being refreshing to others. learning to show “love free from hypocrisy.” w09 8/15 1:14-16 Wednesday. even life to time indeﬁnite. Phil. 1:5) Still. 1:5. Paul wrote: “I recollect the faith which is in you without any hypocrisy. 21:4.—1 Tim. 4:11-13. Timothy was to avoid the pursuit of riches. 25:7. however.” manifest spiritual advancement. Matt. Jehovah stated the above.” urged Paul. —Matt. 18 Timothy. “having sustenance and covering. the Israelites were condemned by the Law and needed a release from that condemnation. 8) Like a suﬀocating “envelopment” —a blanket—sin and death have weighed heavily on mankind. Timothy needed to make his genuineness as a Christian manifest to others.”—2 Cor. 3:13) After Moses. 18:5. so should we. (Isa.’ to treat them as Jesus would have treated them. 32:2. 12: 10) That means following Christ’s example. The love of riches is a sign of spiritual deﬁciency. 133:3) Jehovah inspired Isaiah to prophesy about everlasting life on earth. For instance. treating others with warmth and kindness. the psalmist David concluded a psalm about the unity of true worshippers at Zion with the words: “There Jehovah commanded the blessing to be. August 25 You must keep my statutes and my judicial decisions. “from all the earth. (Gal. In his second letter to . 30.” (Ps. (1 Tim. More than once. Reach out! “In brotherly love have tender aﬀection for one another. August 24 The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things. 6:6. 6:10. and you will ﬁnd refreshment for your souls. 6:6-8. Saying the right things without doing the right things would make one a hypocrite. showing genuine concern even for those we may never before have met.Tuesday.” (Rom. —1 Tim. he cautioned Timothy against such insincerity and pretense. When giving the nation of Israel the Law. In contrast. (Isa. Since they could not live up to the Law’s perfect standards. w09 9/15 1:17. for I am mildtempered and lowly in heart. Look for ways and make opportunities to do so. 11 Thursday. (Ps. adding: “In showing honor to one another take the lead. 37: 29) For example. Paul was well-acquainted with the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the damaging result of their course. Jehovah assures his people that sin and death will be swallowed up. (3 John 5-8) As Jesus took the initiative in showing compassion to others. August 23 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. w09 12/15 1:10. or removed. which if a man will do. 11:28) Each of us can show kindness by taking an active interest in the welfare of others. Christians have the responsibility to ‘receive their brothers kindly.” (2 Tim. Paul’s two letters to Timothy provided exhortation on several areas of conduct. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light. 4: 1. Jehovah inspired other Bible writers to mention the hope of everlasting life.—Lev. 2) But Timothy was not a hypocrite. Christians who ﬁnd contentment in a simple life. 11:29. he must also live by means of them.
which gives guidance to man on how best to cope with inherited imperfection. 5:27-37.” (Gen. we yield place to God’s wrath. Jehovah is aware of what we think of Christ’s “brothers. Jehovah knows what we are inside. Jehovah provided Christ’s ransom sacriﬁce to make that redemption possible.Friday. (1 Sam. 12:19. the book of Genesis states that a man must “stick to his wife and they must become one ﬂesh.” said Jesus. let your name be sanctiﬁed. therefore.” (2 Tim. Our prayers to God reveal our motives. happy families.” To whose wrath is Paul referring? He could hardly mean that we should give free rein to our own wrath. 25: 40) He knows whether we really desire what we pray for or we are merely repeating a set of words. The psalmist wrote: “Let anger alone and leave rage. 7:12. I will repay. and desires. w09 10/15 2:10 Sunday. and our spiritual brothers and sisters.” (Matt.”—Rom. Let your kingdom come. August 27 Do not avenge yourselves.—Matt. August 26 All things. 2:23-25) . w09 11/15 1:12. 20:22. and he will save you. 16:7) He knows how we feel about our meetings. beloved. you also must likewise do to them. interests. 13 Saturday. 2:24) During his earthly ministry.” (Ps. just as the people of the nations do. Jesus emphasized that marriage was intended to be permanent. August 28 Our Father in the heavens. we will keep ourselves “restrained under evil” and act “with mildness. 119: 105) In his Word. 37:8) And Solomon counseled: “Do not say: ‘I will pay back evil!’ Hope in Jehovah. (Ps. says Jehovah. for it is written: “Vengeance is mine. 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. but Jehovah is the examiner of hearts. that you want men to do to you. 3 Paul counsels Christians not to avenge themselves but to “yield place to the wrath. “do not say the same things over and over again. but yield place to the wrath. also upon earth. our ministry. Jehovah provides direction to help people maintain strong. Says Proverbs 17:3: “The reﬁning pot is for silver and the furnace for gold. the Bible. (Rom. Let your will take place. —Matt. as in heaven. w09 7/15 2:2. After the ﬁrst human p air sinned. the redemption of sinful mankind became an important part of Jehovah’s purpose. Clearly.” God sees what is in our heart. Even with “those not favorably disposed” toward our work and our message.” —Matt.—Matt. including outright opposers. 5:8) Furthermore. 6:9.” —Prov. 10. we know that it does not belong to us to take vengeance. 6:7. As Christians. do not show yourself heated up only to do evil. Jehovah provided his Word. “When praying. Regarding marriage. for they [wrongly] imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.
11:37. 4:3. 24:3. 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. they were in want. August 29 Make for us a god who will go ahead of us. they “fell to quarreling with Moses” and kept “putting Jehovah to the test. 12:3. 28) We likewise respect Jehovah’s direction given through his channel and join in praising him.” (2 Chron. . 1218. Phil. let us not neglect regular attendance at congregation meetings along with our brothers and sisters. Powerful.” Why? Because of a lack of water to drink. but as a god himself. And what did Moses foretell? Devastating plagues. they died by slaughter with the sword. 12 Wednesday. w09 6/15 1:9. . particularly when circumstances are diﬃcult. —2 Chron. 11.—Ex. 17:1-4) Less than two months after entering into a divine covenant and agreeing to do “all the words that Jehovah [had] spoken. 7) . Satan’s world was not kind to them. 5:9) Jehoshaphat and his people followed Jahaziel’s God-given direction. 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. 11. . . Moses showed b oldness in speaking to Pharaoh. . 20: 27.” (1 Pet. Applying what we have learned from the Scriptures can be a challenge. the Israelites “refused to become obedient. 20:4. 32:1. . w09 5/15 1:11 Even if we are isolated. prophets and other faithful servants of God continued to take a courageous stand for pure worship. It was before this man that Moses. (Prov.” (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. Pharaoh’s word was law. August 30 They came to consult Jehovah. because as regards this Moses. w09 7/15 4:6. For example. 4:6. and stubborn. appeared repeatedly—unbidden and unwelcome. in tribulation. Pharaoh was not accustomed to having others tell him what to do.Monday. 6. a meek shepherd. . . 7-9) Whatever their reason was. not knowing what to do. a ruler who was viewed. If we sometimes ﬁnd ourselves in sore straits. Paul states: “They were stoned. . arrogant. our petitions to Jehovah unite us with “the entire association of [our] brothers in the world. not as a mere representative of the gods. 32:2. under ill-treatment. Just as Jehoshaphat and his people gathered together to seek Jehovah’s guidance. (Ex.” they violated his law on idolatry. August 31 Moses was by far the meekest of all the men. we certainly do not know what has happened to him. (Ex. And what did he demand? Permission for several million of Pharaoh’s slaves to leave the country! Did Moses need boldness? Absolutely! (Heb. 3:5. 7 Tuesday. 11:27) During the centuries that followed. he ruled by decree. shortly after Jehovah liberated the sons of Israel from Egyptian bondage.—Num.”—Heb.—Heb.
you acknowledge your reliance on Jehovah. not on merely pleasing yourself or acquiring material possessions. w09 4/15 5:1. Jehovah ﬁnds pleasure in your asking him for his spirit. Another way to come under the inﬂuence of God’s spirit involves our meetings. (Compare Proverbs 3:27. September 3 You are my witnesses. Now he was ruddy. though.” (Eph. he appeared to be nothing more than a young shepherd boy. God could discern David’s heart condition. With God.Thursday. to the prophet Samuel. and it was pleasing to him. So when Samuel learned that Jehovah had not chosen any of the seven older sons of Jesse.”—1 Cor. 15:8. by praying for holy spirit. 3:20. 16:7. a young man with beautiful eyes and handsome in appearance. 23) God will answer your prayers and bless your eﬀorts to conform your life to his Word. he asked that the youngest be brought in from the pastures. 5 Friday. September 2 The prayer of the upright ones is a pleasure to [Jehovah]. He did not look like a king. 2) Jehovah’s holy spirit will produce in you such godly qualities as peace and faith. Have you made a dedication to God in prayer. assemblies. your life will have the highest purpose. We need to keep asking for Jehovah’s help and guidance. —Prov. And the spirit of Jehovah began to be operative upon David from that day forward. Luke 12:15) As a dedicated Christian. He can “do more than superabundantly beyond all the things we ask or conceive. Moreover. if someone inquired. and living in the way that God approves will strengthen your hope of everlasting life. it is not the mere outward appearance that matters. for this is he!’ Accordingly Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. 12. —1 Sam. it is what a person really is on the inside. 3 thing. Your ministry will be joyful. 6:8) Well. if someone came to you for aid. w10 2/15 4:4. Luke 11:13) How would you answer. 16:12. 9 Saturday. You will be happy because you are doing the divine will. 12:1. 43:10. 13. 148:11-13. 43:11. 2:10. w10 3/15 2:8. For example. Yet. “Why should I continue to ask if God already knows ‘what things I am needing before ever I ask him’?” (Matt. making a dedication and getting baptized will show that you really want to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. but as for Jehovah. —Isa.) Likewise. you very likely now know that your life should be focused on praising Jehovah. he sees what the heart is. anoint him. you would do whatever you could to help him.—Isa. (Ps. September 1 Mere man sees what appears to the eyes. for one . Rather. showing trust in you. one reason being that he asked you to assist him. (Gal. and are you hoping to get baptized? From your study of the Bible. Then Jehovah said: ‘Get up. The account says: “Accordingly [Jesse] sent and had [David] come. and he will give it to you. and conventions.”—1 Sam. (Rom. Paying attention to the program is very important in understanding “the deep things of God. 5:22.
(Matt. 24:9. along with his resurrected spiritbegotten brothers. Women who are modest and sound in mind in their choice of dress and grooming. (Matt. w09 9/15 1: 18. he was alluding to a very specific area of conduct. false Christians do not have God’s spirit. with modesty and soundness of mind.—John 14:16. Rev. 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? For at least three reasons: First. 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. 20:10) Hence. Paul described Christlike love this way: “Love is long-suﬀering and kind. Love is not jealous. Why did Jesus make God’s Kingdom the main theme of his ministry? He knew that he himself as King of that Kingdom. Our striving to cultivate and show Christlike kindness at all times and in every situation brings us rich rewards. —Luke 4:43. freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. (1 Tim. September 4 I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God. Therefore. he commanded his followers to proclaim that Kingdom until the end of the present system of things. 2:9. In addition. 3:11) This principle applies to Christian men too.—Eph. 17. He was to treat “older women as mothers. Paul admonished overseers to be “moderate in habits. our advancement will be made manifest to all. united worship will bring joy to God himself.—1 Tim. it does not brag.” (1 Cor. our happy. tenderly compassionate. sound in mind. 5:12. 13:4) Rather than holding grudges against our brothers and sisters. 4:32. orderly.” (1 Tim. does not get puﬀed up. let us constantly strive to reﬂect Jesus’ mildness and kindness in our dealings with others. September 5 Women [should] adorn themselves in well-arranged dress. When Paul told Timothy to be exemplary in chasteness. w09 12/15 1:12. they cannot. 13 Tuesday. Jehovah’s spirit will be able to operate freely in the congregation. 24:14) People who merely profess to be followers of Christ do not engage in this work—in fact. younger women as sisters with all chasteness. 19 Monday. (Rom. Second. would deal with the root causes of mankind’s woes—sin and the Devil. they cannot preach what they do not understand. w10 1/15 3:6 When we display these qualities in our daily activities. may we heed the admonition of today’s text. producing the spirit’s good fruitage. as well as in other areas of their personal life. that of sexual morality.—1 Tim. when we follow the pattern Jesus left and help others to do the same. Especially in Timothy’s dealings with women was his conduct to be above reproach. September 6 Become kind to one another. 4:12. 3:2) . 1 Pet. set excellent examples. 5:24.Sunday. 2:23) And third.” (1 Tim.
23) Besides expressing similar gratitude. Jesus was “mild-tempered and lowly in heart. Luke 22:24-27) Still. w09 5/15 3:14.” states the Bible. we should “give thanks to Jehovah” for “his wonderful works to the sons of men. w09 11/15 1:5-7 Friday. John 2:1417) He kindly gave counsel to his disciples. Mark 9:33-37. 32:29. he praised and encouraged his disciples.”—Eph. or message. 15 that we should make our petitions known to God “along with thanksgiving. Certain angels refused to disclose their names to humans. Jesus did not berate or humiliate them. 15:36. 18) Although there are millions of spirit creatures in heaven. (1 Pet. Rev. what do they do? They wait patiently until God’s due time for his “diversiﬁed wisdom” to “be made known through the congregation. 4:6. should go only to God. (Matt. including our prayers. just as the Christ also loved the congregation. 4:8-10) The angels also set an example in patience. Though they are intensely interested in knowing God’s sacred secrets. 107: 15.Wednesday. w09 7/15 2:4-6 Thursday.” for his “righteous judicial decisions. now available in the Bible.” Especially during danger or persecution should we beseech Jehovah for help and guidance. (Matt.” (Matt. Judg. 12:7) Our worship.” We certainly have reason to express sentiments like those of David found at 1 Chronicles 29:11-13. Mark 14:22. 11:29) He was also a man of action. what would that reveal about our motives? Paul said . however. even repeatedly when necessary. 11. nor did he make them feel unloved or incapable of carrying out what he was teaching them to do. 5:25. 105. 20:21-28. it is one marked by respect and self-sacriﬁcing love. (Gen. September 7 Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers. 3:10. “To supplicate” means “to make a humble entreaty. they are not privy to all of them. (Matt.—Phil. September 8 Do not be anxious over anything. Instead. Never did he abdicate his responsibilities. Rather. but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. September 9 Husbands.—Ps. Jehovah’s angels provide us with ﬁne examples of humble service. 1: 12) So.” and for his word. If we prayed only when we needed something.—Rev. —Eph. 22:9. 119:62. Jesus thanked God for food and for the bread and wine used at the Lord’s Evening Meal. 13:17. continue loving your wives. (Mark 6:34. “Into these very things angels are desiring to peer. This may serve as a safeguard against our giving angels undue honor. (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. (Luke 1:26. the Bible reveals the names of only Michael and Gabriel.
This is especially evident at international conventions. w10 2/15 4:12. there is “a time to keep quiet. 14) By proclaiming the Kingdom message. September 10 The peace of your sons will be abundant. 13 to the nations the good news about the unfathomable riches of the Christ. That good news provides satisfying answers to life’s important questions and has the power to transform our life. Each Christian should ask himself. this undeserved kindness was given. . languages.” But when we are around people.—Isa. “I prefer to keep to myself” or “I don’t feel like talking in the morning. Like Jesus. where our brothers and sisters from many nations. for example. 54:13. 3:7) Some might say. .” Nonetheless. they might conclude that we do not care to speak to them.—Rom. —Eph. The spiritual paradise that we enjoy stands in stark contrast with the deplorable conditions in the world today. Of course. It is also a blessing to assist those who have recently become associated with the congregation and would beneﬁt from training in the ministry. If we frequently use a cellular telephone or use earphones to listen to recordings in the presence of others. unity. September 12 Go on walking in love. 13:5. to infuse us with hope. The world has nothing that can rightly be compared with our spiritual paradise. we may send the message that we prefer not to have their company.Saturday. Paul considered it an honor to proclaim the truth. (Isa. . and to fortify us in times of adversity. w09 7/15 3:12. and brotherly love. 13 Monday.” (Eccl. w09 11/15 4:12 Sunday.” (Eph. 3:8) It is not diﬃcult to imagine Paul’s enthusiasm as he taught others about Jehovah and His purposes. ‘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. He wrote: “To me. 16. . September 11 There is eagerness on my part to declare the good news . 5:2. we may be blessed with the privilege of helping certain new ones. that I should declare . If others often see us engrossed in looking at a handheld computer. we have the privilege of extending to others an invitation to enter the spiritual paradise. 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. 1:15. For I am not ashamed of the good news. 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. As directed by the elders. —Acts 18:24-26. his disciples loved and valued the truth about Jehovah and Christ so much that opposers could not discourage them from sharing it with others. . it is often the “time to speak.” —1 Cor. 65:13. even as Aquila and Priscilla “expounded the way of God more correctly” to Apollos. and ethnic groups come together in an atmosphere of peace.
the world of mankind has lived outside Jehovah’s universal family. (1 Tim. —Rom. (Compare Deuteronomy 32:5.—John 17:3. 5:10. w10 1/15 1: 11. and change our ways. Like Andrew and Philip.” (John 1: 41) Today. though. there are steps we must take. When elders show a Christlike attitude. 11:6. do you highlight Jesus’ role as the Messiah? Doing so will enhance your appreciation for what he has done for you. the human race was separated from its loving Father and Creator. You. learn to trust him. and what he will yet accomplish. came to know that Jesus is now reigning as King of God’s Kingdom. 20. God’s means of salvation? w09 12/15 3:2. 12. It is tragic that some are unrepentant and must be disfellowshipped. repent. Were you not thrilled to ﬁnd that out? Just like the ﬁrst-century disciples.—Eph. 5:22. 6: 19) We were not born as sons of God because when the ﬁrst human pair sinned. what he is doing now. They ought to show that they want erring ones to return to Jehovah. In the future. Why not approach them with renewed zeal and show them that Jesus Christ is indeed the promised Messiah. Nevertheless. 11. most people today ignore the evidence of the Messiah’s presence. September 15 We became reconciled to God through the death of his Son. as individuals we can request that God accept us into his family of approved servants. (1 Pet. —Gal. 12 Wednesday. alienated from God. At baptism we make a request to God for a good conscience so as to be acceptable to him. 3:21) Prior to baptism. Thus. None of us have a natural father who could pass on to us life as it should be—perfect life.) From that time onward. Just like the ﬁrst-century Jews. but they will certainly remember that the elders respected their dignity and treated them with love.Tuesday. 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. September 13 These have been written down that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. they help to smooth the way for the person to have a change of heart and eventually to return. September 14 The fruitage of the spirit is love. How is that possible for sinners such as we are? The apostle Paul answered with the words of today’s text. when a sinner later has a change of heart. We must get to know God. Heb. 21 all the Scriptural counsel that the elders gave them. Elders should never rush to put a wrongdoer out of the congregation. w09 9/15 3:7. 8 Thursday. as many do. 4:8. —John 20:31. They too want a political messiah or at least one who will work through human political rulers. however. yet it is heartwarming to know that a large number of such ones later return to Jehovah and his congregation. when you talk about the truth. you no doubt have talked to your relatives and friends about the Messiah. some of these former wrongdoers may not remember . Acts 3:19.
baptizing them in the name of . the Bible. .Friday.’ He promised them that he would be with them “all the days until the conclusion of the system of things. 25:4. ﬁlled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness.” (Matt. and extend the invitation to still others? The spirit is involved in their case too.—Acts 4:31. and then the end will come. 24:14. No other work is equal in importance to the lifesaving work of Kingdom preaching and disciple making. What about those who accept the invitation. 26:6-10. 2. for the sake of his good pleasure. September 16 Make me know your own ways. that we be eﬀective in our ministry! w10 2/15 1:1. We can do the same by praying that Jehovah will make us want to do what pleases him. become disciples of Jesus Christ. 28:19.” Before his ascension to heaven. Luke 21: 1-4) That feeling of gratitude can move us to beg Jehovah to make us want to make spiritual advancement. (Matt.” Yes. 26:1. September 18 Make disciples of people of all the nations. ask Jehovah to make us want to do his will? King David of ancient Israel did just that. We are. 4:13) Should we not. 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. 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. as shown in the words of today’s text. or desires.—Ps. w10 2/15 3:12 Saturday. is acting within you in order for you both to will and to act. in fact. then. 2: 13. directed by that spirit. How vital it is. our hearts are ﬁlled with appreciation for them. (Phil. Jehovah is the Source of holy spirit. . the resurrected Jesus commissioned his followers . 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. Thus. teach me your own paths. teaching them to observe all the things he had commanded them. . w09 11/15 3:9. then. the holy spirit. . Make me walk in your truth. When we reﬂect upon how Jehovah God and his Son feel about what we do in serving their interests. 2 Sunday. Jehovah can act within us and affect our will.’ they cooperate with and rely on the spirit to help them. September 17 They were . 20) As Jehovah’s Witnesses. 28:19. 10 to ‘make disciples of people of all the nations. we have an active share in a work that had its beginning in the ﬁrst century. Having been baptized ‘in the name of the holy spirit. Think also of the message preached by the anointed and the growing great crowd. —Matt. the invitation is extended by means of holy spirit. 5. Three days before his death. He uses the spirit to open the hearts and minds of the bride class to understand his Word. It comes from the Bible—the book written under the direct inﬂuence of God’s spirit. O Jehovah.
exaggerate their experience or education ´ ´ on a resume in order to obtain a better or higher-paying job. He will even restore his loyal ones to their youth so that they can beneﬁt from his care forever. They may be reading material unrelated to their job. 8 long-lasting happiness. 19. he even said: “I shall speak no more in his name. making personal phone calls. They may. 6:24. or browsing the Internet. yet their dedication is not to a work but to our appreciative God. w10 1/15 2:7. 13:18. 4:8. . and he himself will make your paths straight. many employees claim to be working when they are actually attending to personal matters. to save you and to deliver you. nothing will prevent us from being faithful to him. On the other hand. he can help us to do what he expects of Christians today. The honor of being “God’s fellow workers” makes them happy. —Heb. Heb. In all your ways take notice of him. 20:9) Yet. September 20 You cannot slave for God and for Riches. 1:8. Later.” (Jer. If we allow Jehovah to guide our steps in life. When Jehovah assigned Jeremiah to be His prophet. 15:20) Just as Jehovah strengthened Jeremiah. However. 6:16-19) Thus. True Christians do not view being honest and truthful as something optional.Monday. (1 Cor. though that is contrary to company rules. w10 1/15 1:18. Jehovah repeatedly reassured him with the words: “I am with you.—Matt. 6:10) Dedicating your life to Jehovah brings you into a close relationship with him. 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. The Bible says: “Draw close to God. for instance. Jeremiah said the above. 2:12. 6) We reveal that we trust in Jehovah when we avail ourselves of the help he provides through his Word and through the congregation. Jeremiah was able to preach an unpopular message for 40 years. (Eph. sending personal electronic messages. (Job 33:25. 19 Wednesday. many resort to outright lies. For example. 3: 5. . September 19 I actually do not know how to speak. w09 6/15 3:13. 1:6. —Jer. with Jehovah’s encouragement. 14 Tuesday.” —Jas. those who dedicate themselves to Jehovah ﬁnd . When applying for a job. and he will draw close to you. The Bible says: “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart . 6: 5-8) Being a conscientious worker can also bring praise to our heavenly Father. (Prov.” (Jer. We are living in an age of rampant dishonesty. so it may be difﬁcult to resist the temptation to be less than honest with an employer. The key factor is to rely on God. September 21 We wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things. Christians give their employer a full day’s work for a full day’s pay.” (Prov. many people devote their life to the pursuit of material wealth without attaining true happiness and genuine satisfaction.—1 Pet. 3:9) No one could be more appreciative of their self-sacriﬁce than he is. for I am but a boy.
5 billion hours a year in the ministry. If you were baptized years or decades ago. the apostle Paul was being groomed for success in the Jewish system of things. How thrilling it is to have a zealous share in this never-to-berepeated work! As in the ﬁrst century. we will display “the greatest freeness of speech” in our ministry. —Gal. he left all of that behind. (Acts 22:3) In time. he moved from his native city of Tarsus to Jerusalem to study under the highly esteemed Law teacher Gamaliel. You have seen and felt how God can strengthen you with his spirit. That can continue to be the case—yes.—Mark 10:29. On account of him I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse. 14) When he accepted the good news and took up the preaching work. Your goal is to serve Jehovah forever. the global preaching work today is done under the direction of God’s spirit. Through God’s Word and his spirit-directed organization. (Gal. 30. and had he continued in that course. He will generously provide his holy spirit for you. Thus. be determined to keep on walking by holy spirit. September 24 You will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon you. We need God’s spirit so that we can lead a life dedicated to him. w10 3/15 2:17. 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. ‘Why should I hesitate?’ If you recognize the holy spirit’s role in accomplishing Jehovah’s will today and appreciate its operation. —Acts 1:8. Prior to his becoming a Christian. Did Paul regret the choice he had made? No. If you have been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses. 3:8. Jehovah will richly bless you. September 22 Keep walking by spirit. 18 Friday. 18 was likely no more than 13 years old. then take the steps you have learned to be right. (Acts 28: 31) By all means. into the endless future. ask yourself. Christians today make sacriﬁces for the sake of the good news. Like Paul.Thursday. then. The resurrected Jesus told his disciples the words above. w09 9/15 4:13. he might have risen to prominence in Judaism. When he . let us be guided by the spirit as we declare the good news of God’s Kingdom! w10 2/15 1:17. as the words of today’s text show. 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. surely you have experienced the inﬂuence of the holy spirit. Paul began to stand out among his contemporaries. 5:16. The work that began then is being done on an unprecedented scale today. but you have yet to take the vital steps of dedication and baptism. —Phil. 14 Saturday. enjoying spiritual association with them. Close to seven million Witnesses of Jehovah are declaring the Kingdom message in over 230 lands. 1:13. spending nearly 1. If we respond to the spirit’s direction. holy spirit will move you in the right direction.
16 Tuesday. Keep strong your love of God and neighbor. 18 Monday. Honest prayer to Jehovah regarding our motives can help us to discern the truth about them. may we be of good courage and say the words of today’s text. for Jesus is with you. September 25 Let anyone that wishes take life’s water free. Always remember. 10. though. the truth continues to divide people. while others neither understand nor appreciate our form of worship. For instance. 22:17. 10:22) At times. w09 11/15 1: 15. but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life. Therefore. In our day. September 27 Jehovah is my helper. What will help you to do so? Look to the future. Christian wives may have a keen desire that their husbands serve as ministerial servants or elders.—Luke 22:26. These sisters may work along with the feelings they express in their private prayers by striving to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. honesty in praying to Jehovah God can expose them and help us to change before they become ﬁrmly entrenched. we are the target of misinformation and malicious propaganda through the media. What can man do to me?—Heb. w10 2/15 3:3.” (John 4: 14) The extraordinary water that humans are invited to partake of imparts everlasting life. (Matt. or even hate us. 4 (3 John 9. Pray to Jehovah for courage. 13:6.—Rev. An open invitation has been extended to humans by means of holy spirit. The invitation is to “come” and satisfy one’s thirst with a very special type of water. And Jehovah will bless and support you. It is not ordinary water composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. for the speech and conduct of a man’s family have a bearing on how he is viewed in the congregation. Some respond favorably. 10. Some criticize. Though literal water is essential for sustaining life on earth. This is important. 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. 109:1-3) In this world alienated from God. 28:20) Holy spirit will strengthen you. September 26 You. ridicule. it takes boldness to preach as Jesus did. (Ps. you are never on your own. (Matt. w09 7/15 4: 15. Luke 22:24-27) If we have wrong desires. I will not be afraid. as in times past. are not to be that way. just as Jesus foretold. —1 John 4:9. 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? .Sunday. 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.
(2 Tim. 16 Thursday. not to take them out of the world. 3:15) Our displaying courtesy—responding mildly and respectfully—may . 12 Friday. 4:4) It can be a challenge to heed James’ words in a world that oﬀers countless temptations. When composing those words. The world and its ﬂeshly spirit stand in opposition to Jehovah and his holy spirit. 4:10) Jesus therefore prayed in behalf of his followers: “I request you. are we quick to believe it? Or. we are better prepared to face mockery and insults in a way worthy of a Christian. coworkers. fellow students. the love of the Father is not in him. w10 1/15 3:15. 8) Paul recommended: “Let your utterance be always with graciousness. 4:6) If we make it a habit to be courteous to family members. 12:17-21. do we comfort and support them? If we hear harmful gossip about a friend.Wednesday. —Prov. 20:24-34) Are we like Jonathan? When our friends receive privileges. —1 John 2:15. enjoyed with Jonathan. They are no part of the world. like Jonathan.” (1 Pet. and people in the neighborhood. September 29 If they have persecuted me. September 28 A true companion is loving all the time. knowing that as the disciple James wrote. “friendship with the world is enmity with God. they will persecute you also.” (Col. —John 15:20. w09 11/15 5:11. (Titus 2:7. do we loyally defend our friend? w09 10/15 4:11 soften the attitude of those who insult us. nor did he swallow the slander that Saul spread about David.” (John 17:15. and is a brother that is born for when there is distress. but to watch over them because of the wicked one. Unlike Saul. David. members of the congregation. just as I am no part of the world. How should we react? The apostle Peter wrote: “Sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts. Jonathan did not become envious of David. 6: 17.—Rom.” (Jas. Solomon may have had in mind the friendship that his father. 1 Pet. Hence. He did not resent the praise David received. 4. Christ’s true followers do not merely refrain from being a part of the world. (1 Sam. (1 Sam. seasoned with salt. but doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect. 17:17. so as to know how you ought to give an answer to each one. 4:3. But Jonathan accepted the fact that Jehovah had chosen David for this privilege. They reject it at heart. are we happy for them? When they suﬀer hardships. Responding in kind to disparaging comments does not produce good results. alw ays ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you. 18:1) King Saul wanted his son Jonathan to inherit the throne of Israel. September 30 If anyone loves the world. 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.
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
Could Timothy risk toying with the harmful ideas that were inﬁltrating the congregation? No. Now he tries to imitate them by conversing with his fellow Bethelites. Their encouraging words made him feel that he really was part of the Bethel family. including those in positions of responsibility. . need to be like Timothy in displaying strong. Do be exalted above the heavens. mentally diseased over questionings and debates about words. 20.—1 Tim. 14 Tuesday. that is. O Jehovah . October 10 Your loyal ones will bless you. . —1 Tim. 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. We too should treat older Christians as if they were our mothers and fathers and the younger ones as our siblings. assemblies. For your lovingkindness is great up to the heavens. 4:1) All in the congregation. 6: 12. we can make our advancement manifest and be an example in faith. David was eager to extol Jehovah’s kingship. let your glory be above all the earth.” (1 Tim. and your trueness up to the skies.’ ” (1 Tim. 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. unwavering faith. 19 wise advice. By taking a strong stand and decisive action against apostasy. w09 11/15 4: 13.Monday. To the contrary. and conventions. 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. 145:10. 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. (1 Cor. As we engage others in upbuilding conversation. O God. October 11 He is . younger men as brothers. 5:1. children of our own parents. Timothy was told that in “later periods of time some [would] fall away from the faith. entreat him as a father. Paul encouraged young Timothy to have respect for all members of the congregation. 6:4. —Ps. 2. none of our dear brothers and sisters will feel like strangers in our presence. October 12 Do not severely criticize an older man. . There are so many reasons to do so! For example. In prayer. 10:12) Interestingly. remember to praise and thank Jehovah. paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons. . 17 Wednesday. older women as mothers. 21) There can be no doubt that Timothy followed Paul’s . (Ps. (Ps. younger women as sisters with all chasteness. When we have that attitude. 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. w09 12/15 1:16. 27:4.” (Ps. we contribute to their spirituality and emotional wellbeing.
October 13 There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. (Deut. imagine yourself accompanying Jesus during his earthly ministry or traveling along with the apostle Paul.Thursday. the Bible is not a club with which to browbeat our listeners. 10:20. 12 Friday.—Dan. 2:15) We should be careful that we do not use the Bible to intimidate people. as he had been regularly doing”—even for one month. 6:16. then. If you keep your love for the good news strong.—1 Pet. October 15 Always [be] ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you. (Dan. 10:4. What can you do to strengthen your love for the good news even further? While reading God’s Word. There is no body of knowledge more precious or more important than the good news. . 3:15. he himself will rescue you. The prophet Daniel demonstrated the importance of regularity in worship. harmful practices. should we not endeavor to participate in the ministry each week? w10 2/15 3:14. It is a priceless gift that has been given to us. and envision how different life will be. For example. as Jesus did when he was tempted by the Devil. Picture yourself in the new world. 16 Saturday. (2 Tim. we should not let a month go by without speaking about Jehovah to others! If at all possible.” The teachings of the Bible can be used to help others bring their thinking in line with the truth. . w10 2/15 2:11. although that meant being thrown into the lions’ pit.” that is. we should carefully ponder what we have learned and pay attention to what we teach. For good reason. 6:4-10. 19-22) He did not change his spiritual routine—his habit of praying to God “three times in a day.—1 Tim. and philosophies that reﬂect imperfect human wisdom. Though we can use the Scriptures to defend the truth. . 4:4. 14 his actions indicated to observers that nothing is more important than regular worship of Jehovah! (Matt. 10) When handled properly. —Acts 20:35. 8:3. 16. Reflect on the blessings you have received through your obedience to the good news. 5) Scriptural truth can overturn “strongly entrenched things. pause at times to reﬂect on what you read. w09 7/15 3:13. How clearly . 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. bringing us great joy. 6:16. 5:16) Daniel was willing to die rather than neglect his spiritual routine. Matt. 4:15. expose false doctrines. “Handling the word of the truth aright” involves more than explaining Scriptural truths accurately. what can the truth of God’s Word accomplish? (2 Cor. And it brings us added joy when we share that gift with others. We can use the Bible to cut away any ideas that are “raised up against the knowledge of God. those whom you teach will sense that love. 7. October 14 Your God whom you are serving with constancy.
helping other people spiritually.—1 Tim.—2 Tim. the girl often prayed that she could get to know his real identity. October 18 One man died for all. by loving Jehovah your God. —2 Cor. and actually you had no valid hope. she found two Witnesses who were ready to help her learn the true God’s distinctive name. and if we die.—Rom. (Eph. we live to Jehovah.’ 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. And how grateful she was to learn the truth about idols! Now she demonstrates commendable zeal by sharing diligently in ﬁeld service. 115:4-8. w10 1/15 2:17-19 Tuesday. you now have a relationship with the Father. 13) “You who were once alienated and enemies because your minds were on the works that were wicked. 30:19. including the practice of idolatry.” wrote the apostle Paul. How did you feel upon learning what the Son of God did for you? (2 Cor. we do not deserve to belong to a perfect God. 5:15) Likely you felt deep gratitude. Rather than robbing us of freedom. Jehovah. you and your oﬀspring. 2:12. Our houseto-house ministry enables us to meet all sorts of people. Reasoning that not all the images could represent the true God. 1: 21. 1 John 5:21. but for him who died for you. “[God] now has again reconciled by means of [Jesus’] fleshly body through his death. 1:9. October 17 Both if we live. belonging to the God we love will surely make and keep us happy. As sinners. w10 3/15 1:11 Monday. so our trust in Jehovah will grow as we continue to learn about him. 14:8. w09 6/15 2:6 dom of choice to all people. 5:31) Previously. Hence.Sunday. 2:4. October 16 [God’s] will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth. 5:14. we die to Jehovah. in order to present you holy and unblemished. 83:18. you had no relationship with the Creator. 22.” (Deut. One young Asian girl rememb ers how her mother performed rituals in front of numerous images in their home. But by exercising faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and being baptized. When she answered a knock on the door of her house. 20) He wants us to express our love for him by freely choosing to serve him. We engage in a campaign to help people break free from false religious teachings.” (Acts 3:15.”—Col. Just as our conﬁdence in a surgeon may grow as we learn of his reputation. (1 John 4:18) Jehovah grants free- . 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. Only God’s undeserved kindness makes it possible. —Ps. That helped to move you to dedicate your life to God and to ‘live no longer for yourself. His Word says: “You must choose life in order that you may keep alive.
What do I have to do to be like that?” Because that man had lost his job and his mother had just died. With a courteous attitude. it is these friends who are being disloyal to you. I noticed that you kept smiling. When a Bible student begins to make changes in his lifestyle. October 21 You husbands. not the reverse. it would be beneﬁcial and kind for the husband to consider his wife’s opinion. the brother left the door. 4) Really. 18. He or she may even want to join with you in learning about Jehovah. Displaying good manners in diﬃcult situations brings good results. he may feel that if he does not associate with them. he sees that their activities could have a bad inﬂuence on him. the man said: “I’m sorry about what happened. he is being disloyal. the approval of Jehovah. he may face a real challenge regarding friendships. —Rom. continue dwelling in like manner with [your wives] .” (1 Pet. more considerate decision. assigning them honor. The Witness oﬀered him a Bible study. and it will be easier for her to support him. Soon he was studying twice a week. Because the family will be aﬀected. 13 Friday. 15:33. 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.—1 Pet. . If possible. 15:22) Christian husbands who honor their wives gain not only the love and respect of their wives but. as it may help him to arrive at a balanced. as far as it depends upon you. October 20 Bad associations spoil useful habits. Provide ﬁne things in the sight of all men. When the brother approached him. though. 29. 12:17. In the past. Perhaps a decision has to be made regarding a move or a change of job or regarding everyday matters. false friends will “go on speaking abusively of you” because you do not run with them to “the same low sink of debauchery. w09 11/15 5:12. (Prov.Wednesday. On the other hand. 7 Thursday. remember that a true friend will be happy that you are trying to improve your life. . more important. he noticed that the guest was watching him from a short distance away. Even though we said unkind things to you.—Eph. a certain Witness faced ridicule from both a householder and his guest. which the man accepted. be peaceable with all men. Even so. Now. w09 10/15 4:12.—1 Cor. In Japan. 3:7. and he feels the need to limit his contact with such compan- . for example. As he continued preaching in the territory. If you face this challenge. He may have companions whose company he enjoys but who do not live by the Bible’s moral code. w09 7/15 2:6. such as where to take a vacation or how to adjust the family budget so as to cope with the rising cost of living. he may regularly have spent time socializing with them. 13 ions. 5:28. 4:3. October 19 Return evil for evil to no one. he lacked all hope of being happy.
certainly wants you youths to be happy.” (Eccl. However. Even faithful Job bemoaned having to face “the consequences of the errors of [his] youth. (Luke 10:1. 5) Later. 20. 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. Jesus did not stop with just saying what is quoted above. After speaking those words.—Matt. for youth and the prime of life are vanity. 9:35-38.—Acts 17:2.” wrote the apostle Paul. .” (Job 13:26) During adolescence and the following early years of life. —Eccl. The worldwide Memorial attendance for the 2009 service year was 18. October 23 He reasoned with them from the Scriptures. (Zech. 11:10. and ward oﬀ calamity from your ﬂesh. who made it his custom to reason from the Scriptures. October 22 Beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. those days of youth are often marred by painful mistakes that may aﬀect a person’s future happiness. 9 Monday. “he summoned his twelve disciples” and sent them out on a preaching. w09 5/15 2:1 Sunday. 4:6) Are you having a regular share in this work? Are you trying to improve as a Kingdom proclaimer. w10 2/15 2:1. enjoy yourself while you are young! Let your heart lead you to enjoyment in the days of your youth. 11:9. Jesus “designated seventy others and sent them forth by twos” to do the same work. (Matt. 2 “The word of God is alive and exerts power. The Originator of this message.323. Acts 17:3) So if it has not been your custom to use the Bible regularly in your ministry. pray and ask for more workers. “O youth.Saturday. (Heb. 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.—Matt.’ tour. Bad judgment can leave deep emotional scars and create problems that may aﬀect the rest of his life. Jehovah wants your joy to last beyond the time of youth. Tanakh—The Holy Scriptures) So wrote wise King Solomon of ancient Israel. Mark 13: 10. 4:12. 10:1. It exceeded the total number of Jehovah’s Witnesses by over 10 million. 9:38. The ﬁelds are indeed ripe for harvesting. w10 1/15 3:7. Jehovah God. More than that. (John 4:34. 2) The need for more Kingdom proclaimers is also great today. Christ’s true followers give the interests of God’s Kingdom priority in life. 28:19. or ‘harvesting. proclaiming it worldwide. 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.168. October 24 Remove vexation from your heart. a young Christian often has to make weighty decisions. therefore. with the help of Jehovah’s spirit. Then be prepared to read them as you preach from door to door. 35) We should.
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
many of us are not in a position to learn another language. 35:5. full of mercy and good fruits. and hypocrisy. tea. as well as his progressively revealing details of this purpose to his servants. but God’s rule will make “wars to cease to the extremity of the earth. w10 1/15 5:16. Of course. But if we show initiative. God’s rule will even restore peace between humans and animals! (Isa. In a world marked by immorality. For one thing. —Rom. or some other beverage is also a way of showing hospitality. Jehovah has had ample opportunity to demonstrate to his creatures what real wisdom is. unreasonableness. reasonable. 11:33. sharing a cup of coﬀee. —Rev. 3:17.Thursday. 37:1. Jehovah revealed the way that he would undo all the bad eﬀects caused by their rebellion. . 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. brought Jehovah’s wisdom into sharp focus.—Luke 23:43. 6) Indeed. not making p artial distinctions.” (Ps. and when this is done in love. 9) Man’s rule has led to incessant warfare. 46:9) Why. the old and the sick will delight in a return to youthful vigor. God’s rule will remove all the wicked from the earthly scene. including terrorism. November 5 I am making all things new. w10 1/15 4:14 Saturday. ready to obey. Isa. then peaceable.”—Jas. November 3 Follow the course of hospitality. if our means or our strength do not allow us to invite others for a meal. 12:13. Hospitality is sometimes expressed by inviting someone for a meal. (Ps. Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned. disobedience. but God’s rule will eliminate them. which contains a Bible message in many languages. Acts 24:15. The disciple James said: “The wisdom from above is ﬁrst of all chaste. (Isa. 3:15) Such immediate action. Still. 21:5. Human rule has been unable to solve the problem of crime. w09 10/15 1:12-14 Nothing can impede God’s ability to handle matters successfully. we will discover many other ways of being hospitable. 65:21) Under God’s rule. not hypocritical. (Job 33: 25. it is commendable. 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. 17 Friday. partiality. 11:6-9) Poverty and hunger have been constant features under human rule. 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. (Gen. 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. mercilessness. 2. war. the earth will become a paradise in which there will even be a resurrection of the dead.
. She told Naomi: “Do not plead with me to abandon you.” Because of her choice to serve Jehovah.” but Ruth did not. that they may recall the young women to their senses to love their husbands. 14 Monday. In writing to Titus. focus attention on the importance of knowing God’s thinking on the subject. started out with their mother-inlaw. and she married an Israelite who had come to take refuge in her land. 68:11. November 8 The women telling the good news are a large army. —Ruth 1:16.—Acts 19:8. for Bethlehem. Jehovah. (Ruth 1:15) She acted on her faith and knew to whom she wanted to belong. she found happiness. protection. Naomi urged the two young women to return home. As a girl. we need to convince our listener of the truthfulness of what we say. you may want to say something to this eﬀect. November 7 Your people will be my people. —Ps. which made special provision for widows and for the poor and landless. workers at home. (Ruth 1:1-6) Later. good. Orpah.” When we persuade a person to accept a Bible teaching. To accomplish this. so that the word of God may not be spoken of abusively. It would not be easy for them to settle in Is- . ‘Let us see how we can get God’s mind on the matter. . w10 1/15 2:4 Tuesday.” The one persuaded is “so convinced that [he] puts conﬁdence in someth[ing]. 15 rael. Under Jehovah’s wings. for where you go I shall go. November 6 He spoke with boldness . to turn back from accompanying you. as Ruth and her sister-in-law.Sunday. . Ruth had probably worshipped Chemosh and the other gods of Moab. to be sound in mind. but she came to know the true God. w09 11/15 3:13. and your God my God. teachers of what is good. w10 2/15 2:14.’ Or you might ask. . and security. . Naomi. subjecting themselves to their own husbands. sisters prove that they treasure their role in the congregation. to love their children. and where you spend the night I shall spend the night.” (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. ‘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. Paul stated: “Let the aged women be reverent in behavior. giving talks and using persuasion. After posing a question and getting the householder’s response. Orpah indeed “returned to her people and her gods. we are winning him over to place his trust in that teaching. chaste. they set a ﬁne example for others and show a high regard for their own place in the congregation. When you introduce a scripture. . To “persuade” means to “win over. Ruth beneﬁted from God’s Law. By having a full share in the ministry and by willingly making sacriﬁces for that work.
13) Accordingly.” where- . 23) In another letter. whereas those having spiritual insight worship God “with spirit and truth. November 10 Every good tree produces ﬁne fruit. Jesus then made this point: Jehovah will not forgive the one who does not forgive his brother. (Matt. being baptized in the name of the Son means recognizing Jesus’ authority and striving to follow his example and teachings. we entreat. 20) Indeed. —Rom. 2 Friday. 15:18. To emphasize this need. when being persecuted. —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. that slave would not release his fellow slave who owed him 100 denarii. —Mark 11:25. 12:21. do you bear in mind that both of you are sinners? You both need God’s forgiveness.” (1 Cor. w09 10/15 2:13-15 as those who are taught spiritual truth produce “ﬁne fruit. For example. Paul stated: “When being reviled. but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit. (Matt. 18:23-35) Yes. 16. you are keenly aware of your own sinful inclinations.Wednesday.” (Rev. November 11 Fo rgi v e w ha t ev e r you h a v e against anyone. 12:3.—1 Pet. a true Christian will heed the words of today’s text. 4:12. (Dan. but keep conquering the evil with the good.” The two kinds of fruits have become clearly manifest during this time of the end. The apostle Paul knew from his own experience that a persecutor can become a faithful disciple of Christ and a zealous servant of Jehovah. w10 3/15 1:12 Thursday. if someone oﬀends you. people are inevitably inﬂuenced by what they take into their mind and heart. 2 Tim. 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. Jesus gave an illustration: The master of a slave canceled his debt of ten thousand talents (60 million denarii). 7:17. 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. 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. in order that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you. 1 John 2:6. (Gal. we bear up. Though you were baptized in the name of the Son. 19) Those who are fed falsehoods produce “worthless fruit. including that of being willing to forgive others. 2:21. 1:13-16. November 9 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil. 10) False Christians have a distorted view of God and often a hypocritical form of godly devotion.” (John 4:24. That awareness is helpful every day. preaching the good news of the Kingdom. and you should both be forgiving. Later. (John 8:44. when being defamed. we bless. 7:15. (Matt. The source of all evil is Satan the Devil.
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. 119:105) It is a tremendous help when we are dealing with problems or are making decisions about our choice of friends. we prove our friendship and love. you have a ministr y to p erform. they may receive you into the everlasting dwelling places. w10 3/15 2:14. not just in word. exposing what he really is on the inside. w10 2/15 2:4. or message. the most important being with Jehovah and Jesus Christ. 17: 17. so that. 13:20. (Ps.” (1 John 3:16-18) We provide such ﬁnancial support when we engage in the preaching work. Jehovah. One complica- . but “in deed and truth. and so forth. 4:4) Yet. What p ower God’s word. part of “the whole association of brothers” throughout the world. it is not easy for us imperfect humans to live up to our dedication to our perfect God. —Luke 16:9. 3:10) Yes. 3:5. when such fail. do not overlook the fact that you have since cultivated new friendships. You can live up to your dedication by doing your best and relying on God’s spirit. (Col.Saturday. —2 Cor. One way that those of the other sheep class can help Christ’s brothers is by ﬁnancially supporting the preaching work. entertainment. when we donate money toward the construction and maintenance of our meeting facilities. John 15:14. 37:25. 2:9. has! In a figurative sense. 10:14) You may not feel fully qualiﬁed to shoulder such a responsibility. Whether the amount we contribute is small or great. (Rom. As an ordained minister. and when we contribute funds toward the worldwide preaching work. God’s Word can change lives! Moreover. November 13 Our being adequately qualiﬁed issues from God. But. for it ﬁguratively pierces to the dividing of bones and their marrow.—Heb.—Ps. 4:12. by using our material assets to further Kingdom interests. That truth can exert its transforming power and can bring about genuine changes in a person. dress.—2 Cor. the Bible is a book of matchless wisdom. Prov. w09 10/15 3:17 Sunday. the message emanating from the Bible is sharper than any man-made sword. employment. it is God who qualiﬁes you. (Jas. 1 Tim. It contains helpful information that can show people how to live in this complex world. November 14 Make friends for yourselves by means of the unrighteous riches.” Not that we can buy friendship with Jesus or Jehovah. Granted. 2:17. Scriptural truth reaches the innermost part of a person and penetrates his thoughts and emotions. Rather. both Jehovah and Jesus certainly appreciate our cheerful giving. 9:7. Jesus encouraged his followers to make friends for themselves by means of “the unrighteous riches. November 12 The word of God is alive and exerts power. Prov. as is the case of the anointed. 2:21-23) It is also vital to get to know the brothers and sisters in your local congregation.—1 Pet.’ (1 Pet. 15 Monday.
war. sickness. but we are conﬁdent that Jehovah will deal mercifully with us even when we make mistakes. poverty. and death cause much distress. 8:22) We are also victims of our own imperfection. as Jesus had promised. 14. we perform an act of faith. Why is that so? Our faith in Jehovah makes us conﬁdent that drawing close to God is good for us.Tuesday. 73:28. they had made important sacriﬁces. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not immune to the calamities that befall mankind in general. —Ps. 15 for the sake of the good news who will not get a hundredfold now in this period of time. 5-8. Jehovah wants us to be happy as we await the fulﬁllment of his promises. (Ps. (Phil. Aquila. 3 John 1. We cannot fully enjoy the beneﬁts of being a member of Jehovah’s family without making a vow of dedication. Rom. Peter wanted to know what the future held for him and for Jesus’ other disciples. 18:2-4. (Matt. w10 2/15 4:7. 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. and other injustices. in spite of our imperfection. November 15 The drawing near to God is good for me. w09 12/15 2:1-3 Wednesday. 10:22. 14) Yes. So we dedicate ourselves to God because. true Christians are hated and persecuted. —Job 27:5. w10 1/15 1:14.” (Mark 10:29. Time and again. 38:4) And. 30) First-century Christians. and in the coming system of things everlasting life. 5:11. 19:27. (Isa. houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and ﬁelds. November 16 What actually will there be for us?—Matt. we desire to belong to him and are resolved to be loyal to him. it is possible to experience considerable joy. 4:13) We know that we are imperfect.” but we trust in God’s promise to support us in our eﬀorts. 23. with persecutions. such as Lydia. John 15: 20. were among those who provided “houses” and became “brothers and sisters and mothers” to fellow believers. (Rom. the Bible describes true worshippers as happy people. to time indefinite they will cry out joyfully. Natural disasters. Many of God’s people have been victims of crime. (Matt. 4:1822) What assurance did Jesus give them? Jesus indicated that his disciples would be part of a spiritual brotherhood. Priscilla. and Gaius. and contentment even in the midst of calamities. 22:37) When we dedicate ourselves to God. 8 Thursday. November 17 All those taking refuge in [Jehovah] will rejoice. To devote themselves fully to the Kingdompreaching work. 103: 13. come what may. 65:13. peace of mind. (Ps. 15. 2:15. 7:21-25) We have faith that Jehovah will reward our resolve to keep our integrity. He said: “No one has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or ﬁelds for my sake and . (Matt.—Ps. We know that it will not always be easy to walk with God while living among “a crooked and twisted generation.—Acts 16:14. like Jesus.
” the apostles Peter and John said: “Whether it is righteous in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God. apparently had some difﬁculty in resolving a problem that arose between them.’ how did they ‘muster up boldness’ to speak to those in Thessalonica? “By means of our God. 31) God’s spirit can do the same for us.. (Acts 15:3739) These accounts show that true worshippers are not immune to disagreements. 4:2. The anointed followers of Christ have been extending that invitation since as far back as 1918. 20. the article stated: “The faithful remnant class join [the Most High] in the gracious invitation and say. give attention to their threats. in 1922 urged listeners to ‘advertise the King and his kingdom. But he requires something of us. The process of resolving personal diﬀerences is also started with a key. saying the words of today’s text. two Christian sisters in ancient Philippi. 16 peal helped the remnant of the bride class to reach more people with the invitation.—Acts 4:29. 19. After the apostle Paul and his companions had been ‘insolently treated in Philippi. the bride class continues to extend that invitation. Jehovah provides us with help to resolve conﬂicts and restore friendships. w10 2/15 3:8 Sunday. 4:10) That key allows those at odds with each other to begin applying Bible principles. November 19 The spirit and the bride keep on saying: “Come!”—Rev. A talk given at the convention of Bible Students at Cedar Point. Imagine that you and a friend are going to take a trip by automobile. and grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness. they and fellow believers made supplication.” Rather than praying to God for persecution to stop. Before you can begin your journey. w10 2/15 1:4. It must be done now. U.A. In that year. A heated dispute between Paul and Barnabas became public knowledge and resulted in their going separate ways for a while.’ This message is to be proclaimed to those who have a desire for righteousness and truth.S.” wrote Paul. 22:17. 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. w09 11/15 4:15. the March 15 issue of The Watchtower contained an article entitled “Gracious Invitation. In 1929. When challenged by “rulers [of the people] and older men and scribes. judge for yourselves. ‘Come.” To this day. (1 Thess.—Phil. (Jas. November 18 Euodia I exhort and Syntyche I exhort to be of the same mind in the Lord. you must put a key into the ignition and start the car’s engine. 2:2) Jehovah God can dispel our fears and give us similar boldness. Jehovah helped them muster up boldness by means of his spirit. November 20 Jehovah. Euodia and Syntyche.” In part.’ This ap- . But as for us. we cannot stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:5. The key is humility. 5 Saturday. Ohio.Friday.
—Rom. w10 2/15 4:16. Christ died for us. —Rev. a holy nation. w09 12/15 4:5. natural Jews who ac- . He wrote the following to his fellow Christians: “You are ‘a chosen race. By studying the Scriptures and progressively taking in knowledge of Jehovah. we can grow in appreciation for his attributes —his justice. 4. while we were yet sinners. 2:10) This new nation is made up of anointed Christians. November 21 I have put life and death before you. and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive. that you should declare abroad the excellencies’ of the one that called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. who have the heavenly hope. The apostle Peter clearly identiﬁed this new nation. the blessing and the malediction. —Deut. (Dan.” (1 Pet. but the three basic requirements for life cited by Moses have not changed. ‘we must stick to Jehovah.’ Regardless of what we must face. —Matt. but are now God’s people. superlative love. Matt.’ We demonstrate that we love God by acting in accord with his righteous ways. 32:4. 6 Tuesday. They are “the Israel of God. wisdom and.” (Gal.Monday. Jehovah manifests justice in all his ways and in his perfect law. 20:6. by listening to his voice and by sticking to him. 14:1. 9:27a. by loving Jehovah your God. Ps. First. 10:23-25) Third. They were restated by Jesus and others. (1 John 5:3) This calls for our regular presence at Christian meetings. a royal priesthood. where the Bible is discussed. November 23 God recommends his own love to us in that. 17 cepted Jesus as the Messiah were the ﬁrst members of that new nation. 5:8. 30:19. ‘we must listen to Jehovah’s voice’ by studying God’s Word and obeying his commandments. 21:43. many non-Israelites were also included in this nation. above all. Israel proved unfaithful to God. 36) God’s oﬀering Jesus as a propitiatory sacriﬁce for our sins ought to stir love within us in return. 6:16) In a vision. (Deut.” (1 Pet.—2 Cor. (Isa. 19:7) We can reﬂect on all of Jehovah’s creative works and be in awe of his superior wisdom. w10 3/15 4:2-4 Wednesday. 2:9) As foretold. p ower. November 22 The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits. the apostle John saw that these spiritual Israelites number 144. for Peter went on to say: “You were once not a people. (Heb.000. let us always exercise faith in God and follow his Son. 22:37) Second. his love? It is expansive and affects us all. He expressed that love in providing the ransom for mankind’s redemption. a people for special possession. (Ps. (John 3:16. 40:26) What can be said about God’s dominant quality. 104:24) The universe also gives proof that Jehovah is the Source of dynamic energy and inexhaustible power. 20. (Matt. This provision is available to the whole world of mankind. 10:6) Later. you and your oﬀspring. ‘we must love Jehovah our God. 4:1618.
” (Ex. 28:19. 15 Saturday. —Gal. but especially toward those related to us in the faith. perhaps needing to be disfellowshipped? Such a circumstance . members of the congregation can ﬁll the void. (Gen. but only one way is the best. When imprisoned. we please Jehovah and enjoy His blessing. (Gen. 11:35-40. if a friend inside the congregation decides to turn his or her back on Jehovah. The good training from his parents was evident also in the case of Joseph. w10 2/15 4:1. 6:10. 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 those “rightly disposed for everlasting life” become believers and get baptized. November 24 I need not be considered! God will announce welfare to Pharaoh.” w09 10/15 4:14. 2 Friday.—Gen. Jehovah wants us to enjoy the best way of life. Describing her reaction when a close friend stopped serving Jehovah.” she says. John 4: 24) By living in harmony with Jesus’ instructions. (Matt. Jesus Christ. and he commissioned them to make disciples. 40: 8. 15 can be very distressing. Godly parents in Bible times made sure that their children learned basic points of courtesy in the home. 41:33. Jephthah’s daughter showed outstanding respect for her father by complying with his vow in a very trialsome situation. he was courteous even to his fellow prisoners. Was I serving Jehovah for the right reasons?” How did this sister cope? “I threw my burden on Jehovah. November 26 Those who embraced his word heartily were baptized. thousands of people from diﬀerent nations embraced the truth and gave public evidence of their devotion to God by being baptized. What. November 25 Let us work what is good toward all. one sister said: “I felt as if something inside of me died. I thought my friend was ﬁrmly grounded in the truth. 41:16. I wondered if she had been serving Jehovah just to please her family. Consider the polite way in which Abraham and his son Isaac addressed each other at Genesis 22:7. When Bible students are abandoned by former friends who have no love for God. Jesus taught his followers to worship God with spirit and truth. “Welcome to the best way of life!” (Acts 13:48) During the ﬁrst century of our Common Era. 20:12) One way for children to honor their parents was by having good manners at home. and on that day about three thousand souls were added. People can live in various ways. we have sound reasons to say to them. 14) His words to Pharaoh show that he had learned the proper way to address a person of high oﬃce. but she was not. I then began to reassess my own motives. though. “I am determined to show Jehovah that I love him for who he is.Thursday. We can do nothing better with our life than conform to God’s Word and learn from his Son. 20.—Judg.—Acts 2:41. w09 11/15 5:14. not just because he provides me with friends inside his organization.
jealousy. strife. 5:17. envies. enmities. w09 6/15 1:20 Monday. 5 Tuesday. Living in a way that allows holy spirit to direct our lives can also motivate us to carry out our ministry courageously. drunken bouts. 13) It will help to set your mind on the things of the spirit and cooperate with its leadings. 18) If you are under the inﬂuence of the holy spirit. ﬁts of anger.”—Rom. practice of spiritism. diligently engaging in meaningful personal study. (2 Chron.” (Gal. rather than let yourself be controlled by ﬂeshly desires. 8:5. 34:14. . —Gal. idolatry. they got to wondering. uncleanness. allowing the holy spirit to inﬂuence you. contentions. . and regularly attending Christian meetings can help us to be “aglow with the spirit. (Gal. the ﬁrstcentury Christians accomplished a tremendous preaching work.—Acts 4:13. We want to respond to Jehovah’s direction promptly. 1:23) When we consider that most of them were “unlettered and ordinary. Josiah’s good eﬀorts to remove idolatrous practices were noted. sects. You might say that it means to be governed by the holy spirit in your daily activities. November 27 When they beheld the outspokenness of Peter and John. prayerfully meditating on what we read. w10 3/15 2:4. They preached the good news “in all creation that is under heaven.” (Col. Holy spirit is the most powerful force in the universe. w10 2/15 1:13. 14 such things as “fornication. began to read its contents to Josiah.” it becomes obvious that they were motivated by a stronger force. November 29 Hilkiah the priest found the book of Jehovah’s law.Sunday. “Walking by spirit” involves accepting the action of the holy spirit upon you. just as he did in Josiah’s case. and it can empower humans to do Jehovah’s will. divisions. (2 Chron. November 28 Keep walking by spirit. Under its inﬂuence. Hilkiah handed the book to the royal secretary Shaphan who. revelries. Yet. you seek to refrain from the works of the ﬂesh. —2 Chron. . 5:19-21) In a sense. 5:16. And we can be conﬁdent that Jehovah will note with approval our zeal for true worship. Galatians chapter 5 brings out the contrast between being under the inﬂuence of the holy spirit and that of the ﬂesh. Those include . Through the prophetess Huldah. 34:19-28) Surely our desire is the same as Josiah’s was.” (Rom. 12:11. taking to heart the warning example of what can happen if we allow apostasy and unfaithfulness to encroach on our worship. The combined beneﬁts of constantly praying for the spirit. 34:1418) What was the eﬀect? The king immediately ripped his garments apart in grief and instructed the men to consult Jehovah. loose conduct. you “put the practices of the body to death by the spirit. God provided a message condemning some of the religious practices that had been carried on in Judah. and he remained in Jehovah’s favor despite the calamities predicted for the nation as a whole. in turn.
he and Timothy became close friends despite a difference in age and background. Such spiritually harmful plagues have caused millions to lose their love for God. too. the pursuit of riches and prominence. that I may take a drink. w10 1/15 2:12. w09 10/15 4:9. could it be that you are restricting your view of who can be a friend? (Rom. Of course. and false religion. the enticement of immoral desires. Still others he misleads by such philosophies as patriotism. please. —Ps.’ this is the one you must assign to your servant.’ and who will indeed say. 14:6) Also.—Gen. —Matt. December 2 Jehovah . . 24:45. 11:3) He catches others by promoting greed. Bible study makes it evident that you should always pray for God’s guidance. Consider what happened when the patriarch Abraham sent his eldest servant —likely Eliezer—to Mesopotamia to obtain a God-fearing wife for Isaac.” Are you willing to build friendships with those outside your age bracket? Jehovah will certainly reward you for your eﬀorts. For instance. pride. widen out. Yet. who is in her early 20’s. 13 Thursday.Wednesday. . 4 . December 1 You. please. w09 11/15 2:3. 11:13) Paul did not restrict his friendships to those of his own age group. And she cares about me so much. many young ones treasure the friendships they have formed with older members of the congregation.” How are such friendships formed? Vanessa says: “I had to seek this friendship out and not just wait for it to come to me. She soon accompanied him to Canaan and became Isaac’s beloved wife. “I have a very dear friend who is in her 50’s. Today. (Rev. Satan has trapped many with a selﬁsh desire for independence. to guard you in all your ways. and numerous other harmful desires and inﬂuences. 10 Friday. 24:13.” (Gen. 6:13. Matt. (2 Cor. 5:18.” says Vanessa.—Gal. November 30 He will give his own angels a command concerning you. 14) The prayer of Abraham’s servant was answered when Rebekah watered his camels. 24:12) How comforting it is to know that heavenly angels guide and protect us so that we can preach the good news. (Col. cause it to happen. —2 Cor. ‘Take a drink. 2:8) And many have been lured into the trap of illic- it sex relations. (Ps. to Isaac. the servant prayed to Jehovah: “What must occur is that the young woman to whom I shall say. evolution. As women drew water at a certain well. 91:7-10. “the faithful and discreet slave” provides spiritual food to protect us against the teaching of evolution. . you cannot expect God to give you a special sign. Have you ever felt that there is just no one in your congregation whom you can befriend? If so. and I shall also water your camels. 91:11. “I can tell her anything that I can tell friends my age. and materialism. ‘Let your water jar down. he will guide you in life if you pray and are determined to be led by his spirit. 24:12.
the identity of the “great crowd” mentioned at Revelation 7:9-17 was made clear. Those who hear the invitation to “come” are invited to say. and joined the bride class in actively inviting others to ‘come and drink life’s water free. having appreciatively heard the message. December 5 My food is for me to do the will of him that sent me and to ﬁnish his work.” (John 8: 29. time was needed to settle the issue and to demonstrate convincingly that the rebels were utterly wrong. consumed by feelings of . December 3 Let anyone hearing say: “Come!”—Rev. 27:11) Thus. 8:12) That is comforting news. (Prov. For ex ample. 22:17. 10 self-importance. caused humans to reject Jehovah’s way of governing.—John 4:34. Sooner or later the wicked will have to be brought to justice. w10 1/15 4:1. Satan. “Come!” in resp onse. Hence. 5:22. he went without rest. Prov. the August 1. 8:13. —Eccl.” (Matt. that inevitable outcome had to be made obvious to all intelligent creatures. especially for those who love righteousness and who have suffered injustice and mistreatment at the hands of the wicked. Jesus said: “I always do the things pleasing to him. 16:24) Doing so draws us closer to Jehovah. let him disown himself. (Rom. They do not have to be anointed of the Lord in order to declare the Lord’s message. Being dedicated to Jehovah results in happiness because it involves the giving of ourselves. 2 Monday. 17 Sunday. Foremost among the wicked who will be brought to justice is Satan the Devil. December 4 It will not turn out well at all with the wicked one. Eccl. 1932. have made a dedication to God. When necessary.” In 1935. 5:12-14) Of course. And these. our ﬁrst parents joined Satan in challenging Jehovah’s rightful authority and became sinners in His sight. Jesus pointed his followers toward a satisfying way of life when he said: “If anyone wants to come after me. As a result.Saturday. 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.” (Acts 20:35) Jesus fully experienced the happiness of giving during his earthly ministry. and comfort so that he could help others to ﬁnd the road to life. Jehovah knew how their disrespectful and rebellious course would turn out for them. food. Could we place ourselves in the hands of anyone else who could care for us more lovingly? w10 1/15 1:16. However. Jesus found delight in making his Father’s heart rejoice.’ w10 2/15 3:9. (John 8:44) Back in Eden. undergone water baptism. Jesus stated a basic truth when he said: “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. 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.
” including “the fruit of lips which make public declaration to [God’s] name. but we should stand out as diﬀerent from those who do not love and serve Jehovah. .”—Matt. the appointed elders. Heb. Likewise. Paul’s counsel in this verse can be summed up in two words: Show empathy. Christ is using imperfect humans in the local congregation.” (Eph. you want to imitate Jesus to the best of your ability. 5 Wednesday. ask yourself: ‘Do I blend in with the world. . we do not want to appear self-righteous. Jesus ‘wept with people who were weeping’ when his friend Lazarus died. —Mal. or do I remain ﬁrm for Bible principles. 4:20-23) When you come to respect a friend. You also . for the building up of the body of the Christ. 3:16) Of course. and meeting attendance? The more God’s Word becomes a part of you.Tuesday. . 4:11. In line with your wholehearted dedication to God. 12) Even if an imperfect human makes a mistake. you likely try to learn from his example and good qualities. This involves continuing to work at putting away the old personality and putting on the new. between one serving God and one who has not served him. why not pray about the matter and seek spiritual strength through regular Bible study. December 6 Rejoice with people who rejoice. whether at school or at work. Similarly. We need to learn to understand and even share another person’s feelings. 3:18. even speaking up when appropriate?’ (1 Pet.” (Luke 10:17-21) He shared their joy. prayer. we wish to share his or her joy. If we are aglow with the spirit. Jesus as King of the heavenly Kingdom is able to handle the matter in his time and way. 7:17. particularly the spiritually older men. (Eph. you want to learn from Christ and imitate him. or do I stand out as diﬀerent? Do I always strive to ﬁt in with my secular associates. When a fellow Christian rejoices. 4:24. If you see room for improvement. —Eph. 14 Thursday. 12:15. 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. we should be sensitive to the pains and heartaches of our brothers and sisters. December 7 Put on the new personality. The provision of having such men appointed is “with a view to the readjustment of the holy ones. When 70 disciples of Christ returned joyfully from a preaching campaign and related the good results of their work. our feelings of shared joy or compassion will be evident. weep with people who weep. 16 need to respect the way Jesus directs those dedicated to Jehovah. (John 11:3235) We want to follow Jesus’ example of showing empathy. Often. On the other hand. 13:15. As you reﬂect on those words. w10 1/15 3:4. the more you will produce “ﬁne fruit. w09 10/15 1:15. —Rom. Do you believe that? w10 3/15 1: 13. Jesus himself “became overjoyed in the holy spirit. December 8 You people will again certainly see the distinction between a righteous one and a wicked one.
000 people have made the decision to serve Jehovah and be baptized in symbol of their dedication to him. (1 Pet. 139:14-16) But once wickedness was introduced into the human family. w10 1/15 4:11 Sunday. How? The apostle John quotes Jesus as saying: “God loved the world so much that . 3 Saturday. 30:21. knowledge of the Scriptures.” (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.” This will enable us to follow his further counsel to “endure under tribulation.—1 John 4:8. We should not retaliate in kind. the apostle advises us to “persevere in prayer. Endure under tribulation. That is an average of over 5.—Isa.” (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. we do our best to conquer evil with good. To the extent possible. We should try to overcome opposition with acts of kindness. w10 2/15 4:2. and faith in what they teach. be it in heaven or on earth. w09 10/15 2:17. Jehovah also lovingly provided humans with a beautiful home containing everything necessar y for their happiness.700. for it marks the beginning of an intimate relationship with Jehovah. 2:21) The disciple-making work has sped up in these last days and is now being done in over 230 lands. 2:8. without violating Bible principles. Romans chapter 12 gives us abundant counsel on how we should react to opposition. 12:12. in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. remembering that vengeance belongs to Jehovah.—John 17: 25. Paul gives three admonitions. 26. Ps.—Rom. December 10 God is love. practical counsel. 1: 29-31. During the past ten years. Baptism is a milestone in our life. even as Jesus did.” Finally. The fear-inspiring and wonderful way in which we are made bears witness to God’s love. 9. December 9 Rejoice in the hope. —Acts 19:23. (Gen. The early disciples of Christ belonged to “The Way. It is also a demonstration of conﬁdence that he will help us to serve him faithfully.000 individuals every week! The decision to be baptized is based on love for God. Persevere in prayer. more than 2. Jehovah expressed his love in new ways. Even when faced with outright hostility. 18 he gave his only-begotten Son. December 11 There arose no little disturbance concerning The Way. giving them the opportunity to reﬂect God’s self-sacriﬁcing love in everyday life. we should endeavor to live peaceably with all men. 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.Friday. Since we could never do all these things without Jehovah’s help. In addition to all this wise.
18:15-17. Moses felt inadequate when he was sent to speak to the Israelites and to the king of Egypt. It was a long time before they faced him as prime minister of Egypt. The other person may need time to sort out his feelings. making peace will be diﬃcult. If you are doing that. (Matt. sunshine and water are necessary. (Gen. w10 1/15 2:6 Wednesday. we contribute to the unity and joy of the congregation. 29. 11:28. and speaking in his name. living by his law. 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. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of being a servant of God. To illustrate: A farmer cultivates the land. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. 1:10. Holy spirit is needed for us to manifest the fruitage of the spirit. Yet. 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. As holy spirit operates upon you. he experienced the joy of accomplishing God’s will. w09 11/15 4:16. without such he cannot expect any harvest. We might compare holy spirit to sunshine.’ (Ex. that this calls for eﬀort on your part.—Matt. If our initial attempts to make peace seem unfruitful for some reason. —Jas. they had a change of heart and begged for forgiveness. w10 3/15 2:6. . Jehovah is just as reasonable in what he expects of us. December 13 Come to me. The Bible contains excellent counsel on resolving conﬂicts. He understands our imperfect nature. 10. 5: 22.—1 Pet. 13-15) Since Moses accepted the help oﬀered. you are imitating the ﬁne examples of the prophets. 24.Monday. 10:4) Yes. December 12 A diligent inquiry and a careful search were made by the prophets. “the fruitage of the spirit. Joseph’s brothers dealt treacherously with Joseph. For example. 18. (Ps. you manifest godly qualities. however. however. 23) You realize. 4:1.—Col. . and I will refresh you.” (Gal. 3:12-14. 27) Unless we humbly apply that counsel. But God was . 3:11. Joseph pardoned them. Waiting for the other person to show humility is not the solution when we too are holding the key of humility in our hand. Of course. You may have wondered if you will be able to do what Jehovah expects of you. Eph. ‘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. . we should not give up hope. and he wants to help us. what would be produced without the farmer’s hard work? (Prov. 4:26. though. Jehovah ‘taught him what to do. and Jacob’s sons became a nation that had the privilege of bearing the name of Jehovah. and he will exalt you. So ask yourself. 7 not unreasonable in what he expected of Moses. Finally. 19 Tuesday. December 14 Humble yourselves in the eyes of Jehovah. 4:10. 5:23. for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart. we must read and meditate on God’s Word. 50:15-21) By maintaining peace with our brothers and sisters.
—Heb. 7:31. France. 13:17. When we overlook the faults of the elders and joyfully follow their direction. —Rom. how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him! —Luke 11:13. although being wicked. (1 Thess. So be proud to bear God’s name and. w10 1/15 3:13. 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. we should constantly pray for holy spirit. how can we personally live up to our unique name? For one thing. so she asked the next Witness she met to show her that name in her Bible. Indeed. in imitation of Jesus. 5:23) At times. Therefore. When she read Psalm 83:18. Also. (Eph. is pleased to use these imperfect men. “What is this world coming to?” Rosa could not pass up such an opportunity to give a witness. (Jer. When a fellow worker. we may ﬁnd it a challenge to obey the Bible-based direction given to us by the local elders. w10 2/15 1:6. 7 Friday. for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account. the way we react to their authority directly inﬂuences our friendship with Christ. we should tactfully expose religious falsehoods that malign our Creator. or working business territory—intimidate us. the Head of the congregation. such as the doctrine of hellﬁre. the impact was profound. know how to give good gifts to your children.” says Rosa. we must faithfully bear witness to God. 10:13. These men are app ointed by holy spirit under Christ’s direction. 14 Saturday. The most direct way to receive God’s holy spirit is to ask for it. 1 John 4:8. She was able to give a ﬁne witness and make a follow-up arrangement. we prove our love for Christ. She began to study the Bible and is now a faithful sister serving in another land. Still. heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses knew the name of God. and this may distort our view of their counsel. We are likely aware of their imperfections. What did she do to get the courage to speak up? “I prayed to Jehovah and asked for his spirit to help me. 5:17) That is what a Christian woman named Rosa did. If certain aspects of the ministry—doing street witnessing. As Jehovah’s Witnesses. for this would be damaging to you. Christ.Thursday. that they may do this with joy and not with sighing. A way that all of us can prove that we are friends of Christ is by cooperating with the direction provided by congregation elders. December 17 If you. disturbed by a report on mistreated children. to make that precious name manifest to all. December 15 Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive. preaching informally. compare Mark 9: . we can pray to Jehovah for his spirit and ask him to help us muster up the needed boldness. cried out. December 16 Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved. which in reality attributes to the God of love the cruel traits of the Devil.
Phil.” wrote the apostle Paul. the Bible’s message can free people from spiritual bondage to Satan. government in the hands of humans who do not know Jehovah has failed to bring permanent good results. 12:10) Paul knew that God’s spirit can make up for human weaknesses. God’s active force can strengthen you whenever you feel weak and in need of help. 6:12) Paul called God’s word “the sword of the spirit. Israel demanded a visible. but it is I whom they have rejected from being king over them. as if you were in a long tunnel of problems. Jehovah told Samuel to grant their request. Being ruled by a human king led to serious problems for Israel. that is. 7:12.Sunday. 2:3. 6:33. Thus. 8:9-18) History demonstrated the truth of Jehovah’s warning. he warned them that rule by a human king would come at a price. 1 John 2:17. Applying the principles found in God’s Word makes it possible for us to get along well with others. 6:9) The Scriptures also foretell God’s purpose for the future. it is not surprising that throughout the ages. You can experience the same feeling! w10 3/15 2:16 Tuesday. some politicians invoke God’s blessing on their eﬀorts to achieve peace and security. December 20 Accept . God’s word. the sword of the spirit. Should we not strive to wield it skillfully? w10 2/15 2:5. What you have to contend with may at times leave you feeling lost. Even with helpful friends around you in the congregation. Through the prophet Samuel. that you may abound in hope with power of holy spirit. Although Jehovah permitted Israel to have a visible king. you may still ﬁnd it diﬃcult to cope with daily challenges. 18) What a meaningful life a person can enjoy if he allows godly principles to guide his life! Think. It is a sword that is saving lives instead of destroying them. regardless of their nature. (Matt. With that example of Israel in mind. human king. True. Paul wrote that he could “take pleasure in weaknesses.—Rom. 6:17. (1 Sam. (1 Tim. 4:710. 9 for his holy spirit. 15:13. “then I am powerful. December 18 It is not you whom they have rejected. asking . we are able to take into consideration the long-term eﬀects of our decisions. 6 Monday.—1 Sam. —Eph. 4) With the road ahead ﬁguratively well-lit. .” (2 Cor.” It was when he was weak that he felt holy spirit operating on him. “When I am weak.” When presented eﬀectively. but how can God bless those who do not submit to his way of ruling? —Ps. (Matt. That is especially a time for you to turn to Jehovah. helping us to pursue a lifestyle that is consistent with that purpose. 8:7. of what a powerful weapon the Bible is in our spiritual warfare. (Eph. December 19 May the God who gives hope ﬁll you with all joy and peace by your believing. w10 1/15 5:8. too. 2:10-12. especially when that king proved unfaithful. .
12) Furthermore. bad things happen.—Isa.” and “I am sorry. However.” “may I help you?. he has heard despicable lies and blasphemies. and to eat a meal with others. children will be able to make friends and will maintain peace with others. w10 1/15 2:14.” “you are welcome. not to kill us. Hence. 13:20. (Ps. They need to understand the importance of sincerely saying “please. the masterpieces of his physical creation. 54:17. 78:40. Thus. and Jehovah feels deeply distressed when they do. They will be well-equipped to work with employers and coworkers. (Prov. criminals. to answer the telephone. w09 12/15 2:4. 39) He has protected the congregation from powerful religious and political enemies whose aim has usually been.—Rom. They should be helped to understand why they ought to hold doors for people. show kindness to the elderly and sick. 15 on him. God must have been aﬀected later when some other angels joined in the rebellion. We seek the advice of the elders. For some 6. He lacks nothing and needs no one. 10. December 21 Any weapon whatever that will be formed against you will have no success. 6. 23:24. 63:9. w09 11/15 5: 16-18 Thursday. Since then. so we must act continuously to protect ourselves from spiritual dangers. and oﬀer to help those carrying heavy packages. 4: 10) We have no reason to doubt that Jehovah can protect us from anything that could cause us to lose his approval. of the p ain felt by God when Adam and Eve. To get along well as adults. too. turned their backs .Wednesday. (Gen. December 23 Your father and your mother will rejoice. and upright will bring their parents joy and satisfaction. (Jer. but to separate us from our holy God. (Rom.” The best way to train children to be courteous is by setting a good example. Moreover. 1 Pet. The value of training our children to be well-mannered cannot be overestimated. our association with the congregation helps us to b ecome wise.000 years. Think. Just as we constantly have to protect ourselves from physical dangers. And do we not beneﬁt from the variety of qualities displayed by our Christian brothers and sisters? Indeed. billions of their descendants have rejected Jehovah’s authority. such as accidents. we should regularly take advantage of the guidance that Jehovah provides for us in our publications and at congregation meetings and assemblies. 11. December 22 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. violence. 23:25.—Prov. 3:1-10) Clearly. Jehovah has observed acts of idolatry. 6:5. and sexual perversion.—Prov. young ones need to learn the proper way to greet visitors. children who are courteous. 8:38. 3:23. Jehovah has the entire universe under his authority. 41) The pain that Jehovah feels when his people reject him is certainly great. Jehovah must have felt some disappointment when one of his spirit sons rebelled and became Satan. murder. Even God’s own true worshippers have on occasion hurt his feelings. 5 Friday. mannerly. or infections.—Isa.” “thank you.
it points to a deliberate eﬀort on the part of Satan to corrupt the Christian congregation by introducing wicked people into it. for they were “ﬁlled with the holy spirit and were speaking the word of God with boldness”! (Acts 4:24-31) As a result.Saturday. Wise King Solomon wrote: “Oil and incense are what make the heart rejoice. December 25 Let your utterance be always with graciousness. Do they reﬂect your keen interest in Jehovah’s Kingdom. this apostasy was clearly evident.” The weeds are described as “the sons of the wicked one. those who are not our Christian brothers.—2 Pet. December 26 His enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat. Think about your own prayers. so communication between them needs to . also the sweetness of one’s companion due to the counsel of the soul. 27:9) Is that how you view any counsel you receive from a friend? (Ps.” that is. 7 Sunday. the weeds that Jesus referred to were probably the bearded darnel.” (Matt. How thrilling it must have been when that prayer was answered. w09 11/15 2:21. 1 John 2:18. By the time that the last apostle. (Acts 4:18-20) After being released. 2: 1-3.’ those apostles courageously refused to quit. Rather. and in the sanctiﬁcation of his holy name? (Matt. 39) In a literal sense. This poisonous plant closely resembles wheat in its early stages before it reaches maturity. in the doing of his will. Then all those present petitioned God for help in speaking his word with boldness. 4:5) Surely. So this illustration does not portray genuine Christians who fall away from the truth. 13:38. Because of persecution or other trials. 10) They should. 141:5) If a friend expresses concern about some course of action that you are taking. December 24 They with one accord raised their voices to God. w10 3/15 3:5. 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. 22 be both gracious and forthright. When the Sanhedrin ordered Peter and John to stop ‘teaching upon the basis of Jesus’ name. Paul was speciﬁcally referring to the way we should talk to those “on the outside.—Acts 4:24. What a ﬁtting picture of imitation Christians. 18 Monday. was old. John. 3:15) Jesus did not say that the wheat would become weeds. if nonbelievers deserve respect when we speak to them. (Gen. —Matt. (Col. prayer often includes pleas for help to serve Jehovah with courage. how much more so do our friends inside the congregation! Good friends value each other’s opinion. Jesus tells us that the enemy “is the Devil. seasoned with salt. multitudes became worshippers of Jehovah. 13:25.” (Prov. 4:6. 6:9. they told fellow believers what had happened.—Col. or do you take oﬀense? w09 10/15 4: 17. Prayer can also strengthen you to declare the good news boldly. how do you react? Do you view the comments as an act of loving-kindness.
w10 2/15 1:14. (2 Tim. December 27 Keep testing whether you are in the faith.—2 Cor. 3:2. December 28 Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 9) How grateful we should be that Jehovah is willing to forgive “in a large way”! (Isa. keep proving what you yourselves are. (Jas. 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. which beneﬁts others. 16 Kingdom. 12:11. They do not let up in their eﬀorts to accomplish their ministry fully. 3:13. 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. and yet his commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 1:8. w10 1/15 4:15. (Ps. We are all sinners. and for that we should be most grateful. Doing that out of our heart’s abundance is an evidence that we observe God’s commandments with a pure motive. 55:7) Consider also this fact: Having been born as imperfect sinners. Jehovah’s willingness to do so for thousands of years demonstrates that he possesses these marvelous qualities to a perfect degree.” we can demonstrate increased boldness in our houseto-house ministry and when witnessing informally. 9. 3:15. 8 Thursday.—Col. we are in a position to experience the profound joy we feel when God forgives us our errors. 4:5) Likewise. 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. sins. and we all stumble many times. (Rom. and shortcomings. 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 . 51:5. we are moved to share knowledge of God with others as well as to observe all his other commands. 16 Wednesday. love of Jehovah God motivates us to observe his commandments. 12:34. By b eing “on fire with the Spirit. —Matt.—2 Pet. December 29 Consider the patience of our Lord as salvation. that we observe his commandments.” (1 John 5:3) Yes. 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. 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. 13:5.Tuesday.
He also sang: “My own foot will certainly stand on a level place. Present arguments in a clear and logical manner.—Acts 17:2.—John 6:44. Jehovah has extended a personal invitation to us to be a part of his congregation today. And what joy and satisfaction we experience because we have a place in the congregation! “Jehovah.” (Ps. ‘Draw up’ what is in it by using kind questions that reﬂect personal interest in the individual. Your statements should be solidly based on God’s Word. 16:23) At times. 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 . (Acts 17:4) Like him. Accepting this invitation was the best decision we ever made. Out of all the billions of people on the earth. among the congregated throngs I shall bless Jehovah. 12) The true God has a place for each of us in his organization. Using corroborative evidence can also ‘add persuasiveness to your lips. 17 Saturday. Paul convincingly reasoned with others from the Scriptures.” said the psalmist. 26:8. I have loved the dwelling of your house. Using heartfelt entreaty and sound logic. endeavor to reach the heart of your listener. (Prov. They should be supported by satisfying evidence. w09 11/15 3:16. Jehovah has lovingly drawn each of his servants into a relationship with him. December 30 No man can come to me unless the Father. we can keep our precious place in Jehovah’s arrangement. It has given our life purpose and meaning. December 31 [Paul] reasoned with them from the Scriptures. By continuing to follow theocratic direction and by staying busy in God’s service.Friday. who sent me.’ (Prov. 20:5) Avoid being blunt. It is better to use one text well by explaining and illustrating the point than to read two or three scriptures in rapid succession. draws him. Reason from the Scriptures in a way that is convincing. it may be necessary to do research and provide additional information.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?