Meditation

12/10/2019

“So thay they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of he king and his sons. May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem. I Darius, have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.” (Ezra10:10, 12)

History records that Darius and Cyrus deferred to the gods of he vassal nations of Persia. Darius realized the value of prayer in Israel’s God.

These foreign kings did not believe in he uniqueness of the God of Israel, but God makes even pagan rulers serve His purposes. Herein lies the universality of prayer, that even foreign kings were used by God through their prayers.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have no limitations whatsoever. You can use the prayers of anyone, for Your purposes, and then make it abundantly clear, that it was You and not some other god that responded. We know You hear our prayers, Abba, for we are Your people and you always hear us when we call out to You in prayer. Today, we pray that You will used us to spread the gospel of salvation through Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, so that others will also respond to Your call in their lives and may they recognized it is You alone, who responds to their cries. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

God gives every bird its’ food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

KNOWING GOD:

These I will bring to my holy mountain and given joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings an sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house o prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah56:7)

The prophet promised salvation will be available to all, and all will come to the Temple to pray. Therefore Jesus called it a “house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). God wants all people to pray to Him. He sets no preconditions. I pray you all understand this clearly, as “He sets no preconditions.”

I AM:

Pray, Universality of”: (Jonah 1:-1416)

The sailors had called to their own gods (verse 5). They understood Jonah’s reference to the universal God (verse 9). When Jonah revealed the reason for the storm, they called on Jonah’s God. Pagans are welcome at God’s altar when they learn to acknowledge Him. Prophets’ prayers lack meaning when not backed by obedience.

Second Thought of the Day:

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time o King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’” (Matthew2:1-2)

God uses the natual order He created in exceptional ways to achieve His redemptive purposes. Eastern scholars had studied the starts long and carefully, charting their courses and historical evens to see how they affected human life. These students of thte skies discovered and followed one special star. They traveled with it to the Jerusalem to understand its great significance and to find the new Kin whose birth it announced.

These students or Magi were Gentiles. Whatever their office, they perceived that God was manifesting Himslef uniquely within the Jewish tradition. Jesus’ coming made clear God’s open door policy to all peoples.

Meditation

12/09/2019

“Finally brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, and in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.” (1st Thessalonians 4:1-2)

Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of God. The proclaiming of the gospel (Greek – evangelizo) includes instruction (Greek – didasko) to the believers. The Word of God is written specifically to believes. While proclamation provides instruction in the evangelistic thrust of the gospel, it also instructs in the doctrine and principles which produce a godly life, the only genuinely effective platform from which we can reach the lost.

The ultimate goal for every believer is to be presented “perfect in Christ” (Colossians 1;28). Faithful proclamation continually guides the believer in the truth of God. Proclamation seeks to instruct believes to avoide and to resist temptation and to grow into Christians maturity. Such proclamation centers on Christ, not on human abilities and achievement.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, in Your wisdom have given us people who are inspired by You, to give us instruction in Your Word that will lead us into maturity of our faith in You. Clergy in their process of ordination, are given the desire to know more and more of Your Word, so that we might give instruction to others. You call others and inspire them in Your Word for leading Your people in churches, while others still are inspired to teach in our churches. Abba, we seek Your daily instruction and inspiration to continue our studies to strengthened our own knowledge of Your Word, opening its meanings to help us in the proper manner that we might preach and teach effectively and truthfully, the entirety of Your Word, and not just portions of it. This we pray in Jessu’ name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

In this life it’s not what you have but Who you have that counts!

KNOWING GOD:

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have know the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation throught faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God’s-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy3:14-17)

The purpose of reproof or rebuke is to correct the error in the lives of the hearers and will point them to the right way. This is a clear responsibility of preaching and teaching. Paul rebuked the church at Galatia because they had moved away from the true gospel to embrace heresy. Paul also devoted much of his first letter to the church at Corinth to rebuking the actions and attitudes of the believers there.

I AM:

Proclamation, Exhortation and Encouragement”: (Acts14:-21-22)

They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter te kingdom of God,” they said. Once again, Paul and his brothers in Christ traveled around, because there were many prophets, but only one group that proclaimed Christ Jesus. Therefore, Paul wrote letters to the churches to hold strong their faith and “the Way.” At times, they had to reteach or clarify what others said, to get them back on track. This is still true today, beloved. We must stay in His Word daily, to be able to give strength to our own faith in God, and also to be encouraged and not prepared for those who want to teach you another way, not of Christ.

Second Thought of the Day:

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints—-the faith and love that spring form the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you hear I and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” (Colossians1:3-6)

The ultimate purpose of the gospel is to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and lead them to grow and mature in that relationship (1st Peter2;1-3). God’s concern is not only for the salvation of the lost but also for the regular spiritual growth of he saved.

The failure to grow spiritually often produces theological and moral heresy (1st Corinthians 3:1-31). The proclamation of the gospel is God’s safeguard for believes intended to encourage us in spiritual grown and perseverance.

Meditation

12/06/2019

“Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, ‘That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.’”(Acts24:24-25)

Proclaiming the gospel brings two responses. Some will accept the gospel with repentance and faith. Others will respond with rejection and rebellion. This dual reaction is clearly seen in 1st Corinthians1:18-25. When Simeon spoke of Jesus Christ in the Temple, he pointed out these two results.

The results belong to God (1st Corinthians 3:1-9). Our assignment is to preach the gospel so that all people will be brought either to receive Him or reject Him. The responsibility then sits squarely on their shoulders, for we have been obedient to God’s call for us to preach the gospel.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You simply ask us to do what all Christians are asked to do, preach and teach the gospel. Simple, straight-forward, and truthful. At this point, we have accomplished the task that You give us. Today, we ask that You continue to put people in our paths, that need to hear the gospel message. Help us through Your Holy Spirit to discern the message we are to deliver to those who have not heard it before. This we pray in Your Son, our Lord and Savior’s name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Do your best, beloved, and let Jesus do the rest!

KNOWING GOD:

The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it.” (2nd Thessalonians1:8)

No better example of the church discharging its missionary responsibility appears in the New Testament. The faith of the church at Thessalonica had spread through the surrounding region of Macedonia just as the faith of the church in Rome had spread throughout the world (Romans 1:8). What a challenge for contemporary churches to become models for missions in the surrounding territory! Their faith spread beyond their own province or state (Macedonia) and to the next province (Achaia). But their interest in missionary outreach became known far beyond even those regions. Their central testimony concerned the change in their lives. Jesus had brought about and their confidence in His return. In short, Jesus and the gospel He brought to them, was profound and lasting. They continued to spread the gospel that had converted them to Christianity, in faith, hope and love, that it would do the same for all others. They were right then and still are today.

I AM:

Proclamation, Unbelievers”: (Acts26:19-29)

Paul was in prison beginning in Jerusalem, then moved to Caesarea, as over 40 members of the Sanhedrin had pledged to kill him. First, his was under the Governor Felix and then under Governor Festus, who succeeded Felix. Felix brought Paul before him and listened to him, but decided not to take immediate action. Felix assumed Paul would offer him a bribe to be released, but instead after two years of captivity, he spoke openly about being a follower of the Way, and that all the charges against him were false and were intended to bring him under the Jews in Jerusalem and that they desired to kill him. So, Paul, instead of offering a bribe, asked for Judgment by Caesar, as he was legally a Roman citizen. All of this sums up the situation Paul found himself in. The Jews wanted to kill him, but the governor saw no substantiation of his charges. Instead, was standing in front of King Agrippa. After listening to Paul he asked him, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian? Paul said, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”Paul was an educated man and no fool. By using his citizenship of Rome, he avoided the Jewish priests and their plot to kill him. He also witnessed for well over two years of his faith in Jesus Christ and many came to believe although not all.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’” (Luke2:34-35)

The proclaimer must proclaim what the audience needs and is able to understand. Paul could preach only about the basics of the faith in Corinth because of their immaturity in the faith. Each proclaimer must find the task for which God has provided gift and opportunity. Proclaimers are not in competition with one another, for their audience is difference. This issue was upon following Paul or Apollos or anyone else. In truth, these are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ; we are followers of Christ, not Paul or Apollos or anyone else. If you are a follower of a man/woman, then you not a follower of Jesus Christ. This is the point then, as now. The gospel leads us to God through Jesus Christ, period.

Beloved, this both a warning and a promise. Those of us in the world today that are called to preach and teach, must do so honestly, directly, and truthfully. There is no room for ambiguity. The message of God’s Word is clear and is to be obeyed.

Proclamation is backed by God. The human proclaimer should have no fear in proclaiming His Word publicly. God gives His messengers freedom to disclose God’s good news of he kingdom to all persons everywhere.

Meditation

12/05/2019

Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the Lord’s temple and said to all the people. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.’) Jeremiah 19:14-15)

Proclamation has been accomplished primarily through individual human beings, though at times God used angels to announce His word. In the Old Testament times prophets were the major proclaimers of God’s word. Prophets carried God’s messages from the divine council to kings, congregations, and individuals.

The prophets dis not control the content of the proclamation. They spoke the word God gave them in a way the audience would hear and remember. At times they surprised people with words of doom and rebuke. Other times they spoke with words of comfort and salvation. At all times, they fearlessly announced the given message God had given to them.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You give a message to those whom You have anointed to share with congregations, the general public and even to individuals, that is to be delivered by those whom You spoke directly to. Let the message clearly ring in the hearts and minds of those who hear the message and receive it as true, heart-felt, and to be understood. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep; instead, talk to the Shepherd.”

KNOWING GOD:

“This is what the Lord says: ‘As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim peace; if he does not, the prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them.’” (Micah 3:5-6)

One thing many people do not understand is that there were all kinds of prophets, prophesying throughout the nation. God’s prophets spoke truth, always, while other prophets spoke whatever made the people wanted them to say, to make them feel better in their relationship with the people than what was real the truthful. God’s prophets did bring good messages to the people, but they also brought messages rebuking their actions with others, and that they needed to change their ways. You see, God loves His people and He loves them enough to tell them when they are doing wrong instead of good, that they were to treat all people equally and fairly, and that they were to be honest and truthful in all transactions. Conversely, the “feel good” prophets (much like many preachers today) delivered messages that were not truly honest and truthful. They were currying favor with the people, instead of delivering a message that’s foundation was built on love, truth, and compassion.

I AM:

Proclamation, Fearless:” (Jeremiah 2:2)

(Jeremiah 2:2: “God and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.’” As previously noted, prophets, angels, and sometimes dreams were common in the Old Testament. Prophets were the major deliverers of God’s messages. The commonality of all was simply that they spoke the word God given them in a way the audience would hear and remember. Sometimes the message was good and sometimes it was a correction in our behavior that needed changing, but at all times they fearlessly and truthfully announced the given message.

Second Thought of the Day:

“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:26-28)

Beloved, this both a warning and a promise. Those of us in the world today that are called to preach and teach, must do so honestly, directly, and truthfully. There is no room for ambiguity. The message of God’s Word is clear and is to be obeyed.

Proclamation is backed by God. The human proclaimer should have no fear in proclaiming His Word publicly. God gives His messengers freedom to disclose God’s good news of he kingdom to all persons everywhere.

Meditation

12/04/2019

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.” (Micah3:8)

The Spirit makes preaching possible. Micah emphasized more forcefully than most writing prophets that the Spirit gave him the prophetic gift. The gift of prophecy included both the content of the message (justice) and the power and courage to deliver the message effectively.

Prophecy, therefore, included both medium and message. The Spirit continues to lead people to recognize and confess sin. Sadly, false preachers, not led by the Spirit continue to please people rather than listen to God. All preachers are to be held to a higher degree of accountability, and for those false preachers, not leading their flock to God in good times and not, will lead them seriously wanting at the time of judgment.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have anointed those whom You spoke through carefully, and the responsibility for them to speak to Your people is real. Today we pray for all those who speak for you as lay or clergy, to always pray for Your strength to speak boldly, honestly, and truthfully. Let our words always be Your words and not our own. Let the strength of Your words always ring true and open the hearts, minds and ear of those who are present to hear Your message and then to apply them to their daily lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Count your blessings, not your problems.

KNOWING GOD:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead or mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah61:13)

When we faithfully proclaim the gospel, God anoints that proclamation. He fills it with power. What God commands us to do, He enables us to do. God does not call the equipped. He equips the called. We experience great joy when we sense the anointing of God upon our lives. When we rest wholly on Him and are in obedience to His Word. He fills us with His presence and power. Some proclamation is without this anointing. Even this kind of proclamation is not without effect because the Word of God is alive, powerful, and as sharp as a two-edged sword. How tragic it is, however, for God to have to work through sin and rebellion in the life of the proclaimer. The anointed proclamation of the prophet was directed to groups of people often ignored by society’s power brokers. Proclamation has content bringing hope to people in need. Clear enough?

I AM:

Proclamation, Anointing:” (Philippians1:14-18)

Although suffering in prison at the time of this letter, Paul saw good emerging from his suffering as others preached the gospel. God can use our troubles and suffering to spread His gospel. The content of the gospel, not the life or work of the preacher, provides salvation. This gives us reason to rejoice even as we suffer, beloved. Paul’s imprisonment and pain became the inspiration for his co-laborers to speak God’s revelation to people through the regions, Paul had visited. The spirit of God uses difficult event as opportunities to reveal His strength. We do not stand in judgment over the motives of others. We rejoice that people hear the gospel.

Second Thought of the Day:

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believes were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:31-33)

Through prayer the disciples continued to receive revelation (John 14:16-17 ‘And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.’). The Holy Spirit can give all believers power to proclaim God’s Word of salvation.

The Spirit makes ministry for God possible. Jesus used this passage as a text for the first sermon He preached. He claimed to fulfill Isaiah’s promise in His ministry. So Jesus understood that the Spirit of God gave Him prophetic power to preach God’s message and to provide salvation for oppressed people. Jesus calls us to minister as He did. The Spirit will empower our ministry as it did His.

Meditation

12/03/2019

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and to not make use of my rights in preaching it.” (1st Corinthians9:1618)

Proclamation is not an achievement leading us to brag. It is a compulsion bringing its own reward. Two compelling reasons motivate us to proclaim the gospel: 1) people are lost without Christ and need to be saved; 2) we need to obey God. The gospel requires urgency of proclamation. Every person who is not saved is destined for eternal separation from God.

God desires all to be saved. God’s love and His Spirit live in the believer, compelling every believer to proclaim the gospel. The sense of urgency rested on Jesus. That same compulsion moved the hearts of he early believers. The compulsion to proclaim the gospel is rooted in the awareness that God has assigned us that task as believers.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Your infinite wisdom led You to give responsibility and compulsion to share the gospel to all believers. No one would purposely ignore another and allow them to be separated from Almighty God. Place those individuals who have not heard the message of the gospel in our pathways, and lead us to share with them, that which will allow them to also become believers. When the opportunity to share presents itself to us, let us feel the deep-seated compulsion to share the gospel with them. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Decisions can take you out of God’s will, but not out of His reach.

KNOWING GOD:

Jesus said to a man, ‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’” (Luke9:59-60)

Burial is the final way we show love, honor, and devotion to the deceased. It plays a significant role for the living. Jesus calls us to a more significant role—being His disciples. That takes priority over all else, even the final rites of love. Service to the living is of more importance than ministry to the dead.

I AM:

Proclamation, Compulsion:” (2nd Corinthians5:1721)

This is an important lesson, beloved. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is form God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ. He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Second Thought of the Day:

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew24:14)

Beloved, the significance of our familiarity of Scripture is underlined here. Persecution and pain occur for Jesus’ followers. Many will give up their beliefs under pressure of torture. False revelations from lying messengers will take place. Such events do not disprove the gospel. They confirm God’s revelation.

The gospel will go out to all the world before the end comes. God desires His people to engage in world evangelization, to declare the gospel to the masses will hasten the day when Jesus comes again. Is your foundation built on Scripture or on some feel good message on prosperity and good times? In short, would you be willing to die for Christ as He died for you? How about the other message???

Meditation

12/02/2019

“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to I the message I give you. Jonah obeyed he word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city— a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.’” (Jonah3:2-4)

In Old Testament times God selected certain individuals to proclaim His message. This call to proclaim was vital to effective proclamation. God set Jeremiah apart even before he was born! On the other hand, God called Jonah in his adult years to proclaim his message to the city of Nineveh. In both examples, they knew what God was calling them to do and even though Jonah tried to get out of his call, he eventually completed the task God had given him and the city responded as they were asked to.

In New Testament times God called people to preach His revealed truth in the manner of he Lord Jesus Himself. This call established these men as servant leaders of the Christian movement. In addition, in the New Testament as the early church was scattered in persecution, each believer became a preacher of he good news.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You do not always call the equipped to provide leadership in proclaimer the Good News of Salvation. You call people and equip them to deliver the news sometimes a few times, and for others a life long call to both preach and teach Your people. Whomever You call, will have all they might need to accomplish the task or tasks for You, wanting nothing. For those of us called, we consider it an honor to both serve in Your church and to deliver the message of hope and faith and forgiveness to be found in the Good News that Jesus first preached and taught about in his earthly ministry. We are all appreciative for Your love and compassion for us and pray this day that You will continue to equip all of us, to do Your work in a manner than gives You all the praise and thanksgiving. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

He who sows with joy and a thankful heart will reap an abundant harvest for the Lord. Those who sow sparingly, miss the whole point!

KNOWING GOD:

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1st Corinthians1:17-18)

Simply put, one can preach a very eloquent and intellectual message to the people, but if they do not understand the vernacular given, they are useless words. God wants His message to be understood by all. Therefore, one must present the message to the people and them give them real life examples, so that everyone who hears understands and especially how it applies to them in their everyday lives. When Jesus preached, he gave parables for the purpose of everyone understanding His meaning. Why would we want to change that method?

I AM:

Proclamation, Call:” (Isaiah6:113)

I remember a seminary professor who made the statement in a class. The statement went like this: “Here in classes, I hear people making the attempt to sound very ecclesiastic in your comments, but what are you going to say to the people in the pews of your churches/” When in the environment of seminary it is easy to fall into speaking about the nitty gritty of Scripture, but the persons in the pews need a more clearly defined message that helps them to understand the message of the Gospel and how it applies to their daily lives. Conversely, it is the responsibility of the people in the pews to listen to the message for understand on their part and if still not clear to ask the clergy for clarification.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve—-designating them apostles—-that they might be with him and said that he might send them out to preach.” (Mark3:13-14)

God’s calls to individuals differ, since God does not set up qualification lists. He called Moses in middle age but Jeremiahs as a youngster, actually even before he was born. A purified Isaiah volunteered for service. Jeremiah was chosen. The prophetic task involved Jeremiah in being God’s messenger to royal courts to announce God’s plans in international politics. The prophet announced both salvation and judgment.

All of the prophets were called to God’s service to establish servant leaders. In the persecution times, believers had to take over the job of preaching, as the Christian community was scattered; some in rural settings, some in homes, some in caves, but the church continued on in spite of those who would seek them out to kill them. God’s church survives today, because there are those who still follow Jesus Christ, and they desire to be in His service. The call to service can come in a variety of ways, but they all have the same origination point, God. He loves us in spite of ourselves. He continually seeks the very best for us, even when we don’t deserve it. He is our God and He needs us to be His people, because He has a plan for each one of us.