Meditation for 05/28/2019
“I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.” (Psalm 132:16)
God’s salvation is sanctification, or setting persons apart to His service. All of God’s people should progress toward moral and spiritual perfection.
Beloved, God’s salvation is cause for His people to rejoice, for such salvation removes the fear of death. Are you singing for joy in your life? If not, what’s keeping you from doing so?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, most of us are still sinners, but in truth, we are all on the pathway to moral and spiritual perfection. Some days, Abba, we seem to get close and others days we seem to be so far away. Each day, it is our goal to attain the moral and spiritual perfection that You desire for us all. Still each day, this is our goal. Bless this goal for us and help us to attain it more often than not. In Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Worry is a total wast of the imagination.”
“Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” (Daniel 11:35)
Daniel saw the death and martyrdom of so many pious leaders (verse 33) as bringing abut the refining, purifying, and making spotless of God’s people for the end times. That is a good way to describe the process of sanctification. Sanctification refined, purifies, and cleanses us. The holy examples of others challenge us to stronger commitment to God’s way of life.
Salvation, Sanctification: (Galatians 5:22-25)
Sanctification is life in the Spirit. The sanctified person bears the fruit of the Spirit and crucifies his or her old sinful nature (verses 19-21). This does not mean that saved persons are without sin. It does mean we constantly fight against sin and yield ourselves to the Spirit.
Second Thought of the Day:
“To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappodocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the Sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: ‘Grace and peace be yours in abundance.’” (1st Peter 1:1-2; 2nd Thessalonians 2;10, 13)
No human achievement is involved in salvation. God took the initiative to choose to save us. Through Christ’s blood He saved us. Through the Holy Spirit He works in our lives to sanctify us or make us holy, obedient to Christ.
Persons are free to accept or reject God’s salvation. God takes the initiative in choosing His people. These verses contradict the notion that all persons will be finally saved by God whatever they do or leave undone. People who refuse to accept Christ’s truth and God’s love face eternal judgment. Saved persons commit themselves to God’s truth and let the Spirit make them holy. I pray this is clear for you all.