Meditation

Meditation for 06/17/2019

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands.” (Daniel9:4)

Daniel had begun with worship and continued into confession of national sin. Sin stands in sharp contrast to the righteousness of God. In confession Daniel recognized God’s justice in punishing His people. Confession led to petition for forgiveness and restoration, a petition based on God’s mercy and not on justice. The emphasis Daniel placed in his confession was on love, in the midst of a book about the power and sovereignty of God.

He also noted the covenant relationship between God and Israel and it required obedience to God’s commands. This referenced the teachings of Israel’s prophets and in the Law of Moses. Persons saved exist now in a new covenant relationship with God; this refers to obedience to the will of God that is expected in the new covenant.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, You have had a covenant relationship with Your people first through obedience to the prophetical teachings and the Law of Moses, and now in the obedience to Your will with those saved through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, but the relationship is first and foremost based on Your love of Your people and our response to that love. We seek a relationship with You, because we accept You through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and all that He did on our behalf. We love You, too, Abba. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

No one, beloved, can make you feel inferior without your consent!

KNOWING GOD:

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived What God has prepared for those who love him.” (1st Corinthians 2:9)

Listen closely to this from Isaiah 64:4, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Sounds familiar to this verse in 1st Corinthians, doesn’t it? Corinth had just be restored to prominence in Greece and was listed as a major commercial port. Unfortunately, all of the old and evil ways of the precious city were brought into the new and shiny one. The difference was that even though there was pagan rituals going on and all kinds of debauchery going on, a startup church in Corinth flourished and grew. Why, because Paul had at one time taught weekly in the synagogue, but they wanted only the Jewish teachings and not the gospel of salvation. So, Paul moved to the new church and taught life as it was supposed to be under the Christian faith, which included honoring husbands and wives, families, and treating others as we all want to be treated. In addition, he also taught salvation through acceptance of Christ and obedience to God’s commands and His will for our lives. This allowed for the difference maker “Love” to flow through the church and others began to take notice, and the church continued to grow. There are way too many churches today, that forget this foundational tenet of our church. It’s not about the latest headlines, nor is it about feeling good all the time, and neither was it about glorifying anyone or anything above God the Cross of Christ.

I AM:

Salvation, Love of God: (John 14:15, 21, 23, 24, 28)

Beloved, those who love Christ Jesus will obey his commands and experience the Father’s love and presence. It really comes down to being this simple. Before I was serving the Lord, I noticed others who had something I was missing in my own life. They seemed relaxed and comfortable in their faith and their service towards others. I wanted what they had. Through making a public acceptance of Christ as my Savior, the Holy Spirit came to life in me like at no other time and I felt God’s Presence very near. This, you cannot get worshiping a stone/wood/glass object. You also will never be satisfied by worshiping someone either in a pulpit or on TV, that only gives you a message of prosperity. To teach preach entails preparing people for all times, good and bad, or the job God has called us to is not of God.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

Jesus was teaching basic religious demand is that we recognize the uniqueness of God as the one true God. Such a recognition carries with it a far reaching demand upon us. Recognizing God for who He is means then that we should love Him with the totality of our being.

Knowing and loving God in this unrestricted manner means that we should also love our fellow humans with a love that arises form the very depths of our hearts. Those who have accepted God through Christ should love God with our whole being and therefore, we should love others the same. This our most important commandment.

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