Meditation for 06/28/2019
“In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances.” (Psalm 49:8)
The Lord gave His Servant as a covenant to the people to be a light to the nations, bringing hope to those imprisoned by sin. God’s people are to take up Jesus’ servant role and extend His hope to all nations. To be covenant people of God is to be missionary people.
Jesus took the role of the Spirit filled Servant to bring righteousness to His world and fulfill His covenant to bless the nations. He invites us also to be God’s servants to bring God’s light to too people. God calls, leads, and keeps us. We respond by involving ourselves in the world’s needs and leading people to God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, Jesus gave us the example of moving away from crowds from time to time, in order that He could be in prayer with You and also to refresh or renew His Spirit within Him. Each week, we come together in a corporate manner, to worship and also to renew our own Spirit that You have placed within us. As Jesus was refreshed to continue His ministry on this earth, we too must find refreshment and renewal through worship by reading Your Word and hearing sermons based upon Your Scripture and seeking to see how Your Word and teaching applies to us in our own lives. We feel You in our prayers, in our praise, and in our singing of hymns. Remember us, Abba, for we need Your strength every single day. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“It is nice to be important, but it is even more important, to be nice.”
“For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Housed, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land. I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. This what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them. Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without men or animals, for it has been handed over to the Babylonians.’ Fields will be bough for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah32:15, 37, 42-44)
Restoration is promised in God’s Word. Restoration takes place because of His faithfulness to His faithful people. Restoration is based on God’s mercy. Restoration will take place because of God’s covenant with His people. When God renews His people, they experience new prosperity and peace. His restoration gives us a new beginning. God is never made a promise He did not keep. If we keep our covenant responsibilities to Him, He will do what He has promised to do.
Salvation, Renewal: (Ezekiel 11:17-21)
God’s promised restoration of Israel included giving her a new spirit and a new heart. Here we can see a decisive turn in the doctrine of salvation as it developed in salvation history. God’s new covenant was to be written on hearts of flesh rather than upon tables of stone like the Ten Commandments. God has done everything possible to be our God and let us be His obedient people.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Repent then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)
Beloved, if we understand anything of Scripture, then you must realize that the renewal that is being discussed is the final renewal, prior to Jesus’ return. We should continually confess our sins and find peace of mind in His forgiveness. There will be a day, when Jesus will be instructed by God that it is time for Him to return.
There will be no time to confess, for He will return not in the humble manner that he came the first time. His return will be in His full glory. For those who attempt to be lonesome or standalone Christians, they will find they have missed the whole point of Christianity. For those who never accepted Christ, this will be a very hard time for them. For those who are not perfect, but have striven to regularly confess their sins with pure intent to not repeat them, their obedience to God’s will, will be recognized and rewarded. This is serious, my beloved, and we must sense urgency to be within His will.