Meditation

Meditation for 07/18/2019

“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” (Amos 5:14-15)

God wants to be personally present with us. His is not present because we make loud claims He is. We must be faithful, obedient servants for Him to be present, blessing us. God will always be with us when we are seeking justice—when we are seeking good rather than evil.

God holds us responsible for providing justice for all. Faithful disciples will go beyond mere actions; we will desire justice. Justice will become a controlling motive within our lives. Neighbor love will express itself in justice for all others. It will never place selfish interests above the interests of others.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, let us always have a place deep within our hearts, minds and souls for those seeking justice. Let us seek justice for all others, not because it feels good, but rather because it is the right thing to do. Help us to understand that when we stand up for others, we are standing up for You and that we seek Your glory and not for our own. Give us a sense through the Holy Spirit, of right and not evil. Let evil fall beside us and let good triumph, always. It is in Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Once wise men followed a star, now they follow the Son. Are you?”

KNOWING GOD:

“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has showed You, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:6-8)

Beloved, people do many things to try to please God. Micah raised the question of priority for all who desire God’s acceptance. God gave a clear answer. Pleasing Him requires a person to be rightly related to others. Nothing we bring to Him will be acceptable apart from a life characterized by properly motivated justice in relation to others. Our actions must result in justice for all people, not special privilege for a few. Our hearts must love mercy rather than demand justice for self. Every act must come from a relationship with God, making Him Lord and us His humble servants. God requires this of every person. The people of God are to be loving and merciful in all of their relationships. In this way others will recognize the people of God. Clear enough?

I AM:

Discipleship, Active Involvement: (2nd Corinthians 5:18-20)

Beloved, involvement in society’s life is crucial for discipleship. Just as God did not retreat from a sinful world, so Christians do not turn away from the non-Christian world. Reconciliation is God’s goal for the world. He made reconciliation possible through Christ Jesus. He sends us to the hurting, isolated people separated from Christ by their sin. We are ministers showing he pat to reconciliation with God through Christ. We are Christ’s representatives, whether we realize this or not! We speak for the King of heaven, and what we say and do either honors Him or not. Our message is clear: be reconciled to God through faith in Christ Jesus! Jesus said, “I must be about my Father’s business.” To be actively involved with God through Christ is not a one-way relationship, for we also must be about our Father’s business. We must live our lives, as if we really mean what we say when we tell others we are Christians.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear; them them hear.” (Luke 14:34-35)

Beloved, disciples are the salt of the earth. The life of a true disciple flavors and preserves the society. Such saltiness is an essential part of a disciple’s character which will endure to the end. For Christian influence to permeate and preserve society, disciples must get involved in the lives and social affairs of our day.

Disciples do not withdraw from society to preserve our holiness. Disciples involve themselves in all parts of society, in order to give it a righteous flavor. We cannot just sit back and be “armchair quarterbacks” telling people what should have been done or said. We must be actively involved in whatever is going on in our communities, our state, our nation and even the world. Some have better opportunities than others to affect the wider world, but we all have the ability and responsibility to be involved in the world around us. Don’t shrink back and wish you had said or done this or than, get up and get involved. Be apart of the conversation and help to change the world we live in for God. Yes we want Him involved in a personal way with us, and guess what, God desires us to be involved with Him in a personal way, but being obedient to Him and to all that we have said we would do for Him!

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