Meditation for 08/02/2019
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way to me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:24-25)
Beloved, God is the believers ultimate judge of character, advocate of character, and resource for activating righteous character.
The person seeking growth in Christian graces and character should therefore begin and continue in the light and warmth of God Himself. Can you imagine anyone of good character who would not want to operate in the full light of God’s presence? Yeah, me either.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, the relationship that we have with You is one based on truth first, and then the Light that comes from You. Our desire is to strive to always walk in Your Light, because it is in the light that goodness operates. Those who like the darkness, are afraid of truth. Abba, we pray that we will always operate in Your Light and that we are able to draw others out of the darkness and into the light as well. Walk with us, talk with us, and let Your Spirit permeate our full being, that when others see us, they see You working through us. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When you find yourself in deep water—-Trust the One who walked on it!”
“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.” (Isaiah 51:7)
Building our lives around the moral expectations of God will produce a shield of encouragement against the insults of those alienated from God. God’s righteousness is not only a characteristic of His own nature. It is also a quality that He is spreading through the earth. The relationship between God and His people is a relationship of righteousness. Note the close connection between righteousness and salvation? There is a reason, beloved! Being a Christian as C.S. Lewis once stated, “No one in their right mind would want to be a Christian, because it is hard.” He was right then and is right today, it isn’t easy to be a Christian, one truly must work at it every day. Some days are easier than others, but as humans, we falter from time to time, that’s where His grace and mercy come into play. He sent His Son to come and live in our world and to understand the fallibility of humans, but when we come to Him repenting of our sins, He will forgive us, and we begin again. It is hard, beloved, because it is the most worthwhile things we could ever do, and He loved us even when He knew us before we accepted Him. Nothing worthwhile is easy, but it is always worth our effort.
Christian Ethics, Character: (Matthew 5:1-27)
The Sermon on the Mount summarizes Jesus’ ethical teachings. It characterizes citizens of His Kingdom. They meet expectations of behavior which go beyond a legalistic application of the moral law. The ethical standards Jesus portrays are active in nature. Their application are both God and person-oriented Jesus did not intend the sermon to be dismissed as too demanding and unrealistic. He expects disciples to set these as standards for our daily lives.
Second Thought of the Day:
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whomever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21)
Evil character causes people to reject Christ. People are totally devoted in love to the darkness of the world’s way, or they are ready to have their lives examined and changed by the Light of the word, Jesus. Persons devoted to evil fear what the Light would reveal in their lives.
Persons dedicated to truth in knowledge and in action come to Christ and give evidence that God is at work in Christ’s coming. One day, beloved, Christ will return to this earth and this time He will not be the meek Messiah that arrived in the manger. When He returns it will be to restore God’s creation back to its original state and we will all be judged by Him. Are you ready for this day? If not, you better get ready now, for their will be no time when He returns.