Meditation

Meditation for 08/05/2019

“I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Jeremiah32:39)

Integrity of character can be marked by one’s sense of purpose in life. Is this purpose of a single strand, that is, seeking the will of God?

Or, does it reflect a fragmentation, going off in many directions? Singleness of heart and action after God’s purposes reveal one in whom God is working His grace.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, one’s sense of purpose in life, and in accordance with God’s purposes, reveals and reflects a commitment on one’s part, to make room for God in our daily life. This commitment, Abba, allows You to work through us to see Your will being put into action both in our hearts and in our lives. This commitment reveals our desire to have a character, centered upon Your own, and this we pray to You through Christ. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

A Nation is built or destroyed—-Child by Child.

KNOWING GOD:

“At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, ‘We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.’” (Daniel6:4-5)

King Darius had planned to set Daniel as one of three administrators over 120 satraps, that would be responsible for ruling over the whole kingdom. The other two administrator and all satraps were so impressed with Daniel, that the king decided to place Daniel over the whole kingdom. The administrators and satraps looked at Daniel, seeking to find anything that he might be found fault with and found nothing. Daniel was trustworthy character gained him the reputation of being obedient to his God no matter what. Ethical behavior is rooted in strong personal devotion.

I AM:

Christian Ethics, Character: (Obadiah3:1-27)

Pride in human ingenuity and security is blind to the matter of God’s all-seeing eye. Such pride is antithetical to the person of God, whose only focus in on serving Almighty God.

Second Thought of the Day:

Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for man to gain the whole world, and yet lose his or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. I tell you the truth, some of who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:23-27)

The Christian life is to be keynoted as a lift of surrender. To deny oneself is not a call to a colorless life. Rather, it is a call to deny the baser nature and pursue the higher levels of ethical standards to which Jesus points.

This paradox of finding life by losing it is open to the test of experience. Mature Christians attest to its validity. It is by our giving up whatever sense of control that we might think we have and offering it up to our God; thus, allowing Him to work through us to touch the hearts and minds of others, through our ethical standards of living.

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