Meditation for 08/07/2019
“Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.” (Psalm 112:1)
To “fear the Lord,” is not a cowering fear of the Lord; rather it is a reverential fear, to honor our relationship with Him and to follow the commands that He has given us, that in truth, only help to provide for our own well-being.
The demands of God are placed upon us, His chosen people. Such demands are neither arbitrary nor capricious, but are intended to make life both livable and satisfying. A right relationship with God is one of obedience to His will for us, that we might first know Him better, and that we find true worth in living and serving Him alone.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, You seek only the best for us, Your people. You require and teach us to be obedient to Your will; thus, we find ourselves seeking continually to know You and Your will for us. It in this relationship of Father and children, that come closer to You and You to us. You shared Your Spirit with us, that we might know You and learn to serve You in all that we do and say. This we welcome in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Are you too busy acting like a Christian, to be one?!”
“Because Abraham obeyed me and keep my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” (Genesis26:5)
Biblical ethics is founded in a covenant relationship God initiated with His people. He promises salvation and expects obedience from us. The faithfulness of one generation leads to the renewal of the covenant with the next; therefore, the covenant is carried forth.
Christian Ethics, Obedience: (1st John 2:3-6)
Those who claim to know the Lord are easily found to be untruthful, for they walk their own walk and not His. Those who strive each and every day to walk as Jesus walked, truly do know Him, for though they may not be perfect, their goal each day is to walk in His footsteps. We cannot just tell others we know Jesus; we must walk each day in the example that He left for us through His own time on this earth. We must humble ourselves to accept what life brings us and to learn to both appreciate and share that which we obtain through the blessings of our Lord and Savior. I pray you all understand this teaching.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—-those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea.” (Revelation 12:17)
Beloved in the face of the coming end of history, God’s people are called to a new commitment to obedience, for only the obedient will be able to stand against the evil dragon.
Those who stand for Christ and bear a strong testimony will be persecuted; yet, the Lord promises victory to His faithful witnesses.