Meditation

Meditation for 10/04/2019

“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (Acts26:18)

Beloved, Christian workers should be as concerned as Paul about the sanctification of their converts. Sanctification is by faith in Jesus Christ. Thus is they are not sanctified in their faith, their purity is suspect. Here the emphasis is on the beginning sanctification at the point of their conversion.

Sanctification involves forgiveness of sins. Here the emphasis is on a passive state given by God to those actively serving Him. God’s power makes the Christian holy. Elsewhere, sanctification is also described as an active process of growing in Christ’s pure image.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we strive for perfection as this is our daily goal. We may not achieve it, at least not daily, but this is our daily goal. Walk with us, and talk with us, Abba, that we might gain our goals of purity more often and that others might look and listen to us and say these Christians are looking more like their Lord. This is not a vain goal; rather, it is a humble desire to live, work, and talk with others in a manner that honors our Savior. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jesus is The Rock that isn’t Stone Cold!

KNOWING GOD:

“But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sounds of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong too the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1st Thessalonians5:411)

The very unknown time of the arrival of the day of the Lord should serve to promote purity of life. Believers are informed through Scripture about the face of the Lord’s coming. Living in the light of the promise, none should be taken by surprise. Alertness and self-control should flow out of living in the light of the promises. Faith, love, and hope are proper qualities of those who dwell in the light and who expect to live together with Christ when He comes. We can be confident God has appointed us to enjoy final salvation, not eternal wrath.

I AM:

Last Things, Purity: (2nd Peter3:11-18)

What kind of persons ought people to be in view of he events of the end time? The answer is holy and godly, spotless and blameless, guarded and growing. Since God is holy, to be Godlike is to be holy. To be holy is to be distinct from the ordinary and worldly. Moral blamelessness must be maintained. The influence of error and evil demands persons who are on guard. Th prospect of meeting the Lord encourages growth in grace and knowledge of Christ. The sincere expectation of he Lord’s coming promotes personal purity. Crystal Clear???

Second Thought of the Day:

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is, everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure.” (1st John 3:2-3)

The prospect of seeing Christ at His return is a purifying hope. To see Him is to become like him at lone last. Since He is pure, purity is required to be like Him. Thus the goal for believers is to become increasingly Christlike.

The plea for purity in God’s people is based upon the holiness of God Himself. A very dear brother in Christ used to talk about himself as a “Baby Christian.” I pointed out to him that though he was a “Baby Christian,” in order to become pure like Christ, we must mature in our faith, we must seek to become more like Him every single day, so that in the “Day of the Lord,” we will come before Him, much more Christlike that we began.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.