Meditation

Meditation for 10/17/2019

“Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me” (1st Corinthians4:15-16)

Paul explained his attitude and love as he revealed God’s will in writing to the congregation at Corinth. He wrote as a spiritual father and revealed God’s love as a warning signal against deception and self-destruction.

The church needs respected faithful leaders whom other members may imitate confidently. To many guardians or teachers (Greek – paidagogos) lead people to jealousy and quarreling instead of to Christ Jesus.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we need strong leaders in our churches whom are not trying to glorify themselves; rather they are teaching the Bible as it is intended to be taught. There should never be conflict with what is being taught and what the Word of God says. Abba, You have given us responsibility to ensure that our leadership leads with Your Word and not their own. May You always send us those who are called by You and never called by themselves. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Remember who is in charge of our lives!

KNOWING GOD:

“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray, is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call he elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James5:13-14)

A basic Christian response to suffering is to pray. God may relieve the suffering, or, as in Paul’s case, He may strengthen the suffer in the suffering. Healing the sick is pare of the church’s ministry as it was of Christ’s. The church needs to find practical ways to help the troubled and sick experience God’s presence. As Christians we have no exemption from the natural laws of God’s universe. We do get sick. We do have a mission to heal the sick. James described the use of oil, a medical remedy in his day, as well as a symbol of God’s powerful presence. Christians should pray for the sick and use oil resources available to effect healing. Ultimately, we must leave the healing to God. Faith in God should not be lost if the sick person is not healed. Prayer never is a device by which God can be manipulated into doing my will, but His will. Faithful disciples accept God’s answer to prayer whatever it may be. We do know from personal experience the great power prayer has in our ministry to the sick.

I AM:

The Church, Practice: (Ezra 10:717)

Ezra called the returned exiles to renewed faith and encouraged the people to obey the Law of the Lord. The people gathered to hear God’s word and to renew their faith. God’s assembly (Hebrew – qahal) and congregation (Hebrew – ‘edah) served to bind the people in allegiance to God. The church serves a similar function, calling people to faith and encouraging obedience to God. When the church meets, believes are strengthened in their faith in Christ. The fellowship of he church reminds us of spiritual duties and encourages us to serve Christ faithfully.

Second Thought of the Day:

“An argument started among the disciples as to which of hem would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.’ ‘Master,’ said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him,’ Jesus said, ‘for whoever is not against you is for you.’” (Luke 9:4650)

The church has servants not rulers. No human official controls the church; all serve Christ through the church. The church practices openness and acceptance toward all people. The child, the weak, the poor, and the powerless belong to God.

Those who reject these little ones reject Christ. Christ has followers who do not belong to our group. We cannot reject them for not being with us or doing things our way. When they oppose evil and serve Christ, they are part of His church.

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