Meditation

04/14/2020

I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.(Psalm132:16)

God’s salvation is sanctification, or setting persons apart to His service or purposes. All of God’s people should progress toward moral and spiritual perfection. Salvation beloved, causes His people to rejoice. Such salvation removes the fear of death and leaves us with a sensation of peace and calm.

Quite often the Bible defines salvation as joy—-both in the Old and New Testaments. Joy is the direct response one has to salvation. God’s joy is greater than the abundance of food and drink. Such joy leads us to spontaneous praises of God.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, the salvation that You freely offer to us is seen as a valuable gift that we are keep in safe keeping, but in reality Abba, we are to share it with others, so that they too, may have the same blessed assurance in all others’ lives. You call each of us, that we might be set apart for Your service and what an honor this is. To love You is to serve You and to serve You is to love You with our whole being. Thank You, Abba, for the gift and for our being one of Your children. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

KNOWING GOD:

Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the end of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” (Daniel11:35)

Daniel saw the death and martyrdom of so many pious leaders (verse 33) as bringing about the refining, purifying and making spotless of God’s people for he end times. That is a good way to describe the process of sanctification. Sanctification refines, purifies, and cleanses us. The holy examples of others challenge us to stronger commitment to God’s way of life.

I AM:

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians4:11-16)

Beloved, all of God’s children have spiritual gifts. God gives His gifted people as His gift to the church so the work of the church—-the ministry—-can be carried on. This implies that we nee to discover our ministry gift, develop our gift, and use our gift in ministry and service as God enables us and leads us. This is the key to effective Christian service and evangelization. Ministry and witness go hand in hand. The ultimate goal of evangelism is to develop mature Christians, not simply to multiply spiritual infants.

Second Thought of the Day:

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians5:23)

God’s sanctification is for our total being, outward and inward. He wants to make us wholly holy. Sanctification is salvation presently at work in us leading us to obey Him and preparing us for the final judgment.

Beloved, if anyone ever made the statement or alluded that you must become perfect in Christ, understand that you are a work in progress. It doesn’t happen overnight. A dear friend used to call himself a baby Christian, and though it was true at the moment he accept Christ into his life, but as I like to tell people, He will not leave you there. His goal is perfection. I pray that you understand this clearly and in the manner it is intended.

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