Meditation

05/13/2020

They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.. Then they will follow my decree and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord. (Ezekiel11:18-21)

Heart here refers to a common “mind” or commitment on the part of God’s people. False religion destroys our relationships with god, so our mental capacities no longer function properly. The merciful power of God can restore our ability and our will to commit ourselves to Him.

The new spirit and new heart bring with them a new obedience. Ezekiel’s’ good news was that God would so renew His people that they would obey Him from the heart.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, once again, we must come to an understanding that we must have a “mind” or “commitment” to God through His Son, Our Savior. It requires our merciful power to restore our ability and our will to commit ourselves to Him alone. Thus, we receive a new spirit and heart committed to our God, along with our obedience only to Him. In Jesus’ holy name we pray for all to come to Him now. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Good preparation for tomorrow includes good use of today.

KNOWING GOD:

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: ‘O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands. We have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. ‘Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.” (Daniel9:4, 1011)

Once again verse 4 emphasizes on the love of God in the midst of a book about the power and sovereignty of God, and though is may seem “out of place,” on the surface it truthfully is in the right place. The covenant between God and Israel required obedience of God’s commands. Those commands were contained in the teachings of Israel’s prophets and in the Law of Moses. Obedience to the will of God is expected in the new covenant as in the old. Like David (Isaiah 37:35), Moses could be identified as the servant of God. Both men, and many other unnamed people, served God in humility and faith. God’s servants are not confined to the famous or powerful. All people who love and trust God become His servants. The main requirement for service to God is a willingness to serve Him! Those who refuse to serve Him face His judgment.

I AM:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceived yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—-he will be blessed in what he does.” (James1:22-25)

God’s Word requires listeners to be doers. Revelation calls people to commitment. True understanding of God’s Word produces new behavior and attitudes. Without such commitment we have no personal identity. To know the Word and fail to do it is to deceived oneself about personal security and relationship go God. Beloved, God intends for us to have freedom. Lack of imperatives is not freedom. Lack of law is confusion and lack of direction. God’s people find direction by studying God’s Inspired Word, learning it, and putting it into continual daily practice. Only such a life-style brings happiness.

Second Thought of the Day:

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the son of Man has no place to lay his head.’ Another disciple said to him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’” (Matthew8:1822)

Those who would follow Jesus have to forsake all and obey Him. The term, “Son of Man,” is a title Jesus used for Himself. No one else in the Gospels used it to speak of Him. Here the title refers to Jesus’ identification with the poor of humanity, and amazing identification for one expected to come on the clouds of heaven to exercise world authority. To follow the Son of man is not an immediate way to glory. It is a homeless adventure of faith.

Burial is the final way we can show love, honor, and devotion to he deceased. It plays a significant role for the living. Jesus calls us to a more significant role—-being His disciples. That takes priority over all else, even the final rites of love. Service to the living is of more importance than ministry to the dead.

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