Meditation

10/07/2020

Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain.(Deuteronomy 30:12-13)

In the Old Testament, the prophets were the primary proclaimers. The prophets carried messages to kings, congregations and individuals. The prophets did not control the content of he proclamation, they simply spoke the Word God gave them in a way the audience would hear and remember.

At times they surprised people with words of doom and rebuke. Other times, they spoke words of comfort and salvation. At all times the prophets fearlessly announced the given message. In the case of Ephraim, Hoses declared it would be laid waste on the day of reckoning. And then he said, “I proclaim what is certain.”

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, none of us likes to hear bad news, but at times it is coming and we cannot divert or stop it. Therefore, we must stay in prayer continually, seeking to be within God’s will at all times. His Word will give us comfort and strength in all situation. There are times when we ask Him for something and we get silence, or even a no. We must respect that He knows was is best for us and stay in communication with Him, fervently seeking His wisdom and desires for us. Therefore, in Jesus’ holy name, we pray that with this source, we able to be in God’s will. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible!

KNOWING GOD:

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared—-who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—-who can but prophesy? Proclaim tot he fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: ‘Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see he great unrest within her and the oppression among her people.’ ‘They do not know how to do right,’ declares the Lord, ‘who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses.’” (Amos 3:7-10)

God is committed to declare His plans to His people through His messengers. He acts only as His purposes are made clear.

God rules all and wants his children to know and understand what He does in His world. Prophesying is not a task people choose but rather one that God compels them to fulfill.

I AM:

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—-with great patience and careful instruction.” (2nd Timothy 4:1-2)

Proclamation involves an authoritative, public declaration of the truth of the gospel. God speaks through His messengers. Paul’s admonition to Timothy makes this crystal clear. Proclamation is a command for the proclaimer God calls. Declaring the gospel brings God’s authority to bear on the needs of God’s people for correction and for encouragement.

Proclamation is a strong stimulant for growth, maturity, and perseverance. It should be done when it is convenient and when it is inconvenient, when people respond and even when they do not respond. Always remember the source of our gospel message is the Word of God. Jesus Christ is adequately and completely revealed through the pages of our Bible. What we must preach, we deliver God’s message. The gospel preacher must always stand with open Bible in hand to declare, “Thus says the Lord.”

Second Thought of the Day:

When I planned this, did I do it lightly? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say, ‘Yes, yes’ and ‘No, no’? But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not: ‘yes’ and ‘No.’ For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas, and Timothy, was not ’Yes’ and ‘No.” but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. I call God as my witness, that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. No that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.” (2nd Corinthians 1:1724)

As we have learned from Jeremiah previously, God gives authority to proclaim His message, and it is done with the gospel message and in truth. Prophets, remember, do not control the content of their message, but they are to deliver it with steadfast faith.

When people hear a message it is rings true, you know that it was from God, because of the truth within the message. It concurs with God’s Word, and never counters what the Bible says. This is important for us all, for one day the anti-Christ will arrive and his message will “sound” true, mostly, but if the message does not come from the Word of God, guess what, it is not God’s Word or message. If you don’t know His Word, you can get taken in very easily. Be aware, beloved.

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