Meditation

07/13/2022

Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands brings gifts to the One to be feared.” (Psalm 76:11 – Obedience)

God has acted in wrath against all powers of evil. His people respond with vows, promising to serve the Lord. Obedience to our Lord demands such a response. One vow God wants us to make is to tell the world of His salvation. This was what Jesus told His disciples to do and this is also what we as Christians are responsible to do.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we seem so confident of going out into the world to tell everyone of your salvation, but when we go out into the world, we shrink back like little children and then try to avoid the whole message. We know the message, Abba, we just need Your strength of spirit to boldly proclaim it. Let us feel Your presence in our daily lives, to do and say the truth of salvation to all we have contact with daily. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Christians, keep the faith. But not from others.”

KNOWING GOD:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, I am only a child.’ ‘You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, ‘declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:5-10 – Obedience)

The prophetic call to declare God’s message has several significant evangelistic principles: 1) God calls in His sovereign purpose; 2) the appointment comes from God, not human agency; 3) human limitations are not important; 4) human obedience is expected; 5: God is with those He calls for the task; 6) God enables His witness to speak His word; and 7) the message will provoke a crisis of decision. In the light of all these marvelous truths, we ought to evangelize faithfully for to this He has called each one of us that has accepted God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I AM:

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2nd Timothy 4:5 – Obedience)

Although Timothy did not have the itinerant evangelistic ministry as did his mentor Paul, he was nevertheless to do the work of the evangelist where he was as God led him. It was the only way Timothy could discharge all the duties of his ministry. Because all God’s people are ministers, the principle applies to all of us. All are to do the work of an evangelist, that is, share Christ Jesus as we have opportunity.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 4:21-23 – Obedience)

Amid persecution and ridicule, evangelism is still the order of the day. We have cogent reasons not only to persevere in faith but also to call others to the gospel: 1) obedience keeps us in the love of God; 2) we are sharing the message of eternal life people need to hear; 3) we display mercy for the lost; and 4) people are saved from the eternal flame. We are to do this great work in fear and holy living, hating things spotted by the sinful flesh. To be obedient to our Lord, we must share our faith.

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