Offer your bodies. (Rom 12:3)
Within this verse, Paul charges the followers of Christ to offer their bodies to God in this letter to the church in Rome. Rome during the time was ruled by Nero who martyred many Christians. Paul charges the Christians, to look to their bodies as an offering to God. Christ gave up His body for our sins. We in turn may yield our fleshly body to His Holy Spirit to bring hope and healing to the nations. Let us, therefore, be His hands and feet, his mouth and ears in our service in bringing His message of salvation to the whole world.
If the world...
If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18)
There is a sign that shows that we are of Christ. It is revealed through hatred by the world. And who is the world? All the lust of the world, pride, arrogance and strife. We are not of the world and therefore we are not surprised to be hated by the world. Yet we have Him, who loves and abides with us forever!
And when he is come, he will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8)
We live in a time where many are confused with the work of the Holy Spirit. Yet Scripture is clear; tt is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin, righteousness and of judgement. God is Holy, and this work is within His nature. Let us ask Him to search us and to see if there is no way of wickedness that is hidden. It is His work to expose and bring to light all hidden things, that we might bring it to Christ and be saved through and through. Take heart, in His Father's house there is room for many!
18 September 2021 - a gentle tongue
By long patience is a prince persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks the bone. (Prov 25:15)
Patience and a gentle tongue go together. Both these virtues can turn minds and win wars.
Say not, I will repay evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you. (Prov 20:22)
To fight a spiritual battle is to ascend to God's throne through prayer. The righteous man availeth much through prayer. It is through prayer that every stronghold of the evil one can be torn down and every pretence that sets itself up against the Holy One. The moment we decend into physical strife, we lose our peace and spiritual authority. Let us wait on God in prayer... He has promised... He will save.
the making of a pharasee
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matt 23:27-28)
There is a saying that all that glitters is not gold. In the same way, all that appears religious is not real. God charges us to clean our inward man daily, that we may serve Him from a pure heart. The outward show will one-day role up, and then our inner-man need to face a Holy God. Let us cleanse ourselves from all hypocrisy and iniquity. Let us walk our talk!
The love that God takes pleasure in
Let love be without hypocrisy. (Rom 12:9)
In this letter of Paul to the church in Rome, he provides instruction. During the time, Nero, emperor of Rome took to the task of murdering Christians in the cruelest ways imagined. Yet, Paul charges the Christians to love with a godly love. This godly love is without hypocrisy. It is a life of giving oneself to one's neighbor unreservedly. This love, however, is not sensual and earthly, but heavenly. John, who used to be called a son of thunder, was changed to the disciple whom God loves. We are to love our neighbor without hypocrisy. We are to do so, and by that conquer hate and grudges. Perfect love drives away fear.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Ps 46:10)
Within these words of the sons of Korah, we learn a deep mystery. Although Korah had led a rebellion against Moses, his own descendants were not one within his doings. It surely must have been difficult for them. Yet they received and treasured the exercise, not to question God's judgement, but to be still and to hold their peace, knowing that God is sovereign. Knowing that He will exalt Himself, and that He is with them and on their side and their refuge. Blessed are they that know God is on their side!
13 September 2021 - Wait on God
Say not, I will repay evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save you. (Prov 20:22)
Within these verses, we find that God instructs us. We need to trust His working. Let us leave it to Him to judge and to repay. We are being set free from grudges. We can remain at peace while we wait on Him to do that what He has intended. We do not need to defend ourselves. We can patiently wait on Him. Those that wait on Him shall renew their strength like an eagle.
12 September 2021 - Wait!
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord. (Ps 27:14)
Within these verses of David, he shares with us a great secret. We should wait on God and have good courage. To wait requires discipline. To wait is attached to a promise. Abraham had to wait, and so did Moses and David. God in his infinite wisdom has appointed a time. As we wait on Him, our hearts are being strengthened by Him. This is a wonderful promise. Let us, therefore, wait on Him!