Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
This is a wonderful passage we are reading this morning challenging us to walk with the Lord daily in his glorious grace he has given us in Christ Jesus. Often, I, we look at a fellow believer and are not tenderhearted or very forgiving. But how is the world can we stay in our selfish sin and not be kind to one another? In light of what Christ has done for every believer the daily troubles or worries of this world fade away so quickly. My prayer for each of us today is that we would be kind to one another and give others the grace that God gave each of us.
In Psalm 119 we find the psalmist expressing a overwhelmingly adamant desire to be tied to God’s word God’s Word in every way possible. He wants to be engulfed by it. He wants to be enraptured by it. He wants to be consumed by it. He wants to be defined by it. He never wants to stray from it. Why? Because, he finds ALL hope, worth, and joy in it. My prayer today is that we might all approach God’s Word with such inexorable zeal and intention!
Ephesians 2 is a good preparation for us to come together at the Lord’s table tomorrow. As we await our fellowship in the body and blood of our Savior through communion, we do so as reconciled enemies, those with no uniting factor other than our union in Christ.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in cone Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone… Eph 2:14–20.
Prepare yourself for the Lord’s day tomorrow by reading and meditation on 1 Cor 11:17-35.Prepare your heart for receiving the Lord’s Supper in worship by examining yourself before the Lord. Prepare to assemble with brothers and sisters tomorrow for the purpose of encouraging one another in the gospel of Jesus, who reconciles us to God the Father and to those towards which we might have cause for division.
Ephesians 1—“IN HIM”
The thought came to me that if you are having a bad day or week or etc. and are a child of God, reading Ephesians 1 is really a great comfort. To get us started, Paul wishes the grace of God to us which is followed by the peace of God within us. But if you want to really get energized look to the IN HIM verses in this chapter (4, 7, 11, and 13).
V 4—chosen IN HIM before the foundation of the world. V 7—IN HIM, we have REDEMPTION thru his blood, the FORGIVENESS of our trespass, (keep reading!!). V 11—IN HIM we have obtained an INHERITANCE. V 13—IN HIM, when your heard and believed IN HIM, you were SEALED with the promised Holy Spirit. And all of this to show us how much he loves us that the eyes of our heart might be enlighted (v18), to know the hope of why he called us (v18), to know the riches of his glorious inheritance (v18) and to see the immeasurable greatness of his power.
Oh that each of us might find true rest IN HIM knowing that we have be blessed with every SPIRITUAL BLESSING thru Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Who God Is?”
Psalm 115 is a testimony to the world’s ignorance of God. It answers the most basic question, “Who is God?” The truth written in this psalm is that the Lord alone is God, the One who lives in heaven, who rules over all, who lives forevermore, who protects and prospers His people. That is who God is, wrote the psalmist. This psalm of God’s true identity is contrasted with the false gods, the God of Israel, the maker of heaven earth. Rather than give a defense base on an idea, the writer rejects all false gods. The thought of any faithfulness and duty being given often to a man-made idol is ridiculous and spiritual stupidity. There is only one God, the true and living God, the God revealed in creation, history, and the Holy Scripture, Israel Redeemer, and Lord over all the peoples of earth.
Let us give thanks, praise, and glory to the One and only true and living God for saving us and bringing us into His kingdom. Let us carry this message to a lost and dying world.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. – Galatians 5:16-18
It is human nature to want to please ourselves by taking a shortcut or detour off of the straight path, and we are never fully satisfied with anything that is on the path that we decided to take. That path always leads to a dead end. The Christian’s direction only comes through an intimate relationship with our Father through Christ Jesus, and it is extremely important for those who are in Christ to remember that there is no condemnation (Rom 8:1) for making a wrong turn or a bad decision, it is easy to get caught up in the shame of our own sin and not want to except forgiveness.
His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9) and in Him we are not under the law because He became the law for us. Forgiveness from God comes through Christ Jesus’ blood.
Praise His Holy name!
Psalm 113 “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!
What a great verse to get our day started. Malachi 1:11 speaks of praising the Lord as well from sunrise to sunset. “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations..” As you begin your Tuesday be reminded of the finished work of Christ that was done on the cross for you and I. Praise him this morning in as your day gets started. Praise him during the day by resting in his finished work. Praise him in the evening again as you go to bed because we serve a Lord that is worthy of all our Praise. Praise all day long.
Rejoice in the Lord!