Daily Archives: June 5, 2020

Peace With God

2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV) – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; … This “man of sin” opposes and exalts himself about all that is called God and above all that is worshiped (2 Thess 2:4).

 

 

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Fellowship with God

The Bible reminds us again and again that God is a personal God — not some faraway, distant Idea, but the Supreme Person, who actually enjoys the fellowship of his people. Unlike some of the cold, unapproachable gods of some religions, our God is approachable. He wants to be near us, and he wants our devotion and love.

The good news is, we don’t have to wait for death to enjoy this. Fellowship with God begins now, and it continues forever and ever without end.

I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.

Leviticus 26:12

We are telling you about what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.

1 John 1:3, 5-7

Those who obey God’s commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in us.

1 John 3:24

“Where two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them.”

Matthew 18:20

Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God.

And since we are his children, we will share his treasures — for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

Romans 8:10, 17

If you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God. But if you continue in the teaching of Christ, you will have fellowship with both the Father and the Son.

2 John 9

“Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.”

Revelation 3:20

I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, “Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”

Revelation 21:3-4

 

Obedience better than sacrifice

‘Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.’ 1 Samuel 15:22

Suggested Further Reading: James 4:11–17

If you are failing to keep the least of one of Christ’s commands to his disciples, I pray you, brethren, be disobedient no longer. I know, for instance, that some of you can see it to be your duty, as believers, to be baptized. If you did not think it to be your duty, I would not bring this text to bear upon you; but if you feel it to be right, and you do it not, let me say to you that all the pretensions you make of attachment to your Master, and all the other actions which you may perform, are as nothing compared with the neglect of this. ‘To obey,’ even in the slightest and smallest thing, ‘is better than sacrifice,’ and to hearken diligently to the Lord’s commands is better than the fat of rams. It may be that some of you, though you are professed Christians, are living in the prosecution of some evil trade, and your conscience has often said, ‘Get out of it.’ You are not in the position that a Christian ought to be in; but then you hope that you will be able to make a little money, and you will retire and do a world of good with it. God cares nothing for this rams’ fat of yours; he asks not for these sacrifices which you intend to make. ‘To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.’ Perhaps you are in connection with a Christian church in which you may see much that is wrong, and you know that you ought not to tolerate it, but still you do so. You say, ‘I have a position of usefulness, and if I come out I shall not be so useful as I am now.’ My brother, your usefulness is but as the fat of rams, and ‘to obey is better than’ it all.

For meditation: To argue that the end justifies the means is to claim to know better than God. Saul knew God’s will (1 Samuel 15:3), failed to do it (1 Samuel 15:11), claimed to have done so (1 Samuel 15:13,20) and paraded the best of motives (1 Samuel 15:15,21). Ignorance of God’s will and failure to do it is a lesser evil than knowledge of God’s will and failure to do it (Luke 12:47–48).

 

How You Walk

by Inspiration Ministries

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” – Colossians 2:6 NASB

Our Christian lives begin when we accept the finished work of Jesus and realize that “by grace you have been saved through faith.” We cannot earn this salvation. We cannot be good enough to measure up to God’s standards. Our salvation is His gift to us when we believe (Ephesians 2:8).

But we still have a role to play through the decisions we make every day about how we are to “walk.” This implies a whole range of practical activities: where we go, our companions, what we do, and what we think and talk about.

Paul says we are to “walk in Him.” This starts as we are aware that Christ actually is in us. This is a mystery that changes our lives (Colossians 1:26-27). He is with us, to help us make the right decisions and do the right thing. He gives us the power we need to live victoriously. We can draw on His Spirit to have discernment, to speak the right words, to be His witnesses.

Remember that Jesus is with you. In fact, He is in you. This is a powerful mystery, but it is a truth that can change your life. You are not alone. You can draw on His strength. You can seek Him for guidance and direction. He
can help you make decisions and give you discernment in all your relationships.

Surrender your life to Him. Let Him guide you by His Spirit.

 

The report of the spies

“And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.” Numbers 13:32 and 14:6-7

Suggested Further Reading: Romans 2:17-24

Every unguarded word you use, every inconsistent act, puts a slur on Christ. The world, you know, does not find fault with you—they lay it all to your Master. If you make a slip tomorrow, they will not say, “That is John Smith’s human nature;” they will say, “That is John Smith’s religion.” They know better, but they will be sure to say it; they will be sure to put all the mischief at the door of Christ. Now, if you could bear the blame yourself you might bear it manfully; but do not allow Christ to bear the blame—do not suffer his reputation to be tarnished—do not permit his banner to be trampled in the dust. Then there is another consideration. You must remember, if you do wrong, the world will be quite sure to notice you. The world carries two bags: in the bag at the back they put all the Christian’s virtues—in the bag in front they put all our mistakes and sins. They never think of looking at the virtues of holy men; all the courage of martyrs, all the fidelity of confessors, and all the holiness of saints, is nothing to them; but our iniquities are ever before them. Please do recollect, that wherever you are, as a Christian, the eyes of the world are upon you; the Argus eyes of an evil generation follow you everywhere. If a church is blind the world is not. It is a common proverb, “As sound asleep as a church,” and a very true one, for most churches are sound asleep; but it would be a great falsehood if anyone were to say, “As sound asleep as the world,” for the world is never asleep. Sleeping is left to the church. And remember, too, that the world always wears magnifying glasses to look at Christians’ faults.

For meditation: Like Mary our souls and words may magnify the Lord (Luke 1:46), but does any area of our lives allow the unbelieving world to magnify our sins instead?

 

Obedience better than sacrifice

‘Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.’ 1 Samuel 15:22

Suggested Further Reading: James 4:11–17

If you are failing to keep the least of one of Christ’s commands to his disciples, I pray you, brethren, be disobedient no longer. I know, for instance, that some of you can see it to be your duty, as believers, to be baptized. If you did not think it to be your duty, I would not bring this text to bear upon you; but if you feel it to be right, and you do it not, let me say to you that all the pretensions you make of attachment to your Master, and all the other actions which you may perform, are as nothing compared with the neglect of this. ‘To obey,’ even in the slightest and smallest thing, ‘is better than sacrifice,’ and to hearken diligently to the Lord’s commands is better than the fat of rams. It may be that some of you, though you are professed Christians, are living in the prosecution of some evil trade, and your conscience has often said, ‘Get out of it.’ You are not in the position that a Christian ought to be in; but then you hope that you will be able to make a little money, and you will retire and do a world of good with it. God cares nothing for this rams’ fat of yours; he asks not for these sacrifices which you intend to make. ‘To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.’ Perhaps you are in connection with a Christian church in which you may see much that is wrong, and you know that you ought not to tolerate it, but still you do so. You say, ‘I have a position of usefulness, and if I come out I shall not be so useful as I am now.’ My brother, your usefulness is but as the fat of rams, and ‘to obey is better than’ it all.

For meditation: To argue that the end justifies the means is to claim to know better than God. Saul knew God’s will (1 Samuel 15:3), failed to do it (1 Samuel 15:11), claimed to have done so (1 Samuel 15:13,20) and paraded the best of motives (1 Samuel 15:15,21). Ignorance of God’s will and failure to do it is a lesser evil than knowledge of God’s will and failure to do it (Luke 12:47–48).