October 1, 2019
Last Quarter Starts Today for 2019. This is a good time to examine our lives before the Lord.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 ESV
1 Chronicles 15
Aha! David sought the Lord on the return of the Ark and it was a great success! Michal saw David and thought him a fool as he rejoiced before the Lord. Guess who the real fool was?
Trusting in riches is foolishness. Money comes and money goes (Matthew 6:24, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 23:5, etc.).
Avoid those who cause divisions because their heart is not for the Lord and building the Kingdom of God.
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Meditate & Apply: Trusting God relieves me from having to put my trust in anything else! The first question my neighbor asked me yesterday was who I was going to vote for. She wants to watch the news together and discuss each other’s views. I had to say that my primary source is always the Bible and not the news. I have great love for her yet what does spiritual and carnal have in common? And how can someone with a world perspective understand the things of God?
Know what you believe and know in whom you trust. "The word of God is sharper than any two edged sword able to divide between bone and marrow and spirit and soul, discerning the thoughts and motivations of the heart" (paraphrased -Hebrews 4:12). Sanctified and separated out takes on a new level of meaning. Praise God for His discernment. Some people want to use you as a sounding block, others want to use you to stay further from the Truth. Human, natural behavior is very deceiving.
Yes, agree. Thank You Lord for the gift of discernment and let us not fail to use this gift when the nonsense tries to influence us!
So interesting that your neighbor wants to hang out with you! Thank you, Jesus, for protecting this relationship and using Pastor Terry as a minister of reconciliation!
The Lord is good. We have to hang out without discussing the political arena and I need God's wisdom on changing the discussion. I appreciate your insight always Maurine. Thank you!