Most of us do OK with our actions, it is our thought life which gives us trouble. This devotion challenges us to keep our thoughts pure. If you like this You can get the whole month of devotions just for the asking. To get your devotional simply CLICK HERE Then follow the instructions.
I have been teaching a series titled “Changing Your Paradigm” or “Changing Your Lifestyle Patterns”
We have explored 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 where Apostle Paul gives the process of changing our patterns of undesirable behavior. That process includes:
Tearin g down strongholds – patterns of undesirable behavior
Destroying arguments – components in our belief system that are not consistent with what God has revealed.
Taking Captive every thought – taking control of your patterns of thought.
Making your thoughts obedient to what God has revealed as truth.
Today we are exploring how Righteous Rejoicing is connected to Righteous thinking and how Righteous Thinking leads to a Righteous Attitude. We will conclude by showing how the Righteous 3R’s produce Righteous Contentment and Righteous Provision.
This smessage today is the first in a sub-series titled “The Righteous 3Rs”
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5)Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6)Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7)And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord Always
Do not be anxious about anything
Present requests as prayers and petition
And the peace of God…
Here is the message – Part One in the series The Righteous 3Rs: Righteous Rejoicing
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep… My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:14-15, 27-28
There are times when we just need a protector. It seems that on every turn there are enemies waiting to devour us. At times it even seems that our friends have forsaken us. At those times we must realize that Jesus is our shepherd protector.
Most of this tenth chapter of John is about Jesus as our shepherd. He starts off by talking about the sheep pen and that those who come into the sheep pen must come through the shepherd. All who come by any other way are thieves and have come to rob, kill and destroy (verse 10), but he contrasts himself with the thief by declaring, “I have come that they may have life; and have it to the full.”
Do not forget there is a destroyer who seeks to prevent you and I from the abundant life God offers through faith in Christ. Our Shepherd realizes the danger and will protect us as long as we stay in the sheep pen.
He fights our battles, destroys the destroyer and keeps us secure in his protectorate. He is the shepherd who protects the sheep, even to the giving of his own life.
He speaks and His sheep hear him – do you hear him?
Prayer: Lord, call me I’ll listen. I desire to be in your sheep pen under your protection. Thank you for the security of your loving guidance. Amen
Message: There is a destroyer who seeks to prevent you and I from the abundant life God offers through faith in Christ. Our Shepherd realizes the danger and will protect us as long as we stay in the sheep pen.
Affirmation: I have heard the voice of the Good Shepherd and have chosen to follow Him. He will protect me and give me life that is abundant.
Reflection: This devotion speaks of staying in the sheep pen. Give some thought to how a person stays in the pen. Is staying in the sheep pen a passive maneuver or is it an aggressive action?
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The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
– Matthew 13:11-12
Secrets. We all have them. The purpose of a secret is to keep those who should not know something from knowing it. Jesus was telling his disciples that he had chosen them to know the secrets of the kingdom.
Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables so that only those who were spiritually alert would hear the message. Then he explained the parables to those who were to understand the secrets.
Understanding the secrets of the kingdom will release God’s favor. If we can hear the message of the kingdom, and understand the purposes of the “secrets” that he is revealing, then we will be able to walk in the fullness of his intended abundance.
Knowing and understanding the principles of the kingdom unlocks the door to God’s favor; diligence and obedience open the door to abundance. God is not only calling us to understand and believe but he is calling us to diligent obedience to the principles so that he can release his best to us.
Over the next few days we are going to explore some of the kingdom principles that Jesus called, “Secrets of the kingdom.”
Prayer: Lord, I tend to use the understanding of men to accomplish the work of the kingdom. Grant me the ability to understand the message of the kingdom and the wisdom to live by those principles. In Jesus name, amen.
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. – Mark 15:37-38
With these last words of Jesus, “It is finished,” an era which began with Adam and Eve had finally come to an end. When man sinned in the garden he was separated from God and a wall of separation was erected.
God placed an angel with a flaming sword at the entrance to the garden to keep man from going back into the garden and partaking of the tree of life. Man was separated from God and from eternal life.
This separation was further emphasized when God had Moses make a veil which would separate the common people from the presence of the Lord. God did make an exception and that was the high priest was allowed beyond the veil to effect atonement for the sins of the people but the average person was not allowed there.
The altar in the temple represented the fatal price of sin and the veil represented the separation between God and man caused by sin. For millennia man had suffered the altar and the veil with no remedy in sight.
Then Jesus came preaching that the kingdom of God was with them, but they still had the altar and the veil. The sacrifice of animals could atone for their sin, but the veil kept them separated from the glory of God
Then it was finished. The final sacrifice for sin had been made – there was no more need for sacrifice. The veil was ripped and man was finally given access to the glory of God. With the sin issue resolved by the death of Christ there was no more need for the veil.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the work of Calvary and the torn veil. Your grace has made the provision for my redemption.
Principle: The final sacrifice for sin had been made – there was no more need for sacrifice. The veil was ripped and man was finally given access to the glory of God. With the sin issue resolved by the death of Christ there was no more need for the veil.
Affirmation:Thank God for the torn veil. Now I have access directly to God and His Glory because of what Christ did for all who would follow him.
Reflection: Since man was put out of the Garden of Eden he was separated from the life God originally intended for him. Even the temple separated man from God. But the death of Jesus, the Lamb of God, being sacrificed on the cross, tore down the wall of partition between God and man.
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