ENCOURAGING PSALMS TO PRAY FOR GOD’S PROTECTION

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. – Psalm 23:1-7

INTRODUCTION

When times are tough, personally or globally, where can we turn? Especially when things seem out of our control, and we don’t know whether we’ll be safe—or even maybe if we’ll see tomorrow—it’s good to know there is only One who has control over everything.

Luckily, that One, God, did not leave us alone. We can find His words to us in the Bible. One of the best places to turn when we seek protection is to the Psalms.

WHAT ARE THE PSALMS IN THE BIBLE?

The psalms are a collection of poems, or songs. The book was originally titled “Tehillim,” which means “praise songs” in Hebrew. Our modern word “Psalms” comes from the Greek “Psalmoi,” also meaning “songs of praise.” Each of the psalms is an individual song or poem, much like a hymn. They were written by multiple authors, including Moses, Solomon, and David. These were used to worship God in the tabernacle and temple, with different kinds of psalms for all different situations. There are 150 psalms in the Bible.

GOOD REASON TO TURN TO THE PSALMS FOR PROTECTION

The psalms are prayers to God. Often, it can be difficult to express what we’re feeling or thinking to God. However, the psalms are there to guide us. This doesn’t mean we have to follow the psalms exactly, but it can be comforting to know that others have felt the same way for thousands of years, and they can help us pray and put our thoughts and concerns into words.

10 PSALMS TO REMIND US OF GOD’S PROTECTION

1. Psalm 18:2-3

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

2. Psalm 18:16-19

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

3. Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

4. Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.

5. Psalm 46:1-2

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

6. Psalm 55:16-17

As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.

7Psalm 91:4

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

8. Psalm 116:3-9

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘Lord, save me!’ The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

9. Psalm 121:1-8

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

10. Psalm 138:3Psalm 138:7

When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me…Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.

3 PSALMS THAT ASK FOR GOD’S PROTECTION

When we have trouble putting our petitions into words, the psalms can help us.

1Psalm 16:1

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.

2. Psalm 25:20-21

Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

3. Psalm 31:1-5

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

END NOTE

In these psalms, and many more like them, the psalmist asks for God’s protection not because of his own goodness or merit, but “for the sake of your name” (Psalm 31:3) and “in [His] righteousness” (Psalm 31:1). The Lord protects us not because we deserve it, but because of who He is—a good, powerful, and loving God.

When we pray for protection, we must put our trust in God, not in our situation. No matter how dark things may seem, we must remember that God is indeed in control and has a plan greater than we could fathom.

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WHAT CAN ONE PERSON DO?

The world’s problems look so big that sometimes we aretempted to say, What can one insignificant person do to help solve them? This is really a self-centered thing to say. It is not rooted in good theology. Actually there are no insignificant persons. Even though there are billions of people living right now and billions of others who have gone before, each of us still matter to God. If we were the only person who needed Jesus, He still would have died on the cross. I are redeemed by a personalSaviour who does not think we are insignificant.

Jesus taught thousand of people at times, but at other times He had wonderful dialogues with individuals – the woman at the well, Nicodemus, the man born blind, the thief on the cross, and many others. He didn’t just talk with them at one time, He saw them one at a time too. We also have to do this if we’re going to be significant in His service.

There are so many problems in this world that it can be hard to decide which ones to tackle. Here are my criteria:

1. First, let’s consider PROXIMITY. Which problems are closest to me geographically? Which do I have to walk around every day? It is possible to go to a missions seminar and become deeply concerned about people halfway around the world. Then we may leave the church and drive through a needy neighbourhood in our own city, still thinking about these people on the other side of the globe. Such hypocrisy is unacceptable. We must understand that God calls us to minister wherever we are.

The story is told of an evangelist who was serving in a church in one of the big cities. This church, he said, had compassion. They were always witnessing to people in the city slum districts. One day after the service, this evangelist walked out into the street in front of this elegant church and began to share Christ with people right there. After all, they were close to the church. It was their neighbourhood. And even though the people didn’t look like they needed the Lord, they turned out to be as needy as anyone. We should begin to serve right where we are.

2. Another criterion for deciding which problem to tackle is RELATIONSHIP. If we have a relative or a very close friend who has a problem, that’s the place to start helping. As Paulwrote, “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” – 1 Timothy 5:8

3. Moving out just a little, another criterion is IDENTITY. We can help people best if we can identify with them – people who talk our language, who live in our neighbourhood, who have jobs like ours, who like to talk about the things that interest us. We can tackle problems better with people who understand us. Once sociological barriers come between us and others, it gets harder to minister to them.

4. And finally, we can most effectively minister to people who ESTEEM us. If they respect us, they will listen and they will open up to Christ words. If they don’t already respect us, we will have to earn their esteem before we can effectively minister to them. So if we see problems among people who already hold us in high esteem, we can confidently and more immediately offer our help. 

What I’m saying is that we do not need to look halfway around the world to find people to help. We don’t need to seek out strange and exotic people. If we look in our way own neighbourhoods, in our own families, among people very much like we are, who already like and respect us, we can find plenty of opportunity to help. So proximityrelationshipidentity, and esteem are good criteria for helping us decide how and where to start changing our world. If God wants us to serve in some more distant place, He will make this very clear to us, but only after we have had compassion for those ills near at hand.

END NOTE

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” – Ezekiel 22:30

Corruption among the leaders and the people was so widespread in Judah that God could not find even one person (outside of His prophet, Jeremiah, who had desperately tried to warn the people) who was willing to stand against evil and attempt to lead the people back to God. It is a tragedy when God’s people are so caught up in worldliness and spiritual compromise that He can find no one among them to intercede (i.e., to plead a case for others, to pray for their situations and needs) for spiritually lost and rebellious people. Such compassion and selflessness might have built a wall of mercy and protection around the people, shielding them from sure destruction. But no one would “stand in the gap” between God and the people, crying out against sin and leading the way in humble prayer, true repentance and a desperate plea for spiritual revival. Because good people often remain silent because of fear or compromise, they often miss the opportunity to inspire true revival and help people escape God’s judgement.

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KEEPING COMMANDS

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you. . .” — John 14:15-16

Keeping Jesus’ commands means obeying what Jesus tells us to do. That’s simple to understand. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to do.
 
The main command Jesus has in mind here is “Love one another” (John 13:34). That’s a great-sounding command, and I really want to keep it. I think of myself as a loving person. But then I hear or read the daily news about all kinds of crimes and war and people’s abuses of one another. Suddenly I’m struggling to love. How do we love criminals? How do we love oppressors? How do we even love people who simply disagree with us?
 
We also realize there is more to keeping Jesus’ commands than simply obeying. Part of keeping commands means that we hold on to a command even when we have recently broken it. It means that we should try again. And again. And again. Because of God’s forgiveness, we’re not lost forever when we fail. But we must also keep trying.
 
Thankfully, Jesus provides us with the help we need. Jesus promised an Advocate—an Encourager. Someone who will put His arm around us when we need comfort, and Someone who will spur us on when we need to try again and keep trying. The Advocate is the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent Him to live in us so that we will ­never be alone in trying to keep Jesus’ commands.

 
PRAYER: “Dear Jesus, with your Spirit in me, help me to sense Your grace over my failures and Your power to help me obey.” Amen. 

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JESUS HAS NO LIMITATIONS

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Looking unto Jesus, Author and Finisher of our faith”— Hebrews 12: 2


Jesus can meet the needs of individual or a multitude because He has no limitations. He does not want you to set any limitations upon what He can do through you.

He is the only One who is able to quench the thirst of others with living water; who is able to fill the hungry with living bread; who is able to reassure the hurting with His comfort.

God has called you to look upon His Son and to point others to Him. It is His voice that others need to hear, it is His glory that others need to see, it is His will that others need to follow, it is His fullness that others need to receive, and it is His love that others need to embrace.

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CAN WE REALLY “NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING”?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” – Philippians 4:6.

INTRODUCTION

The Apostle Paul’s instruction to live free of anxiety sounds wonderful, but his original readers may have wondered if that was truly possible. Many Christians are asking that same question today. After all, life is full of troubling situations, and we as humans tend to view anxiety as a reasonable response when they arise. How can we not be anxious in this world-wide pandemic called COVID-19.

Philippians 4:6 however offers a better way to handle our cares, by encouraging us to quickly and continually release concerns to God. This is not easy but it is possible to do it because God is our Helper and Paul promises that if we can learn and practice this skill, we’ll experience more peace and joy every day.1. WHAT DOES “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING” MEAN?

Philippians 4:6 becomes a lesson about keeping our joy in the midst of difficulties. Paul clearly set the goal – “Do not be anxious about anything.” Then, he explains what to do instead “in every situation.” His approach includes four elements: 1. Prayer, 2. Petition, 3. Thanksgiving and 4. Presenting. 

The word of God through Paul promises that doing these four things would have positive effects on the emotional, mental and spiritual health of a person.2. WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN WE FEEL ANXIOUS?

Three separate but related actions are mentioned in verse 4 that suggest how we can deal with anxious thoughts.

“…by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving…”• Prayer – giving worship to the Lord for who He is and what He has done• Petition – directly asking God to help in His way and timing• Thanksgiving – expressing humble gratitude for the kindness He has shown

Paul knows that incorporating all of these will soften the believer’s heart, and align it more closely with God. The result of coming to God this way is the creation of a wonderful worship cycle between us and God: seeking Him, calling out to Him in trust, asking Him to meet our needs, confidently watching for Him, and praising Him for His provision.3. HOW CAN WE OVERCOME ANXIETY?

God did not design you to be anxious or nervous. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the crowds, “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . Do not worry about tomorrow” — Matthew 6:31,34

At some point, all of us have worried about the basics of life through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our anxieties often involve fundamental things: fears for our health and those we love, how we will make a living, securing supplies, and how to handle previously anticipated events and celebrations. In all these concerns, the issue is one of faith and trust in God. Do we really believe that God will do what He has promised to do in His Word?

If we assume that we are the ones who is in charge of our life, then we will battle anxiety and fear. However, if we understand the ways of the Lord, then we will know that He is in charge and that the sovereign God of the universe cares for every detail of our lives – 1 Peter 5:7. If we worry and doubt His goodness, we will never have the peace He wants us to experience. 

Do you take time to acknowledge Him as your provider? Your answer has everything to do with your anxiety level.

Have you ever watched a mouse running inside a wheel? The faster he runs, the faster the wheel moves — but he doesn’t make the slightest progress. He does not even have the sense to get off the wheel. This is exactly what anxiety does to us. As fearful thoughts fill our mind, we begin to run faster, trying harder to meet the demands of others or to prevent an uncertain disaster. But we will never gain complete control over our circumstances because God is the One who is solely in control of all things.

There is only one way to step off the wheel and that is by acknowledging the Lord’s ability to take care of every need we have. God created us. He knows our needs and the deepest desires of our heart. “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4.

The Lord for us to end the anxiety cycle and let Him lead. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

First Peter 5:6 – 7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” The word “casting” is related to the Greek verb used in Luke 19:35, when on Palm Sunday the people of Jerusalem threw their garments onto a colt for Jesus to ride. The word describes the same motion: a deliberate action of setting something down and leaving it there.

Jesus wants us to give our cares over to Him and leave them with Him. You depend on Him for life itself, and you acknowledge this by saying, “Here, Jesus. Take my problems. You have the answers! I trust you to show me what to do and to take care of the consequences.”

CAST AWAY YOUR CARES

Anxiety is so debilitating. Body, mind, and spirit can plummet when filled with it, and no one is immune to its effects. But God, in His love and care for you, will take your anxiety onto Himself – just simply cast it to Him. Hurling or throwing something takes focus and force so the object being thrown lands far away from your presence. When you cast your anxiety on God, it gets caught up in His mercy net where He receives the weight anxiety brings and replaces it with His comfort and calm. Nothing is too small or too big – just cast.

Lord, it is so hard not to worry, but I know I shouldn’t. You have taken care of me in the past, so I know You will today and in the future. I cast my cares to You now and trust that You are with me and You will provide.

CONCLUSION

Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility. We all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers.

Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.

BEGONE, UNBELIEF; MY SAVIOUR IS NEAR – MHB 511

Begone unbelief,

My Saviour is near,

And for my relief

Will surely appear:

By prayer let me wrestle,

And He will perform,

With Christ in the vessel,

I smile at the storm.

John Newton (1725-1807)

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LET US BE CAREFUL HOW WE LIVE


We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.  And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.” – Romans 6:6-8 (NLT)

INTRODUCTION

People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live.  We are to live full of light.  Paul told the Ephesians to leave behind the old life of sin, since they were followers of Christ.  Living the Christian life is a process.  Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Christ.  But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time.  As you look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes and actions?  Although change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you.  

Our old way of life before we believed in Christ is completely in the past answered – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Cor. 5:17 We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away.  When we decide to accept Christ’s gift of salvation, it both a one time decision, as well as a daily conscious commitment.  We are not to be driven by desire and impulse.  We must put on the new nature, head in the new direction, and have the new way of thinking that the Holy Spirit gives.

We have decided to quote straight from scriptures today to remind us that the word of God is indeed living and active and full of transformational power; “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2

LIVING AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT

With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused.  Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.  They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.  But that isn’t what you learned about Christ.  Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.  Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.  So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.  Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.  And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:17 -32

LIVING IN THE LIGHT

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.  Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.  Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.  You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.  Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!  For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.  Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.  It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

LIVING BY THE SPIRIT’S POWER

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:1-20.

All Scriptures are from the New Living Translation

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HOLY SPIRIT, TRUTH DIVINE

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.”— Galatians 5:16-18  

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light,
Wake my spirit and clear my sight.


Holy Spirit, Love Divine
Glow within this heart of mine;
Kindle every high desire;
Perish self in Thy pure fire.

Holy Spirit, Right Divine,
King within my conscience reign;
Be my Lord, and I shall be
Firmly bound, forever free.

(Samuel Longfellow 1819-1892)

This hymn is one that is accepted by all Christians. The Holy Spirit is praised as truth, love, power, and right. The last stanza reminds us of the words inn the gospel pf John where it says that the Holy Spirit would convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. The Spirit does carry on this ministry within us as that”still, small voice” that shows us the way. As Longfellow wrote, may we pray the Holy Spirit reign as King within our consciences. 

 
PRAYER: “Dear Holy Spirit, lead in every aspect of my life” Amen. 

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I AM AN EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST IN MY GENERATION

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”– Matthew 11:29-30 & Matthew 7:24-27• Who is Jesus Christ

Jesus’ proper name derives from the Hebrew “Joshua”, meaning “Yahweh saves” or “salvation is from Yahweh” (Matthew 1:21). Christ is the Greek term for “anointed”, equivalent to the Hebrew Messiah. This anointed Saviour is also Immanuel, “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). Paul’s favourite term for Jesus was kurios, “Lord,” and the earliest Christian confession was that “Jesus is Lord,” The sublime introduction of Jesus in the prologue to John’s Gospel presents Him as the logos, the “Word” who created all things (1:3) and who became flesh and dwelt among us (1:4). He is the Life (1:4) and the Light of mankind (1:4); the Glory of God (1:4); the only begotten God who makes the Father known (1:18). The Gospels record Jesus’ own self designation as Son of Man, the title He frequently used to speak of His humiliation, His identification with sinful mankind, His death on behalf of sinners, and His glorious return. While Jesus was the Son of Man in respect to His ministry and passion, He is also Son of God, the uniquely begotten one sent from God Himself (Mark 1:1; John 3:16). The book of Hebrews shows Jesus as God’s great high priest (3:1; 4:14) who both makes sacrifice for His people and who is Himself the sacrifice (10:10-14). Hebrews also presents Jesus as the creator of all things (1:2), the perfect representation of God (1:3), and the apostle of our confession (3:1). The metaphors used of Jesus, particularly in John’s Gospel, speak poignantly to the indispensable need for a person to know Jesus. He is the water of life (John 4:14). The bread of life (6:41), the light (8:12), the door (10:7), the way, the truth and the life (14:6).• Live like Jesus

Jesus, the divine Son of God, set aside the privileges and powers of deity for a time and lived as a man on earth. This means that you, as a reborn child of God, filled with the same Holy Spirit as Jesus was, have the same opportunity to live as He lived on earth. In fact, that is exactly what He intends. In John 17:18 He said to the Father, “Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” He’s given you the ability and the command to live above sin, to live in fellowship with the Father, to preach the gospel and to make disciples.• What Does it Mean for a Christ-follower to be an Example?

Though Scripture exhorts leaders to be examples (1 Pet. 5:2-3),we should all be examples as Christ-followers regardless of how we serve because we all represent Him (2 Cor. 5:20).  Being an example means reflecting Jesus to those around you in a way that causes them to take notice, not of you, but of Christ in you.  As an example, you will:• Exemplify Christ in all you say and do.• Put out sin and impurities from your life so people see Christ.• Affect others with the love of Christ.• Model Christ-like character & conduct.• Position yourself under Christ so He is the Head.• Line up with Christ in not only what you do but how you do it.• Enhance people’s lives because of Christ in you.

God works first through the ordinary experiences of daily life to form the character of Christ in us. Through these experiences we come to know on the deepest levels that Jesus is with us always, that he never leaves us nor forsakes us, and that we can cast all our care upon him. In addition, we learn that ordinary life is sacramental, and that divine guidance is given primarily in these common junctures of life.• Being an Example of Christ means:a. Following His teachings – believing that God is our Father and trusting Him to care for us. – John 15:4-7b. Learning to overcome the world and the devil.c. Christ’s example of service to others. Serving others who are also children of God our Father. Jesus said of Himself, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). And that’s exactly what He did—serve others and give His life for them—setting an example for us to follow.• Being an Example of Christ means adopting His attitudes: – Philemon 2:1-4

a. Attitude of Humility. That the Father knows what is Best for the us and therefore we should humbly surrender ourselves to His direction. Christ was totally yielded to the will of His Father. He completely humbled Himself and remained faithful in doing His Father’s will all the way to His death: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 

b. That knowing who our Father is we should be willing to battle against evil and temptation.

c. Christ’s amazing example of godly love. We should love another especially the family of God or the people of God’s household. He not only loved His friends, but also His enemies: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:44-45). His love is so great that He died for friend and foe alike. May we follow that example!

d. Modelling Christ in our Work. Christians in the workplace should be motivated by our desire to glorify God and to inspire others to desire to know him. Those who don’t know Christ may be inspired to seek Him and influenced to reconsider Christianity. Jesus also took on “the very nature of a servant.”

e. As children of God, we are called to live in INTEGRITY. Jesus is the perfect example of a man of integrity. After He was baptized, He went into the wilderness to fast for forty days and nights, during which time Satan came to Him at His weakest to try to break His integrity and corrupt Him. Jesus was wholly man and wholly God at the same time, and He tempted in every way we are, yet he never sinned. He is the only one who was ever without blemish, perfect, completely truthful, and always showing a pattern of good works. 

f. Truthfulness. The Bible also describes integrity as the truth. What is the truth? Jesus is the only real truth and the only way to attain eternal life. Nobody comes to the Father unless he goes through Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many times, Jesus prefaced His words by saying, “Truly, I say to you,” which, in essence, means “I tell you the truth.” Jesus never lied, and His actions defined integrity.

gBoldness. Jesus and his apostles were extremely bold and gave either their jobs or money away to do God’s ministry. Trust in God the Father as He did.  He stood firm in God alone.  For Him God the Father alone was the rock on which His soul could stand. Christian courage is the willingness to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost, because God promises to help you and save you on account of Christ. 

h. Empathy. Jesus was always sensitive to the plight of others. Jesus is our best example of empathy. Matthew tells us how Jesus, “when he saw the crowds, . . . had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). On another occasion, Jesus observed a widow about to bury her only son. Sensing her pain (the NLT says that Jesus’ “heart overflowed with compassion”, He approached the funeral procession and resurrected the young man (Luke 7:11-16). 

i. EvangelismOur Lord Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost and modelling Him in our generation must give a passion for evangelism and discipleship. We must not only share our faith but live it so that all those who come into contact with us will feel attracted to the Lord Jesus and give their lives to Him as His followers. If ever there was a time to share Christ Jesus and demonstrate His power to transform lives it is now. As His ambassadors that is what we should be doing as effortlessly as the way we breath everyday remembering that the Holy Spirit lives in us to enable us so to do.

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MEN AND WOMEN OF FAITH – CALLED TO ABOUND IN THE LORD

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Beloved in the Lord, when Paul wrote this admonition to the Christians in Corinth, he was encouraging them to consider what a glorious heritage they had as believers.  Their Lord, Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.  It was a fact, undisputed – totally confirmed even by his enemies.  Because of theresurrection, the Christian had hope – hope that they would not be overcome by Satan through death.  On the contrary their own reservation and re-union with the Lord Jesus Christ was assured.  For that reason, they were to be actively involved and engaged in the work of the Lord.

They were not to allow the world to draw them back through – false teachings and doctrines:  persecution compromise to the worldly way of life, competition for the acclaim the world so readily gives fear of rejection, ostracization, pressure from peers to conform.

The admonition was timely and relevant because those who turned to Christ in those days faced real pressures.  But Paul reminded them that their decision to give their lives to Christ was the right one – it had been initiated and confirmed by God Himself through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Beloved, this exhortation is very timely and relevant to us also.  Ours may not be such a hostile environment.  In fact, it is quite fashionable to be a Christian these days – 71% of the nation professes Christianity.  But please don’t let us get carried away.  We too live in very dangerous times – subtly dangerous.  

The signs of the dangers may not always be clear, especially to those who take everything for granted.  But believe me, the times we live in are extremely dangerous.• We are bombarded daily with false teachings and false doctrines on radio, television and other media;• We are drawn and even pushed into compromise because of prevailing social norms and cultural practices;• We face persecution if we decide to stand for and do what is right.  We get punished, banished and sometimes lose our promotion in the workplace;• We are sometimes rejected by family and friends because we want to follow Christ Jesus more closely and live for Him;• We are accosted by fear because we do not know how we can face all these pressures and survive.

This however is the time to strongly trust in our Lord Jesus Christ by whose resurrection the Lord God our Father has categorically confirmed that Jesus is indeed Lord and Saviour.COVID-19 has made it palpably clear that all we hold dear can be wiped out in an instant.

This is the time to know that we are on the Lord’s side, we are standing on the Solid Rock – Jesus Christ Himself.  This is the time to show boldly by our lives that we need no argument; we need no plea; it is enough that Jesus died and that He died for you and for me.  As Christians, we too are called into various ministries; we are not to be spectators, NO!!  We are to be busy for the Lord – not busybodies, gossiping, bringing conflict, etc.  No.  We are to be fully engaged for the Lord as He, by His Holy Spirit enables us.  As we read in the Bible – we are called to be co-workers in the Kingdom; disciples of believers; engaged in evangelism; serve in the local church as deacons, deaconesses and other active workers; we are given the gifts of prophecy; we are to operate in all the spiritual gifts that the Lord in His wisdom has fully given us by His Holy Spirit.

How then do we as Paul admonishes us, stand firm and let nothing move us?  I would like us to see ourselves in the light of Eph. 6:10-18. Paul speaks to us to be strong in the power of the Lord, to always wear our spiritual armour and pray!!! He uses the word STAND four times between verse 13 – 14a. • Take our stand against the devil’s schemes;• Stand our ground when the evil day comes;• Stand after we’ve done everything;• Stand firm with our full armour.

What I learn is that it is all about our total dependence in the one who has called us into His Kingdom – Jesus Christ.  We stand and remain immovable in Him and in His strength even in these very uncertain, disruptive and scary times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Ponder:

Oh, it is hard to work for GOD, To rise and take His part,Upon this battlefield of earthAnd not sometimes lose heart! Workman of GOD! O lose not heart, But learn what GOD is like, And in the darkest battlefield thou shalt know where to strike. – Frederick William Faber

Who is on The Lord’s Side – MHB 820

1. Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

4. Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band;
In the service royal, let us not grow cold,
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, wilt Thou keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

(Frances RidleyHavergal, 1836 – 1879)

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CATALYST – PERSONAL INVENTORY

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your fee and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. – Proverbs 4:20-27

INTRODUCTION

We can use Proverbs 4:20-27 as a personal spiritual inventory to see if we’re living in obedience to the Lord. Let’s ask ourselves:

“WHAT COMES INTO MY EARS?’ (Proverbs 4:20).

Whatever enters my ears will ultimately influence my mind, my heart and my decisions, so I’d better be careful what I listen to. Paul warns us to beware of “obscene stories, foolish talk and coarse jokes” – Ephesians 5:4, and Psalm 1:1 tells us to avoid ungodly counsel. When people speak we must be able to identify God’s voice (John 10:3-5, 16) and obey what He says.

 

WHAT IS WITHIN MY HEART?” (Proverbs 4:23).

Whatever the heart loves, the ears will hear, and the eyes will see. When our children were small, no matter where we were driving, they could usually find the ice cream shops and the toy stores; I must confess that I managed to locate the bookstores! The thing that occupies the attention of your heart “determines the course of your life” (v.23). If we pollute that wellspring, the infection will spread; before long, hidden appetites will become open sins and public shame. The Bible warns us to avoid a double heart (Hebrews 3:12), a cold heart (Matthew 24:12), and an unclean heart (Psalm 51:10). “Search me O God and know my heart” – Psalm 139:23.

“WHAT IS UPON MY LIPS?” (Proverbs 4:24).

Whatever is in the heart will ultimately come out of the mouth (Matthew 12:33-34). Gods children must be careful to have “sound speech that cannot be condemned” – Titus 2:8; speech that is gracious and attractive (literally, “seasoned with salt” – Colossians 4:6). The ancient Romans, listening to one of their orators, would look at each other, smile and say, “Cum grano salis” – “Take it with a grain of salt.” But Christians are supposed to put the salt into their speech and keep their words pure and honest.

Proverbs has a great deal to say about human speech; in fact, the word “mouth” is used over fifty times and the word “lips” over forty times in some translations. Among other things, Solomon warns us about:

  • perverse talk (Proverbs 4:24);
  • undisciplined talk (Proverbs 10:19);
  • lying lips (Proverbs 12:22);
  • gossip (Proverbs 20:19); and
  • deception (Proverbs 24:28).

In fact, “those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything” – Proverbs 13:3.

WHAT IS BEFORE MY EYES?”Proverbs 4:25.

Outlook determines outcome. Abraham was the friend of God because he walked by faith and was “looking to a city…designed and built by God” – Hebrews 11:10. Lot became a friend of the world because he walked by sight and moved toward the wicked city of Sodom – Genesis 13:10. Everybody has some vision before them that helps to determine their values, actions and plans. We would all be wise to imitate David who said, “I refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar” – Psalm 101:3 and the writer of Psalm 119 who prayed, “Turn my eyes from worthless things” – Psalm 119:37. If we are “keeping our eyes on Jesus” – Hebrews 12:2 as we walk the path of life, then we keep that posture of faith. If we look back (Luke 9:62) or around (Matthew 14:30), we may go on detour.

WHAT IS THE DIRECTION OF MY PATH?” (Proverbs 4:26-27).

The Hebrew word translated “mark out” means “to weigh” or “to make level”. It is related to a word that means “scales” (Proverbs 16:11). Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith” – 2 Corinthians 13:5. The Lord is weighing our ways (Proverbs 5:21) and our hearts (Proverbs 21:2), as well as our actions (1Samuel  2:3) and we had better do the same. Life is too short and too precious to be wasted on the temporary and the trivial. If we are walking in the way of wisdom, God promises to protect our paths, direct our paths, and perfect our paths.

Stay blessed!

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