Thursday, May 30, 2007 4:30 p.m.
I’ve been listening to I Thessalonians 5:14-23. It gives us instructions of how to live and steps to have peace with God. “Now we exhort you, brethren:
- Warn them that are unruly,
- Comfort the feeble-minded,
- Support the weak,
- Be patient toward all men.
- See that none render evil for evil unto any man.
- Ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
- Rejoice evermore.
- Pray without ceasing.
- In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- Quench not the Spirit.
- Despise not prophesyings.
- Prove all things;
- Hold fast that which is good.
- Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Thought for Today: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thessalonians 5:23).
Monday, February 7, 2005 3:20 a.m.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” So, what is the kingdom of God that we are to seek? C.I. Scofield notes says, 1.) “The kingdom of God is universal, including all moral intelligences willingly subject to the will of God. 2.) The kingdom of God is entered only by the new birth…” (p.1003). “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). Again, Scofield says, 3.)”The kingdom of God comes not from outward show, but is chiefly that which is inward and spiritual” (p.1003). Aha! There is the answer. The kingdom of God is “inward and spiritual”. We are to knit our spirit into a closer bond with Jesus Christ. We are to become “kindred spirits”, if you will. I in Him and He in me; not just for an hour as you have your devotions, or for the time you sit in church, but every waking moment. We are to seek God in all our inward and outward deeds. We are to seek God first and foremost.
Thought for Today: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17).
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 5:10 a.m.
The character of Christ is manifested in Galatians 5:22, the fruit of the Spirit, and in I Corinthians chapter 13, the love chapter. When you read I Corinthians 13 substitute the name of Jesus in place of the word charity. Then you will see Christ-like love. Galatians 5:22 gives us the ingredients for Christ to grow within us, making us like Himself, which is our allotment goal that we become like Christ. Love, joy and peace are inward attitudes. These attitudes are to remain regardless of our circumstances. Longsuffering, gentleness and goodness are outward attitudes. They are how we treat other people. Faith, meekness and temperance involves our personal life as a believer. God wants us to write the character of Christ on our heart. He wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit; and possess internal joy, godly attitudes, true thankfulness and submission to God. All of these virtues are the character of Christ.
Thought for Today: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Thursday, October 11, 2001 4:35 a.m.
The fruit of righteousness is peace: peace of mind, peace of heart, peace of soul, peace in the midst of pain. The effects of righteousness is quietness and confidence: quietness of spirit in the midst of the storm; calm in the midst of the battle; confidence that the battle is the Lord’s; resting in the victory of the Lord. The Lord is our peace, our quietness, our comforter. The Lord is our assurance of Salvation through faith. He leads us in the path of righteousness; He restores our soul. “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD” (Psalms 118:19). Righteousness is the habitation of God’s throne. Let us have our fruit unto holiness and our confidence in the Lord. Rest in His righteousness now and forever more.
Thoughts for Today: “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever” (Isaiah 32:17).