God knows us inside out

Psalm 139 is one of my favourite Psalms. I have written about it before on my blog here. This morning as a part of my devotions I read verses 1-6. It says…

O LORD, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (Psalms 139:1-6 NLT)

As I read this today I was reminded of some wonderful truths about God and His knowledge and care for us. Here is a few…

  1. God knows everything about us (v1)
  2. God knows our every movement (v2, 3)
  3. God knows our thoughts (v2)
  4. God knows our unspoken words before we speak them (v4)
  5. God goes before us and He follows behind us (v5)
  6. God’s hand of blessing is upon us (v5)

Knowing these things gives me great comfort. God knows me inside out and He still loves me. He also loves you too.

God Bless,
Dave

A prayer for others and ourselves

In Philippians 1:9-11 Paul prays a prayer for the Philippian church. It says…

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ —for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭9-11‬ NLT)

Let us break that down and see if it can help us in our prayers for our family and friends.

1. He prays that their love would overflow more and more

2. Keep growing in your knowledge and understanding of Christ

3. That they would understand what really matters

4. That they would live right so it brings God glory

I think we can learn a lot from this prayer. Imagine the growth and blessings that would flow if we prayed this for those around us?

Maybe we could even pray it for ourselves? Maybe we could pray both help us to grow in these things Lord, and also to help me Lord?

God Bless,
Dave

Living as children of light

In Ephesians 4:17-32 Paul encourages us to live as children of light. He implores us to put off our old way of living and truly follow Christ in the way we live.

This passage has three main sections and a motivational reason to live this way.

1. Don’t live like non believers

This may seem obvious, but we should not live like non believers. In verses 17-19 it describes gentiles as people who wander far from God, have hardened hearts, have closed minds, live for lustful pleasure, have no sense of shame and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

2. Put on the new nature

Verse 20-24 says these things are not what knowing and following Christ is all about. Verses 23-24 says, “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy”.

In these first two sections we see real contrasts of living the worldly way without God and living the way God wants us to live. He wants us to live with a new attitude with the new nature that leads to righteousness and holiness.

3. Practical things to put off

The next section verses 25-31 talks about some practical things to put off. Here we see some real measurable things. They are things that we can reflect on to see how we are going at the moment.

  • Stop telling lies to our neighbours (v25)
  • Don’t let anger control the way we live and respond (v26-27)
  • Don’t steal, but work hard (v28)
  • Don’t use foul or abusive speech (v29)

Verse 31 emphasizes this when it says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior”.

What is our motivation to do this?

Our motivation to live as children of the light in this passage is so we don’t bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit. Verse 30a says, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live”. It should motivate us to live right as the Holy Spirit dwells within us.

Summary

There really are two ways to live. For the Christian it is about putting off the old worldly ways, and putting on the new nature by allowing the Holy Spirit to renew our hearts and minds.

God Bless,
Dave