I am reading Romans 12 for my devotions at the moment. It is a titled “A living sacrifice for God” in the NLT.
Verse 5 says, “So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
As I read today two thoughts spoke to me as a reminder.
1. We are all parts of Christ’s body.
2. We all belong to each other.
As Christians we need to remember that we are not loners. Our lives are linked with Christ and with other believers.
We also belong to each other.
I am someone who likes to wrestle with Scripture.
Not wrestling in the traditional sense where two opponents face off to throw the other one down and pin them to the mat.
I wrestle with Scripture to try and understand it. Often I stand looking at a Bible passage and I prayefully ask God for meaning and how to apply it.
My goal is not to fight it off and be the victor. My goal is to be won over by it and allow it to pin me to the mat.
I need my heart to be softened by Scripture. I need my mind renewed by God’s Word. I need to be the man who God wants me to be.
That is why I am someone who likes to wrestle with Scripture. How about you?
I was reading Ephesians 2 this morning and verses 19-22 jumped out at me. It says…
19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
There is a lot in this short passage and I could say a lot, but I think the notes in my Bibe summed it up well…
A church building is sometimes called God’s house. In reality, God’s household is not a building but a group of people. He lives in us and shows himself to a watching world through us. People can see that God is love and that Christ is Lord as we live in harmony with each other and in accordance with what God says in his Word. We are citizens of God’s Kingdom and members of his household.
A little verse tucked away in Psalm 139 gives me comfort. Verse 3 says, “You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.”
Some would find this disconcerting and see it from the perspective that God sees all the bad things we do. However, it gives me comfort.
I like that God knows all I do. I like knowing that He knows when I am travelling or when I am at home resting.
It gives me a sense of peace knowing that His eyes are always on me. After all He knows when my last breath will be and the number of hairs on my head.
Let us take comfort today in the knowledge that God is with us wherever we go and He knows everything we do.
Here is a copy of my message from Bruce Rock today. It is a variation of a message I had done in Merredin previously.
It is titled, “The father, the Pharisees and the two lost sons”. You can find the text here.
Here is a devotion I read today. Please enjoy…
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15
Who do you run to when you are in trouble? Perhaps your spouse, parents, or a good friend?
The problem with these people is they are human and can’t always rescue you or know what is best for you.
God says he will rescue you… not maybe, not perhaps, but He WILL rescue you. How comforting it is to know God has your back.
It’s only fitting we respond with thankfulness and give God the honor He deserves.
Are you in trouble? Then call on the Lord, He will be there.
I was reminded from the red letters of the Bible the importance of loving and praying for our enemies. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus said this…
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
Imagine how different the world would be if we loved and prayed for our enemies instead of going to war or plotting how we culd get them back. Imagine if love was our focus rather than revenge.
Over the years I have had times when people didn’t like me or persecuted me at work. They were not enemies in the war sense, but they made my life very difficult for a time.
The times when things worked out best was when I committed to pray for them and asked God to soften my heart towards them. I asked to be an encouragement to them.
I found that if I had a good attitude towards them when theirs was bad towards me things would turn around. I would look for ways to encourage them, to compliment them or help them in some task. In time their barriers came down.
In some cases we worked together well and in others we became friends. Sometimes it was because of a misunderstanding and others it was because they had had a bad experience with Christians.
If you are having a hard time with someone who feels like an enemy towards you, try following Jesus’ advice. Love and pray for them and see how things change.
This is from one of the devotions I read each day. Please enjoy…
The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! (Psalm 46:6 )
No matter what is going on around the world, be it rioting, political upheaval, or stock market instability, there is a greater power. We have a Heavenly Father who was, is, and always will be. Presidents and leaders may fall, but our God is eternally powerful. Do not let yourself fall into despair when uncertainty surrounds you. Seek the Lord for confidence in your circumstances. Ask Him to provide comfort and ease your anxiety.
A simple verse and a prayer for today…
“Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” 1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT
Thank You Lord what You have done. Help me to tell the world about You. Amen.