What a gracious God we serve! He keeps giving us another chance to get things right! I found myself meditating upon God's Word and wondering just how obedient are we to His Holy Word?
Reading and meditating on the Word of God is of no value unless we obey the Word in every situation. In this Christian life, obedience is the only way a child of God can truly please Him. Results of obedience to the Word of God:
- Treasured by GOD (Ex.19:5)
- Blessed by God (Psalm 119:2)
- Never Ashamed of GOD (Psalm 119:4-6)
- Possessors of His Great Understanding (Psalm 119:100)
- Ability to Recognize and Avoid Evil (Psalm 119:101)
- Guidance for Living our Christian Life. (Psalm 119:105)
- Freedom from Life's Anxieties (Proverbs 1:33)
- Fruit bearing Christians (Matt.13:23)
- Love for God (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3)
- Love and Respect for one another (John 13:34;John 15:17)
Let us never forget our Lord requires more than reading and studying His Word; He deserves our obedience. Let us examine ourselves. Can the world see your obedience to God's Word living within you? Let us not be just hearers only—but doers of the Word (James 1:22). Let us remember the words found in Hebrews 4:12-13.
Think on these things.... God Bless you!
Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).
— Sister Catherine Raphael
GOD IS SOVEREIGN, and He is also good. Knowing this, many believers struggle to understand why painful things happen in life. They wonder, “Why wouldn’t the Lord stop me from experiencing such heartache?”
The question deepens when we read a Bible passage like Psalm 121:7-8: “The Lord will protect your from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” Many people interpret this to mean that God will keep them from difficulty. But what the words say is that He promises to keep their soul.
The Lord allows pain in our life. Sometimes He even orchestrates it. God understands the hurt, but He also looks into the deeper meaning of the situation. Trials often strengthen our faith, make us more like Jesus, and give us compassion for others. At times, God may even use difficulties to keep us from becoming complacent in our spiritual walk. With His help, we profit immensely more from walking through the pain than from avoiding it. When our heavenly Father knows it is best, He doesn’t keep us from the pain; instead, He enables us to endure the hardship by giving us wisdom and strength. And when we get to the other side, we can often see—with profound thankfulness—how His loving and gracious hand guided us through the whole situation.
We have tremendous hope, knowing that God will keep us through the most difficult times. Reread Psalm 121, and ask the Lord to remind you of its truths when painful situations arise in your life.
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries
This Month's Scripture
Scripture: Matthew 28:20,
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a lot different than just going to church once or twice a week. To get excited because the preacher moved you and the choir inspired you is nice, but that’s not spiritual growth. To enjoy fellowship with your friends is a wonderful part of the Christian life, but it in and of itself is not discipleship.
The goal and the cornerstone of your activity, that which brings God the most glory, is for you to become a disciple. God’s goal is not salvation; that is just the introduction to God’s goal. His desire is that those who are saved become disciples.
It is not enough simply to say: “I’m on my way to heaven.” The issue is, are you becoming like the One who is taking you to heaven? That’s discipleship, and that’s what Christ wants from you.
Discipleship is that developmental process that progressively brings Christians from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity so that they are then able to reproduce the process with someone else. The singular, overarching goal of a disciple is to bring all of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ and then help someone else to do the same.
Notice that this brings discipleship around full circle. Disciples are to turn around and make other disciples. Ultimately, that’s how you fulfill the mandate of Matthew 28:18-20. Whether that be at home in your relationships, at work, in church, through mentoring or volunteering at the local public school, or in a variety of ways—your life ought to be about discipling others to become more like Jesus Christ. That is your highest calling and purpose.
Reflection: Would others say of you that you are Christian? That you are a disciple? What are you doing to make disciples?