Thursday, June 22, 2017

Holy Contentment

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Our life in Christ has nothing to do with the wisdom of the world. In fact, much of what we do defies nature, scientific laws and worldly expectations.

Therefore, some of our friends, relatives, associates and neighbors will reject us over our beliefs and actions (Psalm 14:2-3). They are consumed with their self-important life and cannot conceive of why we would believe the precepts of what they consider an archaic religion (Proverbs 3:7).

Yet, we are not alone. Jesus lived a misunderstood life as well (Luke 23:11). If we renounce the truth of God that we know to please other people or to fit in to society, we will pay the penalty of a compromised soul.

If we search the world to find something or someone else to bring us fulfillment, we fall short of the glory of God. God does not only call us to worship Him with our mind and understanding, but in spirit and in truth as well (John 4:23-24).

God reveals His truth to us as we seek Him with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10). Our life becomes a Bible for others to read (2 Corinthians 3:2).

Satan wants us to believe that we are hopeless sinners, unable to rise up to partake in holy living. The truth is that when God moved in, He imparted His divine nature to us as well (2 Peter 1:4).

We are Saints of God (Romans 1:7). We walk as children of the Light, and we give no place to the flesh (Ephesians 5:8; Galatians 5:16, 25). We trade our heavy load of selfishness and sin for His yoke, which is easy and light (Matthew 11:30).

Father God, teach us to accept one another and to encourage each other in Your love (Romans 15:7). Unite us with one another by Your Spirit within us (Ephesians 4:13). Remind us that eternal life is knowing You in an intimate and personal way (John 17:3).

We do not need to wait for eternity to have this relationship, but to trust only in Christ for our salvation now in this life. Remind us that we can bear fruit for Your Kingdom as we abide in You, obey Your Word and walk in Your Spirit (John 15:5; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 5:15-25).

Thought for the Day:
God's' love for us knows no bounds, and it fills us to overflowing with appreciation and wonder; we gain holy contentment when we realize who we are in Christ and we develop a grateful attitude for what God provides for us.

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