Tag: God’s Truth

Please God Alone!

Scripture reading for January 31st:  Matthew 23, Psalm 23, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 23:1-5 “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but do not the works they do.  For they preach, but do not practice.  They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.  They do all their deeds to be seen by others.””

Jesus never taught rebellion against God’s established authority, but humble submission.  He called out leaders who were not submissive to God’s authority and Word.  Here He called out those who preached but did not practice what God’s Word instructed.  These leaders were play actors, putting on a performance for others to see while forgetting that God knew their hearts!  Those who are called to leadership and those under leadership must listen to God and apply His Word.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I believe Your Word and ask for Your help to apply it to my life, attitudes and actions.  May I perform for an audience of One because I love You with all my heart.

Proverbs 23:22-23 “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.  Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:God’s love

Dear Friends and Lovers of Jesus Christ,

“I love Jesus Christ!”  I can say that without shame or fear today because of a secure relationship with God through Jesus!  I know Him and trust His Holy Word!  It is wonderful to have a love relationship based on truth and trust.  This relationship that I have has been growing for many years and is stronger today than yesterday.  It is because I am constantly seeking to know Him better and to understand His love for me as expressed in His Word and by the Holy Spirit. (1st John 4:13-16)

Because of my relationship with Christ, I can also love others.  I am growing in my ability to be a loving husband and father as I learn and experience Christ’s love for me.  I am learning to love in truth as well as in deed.  (1st John 3:16-18)  Christ demonstrated His love for us by dying for us!  (Romans 5:8) (1st John 4:10)

In our reading this past week, God demonstrated His love for His people by counting each one of them and giving them work to do.  God showed His love for His people by living in the center of their camp and manifesting His glory to them.  He showed His love by giving them leaders like Moses and Aaron who would model obedience and pray for them.  He loved the people by leading them and then by giving them rest.  He loved them by placing His Name on them by the blessing of Aaron spoken over them!  He loved them by feeding them manna each day and providing water from the Rock!  What a caring God we come to know as we read His word!

I love you!  Thanks for being my friend!  Take time on this day celebrating love, to tell those you love how much you care for them.  Be sure to tell God how thankful you are for His love, the source of all true love!  In His Love,  Pastor John

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