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Godly character shines

Scripture reading for January 6th: 1st Timothy 3

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 3:1-7 “The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”

Becoming an effective spiritual leader is an inside job. As Paul shares the qualification for overseers and deacons with Timothy, we note the many character traits, good and bad, that he lists. The positive traits come from time spent in God’s presence and humbly inviting the Holy Spirit to transform our weak and sinful nature to become like our Lord. It comes from applying God’s Truth to our lives in repentance and faith to crucify the negative traits. This brings stability in the home and family and is noticed in the behavior of the wife and children by those in the church and outside. Ability to manage the family and finances shows good leadership. Humility is most prized in that it keeps us close to Jesus and dependent on Him to avoid Satan’s snares.

Psalm 24:3-4 “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for calling me into spiritual leadership and shaping me inside by Your Word and Holy Spirit. Help me daily to maintain a clean conscience flow of Your love and to walk true to my calling pleasing You alone!

Genesis 6:8-9 “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. And these are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.”

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Love is Supreme!

Scripture reading for July 23rd: 1st Corinthians 13, Psalm 146, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. . . .”

As Paul writes to the Corinthians about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, he adds this special word concerning love.  The love that Paul speaks of is God’s amazing love given to believers as a fruit of the Holy Spirit indwelling them.  This love is patient and kind not arrogant or boastful.  It rejoices in truth and goodness.  This love is not pushy, irritable or resentful.  It bears all things and believes all things. Grounded in hope, it never fails or ends but confidently waits for God’s Word to come to pass.

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for Your amazing love, shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit empowering me to live and act in the manner of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 146: 4-7 “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.”  

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Kind and patient Love

Scripture reading for July 23rd:  Psalm 37-40, 1st Corinthians 13
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. . . .”

The more excellent way is walking by the Spirit in love.  God is love.  Paul’s great chapter on the enduring and powerful working of love stands as a beacon for all believers to walk in God’s great love.  God has demonstrated His patience, kindness, truth and overcoming love to us through Jesus Christ.  We rejoice in this truth and ask God to fill us with His kind and patient love.

Psalm 37:34  “Wait for the Lord and keep His way; and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your kind and patient love expressed to us so generously in Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Fill us with this love again today and let it overflow in our souls.  Amen.

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Love never fails!

Scripture reading for July 22nd:  1st Corinthians 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 13:4-8  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”  

Paul taught the Corinthians how to be over-comers through the powerful weapon of love.  Jesus, Himself, was God’s love gift to the world and He taught the world about God the Father who is Love!  We who now are baptized in the Holy Spirit are filled with a river of God’s love that can flow out and melt the hardest hearts and bring in a harvest of souls for our Lord of Love!  Biblical love (agape’) never fails to produce fruit for God!

Observations for over-comers:  All the gifts and powerful revelations of God and His kingdom will be of no value without God’s love flowing through us!  “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” (1st Corinthians 13:13)  “He has taken me into His banqueting hall, and His banner over me is love.”  (Song of Songs 2:4)

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Growing up in Christ!

Scripture reading for August 28th:  Ephesians 4

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  (Ephesians 4:1-3)   Paul was a prisoner in jail but under the Lord’s direct commission.  As a pastor, he wanted the church at Ephesus to live out their faith in Christ’s love and character.  Patience and humility with great love would be required to produce and sustain the unity of the Holy Spirit in the congregation.

“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:11-13)  God poured out gifts upon His Church.  These gift people would prepare God’s people for the works they had been assigned and assist them to grow to maturity in the fullness of Christ.  All these contributed to the unity of the faith that we must work to maintain.

“Then, we will no longer be infants, . . .Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.  From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  (Ephesians 4:14-16)  God wants His kids to grow up and each person must do their assigned part to see Christ reflected through His church.

 

 

 

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