Tag: Micah 6:8

Prayer and godly living!

Scripture reading for January 5th: 1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 2:1-6 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For their is one God and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave His life as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Prayer and godly living go hand in hand. Paul taught Timothy and us that all types of prayers and thanksgiving for all people, and especially political and spiritual leaders, would yield great benefits. Those under authority who pray for those in authority help to set the atmosphere of their own lives and the community, state or nation of which they reside. God is pleased with the faith exhibited through prayers. Jesus Christ is seated at God’s right Hand to intercede for us in agreement with our prayers and He alone gave His life and blood to ransom all men. This testimony stands true and must be shared with all men before Christ Jesus returns!

Psalm 32:6 “Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the One and only mediator between God and man. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to enable me to pray effectively and give continual thanksgiving for all men and those in authority. I want a quiet and godly life, sharing the Gospel, and pleasing my Savior!

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

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Sheep on the right please!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Micah 5-7, Matthew 25

Key Scriptures: Matthew 25:31-34 “”When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'”

Jesus concluded His final message before His suffering with a parable of sheep and goats. He told how people of the nations would come before His glorious throne and be separated in judgment. The ‘sheep’ would have a place on His right hand, but the goats would be placed on the left. The ‘sheep’ would enter into their full inheritance, prepared from the world’s foundation. The ‘goats’ would be sent to eternal damnation in the lake of fire. This final judgment will be based on response of faith to follow Jesus as their ‘Good Shepherd’.

Faith confession and prayer: Jesus, Your throne is glorious and You are King of Kings! You see the hearts of all men and are full of mercy. Help me to follow You like a dependent ‘sheep’ follows the shepherd.

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

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Don’t chase after the miraculous!

Scripture reading for February 19th:  Mark 8

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 8:11-13  “The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus.  To test Him, they asked Him for a sign from heaven.  He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign?  I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.”  Then He left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.”

After a miraculous feeding of 4000 men, plus women and children with just seven loaves and two fish, Jesus went to another side of the Sea of Galilee.  He was met by the Pharisees who demanded that Jesus perform a miraculous sign from heaven.  These were scholars of the Old Testament and the very Messiah spoken of in the Law and Prophets now stood before them.  He had taught in the temple, and in their synagogues and done many mighty miracles as signs spoken of in the Scriptures.  But they refused to believe in Him, instead wanting to be entertained by the miraculous!  Jesus sighed deeply in disgust!

Part of our church culture today should read this Scripture and take heed.  Some don’t even believe in the miraculous and that is wrong.  But others go around seeking the miraculous.  They are not satisfied if “the miraculous” isn’t happening where God has planted them.  Just as Jesus did not turn the stones into bread or jump off the Temple to appease Satan, He does not do miracles to satisfy curiosity! (Matthew 4:1-7)  He only responds to faith!

Observations for over-comers:  Beware of seeking miraculous signs!  Jesus has given us His Word and Spirit and promises to work with us confirming His Word with signs that follow as He sees the need!   “He has shown you, O man, what is good.  and what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  (Micah 6:8)

 

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Simple instruction!

Scripture reading for September 22nd: Micah 6-7

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

The prophet Micah had a rough time during his years of work.  Many people heard the messages He preached, but most were very complacent or even became his enemies because the message threatened their comfort zones and called for repentance and change on their part.  It is easier to ‘kill the prophet’ than to apply the truth and change!  God’s heart was also broken, for He desired a people who would simply act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him!  (Micah 6:8)

As we read these last two chapters, we see words of Jesus as He walked this earth.  Through Micah, the Lord called out to the city to heed His word.  As Jesus wept over Jerusalem, the Lord “called out to the city”.  (Micah 6:9, 16, Matthew 23:37-38)  As Jesus looked for fruit on the fig tree, but found none  and cursed it, so Micah stated that he was miserable because there were no “early figs that I crave”.  (Micah 7:1, Mark 11:12-14)  Micah warned that because of our walk with the Lord, enemies would arise from those close to us.  (Micah 7:6, Matthew 10:34-36)  Jesus used Micah’s words to exhort the people to love God more than they loved their families’ opinions or religion.

Micah saw the judgment of God coming on a people who were complacent and just going through the motions of religious ritual.  He cried out in warning, but few heeded.  He saw the earth being made desolate because of the wicked deeds of it’s inhabitants.  (Micah 7:13)  Jesus also warned of the coming day of the Lord when judgment would come upon those who were wicked!  (Matthew 24)

Let’s keep it simple!  Let us love Jesus Christ with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves!  These are the two great commandments that Jesus left His people.  If we do love with our hearts, we will do justly toward God and others.  We will show mercy and walk humbly with our God!  Try it, you’ll like it!

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