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God is impartial!

Scripture reading for May 25th: 2nd Samuel 18-20, Psalm 34, Romans 2

Romans 2:6-11 “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.

Paul explained to the Roman believers that faith must have accompanying works. Those who were patiently doing good works and serving God through their relationship with Jesus Christ would receive eternal life. Those that lived for themselves and lived in rebellion to God’s truth would receive only wrath and the fury of God’s anger at the judgment. The psalmist stated that God sees the righteous and listens for their cries but stands against those who are evil to eliminate them from the earth! God is impartial! But it is not God’s will that any should be cut off or perish. King David’s cry over Absalom, his rebellious son, shares the heart of God in that he would rather have died instead of the son.

Psalm 34: 15-16 “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears toward their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.”

Prayer: Father God, I am thankful that Your eyes are upon the righteous and Your ears listen for our cry! I am thankful that You would rather show mercy and sent Your Son to take the place of rebellious sinners like me. Lord give me Your heart and help me to live reflecting Your impartiality and grace through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

2nd Samuel 18:33 “And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

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The ‘bondservant’s heart’

Scripture reading for February 9th: Exodus 22-24, Psalm 109, Ephesians 6

Ephesians 6: 5-9 “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that He Who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with Him.”

In Exodus 21:4-6, we have the description of a bondservant–one who willingly offers to serve his master for the rest of their lives. Paul, the Apostle, described himself as a ‘bondservant of Christ’ and called the believers who were employed or were slaves to a master or were masters themselves to serve God in the same way. God is the real Master of all believers and our Lord also came to serve gladly and willingly and to offer His life as a ransom for many. God promises to repay us for the good we do as His servants. If we are mistreated, God is watching. He is not partial. He sees our hearts and makes our hearts glad as we serve Him. He blesses His servants and cares for their every need and fulfills His purpose in each person making them fruitful and thriving.

Psalm 109:26-28 “Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to Your steadfast love! Let them know that this is your hand; You, O Lord, have done it! Let them curse, but You will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but Your servant will be glad.”

Prayer: Father, I commit my life to You as Your bondservant. I willingly serve You in all that I do from a heart shaped by Your Spirit living in me. I trust You for health, strength, and divine protection and provision. I trust You to make me fruitful for Your kingdom and according to Your Word. You will fulfill the number of my days and take me to glory!

Exodus 22:25-26 You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you. None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”

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Dealing with partiality! (Discrimination)

Scripture reading for October 6th: James 2

Key Scriptures: James 2:1-4 “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinction among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”

James now begins to deal with the sin of discrimination in the church. There were those who were showing partiality to people of higher social and economic status and elevating them while treating people of poorer economic and social status with deference. James calls them out and tells them that they are acting as judges and that this type of thinking is evil. We can apply this teaching in many ways in our culture and time. We may discriminate against people on the basis of their race or ethnic background. We may show partiality to people of like political persuasion and shun or treat as second class citizens those we disagree with. As James says, this is wrong and we are acting in pride and judging people. Times may change but the sins are the same! The remedy is allowing God’s love for all to flow.

James 2:8-9 “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the royal law of loving my neighbor as myself. I thank You also that You are not partial and that you show perfect love and justice and are the only One capable of judging. Forgive me for showing partiality and help me to value each person as precious and love them as my neighbor and myself.

James 2:13 “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

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Elders and the Church

Scripture reading for January 8th: 1st Timothy 5

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 5:17-22 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudicing, doing nothing from partiality. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.”

Paul gave instructions to the Church concerning the care and discipline of their elders. Elders were charged with teaching and preaching God’s Word and prayer. Those who labored–worked hard and consistently–were to be taken care of financially from the offerings brought in. If there was any charge of sin in an elder’s life, it must be brought by two or three witnesses and all facts established. The offender was to be publicly rebuked if they persisted in sin. Those who repented would humbly ask for forgiveness and mercy. These things were to be done without respect for persons or any partiality. A warning was given to be careful in ordaining elders or laying hands on them prematurely. Careful inquiry and purity of life must be ascertained before setting them in leadership.

Deuteronomy 19:15 “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for clearly giving care to elders through instructions to Your people. Thank you for financial care and spiritual care and discipline. Help Your Church to do these things without partiality or prejudice.

Matthew 10:9-10 “Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food.”

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Do not be partial with Elders!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  1st Kings 9, 2nd Chronicles 8, 1st Timothy 5

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 5:17-21 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.”

Paul gave some simple instructions to Timothy concerning the treatment of elders in the Church.  First, elders that ruled well were to be given ‘double honor’.  Teaching and preaching were to be held in esteem and those laboring honorably were to receive proper compensation.  However, if there was sin involing an elder, there must be two or three witness before considering the charge.  If found true, public rebuke was required if there was no repentance.  Both of these ‘rules’ were to be kept without partiality.  All heaven is watching!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for clear instructions for elders in Your Church.  I have sought to keep these instructions without partiality.  Help me to continue in sound teaching and preaching to honor You alone!

2nd Chronicles 8:15 “And they did not turn aside from what the king had commanded the priests and Levites concerning any matter and concerning the treasuries.”   

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No partiality!

Scripture reading for September 30th:  1 Timothy 5, Psalm 45, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 5:17-21 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.”  

Paul gave practical and scriptural advice to Timothy concerning church discipline.  Elders must be properly taken care of and if accused of wrong, it must be established by two or three witnesses.  Persistent sin in the life of an elder must be dealt with publicly to teach holy fear.  God is impartial and church leaders must be also.

Faith Confession:  I will not be partial and will seek to conduct myself in the fear of God and honor of His Holy Name.  Let God be known and exalted among the nations!

Psalm 45:17  “I will cause Your Name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.”  

 

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God shows no partiality

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 2, Psalm 119, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Romans 2:6-11 “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  For God shows no partiality.”

God is ultimately and perfectly just.  God alone knows all things about each person, Jew or Gentile.  He knows the heart and the actions proceeding from the heart, whether good or bad.  He has promised to reward each person according to their works based on the faith they hold.  He is impartial.  Only those who hold faith in Jesus Christ and His righteousness can do good works.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ and seek to do His will by obeying His Word and the Holy Spirit leading me in the good works He has prepared for me. I want to stand before God and be rewarded.  Deliver me from laziness and apathy.

Proverbs 26:14  “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”  

 

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God shows no partiality!

Scripture reading for May 17th:  Acts 10, Psalm 99, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: Acts 10:34-38 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.  As for the word that He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”  

Peter had been sent by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel at the home of the Gentile centurion Cornelius.  As he opened his mouth to share, he noted that God shows no partiality between Jew or Gentile, but accepts all who come to Him in repentance and faith.  He simply shared Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection and that forgiveness of sins was available in His Name.  The Holy Spirit filled this group of Gentiles and they began to speak in tongues!

Faith Confession:  God is impartial and shows mercy to all who sincerely come to Him.  Help me to clearly share the Gospel with those who are open.  Send me to those needing understanding of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 6:20-22  “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you are awake, they will talk with you.”  

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Show no partiality!

Scripture reading for March 30th:  Luke 20

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 20: 21-25  “So the spies questioned Him:  “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach what is right, and that You do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.  Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”  He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show Me a denarius.  Whose portrait and inscription is on it?”  “Caesar’s,” they replied.  He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  

Towards the end of Jesus’ ministry, the religious rulers were looking for a way to trap Jesus in order to eliminate Him from interfering with their little kingdom.  Jesus was asked about paying taxes to Caesar.  He masterfully took a coin and asked them whose inscription was on it.  His answer showed no partiality nor played up to those who were looking for grounds to convict Him of wrong.  Jesus taught submission to authority because all authority is in place because of God’s decree.  (Romans 13:1) However, God is the ultimate authority and His people must honor Him as just that by giving the tithe and offerings.  Both taxes and tithes are required of God’s people.

Observations for over-comers:  Believers must guard their hearts against duplicity and partiality.  We must rightly give honor to where honor is due.  “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”  (Leviticus 19:15)

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Don’t show favoritism!

Scripture reading for September 30th:  1st Timothy 5

Pastors must be able to deal with all ages of people and levels of maturity.  Paul instructed his young understudy in the proper conduct of an overseer.  “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”  (1st Timothy 5:1-2) Respect and relationship are key elements to proper conduct.  The relationships in a family were a great example of how to conduct yourself in God’s family.  Absolute purity must be practiced, especially towards the younger women! Satan’s temptations have brought down many pastors who were not purposeful in purity!

“Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.”  (1st Timothy 5:3)  Paul wrote more extensively about caring for widows.  God’s heart is for the hurting and disadvantaged.  Widows have a priority in the church and family.  Family members should care for widows, where possible.  A widow could come under the church’s provision if “she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality,washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.”  (1st Timothy 5:9-10)

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”  (1st Timothy 5:17)  Proper respect must be given to church leaders.   This included financial rewards as well as protecting from false accusations!

“I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.”  (1st Timothy 5:21)   God is watching!

 

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