Tag: Psalm 78

Christ, our Judge

Scripture reading for July 10th:  Psalm 6-8, 1st Corinthians 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 4:4-5  “For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.  Then each one will receive his commendation from God.”  

Paul was writing to the Corinthian church, who were divided by factions around various leaders.  They were judging each person and the leaders as well.  Paul encouraged them not to live with a judgmental spirit.   Paul admitted he could not even fairly judge himself.  God is the only fair and impartial judge.  He will bring hidden things to light in the proper time, at Christ’s return.  Each person should humbly search their own hearts.

Psalm 7:8  “The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.” 

Prayer:  Oh Lord, the Righteous Judge, help me to be free from a critical and judgmental spirit.  Judge me according to Christ’s righteousness, on which I depend.  Amen.

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Pass It On!

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this wonderful day of rest and reflection!  What a day to gather with God’s people and celebrate God’s awesome presence, our salvation, and the coming rapture!  The trumpet will sound and God’s people will be caught up to meet Him in the air, and thus we will ever be with the Lord.  These are comforting words!  We should always remember them when we gather with God’s people!

Today, I am thinking about another reason to gather together with each other.  Psalm 78:1-8  tells of passing our values and knowledge of God on to the next generation.  Faith is always only a generation away from extinction!  If we fail to pass the baton of faith to the next generation, who will pass it to our children?  How will they know of God’s power, His wonders, and His mighty acts of deliverance?   How will they have faith to live a life pleasing to God?

God’s people have often neglected to pass on values and God’s law to their children.  The results were always devastating!  Sin leads to death and misery, no other destination!   I have observed that faithful church attendance is a good way to pass values on to the next generation.  That must be coupled with a life that is lived consistently day by day in the power of the Holy Spirit.  God promises to be present with us and help us to live consistently.

We must remember that our flesh tends to be stubborn and rebellious.  It is easy to make excuses and neglect the discipline of weekly church attendance, daily devotions and Bible reading.  We get so busy that our priorities are out of order.  The enemy of our soul also works to keep us from doing those things that promote spiritual health and the passing of values to our children.  He is always out to disrupt that process because he wants to destroy our offspring.

Why not make some new priorities today to regular church attendance and consistent living?  The purpose of that is your own spiritual health and the passing of values to the next generation.  God will honor this and work with you.  You and your offspring will be blessed by your decision!

In His Love, Pastor John

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