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Worship God–obey leaders!

Scripture reading for October 31st:  Hebrews 13

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 13:15-17  “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess His name.  And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.  They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.  Obey them so that their work may be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”  

Worship is a powerful response of faith that centers our souls on an omnipotent and loving God.  It enables us to do good works and help others no matter how hostile the environment.  God is worthy of our praises and is pleased by good works done through faith.  Obedience to leaders and joyful submissions to their authority provides a protective covering over us and our families.  These leaders have been placed by God to help you and watch over you.

Observations for over-comers:  Worship involves praising God with our lips and doing good deeds by obeying the word of God and following the Holy Spirit.  “He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.”  (Proverbs 19:16)

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Love fulfills the law!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  Romans 13

God wants His children to overcome evil with doing good. (Romans 12:21) He has poured the love of God (Agape) into our hearts through His gift of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 5:5)  God’s love always desires and does what is best for the total well-being of a person, even one we might consider our enemy!

Paul goes on to instruct the Roman Christians, Jew and Gentile, about the power of love.  “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,”  “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandments there may be are summed up in this one rule:  “Love your neighbor as yourself. ”  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”  (Romans 13:8-10)

God’s law was really all about love!  If you love another man and his  wife, you will not commit adultery with his wife!  This shows a lack of love for each of them and for God who commands you not to commit adultery!  If you hate another person made in God’s image or plot to murder as a result, you lack love gifted to you by God the Father!  If you steal or covet another’s property, you are not acting in love but in lust and selfish desire!  Love always does what is best for our neighbor and fulfills God’s laws!  This truth should minister grace and freedom to Jew and Gentile!  Let the agape love that God has abundantly and freely give you flow out towards others today and please God!

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Follow Christ’s example!

Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Peter 2:13-3:7

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.  “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”  When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.”  (1st Peter 2:21-24)

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called by God to follow Christ’s example of faithful suffering.  Christ did not sin against, complain about, lie about, or threaten those who insulted Him.  Christ simply put His trust in God the Father to repay them at the final judgment. Likewise, we are to patiently endure sufferings and pray for those that would abuse or persecute us.

A second aspect of Christ’s example is found in the purpose of His suffering.  Christ suffered for the welfare of others.  He bore our sins in His body on that cross in order that we might through His sacrifice die to sins.   He suffered wounds to bring about our healing and deliverance from both sin and sickness.  We who know Christ and have placed our faith in Him, can receive forgiveness and healing.

Christ’s example was one of submission to authority on all levels.  We are instructed to model that same submission ourselves as we live our lives in the world.  We are to submit to the king and all governmental authorities.  (1st Peter 2:13-15)  When we do this we honor God.  Slaves were to submit to their masters as unto Christ with all respect.  It did not matter if they were treated well or not.  (1st Peter 2:18-20)

Wives were to submit to their husbands as Christ submitted to His Father.  Jesus example also was applicable in the home authority structure established by God.  Wives were to live such godly lives that they could win over their husbands without word.  (1st Peter 3:1-2)  Husbands were to live with their wives in the same way Christ modeled loving care.  (1st Peter 3:7)  In these ways, Christ’s example would practically help the believers to live and lead others to know Christ!  How are you doing in following Christ’s example?

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