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Drink Water. Drink More Water

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you …

What first lays hold of the heart in the morning is likely to occupy the place all the day.

As we thirst for God, we open our eyes, first thing, to His understanding and long for His righteousness. We are convinced that nothing in this world can satisfy our wants and desires except a potion of God. When faith and hope starts our day we consider God’s mercy and loving kindness, devoting ourselves fully to being the kind of person in whom God can entrust His power.

We can accomplish a great deal through our own efforts and hard work. The implementation of programs and mission strategies can produce results, but there is no greater satisfaction than to see the hand of God move as we take our initial start of the day drink of His goodness and allow Him to move us in such a way that only He can get the credit for what is done.

As we lie in bed at night. We can reflect in victory knowing we consciously clung to Him, confident He is the One that upheld us.

Jesus said, On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let Him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of His heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37–38.

“Drink water. Drink more (spiritual) water” !!!

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The Contender

pt testHebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us …”

Here is an allusion to the Olympic races. The contenders were often greatly animated by the consideration that the eyes of the principal men of their country were fixed upon them; and by this, they were induced to make the most extraordinary exertions.

In the military, we are equally watched but officers and NCOs over us, subordinates under us and a vast array of “cloud of witnesses” we are aware or unaware watching and listening to the things we do and say.

Do you know what you are running for and your motivation? Are you running for medals or ribbons. Don’t get m wrong, medals and ribbons are good things. They show that you can and will be recognized for doing above and beyond workmanship.

Paul tells Timothy about a different award he should run for, “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8

We should run the race God called us to run, whatever it is and do our best at it but always remember that justice, integrity, righteousness and honor are values more important than medals and ribbons. Godly right living trumps everything in the life a game of Righteousness, Awards, Advancement (Rock Paper, Scissors game in real life). As those who ran in the Olympic races, throw aside every thing that might impede you in your race.

As you cross the finish line, these are the words you want to hear, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23.

Renovation Time

 ... and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

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The new self refers to the renovated nature. Like a house interior that’s been renovated. Same house new inside. The change is so great, that there is no impropriety in speaking of one who has experienced it as “a new person.” We has new feelings, principles, and desires. We have laid aside our old principles and practices, and, in everything that pertains to moral character, we are new.

This is not a small change. It is not a mere change of the outward condition. No, no new paint job or dry wall patch here.  It’s not just being brought from the world into the church, and being baptized.

Our body is still the same; the intellectual structure of our mind is the same; but there has been a change in our principles and feelings which challenge us. The interior of our house has been completely redone.

God works in us through His Spirit to make us like Him.

Antidote to Future Pride

Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness …” Deuteronomy 9:6

An immunization shot gives a weak form of a disease—not enough to do harm, but strong enough to cause our bodies to generate protective antibodies. In today’s reading, Moses implied that past sins, if confessed and learned from, can in a sense “immunize” us against future sins. The protection is not infallible, but the spiritual antibodies, as it were, formed by repentance can help keep us from similar or worse future sins, especially pride.

immunizationInstead, it’s all about God. He was the one leading Israel to victory. He was the one judging the wickedness of the Canaanites and decreeing their defeat. He was the one keeping His promises to the Patriarchs. There was no reason for the people to feel prideful.

Stand In The River

Joshua 3:8 “And as for you, command the priests who bear the Ark of the Covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’”

Joshua and all the Israelites were standing in front of the Jordan River. They were about to experience one of God’s miracles. From their story we can learn how Christians make God’s miracles happen.
The Israelites have to act; they have to go into the river first. I am sure they feared walking into a rushing river. They may have begun to doubt and think, ‘Will this river be cut off? Maybe we should wait until the river is cut off before stepping in!’ But God said to them that no matter what go to the river and stand in it first! That takes a true act of faith!

Many times we want verification before we try to something we are afraid of. We want to step into the river after it is cut off. We want to see first, and then believe. But God said to the believers, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
We have to act first. Often, we are unsure whether or not to step into the river, because we do not trust that God will cut it off as He said. But, we need to rely on our faith and go and stand in the flowing river. God will cut off the river, and we will cross it on dry ground. We will praise God on the dry ground!

Be A Standard Bearer

Isaiah 59:16-19 “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment. So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.”

Whether the enemy comes in like a flood, and then the Lord raises a standard against him…or, the enemy comes in, and like a flood, the Lord works miraculously and drives him away, the clear meaning and promise is that the presence of evil will not go unnoticed. God will respond powerfully, in His own way, and in His own time.

We’ve often spoken of the increase of wickedness in these last days; virtually every day some new scandal appears. Evil is on the rise; its power being consolidated in many areas of social, political, and personal life. Our identification with the one true God who raises His standard in response to this wickedness, calls us to be His “standard bearers” in the midst of the flood of evil around us. This is not easy, but is a high calling for faith-filled and disciplined saints.

Our challenge now, more than ever before, is, do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. We cannot bear God’s standard if we yield to become like the world around us. Only by abiding, praying, staying close to Him, can we represent our Lord. Let’s continue to encourage one another daily.