March 27, 2015

Read:  1 Timothy 6:3-5

From the time we can express ourselves, we strive to be judged right - the winner - in arguments. It's all about us and how we can figure out the answer - discover the truth - first, all on our own, without anyone else's help. How incredibly conceited to think we know it all or that we can even come close to figuring it all out on our own. But, it's our nature, our human nature, the one that we struggle against daily to live a holy life. 

So, it's important how we reflect the love, peace, and truth of Christ as Christians. Are we quarrelsome and in constant disagreement with those around us? The Bible says in I Timothy 6:3-5, that those who do not recognize and accept Jesus as Lord, those who oppose and do not accept the Gospel as truth, are convinced they are right, and they can't wait to tell us how we've got it all wrong (not necessarily my dinner conversation of choice). But, with the gentleness of the Spirit filling our lives, we stand apart and reflect His love. His love draws them to question our peaceful security in Him, perhaps with evil suspicions, but nevertheless, seeing a difference in our lives. 

There is absolute security in the truth of Jesus Christ crucified, buried, and raised to life as Lord of all. As a Christian, are you reflecting the calm security - the blessed assurance - we have in Christ's redemption of our lives, unconditional love, and peace in tumultuous times?

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.