Devotional Thought for Today – 02/22/2021

Christian, let God’s distinguishing love to you be a motive to you to fear Him greatly. He has put His fear in your heart, and may not have given that blessing to your neighbor, perhaps not to your husband, your wife, your child, or your parent. Oh, what an obligation should this thought lay upon your heart to greatly fear the Lord! Remember also that this fear of the Lord is His treasure, a choice jewel, given only to favorites, and to those who are greatly beloved. —John Bunyan

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love 1 John 4:18

1 John 4

Some of you who have followed my posts for a while may remember me saying the 1 John is my favorite book of the bible.  That is because of 1 John 1:3-4 One of the key verses (at least for me) in understanding fellowship with God and other believers. You can read a little about it in Part V of my series called Biblical Contentment.

Today, however, John is speaking on one main theme with two applications. The theme is LOVE, and he says to apply it by testing all the spirits v.1-6, that is be sure of all who claim to speak in Christ’s name for they may act all-loving and such but can be the devil in lamb’s clothing. Secondly, v.7-21, God is Love so we are to Love as God loves us.

Our text found towards the end of this part in the meat of the application v.11-19,  Beloved if God so loved us…because he first loved us. John in v.17 mentions that this Love is made perfect in us through the union with Christ. That this union makes our eternal status secure. 

Thus our text, There is no fear in love; a perfect union with Christ leaves no room for fear of our eternal state because but perfect love casteth out fear: Why because fear hath torment yet a TRUE BELIEVER has been fully and completely forgiven of their sins, and has nothing to fear. It is only the fake, the lukewarm, the Laodicean who wants to live in both worlds that have to fear because He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

Is your relationship with God complete, or maybe better put mature today? Do you still have doubts or fears about your eternal state? We can daily FEAR GOD, that is as Bunyan said,  fear of the Lord is His treasure be in awe of His majesty, to have reverence for His mercy and thankfulness for His Grace. All the while not Fearing God’s judgment or wrath. 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I pray that I would let the words of truth found in 1 John 4:18 settle in my heart. There are times in my life when I am very fearful. I know that when I am fearing things in life, I am not exhibiting trust in You. I pray that You would surround me in Your perfect love, where fear has no room and must be forced out of my mind and spirit. As I ponder Your love, I pray that I would experience the peace the passes understanding, whatever situation of life I am in help me to seek you first. And as I come to a deeper realization of the depth of Your amazing love for me, may I be used by You to love as I am loved. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Adapted from:  https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/1-John/4/18

 


“What is the eternal state of the believer?”

“How can I know for sure that I will go to heaven when I die?”

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/06/2020

Joy Comes in the Morning" Psalm 30:5 Meaning & Promise

PSALM 30

Morning Joy

In this Psalm David has reason to celebrate and pens or recites this psalm that can be broken down as follows:

In Ps 30:1-3, David extols the Lord for delivering him. Ps 30:4-5 he invites the saints to unite with him in celebrating divine compassion. In Ps 30:6-7 he confesses the fault for which he was chastened, Ps 30:8-10 repeats the supplication which he offered, and concludes with commemorating his deliverance and vowing eternal praise. The Treasury of David by C.H. Spurgeon 

I wish to concentrate on one verse v.5, For His anger is but for a moment, [a]His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may endure for a night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning, and specifically the last phrase, joy comes in the morning.

I have long said, I have yet to meet anyone who truly (if they are really being honest) gets will tell you they like getting up angry, feeling bitter, hurt and resentful. In fact we know the bible tells us to never let the sun go down on our anger Ephesians 4:25-27.

I am convinced that true complete joy can only come from sincere fellowship 1 John 1:3-4 with the Triune God and like-minded believers. It begins however with renewing that right spirt of godly joy each morning. No matter the trails, troubles or cares of the previous day awake refreshed and renewed with the blessings of God and the knowledge that all is temporary. For the Greatest of all Joys awaits us!

“When in our Father’s happy land
We meet our own once more,
Then we shall scarcely understand
Why we have wept before.”
Mary B. M. Duncan, 1825-1865.

Biblical Contentment, Part V

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Continuing our series on Biblical Contentment, we will look at The 7 things the Bible teaches us are key for everyday Christian life: 

Prayer: Proverbs 16:3 
Study: Psalm 119:11

 

Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25

“not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  (ESV) 

no dejando de congregarnos, como algunos tienen por costumbre, sino exhortándonos unos a otros, y mucho más al ver que el día se acerca. (LBAL)

 

Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10
Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29
Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Walking: 1 John 2:6

So you like going it alone, do not want to depend on anyone for anything I get it being independent is an important part of a man’s (and women’s) self worth. But at the same time there is a difference between doing as much on our own physically and lets say mentally as possible, and what the Bible calls us to do Spiritually. 

As our picture informs us; God never intended nor did He believe it fit for mankind (Genesis 2:18-24) to be LONERS. This is made very clear in Proverbs 18:1: Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Yes, I know the arguments, Jesus spent time alone in Prayer and so should we. Jesus, however was not a loner He was surrounded by disciples. 

Let us take a closer look at Hebrews 10:25 in context using the (AMP) bible:

23 Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; 

As we learned yesterday we must Study God’s word in order to know God’s word. In order that we are prepared for all the ups and downs of life one must have a deep and biblically sound knowledge of scripture otherwise how can we seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering?  One of the ways this knowledge comes about is by the preaching and teaching of God’s word in Christ’s church. 

24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, 

Another reason for not forsaking assembling together(KJV) is so that we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds. I have heard all the arguments, and I am using one of them right now to transmit this devotional, that with technology we really do not need churches (buildings). To that I say HOG WASH! there is nothing like face to face personal interaction with folks at a Wednesday night prayer meeting to strengthen and encourage someone (me). 

25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.

Some would believe this to be a suggestion, it reads as a command. Some argue its not Jesus commanding, yes but it is the inspired Word of God so it is God’s command so your argument is with Him. 

Let us break it down:

The Command: not forsaking our meeting together; seems pretty straight forward those who claim to be Christians must meet together (fellowship

The For: as believers for worship and instruction as noted from verse 23  above instruction is very important but one can not forget the Worship of God (Psalm 29:2, John 4:24, Romans 12:1). While we each should be worshiping God daily there is nothing that compares to a well done corporate worship service.

The Why: encouraging one another… see notes at verse 24 above. 

I have introduced the word Fellowship into the verse here and it is a difficult Greek word to follow. In some sense we must be very careful applying it to a community of believers, but I think with careful interpretation of context it can be done.

Remember our theme is Biblical Contentment, so how does this meeting together, fellowship, apply?  I want to look at two more verses and I hope it will tie this together.

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. ( 1 John 1:3-4 KJV)

John the beloved Apostle of Jesus understood the need and importance of Fellowship. He writes saying the hope is that ye also may have fellowship with us, because of all we have seen and heard declare we unto you. 

This is no ordinary fellowship, it is one routed in the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. You can not be a Christian (you can call yourself whatever you want) and not be in fellowship with the Triune Godhead. 

Why this fellowship with God and John; that your joy may be full.  Joy that unbridled biblical contentment we are all seeking only comes when we have fellowship with like minded believers and God.