Monday Meditation – Matthew 25:23

December 5, 2016

today’s meditation verse…

Matthew 25:23  His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’

I think it is safe to say that the world is longing for joy. It is that ultimate feeling that overshadows all other emotions. That first feeling of being ‘in love’ is joyous and often gives way as true love, commitment, settles in and we do the right thing whether it feels joyous or not.

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Monday Meditation – I Kings 17:1-3

December 3, 2012

today’s mediation verse…

i kings 17:1-3

1now elijah the tishbite, from tishbea in gilead, said to ahab, “as the lord, the god of israel, lives, whom i serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

2then the word of the lord came to elijah: 3“leave here, turn eastward and hide in the kerith ravine, east of the jordan. 4you will drink from the brook, and i have ordered the ravens to feed you there.”

5so he did what the lord had told him. he went to the kerith ravine, east of the jordan, and stayed there. 6the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

where does your trust lie?

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Monday Meditations – I Corinthians 12:9b

February 27, 2012

today’s meditation verse:

i corinthians 12:9b
9b) …and to another gifts of healing by the one spirit,

this week i will be writing about the ministerial gift of the spirit, the gift of healing. as i have been saying during this study of the gifts of the spirit, there are gifts that are given to all for personal benefit, but here in this passage paul is referring to the ministerial gifts of the spirit. the ministerial gifts are defined as those used for the common good, as in verse 7 of this chapter.

we know that one of the gifts that was bought and paid for on the cross was the gift of divine health for all who receive christ and believe in him.

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Monday Meditations – 1 Corinthians 12:8b

February 11, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

1 Corinthians 12:8b

and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;

 

Last week I talked about the Word of Wisdom.  This was the first of the ministerial gifts of the Spirit which Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians 12.  This week I am going to talk about the Word of Knowledge.

 

As a ministerial gift a Word of Wisdom and a Word of Knowledge often go hand in hand, coming at the same time.  You may receive the Word of Knowledge about a situation and then a Word of Wisdom about what to do with that knowledge.

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Monday Meditations – I Corinthians 12:8a

February 6,, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

I Corinthians 12:8a

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit…

 

For the next few weeks I want to take a closer look at the ministerial gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Last week I introduced them to you with encouragement that we all need these gifts as it is our duty as Christians to minister as part of the body of Christ. 

 

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Monday Meditations – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

January 30, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

I Corinthians 12
4) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5) And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6) There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7) But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

 

I truly believe the key to becoming the New Testament church that God desires, is dependent on how we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, both as an individual and as a body.

 

The Holy Spirit is the giver of gifts.  He gives gifts for the spirit, soul and body, but there are some gifts that are strictly set aside as ministry gifts.  Now before you check out and say that you are not in a ministry so this does not pertain to you – don’t.

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Monday Meditations – Ephesians 4:30

January 23, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

Ephesians 4:30
30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

I have felt very impressed over the past year to express in my blogs the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

We easily talk about God and especially Jesus.  But when it comes to the Holy Spirit we are a little tentative.  He is somewhat of a mystery to us and we tend to shy away from what we do not fully understand or know.

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Monday Meditations – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

 January 16, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

2 Corinthians 3:17-18
17) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

 

I love these two verses.  Just before them Paul is talking to the Corinthians about how a veil covers those who are unbelievers so that they cannot perceive the Word, but when we receive Christ the veil goes away and we understand.

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Monday Meditation Colossians 4:5-6

January 9, 2012

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

Colossians 4:5-6

5) Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside [the Christian faith]. Make the most of your opportunities. 6) Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.

 

I once had a very dear mentor in the Christian faith who told me of a time when she was in prayer and saw a vision of herself and Jesus.  She said that He had taken her to the edge of a great pit to view it from above.  This pit was hell, but instead of the absolute darkness she was able to see all those there.

 

As she stood there and looked, Jesus said that those people over there were here (in hell) because of what Christians did not do.  Then He motioned and said that these people there were here because of what Christians did do.

 

That was a sobering thought and one that I have carried with me for 30 years.  Christians sociably can be quite proud and arrogant that they have found ‘the way the truth and the light’.  They are so ecstatically happy because of the love of Christ in their lives that they often fail to see that their words become condemning and condescending to others.  And this is not love.

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