"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful."( Col.3:15)
Many this holiday( it is no holiday) desire peace. They want peace from turmoil in their home and in their life. Peace from war in their land. Peace from disaster that has hit recently. And in these times it is difficult to give thanks but the Apostle Paul urges us to give thanks. Maybe in giving thanks we will find that peace. I hope so. But we must give thanks to God.
Since this week we are approaching Thanksgiving, let us be thankful. Saturday we had our annual International Thanksgiving luncheon at Capital City and it was well attended. We had to bring tables and chair out to accommodate all those that showed up. We had food abundantly. The weather was perfect and the fellowship wonderful. It was a glorious gathering of the Family of Faith and guests. This week families will gather on Thursday to celebrate. Of course, food is always abundantly. As I was carving up three turkeys Saturday, I was reminded of Sandra's family Thanksgiving reunion. What pleasant and great memories. It is time to "give thanks with a grateful heart."
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."-John 15:18-19 (ESV)
If we are to be popular in our world today we must live by their standards, embrace their morality but Jesus Christ said that if we follow Him that the world will hate us. This is clearly seen all over the world. It is intensifying daily because God's standards are not the world standards and if we follow Jesus we will be persecuted.
Over and over again Jesus reassures us that if we persevere we will be rewarded abundantly for all eternity. Do give up! Be strong and courageous! Persevere!
" Father, things are difficult these days for your followers. Give us the strength, the courage, the boldness to stand strong. To be able to withstand the onslaught to the persecution.-Amen!
" And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy." Leviticus 19:1-2 (ESV)
Be holy is not a mere motto to be framed and hung on the wall. It is a serious commandment from the Lord of the whole earth.
" Father, deliver me from "moral carelessness" and "borderline sin." I commit myself today, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to a holiness of life that will be pleasing to You.-Amen"
We have been going through the Commands of Christ for the last few weeks. There are at least nine that stand out. The one we did this past Sunday was from one of the most neglected commands and this is Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) " Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I thank God that He showed me this command many years ago and set me on a way of making disciples. I can truly say, I can look over my shoulder and see those following Christ and I can praise Him.