PRE-OCCUPIED WITH CHRIST!
Paul did not write about the beautiful mountains in Corinth, or how beautiful Rome was. Why? He was pre-occupied with Jesus.
We need to be occupied WITH Him.
We can get so involved in relationships with other people that we forget there is no substitute for being alone with Christ, pre-occupied with Him. The real purpose of our Christian life is to give Him Glory, honor and fellowship. He is our divine Helper and Mate. Wherever we may go He wants to go. Would you be ashamed of some of the places you take Him? Would you tell Him to wait outside ……..
THE GOD WHO IS ENOUGH!
Read Genesis 17:1-8
God is our SUPPORT (He nourishes), our STRENGTH GIVER and the SATISFIER of His people. He pours Himself into the life of the Christian because He is our STRENGTH GIVER. As a mother strengthens and satisfies her baby from her breast, so God strengthens and satisfies us. GLORY!
THE LOVE OF CHRIST!
Meditate on John 3:16
We look long and hard in the New Testament to find places where Jesus said, “I love you.” In fact, we look in vain to find them, because they are not there. Jesus was the world’s greatest lover and yet most of the time He showed His love without words. In this devotion we can see how:
A HEAVENLY REPRESENTATIVE!
Here is a devotional by Matthew Henry: “Our minds and memories are like leaky vessels. They do not, without care retain what is poured into them. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, and pleasures. Sinning against the gospel is neglect of this great salvation. The Lord’s judgments under the gospel dispensation are chiefly spiritual, but are on that account the more to be dreaded.
Read John 16:5-7
One of the works of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Jesus to us. Yes, He convicts us of sin. Yes, He guides and directs us. Our flesh cannot comprehend spiritual things. Concepts such as Christ becoming flesh, eternity, and Christ becoming our substitute are beyond the powers of our limited mind. Isaiah 55:8-9,“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The Holy Spirit must reveal Christ to us.
DON’T GO TOO FAR AWAY!
Exodus 8:8-32, with special attention to 8-15, 25-29.
Verse 28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.
Pharaoh appeared to surrender because the judgment of God was upon him, but he was not willing to give up everything to Moses. We must remember that the children of Israel were profitable to Pharaoh because of their labor, so he tolerated their religious practices. He eventually allowed them to go into the wilderness to worship their God, but he did not want them to go too far away, because he still needed them. Pharaoh knew that if the children of Israel left Egypt, they would not return. One could say that Pharaoh and Moses were engaged in a contest: the truth vs. the lie. Time after time Pharaoh promised to let the people go, only to go back on his promise. I am sure he had the philosophy of many in the world today, “Oh well, there is always tomorrow.” CLICK THE ABOVE LINK, “SERMON OF THE WEEK.”