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Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.

II Kings 23:4 ” The King ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the Temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley…”

King Josiah had ordered repair of the Temple…and during the work they came upon a lost book of the Law, (Deuteronomy).  When read, the King ordered its requirements observed and then took active steps to clean up the mess in the Temple.  In this Scripture, he ordered the priests and doorkeepers to round up all the foreign idols that had somehow wormed their way into the Temple.  For the Godly and ungodly had been co-existing for so long… it was now considered acceptable.  When false teaching infiltrates the Church it always does it in a subtle, indirect, and devious way…suggesting it’s just fine to accept.

I Corinthians 10:31 ” So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We hope that we’re honoring God during the Church Service, or when we’re praying for someone in the hospital.  But this Scripture tells us that we need to be showing respect to God in everything we do.  For if you think about it…all aspects of our lives are ordained by His hand.  That includes the mundane and boring, and the simple day-to-day tasks we take for granted.  That’s because we never know when He’ll take a practical chore and turn it into a divinely assigned God moment.

Psalm 33:11 ” But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”

Everyday God is using us for His purposes…just as He used Jesus Christ in the supreme purpose of our salvation.  But if we seek greatness for ourselves…we stop God from using us.  As long as we have personal interests and ambitions…as long as we attach “I” or “Mine” to our work…we can’t be completely aligned and identified with God.  It’s not until we can  honestly say,  “My purpose in life is now God’s purpose.” that the Lord can pour into us divine thoughts, plans and intentions that will further His Kingdom.

Ezra 3:3 ” Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices. “

The Jewish exiles were returning to their country from Babylon.  And even though they were fearful of the foreign people around them…they went about rebuilding and re-establishing the Temple in Jerusalem.  The biggest obstacle any Christian has to overcome in this world… is fear of the world.  We’re afraid of what others will think…we’re scared that we might offend someone…we’re fearful we’ll be taken the wrong way.  The exiles might have been afraid…but God had given them direction and His blessing, and so they started rebuilding.  So when the Lord calls us to do His work, we too need to move forward boldly, not allowing fear to hinder us.

I Corinthians 14:33 ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.”

Paul writes to the Church in Corinth about orderly worship.  He stresses to them that everything be done in a fitting and harmonious way. (I Corinthians 14:40)  When we see disunity within the Body, we know this is not of God…for He is the God of peace. (Romans 15:33)  As Believers, we need to be seeking balance and mutual agreement…not causing turmoil and commotion just to make a point.  Many a Church has faced divided factions only to self-destruct rather than build bridges of unity.   And Satan smiles every time a Church self-implodes rather than attempts to reconcile the Body.

Psalm 123:2 ” As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy.”

We are your servants, O Lord, and we look to You in total reliance.  In Your hands is the power and strength we lack…in Your hands is grace and mercy.  We will  keep our eyes fixed on You, Lord…for only in You can we fully put our trust.  You are our Rock and support in time of need…our confidence is in You.  Amen.