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Sabbath Meditation August 4, 2012

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
August 4, 2012

The Apostle Paul teaches that, just as our Savior loved each one of us, we are to love one another! Love at first is not just a feeling. Love is first expressed in giving. To love we must give of ourselves, of our time, of our substance, of whatever it takes to show love; because giving is basic to the biblical concept of love. It is always in giving with which true love begins. This spirit of giving brings a new atmosphere into any home, any church, any relationship. An atmosphere of peace and unity will grow when real biblical love is practiced. It is an atmosphere that creates a climate in which communication may grow and thrive. Think about your own life for a moment. Perhaps there is some action or actions you need to take. Possibly you need to confess your sin to God and then to somebody else with whom you need to reestablish communication leading to a more intimate relationship through Christ. This is not easy to do, but our Heavenly Father desires that we engage in some honest self-criticism at times. Instead of yielding to the temptation to blame others, we should ask God to show us our own short comings and sins and then ask Him to help us grow in that area. Really pray and fast! Seek God as King David did and pray. “Search me O God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23, 24) This prayer will help us stop being critical of others and it will help promote healing in our lives and in the relationships we have in our homes, our churches, and our workplace.

Become a Christian who speaks words that comfort, console, and heal. Use your mouth to bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free. Most of the time in relationships it just takes the right word to bring healing and reconciliation. It might be I’m sorry – forgive me or I love you -I forgive you. Nothing fancy or dramatic, just the needed word at the perfect moment expressed with kindness and love will perform miracles. If we will make a commitment today to pray about using the tongue in the biblical way, we can change the world beginning with our marriage, family and church into a spiritually dynamic example of what God’s love can do! Psalm 19:14, Psalm 141:3.

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober (serious & diligent) and watch unto prayer and above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins.”

The Bible says the early church turned the world upside down for Christ. Agape love and fervent, believing prayer puts fear in the heart of Satan. Nothing is impossible with God! With God all things are possible! Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need. Plan a daily time of prayer! Ask God to fill you with his love!!

Prayer is one of the weapons we must learn to use if we are to be an overcomer, and to help other believers overcome! “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:12,18).

II Cor.10:4, 5 instructs us about the importance of prayer. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” When we use the weapon of prayer brethren, we are able through the mighty power of God to pull down every kind of stronghold Satan might use. Jesus our Savior promised us in Matt. 21:21,22 that if we have faith and doubt not, we can say to a mountain, “be removed and be thou cast into the sea; and it shall be done, and all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Prayer has enough supernatural power to remove any mountain hindering our Christian walk. The effective fervent prayer of God’s People will change mountains into highways, and defeat into victory. May we daily bring everything to God by prayer and supplication and make our requests known to him, so the peace of God that passeth all understanding will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord!

Pray the following Word of Scripture just as the Apostle Paul did in Ephesians 3:14-21 and God will honor your prayers and fill you with the Love of Christ!

(14) “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (15) of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (16) that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; (17) that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. (20) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (21) unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.” Amen.

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