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Sabbath Meditation

By Richard Goff
March 9, 2013

Brethren, as you take time to examine your Spiritual life and prepare for Passover, use the following thoughts and verses to help you to prayerfully look at and improve your walk with God!

Use the following thoughts and verses as a guideline in your daily prayers for yourself and others. Pray these biblical thoughts faithfully and fervently and they will change the lives of those prayed for.

Guard my heart. Make and keep it pure. Guard my motives, my attitudes, my values, and my responses to the circumstances of life. Protect me from the schemes and attacks of the Evil One.

Fill me with Your love. Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Make me compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others around me. Help me to give of myself to meet the needs of others, without expecting anything in return.

Fill me with Your Spirit. May I be emptied of myself and filled with Jesus. May my life be lived in the realm of the supernatural. Anoint my life and ministry with supernatural power.

Cloth me in humility. May I be broken – poor in spirit – toward You and toward all others. May I esteem all others as better than myself. May I not seek to impress others, but only to please You.

Make me a servant. Help me to serve You with gladness; to render each act of service as unto Christ; to joyously accept even “menial” or “unfulfilling” responsibilities. Help me to serve heartily, happily, humbly.

Guard my tongue. “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3 KJV). May I speak only words that are true, words that help and heal, words that are wise and kind (Proverbs 31:26).

Give me wisdom and discernment. Help me to see all of life from Your point of view. May my life be ruled by the wisdom of Your Word. Give me the “wisdom that is from above…pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17 KJV).

Give me a grateful spirit, a thankful heart. Help me to give thanks in everything. Help me to acknowledge and express the benefits and blessings that I have received from You and others. Protect me from a discontented heart and a murmuring tongue.

Help me to walk by faith and not by sight. May my life show the world how great, how good, and how powerful You are. May I be willing to step out in faith when I cannot see the outcome, and may my life not be explainable in human terms.

Teach me the fear of the Lord. Help me to practice the conscious, constant awareness that You see, hear, and know all. Help me to live my life in light of the final judgment and as one who will give account to You.

Brethren:

God expects His people to be constantly watching and guarding the condition of their relationship and walk with Him! The Scriptures are very clear in the following verses:

Matthew 24:42, 44tells us to, “Watch therefore be you also ready.”

Haggai 1:7 says, “Now therefore thus saith the Lord consider your ways!” We are to consider or think carefully and thoughtfully about the things that we think about daily and do! There are consequences for all of our actions. We will reap what we sow in our thoughts, words, and deeds.

Lamentations 3:40, “Let us search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord.” Sin deceives us and causes then our hearts to harden toward the things of the Lord!

Hebrews 3:13, Warns all believers about the danger of any sin. Our responsibility is to be sober and vigilant so that we do not become a casualty of the war that Satan is waging against all of God’s people.

II Corinthians 13:5 instructs us, “Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith, prove yourselves.” We must make sure that we are walking with honesty and integrity in our Christian life!

I Corinthians 11:27-29 tells us that we are to examine ourselves prior to Passover. We must be Holy to properly observe God’s Holy Days, to stay strong in the Lord and walk in Holiness. We need to engage in honest self examination on a regular basis! Self examination is defined as examination of one’s own state, condition, conduct, motives, etc. Scrutiny of one’s own conduct, motives, desires, etc. To examine is to inspect or scrutinize carefully. To observe, test, or investigate to search, probe, explore, study. To properly examine our lives will require praying and asking God to help us as King David did in Psalm 139:23-24. He cried out to god and asked Him to search his heart and try his thoughts and lead him to victory!

It will also require that we spend some serious time in God’s Word on a regular basis so that the Word can guide us, strengthen our faith, and cleanse us from sin.

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