Morning Encouragement for 8/4/2022

Good Morning

What does the cross mean to you? Is it like a wedding ring just an outward sign for the world to see as a way of saying, “I am a Christian”? Or, is the cross like the ring a visual reminder of an inward conviction? When something is displayed just for the world to see, but means nothing to us, it is like a police officer on a highway that scares us into temporary obedience. Consider the “wedding band” many of you wear on your ring finger. When the ring is a reminder of the vows you made at the alter whether the ones you wrote or the standard fare, it will be a counter argument or the antithesis to temptation. If the ring is just something to flaunt in front of friends and family, that ring no matter how intricate will not stop you from acting on temptation. In the same way, all of the crosses and crucifixes will not stop you from being led astray even if your baptism was sincere. I’ve mentioned before and will mention again, the priests of old had their wedding band and that was the ephod and the gold band on their turban that said, “Holiness to the Lord”. To modern-day society those items might seem to be non-sense but in the presence of the Lord it was a visual reminder of the people they served; violation of the Mosaic laws as it pertained to them meant certain death. Now we do not die outwardly for violating God’s laws or going astray of our vows but we do die inwardly which a price that hangs over head all of the days of our life. I encourage you today to take a good look at your life, the choices you make, and things you do or say to be sure your life is not compromised.

Readings: Psalm 119:97-104, Proverbs 1:8-19, 1 Samuel 15:13-23, Exodus 28, John 17

Famous Quote: Humility is a Divine property and the perfection of the Christian life. It is attained through obedience. He who is not obedient cannot gain humility. THADDEUS OF VITOVNICA (Serbian Orthodox elder – 10/10/1914 – 4/13/2003

Father,

You desire above all else that we obedient your laws and commands. A gold colored cross like a gold wedding band is merely a trinket when we refuse to obey the promises we have made at the alter. Your word says “obedience is better than sacrifice” and in doing so we may please you. You don’t need nor do you want all of our trinkets and treasures because, like the dust they represent, are mere junk from our homes. Obedience is the greater gift coupled with love. Your son Jesus said to the disciples “if you love me, you will keep my commands (John 14:15) and again Peter “if you love me you will feed me sheep as I have asked of you” (John 21:15-19). Help me to feed your sheep today Lord and that what I do and say may please you. I pray for city, state, nation, and the world around me that you will continue the healing process. I pray for our military, EMTs, Medical staff, those in the service industry, and the Police. I pray for revival across this great nation that healing me be done in her. Please continue to shake our system, of government that the members would be reminded to whome they serve and answer to. I pray for restoration in Kentucky and the states devastated by the violence and that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

IHS MK

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