“Who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
~ Gal 2:20
Many of the saints of God may not be so highly favored as to take up into their lips Paul’s language of strong, personal assurance. They may hope, and at times may rise beyond a hope, into a sweet confidence, by the shining in of the Sun of righteousness, that the Son of God has loved them, and given himself for them. But the strength of Paul’s persuasion and the full expression of his confidence so far outstrip both their assurance and their language, that many real saints of God confess they come short both in heart and tongue. Yet their coming short of this blessed certainty as an enjoyed reality in the heart, and as a declared confidence by the mouth—for conscience and tongue must move together where God works—does not affect the fact.
Clouds and mists sometimes obscure the sun, but they do not blot him out of the sky. So the mists and fogs of unbelief may obscure the Sun of righteousness, yet they do not blot him out of the spiritual hemisphere. He still loved you and gave himself for you who believe in his name, though you may not be able to rise up to the faith of Paul, or speak with the same fullness of assurance. The bud has the same union with the vine as the branch, but not the same strength of union; the babe is as much a member of the family as the grown-up son, but has not the same knowledge of its relationship; the foot is as much a part of the body as the eye or the hand, though it has not the same nearness to the head, or the same honors and employments.
FRUITFUL FOR HIS GLORY
John 12:24; John 15:16; Philippians 1:11
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will be fruitful in the things God has appointed you to do. May you understand that He chose you to go and bear fruit; fruit that will last. May you not worry about the money or resources you need to accomplish the work of the Father, for He has promised to provide you with whatever you ask in Jesus’ name. I pray that you will not worry about gaining honor or recognition for your work, for unless you die to such fleshly desires, you cannot bear fruit. May you concern yourself only with the task at hand of proclaiming the righteousness that comes through Christ. I pray that you will be fruitful to the glory and praise of God.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Once you are aware of your pride and how it affects your prejudices, what are you going to do about it? The very nature of prejudicial thoughts are based upon how someone is different than you. So begin there. Start by looking for ways in which you are similar and how you can relate to them. Break down those barriers by seeking out relationships which are based on blessing the other person regardless of their response.
I WANT YOU TO TRUST ME with all your heart and all your mind. Instead of relying on your own understanding to help you feel in control, ask My Spirit to control your mind. As you look to Me, trusting Me and talking with Me, I straighten out the path before you.
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
~ PROVERBS 3:5–6 [AMP]
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.
~ ROMANS 8:6