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“At The Exact Time”
Contributor: Rev. Ashton
June 14, 2021
1 Peter 5:6 says “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”
As the children of God humility should be our trademark. We must be clothed with humility. We must adorn, cover, and protect ourselves with humility that others will be able to identify us as believers and that we may receive God’s grace, mercy and help.
We must have an honest awareness of our weaknesses and shortcomings as well as understand our position as servants of God and to others. We also have to give the credit to God and others for what we are achieving for without God we can do nothing and we need others to help us along the way, this is humility. The proud takes credit for and desires the glory for what God is doing. Our God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Pride causes God to turn from our prayers and withhold His grace, mercy and help.
To be exalted in our own minds or to seek honor and esteem of others in order to satisfy our pride is to shut off our help from God. To be full of ourselves, to be stuck on ourselves means that we have set ourselves up for destruction for Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” God Himself will fight against the plans of those that elevate themselves. He acts in direct opposition to the arrogant, contemptuous, the haughty and those that in no way display an attitude of submission, obedience or holy living.
Those who humbly submit themselves to God, His will, His Word and His way draws near to God and He draws near to them. He also dispenses to them the gift of abundant grace, mercy and help in time of need. The one that humbly submits to God, He will exalt in ways that we ourselves could never accomplish (especially in our spiritual lives).
Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” In order to come boldly, to come confidently we are going to have to humble ourselves under the mighty, strong, great and powerful hand of God. To be continued…
Prayer for the week:
All merciful and gracious God, I come before you in humble submission. I repent for the times I have displayed a prideful attitude and disposition. Please forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Keep me ever mindful that you require me to humble myself in your sight and to let humility be my trademark so others may be able to see that I am your child, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.
“How Are You Speaking"?”
Contributor: Rev. Ashton
June 7, 2021
Proverbs 16:24 says “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”
As children of God we must train ourselves to use our words in a manner that brings glory, honor and praise to the God we serve and hope and encouragement to others. Our speaking must be done with godly love and we must extend mercy and be gracious. A godly person speaks with godly wisdom for they speak not of themselves but speaks only what the Spirit of God gives them to speak.
Therefore be careful little tongue of what you say!!! Our words will give life or bring death, cause brokenness or bring healing, cause pain or bring comfort, destroy or build up, discourage or encourage, mislead or provide wise counsel. We must discern the situation so that we take care to speak well.
The negative effect of ungodly speech brings separation, causes strife, brings discord, murders, hinders ministry and ultimately destroys our witness. The positive effects of godly speech unify, bring peace, create harmony, give life, allows ministry to flow and strengthens our witness. Therefore we are to be in control of our actions and our words at all times.
When we look to the Holy Spirit for self-control and we submit ourselves, our passions, our appetites and urges in obedience to Him we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Even when we feel like we are justified in speaking ungodly we will allow the Holy Spirit to bring us under subjection that our speech will be soft, sweet, soothing and sound.
1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”.
Are we sober? If we are not alert, sober, on guard and careful our thoughts can soil our soul and taint everything we think, do and speak. The benefits of soberness keeps us in a watchful pursuit of holiness and godliness and allows us to be calm and rational, makes us balanced and even keeled, makes us approachable and allows us to minster effectively. Soberness allows us to keep our tongue in check.
Soberness and vigilance carries us from sin to submission, from being useless to being useful, from conformation to transformation, from lying to speaking the truth, from talking to walking and, from ungodly speech to godly speech and from a fleshly mind to the mind of Christ. Soberness allows us not to be devoured by the want to be lion (the devil).
Prayer for the week:
Merciful Father, continue to teach me to speak in a manner that brings all glory, honor and praise to you. Let me use my words to bring hope and encouragement in the lives of others. Even in the times when I am led by you to give a word of rebuke let my speech be seasoned with godly wisdom. I pray that I remain sober and alert so that I will not taint my witness and not be a hindrance to the work of the Kingdom, In Jesus Christ name. Amen.
Quality Time With God
By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton