Equipped

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May the God of peace, …who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.Hebrews 13:20-21

My plate was feeling too full. I wondered how I would accomplish it all and walk through the doors of opportunity the Lord was opening, too. My heart moved from peace to anxiousness. There hardly seemed time for quiet time with the Lord, yet I knew that anchored me in my life. As I opened my Bible and read today’s passage, there was the anchor again. Quietly standing out on the page was the reminder that the God of Peace would equip me. God’s peace settled over my heart as His word spoke encouragement to me.

The God of resurrection power gives us everything good that we need to accomplish what He has given us to do! And even more! He not only works through us, but He will also work in us and bring about what pleases Him through it all.

Lord God, Thank you that what you call me to, You will equip me for. May your peace be evident in me. Please help me to mind my schedule and seek your wisdom in what to say yes and no to. Thank you that You are working in me to transform me through Jesus. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide me, strengthen me, and lead me today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Thought:  Is your plate feeling too full today? Ask God to show you if anything needs to be taken off your plate. Ask Him to equip you for what He has called you to. Let His peace flood your heart and His power work in you what is pleasing to Him. Take time to be quiet in His presence.

By Gail Rodgers
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Loving the Truth

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Forest of Green BambooNo lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless” (Revelation 14:5). To become blameless is to be free from falsehood; it is to be delivered from sin and the deception that protects sin.

Yet this process is not attained if we are only casually committed to the Lord Jesus. We must be dedicated to the way of truth. Indeed, each of us has been conditioned by decades of unbelief, fear, and an unbridled thought-life, which has reinforced deception.

Christians who tend to automatically assume they are the “chosen of God,” have reassured themselves that they could not possibly be deceived. The very thought, “I cannot be deceived” is itself a deception! Let us stay humble and not presume that the calling of God and the choosing of God are alike. “Many are called,” Jesus taught, “but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Many tests await the called before they are equipped by God and become His chosen; not the least of these tests is becoming free from deception.

You see, our natural minds were fashioned in a world where the concept of honesty must be enforced by laws. Within our world the bias of our communications media intentionally distorts the facts, advertisers promise the impossible, and people are held spellbound in the fantasy worlds of movies and books. The lie is everywhere and somewhat in everything, and we must accept the possibility that even in those things of which we are sure, there still might be elements of deception.

We do not realize it, but we need revelation to know the truth. People who may appear kind, nice or flattering have proven unkind, cruel and deceitful. And we must admit that we often attempt to appear better than we are as well.

This effort to appear one way while inwardly being another has created a world in which the truth is not apparent, where things that are plainly seen by one can be invisible to another. Deception and confusion so fill this world that in order for us to discern what is right, Scriptures command us to “seek” for, “love,” and “truth” (Proverbs 2:1-5; 2 Thessalonians. 2:10; Proverbs 23:23).

Jesus prayed, “[Father] sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). He was saying, “Father, purify them of the lies and illusions of this age through Your penetrating Word.” In Ephesians, Paul tells us that Christ sanctifies the church by cleansing her “by the washing of water with the word . . . that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:26-27).

This then, embracing the Spirit of Truth and allowing the Word of truth to break the patterns of falsehood and deception in our lives is the process through which we become Christlike — and this process begins in earnest when we not only hear the truth, but when we love it.

By Francis Frangipane

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