Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Daily Offering"

"Daily Offering"

    Each new day offers born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ fresh opportunity to visit a spiritual altar in our hearts whereupon we sacrifice the delusion of self-centeredness in order to embrace devotion to God and others.

    "That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee" (Proverbs 22:19).

    Days rightly known, whatever their circumstances, situations, and conditions, must be viewed in the light of love, as revealed in the Lord Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and directed by the Scriptures.  We are to "walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and hath given Himself an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor" (Ephesians 5:2).  Such a journey begins with simple, but heartfelt acknowledgement that the Maker of our days has made this day.  Moreover, He makes it with the holy intention of revealing His love to us, in us, and through us.  Sacrifices will be made, based upon the sacrifice at the aforementioned daily altar of acknowledging we belong to God for His glory and the blessing of others.  This is the light to which every believer awakens as the Spirit of God seeks to make known unto the reality of this day. "Choose you this day whom ye shall serve" (Joshua 24:15).

    The necessity of such daily offering keeps our fellowship with God fresh, pertinent, and living.  In Christ, God grants to us the privileged responsibility of determining our devotion.  "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).  Walking in the Spirit involves His indwelling presence whereby He provides the power to walk in love for God and others.   However, we play a vital role in the matter by responding to the moving of the Spirit upon our hearts.  A life of love does not just happen.  We are not programmed automatons, but rather living persons who must choose to view God, others, and ourselves in the light of reality, or the darkness of delusion.  As our Heavenly Father makes known unto us this day, He offers us the power, the privilege, and the responsibility to walk in its holy light.  Or not.  Devotion to God and others awaits us in the realm of reality, offering peace regardless of what the day may bring circumstantially.  The alternative?  As our days begin, may it die on the altar of sacrifice as we acknowledge the love of Christ, again, for us, in us, and through us.

"Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors."
(Proverbs 34:8)

Weekly Memory Verse
    "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts" (Jeremiah 15:16).

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