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Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an eternal God, the Creator of the whole earth. He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.
Today's challenge is to believe that God's understanding is unsearchable. Every day I encounter situations that I do not fully understand, yet I belong to a God who does understand...perfectly. Our surrender to His leading makes us instruments of His grace every single day. Our God never grows tired, yet He chose to rest on the seventh day of creation to show us that rest is a necessary part of living. Rest in the knowledge that God always understands. We do not have to convince Him of our situation or prove our case - He knows exactly what is going on. He is with us. Cry out to the Lord and let Him renew your strength!
Two or three prophets should speak and the others should evaluate what is said. And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude. For you can all prophesy one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.As in all the churches of the saints,
Peace should be infused throughout the church of Jesus Christ. There is no corner of ministry or service that should escape that influence. Today’s example is order in exercising the gifts of the spirit: namely prophecy. Detailed instructions are given by Paul here, and it is interesting on a few accounts. He has prophets speaking to the body, and has them doing so in an orderly fashion, each taking turns as the Spirit of God leads them to. There is nothing forced here, yet there is also nothing squandered. This format trusts the Holy Spirit to prompt those who are meant to share the revelations they receive from the Lord. In all we do as the church of Jesus Christ we must continually seek peaceful order, not for order’s sake and not to force legalism upon anyone, but because it reflects the character of God.
Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of one another.
We are encouraged to offer our lives in service to God, but cautioned to not get caught up in becoming "desirous of vain glory". (NKJV) Living by the Spirit of God means that you are ever transforming into who God is molding you to be in partnership with the Holy Spirit. This transformation is founded in God's forgiveness, and our forgiveness working toward one another. Envy creates bitterness and false desires that seek to take us captive and distort how we treat one another as the body of Christ. Pray for each other and focus on how much God has done for all of us!
And the others who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently since he lives forever. So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Jesus lives, and He will live forever! Our salvation and reconciliation to God hinges upon Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Romans 6:4-5 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” No other priest could do what Jesus did, because of sin and death. Jesus though, has conquered sin death, and His priesthood is unending. Do not let someone tell you that Jesus’ invitation is not for you. It is for you, and it is once and for all! “He is able to save COMPLETELY those who come to God through Him.”
The one who gives to the poor will not lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to them will receive many curses.
Lord God, do not let our hearts become hardened to the injustice and desperation of those who are in great need! Let your Holy Spirit ignite in us love and generosity that springs forth like a river of living water! Your heart, Lord God, is for those in need. Help us to follow Your example. Isaiah 58:6-7 (NIV) says, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"