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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Practicing Presence – The Essence of Worship - Purity 1325


 Practicing Presence – The Essence of Worship - Purity 1325

Purity 1325 04/13/2024 Purity 1325 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a spectacular nighttime sky over the silhouette of a mountain horizon comes to us from an unknown FB friend with a really good camera, mad photography skills, or both, who shared this scene on social media on or around April 23rd, 2021.  If this beauty is yours and you would like the photo credit you deserve, let me know and I will update the blog after the fact.    

Well, It’s Saturday and I share today’s photo because of the awe it inspires and how it points to the Lord. Our created universe points to a Creator and when you take a moment to look beyond yourself it is natural to come to a conclusion that there is a God and He is good.  

Yesterday, I drove up to my countryside home because in spite of the rain I encountered on the way, I knew that the trip would be worthwhile because of the company I would find there, that of my beloved wife, TammyLyn. Regardless of the weather, I find peace and joy in the presence of the woman I love, and it is only natural to express my affection for her when we are together. When I am with her I express my appreciation for her with compliments, acts of service, and physical touch.  My love for her causes me to do these things naturally and doesn’t much matter what we have planned for our time together, I find peace and joy just being with her. 

Similarly, I can find peace and joy when I go out into nature and take a hike and start to appreciate that the beauty of what I found there was provided for us through God’s handiwork. 

After dinner last night, the rain stopped and in despite the flooding from the downpour that created rushing streams of water running over the countryside, my canine friend, Harley, and I took our walk down “Freedom Road” and as we made our return trek from the clearing at the end of that old wheel rutted dirt and gravel pathway, I stood in awe over the beauty of the overall scene of the surrounding farmlands and how the sky was filled with clouds in motion and how the last lights of day was breaking through them all as they dispersed themselves on the horizon.  As I slowly walked back I marveled over beauty of the scene before me but before I reached the roads end, I started thanking God for the wonder of the world He created, my life, and all that I have been blessed with as I have walked through my life’s journey up to that point. My sense of peace, joy, and gratitude over that present moment was deep and I just had to how I reached out to God to know I appreciated it and Him.

When we get out of our heads and just notice what’s going on around us – the wonder of God’s creation and the miracles of our everyday lives, it is only natural to worship the Lord. 

These experiences all happened yesterday but I encounter similar moments of peace and joy quite often because I “practice presence” with the Lord. I live in the context of my Christian faith by literally “walking and talking with God” – what I think of as the essence of a discipled or surrendered Christian life – but it also could be considered as the “essence of worship” which is only natural when we contemplate or spend time with God.  

Neil Anderson shares similar thoughts from his latest blog this week and I felt to share the good doctor’s thoughts here to emphasize just how natural it should be to worship God.   Neil Anderson writes:

“The Essence of Worship

When I taught at Talbot School of Theology there was a student on campus who was seven feet six inches tall. I felt sorry for him, because people would stare, i.e. until he looked back. They probably didn’t want to, but they could hardly keep themselves from doing so. I found myself sneaking glances at him. Most strangers said nothing to him other than an occasional, “How is the weather up there?” Everyone thought, “That man is really tall!” That is the natural response to attributes that are unusual or outstanding, which is the essence of worship.

Worship is ascribing to God His divine attributes. God doesn’t need us to tell Him who He is. He is completely secure within His own Godhead. Nor do we worship God to appease Him. Some believe that if they keep telling God how good He is, He won’t deal harshly with them, or will grant them favors. That is spiritism, and that is not why we worship. We worship God, because we need to keep fresh in our minds the divine attributes of God. You will never be alone if you know that God is omnipresent. You will never feel powerless if you know that God is omnipotent. You will never feel unloved if you know that God is love.

Suppose you saw the student mentioned above, but he was a mile away. He would appear to be similar to any other mortal, and seeing him from a distance would solicit very little response. If you were standing next to him, you would be in awe. Your natural inclination would be to say or think, “Man, you are really tall!” The dominant thought in your mind would be on that singular attribute.

Such is our relationship with God. If you are not practicing His presence, He would seem to be a distant figure, and not too large. He would be easy to ignore. But if you were ushered into His presence you would be overwhelmed by His attributes. If that happened you wouldn’t say, “Praise You.” You would say, “Holy, beautiful, wonderful, powerful, etc.” Nobody would have to tell you to do that. Angels are not forced to worship God. In God’s presence they naturally proclaim His divine attributes.

When I first saw a giant redwood tree in the Sequoia National Park, I stood at its base and was overwhelmed by how big it was. I wanted to tell everyone, “Look at the size of that tree. It would take more than twenty men to put their arms around it!” I don’t worship trees or people. I am naturally in awe of nature, but it is just showing forth the glory of God (Ps. 19:1). I worship God who created trees, sunsets, and rainbows.

The closer I draw to my Creator, Redeemer, Savior, and Lord, the more natural it is to worship Him, and share Him with others. Should I feel disconnected from Him, I recall to my mind His divine attributes and “therefore I have hope” (See Lam. 3:21-24).  (https://blog.ficm.org/blog/the-essence-of-worship)”

That was from Neil Anderson, and I hope it encourages all my friends to take some time this weekend to draw close to God and to worship Him. When we recall to mind His divine attributes and realize He is with us, we can connect with Him and enjoy His peace, His joy, and His hope.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Death and Eternal Life

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (ESV)
13  But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
14  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
15  For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
18  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Today’s verses fall under the sixth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Death and Eternal Life.  

7. Believers who have died are absent from the body, but at home with the Lord.

Today’s verses command us to encourage one another with the fact that Jesus will return one day, causing those who place their faith in Him to rise from the dead and to meet Him in the air before He reclaims the earth to rule and reign with us for 1,000 years.   Death is not the end. And for the Christians who have left this mortal coil, their “eternal rest” in heaven will be interrupted as they follow Jesus into resurrected life.   They may be absent from their bodies currently, but they are present with the Lord and will come with Him at His glorious return.   And whether we pass before Jesus comes back or not, that’s good news.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

MORNING READING: JOHN 17

“These are in the world … They are not of the world …
I also have sent them into the world… . That the world
may believe that You sent me.” – John 17:11, 16, 18, 21

“These are in the world” (v. 11). This is the believer's presence in the world. It is the sphere into which every man is born. It is the place in which he has to live. If he is to be kept from evil, he must seek the necessary power through the name of God.

“They are not of the world” (v. 16). This is the believer's position in the world. He is not of it, so must live entirely independently of it.

“I also have sent them into the world” (v. 18). This is the believer's purpose in the world. As Christ was sent with and for a purpose, even so is the believer sent, “That the world may believe …” (v. 21).

I do pray for power and grace to live in relation to the
world as You have taught me here in Your Word. Amen.[1]

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Rest in Peace - Purity 1319


Rest in Peace - Purity 1319

Purity 1319 04/6/2024 Purity 1319 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the confluence of turquoise colored waters, white sand beaches, and black rocks of some tropical beach scene comes to us from an unknown FB friend wo shared this scene on social media on or around June 29th, 2021. If this is your photo and you want, let us know and we can share the location and give you your proper photo credit by updating the blog after the fact.  

Well, It’s Saturday and even though I always have plenty of things to keep me busy when I’m not working, I am officially on vacation this week and share this serene aqua sea scene this morning with the prayer that my friends all find some rest and relaxation this weekend. 

To reassure us that it’s okay, and to inspire us all, to rest, I am sharing a link  OpenBible.Info’s 100 Bible Verses about Rest (https://www.openbible.info/topics/rest) and to impress upon how our relationship with God, founded on the peace we have with God though our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, gives us rest. 

Jesus encouraged us in

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) to
28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."  

Our faith life is a light burden and when we are in harmony with God we have peace and rest.  

David encourages us to find the rest and peace that comes from a relationship with God and the safety only he can provide in:  

Psalm 4:5-8 (NKJV) where He instructs us to
5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.
6  There are many who say, "Who will show us any good?" LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7  You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8  I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

We are only ever truly safe and able to rest when we are “good with God” for He is good. As David proclaims in:

Psalm 34:8 (RSV)
8  O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!

 

So my simple encouragement for this weekend is to take refuge – find your safety, peace, and rest by reminding yourself of how much God loves you and has welcomed you to be with Him forever as His beloved adopted child and how you will simultaneously live for ever and still be able to “Rest in Peace”.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Death and Eternal Life

Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)
6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Today’s verse is the first of two passages of scripture that fall under the second point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Death and Eternal Life.  

2. The believer will dwell in God’s house forever.

Today’s verse reminds us of the eternal state of goodness and mercy that we get to enjoy forever when we have peace with God and decide to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  The house of the Lord is synonymous to the “church” or the body of Christ – the kingdom of God – His royal priesthood of adopted sons and daughters – and it is within that fellowship and that close personal relationship with God that we can experience the goodness and mercy that only comes through the Lord.  So let’s rejoice and rest in the peace the comes from receiving the goodness and mercy that the Lord has for us.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

MORNING READING: JOHN 11

“Lazarus sleeps.” – John 11:11

Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, was and is the only One to make such a statement. In His presence, death is as sleep. Hence, He could say, “Lazarus sleeps.”

A little farther down this chapter, the Lord Jesus says these words: “I am the resurrection and the life” (v. 25). What is death in the light of this pregnant statement? No wonder the apostle could challenge the king of terror, saying, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55).

In the light of this whole chapter, death appears to be the means through which God manifests His glory. It was so on this particular occasion. Christ's death was the means through which God was glorified (13:23-28). Death to self is the only basis on which Christ will be glorified in me.

Daily let me die to self so that You may be glorified.
Amen.[1]

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Need Peace? Abide in Christ – 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 13 - Purity 1286

 

Need Peace? Abide in Christ – 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 13 - Purity 1286

Purity 1286 02/28/2024 Purity 1286 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of winter-denuded trees and a frozen lake comes to us from yours truly as I decided to ascend the playground and capture this scene at Thompson’s Lake State Campground while on my lunch yesterday in East Berne NY.  I was in the area and had never been to the park, so I decided to “come and see” what it had to offer. The campground was quaint, empty, and quiet, and even though it was the offseason caused me to imagine brighter days ahead and it caused me to appreciate the freedom we have to travel and the freedom God has given me in Christ which gives me the capacity to appreciate my life and find peace just about anywhere.   But there is a secret, to find the fruit of the Spirit, you have to walk in the Spirit, and to know the peace of God, you have to draw your attention away from the things that would cause you to forget who you are in Christ, and you have to actively choose to “abide in Christ”.   Jesus us told us who to reap “much fruit”, said: 

John 15:3-5 (NKJV)
3  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit and if we don’t have it, we aren’t abiding in Christ. So don’t forget to abide with Christ by giving thanks, remembering who you are in Christ, and walking and talking with God every day. 

Hey, I get it – our world, our jobs, our family, our relationships and our problems can demand our attention and cause us distress, but when we ground ourselves each morning in our faith through a daily spiritual practice we set the foundation to approach each day with strength, wisdom, and joy.  So let’s draw close to God, it’s the season of Lent and it’s the most wonderful time of the year to “repent and believe the gospel”.

It’s the thirteenth day of Lent and so we continue my personal walkthrough of Gracia Grindal’s 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther to observe and celebrate the Lenten season.   In this walk through Grindal’s devotional,  it is our hope that we will get to know Martin Luther a little better as we seek to draw closer to the Lord on our journey to Resurrection Sunday – Easter.  

And so we continue.

Journey Day 13

YOU ARE NOT TO BEAR false witness against your neighbor.

What is this?

Answer: We are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything we do in the best possible light.

God wants to hold in check whatever is done with the tongue against a neighbor. This applies to false preachers with their blasphemous teaching, to false judges and witnesses with their rulings in court and their lying and malicious talk outside of court. It applies especially to the detestable, shameless vice of backbiting or slander by which the devil rides us. Of this much could be said. It is a common, pernicious plague that everyone would rather hear evil than good about their neighbors. Even though we ourselves are evil, we cannot tolerate it when anyone speaks evil of us; instead we want to hear the whole world say golden things of us. Yet we cannot bear it when someone says the best things about others.”

Biblical Wisdom

For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. James 3: 7-10

Silence for Meditation.

Pause the podcast, or stop reading, and sit quietly for 60 seconds, a few minutes, or 10-15 minutes, or however long you feel comfortable with and have time for. Focus on your breath and the calm stillness in the present moment that is always available to us in God’s creation. Meditate on Martin Luther’s comments for the day, and the content of today’s Biblical wisdom.

 

Questions to Ponder

·       Why is the damage the tongue can do so destructive to human society?

Words can hurt and cause division among us. They can be used to spread lies, draw us into temptation, fuel hatred, and insight violence. Evil words usually lead to evil actions and destructive consequences. Thus the tongue can do a lot of damage to our human society.

·       What is there about us that delights in gossip, yet at the same time, we cannot bear to be gossiped about?

Gossip is secret knowledge and the more shocking or shameful the news of someone else’s failures or shortcomings the more we can take secret delight over their pain.  The gossip feels superior to the one’s being gossiped about because “we know your secret” and “I would never do that” (or at least not get caught!)  That feeling of being superior and being able to judge our neighbor as less than is known by the gossip, so when the tables are turned and we discover that others are talking about us, we get angry because we know we are being judged as “less than” by them.   

·       What resources might faith and the community of faith bring to bear in the struggle against “the tongue” and its capacity for evil?

The faith community should use the resource of the word of God to bear in the struggle against the tongue and its capacity for evil. Scripture is full of directives regarding the ways we speak that direct us to always speak the truth in love and to not speak ill of others.  If we are living according to God’s word, we would be aware of the tongue's capacity for evil and be taking steps to crucify that unruly piece of the flesh to the obedience of Christ.

Psalm Fragment

Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue. Psalm 52: 1-4.

Journal Reflections

·       Reflect on a time when you felt betrayed by the false, careless, or malicious speech of another. How did you feel? What did you do? What role did faith play in your response?

Since coming to faith in Christ, I recall several instances where I was denigrated or insulted because of my faith. Those comments always hurt but I have learned to respond to them through the grid of my faith which causes me to reaffirm my self-worth according to who I am in Christ and it causes me to realize that these people who speak ill of me “know not what they do” which causes me to forgive them and to pray for them to know the Lord. It’s not always easy to do this but the Lord helps me to see the truth behind the attacks I receive.

·       Do you have difficulties taming your tongue? Reflect on times you may have hurt someone by false, careless, or malicious words. How did it make you feel? What might you do to repair the harm done?

I do have difficulty taming the tongue.  My problem is foul language when I get frustrated or angry.  I also have been careless with my dealings with others who need help by being confrontational or encouraging beyond their capacity to receive.  I can give too much teaching or try to bring too much conviction at times or suggest that someone can do more than they are currently able to do and that has caused some people I have dealt with to get upset. When this happened in the past, I felt terrible and would seek their forgiveness. My good intentions went astray as I pushed others too far without realizing it.  I have tried to repair the harm done by easing back and continuing to try to help. In most cases, I was able to maintain relationships with the people involved and we ended up both growing in the process.

·       Write down some specific steps you will take to “tame” your tongue.

 

1.    Awareness – we need to record the severity and the frequency of our verbal transgressions.  We need to know how bad and how often our tongues get out of line.

2.    Accountability – we need to ask for help from the others in our lives to help us remember our goal to tame the tongue and encourage us to change the way we speak when we mess up.

3.    Stronghold Busting – We need to meditate on Scripture that addresses the areas of where our tongue goes astray and pray to the Lord, each day, to help us to repent of our verbal transgressions. 

4.    Celebrate Progress – We need to track our progress and celebrate our growth. We have to acknowledge our victory and maintain our freedom.  

Prayers for the Life of Faith

Pray for those in your own life whose untamed tongue has hurt others that they may learn to be silent when speaking is hurtful or does no good.

Lord, we pray for the many people in our lives whose untamed tongues have hurt others, that You would cause them to see the error of their ways and that you would bring them into a deeper relationship with You that would encourage them to put away lying, foul speech, gossip, or slander and learn to speak the truth in love or to remain silent. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer For Today

Dear Lord, keep me quiet and careful in my speech so that I only speak well of my neighbors and friends and work to uphold their reputations.

Amen.

 

(Gracia M. Grindal. 40-day Journey With Martin Luther. Kindle Edition.)

(We encourage you to purchase Grindal’s book and take the 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther for yourself by purchasing Grindal’s book wherever books are sold. You can find it online at many different sites and purchase it new, used – paper or electronic for less than $15.00).

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Conscience.

Hebrews 10:22 (NIV2011)
22  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Today’s verse falls under the seventh and last point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Conscience.

7. A guilty conscience can be cleansed.

Today’s verse assures us that the way to be cleansed of a guilty conscience is to draw near to God with a sincere heart – a heart that sincerely trusts in Jesus.  Forgiveness of sins only comes through Jesus and is the only way that we can have our guilt taken away.   So when we sin and feel guilty, we need to confess it and abide in Christ – live with and for God in the harmony that comes from obedience– to enjoy the benefits of conscience that has been cleansed and remains clean.  

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: LUKE 2

“[They] supposing Him to have been
in the company …” – Luke 2:44

Herein is seen the folly of supposition. Concerning things that are spiritual, such supposition is fatal.

From a parental point of view, it was folly on the part of Joseph and Mary to merely suppose that the Lord Jesus was in the company. No wonder it meant their sorrowing for Him later.

But from a spiritual point of view, it was even worse. To merely suppose that Christ is in the company is spiritual defeat and sorrow. Three days His parents lost Him – three days the disciples lost Him. The third day He arose.

O then, not to suppose, but to know Him and
the power of His Resurrection. Amen.[1]

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship