THEME: CHILDREN OF GOD
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
-As children of God, we are reminded that it is evil to complain against the Lord. When the children of Israel murmured and complained against God, He perceived them as an evil generation and they missed their inheritance. God said that those who were twenty years old and above would die in the wilderness except Caleb and Joshua, who had given a good report of the land of Canaan. Caleb and Joshua entered the promised land and got their inheritance for they believed in the mighty works of God (Num 14:26-30). God calls us to give thanks in all situations for this is His will in Jesus Christ. To pray without ceasing, rejoice always and abstain from all evil (1 Thes 5:16-22). May the Lord be glorified in all circumstances, in lack, sickness and when we are going through various trials. As we face our daily challenges and successes, we should always remember to thank God in all things. As children of God, we should also be disciplined and dedicate time for prayer and reading the Bible. We find that, Peter and John were going to the temple at the hour of prayer; three in the afternoon (Acts 3:1). Paul and Silas were going to the place of prayer and at midnight they prayed and praised God (Acts 16). Daniel always prayed three times a day, giving thanks to God (Dan 6:10). As children of God therefore; we should have time, places and frequency of prayer and worship as it is required of us to offer Him ten percent of our time. The word of God gives solutions for every kind of problem and when we study it and meditate on it; we cannot find room to complain. We are reminded to meditate of the word of God day and night. To meditate on things which are pure, trustworthy and give a good report. Pulling down of every stronghold and imagination bringing under the subjection to the word of God.
Thank You Lord our Father for allowing us to become Your children. We appreciate You Lord for the far that You brought us and the far that You are taking us. You are worthy of all glory and praise; and there is none like You. We are sincerely sorry for all the times we have murmured, complained and harbored unforgiveness in our hearts, forgive us merciful Father. Give us thankful hearts and the joy of Your salvation so that we may never fail to acknowledge You as our Father Who is conquers all. Guide us as we pray and read Your word so that we may have the wisdom to meditate on Your goodness and love, day and night. Increase our faith in You Lord and give us rest in all situations that we are faced with in our lives, families, work places, schools, institutions, churches, nation and the world at large. Help us to become the light of the world that many may see our deeds and seek Your grace. Thank You for giving us the hope of glory where when we suffer with You we shall also be glorified with You. Lord You are merciful and Your mercies endures forever. Father You are gracious and Your grace is everlasting. Holy Spirit You are loving and Your love endures to all generations. Amen
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