My God and my Lord, I thank You for the past week, I reverence for the great and mighty works You did in the lives of Your children. I thank You for the diverse healings from all manners of sicknesses You wrought in our lives, deliverances from the pit of hell; Father, You closed the mouth of death over the lives of Your children, glory be to Holy Name.
It is indeed a new beginning for us in Christ, for His Words are new every morning. God told Joshua mediate on it daily; if you must have good success. Every company has its code of operations and conduct; failure to adhere to it means termination of appointment or employment. Also in the Kingdom of God there are commandments, instructions and promises handed over to us by our God, you can only discover these by reading, studying and mediating upon the Word to gain full access to all it contains and have it delivered to you:
“And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.” Deut. 30:6
Here we read of the true circumcision.
Note the author of it: “The Lord thy God.” He alone can deal effectually with our heart, and take away its carnality and pollution. To make us love God with all our heart and soul is a miracle of grace which only the Holy Ghost can work. We must look to the Lord alone for this and never be satisfied with anything short of it.
Note where this circumcision is wrought; It is not of the flesh, but of the spirit. It is the essential mark of the covenant of grace. Love to God is the indelible token of the chosen seed; by this secret seal the election of grace is certified to the believer. We must see to it that we trust in no outward ritual, but are sealed in heart by the operation of the Holy Ghost.
Note what the result is – “that thou mayest live.” To be carnally minded is death. In the overcoming of the flesh we find life and peace. If we mind the things of the Spirit, we shall live.
Oh, that Jehovah, our God, may complete His gracious work upon our inner natures, that in the fullest and highest sense we may live unto the Lord. Amen!
How these can be? Someone is asking like Mary. Come along with me and discover more:
“I will meditate in Thy precepts.” Psalm 119:15
There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in His service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them.
Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches, or else the juice will not flow; and they must well tread the grapes, or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted. So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we would get the wine of consolation therefrom.
Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process which really supplies the muscle, and the nerve, and the sinew, and the bone, is the process of digestion. It is by digestion that the outward food becomes assimilated with the inner life. Our souls are not nourished merely by listening awhile to this, and then to that, and then to the other part of divine truth. Hearing, reading, marking, and learning, all require inwardly digesting to complete their usefulness, and the inward digesting of the truth lies for the most part in meditating upon it.
Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it.
From such folly deliver us, O Lord, and be this our resolve this day, “I will meditate in Thy precepts.”
As you do that may you increase in the true knowledge of God and may your body and soul be nourished daily by the giver of divine insight in Jesus name. Prov 4 :22, it is life and health to them that find it.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang Ifeoma Ohondu