Lord I am here to worship the King of kings; the Ancient One; The Beginning and the End. There is no one like You. Thank You for another opportunity to bless Your Holy Name. We are grateful to You. All power, all honour, adoration to You.
What a day the Hand of the Lord has made for us to dwell and do His biddings in our lives, to glorify Him and praise His Holy Name, in that, He taketh Pleasure.
Beloveth, it is praying time! Are you delighted to hear that? Prayer is one thing most people are reluctant to engage in. Ask them if they have prayed today, the response is usual so fast (O sure I did). Then asked about the bible verse you meditated upon and final prayed on, they will start guessing about it. Either because they did not pay attention to it or they read none at all. Probably, it was the five minutes stuff, you know God understands. The work schedule is tight, the meeting took such a long time.
I also noticed even in the prayer meetings sometime people prefer to talk or give long testimonies other than praying the prayer. May God make you and intercessors not just for self but for the world. Beloveth, in the first text before us today, Paul reminded us that we are debtors not to live according to the flesh but to live in the Spirit that helpeth us to cry Abba, Father.
That cry I presume should follow as we pray and agonize in our Spirit. Elijah prayed in like manner and God heed and granted all his request. Jesus also agonized in prayer and God heard Him and an angel came and strengthen Him for the journey ahead. How is your pray altar? Is it mark with fervency or slothfulness? (Rev 16:15) Come along as we meditate:
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors.” Romans 8:12
As God’s creatures, we are all debtors to Him: to obey Him with all our body, and soul, and strength. Having broken His commandments, as we all have, we are debtors to His justice, and we owe to Him a vast amount which we are not able to pay. But of the Christian it can be said that he does not owe God’s justice anything, for Christ has paid the debt His people owed; for this reason the believer owes the more to love.
I am a debtor to God’s grace and forgiving mercy; but I am no debtor to His justice, for He will never accuse me of a debt already paid. Christ said, “It is finished!” and by that He meant, that whatever His people owed was wiped away for ever from the book of remembrance. Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given, and we are debtors to God’s justice no longer. But then, because we are not debtors to our Lord in that sense, we become ten times more debtors to God than we should have been otherwise.
Christian, pause and ponder for a moment. What a debtor thou art to divine sovereignty! How much thou owest to His disinterested love, for He gave His own Son that He might die for thee. Consider how much you owe to His forgiving grace, that after ten thousand affronts He loves you as infinitely as ever. Consider what you owe to His power; how He has raised you from your death in sin; how He has preserved your spiritual life; how He has kept you from falling; and how, though a thousand enemies have beset your path, you have been able to hold on your way.
Consider what you owe to His immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, He has not changed once. Thou art as deep in debt as thou canst be to every attribute of God. To God thou owest thyself, and all thou hast—yield thyself as a living sacrifice, it is but thy reasonable service.
Yielding self as a reasonable service is a commandment and not a suggestion. Are you ready to do that? People should be able to identify you among others both in your speech and deeds. We must carry the mark of Christ in our body brethren. How do we do that, someone wants to know? Come along with me as we consider the next message for today:
“Tell me… where Thou feedest, where Thou makest Thy flock to rest at noon.” Song 1:7
These words express the desire of the believer after Christ, and his longing for present communion with Him. Where doest Thou feed Thy flock? In Thy house? I will go, if I may find Thee there. In private prayer? Then I will pray without ceasing. In the Word? Then I will read it diligently. In Thine ordinances? Then I will walk in them with all my heart.
Tell me where Thou feedest, for wherever Thou standest as the Shepherd, there will I lie down as a sheep; for none but Thyself can supply my need. I cannot be satisfied to be apart from Thee. My soul hungers and thirsts for the refreshment of Thy presence. “Where dost Thou make Thy flock to rest at noon?” for whether at dawn or at noon, my only rest must be where Thou art and Thy beloved flock.
My soul’s rest must be a grace-given rest, and can only be found in Thee. Where is the shadow of that rock? Why should I not repose beneath it? “Why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?” Thou hast companions—why should I not be one? Satan tells me I am unworthy; but I always was unworthy, and yet Thou hast long loved me; and therefore my unworthiness cannot be a bar to my having fellowship with Thee now.
It is true I am weak in faith, and prone to fall, but my very feebleness is the reason why I should always be where Thou feedest Thy flock, that I may be strengthened, and preserved in safety beside the still waters. Why should I turn aside? There is no reason why I should, but there are a thousand reasons why I should not, for Jesus beckons me to come. If He withdrew Himself a little, it is but to make me prize His presence more.
Now that I am grieved and distressed at being away from Him, He will lead me yet again to that sheltered nook where the lambs of His fold are sheltered from the burning sun.
Beloved, have you miss it in walk with Christ? Not to worry, go back to where thou cometh from, your blessed Saviour is waiting to receive you back and have fellowship with you.
Prayer is the key to that breakthrough, that miracle, supplies, healings, deliverances, success. Prayer indeed is the Master Key
Have you prayed today?
Remain blessed in the Lord.