Sword of the Spirit – Psalm 1: 1-3

Psalm 1:

[1] Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
[2] But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
[3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

David is saying there are 3 types of unsaved people.

First are the UNGODLY people who walk in sin. They don’t believe in religion of any kind. They have their own ideas! God, salvation and living an honourable life TO God are not part of that belief. They believe they live a “good life” helping others etc. and making a difference in some way. They try to convince everyone that we all are responsible for our own lives. David is encouraging the people not to walk in the ungodly ways.

The second type are called SINNERS. These people are ungodly as specified above but they are worse than that. These are the people who have vices. They may steal, lie, gossip, covet and the likes. They are sinners and they try to coax others into their ungodly, sinful world. We are encouraged by David, not to stand in their ways or thoughts or beliefs.

As we digress, the third type of people are called SCORNERS. They have the same attributes as the ungodly and the sinners, except that they have totally made up their minds not to believe in God or in his ways. They will sit solidly in their unbelief and do their best to harass, make fun of and go out of their way to belittle anyone who believes in God and his ways. These scorners will do their best to get everyone, (no matter what stage believers may be in with their walk with the Lord) to come and sit on their side of unbelief.

David is warning the ungodly people, the sinners, the scorners and the Christians that if we are not careful, one step will quickly lead to the next and so eventually we could be seated in unbelief and evil.

David says we need to find The Lord and then stay firmly rooted and not let anyone shake us from our love and faith in God.

David is also advising everyone to stay strong in righteousness. (behaviour that is morally justifiable). He is trying to get the message out, that the people who walk in sin, stand in sin or sit in sin, will not be blessed. But those who are faithful to our Lord, will be blessed.

Like a tree planted by rivers of water… A tree can be growing wild or it can be one that is tended to, looked after, pruned and loved. The untended one has dead branches and sickly leaves while the tended one has beautiful branches, leaves and bears good fruit.

That’s the way a Christian should be (fruitful) and should help others around them to grow as well. If the tree cannot bear good fruit then it has no use.

David is saying that everyone should delight in spending time with our Heavenly Father and reading the Word and meditating on it. Then having a really good connection to the Lord, Christians should show others how to live a godly life, encouraging them to follow in our tracks. He is saying that once we become godly people, deeply rooted, we will always be blessed, bearing good fruit.

Heavenly Father,

Christians should feel honored to show fruit. We should be cheerful and delight in reading, meditating on and abiding by the words of the Bible.

Living in these ways, people will see our happiness, our joy, our peace and that will encourage others to become children of God, all bearing good fruit and a place in Heaven.

Father help me to see right away, if I start to move from your path. Keep my eyes and heart always on you.

I know Lord how simple it is to slip from one side to the other. Keep me on the straight and narrow path.

Allow me to always be a good representation of you to those around me. Let my fruit always capture the heart of others. May I be a example of you, so much so that others will want the peace, love, happiness and blessings from you that I enjoy.

I thank you Father for every trial you have brought me through to reach you. I was an ungodly person, a sinner, and yes Lord, even a scorner. Thankfully Lord you were able to break through the shell I was building before it calcified (hardened completely). You called and thankfully I came.

I praise you Lord that you are still calling out to the ungodly, the sinners and yes even to the scorners. The Word says that you wish for ALL to be saved. My prayer Lord is that when you call out, the people will answer and drop their evil ways and come to you for forgiveness and a new life, bathed in living water.

Thank you Father for sending your son Jesus to the cross so that I may be forgiven and for sending the Holy Spirit to live in me, helping me make the right choices in life. I am so very blessed to be your child and even though I was a sinner, my name is now written in the Lambs Book Of Life.

Hallelujah! I praise your mighty and holy name.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Sword of the Spirit – Hebrews 4:

Hebrews 4:14-16

[14] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

[15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

[16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

In Jesus’ time there were priests, high priests and great high priests. The great high priests were above all the others. Paul is saying that Jesus also carried the title of great high priest. The biggest difference is that Jesus was and still is above all priests as he received his title from God.

The Jewish high priest did not lead the life of a normal man. He didn’t feel the grief and sorrow of the person who was asking for forgiveness. He was doing his job with an unfeeling heart.

However, Jesus, the Christian great high priest, lived a life just like the people of his time and like we do today. He lived a life and was tempted, just like we are every day. He felt the type of emotions we feel. He lived in tougher times than we do now. He felt pain, was beaten and hurt. He was despised for things he wasn’t even responsible for. Yes, his temptations were far greater than ours and he stood up to them, for you and for me.

The Jewish great high Priest would be allowed to enter into the holy of holies once per year with the blood of atonement to release man of his sins.

Through Jesus’s pure life and crucifixion, he was able to sprinkle atonement directly onto the mercy-seat, for everyone declared a Christian.

Right now Jesus is in the heavens, at the right hand of God to make intercession for man on a continual basis.

In the days before Jesus, people had to live by the laws of Moses to receive mercy. Those who did not abide by the laws of Moses died without mercy. It will be the same for all those who did or are rejecting Jesus since his crucifixion. They will die without mercy.

Paul however, is telling all who will listen about what will happen to those who reject the Son of God. (Death). He appeals to them to accept the free gift of life that Jesus willingly died for and to receive life.

I looked up the words grace and mercy.

I understand that MERCY is something we receive when we’ve messed up and God is forgiving us, when we could actually be punished for our act.

GRACE is something God gives us freely. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, it’s not something that we will receive if we pray for it. We receive it unexpectedly from God. It’s a divine assistance given by GOD.

(My way of remembering)

Mercy=Messed up Me. I can ask for forgiveness

Grace=God Gives Generously. Divine assistance

Father,

I thank you that Jesus went to the cross for me. I thank you Father that He was born into this world as a man who felt the way man is tempted. I thank you Father that Jesus was not touched by those sins so that he could sacrifice himself as a pure lamb for the sins of the world.

Because of the way Jesus lived and what he did for mankind on the cross, I may now come before the throne of mercy and ask for forgiveness when I don’t deserve it all. Thank you for mercy Father.

I am so very blessed to be living in a time and place where I can talk to you through the Son. Where I can read your Word for myself and know that it’s true. Where I can speak of my love for you, out loud, and not be killed for it. Where I can belong to a church and we can meet in a building. Some people must sneak around and have secret locations. (I ask you to bless them Lord and keep them safe and may they continue to grow in number, spreading your Word).

Thank you Father for allowing me to live in this time period in a country where choices are free. May I repay you Lord by spreading the good news about Jesus Christ and by being your hands and feet.

In His glorious name I pray,

Amen.

Adoration/Worship – Psalm 115:

Psalm 115:

[1] Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.(KJV)

No one knows who wrote this Psalm but it is agreed upon that it was a time when Israel had been defeated or humiliated in some way.

People were saying that Israel’s God was weak and had left them. They wrongly thought that Israel’s God was powerless.

The Psalmist was asking God to show his glory, not for Israel’s sake but so the others would know that Israel’s God was real and far from powerless.

Heavenly Father

I am so very blessed that when you called me, I opened my heart to you and now live for you.

Just like in this Psalm, when things seem to be going wrong in my life, people delight in telling me that you are not real.

They don’t understand that you are allowing satan to have some authority over the earth for a time and when challenges happen it’s because of him, not you.

Yes, sometimes you do allow bad things to happen to me, just as you allowed bad things to happen to Israel back then. It is not because you don’t love us, it’s because you do!

You allow the hard times because at times we need a lesson of some sort or a readjustment of thinking. Just like our earthly parents allowed some bad things to happen to us, for a lesson, you Lord do the same. And sometimes Lord the lessons are very painful, but there is always a good reason why we must go through them. The hardest part is not understanding the why!

The Psalmist here is asking that you show the hecklers that although Israel was in a bad place, you, their God was still with them.

My prayer Lord is the same as the writer of this Psalm. I pray that even while I’m in a place of learning, that people around me will still see you in me and know that you are real!

May the Glory of you Father God always be seen in me as I continually praise you in the good and in the bad times.

In the mighty and precious name of my Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen. Hallelujah.

Confession/Repentance – 1 John 1:

1 John 1:

[5] This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

[6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

[7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV)

God spoke to John and he passed the message along to us. It was not John’s ideas and words but Gods.

God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. There can’t be any darkness in God because the darkness would cover the light.

Light suggests good things: excellence, wisdom, holiness, and happiness. Darkness suggests imperfection, ignorance, sinfulness, and misery. And because we know God is light, that means he has no darkness.

God can see this darkness in us, and is ready to help us out of it. John tells us that if we continually live in darkness and say we have fellowship with God but are actually doing, saying or living in darkness (sin), then we are liars. We must realize that we are then sinners and must ask for forgiveness.

Once we start wanting or longing for the light and ask for forgiveness of our sins then the blood of Jesus covers us (the blood shed at the cross) allowing us to really enjoy fellowship with God.

Heavenly Father

I know that your work and shedding of blood on the cross covers my sins. But if I move and start living in the darkness continuously I know without doubt that I am not covered by your blood, and am not in fellowship with you any longer.

So I pray that you would keep me aware of the times I start to drift from you. It’s such an easy step from light to darkness and the enemy is standing right there ready to take my hands and guide me into the darkness.

You called me to the light to be with you but in the end the choice was mine to make. Lord, because you love me, you have also given me the free will of choosing where I will stand on a daily basis (in the light or in the darkness).

Thankfully most days I chose to stand in the light with you. That doesn’t mean I never fall into the darkness because everyone does from time to time. We live in a fallen world so our choices are not always the best ones to make.

When I have sinned and have failed you or when I have turned right away from you and have been living a sinful life, it is up to me to turn back to you.

It is very difficult because once satan has a hold on us, he holds on tightly and refuses to let go. It is very hard to get away from him once in his lair.

But the good news is, that you hear me when I call out to you by repenting, having a convicted heart, asking for mercy and for the blood of Jesus to cover me again, and you save me and you gladly cleanse me once again. All you want from me Lord is faith the size of a mustard seed and a truly repenting heart.

Father, you know the difference between when someone is truly repenting or when someone is just trying to lie their way into your good graces. May I always come in truth.

Please help me never to drift that far from you. Keep my mind sharp and on the lookout each and every day for pitfalls.

Cover me with the armour of God, so that if the enemy tries to lead me into temptation, I will be alert and ready to stand strong, in the name of Jesus.

Thank you Father that I am your child. Please watch over me each and every day and help me to never fall far away into the darkness but always to be in your glorious light, forever and ever.

In the precious name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen