Begin your time with God in prayer.
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
"The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels…The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." Matthew 13:41-43
God is a loving God. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, rather He desires everyone come to know Him. Sadly, the reality is that people choose darkness over light. That choice has consequences because one day Jesus will come back. Those who do not know Him will be separated from Him for eternity. Because of this, we need to see beyond outward circumstances and behavior, and look at the spiritual condition of the heart.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
· How will actively discerning the spiritual condition of people change how you treat them?
· For whom can you be praying that is currently choosing darkness over Jesus?
· Who can you invite to church that needs to know the love of Jesus?
Father, I confess that at times I am focused on the wrong things. I worry about money, possessions, status and what others think. You care about people lives and where they will spend eternity. I need transformation. Help me to see people the way You do and to love them accordingly. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil." John 3:19
"The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons." Hebrews 12:6-8
Posted on Tue, February 4, 2014
by Sam Petitfils