Morning Meditation is a one minute thought for the day that will appear Monday through Friday.
Have you ever been around someone who seemed unable to speak without cursing? Did you notice that these people often claim that they just can’t help themselves?
I went to school with a boy who was always cursing and when someone would say something about it, he would tell us, “I can’t help it. Man, it just slips out before I know it.” Yet, I noticed that when his mother or the preacher would come around, he would stop his cursing immediately and would not say another word until his mother or the preacher left.
The point is that most people are not nearly so helpless as they claim and could stop cursing if they wanted to. The Bible says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…” (Eph. 4:29). It also teaches that the mouth used for praising God should not be used to curse man who is made by God (James 3:9-10).
The Authority of Jesus
In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as “the captain of our salvation,” “the head of the church,” “the King of kings, and Lord of lords,” and, “the Son of God.” Each of these appellations suggests supreme and absolute authority.
Jesus has authority in creation. All things were created by Him and for Him (Col. 1:17). Nothing exists or consists without the authority of Christ.
He has authority in revelation. Jesus is the source of the revelation of the New Covenant (Gal. 1:12). When the Holy Spirit revealed these things, He did not speak of Himself but of Jesus (John 15:26).
Jesus has authority in the church. He is the “head of the body, which is His church.” He is the King of His kingdom. He is the Shepherd of His sheepfold. As the body goes nowhere without the head, so the church goes nowhere without Jesus. Thus Paul writes, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord…” (Col. 3:17).
World's Greatest Fool
A king once awarded his favorite jester a golden sash inscribed with, “World’s Greatest Fool.” The clown was given the honor because the king would delight in his antics. He was told if he ever found a fool greater than himself, he could give the sash to that man.
Years later the king lay dying as his sorrowing subjects came around to say a final word, the king said to the jester, “I am going on a long journey.” “Will you return?” asked the jester. “No, I am leaving forever,” the king stated. “Have you prepared for you journey,” the jester asked. The king answered, “I have made no preparation.”
With that statement the jester sadly removed the sash and with tears said to the dying king, “You are going on a journey from which you will never return and you have made no preparation. You, sir, are the world’s greatest fool!”
Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people (John 14:1-3). Are you ready? Have you made preparations?
Religious division is a sad commentary on our modern society. It leaves many confused. To cause of Christ it is deadly.
In the past 500 years of human history, those who call themselves “Christian” have divided and fragmented into thousands of splinter groups. As the community church movement sweeps over the religious plain the problem seems to be getting worse.
Unity among His followers was so important to Jesus that just hours before His crucifixion He prayed for it (John 17:21). On the cross, He died for it (Eph. 2:14-16). And, through His apostles, He commanded it (Eph. 4:3). But, is it really possible?
Jesus would not have died for nor commanded an impossibility. Just as soldiers march united under one commander, following the same command, so we may find unity under the “captain of our salvation.” Surely with Jesus as our only commander, and His commands as our only standard, we can achieve the unity for which our Lord prayed.
What kinds of things are you thankful for today? Are you thankful for your job, your house, your car, boat, family, or even your life? You should be.
The Bible tells us that one of the traits of a genuine Christian is that he is thankful. We are to be thankful for all things (Ephesians 5:20). When we approach God with a request, we are to first offer thanks for our blessings (Philippians 4:6).
Yet, all of the things that we may rightfully be thankful for in this life are only temporary. Think about your spiritual life. What blessings should you be thankful for spiritually? God’s grace, redemption, Jesus Christ, revelation, joy, peace, and the church are all things we should express thanks to God for everyday. Perhaps you can think of others. Sit down sometime today, make your list, and thank God.
The best way to show your thankfulness is not just to say it, but to live it. Show God how truly thankful you are for His spiritual blessings, and live for Him everyday of your life.
The Bible's Inherent Qualities
One of the amazing qualities about the Bible is its inherent qualities. No other book has these qualities built right in.
One of the inherent qualities of the Bible is faith. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). The one who truly hears the words of the Bible will be built up in his trust of Almighty God.
Another of these inherent qualities is saving power. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes…” (Romans 1:16). Once it produces faith, it likewise will produce salvation within the believer.
The third of these qualities is discovery. Jesus said, “seek and you will find.” And, “If any man wills to do my will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it is from God or men” (John 7:17). Any man who truly desires to know God’s truth will find his way to saving faith. The Bible will point the way.