"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Chosen children, you are indeed free to be all that God calls you to be. Do not allow your flesh to hinder you from accepting the truth revealed in scripture concerning Christian liberty. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is true that you are at liberty now that the Master has saved your souls. You who are married are free to be the godly husbands or wives that God wants you to be. Excuses for dysfunctional behavior ought to be a thing of the past and not present reality. Therefore, as Christian husbands or wives, you should move toward maturity in Christ and not excuse yourselves from the demands of holiness. No Christian should allow their pre-salvation life experience to dictate their salvation experience. The ‘circle of dysfunctionalism’ is broken through faith in Christ. In order for this spiritual truth to be realized in our lives, we must faithfully bear our cross and follow Jesus. What does this mean? Simply put: If you stand against the attacks of the wicked one and follow the guidance of the Master, you can love your spouse without fearing his/her not appreciating you, you can train your children up in the Lord without abusing them, you can establish friendships not based on an unhealthy need for acceptance, etc… Remember: God loves you and that is why He freed you.
Devotional reading for this week: Isaiah 42:1-7 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: Are Christians who were abused as children bound to treat their children in the same manner? (Why not?) What are some of the things sinners may see when they get saved? What did God free me from? What does Christian liberty mean for the Christian wife? How does freedom from sin’s dominance affect the relationships of Christian men?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me never to find comfort in the darkness of the past or allow myself to be bound again to the sinful acts of the flesh. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.