The Bible passage chosen for this week, the week of June 9 – June 15, 2013, is 1 John 4:4. The Forgiveness Foundation encourages you to read your Bible daily and study God’s Word.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world.(1 John 4:4)
God is greater than any physical or emotional challenge we will ever face. He will never test us beyond our limits, nor will He allow others to. Remember the story of Job. God set the rules for how Satan was allowed to test Job. Satan had to obey God. When you are struggling remember, God is greater than your struggle. He is there ready and willing to help. Have you asked Him for His wisdom and His help?
On Monday, May 27, 2013, the United States celebrates Memorial Day.The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries and The Forgiveness Foundation A Prison Release Ministry would like to say thank you to all the men and women who have fought to defend this country.We thank you for your service and sacrifice.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
(John 15:13, ESV)
Take some time this week to think of all the freedoms you have. Do you take your freedoms for granted or do you make the most of the freedom you have?
The Bible Passage for mediation, prayer, and reflection for the week of July 27 - August 2, 2014, is John 1:1-5. These verses have many layers to them. Ask God for wisdom to reveal them to you.
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. (John 1:1-5, AMP)
John begins his Gospel unlike the other three Gospel writers. There is no mention of Jesus miraculous earthly birth. In fact, the name Jesus is not mentioned until verse 17. Jesus is the earthly name given to Him upon His earthly birth. Instead John introduces Jesus for who He is: the Son of God, equal to God, God Himself, and the Word. John’s wording refers back to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, where the same wording is used. No doubt, it was intentional. Jesus was present at Creation. He was part of Creation. He was involved in Creation. John refers to Jesus as “the Word.” With a word, all was created. The Bible - Mosaic Law, history, poetry, books of prophecy, the Gospels, letters - is the Word of God, of Jesus, given to us so that we may know Him, deepen our relationship with Him. Carefully meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verses. It is quite a layered verse, with meaning deeper than what is first read.
The Bible passages for mediation, prayer, and reflection for the week of August 3-9, 2014, are 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2 and 3:16-18. In every letter, Paul includes an introduction and conclusion to his letter. Across the many letters, the introductions and conclusions are rather similar. When reading, it is easy to skip over these parts and focus on the meaning of the letter. Yet the introduction and conclusion also have meaning to them.
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:1-2, ESV)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16-18, ESV)
Paul’s greeting should not be equated with our “Hi! How are you?” greeting, that usually precedes our true intentions. Paul’s greeting serves as a sincere reminder of the foundation of our faith. The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries has people visit our website from all over the world. We each attend separate churches in separate towns and cities, yet we are all part of one church, connected through the Lord God. Paul expresses his desire that grace and peace be poured out on all. Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve, what we cannot earn by our own works. Peace can only be obtained through Jesus Christ. Without the intervention of Jesus Christ, no one could pass divine judgement. Jesus Christ stands between us and God’s judgement. Jesus tells His Father “I have taken their sin, their debt has been payed.”
Paul ends his letters by, once again, speaking of peace. That Paul addresses peace at the beginning and end of his letters should signify the importance of peace, which can only be obtained through the "Lord of peace himself.” Paul likely used a scribe for his letters, so a small note at the end in his own handwriting served as a signature. It showed it was an authentic letter. Finally, Paul again addresses grace that we receive through Christ. Peace and grace. Two words mentioned in every letter by Paul, and often more than once. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s passages, consider the Lord’s peace and grace in you life.
The Bible passage for mediation, prayer, and reflection for the week of August 10-16, 2014, is Psalm 96:10-13. This week’s passage is one of joy and praise to the Lord. It is a song anticipating when Christ will rule.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
(Psalm 96:10-13, ESV)
What a day it will be when Christ returns! All of His children will sing praises for His return! All of His creation will rejoice! What a day it will be! Are you ready? Psalms of praise and joy, anticipating the return of Christ, give us encouragement during our times of trials. When we are discouraged in the present, we can look to our future, eternity with Christ! What a day that will be! As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this weeks verse, rejoice in your salvation in Christ! Are you ready for His return?
The Bible passages for mediation, prayer, and reflections for the week of August 17-23, 2014, is 1 Timothy 6:6-10. Included in today’s reading is an often misquoted verse of the Bible. It is important to read and study the Bible carefully.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:6-10, ESV)
Very few people are content with what they have. If they have 100 dollars, they see what they could have with 200 dollars. If they have 200 million dollars, they see what they could have with 1 million dollars. If they have 1 million dollars…well you get the idea. Money becomes their god and their focus, instead of Lord.
Paul is not warning against money, as is often misquoted, but against the love of money. When we love money, our focus is no longer on the Lord and serving Him. We must learn to be content with what we have. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider how you handle the money the Lord has given to you. Do you keep your focus on the Lord? Are you content with what you have? Do you give back to Him?