Being Faithful Today

Heavenly Father we praise You for being our God.  We praise You for desiring a relationship with us and making it possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior.  We praise You for sending the Holy Spirit to us to not only be our comfort, but to create within us a burning desire to serve You and to do Your will.  We know that the Holy Spirit tells us what You have said and desire of us.  We know that the Holy Spirit enables us to be strengthened and empowered to do more than what we could do alone.  We know that Your Holy Spirit communes with us daily, giving us wisdom and courage to act in a way that make us stand on Your promises and practice Your truth.  

Look, now is the accepted time; look now is the day of salvation. We give no offense in anything, that our service may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as servants of God: in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distress, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, and in hunger, by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by the word of truth, by the power of You, God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; (2 Cor. 6:2-8) we seek to continue to do Your will until we are received up into heaven.  Help us to know that we cannot wait, but must be doers of the word now.  Help us to not be idle but active in serving You. 

1John 2:26&27, The Message version—I’ve written to warn you about those who are trying to deceive you. But they’re no match for what is embedded deeply within you—Christ’s anointing, no less! You don’t need any of their so –called teaching.  Christ’s anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and him, uncontaminated by a single lie.  Live deeply in what you were taught.  

Hebrews 10:19-25—Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Let us be faithful in prayer and actions. In Jesus’ name, Amen.