SEEK YE FIRST – – Part Two…


Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”  NASB

In the last devotional, we focused on “Seek Ye First” and discussed that the seeking was to be above everything in object and before anything in time.  In Matthew 6, Jesus has given a detail of benefits and promises the believer can expect from God and then in our text verse He commands or instructs us to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.  That gives us an objective or a target for the beginning of our day and a guide for our lives.

The next part of that sentence or directive contains the promise that ALL THESE THINGS shall be added to us.  What things?  All the things He has been discussing in the preceding verses.  Those include God’s blessings for acts of righteousness done for right purposes and with the right spirit.  Blessings for giving in charitable acts and gifts, which infuses the truth taught in Luke 6 where Jesus promised, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”  (Luke 6:38).  Those alone would be or should be ample reasons to heed His instructions and desire His kingdom and Righteousness.

But, our LORD does not limit the promises with those two things but offers the hope of answers to our prayers if we pray for right purposes and do not succumb to the warning found in James 4:3-4 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” 

In our LORD’S pattern of prayer, we find numerous benefits of ‘seeking first’ God and His Kingdom.  His will done in our lives and in our world is a powerful enticement to seek Him.  The daily provision of that which we need is also powerful as is the incredible promise of forgiveness and guidance as we pray, seek Him, submit to Him, and practice forgiveness.  As we forgive others, the Father forgives us but if we harbor grudges we stand outside the mercy and grace of God.

He speaks of the benefits and power of fasting coupled with prayer and the dismantling of the fear of the future as He speaks of laying up treasures in the right places and for the right purposes.  No, He is not telling us to not be frugal and proactive in our planning for the future, but not make that our source and focus.  The promise is God’s provision, protection, guidance, and anointing.  We find deliverance from the fear of death and realize that God cares for the flowers, trees, plants, and animals.  The directive and promise are, “If He does that for them, how much more will He do it for you?”

Jesus called attention that undue or developing a fear that controls us regarding our future and provisions is a characteristic of those who do not know Him. In contrast a believer rests in the confidence and knowledge that the Father knows what we need, even before we make our petition to Him and provides.  That is the foundation of our lives and we need to recall the amazing declaration of Jesus in Luke 12:32 – “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  God wants to provide for, care for, protect, guide, empower, and embolden us. 

The door to those benefits is found in the verse of our text, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and ALL THESE THINGS shall be added to you.” (Emphasis mine).  If we are living in lack, SEEK FIRST.  If we are struggling in peace, SEEK FIRST.  If we are facing obstacles and difficulties beyond our ability to comprehend, SEEK FIRST.

We may not know what tomorrow holds but we do know who holds our tomorrows.  I urge you to make the decision to become a SEEKER and make it a priority in your life to begin every day Seeking First Him, His Kingdom, and His Righteousness.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

SEEK YE FIRST…


Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.”  NASB

This is an involved and powerful passage and it is beneficial to read verses 19-34 for the broader context and application.  However, I want to take this isolated verse and delve into it for a greater understanding of this directive and its potential, power, and benefit for the believer.

Here, our LORD gives the command not suggestion to “seek first”.  But what are we to seek, when are we to seek it, and what can we expect as a result?  All germane and relevant questions.  I have learned that our LORD gives no instruction without a specific purpose and that purpose always provides a powerful benefit for the obedient.

What are we to ‘seek’?  The Kingdom of God and the Righteousness of God.  If we go back to the early part of this chapter, we discover what is often called ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ but I suggest it is the ‘Lord’s Pattern of Prayer’ for the believer.  Jesus had just given a warning to those listening to ‘beware.’  That is an arresting word and should immediately cause us to pay attention to it. 

What are we to ‘beware’ of?  Practicing our righteousness for wrong motives.  Jesus made it clear that the Father would not accept any display or act of righteousness that had the ulterior motive of notice and recognition.  The Bible frequently warns that what we do, we do as unto the LORD, not for the purpose of personal gain, recognition, or any accolades we might receive as a result.  Our motive is always heavenward and outward in servant-hood.  Ministry is, in truth, service not selfish.

Jesus then instructs about charitable giving and warns that when we give and do good deeds, we are never to do them tooting our own horns.  He called that hypocritical and a trait of the Pharisees.  If you do a charitable deed for the purpose of personal recognition or praise, that is your reward, God will give no additional honor or benefit.  The heart of God is for us to do what we do out of love for Him and for our fellow man and His preference is for us to do so anonymously.

He then gives instruction regarding prayer and we have all heard and seen long pretentious prayers in public.  He declares that if our prayers are for recognition and notice that’s the extent of those prayers and we should expect no response from God, the notice is our reward.  There should be no public praying that has not been seasoned through private praying in the ‘Prayer Closet.’  He then gave what we call the Lord’s Prayer taught that our praying should first be praise and worship of the Father, then we should pray for the Kingdom and will of God to come.  Doesn’t that sound a lot like ‘Seek Ye First’?

What are we to ‘Seek First’?  His Kingdom and in keeping with the early directive of Jesus regarding prayer we can realize that the primary mode of seeking is in prayer.  However, that is incomplete if we do not include study, meditation, and implementation of the truths discovered in prayer and study of the Word of God.  We want His Kingdom, which is His Rule and Lordship to be present and manifest in our lives and in our world. 

He is to be sought ABOVE or MORE THAN anything else, thus FIRST!  But He is also to be sought BEFORE anything else, thus FIRST in time as well as objective.  The first order of business of our day should be to “Seek Him, His Kingdom, and His Righteousness.”  Our day should begin with time in His presence and in our closet of prayer and reflection. 

I have had believers tell me, “But, I don’t have time to pray early in the morning, I have to go to work.  I have to get the kids ready for school.  I have to do this or that.”  My response may sound unfeeling, but I believe valid.  I frequently say, “Then get up a little earlier.”  If we are too busy to spend time in His presence, we are too busy and that is the title of my first book, “Too Busy With Busyness To Hear God.”  What would make us think that we are capable of managing the day without His guidance?  We need Him and need to become seekers of His Kingdom and His Righteousness. 

I want to address this further but ask that you consider the benefit of becoming one who begins the day ‘seeking’ the Kingdom of God and the Righteousness of God.  I want to address the benefits and the promise of our LORD for those who make this commitment and leap of faith.

God bless you and we will discuss this more in the next devotional.

HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE – Part Two…


Galatians 3:29 – “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”  NASB

In the previous devotional we noted that God made the promise of Canaan to Abraham.  Canaan is a type of Salvation and was the Place of Promise where Israel would enjoy the bounty of the land and the abundance it offered.  I want to take a step deeper into this consideration today.

JESUS CONFIRMED THE COVENANT.

We read in Galatians 3:15-17 – “Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.” 

Why is this important?  Because when a will is made the will-maker must die before the will can be fulfilled.  It is also beneficial to remember that after the maker of the will dies there can be no changes in the will.  It is then permanent and whatever it declares is what must transpire.  The death of Jesus on the Cross sealed the Covenant.  His resurrection from the dead and ascension to the Right Hand of the Father made it sure.  God’s Promise can never be annulled or made void.  The Promise has been forever confirmed by God and will never change. 

BELIEVERS ARE HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.

We can truly sing, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.”  We are truly strangers and pilgrims passing through this thing called life and looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.  But, in the meantime, we are to live here on earth and the Promise of God is that we are victorious over the enemy of our souls.

I would ask that you review the promises God made to Abraham.  Abraham was to be the head, not the tail.  He was to possess the gates of his enemies.  He was to enjoy the abundance of the land.  God promised Abraham that he would become a great nation. 

We are called a kingdom of priests in the Bible.  God promised Abraham that He would bless Him and if we are in Christ then the Blessings of Abraham belong to us.  God promised Abraham that He would make his name great, if we are in Christ then we are given the promise of victory.  God promised Abraham that he would be a blessing, and if we are in Christ, we are to be blessings to the world.  God promised Abraham that He would bless those that blessed him and curse those that cursed Him.  We are told that in Christ, no weapon formed against us can prosper and we are more than conquerors through Jesus.  God promised Abraham that in him all the families of the earth would be blessed.  In Christ, we are to be lights shining into the darkness and Christ in us provides hope and blessing to the world.

Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us —  for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” —  14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” 

If we are in Christ, then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs of the Promise!  We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus.  God’s promise of the Place of Promise is ours.  God’s promise of multiplication and victory is ours.  God’s promise to be with us and never leave or forsake us is ours.  We were children of darkness and now we are children of the Light.  We are no more servants but sons.  We are heirs!  Let’s claim our inheritance!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE…


Galatians 3:29 – “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”  NASB

I would urge you to study the entire 3rd chapter through verse 7 of the 4th for a greater context.  It is virtually impossible to read the Bible and not acknowledge that from the beginning of time, God has been concerned about man.  Man was created in the Image and Likeness of God.  He was given dominion over the earth and all that was in it.  Man was drawn into a close personal relationship and fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden.  Man was created in a state of innocence where he was free from the corruption and influence of sin.  He was created pure and holy before the All-Seeing Eyes of God, but tragically he rebelled and sinned. 

That rebellion resulted in his spiritual death and being driven from the earthly paradise, Eden.  All mankind now found themselves under the dominion of darkness and sin prevailed in men’s hearts.   Paradise was lost because of sin.

God could have simply forgotten man at this point and could have ceased His efforts to bring us back into fellowship with Him, but He didn’t.  Thank God, He didn’t.  God saw the wickedness of man in the world and spoke to Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, and declared that He would destroy man because of the escalation of iniquity in man’s heart.  After the flood, man once again began to drift into wantonness and iniquity and rebelled against God.  God could have lifted His hand and rejected man forever, but He didn’t.  Thank God He didn’t.

God spoke to Abram in the land of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his family and friends and go to a place where he would receive an inheritance that would be a virtual paradise on earth.  Abram obeyed and went not knowing where or into what he was entering.  He obeyed and through obedience received a wonderful inheritance.

GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM – “The Declaration.”

God told Abraham that this land would be the “Promised Land.”  Canaan is representative of Salvation and God’s Plan of Redemption for mankind.  It is the place of abundance, life, freedom, and victory.  The Promise of Canaan was given before the Law was established.  The Bible reveals that Abraham believed God and was justified by his faith. 

Abraham obeyed God as we discover in Hebrews 11:8-11 – “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith, he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”   Abraham was heir to the Promise made by God through covenant.

The Promise of God was that Abraham would live in and enjoy a land that flowed with milk and honey.  It was a place of abundance and productivity.  It was a place of fertility and life.  It was a place of victory.  It was a place that was occupied by enemies who had to be evicted, but with the might of God Abraham and his descendants would be able to Possess the Promise.

The Land, the Place of Promise, is God’s offering to man and the benefits found therein are immense, providing man would continue in fellowship with God.  It is beneficial for every Christian to study the Covenant of God with Abraham and glean from those studies the reality that this Place of Promise is a Place of Victory.  It is a picture of what we can have in Christ as a result of the Finished Work on the Cross.

I want to talk about the confirming of that Promise and the reality that we are Heirs of the Promise but will hold those discussions until the next devotional.  I pray that the LORD will bless and keep you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him. 

Live victoriously because you are more than a conqueror through Jesus!

SOWING AND REAPING…


Galatians 6:7-9 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”  NASB

In Chapter 5:17-25 there is a description of the works of the flesh contrasted to the fruit of the Spirit.  The contrast is between rottenness and perfect soundness, between the basest and the best.  The works of the flesh are separate individual acts. The fruit (not fruits) of the Spirit are all of one but manifold in expression. 

Here the apostle speaks about sowing and to the flesh and sowing to the Spirit.  In this, there are several things that must be observed and considered.

THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING – Is an Unalterable Law.

The law is, “whatsoever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (v.7). 

The Seed is a vital consideration.  Without the seed, there is no harvest.  The harvest, although guaranteed, will not be according to how much we know, but how much we sow.  We could have a large cache of seed in the barn of the mind (knowledge), but unless that is planted it will provide no benefit in the time of harvest.  The seeds of thought are sown in words and deeds.  Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:23 that the Word of God is the incorruptible seed and it always brings forth after its kind.

The Soil is important.  There are basically two classifications of soil, the Flesh, and the Spirit.  Sowing to the flesh is sowing rotten seed in corrupted soil.  Nothing of value is produced and the only possible harvest is corruption.  We sow to the flesh when we sow to our carnal self-pleasing worldly lives.  There is nothing in this process to honor God, therefore it will rot like a lifeless carcass and the harvest is of no value. I

In Contrast, when sowing to the Spirit we sow according to the revealed will of God in the good soil of a committed heart.  We produce the Fruit of the Spirit and bring honor to God and draw others to His light, life, and have a good harvest.  The good seed sown in good soil produces a good harvest.

THERE IS A NEEDED SOLEMN REMINDER – “be not deceived, God is not mocked.” (v.7)

The Bible informs that no one can gather ‘grapes from thorn bushes’ or ‘figs from thistles.’  Likewise, we do not produce the fruit of the Spirit through the works of the Flesh.  The flesh is corrupt and sinful and cannot bring forth good fruit.  The Spirit is good and cannot bring forth corrupt fruit.  (Matthew 7:17-18).

The revelation of Scripture that “by their fruits, you shall know them” is important.  It indicates some possibilities that are to be avoided and some actions that are to be pursued in producing the harvest. 

The warning is “be not deceived,” must be remembered. It is easy to deceive ourselves through false expectations, trusting appearance and the senses.  If we are led by our feelings, we are prime candidates for deception.  Our guidance must be the Word of God not what we think, feel, want, desire, or crave.  We deceive ourselves when we adopt the mentality that it doesn’t matter what we sow if we are well-meaning in what we do.  It would be nice for the farmer if good intentions were all that mattered in harvesting the desired crop.  The self-life will never produce the fruit of the Spirit.

The warning “God is not mocked” is needed.  God will not be silenced or put to shame by man’s indifference and unbelief of His eternal law.  That Law is “Spiritual things can never be produced by sowing carnal things.”  The unregenerate man cannot bring forth the fruit of the new creation.  The flesh and the Spirit are as different as night and day and death and life.  The person outside of Christ sows to the flesh and reaps corruption.  The Child of God sows to the Spirit and reaps everlasting life. (v.8).

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT – “Be not weary in well-doing for in due season we shall reap if we do not faint, give up or quit.”  (v.9).

Each of us need comfort, consolation, and encouragement as we face the trying days of life.  In many ways, although harvest time has not fully begun, we are gathering the first fruits. In this harvest of the Spirit, our personal character is enriched, and we are able to produce the Fruit of the Spirit and impact others for God and good.  Tragically, some weary themselves looking for the fruit of their labors and grow discouraged when the fruit is not in the time, quantity, or quality desired.

The remedy is to keep our eyes on the prize and seek more earnestly the Fruit of the Spirit so what we sow more and more to the Spirit rather than the flesh.  It is important to remember, there will be a harvest!  We will reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow but reap we will.  We will either reap everlasting life or eternal corruption.  Whatsoever a man sows, that will he reap!

God bless you as you begin planning your harvest and planting good seed in good ground and sow the Spirit. 

Have a great day!

YOU CANNOT WIN IF YOU QUIT…


Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”  NASB

The passage of Scripture that led me back to this verse is found in 2 Corinthians 4.  In verses 8-10, 16 and 5:1.  There we find a discussion or revelation regarding our earthly lives, bodies, and the problems we face in life.  In the days in which Israel endured bondage in Egypt before God’s deliverance, they endured incredibly difficult times.  In Exodus 1:12 we find that the more they were afflicted the more they grew and multiplied.  It is a historical fact that the Church has grown greatly during times of intense persecution. 

In the Book of Acts, we find in Acts 4:4 that although the disciples were being imprisoned and persecuted 5,000 men turned to God at one time.  The devil has always attempted to hinder and stop God’s work through discoursing God’s people and getting them to give up.  Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31 that the devil desired to have him and sift him as wheat, but that Jesus had prayed for Peter. 

The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy but God’s purpose is life and one of the purposes for which Jesus came was to destroy the works of the devil.  If we are to do the works that He did and greater works through the power of the Holy Spirit, destroying the works of the devil is included.  God has promised to protect us and never leave us and in the face of persecution and difficulty, He is there!

I had a very seasoned man of God tell me, “Son, the greater the trial the more clearly you can see your weakness and the more God manifests His great strength.”  That resonated with me and has been a source of encouragement in times of difficulty and trial.  The Bible makes it clear that one of the results of trials and battles is that we become stronger.  No, we should not want trials but as James instructed, we should rejoice when they come and know that God can and will work something good in us as a result.  As we roll our care on Him, we receive His strength.

There are some things that are imperative for us to keep in the forefront of our minds and remember.

THE DEVIL CAN ONLY WIN IF WE QUIT.

Jesus is our victory and He has promised power over all the power and authority of the devil.  He has all power in heaven and on earth and has given us that power.  We are to live our lives in the strength of His Promise, Grace, Peace, Mercy, and Power.  Paul said, “I press toward the mark.”  He also said, “I have fought a good fight, kept the faith, and finished my course.”  If we are to obtain the prize, we must run the race.  There are no participation trophies in the Kingdom but there are rewards for obedience and perseverance.   Sitting in the audience will not gain us the prize and can allow the devil to win because of our inactivity and failure to become involved.

THERE IS A VICTORY PROMISED – But We Must Overcome the Obstacles. 

It may not sound like an encouragement or appealing to read 2 Timothy 3:12 but read it we must.  Not only do we need to read the words but embrace the truth and make our decision to never give up or give in.  It says, “And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  It does not say, might be persecuted it says that it is a fact, YOU WILL!

The words of James telling us to ‘count it all joy’ when temptations and persecutions come is amazing.  The reaction of the early church to persecution was, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer with and for Jesus.  They endured persecution even to death.  They faced resistance to their message and encountered much public disfavor, often seeing the inside of prisons.  Their response was to work hard, pray more, and preach with complete abandon.  They understand that the only way the enemy could win was for them to quit and quit they would never do.

One of the secrets to their success and endurance was, they were filled with the Holy Spirit.  They were led by the Spirit of God.  God had first place in their lives, and they made the cause of the Kingdom their top priority in life.  They worked in the church rather than working in the church when it was convenient.  They accepted the challenge before them, utilized the tools available and walked in faith trusting God completely.

It is vital that we never forget that the devil is a defeated foe.  Jesus defeated Him and we are in Christ, therefore we have power and authority over the devil because Jesus does.  The brief mention of Shamgar in the Book of Judges is powerful.  He got tired of being intimidated by the enemy and killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad.  The early Christians sometimes gave their lives for the Kingdom but refused to be defeated.  The victory is ours, but we must claim it.

Indifference is not allowable.  Because of the increase and abundance of sin, the Bible tells us that the love of many grows cold.  Many turn a deaf ear to the Gospel, but some are won if we present the Gospel to them, live righteously before them, and pray for them.  There is a price to pay for this victory that Jesus purchased for us but if we refuse to give up, WE WIN! 

We can have what we need from God and have the fullness of His victory manifest in our lives.  Never, never, never give up!

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

HOW LONG, LORD? – Part Two


Romans 13:11-14 – “And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”  NASB

Last time we discussed the condition of being Asleep Spiritually and the dangers and damage that produces.  Today, it is our hope to move into an understanding that will produce a remedy to that problem 

THERE IS A NEED – The Need is Two-fold.

We need to Know or Discern the Time.  To know, means to understand, recognize, and realize the hour in which we live and our nearness to eternity.  It is imperative that we develop a right and a clear estimate of the time.  That can come through the prophetic utterance found in the Bible and thorough visible world conditions.

It is also needful that we develop a clear and correct understanding of the Value of Time.  If we are to awaken out of our spiritual slumber and become spiritually alert, we must come to an awareness of the Nearness of Redemption or the Coming of the Lord as seen in verse 11.  Also, because of the lateness of the hour, we need to awaken and invest ourselves in God’s purposes.  We are informed in verse 12 that the night is almost over, and the dawning of the new day is at hand therefore now is the time for action.

As we develop an awareness of the lateness of the hour spiritually, we realize that there is less time to reach the lost and unless we awaken and become involved some will enter eternity unprepared.  Jesus urged us in John 4:35 to realize that the harvest is not future but now.  He also revealed that His urgency as described in John 9:4 was that the night was rapidly approaching.  He was aware of the urgency of the nearness to eternity that man faced.

THERE IS A SOLUTION – – Action.

There is the call and need for immediate action where we put aside all sin and sinful practices.  There is the need to put on all of God’s spiritual armor so that we can be prepared for the battle and equipped to reap the harvest.  Ephesians 6:11 details the armor of God and I suggest that rather than this being something God adds it is putting on Christ and allowing Him to live His life in and through us. 

The solution, is to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us and enable us to live honestly and righteously.  Paul says, “let us behave properly as in the day.”  That is interesting for it identifies that all our conduct is visible for the world to see and we need to present them a visual that draws to Christ not repel from Him.  We are to live “not in wickedness.”  Stating that differently would be that we live “in righteousness.”  We do not allow the sensual to control us.  We have moral restraint and refuse to engage in contentiousness.  There is a change in our character, and we become manifestations as well as representations of Jesus.

The need for us to recognize the hour in which we live is urgent.  The devil would like nothing better than to lull the church to sleep and cause us to become inactive and complacent.  Jesus said, “If You love me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) and in verse 23 said, “If a man loves Me, he will keep my words.”

God’s call of this hour is to service, immediate action, holiness, and spiritual transformation.  Ezekiel expressed God’s lament in 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap for me before the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”  Then, we hear Isaiah, who was awakened in Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said, I, here am I LORD; send me.”

What we have spiritually depends on us.  There will be those who perish eternally if we fail to answer God’s call.  We could become like the foolish virgins if we fail to awaken.  We can become all that God says we are, but not without total commitment and become awakened from our spiritual slumber.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him.