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“Chosen, Sanctified and Sent” John 17:6-19

Monday, October 14, 2019

Jim Reed

Last week we looked at the first part of Jesus’ prayer in John 17.  We meditated on the glory of knowing God.  This knowledge of God comes through being rightly related to him through the work of Jesus Christ.  It is through Jesus that our relationship with God comes alive in us.  We may cry out, “Abba, Father.”

This week we will see how we, as believers, are taken out of the world – chosen.  We belong to the kingdom of God.  We no longer belong to this world.  We are also sanctified – set apart to God.  We belong to him.  We are his.  Lastly, we are then sent back into the world.  We are separated, sanctified and sent.  We are fully qualified to serve God where ever we are.  May the prayer of Jesus, in John 17, become a reality in all of our lives more and more every day.

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“The Glory of Knowing God” John 17:1-5 - Monday, October 7, 2019

The parables of Jesus were spoken by him as a means to wend his way into the hearts of all who would listen. Even those not willing to listen would find the parables sticking to their hearts like Velcro so that perhaps later they might receive the truth of the gospel.

Jesus would make his way into the rebel that is in all of us to bring us to our knees. Then God will lift us up. In this parable there were two sons. One son went off to the far country. The other son stayed at home. However, both sons were just as far away from the father. The majesty of this parable is that it reveals the heart of God and his passion to forgive. This forgiveness has lost none of its power for 2,000 years. And in all of this tumbling turmoil the final product is joy.

"The Parable of the Prodigal Sons" Luke 15:11-32 - Monday, September 30, 2019

The powerful, poignant, penetrating parables of Jesus were spoken by him as a means to wend his way into the hearts of all who would listen. Even those not willing to listen would find the parables sticking to their hearts like Velcro so that perhaps later they might receive the truth of the gospel.

Jesus would gave us a parable to bring us to our knees. We will discover that, as we bow, God will lift us up. Also, we will remember in this parable that there were two sons. One son went off to the far country. The other son was right there on the ranch. However, both sons were just as far away from the father. The majesty of this parable is that it reveals the heart of God and his passion to forgive. This forgiveness has lost none of its power 2,000 years later.

"The Light of God's Word" Psalm 119:105-112 - Monday, September 23, 2019

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It is divided into 22 stanzas consisting of eight verses. Each stanza is headed up by one of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Every line in that stanza will begin with that assigned letter. Psalm 119 is a hymn to God's Word. There are many different terms used throughout this Psalm for God's Word. We have God's commands, precepts, promises, statutes, laws and decrees.

It is clearly God's will that he shines the light of his Word deep into our hearts. What if we are in the dark? If anyone is asleep, being in the dark is OK. What if we are awake? Being in the dark would be not OK. God has gifted all who are "awake" in him his miraculous Word that will give us light – God's light.

"A Precious Hope" 1 Peter 1:17-21 - Monday, September 16, 2019

There many things in this world that are precious. There are precious metals and precious stones. We can have precious moments of time. And of course, we all have precious loved ones. Certain things carry a value that make them precious due to our own assessments. What if we could somehow find something that could be more precious than anything that exists in this world?

The precious blood of Christ is precious because it is the only price God will accept that will purchase our redemption from sin. There are no exceptions. History has proved again and again that we cannot save ourselves. However, when we let Jesus break into our history, he enters with a precious price - paid in full. 

"A Practical Hope" 1 Peter 13-16 - Monday, September 9, 2019

The gospel is a miracle of practical hope. It is hope because the gospel nurtures us in a reality that is not of this world. All who belong to Christ have been taken out of this world. We have been removed from Adam's heritage. We now have our heritage in Christ.

God's Word can now be used as leverage to move us more and more toward the change that is the very best for us. Now we can be exhorted: "As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Peter 1:14-16). This is a practical hope for a change in our lives that we could not put into practice before. However, now we can.

"A Prophetic Hope" 1 Peter 1:10-12 - Monday, September 2, 2019

God has given this world a gift. In a world that has trouble finding its own way God has given us HIS way. God's way is a prophetic hope. Prophetic, in that it was planned before the creation of the world. Hope, in that God's plan is just what this lost world needs. This world needs salvation. The Apostle Peter was called to write to us about God's supernatural plan of salvation.

"Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was that was to come to you, searched intently and with greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow" (1 Peter 1:10-11).

"A Living Hope" 1 Peter 1:3-9 - Monday, August 26, 2019

God gave his own assessment of the miracle of his first creation in Genesis 1:31. God declared everything to be "very good." When we take a deep look into God's creation it can be described as nothing less than miraculous. We know that sin entered into God's very good creation and made things very bad.

That same Jesus would later call Peter and make him one of his Apostles. Peter would be assigned to write a letter to all future believers. Peter would proclaim that "In his great mercy God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). If God could call his first creation "very good" what might God call this new creation through Jesus Christ?  It is so very good that God wants all of humanity to be a part of this new miracle.

"A Letter to the People of God" 1 Peter 1:1-2 - Monday, August 19, 2019

Everyone who can claim Jesus as Savior has a mailbox. We have a supernatural mail box deep in our hearts. And we have received a very exciting letter. The closer we look the more we will see that it has indeed been addressed to us. Our anticipation grows because we have read other similar letters and our lives have been blessed beyond measure. The letter under consideration today has come from the Apostle Peter.

Peter was chosen by Jesus Christ in person. So personally was Peter chosen that Jesus even gave him a prophetic name. Peter would come to realize just how much that name meant as God would use him in many powerful ways in his newborn church. Now, this same Peter has written us a letter. It is in our mail box. Our anticipation grows as we get ready to open it. We will be blessed.

"The Boundaries of Freedom" - Monday, August 12, 2019

Freedom must have boundaries. There is no such thing as absolute freedom. God has placed his loving boundaries of freedom in our lives. These boundaries are called morality – right and wrong. Romans 2:15 even states that God has placed his moral boundaries in the heart of every human being.

Let us pray that our nation will turn back to our National Motto for what it really means: In God We Trust. This can be true for our nation as well as for any individual. The more any person will humbly turn toward God's boundaries of freedom, the more free that person (or nation) will become. History has proved this – both nationally and personally. Jesus made this miraculous statement about freedom: "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). Please pray for this reality to spread across our land in a miracle revival from God Almighty.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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