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“Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” I Corinthians 7:23

As a Christian, you have been redeemed (saved) from the death penalty. The penalty for sin was death, and your redemption was paid for with the blood of Jesus on the cross. It was a high price to pay. The saving grace of God is FREE, but it is not CHEAP! You have been bought with a high price.

God’s purchase results in your SERVANT-HOOD. However, you should remember your servant hood is unto GOD and not man. As a servant, you have given up your own “rights” and rest solely upon the will of your Master. While others are “fighting for their rights,” you can rest easy in the will of your Father and Master, because you believe He knows best.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ” (Romans 8:28) You are called to GOD’S PURPOSE and must die to your own purposes. As a child of God, you have given up your rights on “death row.” Bail has been paid by God Himself, and now you are obliged to serve and obey Him. Here is the best part… He MAKES all things work together for GOOD. God is a good God, a loving Father, and a caring Master. You can rest easy in God’s purpose.

PRAY: “Dear Father, I thank You for Your Son’s obedience to the cross which sealed my salvation. I give up my rights for the sake of serving You and and ask that Your divine purpose be revealed to me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”  Psalm 91:4

A proper covering through God in your life brings about five graces:

1) COMPANIONSHIP – This comes through agreement. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” God promises sweet fellowship with Him and others when you come into agreement.

2) COMPLETENESS – God’s covering brings completeness in your life. Colossians 2:lOa, “. . . ye are complete in him. . . . “He will be your husband, your wife, your father, your mother, or friend that sticks “closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24b)

3) FRUITFULNESS – Jesus said, “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much FRUIT. . . . “(John 15:5a) (Emphasis supplied.) God wants you to “Be fruitful and multiply.. . .“ (Genesis 1:28)

4) PROTECTION – God’s protection comes through His love. He has protected you from sin’s power through His love on the cross. In the same way, “Husbands, love [protect] your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”(Ephesians 5:25)

5) FORGIVENESS – Your relationships are covered through forgiveness. “. . . if a man [or woman] be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness . . . “(Galatians 6:la)

PRAY:  “Dear Father, I need Your covering today. Guide my steps, my conversations, my thoughts and my actions. Let my life be pleasing in Your sight.  Amen”

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Solomon 2:4

Today it is important to get under the canopy of God’s…

1) LORDSHIP – Make Him Lord of your life . . . your Number One priority. The rich young ruler in Matthew 19:22 went away from Jesus in sorrow because “he had great possessions” and could not put God ahead of his earthly possessions.

2) WORSHIP – This is the action that brings you under His canopy of love. The Canaanite woman, in Matthew 15:25, moved the heart of Jesus through her worship, “And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” (Verse 28) Worship activates God’s love.

3) OBEDIENCE – At the heart of your relationship with Father God is your obedience. It is more important than sacrifice. (See II Samuel 15:22.) WHY? Because God knows that HIS ways are best and, if you will simply obey, you will come under the canopy of His blessing and provision.

4) THANKSGIVING – Giving thanks to God, even ahead of the answer, pleases Him, because it demonstrates your faith. When Jonah began to pray with a “voice of thanksgiving” (Jonah 2:9), God caused the great fish to vomit him out onto dry land.

PRAY: “Gracious Lord, You are my Savior and Master. I worship You with a thankful heart and pledge my obedience to Your Word. Let me abide under Your canopy of love forever.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.” Numbers 30:2

God considers vows very seriously. Throughout scripture, you can observe blessings upon those who kept their vows and curses upon those who did not. Today, marriage vows are taken far too lightly.

Have you ever considered your decision to serve Christ as a VOW? By definition, a “vow” is “an earnest promise or pledge that binds one to a specific act or defined behavior.” A vow is SPOKEN. A vow is a serious matter. SALVATION IS A SERIOUS MATTER.

Consider RENEWING your vow to God today. Pray a prayer of repentance again and express your devotion to God. “God, help me to move from COMMITMENT (of mind) to DEVOTION (of heart).”

Job said, “Though he [God] slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 13:15a) The three Hebrew boys said, “Even if God doesn’t deliver us . . . we still won’t bow to your idols.” (Daniel 3:18, NIV, paraphrased) Peter said, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29b, NIV) David said, “My zeal [for God] hath consumed me…(Psalm 119:139a).

What will YOUR expression of commitment to God be today?

PRAY: “Forgiving Father, I repent of my sins, arid I renew my vow to You today. Please forgive me. Receive my expression of undying devotion. I love You, Lord. Amen.”

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. Ifast twice in the week, Igive tithes of all that I possess.”Luke 18:11-12

Self-righteousness can be bondage . . . a bondage of performance-oriented religion. If you try to measure up to perfection on your own, you will end up disappointed in yourself every time. You will also become disappointed in OTHERS and become very critical and unloving.

Jesus told the parable in Luke 18:9 to those who TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES . . . they were self- righteous and despised others. The Pharisees were the most religious people of their day, but, because of their self-righteousness, they became some of the most hateful people.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by GRA CE [GOD’S LOVEI are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Emphasis supplied.)

Be grateful for God’s wonderful love gift of salvation and rest completely in His righteousness for yourself and for OTHERS. In this, God is well pleased!

PRAY: “Loving heavenly Father, I have no righteousness of my own. YOU are my only claim to perfection. Help me to see OTHERS through Your loving eyes of grace. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25

Remember the first love you felt for your spouse? Remember the passion, the emotion? You just could not find enough time to spend together or enough ways to express your affection.

Yet, history shows the old adage, “Familiarity breeds contempt,” is often true. Sometimes the more you get to know someone, the more you discover about that person that you DO NOT LIKE. Disappointments, failures, conflicts, and offenses leave scars of bitterness and resentment if they are not properly handled. It takes a conscious effort to restore and retain that first love… whether it be for a spouse or for God.

Returning to your first love for God begins with a greater knowledge of HIS LOVE FOR YOU. Ephesians 3:19 speaks about knowing the love of Christ “which passeth [intellectual] knowledge.” Your love relationship with God will not last on a memory of the past. You need a current revelation… an experience that affects your heart and emotions. You need another “first love” experience.

Set aside some quality time to spend with the Lord today. Tell Him what is on your heart and then… WAIT. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. . . .“ (Isaiah 40:3 1)

PRAY: “Heavenly Father, my heart hungers for another touch of Your hand. I delight in serving You, Lord, and desire to receive Your divine revelation. I worship You, Lord.”

“But whoso commiteth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” Proverbs 6:32

Sex sells! From soap operas to Saturday morning cartoons and advertising, there are sexual overtones. Casual acquaintances end up in bed, depicting a normal, healthy relationship, all of which has caused a casual attitude of promiscuity in a society plagued with broken homes, unwanted pregnancies, rape, incest, pornography, fornication, and adultery. Moral issues have been replaced by terms like “safe sex,”“new morality,” and “alternate life-style.”

What God originally designed for beauty, Satan has tried to steal through an ugly counterfeit. Real intimacy requires a covenant . . . commitment to the cross of Christ spiritually, and commitment to your marriage vows naturally.

I Timothy 4:1-2 prophesies: “… in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits.., having their conscience seared with a hot iron. ”LISTEN!

If you are married, God wants you to stay married. If you are single, God wants you to guard your chastity. If you are a grandparent, God wants you to teach younger people purity. Intimacy outside God’s law brings emptiness, un-fulfillment, and destruction.

PRAY: “Holy Father, Your law is TRUTH, and it brings life. Help me to understand it and abide in it, rejecting all counterfeits. I desire to walk in the purity of Your Word alone.”

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