TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, October 17, 2017:
MEASURING MARKS #2
A unit or standard to ascertain the extent; dimensions; quantity or quality of something.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you realize that Jesus Christ is in you, unless, of course, you fail the test? II Corinthians 13:5
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Yesterday we discussed four measuring marks for a believer in Jesus Christ to look for in the development of their spiritual maturity. Today we will look at four more.
Our fifth measuring mark is to have an UNSHAKEN CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S SALVATION. God will complete His good work in the life of each believer. God’s spirit (the Holy Spirit) actually lives within the heart and body of the believer according to John 14:16: “And I (Jesus) will pray the Father (God), and He will give you another helper, that He may abide with you forever. The presence of the Holy Spirit within the believer’s body is the guarantee of the believer’s salvation.
The sixth measuring mark is PARTNERSHIP! Paul and the church at Philippi were so close that Paul felt a real partnership with them and they with him in spreading the gospel. Paul loved the church as he loved himself. They were dear to his heart and they constantly filled his thoughts. And they were also partners in suffering. The church sympathized with Paul’s imprisonment. They sent hope to Paul when he was in prison.
They were partners in the gospel actively defending and proclaiming the good news of the gospel. They were partners in their love for Christ. We should also feel in partnership with other believers to spread the gospel.
The seventh measuring mark is a GROWING AND DISCERNING LOVE. There are three reasons why we need a love that grows more and more as Paul had for the church at Philippi.
A growing and discerning love will be evidenced in our life when it becomes our desire to know more in our knowledge of the Lord. The more we know the Lord, the more we will love Him. The more we love Him, the more we will want to know more about Him and the more greater becomes our insight into discerning not just what is right or what is wrong but discerning not only what is good but what is best.
A growing love is needed to be sincere and pure. Only a growing love will keep us focused upon Christ.
Finally, a growing love will keep us from causing others from stumbling. We must be always alert that we are not a stumbling block to others. We must always choose the best and excellent for the sake of others.
The final measuring mark is RIGHTEOUSNESS. Righteousness simply means acting right. The scripture clearly states that there are none righteous except Jesus. The believer’s heart therefore, must be focused upon Jesus and His righteousness. We must strive to live righteously desiring to become more like Christ in all our ways.
Believers can measure their spiritual maturity by these marks in his or her life:
• A thankful heart
• A faithful prayer life
• A heart and life full of joy
• Genuine fellowship with other believers
• Unwavering confidence in our salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ
• A partnering with other Christian believers
• A growing and discerning love
• A life of righteousness
Our memory verses for this week is found in John 14:1-2.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Help me to stay focused on You in all that I do. Give me a growing love for You and for all that I meet daily. Give me partners in the faith so that together we might share Your love with others.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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