1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Just as you must earn your way in war with courage and strength … so must a servant of the LORD spend day by day praying and trusting in God’s promises in the Bible to provide courage, strength and hope for such a time as this. Having the attributes that gives one courage and strength are important to be a public servant or U.S. Armed Forces service member.
Those chosen by the LORD our God to do His work must also live a life of showing strength, courage and integrity by the power of the Holy Spirit living within. A servant of the LORD must display attributes of live for another, sincerity, loyalty, honesty rather than manipulation and self-deception. We must when tempted avoid all deceit knowing that the LORD our God is there to lead and guide us in paths of righteousness and holiness. God’s Spirit living in us, can help us to be patient, alert and attentive to His guidance and direction.
Let us as servants of the LORD continue daily to pursue a walk with the LORD filled with honesty and commitment to our Lord and Savior.
Scripture Verses for Meditation:
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly live, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” (Romans 12:10—12)
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.” (Exodus 13:21)
“Therefore, I run thus: not with uncertainty, thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:26)
“For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” Selah (Psalm 61:3-4)
“But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.” (Proverbs 2:1-2)
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” (Proverbs 3:27)
“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)
“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)
“Therefore, we also pray always for you that our god would count you worthy of this call, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” (Hebrews 4:12-14)
“But may the god of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
Lord God, thank You for forgiving me – for lifting guilt of sin from my heart and filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for wisdom to break free of yesterday’s chains, hurts, and disappointments in this life. Lord, fill me with Your love, joy and peace. I will always praise You for all You’ve done for me. Please help me to change my day according to Your will and purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
All Scripture Verses are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.
By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Contributor for Moments of Meditation and Scriptural Readings; email: firstname.lastname@example.org