Monday, August 27, 2012

2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12, Psalm 96:1-5, Matthew 23:13-22


My Beloved, grace and peace are mine in the power of the Holy Spirit because I belong to the Father and to You His Son.  

Verses 11-12 Knowing this, we pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his power fulfil all your desires for goodness and complete all that you have been doing through faith; because in this way the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  are my prayer too for myself my Lord – make me worthy to do the work You have called me to do.  May I do my part in all sincerity to continually equip myself with the tools I need to help me.  Anoint my mind and my understanding.  Strengthen my will and increase my desire to love You each day with a love that consumes me in its intensity and passion.

Verse 15
15 You travel by sea and land to win a single convert, yet once he is converted, you turn him twice as fit for hell as yourselves.

Beloved, so many of us are guilty of winning converts to the Kingdom and we give them such a terrible example that they are quite unfit and unworthy to enter it.  Our reasons and our motives for converting them are wrong and their conversion is a sham and mockery of what true conversion really is.  Be merciful my Lord to those who are guilty of bringing souls to be baptized into Your Body and who have done little or nothing to fit those souls to attain the glory for which they were created.

May Your love rule my life and out my my own love for You may all my other loves spring.

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