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Often times, we are prone to think our lives the worst and other people’s lives the best; like we would rather be in their situation than in ours and forget that Jesus is the standard for all humanity. We are not to dwell on how things could have been in our lives, but rather on how things can be through our faithful effort and devotion to the cause of our Saviour and Redeemer—the giver of every good and perfect gift.

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God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). Imagine a fire in which everything is right? What are your thoughts of enduring such a fire? It brings misery; pain; and death. Our circumstances are meant to typify this. It will consume everything left that is sinful; yes, death to self and all earthliness is the goal. “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). And then the promise, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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There is a close connection between intimacy and details. Jesus said this Himself (John 16:15). The Bible is truly the standard by which the world can become acquainted with God but as God’s children, we need more than that as much as a wife needs to know more details about her husband than a stranger. Through the Spirit of Prophecy, God shows that He desires an intimacy with His children; an extra closeness and revelation of details as a Father would reveal the details of His love and life to His children though the world knows little or nothing about it!

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The importance of letting time reveal the nature of things and vindicate our patience or reward our faith can be estimated to the degree that God has waited for the revelation of His love to the universe! We must not only learn to love; we must learn to wait.

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If you cannot bear the fire of affliction now, you cannot bear the fire of God when He returns; He is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). The fire of trials, according to our needs, are meant to purify us from all earthliness and prepare us to meet our God.

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In the duties of life, the value of duty and time can truly be determined by asking two questions: “Is it developing my character?” and “Is it winning souls for whom the Saviour died for?”

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The real glory for the Christian is to die daily until self is crucified. In the Christian experience, there is ample time for rest but not for ease. Those who are at war of a worldly nature understand this principle; how much we who are at war of a heavenly nature.

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During vocational training hours at Hartland College this September, while working on sorting and packaging herbs, I realised that after a time of sorting the herbs, I had to review the sorted herbs before they were ready for packaging. Often, there was some bad herb that needed to be taken away. This principle correctly applied to soul winning may help ensure that souls won to Christ, continually revisited, are helped to be ready to meet the Lord.

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

 

How to reference this article: S. O. Fidimaye (2018). Bible Reflections July 2018. via www.sofidimaye.org/bible-reflections-september-2018-3/

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