May your heart keep Jehovah’s commandments. May they give you long life, good years and peace. May you be diligent to keep mercy and truth near you. Fasten them around your neck so that you are continually reminded of them and so they stay close and ready to apply. May you find favor and much success in the sight of God and people. (Prov.3:1-4)
Could it be that terrorists may not be afraid of our nation because our nation has not kept the commandments of the Lord God and walked in His ways? When the peoples of the earth see that we are called by the name of the LORD, they will fear us. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Just quoting the Bible: Deut.28:9-10; Prov.14:34.
As the people of God assemble today, may they hear distinctly as they are taught the Word of God. May the preachers and teachers give them the message in such a way that the people can get the sense of it, understand it and apply it with powerful effect all week long. “So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.” (Neh.8:8, NKJV)
Self-government (Gal.5:23) is a FRUIT of the Spirit, not a GIFT of the Spirit. Self-government is not something one gets by a dove dropping down upon one or by a chill-producing experience in an altar service or prayer line. Nor is self-government something we wait for to take us over. It is, rather, a moment-by-moment, circumstance-by-circumstance willful aligning ourselves with God’s Word. Self-governing serves to prevent our returning to the entanglements and yoke of bondage that we have once been freed from (v.1). Christ has set us free by the unsurpassed provisions of His superior Government, and because we have His Spirit of power dwelling in us, we are enabled to walk in a manner which displays the fact.
THE MONTH OF JUNE IS FOR TAKING GROUND: (1) Taking ground where it was lost or never gained. We will be taking ground from (2) failed relationships, from (3) failed attempts to reach goals, and from (4) ground we once held but the enemy stole. Perhaps, as sons/daughters of God, we could (in principle) claim a promise made to Israel and walk according to the Word of God. ”And I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the ground that I have designated to your fathers, if only they will keep on doing everything that I have commanded them, the whole law, statutes, and judgments from the hand of Moses.” (2Chron.33:8, MEV)