24 I want you to treat others fairly. So let fair treatment roll on just as a river does! Always do what is right. Let right living flow along like a stream that never runs dry!
Amos 5:24 (NIRV)
Amos was a shepherd who had a vision about Israel back in the 8th Century BC. He wanted the people to know that God wasn’t impressed with how the rich and powerful were taking advantage of the poor. Amos called for repentance. He wanted the people to realize God wanted justice to roll like a river, always doing right. For righteousness to prevail, and justice flow like a stream that never runs dry. To have a return to true worship and following God’s commandments. For justice not to be obstructed but to be fair for all. A timely message.
Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want.
Amos 5:24 (MSG)
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your guidance and forgiveness. Teach us to be fair, caring, and to do what is right; let justice roll like a river. Let your Word guide us, and direct us in our dealings with others. Help us to realize and do what is right in Your eyes. Like the open and vibrant blooms of the chrysanthemum, let us be open-hearted and vibrant in our love. Guide us in Your truth. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
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6 But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].” 7 So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.
James 4:6-7 (AMP)
God is asking us to trust Him and follow His way; to resist sin and turn away from self-righteousness and pride. God is asking us to be humble and faithful to repent of sin and receive His grace. For when we yield to worldly pursuits, we turn away from God. When we follow God’s way and stand firm in faith, rejecting temptation, pride, and envy, the devil will flee. God continually gives grace to the humble.
The humble who turn away from self-righteousness receive grace. What worldly pursuit or pride is keeping you from trusting God’s way?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your guidance, forgiveness, patience, and grace. Teach us to be humble, to trust You, and turn away from worldly pursuits. Lead us on the path of righteousness and give us the strength to resist evil. Like the white, open blossoms of the petunia turn toward the sun, let us be open to Your word and turn toward Your light. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen
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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
To be transformed is to respond to the grace of God, His mercy, His forgiveness, and to be changed. To be changed in how we think, and act, to renew our minds, to what is God’s will for us. To listen and conduct our lives in a Godly way instead of a worldly self-centered way. To determine what God’s purpose is for us, and discern His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Has your mind been transformed, renewed, from worldly ways to God’s purpose, His path?
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Help us to discern Your way, renew our minds, and transform our lives to fit Your good and perfect will. Teach us to use our lives for Your purpose and not just our own. As the flowers of the butterfly weed are transformed into beautiful dispersing seed pods, let us be transformed by You to show, and disperse Your goodness and Your way. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen
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