Friday 8 September 2017

The purifying influence of hope

Day 33 (08 Sept 2017, Friday)

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.  And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).

When Christ returns, believers will be transformed into His image.  When we meditate on this blessed hope-we will be like Christ one day - we will be inspired to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and strive to overcome our evil propensities (Luke 9:23).

Purity implies turning away from what the world loves (1 John 2:15 - 17).  We need to draw close to Christ like the branches that abide in the vine (John 15:4), surrender ourselves to God and renew our minds with effort to supplement our faith with goodness, knowledge,             self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection and love (2 Peter 1:5-10).  Realising that we will be like Him when He returns should encourage us to walk in purity and righteousness.

However, it does not mean we can do it on our own strength.  As we spend time in God’s presence, we will gradually be transformed by the Holy Spirit into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18).  Ask the Lord to realign our minds and our hearts to His, so that our prayers will not be a bitter reaction to our circumstances but an assertive response to God’s agenda and purpose for this nation.

Pray for the Children of our Land 

Pray for an increase in proper child care awareness among parents and care-takers in regards to the welfare and safety of the children.
Pray that children themselves will be educated and well informed to guard against any physical or sexual violations.

Pray for children growing up in Christian homes to be well trained and rooted in the ways of God so that they will not deviate from the path of truth all the days of their life.
Pray that parents will have an understanding of the times and the wisdom on how to raise a godly offspring.

Pray that the hearts and minds of the children will be guarded from ungodly influence from their surroundings and media.  Instead, pray that children who are exposed to the God will influence their peers with godly principles and values even in their young age.

 Necf Malaysia

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