Praising before Understanding (2)

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Bible Verses

Hebrews 12:5 ...My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when reproved by Him; (11) Now no discipline at the present time seems to be a matter of joy, but of grief; but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised by it.

Consider this:

[Part 2 of 2]  Every step of the Spirit's discipline is God's work in us. Had we not become sick that one time, what would have become of us? Had we not failed that one time, what would have become of us? What we faced may have been a problem, but through facing that problem we may have avoided greater problems. On that day we will see why the Lord allowed all these things to happen to us. On that day we will bow our heads and say, "Lord, I was a fool, because I did not praise You that day. I was a fool, because I did not give thanks to You that day." When our eyes are opened and we become clear on that day, how very shameful we will be when we recall our murmurings.

We have to learn to believe and to praise. If we do, we will say on that day, "Lord! I thank You for Your grace which saved me from unnecessary complaints and murmurings..." We have a desire to praise the Lord because He is good. We need to always say, "The Lord is good." Today we have to learn to believe that the Lord is good and that He is never wrong, even though we cannot always understand what He is doing. If we believe, we will praise. Our praises are His glory. To praise is to glorify God. God is worthy of all glory. May God gain abundant praises from His children.

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Praising before Understanding (1)

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Bible Verses

Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies Me. 1 Cor. 13:12 For now we see in a mirror obscurely, but at that time face to face; now I know in part, but at that time I will fully know even as also I was fully known.

Consider This:

[Part 1 of 2]  Here, the word thanksgiving can also be translated as praise. The Lord is waiting for our praises. Nothing can glorify our God as praises can. One day, all the prayers, works, prophesying, and labor will be over. But on that day our praises will be more than today's. Praise will last for eternity; it will never cease. Today we have the opportunity to learn the best lesson; we can learn to praise God even today.

Today is still the time when we see in a mirror obscurely (1Cor. 13:12). Although we can see a little of many things, we cannot understand the meaning behind them. We can only feel the pain of all the inward wounds and outward trials that we have encountered and experienced. We cannot comprehend the significance behind them. This is why we do not praise. We believe that praises will abound in heaven because there will be full knowledge in heaven. The fuller the knowledge, the fuller the praise. Everything will be clear when we go before the Lord on that day. The things that are unclear to us today will be clear to us on that day. On that day we will see the Lord's excellent will in every step of the Spirit's discipline. When we see everything on that day, we will bow our head and praise Him saying, "Lord, You were never wrong."  [Continue tomorrow] 

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The Good Samaritan (2)

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Bible Verses

Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, who was journeying, came upon him; and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion; (34) And he came to him and bound up his wounds and poured oil and wine on them. And placing him on his own beast, he brought him to an inn and took care of him. (35) And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, Take care of him; and whatever you spend in addition to this, when I return, I will repay you.

Consider this:

[Part 2 of 2]  Verses 33 and 34 describe the actions of a certain Samaritan who came to the man who fell among robbers. This Samaritan signifies the Man-Savior, who was apparently a layman of low estate, despised and slandered as a low and mean Samaritan (John 8:48; 4:9) by the self-exalted and self-justified Pharisees. Such a Man-Savior, in His lost-one-seeking and sinner-saving ministry journey, came down to the place where the wounded victim of the Judaizing robbers was in his miserable and dying condition. When He saw him, He was moved with compassion in His humanity with His divinity, and rendered him tender healing and saving care, fully meeting His urgent need.

In 10:34 and 35 all the points of the good Samaritan's care for the dying one portray, in His humanity with His divinity, the Man-Savior's merciful, tender, and bountiful care for a sinner condemned under law. This shows to the uttermost His high standard of morality in His saving grace. The Samaritan came to the man and bound up his wounds, pouring on them oil and wine. The binding up of the wounds indicates that He healed him. Pouring on the man's wounds oil and wine signified giving Him the Holy Spirit and the divine life. When the Man-Savior came to us, He poured on our wounds His Spirit and His divine life.

The Samaritan brought the man to an inn and took care of him. This indicates that He brought him to the church and took care of him through the church. Here we see that the Samaritan paid the inn for the man. This means that He blessed the church for him. Furthermore, His promise to pay the innkeeper whatever he spent in addition points to whatever the church spends for him in this age being repaid at the Savior's coming back.

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