Black Friday does not bear good fruit. It is a day of sickening greed and a lust of material things. It is Satan’s playday, a day when people will think nothing of beating other people up for a pair of socks or a PS4. This is the opposite of what Jesus tells us to do, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. It is a day or worshipping money, standing in line overnight to have your pick at your favorite Christmas gifts at a discount. Satan is literally turning God’s creation into carnal crazed beasts, lusting and killing for temporary things. It’s sickening.
Whether you are spending the day with your family or you are forced to work, may you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. We each have many things to be thankful for!
Give it all to God and He will work it out🙏
Apostles were no more than servants of Christ, but they were not to be undervalued. They had a great trust, and for that reason, had an honourable office. Paul had a just concern for his own reputation, but he knew that he who chiefly aimed to please men, would not prove himself a faithful servant of Christ. It is a comfort that men are not to be our final judges. And it is not judging well of ourselves, or justifying ourselves, that will prove us safe and happy. Our own judgment is not to be depended upon as to our faithfulness, any more than our own works for our justification. There is a day coming, that will bring men’s secret sins into open day, and discover the secrets of their hearts. Then every slandered believer will be justified, and every faithful servant approved and rewarded. The word of God is the best rule by which to judge as to men. Pride commonly is at the bottom of quarrels. Self-conceit contributes to produce undue esteem of our teachers, as well as of ourselves. We shall not be puffed up for one against another, if we remember that all are instruments, employed by God, and endowed by him with various talents.
The phrase “iron sharpens iron” is found in Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task to cut and slice. Likewise, the Word of God is a “double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12), and it is with this that we are to sharpen one another—in times of meeting, fellowship, or any other interaction.
The proverb also indicates the need for constant fellowship with one another. Man was not made to be alone, for did not the Lord God say this, even before the Fall (Genesis 2:18)? How much more, then, after the Fall of Man, do we need to come together with our brothers and sisters in Christ for seasons of fellowship and prayer? Clearly, this was recognized by the saints of the early church (Acts 2:42–47), who “devoted themselves” to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer, all corporate activities that provided opportunities for sharpening one another.
Have you ever heard a pastor preach about God in such an amazing way that you felt they had this amazing relationship with God? Maybe it wasn’t your pastor but a friend. They saw God show up in their life and their relationship with Him hit a whole new level.
God is present in our lives and in the world every single day. Some days we see Him, but some days we do not. There have been times when I’ve come to the end of my day only to realize that God was right in front of me the whole day and I missed Him.
What about you? Are you paying attention to God’s presence in your life? I have tried to work on this. I don’t want to miss God, so I look for Him and then share my observations with others. Looking for God’s presence in my life has not only helped me each to grow in my personal relationships with God but also given me a great way to connect as I relate to others how I saw God work in my life each day.