October 27

Psalms 116:12-13 (NIV) 12How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me? 13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

God is good! When I am in touch with reality enough to see how good God has been to me, I am convicted to respond in some way. A vision of the goodness of God only comes by the grace of God. Left on our own, we would focus only on what was not pleasing us at the moment. The flesh is extremely negative and loves to be critical. But when the grace of God opens our eyes for a moment, when He breaks through that veil of darkness that our carnal nature casts over our vision, we see His great goodness. Once we see it, we are overwhelmed with wonder that He could be so good to rebellious creatures like us.

Then we start to think about the appropriate response. If someone lavished upon you sacrificial goodness, after you have ignored their attention a thousand times before, if your heart is somehow enabled to see the love that prompted all that goodness, you want to respond. Take a moment to look at the cross. See Him hanging there in agony for YOU! Now open the eyes of your spirit and see Him standing in front of you with His nail pierced hands stretched out to receive you into His loving embrace. How will you respond?

Take the cup of salvation! Drink every last drop. Call on His name, Jeshua, salvation of Jehovah! "Save me, cleanse me, make me wholly Yours. Fill me, change me, use me as You will. I give you this life that has lived selfishly up till now, to do with as You will.

Consider: That is my only appropriate response to all the goodness You have lavished upon me. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD."

October 27

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV) 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.

Man always tries to step into the role that is reserved for Christ alone. Fortune telling, speaking to the dead, or any other means of trying to commune with God other than through Christ Jesus are all subverting the role of our one mediator. Cult leaders steal this role with devastating consequences to those who allow them to do so. God wants to speak personally with you through His Son.

Under the Old Covenant, the prophet and priest stood in this intervening place. Because the Spirit of God was not poured out to all men, those who had the Spirit upon them spoke in the place of God. Though the gift of prophecy is in the church today, the office of prophet ceased with John the Baptist (Luke 16:16). Now that the Spirit is poured out, we are all called to be priests. We can all come boldly to the throne of grace. The Spirit can speak directly to us. You don't need a prophet to tell you what God is saying for your mediator is Christ alone. The gift of prophecy may confirm what the Spirit is speaking to your heart, but it is not the infallible word of God. We are to test all prophecy to see that it lines up with the Word. The Word has been made flesh, Jesus, our mediator.

What a wonderful mediator we have! If you are in trouble with another person, you want someone who is impartial, yet, you want someone who has your best interest at heart. Sin makes us all in trouble with God, yet our mediator, Christ Jesus, is ever present before God, interceding on our behalf. You couldn't ask for a better mediator. He paid our debt for us so that we could be right with the Father. Now He mediates our prayer requests. He intercedes for our spiritual growth. He presents requests according to the perfect will of God in order that we might be found faultless at the Day of Christ.

Consider: Jesus is the only Mediator that God accepts. He is the One that shares the Father's heart. Thank the Father for providing the perfect mediator.