Stop!! Read it Again!! Ponder it For a Minute or Two…
Often the imperatives in Scripture cause me to STOP, READ IT AGAIN, PONDER IT FOR A MINUTE OR TWO.
What is an imperative–“Indicating authority or command; urgent, necessary” (Webster’s). An imperative is a statement of what one must do, a command:
That happened to me this morning and it was of great benefit for me to Stop…..
As I was finishing 2 Corinthians, I came to 13:5.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
As I was reading I had to stop and think about my day, yesterday, past week and in stopping I was able to see some wrong thinking I had. If I would not have stopped and thought about what Scripture was calling me to do I may have missed my wrong thinking.
Do you look for the imperatives in Scripture?
Lord thank you for allowing your Spirit to get my attention. Lord I praise you that you have given me clear instruction of how I must live. Lord your Word is not deficient! Your Word is perfect. Lord when I have a wrong thought please may I be quick to confess 1 John 1:9 my wrong thinking to you.
Lord I pray for our church that we would be a body that would be mindful of the imperatives in your Word when we read. Lord I pray that we would be a body that would do what your Word says James 1:22. Amen