Orphan Ministry and Relief
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and
faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows
in their distress and to keep oneself from being
polluted by the world.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by
wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh
through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach
in His sight.
Have you ever been shut-out of fellowship and relationship with
someone? Maybe a friend, perhaps a co-worker, a son or daughter, or
even a spouse? When someone shuts down that relationship and
fellowship, we experience a loss of intimacy with that person we love
and trust; it is very disheartening. Being shut out of fellowship is the
very alienation Paul is referring to here, in this passage from
Prior to giving my heart to Jesus, that is exactly where I was --
alienated and shut out of fellowship with God. But I wasn’t alienated
because I didn't pray enough or because I didn't do enough good deeds.
No, I was alienated because I was an enemy of God in my mind. And it is
in the mind that the devil can attack us so often. Who, reading this, does
not have a radio in their car, a television in their home, or a newspaper
delivered to their door? Those things are not designed to speak to your
feet or your hands; they are designed to speak to your mind. So often
radio, TV, movies, the internet, and the newspaper can fill your mind
with things that alienate you from God.
Let me ask you, do you spend more time during your day keeping your
mind in harmony with God, building up your relationship and
fellowship with Him, or do you let your mind get filled with things that
alienate you from God?
God sent Jesus down to earth to die on a cross because He no longer
wanted you to be alienated from Him, but wanted to have that
relationship and fellowship restored.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are
lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if
there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things (Philippians
This devotional message is provided by Horizon Christian Fellowship.
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