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POSITIVE PROVOCATIONS
   
  THURSDAY
APR. 17
   
 


Galatians 5:26, Hebrews 10:24
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. *And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
 


Provocation can be in a positive sense also. God wants us to manifest His love and do good works so much that it will provoke people to also manifest His love and do good works. We are not competing but inspiring and complementing each other. The same life of God flows in us. The things we do are to edify one another and make the body of Christ perfect and complete.

If you must ever provoke anybody let it be a positive provocation. Do not do things to hurt people and do not also show love or do good works for vain glory. Do it for God's glory only. If you do what you do just to be seen and applauded by men, you have received your reward, Matt.6:2. That means you have missed your heavenly reward. Don't put stumbling blocks on people's way, Rom.14:13.

Pursue the things that produce peace and edification for others, Rom.14:19. You can also provoke God positively too by responding to His love and obeying Him. When Abraham obeyed God to the point of being willing to offer Isaac (his promised and only child), the Bible says in Genesis 22:15-18 ”and the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Abraham had provoked God positively.

PRAYER FOCUS
:  Receive God's grace today to respond to His love and to continue to manifest His love towards others.

   
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