Saturday, February 9, 2019

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20˸8-11

The Sabbath is a sign between God and his people. We ought to keep it holy by refraining to do unnecessary work, denying ourselves (refraining from watching TV, using social media, listening to non-Christian music) and worshiping God instead.

Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as the Lord’s holy day.
Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day,
and don’t follow your own desires or talk idly.
Then the Lord will be your delight. I will give you great honor and satisfy you with the inheritance I promised to your ancestor Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken! Isaiah 58˸

It is customary that we spend the day going to church. But what happens when you are unable to go to church? Maybe you’ve fallen ill, accidentally overslept or have to stay home to care for a sick loved one, whatever the reason is, don’t waste the day just because you can’t go to church. There are plenty of ways you can keep the Sabbath at home.

Spending the Sabbath at home can also be refreshing but sometimes the temptations are strong. Your phone is just one snatch away. Your bed can allure you to spend the whole day sleeping. Boredom might strike and tempt you to seek entertainment from the television. I’ll share some ways you can keep the Sabbath holy at home.

1. Start your day with songs of praises.

Make a playlist of Sabbath hymns/songs to listen to. This will freshen your mind to remember the importance of the Sabbath. Listening to Christian songs is a form of worship. By doing so, you are acknowledging God’s sovereignty.

2. Read Psalm 92.

This psalm is specifically designed to be read every Sabbath. To give it a twist, you can listen to the audio version of this Psalm on a Bible App. You can copy it on your journal, or write your thoughts and reflections about the psalm.

3. Spend time in nature.

You can simply do this just by sitting down at your porch and observing. Soaking God’s beauty in nature will remind you He is bigger than anything you face in this world. Look at the big blue sky. Touch the bark and leaves of a tree. Admire the beautiful color of the flowers. Listen to the birds chirp. Watch the pretty butterflies dance around you. Feel the grass under your feet. Breathe in the fresh air. Be captured by the mesmerizing sunset. These are all representations of the beauty and power of our Lord and Savior.

4. Watch or listen to Hope Sabbath School.

In order not to miss any lessons, listening to Hope Sabbath School will make you feel you are in church and still part of the class. It’s an interactive Bible Study filled with wonderful truths to learn.

5. Listen to a sermon of your choice.

The internet has so many archives of sermons. You can search for any topic you need to hear and in a second you'll have results. But every preacher tells the Gospel message correctly, so exercise discernment in doing so. In line with my beliefs, most of the time I listen to sermons on Amazing Facts

6. Talk to your family about God.

Open a topic about God. Share about the faithfulness He has shown you throughout the week, talk about thoughts on Jesus’ second coming, etc. Discuss His Word and just bond with your family. Share your struggles and pray together.

7. Read your Bible.

This is a precious day you can spend in reading your Bible for hours. You might have not gotten the chance to spend time in the Word because of busyness through the week, so now is your time. 

The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2˸27

Keeping the Sabbath brings good to us. It was designed to refresh and benefit our lives. It doesn’t have to be boring, there are SO many ways you can keep the Sabbath day holy at home. Be creative and use your imagination.

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