Friday, May 15, 2015
"You must not be living right.", is a common misconception when we have bad days.
Truth is, sometimes things don't go "right" due to our choices but often when walking with the Lord He will allow trials and testing; in order that we see who we really are and our need for Him that much more!
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" 1 Peter 1:7
Burning out imperfections and drawing us closer to Him is a result of keeping our eyes upon Christ rather than the circumstances.
"That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever." Joshua 4:24
Such as life, things will go wrong. It's a heart test to see where our focus is: poor poor pitiful me or upon the hand and face of God, reverencing Him, His divine plan and will for our lives- receiving and accepting His love and desire towards us.
Remember, the Lord rewards those who do "live right" in His sight, but these rewards may result in growth and that, at times, can be painful! After all, can we truly appreciate the good days fully without experiencing trials, tribulations and testing?
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
"Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious..." Amos 5:14-15
For the believer "good and evil" are quite defined without question, yet for the lost and lukewarm; they are without direction and discretion because they lack the Lord, His Holy Spirit and His Word. They live comfortably miserable in the greyscale of blurred lines.
Since we in Christ are lead by Him, we are able to "establish judgement". Judgement here is a favorable or unfavorable verdict. It is based on all things considered but the bottom line is: Does it please the Living God or the flesh?
May we use discretion and our God given understanding for we are without excuse. We've been given discernment and may we first judge our own thoughts, intentions, words and actions according to the preset standards the Lord has defined as "good and evil".