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Monday, October 17, 2016

LIVING A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD

Psalm 19:14 New Living Translation
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
            I say many times that we are ambassadors of the Lord; his representatives, if you will.  I say it because it happens to be true (2 Corinthians 5:20). This is an important responsibility for us as disciples of Christ.  Anything we do or say is a direct reflection on the one we represent.  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?  It’s a very sobering thought, quite frankly.  Like most things in life you should want to be the best you can possibly be at whatever you’re doing. Why wouldn’t that go for being a believer in Christ as well?  Shouldn’t that be your deepest and most heartfelt desire as a Christian, to represent the Lord the best way possible? Yes, we say or do that which we shouldn’t do and non-believers notice and judge us for it, but God doesn’t.  It all depends on your heart.  God knows if what you did was accidental or intentional because he judges us by our heart’s motivation and not what we say and do.  That is one important difference between the creator and his creation. 
            Like King David, we should ask God to approve our words and thoughts each day.  They are to be as offerings given to the Lord.  We are to let God’s love guide how we think and all that we say and do. This requires staying in close touch with the Lord.  Christianity isn’t a one day per week ritual, but rather an everyday thing. It should be like breathing or putting on your clothes for the day. Incorporated in each day should be time to rest and reflect on the Lord and on his word.  We can’t truly know God as well as we need to without spending time with him each day. Whether we read scripture or pray each day certainly isn’t a heaven or hell issue, but it is a spiritual strength one for sure.  In other words, if you don’t read your Bible at all or once in a while you won’t end up in hell, but your spirit man will be weak. That makes you more susceptible to temptation, which leads to sin. 
            Christ willingly went to the cross for a specific reason and that reason has nothing to do with our wants. It has everything to do with our needs. The main need we have is forgiveness for past sins.  This is exactly why we need to lift up God’s name regularly, because he has redeemed us from our past and from ourselves.  Seek to please the Lord with all you think, say and do and you will be blessed to be a blessing!  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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