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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

1 Corinthians 4:3-4
“As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don’t even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.”
            In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he says that though we may be unfaithful to God, he remains faithful to us for he cannot deny who he is.[1] So the answer to the question is God faithful is unequivocally YES. The bigger question we must ask ourselves is:  Are we faithful to God? It would appear to me that far too many of the brethren live the way they feel comfortable living, having talked themselves into believing that the way they are living is just fine.  Does God approve of our lifestyle and life choices?  “Of course he does”, we say to ourselves.  But shouldn’t we be more like the Apostle Paul, who has done astounding things in the name of the Lord, yet still dares to not trust his own judgment regarding his behavior. 
            Are we striving with every fiber of our being to be more like Christ each day?  Knowing that perfection will continuously be beyond our grasp, should we not still strive for it anyway?  Giving up has never been an option.  Whether our conscience is clear or not is irrelevant.  Only how God sees us matters.  He is the only one who knows our hearts motivation.  He is the only One who knows what we think, say and do before they occur and he knows the ‘why’ also.  Slipups are normal.  It’s what we do in reaction to the slipup that’s important.  Do we seek forgiveness and continue down the path chosen for us or do we brush off the indiscretion as if it never happened thinking it’s nothing?
            To stay on top of our game, spiritually speaking, we should open ourselves up to the Lord for continual examination.  How else can we grow if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to remove those parts of us that remain contrary to how we are to live?  God only has the very best in store for us.  We must trust him to mold us into everything he knows we can be for him.  Our life is no longer our own.  We answer to a higher calling.  Let God have his way in your life.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
NOTE: The translation used is the New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

[1]2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”

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