obedience

Four Letter Words

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1 Peter 1:14-16 says, As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Have you ever noticed both holy and obey are four-letter words?

1 Peter 1:14-16 says obedient children need to live holy lives. In verse 16, God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”

What does it mean to be holy? The dictionary defines it as, “dedicated or devoted to the service of God”. Obey means to “follow commands or instructions.”

If I am living a holy life I will obey the instructions God gives me, because I am set apart for His service. He loves us. He died for us. He forgives us. He asks us to obey so we are truly free to live holy lives.

So let’s rethink those four-letter words; obey and holy. There is another four letter word that makes them both possible. LOVE. Let’s be holy and obedient through Christ’s love today.

And there you go.

(Today’s blog is an excerpt from my new devotional series, Perseverance Seriously! You can order it today by clicking HERE)

Spread the Light!

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1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

We have the amazing privilege to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light! We are chosen by Him, made a part of the royal priesthood, declared holy as Christians, and have been designated as people of God’s own possession. What a wonderful opportunity the Lord has given us!

But what do we tell?

Are we proclaiming Jesus and how amazing He is? Or are we proclaiming how hard our circumstances are?

And if our circumstances are hard, do we still proclaim that God is good and that darkness will not overtake us? God has called us to share His gospel and bring His light to a dark world. That is His plan! And it is going to move forward.

And we have been called to declare it! Won’t you do your part in sharing this excellent news? Spread the light, dear Christian, spread the light!

And there you go!

Generous Giving

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Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I believe Jesus is saying to be generous with what you have, and He will provide what you need. If you hold back from sharing with others, then how can God entrust you with more? Especially if we decide to hoard those things for ourselves.

If you and I see a brother in need and give to him when he needs it, God will help us in our own time of need.

In my Bible study, “Free to Obey”, I tell the story of a family who gave their mini-van to a missionary couple who were without transportation. God then provided the family with another van, which they promptly gave to another missionary couple who desperately needed it. They didn’t get brand new cars back, but they have never been without transportation. We hope to teach our kids to share. This story is an example of people who lived it.

If God says we should give, we must remember that everything we have is His. He will not forsake us. His blessings of provision, while not luxury, are promised to us.

And there you go!

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