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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Friday, November 1, 2013

A MANNER WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL


"Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ... "   Philippians 1:27

Living in a world that is not accustomed to teach and practice a lifestyle worthy of what Christ expects of them, Christians look like aliens and strangers. "Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage WAR against the SOUL," I Peter 2:11.

So often,  I hear my beloved brethren use phrases such as "Oh Yeah, I'm a Christian;  I read my Bible sometimes; I go to church on Sundays... "  Oh Yeah, but let me tell you, that those who profess and have put on our Lord Jesus Christ, walk in a manner worthy of Christ.  Being a Christian is much more than calling yourself a Christian, assembling, and reading the Bible whenever you think it is convenient in your life.  Being a Christian is a matter of the heart, the mind and the soul.  To measure up to the stature of Christ is to show it in our FAITH, convictions and beliefs.  We must set aside anything else until we cannot help but to base everything that we do and say in the will of God.

First, we must start examining our way of living, our decisions and our way of thinking.  We have Christ as our example who by the sword of the Spirit breaks down all the walls of our thoughts piercing our soul and spirit and discerning the intentions of our hearts.  He builds new thoughts for us.  He pours out light where there is darkness by showing us through His Word how to make those changes that are vital. God wants us to shine His light in all areas of our lives; our homes,our work,our school, our health, our minds, our hobbies, etc.  They must be in harmony with our FAITH.   But sadly, our FAITH is often separated from all these things.

Let's never forget that our Lord is life--so why do we want to separate Him from every area of our lives?   So often, God is allowed in only certain "parts" of our lives.  We want to allow Him only a little bit in our churches, our hearts, every day walk, our decisions, our beliefs, our speech, our homes, the WHY of our daily activities, goals and everything that we engage in.   As Christians who desire to live "godly", we must start examining our minds, our hearts and our souls. We must start spending more time in prayer asking our LORD to help us do His will in every area of our lives and that includes our homes and families.  We need to learn that He is not a cookie cutter God.  We must allow God to shine His beauty in every compartment of our lives.   His grace and light must be seen in every area of our lives.   Each of our lives will look different if we only allow Him, through our FAITH, to make us live our lives in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.  Everyone will see God in us and they will see the light shinning in the midst of so much darkness; a light that is so much different than the world's.

So let's be wise and not put Him to shame because He will be ashamed of us in that day if we don't let Him live through us.  Those who want to live godly lives must strive to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.   Remember that our LORD is HOLY.   So let's behave in a way that glorifies our Lord, living lives that are unblemished and are living sacrifices well pleasing to Him.  And let's be renewed in our spirits and minds by putting on God in righteousness and holiness of the TRUTH.   "And do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that you may PROVE what the will of God is, that which is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT."    Romans 12:2

May our Lord help us to walk and live in a manner worthy of His Gospel, walking in righteousness and living our lives as a sacrifice well pleasing to Him.

Luci