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Called

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Called
 
9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9
 
Since before the beginning of time, God had set into motion all that was necessary for you to hear His call.   Before the foundation of the world, God had established a plan of salvation. Whereby we could live with Him. He knew what would happen before you were born. He orchestrated events so you would be in the right place at the most opportune time in your life to hear His call. If that is not amazing enough He did it all without violating your free will.  He calls us to live a holy life the best life a life we can’t find on our own. This holy life is not diminished by the absence of sin it. Is enhanced by the purity of righteousness.  The fulfillment of the plan was completed through grace by His Son Jesus Christ.  

All Scripture

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All Scripture

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We have people who question the veracity and the originality of the scriptures. Claiming the written word has been tainted, changed or influenced by transmission, translation and out-and-out conspiracy. All of these accusations are based on an incorrect understanding of God. God who created the universe is capable of maintaining His word intact throughout the generations.  The idea that God inspired people to write His instruction manual and then left it to be changed and manipulated is ludicrous. God’s word “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” because He has taken special care to ensure that it has remained unchanged by the passions, ambitions, and manipulations of man. It is Gods word and not mans word as such He will never let the world be without it. God will not allow His divine word to be replaced by a polluted counterfeit production of Man. 

Walking In Wisdom

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Walking in Wisdom

20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 14:20

If you associate with people who are in opposition to God, they will bring you harm.  Righteous wisdom is only given to those who are in submission to the will of God.  Worldly wisdom leads to worldly solutions that lead to worldly problems. Outside the will of God, all human wisdom will give rise to another problem never a solution. That’s why we continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over and over again. Associate with people who are seeking and doing the will of God and wisdom will knock you down.

Seek

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Seek

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

How do you find the “Kingdom of God”? We are told by Jesus to seek the “kingdom of God,” but we are not told how. Or are we? Jesus ads “and his righteousness” if there is one are attribute or characteristic of the “kingdom of God” it is righteousness. Righteousness can only be attained through Jesus. So if we are to find the kingdom of God we must seek the righteousness that Jesus has imparted to us then and only then will we find the “kingdom of God.” Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

Not A Word

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“Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.” Joshua 21:45 NKJV
God is faithful to fulfill His promises. We as Israel lose the path of God we wander away from His goodness. God never changes His path is still the same. He still is seeking those that would obey Him and share in His salvation and glory.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33(KJV)

Seek the Lord

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Seek the Lord

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV

God is calling to you. He is doing all He can short of taking away your free will. For you to turn from your wicked ways and be saved. The principal part of these verses is “while He may be found”. If you turn from your wicked ways and repent, God will be gracious in mercy and forgive you.

There will come a time in your life when God will stop calling, wooing you. His call for you to repent is not life long. There is a moment when God will leave you to your own devices, leave you to your own righteousness. Then when your time comes to stand before God, you will only have your righteousness to justify yourself before a perfect God. He will judge you by His perfect standard, do you really want to do that?

 

Living and Powerful

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Living and Powerful

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Even though this was written shortly after the crucifixion of Christ, it still bears the truth. The word of God is still a sharp sword piercing through the heart of man. Discerning righteousness and sin, relentlessly exposing injustice and rebellion. The word of God stands as a standard that exposes the inequity of man, and as such it reveals the evil and inherently vile heart of man. The sword of God which is the word of God has always caused division and separation among men because the perfect righteousness of God will not exist with any sin.  Someday you will stand before God, and you will be judged in accordance with the undeviating standard of God, which is His word. On that day the piercing sword of God will identify those who have received redemption.

Mocked

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Mocked

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7 (ESV)

Society is mocking God from every corner. It is disheartening to any Christian to have the world mock God, but due to their ignorance, it should not be a surprise. They do not fear respect or honor God. It is not uncommon for people to mock or ridicule what they don’t understand. However, it is quite another thing when people who do now better mock God. We Christians! Mock God when we intellectualize, rationalize or justify sin.  We mock and dishonor God when we fall in line with society by supporting their deviations of the word of God based on our desires to be part of this world. When we behave fearlessly in opposition to the word of God, we mock God.  As much as we don’t want to hear this, if you are going to be a true believer and follower of Christ there will be this inescapable reality, you will be the weird one in societies eyes. You will be the one who stands out, you will be the one which will be a thorn in their side because righteousness stands out like a light in the deepest darkness. You see when you became a Christian you became the light of righteousness that can not be extinguished, you by association with Christ, are the light in this world that points to God. The world is determined to turn you off, they can not, but you can, by mocking God you follow the path that will distinguish your light and bring you into the deepest darkness.

The Prize

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The Prize

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

We like to quote this scripture, for reasons of inspiration, motivation, and self-assuredness in the righteousness of our work.  But I ask you do you even know what the prize is? It is not salvation, salvation can not be earned, It is not righteousness as “our righteous acts are like filthy rags” it not justification as we are “justified by faith.”

What is it then, what is the prize? The prize is fulfilling the purpose that God created you for. The prize is fulfilling the call of a servant. The prize is hearing God say to you in person well done “good and faithful servant.” To be a servant of God, you must forget all of your past, your hurts, victories disappointments, and successes. You must change the paradigm of your life and press forward in the work the Lord has prepared you for.  Then you can look forward to the prize of  “well done good and faithful servant.”   

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Better or Worse

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13 2-3

If you are Clinton or Trump, known or unknown, proud sinner or self-proclaimed saint if you don’t repent you will perish. Perish does not mean you will cease to exist; that would be a blessing. Perish means you will live apart from the forgiveness, wonder, glory, majesty, justice, love, peace, joy, holiness and righteousness of God. You will live apart from God in uncontrolled chaos and unbridled unrighteousness, without the mercy of God. You will be condemned to know of God but denied any of His glorious gifts.