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I love the Psalms; reading one a day is a good plan. David really shows his love, fear of and heart for God in his poetry. In writing Psalm 139 verses 23 and 24 King David humbled himself before his God and cried out that his heavenly Father would search his heart for any wickedness and show him how to walk in Godliness.

As with David, we cannot do this and walk the walk on our own; o how we need God in our lives. In Romans chapter 2 and verse 15 we are told that our born-again spirits, (hearts or consciences) will show us if we are right or wrong if we allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate and strengthen our spirits with the word of God (John 14:26; Rom 8:16).  

Get in the word, ask God to bring you revelation by the Holy Spirit as you read and meditate his word. Allow the spotlight of God’s word to show you where you need to change so you can draw ever closer to God. Remember it is not in our own strength but it is God who shows us the way and empowers us to change and be more like him: “being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6; KJV).

Lord, flood us with your presence, your Holy Spirit today and have your way in our lives.

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Get Off the Fence

God gave me a vision of a church full of people who had no revelation of God's word and no power to live the life he gives or change the world around them. He showed me these people leaving the church and going into the world; then I lost track of them, they were no different from everyone else.

My response was one of sadness that they missed out on all God had for them. God's response was a little different: "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Rev.3: 15-16; KJV).

Two stark verses but so worthy of our attention. Lukewarm is neither hot nor cold; these are the churchgoers sitting on the fence. Sitting on a fence must be uncomfortable. These people feel being in church is good insurance but they are not sold out for God. I am not sure how people can claim to be Christian if they are not sold out for God; if they are not hot. If people are cold, then at least they are honest and God can meet them at that point.

To be lukewarm is to be deceived, full of pride, trusting in our own resources (Rev 3:17), with no real perceived need of God. Notice, in verse 20 of chapter 3 of the book of Revelation, that Jesus pleads with people in the church to open the door of their lives to him, and take note he is addressing the church. We need him; only he is the source of abundant life (John 10:10) and the power to change us (Rom 8:11).

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Christian Behavior

In Colossians 3:12-17 Paul gives us some guidelines as to how we as Christians should live. In verse 17 we read that we are to do and say everything with thankful hearts and in Jesus name. Wow, if we examined our every action and word in that light, we would need no further instruction.

Back in verse 12, we are exhorted to be merciful but also to do it in a tender manner. The apostle James said that God desired mercy before judgement (James 2:13). Is that worth another wow? In verses 12-13 of Colossians 3, Paul also directs us to be kind; that’s goodness in action. He says we must be patient and meek. Meekness is not being a mouse but describes a powerful man or woman of God who’s will and emotions are under control.

We are to walk in humility. This is being teachable; seeing ourselves as of no significance on our own but the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21), in whom (Christ) and with his strength, we can do all things (Phil 4:13). We must forgive, just as Christ forgave.

In verse 14, Paul gives us his most important instruction and that is to love as God loves us, with his unconditional love. In verses 15 and 16 we are told to allow God’s peace to rule in our hearts. How do we do that? Well, in verse 16, it says that we should have the word of God on the inside of us (Ps 119:165). This means taking the time to study and meditate the word to the point that it is such a part of us that it flows from us to others in songs of praise and adoration of our God. If we have the word growing in us, the Holy Spirit can respond to the faith we have in that word and develop all the attributes above in us.

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Order Brings Abundance and Peace

God has placed clear order and authority in our lives and it is for our benefit. In the Old Testament there were judges, prophets and kings. Through Moses father in law, Jethro, God created a whole hierarchy of leadership to judge and govern Israel (Ex 18:13-26).

We are commanded to submit to governing authorities and to pray for them (1Tim 2:1) that: “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life” (1Tim 2:2; KJV). This would involve obeying the laws of the land, including traffic speed limits; ouch! Within the church we are also to submit to and obey those who exercise pastoral care in our lives (Heb 13:17); in fact, we are to honor these leaders and make their work easy as they represent God (1Tim 5:17; Heb 13:17).

In the marriage relationship, although there is to be mutual submission (Eph 5:21), the godly husband is to be the head as Christ is head of the church (Eph 5:22-33). Children are to obey their parents: “Children obey your parents……that it may be well with thee” (Eph 6: 1-3).

Order, discipline and submission were not put in place by God to limit us but to ensure our freedom, prosperity and peace. When we do things God’s way, we can enjoy the abundant life Jesus came to give us (John 10:10). Try it, I guarantee that it works.

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Kingdom Living

When Jesus was upon this earth, many of his followers saw him as a king who would fight in the earthly realm to lead them to victory over their enemies (John 6:15). Jesus showed us that his kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). Jesus said the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21). In the bible the kingdom is variously referred to as the kingdom of God, of heaven or of the Son.

What is the kingdom? The kingdom of God is a kingdom we become a part of as we accept Gods rule, reign and power in our lives. We must seek the kingdom with all our hearts (Matt 6:33; 7:21), walk in obedience to him (Matt 7:21) and receive in faith like a child (Mark 10:15).  To see and enter the kingdom we must be born again and our spirits made new, by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-6). We do this by repentance of sin (Acts 3:19), asking for God’s forgiveness and by asking Jesus into our lives to be Lord and Savior (Rom 10:9-10).

With Christ and the kingdom inside us (Luke 17:21), God’s kingdom power is available to us to change us and work in our lives (1 Cor 4:20; Matt 13:33). As kingdom people, God reveals to us all that Christ has done and won for us (Mark 4:11); his abundant life (John 10:10). Sound good to you? Well, I can assure you from experience that nothing can compare to living in God’s kingdom. 

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