Walk This Way

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1 John 2:6Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Those who claim to know Jesus as Savior, but who continue to live a rebellious life are likely not saved at all.

My Advice – Continue to follow in His steps, giving evidence that your life is in Him.

To Do, Or Not To Do?

James 4:17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is not enough to avoid doing things we should not do. We must also not leave undone the things we know we should do.

My Advice – You will not always be called to solve all the ills around you. But where you know that God is calling you to action and it is within your power to take action (and it will be because God always equips the called) make sure you follow through. It may not be easy, but it will be rewarding.

Driftwood

Hebrews 2:1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is easier to drift away if we do not pay attention.

My Advice – Pay attention to your life in Christ and to developing your relationship in Him. Keep your spiritual focus so you do not drift away.

While We Wait

Titus 2:11-12For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Some would say that grace gives us the freedom to live our lives in any way we see fit, whether worldly or Godly, because we are no longer under the law. Yes, we are no longer under the law, but God’s grace not only saves us (where the law could not), it teaches us to live Godly lives and say no to behavior that the law condemns (which the law could not).

My Advice – Allow God’s grace to not only save you (which it has) but to lead you to consistently live a Godly life. With God’s grace, you can “just say no” to temptation.

Active Denial

Titus 1:16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – How sad that so many Christians live their daily lives in manner that denies their relationship with Christ.

My Advice – Live your life and conduct yourself in a manner that affirms that you are a believer.

Brought Down or Rising Up?

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Proverbs 24:16 –  [F]or though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. (NIV 1984)

Seven musings to inspire us to rise again and not be brought down.

Billy Graham – “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.”
My Musing – The fact that we all make mistakes is not an excuse to repeat them or wallow in them.
Rick Warren – “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”
My Musing – We are only prisoners if we choose to be, because Christ has set us free.
Colin Powell – “There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
My Musing – Like Paul, we need to press on.
Abraham Lincoln – “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
My Musing – What could be more dangerous than being content with our failures, with our life of sin?
Barack Obama – “The real test is not whether you avoid failure, because you won’t.  It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it.”
My Musing – We may not be able to avoid failure, but we can avoid situations that lead to failure.  If you don’t want to eat the apple, quit hanging around the tree.
C. S. Lewis – “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” — C. S. Lewis
My Musing – A steady upward progress is often difficult to measure except in retrospect,
Winston Churchill – “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
My Musing – Unfortunately we often keep going back to the same old tree.
My Advice – As Christians, our eraser (confession and repentance) that will always outlast the pencil (our sins).  But that does not give us license to sin.  And what a mess all those eraser crumbs can leave.  To obey is better than sacrifice (asking for forgiveness).

Who You Going to Please?

1 Thessalonians 2:4-6We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts…God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It seems we live our lives trying to please everyone but God, when pleasing Him should be our first priority. This does not mean that we don’t try to please others (or ourselves) it is simply a question of priority.

My Advice – Live your life to please God first, not yourself or anyone else. You’ll be surprised how pleasing it will be to you too.