The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear he Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. And if we are careful to obey all this law before the lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” (Deuteronomy 6:24-25)

Acts of obeying God in and of themselves serve to reflect our true character. Righteousness (Hebrew – tsedaqah) is the comprehensive term describing proper relationships. Living in the social order created by God’s commands brings person in proper relationship with God and he community of God’s people. Obedience is not a legalism carefully maintained in fear, but through a relationship properly nurtured in trust, gratitude, and love.


Precious Abba, we desire a close and personal relationship with You today and every day. We want to feel Your presence with us at all times and desire to let others see You working through us, to touch their lives with the truth of the Gospel message of salvation, not just by words, but by the way we live out our daily lives. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen


Every time Satan reminds you of your past…..remind him of his future!”


Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, ‘We are safe’—-safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! Declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 7:9-11)

One cannot compartmentalize worship into one phase of life while carrying on a life-style of overt hypocrisy and detestable actions. All of life is under God’s judgment. All of life should be offered to God. Beloved, God knows our hearts, He knows more about us, that we know about ourselves. If we are not living lives that honor our relationship with Him, then we are not truly being honest with Him. Good news, we can confess our sins and received forgiveness for those things we should not be doing and thus restore our relationship with Him!


And this is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)

Love will act in discernment based on knowledge which broadens and deepens. This is different from an emotion passing for love which act impulsively and shallowly. Christian character reveals itself in making the best decisions for all concerned. Only Christ’s love can lead to such decisions.


Then, he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘I anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit a man to lose his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels” (Mark 8:34-38)

Beloved, the Christian life is to be keynoted as a life of surrender. To deny oneself is not a call to a colorless life. Rather, it is a call to deny the baser nature and pursue the higher levels of ethical standards to which Jesus points. This paradox of finding life by losing it is open to the test of experience. Christians attest to its validity.

We must die to self daily, for we are to live our lives in service to Christ Jesus. Thus, we more we die to self, the less we fall into sin and the more we become a true follower of Christ by our daily walk with and for Him. I pray this makes sense to you all.

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