Are You Growing- In His Word? 5-5-2020

Are You Growing? In His Word 5-4-2020

 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

As Christians we are not to remain how we were in the world, but instead we are to grow more like Him, more kind, more loving, more helpful in Him and for His glory not our own. Sometimes it is not easy to see a gift God gives us and think that there is no way we can walk in that gift. I see in His Word that He tells us He gives us the gifts!
So, take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.  Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak, and lame will not fall but become strong. Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Hebrews 12:12-15

The world of people may go wild and break out of the bonds that we have been placed in, as we begin to be set free we need to be cautious in where we go and what we do. We need to remember not to be like dogs running back to their vomit but instead walk a new walk! Follow the example Paul put before us in Romans 12 and also Hebrews 12. Put God first in all you do, do not run into the fire but allow the Lord to guide you in the newness of normal as you see it laid out before you.
Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. (Romans 12:12)
As our governments around the world begin to define what our new normal will be let’s not forget to pray for them, as well as the other people out there who may not have the integrity or the hope in Jesus to help us thorugh it.  Pray that things will run smoothly and that all things will work according to Him plan. Don’t get mad when you see ignorant people running amuck and not doing what they are told, whether its not wearing a mask, or being rude to workers who are putting themselves out there for our needs; be kind hearted and pray for those people to be blessed by God. Why? Because when we pray for someone to be blessed, they get blessed by God and they will see the error of their ways without someone like us telling them, they will make things right in His way. His way works better than ours!  If we try to correct people thinking that we are helping in a time of trouble we can add to someone’s anxiety over the situation in the first place, but if we encourage them with the love of God they may calm and walk peacefully too!
I think it is so important to be kind to those around you anywhere you go, not just now, but all times. Even when someone is rude and mean to you if you pray for them, (Romans 12:14) God will also give you a compassion for them and believe me that helps a ton!  When you have compassion for the lost, or even the rude, and realize there is a reason they are the way they are, you can pray for their deliverance or healing from the injuries that put them in that attitude to start with. If all you do is crab back or grumble, then you are the one who is walking in sin! (James 4:17) We are told to do everything without complaining or arguing so that we will be blameless and pure children of God! (Philippians 2:14) We are also told in the Word that if we know to do good and do not then to us it is sin! Do the right thing today! Grow more like Jesus in doing the right thing!
Remember WWJD? Put it into action today as cliché as it has become, doing what He would do in any situation is always the best choice! Even when it seems contrary to your human nature! Love unconditionally, that is not a man-made thing! Only with God, who is Love itself can you love others as Jesus, Himself!
Heavenly Father help us today to get closer to You. Guide us through Your word to show us how to behave, how to live, and how to love as You would love, as we live in this world on earth in such a time as this. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Suggested Reads: Romans 12:1-29 , Hebrews 12:1-21 , James 4:1-17 and Philippians 2:1-30.