Your Guide To Life

My wife and I are on our way to visit the Ark Encounter. I am convinced that unless I follow their guide, I will probably miss a lot of things, and not fully understand the things that I would see ordinarily as I walk through. I believe the guide will give the creator’s heart into why each thing was created the way that it was, and it will reveal the things that caused him to build this huge artifact in the first place. Interesting, because I believe that God left His Good Book with some of the same purposes in mind for His children. So stay tuned as we meditate on these inspired words of Solomon.

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-06-10
WRITTEN AT: Unidilla, GA

SCRIPTURE FROM: Proverbs 7:1-3
TRANSLATION:The Voice (VOICE)

BIBLE TEXT: My son, live according to what I am telling you;
    guard my instructions as you would a treasure deep within you.
Stay true to my directives, and they will serve you well;
    make my teachings the lens through which you see life.
Bind cords around your fingers to remind you of them;
    meditate on them, and you’ll engrave them upon your heart.

APPLICATION: I am always amazed to look around and consider all that God has made for us to enjoy, starting with the very people in our family. But God was not just satisfied to provide these things for us, He gave us a book of instruction on how to make best use of these things/people and enjoy them just as God intended. Notice that God wants us to treasure His instructions. That’s because He created us, and He created people and things around us to enjoy, if we go about our interactions in a right way. God’s instructions are so important that He instructed us to frequently remind ourselves of what He said. We will usually learn that which we hang around, and interact with, most. For mechanics, they learn about the engines they work on and will not require instructions after a few times, because they have memorized where everything is, and what causes those things to break or malfunction. I believe that God wants us to become so familiar with His Word, that we could do like my blind grandmother did in her 90’s. She was able to continue her daily devotions by reciting Scripture that she learned over her years of reading God’s Word. Friends, God has it all covered in His Book. For us to become familiar with His instructions and insure that they form the basis for our daily decisions, we will need to read them, reread them, practice them, tell others about them, and be held accountable for acting and speaking according to God’s teachings. Do you feel like you have reached a point in your life where God can trust you with all that you do and say, knowing that others will mistake you for the King of all kings? It’s up to you to set the importance on this aspect of your relationship with God. If it’s important, and you make it a priority to read the Word at least daily, learn from what others know about the Bible – perhaps at Bible Study, or at church, or in a small group, and make it a part of your daily life-decisions, then perhaps you will identify with Solomon in feeling like doing this God’s way is super important to you because you have His Word engraved on your heart. Ask an honest friend to help keep you accountable. Hopefully they will be totally honest with you. Pray to God for wisdom to do life His way, every day!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God made us, He made everyone and everything for us to enjoy, and He provided a Book of Instruction to point us in the right direction to make the most of His people and things, while demonstrating His goodness and love. Unless we read the Word and follow God’s instruction, we will not receive the full benefits He intended for us. Praise God, He thought of everything – what a Mighty God we serve!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for providing everything we need in life, and for giving us instructions to follow as we enjoy those things while all the while pleasing You. We know from experience the importance of following the instructions when constructing something. Please open our eyes and constantly remind us of the importance of knowing Your Word and following Your instruction for the best experience while here on earth. Let others see You as they experience interactions with us, and invite them to know You personally so that You may be glorified. AMEN!

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Strive for Perfection, Just as Christ is Perfect!

Scripture: Matthew 5

OBSERVATION (What is God saying here?)

48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:48 (NLT)

APPLICATION (How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

At the conclusion of a chapter devoted to telling us how to live a true Christ-like life, Jesus tells us that we are to strive for perfection like the only perfect One – Himself. I feel like there are several things to consider here:

  1. In Character: When we continually sin and just shrug it off to excuses like: “Well I’m sorry, after all I’m just human” or “It’s OK, I know that God will forgive me”or “Well, there’s always another chance for me to try and do this right”, then I believe that we are giving in to being a child of this world and accepting the pitfalls and weaknesses of this world rather than placing our faith solidly in the hands of the almighty and striving wholeheartedly to be like Him. Let’s aspire to be as much like Christ as possible. He will see our sincerity and help us through our human flaws;
  2. In Holiness: In striving to be more like Christ, we will find that love for, and service to others, become a priority in our lives. God showed mercy and love even to those who hated Him and chose to fight against Him. Look at how He healed the soldier in the Garden of Gethsemane. Let’s remember that we are chosen by God to carry His love into this sick world and represent Him in all of our interaction with sinners.
  3. In Maturity: Christ-like maturity doesn’t happen instantly. Just like we expect more from a teenager than we do from a child, or more from an adult than we do from a teenager because of the years of maturing into adulthood, so it is as we study God’s Word, learn more about Him and how we can become more like Him. We should be showing signs of maturing more and more each day. Friends, we don’t mature into adulthood strictly by what we learn in school – we learn it from our everyday living. So it is with maturing as a Christian – don’t depend solely on what you may learn from a weekly sermon. Get into the Word (God’s book of instruction) and learn daily what it is that God is teaching you that day to help you mature in Him.
  4. In Love: We must seek to love others with the same love that Christ loved us. He gave His life for us, while we still hated Him, while we plotted to kill Him, while we spat in His face and mocked Him. We weren’t deserving of His love, yet He gave it all to show His love for us. That’s the kind of love we must have for those that we come into contact with daily.

Christ calls us to rise above mediocrity and be perfect even as He is perfect. When we strive for this perfection we stop accepting anything less. One day we will be perfect, just as He is perfect!

PRAYER (With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I serve the only perfect one. My desire is to daily grow to be, or mature to be, more like You in every way. This means that I am striving to also be perfect. This requires my daily time on Your Word and my ultimate desire to overcome the things of this world that will distract me in every way possible. However, I have the confidence in knowing that I serve the only One who could give me the strength, wisdom, desire, boldness and power to overcome the sinfulness of this world and strive for ultimate perfection in You. Please give me a constant desire to be more like You so that others may see Jesus in me and want to also know You. thank You for providing such an example for me to follow and mature in.