Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sticking with the Lord

With so much to get done each day (Proverbs 31:10-31) it can get a little overwhelming and I find my mind wondering, "I'm I doing what I should be doing?" There always seems to be other things that taunt. But which items are of the flesh (and of man) and which are pleasing to the Lord?

Ephesians 5:15-17 reminds me to
"[l]ook carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

What is the will of the Lord in my life? Is it the same as His will in your life or that of a friend? Most likely not, though all can seek His laws and instruction from His word.

6"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6. ESV.)

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20. ESV.)

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10. ESV.)

11And God said to him, "Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." (1 Kings 3:11-14. ESV.)

8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8. ESV.)

1 Timothy 6:6: Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:9: For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

Psalm 37:11: But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Psalm 84:11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Psalm 112:2: 2His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Psalm 145:19: 19He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9. ESV.)

I feel there is much to gain for being diligent in God's word, knowing the way of the righteous and walking upright, speaking that which is in God's word regularly, and teaching it to His little lambs.

5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9. ESV.)
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