Pleasing God in 2007
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Hello, and welcome to the first verse of the week this year! This verse seems like a good way to start the year, because it gives instruction on how to live a good life before God, and the things that please Him. We have like three of four more verses of hebrews to go, until we start a new chapter. I am So excited! Next we will be discussing one of my favourite psalms-Psalm 84!! And after that, another great one-Psalm 86!
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His name. And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifice, God is pleased.
Lets break these verses up, so we can focus on each one, and each concept. That way we will be able to fully understand what Paul is saying, because it seems like there is a lot to these two verses.
LIPS OF CONFESSION.....
Our lips/mouth has a very important job. To tell the world what is on our minds. This can be very good or very bad. It can only be very good when we have the word of God in our heart. Any other way, it can be very bad. Sorry to sound harsh, but if we don't have God's words and truth in our heart, our lips can be bitter, deceitful, and hurtful. Paul says that when we confess His name with our lips, we offer Him a sacrifice. God puts a lot of emphasis on evangelising, and sharing Him with others.....as a christian its sort of our job description, we don't have a choice, really! Every person we meet should get a glipse of Jesus, who lives in our heart. But God understands thats not an easy thing to do. But He gives us encouragement, His grace and words of wisdom along the way. "Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His name", and before we do that, we must abide in God and His Holy Spirit, so He can enable and empower us to do so!
HOW DO I SHARE JESUS WITH OTHERS??
Thats a tough one. Its easy to share Jesus with other believers. I love encouraging you all in the Lord and have you encourage me. Its easy and enjoyable to talk with you guys about Jesus because you are RECEPTIVE to it. But what about those who aren't? Sometimes, they are willing to listen to us. Sometimes they are not. For those who are not willing to listen, the best we can do is act Christlike around them, and pray for them, and the Lord will do the rest! He blesses the faithful and seeks the lost. Sometimes the only way to bring others to Christ is to intercede on their behalf.....and thats enough.
DOING GOOD AND SHARING WITH OTHERS
Like we discussed earlier, the best way to share Jesus with the world is to do good and share with others. When we act like Jesus, people see Jesus in us. Like the old saying goes, to some people, we may be the only "bible" they ever encounter. Some people are maybe mad at God. Some are a different religion and never learned about Him(this was my case, actually, even though I am jewish, I was secular). Some are just so blinded by sin that they can't see any way out. Some don't care.....the list goes on. Its easy to get entrapped and act like this world. But what a blessing when we get past that lazy, petty attitude and start to act like the Lord! I really don't always act like the Lord. Most of the time I just act like myself. It's not always pretty.....but the Lord understands, He just wants our dedication and devotion. He made a promise to us, that he would always be there and always love us. Can we make a promise to Him that we will do our best to share Him with the world? He will make up where we lack. We just have to try. Thats all he asks. It blesses His heart when we do!
This is a concept that almost makes me cry, and I am not one who cries easily, at all. But the Lord showed me that so many are against Him, so many just don't care anymore. It pleases Him, and almost brings a tear to His eyes when we honestly seek Him and serve Him wholeheartedly. He loves it. He honours it. He appreciates it. ANd in turned, we are most blessed for it, and so are others.
DEAR LORD-HELP US TO SERVE YOU WITH ALL OUR HEARTS THIS YEAR. HELP US TO LOVE YOU AND IN TURN LOVE OTHERS IN JESUS NAME. LET US SHOW THEM YOUR LOVE LORD SO THEY MAY HAVE THE HOPE THAT WE HAVE IN YOU.
IN YOUR NAME, AMEN
GODS BLESSINGS ALWAYS,
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