AS A BELIEVER in Christ…
What is the one thing that is so hard core that it requires mega courage?
What aspect of a living godly life demands the utmost humility to succeed?
What’s the one thing you cannot accomplish without absolute surrender?
If we’re honest . . .
To do this word requires:
Yes, even act against your own will.
This word is so hard core:
This powerful word is hidden in Psalm 112:1:
“Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish His commandments.”
Another version says “delights greatly.”
Obedience to the Word.
Obedience to the call to live Holy.
Obedience to the point of cherishing the way He asks you to live.
“Christ was obedient to the point of death.” Phil 2:8
HOW HARD CORE IS THAT?
Even in my greatest act of obedience, I will never out-humble Jesus Christ.
Search my heart, O God! Whenever I cringe at that phrase “obedience to the Word,” this tells me something is off inside of my heart. I lack courage! Yet ‘striving’ to obey is not the answer either; that would lead to a self-righteous, legalistic mindset and cause me to judge myself and others — which would be disobedience to the word.
Practical steps I can take:
THE TO-DIE-FOR BENEFITS of living courageously, revealed in verses 2-10:
Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor….
Search my heart, O God!
If you’re honest with yourself,
what is your initial response to this power word?
Cringing or delight?