Thursday, February 17, 2011

He Gives Me Strength

II Peter 2:9; "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished."

In our world today there is so much immorality along with lying, cheating, stealing and killing. Living in and around all of this we have to decide what way we are going. Do I choose the Lord and stay as close to Him as possible or will I live in this world and do the evil things? I will choose to do the things the Lord wants me to do and if that means I will not have the worldly things then so be it. I will not go along with what the world says is okay, I will not lie, cheat, or steal. I am building my life on the foundation of my Lord. As I have made my choice I know the Lord will give me the strength so that I can withstand the temptations of this world.

II Corinthians 12:9; "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Grace is God's presence, power, and favor. This is a force, a heavenly strength, given to those who call upon the Lord. The strength He gives us is always sufficient for us as we live our daily lives.

We have to decide what we will do and be delivered from these things, this will be our deliverance and our destiny in eternity. If we reject the worldly things and the things people do to get ahead today God will rescue us.

A truly righteous person loves righteousness and hates evil. It is not enough that a child of God loves righteousness but we must hate the evil things. This is what God's Son, Jesus Christ did. Because Jesus' love of righteousness and the hate of wickedness is the reason for God's anointing Jesus. The Christians anointing will come only as he recognizes and has the same attitude toward righteousness and evil as Jesus did.

As we see lives being destroyed by sin and we experience more oneness with God our love of righteousness and the hatred of sin will grow.

The people who does not care for righteousness doesn't like authority that will restrain them from evil, nor do they want anything to do with the Lord and His Word. People not knowing the Lord would rather live their lives as they want. They don't want to learn what God is about. God is Love. I John 4:8; "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." They don't want to feel they have to love God let alone anyone else. We Christians love people. It really isn't hard to love, it is a natural thing for us.

The nonbeliever wants to live their life the way they want. They don't care how they live. As long as they get what they want whether it be money, clothes, houses, cars, or whatever, they don't care how they get it. They don't care who they hurt or what they have to do to get what they want.

The love Christians have is a genuine love and is accompanied by the love for God and the obeying of His commandments. Our faith overcomes the world and we see eternal realities and experience the power of God. We love Christ so much that the sinful pleasures, ungodly ways, the secular values of the world loses their attraction and we look at them with disgust and grief.

I would rather live for the Lord and love others than have all the worldly goods. I am happier than the ones that live in the world and without God. I know one of these days I will have all the riches I need. The riches are waiting for me in heaven.

Thank you for stopping by and may you know the peace of the Lord. Blessings!


Debi said...

I love the Scripture: I John 4:8; "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." I don't want to do anything that would cause God to say that I didn't love Him while I was on this earth! Sometimes it is hard to 'love' everyone, but if we love God, then it becomes easier...we just need to love that person with the love of the Lord! Thank you for this post.

Jenifer said...

The love we have in Christ is so amazing. It teaches us to love others as well. Thank you for this post.