10/19/2008 ~ Is Our Best Good Enough?
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people, ... ~ 1st Peter 2:9
What does God expect of His royal priesthood today?
... And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. ...
~ Exodus 19:5-6
'Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.'
~ Leviticus 20:7
"... the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, ..."
~ Deuteronomy 7:6
So what is expected of Christians today?
We are a royal and chosen people.
~ To set apart and make holy.
How do we do this?
His Apostles have set forth what we need to know.
... fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, ... self-control. Against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23
Many of us are lacking in all His called for character traits.
... always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you
a reason for the hope that is in you, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:15
● God expects each of us to have His knowledge.
We need to realize are failings and work on are weaknesses.
Maturity comes through experience and knowledge.
We need to be open and eager for improvement.
Paul rebuked Peter and Peter changed.
... And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, ...
~ Galatians 2:11-14
We need to change or align our hearts with Godís own word.
We need to use all of our talents to glorify God.
Are you steadfast for Him?
... but the answer of a good conscience toward God),
through the resurection of Jesus Christ, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:21-22
How committed are you in serving God?
Does your faith rely on trusting Him?
... for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able
to keep what I have committed to Him ... ~ 2nd Timothy 1:12
... him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the
humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. ... ~ Isaiah 57:15-16
Who is a contrite one?
~ A repentant heart that wishes to change from a sinful past.
The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18
It is by Godís mercy that we are saved.
Can you see your acts of faith bearing fruit?
Are you growing in knowing the Lord?
... A broken and a contrite heart - These, O God, You will not despise.
~ Psalm 51:17
Do you defend the faith with you lifestyle?
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10
... As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey
is better than sacrifice, ... ~ 1st Samuel 15:22-23
Has God changed His mind commanding obedience?
"... learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice ..." ~ Matthew 9:13
... the LORD does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward
appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. ~ 1st Samuel 16:7
How can we love God if we are not
repentant of what we have done wrong?
~ Then and only then can we work for Him.
"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15
... "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him,
..." ~ John 14:23-24
"You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." ~ John 15:14
God expects us to follow His outline.
... is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one
will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:21-25
God wants us all to be fruitful for Him, doers.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected
knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; ... ~ Hosea 4:6
There are numerous distractions today
~ causing us to be lacking in His knowledge.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God
more than burnt offerings. ~ Hosea 6:6
... Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, ...
~ Joel 2:12-13
┌─> Whole mind.
God looks for us to turn to Him.
└─> Whole spirit.
He loves us dearly.
... true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. ... ~ John 4:23-24
Do we have passion for what God is and what He wants?
... Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has
made us kings and priests to His God and Father, ... ~ Revelation 1:5-6
By and through Jesus He has made us kings and priests of His kingdom.
Do we reflect His glory?
Both men and women hold this holy priesthood.
... there is neither male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
~ Galatians 3:27-28
... who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once
were not a people but are now the people of God, ... ~ 1st Peter 2:9-10
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not
need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:15
Do you live to know Him?
~ In God We Trust?
... he who comes to God must believe that He is, ... ~ Hebrews 11:6
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