Opportunities are usually offered to those who meet certain criteria. Those who want to be given special consideration should be willing to accept the terms, and do their bit to earn it. If everyone had easy access to great opportunities, hard work, discipline and sacrifice would be a rarity. In order to make the short list, we may have to go the extra mile or exceed expectations.
11 Therefore, we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His Goodness and the work of faith with Power, 12 that The Name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the Grace of our God and The Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1).
God chooses those He has called out of this world for His Purpose. God determines what He has ordained for each one. God’s Glory is the ultimate goal for each one who is called. Glorifying Christ is a prerequisite for God’s calling. We are glorified in Him when we overcome, by faith, the challenges that arise from being His followers. When we fulfill what pleases Him, God gives us more Grace to sustain us. By God’s Grace we remain in constant union with Him, and are kept by His Power and Goodness.
Praise The Lord! Blessed is the man who fears The Lord, who delights greatly in His Commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on Earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness. He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
The righteous, who fear God, will flourish on the Earth. Since they have set their affections on keeping God’s Commandments, He will bless their lives with His Goodness. They nurture their children in the fear of God. The Lord will extend His blessings to the children of those who fear Him. Those who delight in The Lord curry favor with Him. The way to God is the path of obedience. Wealth and riches are bequeathed to those who aspire to live righteously, give generously and show mercy. God will fill their houses with an abundance of His Provision. The righteous acts of those who are upright will be passed on to generations, and so will their reward from God.
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules (2 Timothy 2).
Awards are not just given to anyone. Those who get rewarded must demonstrate that they have earned their stripes. It takes grit, dogged determination and discipline to compete for a prize. Time is valuable to those who have goals; they know how to manage it to their benefit. Those who have committed themselves to serve The Lord will not fritter their lives on worthless endeavors. They will not engage in the things which will not advance their goals.
Endure hardship, just as an athlete limbers up their body to excel. A devoted follower of Christ should persevere through huddles, challenges and adversities, as they strive to please Him. We also should learn how to remain firmly footed on the course marked out for us, by doing what is required of us, and playing by the rules. God’s Word is our handbook for Christian living. The Christian’s life is no walk in the park, it is riddled with temptations, desires, hardship and discouragement: It is warfare against works of darkness. Daily battles are fought and must be won. Keep a stiff upper lip, and go from strength to strength. Christ, who dwells in us, gives us the power to defeat wickedness, and the strength to endure pain, sorrow and difficulty. If we remain one-track-minded, we will finish well and receive the crown of victory at the end of our race. God’s reward is for those who stuck it out to the end.
3 Blessed be The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant Mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the Power of God through faith, for Salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1).
We belong to God our Father, through the Life of The Lord Jesus Christ given to us. Our lives are now destined for purpose and glorious riches. Blessed are those who have been given all that is in Christ. Blessed are those who will live to inherit all that Christ has attained for them. The gift of Salvation is given to those who are kept by The Power of God. They have known God’s Power through thick and thin, and have not strayed from God’s Will. Those who have kept the faith will receive an eternal and undefiled inheritance, that is reserved for them in Heaven. By God’s abundant Mercy, we have an eternal hope, through Salvation and new life in Christ our Lord. Our inheritance as sons and daughters of God is imperishable, and guaranteed through eternal life in Christ.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The Word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— 37 that Word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with The Holy Spirit and with Power, Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10).”
God is no respecter of persons: those who fear Him and live to please Him, regardless of their background and nationality, are accepted as His people. The Lord Jesus is Lord of all who come to Him in repentance, submission and surrender. He taught and healed everyone who was in need of physical and spiritual restoration. He did not discriminate on gender, race or age. All those who desire to know God and be at peace with Him have access to Him. No one is excluded from God’s manifold Grace, Truth and Love; except those who are obstinate, proud, and rebellious.
12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4).
Let no one despise you, or look down upon you as a believer, because of your age, your recent conversion as a follower of Christ, or for any reason at all. You have been redeemed out of this world, by the death of Christ on The Cross. You belong to Him and your identity is found in Him. You have been set apart to be godly in your speech, to conduct yourself righteously in Christ, to love God and others, to live in the spirit and not give in to fleshly lusts, to live by faith in God, as you strive for purity.
17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, lest I dismay you before them. 18 For behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you (Jeremiah 1).”
When God appoints His people for His Purpose, He will work in concert with them. He will also prepare them to be on the receiving end of criticism, opposition and attacks. He becomes their shield and defense. Those who have a mandate from God will execute His Plans. He warned Jeremiah that if he failed to speak what He commanded him, he would be mortified. There’s no getting away from God, when He has put the onus on you to serve Him.
God has appointed each of His chosen ones for His Purpose. They will set their faces against all opposition to do what He has commanded them. No one will get in the way of God, and no one will stand in the way of those He has appointed. God will always defend and protect those who serve Him. He will make them as tough as nails, and bold as brass, to complete the task He has given them. He imparts His Strength and Power to defeat every foe who gets in the way. You are qualified to succeed, because God is with you to deliver you.
6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which The Lord said to Moses, the man of God, concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of The Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless, my brethren who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt, but I wholly followed The Lord my God. 9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed The Lord my God.’
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed The Lord God of Israel (Joshua 14).
What great rewards await those who wholly follow The Lord! Caleb was unfazed by the misgivings of those who saw Canaan as no-man’s-land, because of the giant men who lived there. Caleb was determined to go and fight for the inheritance God had already given the children of Israel. He spoke glowingly of the fruitful land; a land flowing with milk and honey. Caleb spoke more highly of its potential than the obstacles they would have to overcome. He believed and trusted in The Lord, more than his ability to overcome the challenges. He believed God wholly.
Are you following God wholly? When you come to the realization that God goes ahead of you to give you what He has promised, you will focus your attention on His Greatness. Tune out the pessimism, and perk up to all that God has for you. Following God wholly will require your undivided attention. Don’t be dismayed by listening to quitters or naysayers. Set your sights on attaining what God has apportioned for you. Seize your opportunity to inherit what He has commanded you to possess. God rewards those who are committed to complete their mission.
4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people. Oh, visit me with Your Salvation, 5 that I may see the benefit of Your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, that I may glory with Your inheritance (Psalm 106).
Don’t be bashful to ask for a piece of the pie. God chose the children of Israel to receive the blessings He promised Abraham. No other nation has been the apple of God’s Eye as Israel. Can God bless you as He blesses another? Pray for the blessings of others; pray for the nation of God, Israel, that you too may be numbered among those who are God’s inheritance. God’s favor to others can be ours as well. When we want what’s best for others by praying for them, we can ask God to remember us too. The benefits of Israel, God’s chosen ones, can be extended to those who desire and long for their peace and prosperity. Desire to know the joy and Salvation of those who belong to God.
Don’t forfeit your calling. You have been chosen for God’s Purpose to be here today. Your qualifications are the ones that God has given you. God has approved and appointed you to glorify Christ, each day you draw breath. There are no coincidences when it comes to God. If you delight in The Lord, He will delight in you, and appoint you for great service. He will reward you for your grit and commitment. Salvation is your priceless reward that is guaranteed, with many other blessings that will never fade away. Don’t squander your chance to attain all that God has for you. He will guide, instruct, defend and bless you, if you stay the course. Remember His people, Israel, and be part of the household of the chosen ones.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation (1 Peter 2).
Sometimes we may not have everything we want in this life; but we also may not be devoid of what is good. When we are complete, we have what we need at the moment. We limit ourselves by focusing on our shortcomings—what we don’t have, who we would rather be or comparing ourselves to others. We are God’s children, and He blesses us with everything we need, according to His Perfect Will.
7 How precious is Your Lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your Wings. 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your House, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. 9 For with You is the fountain of life. In Your light we see light. 10 Oh, continue Your Lovingkindness to those who know You, and Your Righteousness to the upright in heart (Psalm 36).
A fountain hardly runs dry. God is the fountain of life that brims with His Goodness. Those who put their trust under His Wings, will not lack any good thing. His Lovingkindness is more precious than gold or riches. If God is your life, He defines and enriches every area of your life. You are complete, when you are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of God’s Provision. When you trust God to meet your needs, you will be grateful for all He provides. The Righteousness of God will keep you in good stead; He only does what is Right. The upright in heart are never left out to dry. Be filled with the overflowing pleasures of God’s Lovingkindness. Instead of pondering over what you don’t have, be satisfied with Who God is.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the Fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2).
Abound in the faith that keeps you rooted in Christ Jesus, The Lord. Grow in Him by learning all you can about Him, so as to be more like Him. You don’t need man-made dictates, and religious practices to make you feel spiritual. The Fullness of God dwells in Christ, and you are complete in Him. You became one with Christ in His death and resurrection. It is Christ in you Who makes you whole. No rituals or good works will pay for the penalty of sin. Only the death of Christ and our union with Him make us a new creation in Him.
We must live by faith, by being transformed daily to His Likeness. This faith makes us submit to Him in obedience. Our lives become rooted and built up in Him. We have been made new and complete. If nothing else, this is our thanksgiving: We have been justified in Christ, our Lord, and sin no longer defines who we are. He is the greatest authority over any religious laws that would disqualify us from being children of God. The Fullness of God dwells in us—Christ Jesus, The Son of God.
17 The work of righteousness will be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. 18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, 19 though hail comes down on the forest, and the city is brought low in humiliation (Isaiah 32).
Righteousness is God’s Standard for His people. The righteous strive to keep peace with God; they are not at variance with His Ways. Righteousness is doing what is right before God. They are clothed with the Righteousness of God—abiding in Christ. The Holy Spirit of Christ dwells in them; sanctifying, teaching and guiding them to obey God’s Truth. Those who have peace with God, have an unbroken communion and fellowship with Him. They have no fear of what life throws at them. Righteousness offers them God’s Protection, Strength, Love, Mercy, Grace and Faithfulness. They will dwell in peace and assurance forever. Righteousness is an expression of spiritual well-being. What peace we forfeit when we are in opposition to God!
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God The Father, in sanctification of The Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 3 Blessed be The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant Mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the Power of God through faith, for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1).
Grace and peace are multiplied to those who have been chosen according to God’s Plan. They are sanctified by The Spirit of Christ, and their sins have been purged by the Blood of Christ, and His death on The Cross. They were chosen by the foreknowledge of God, before the foundations of the Earth. You are not a coincidence; you believed in God and gave your life to Christ, just as God would have it. You have abounding grace and peace to get you through this life. We have been sanctified for obedience, don’t miss that. We must be in one accord with The One Who called us to salvation.
We have been born again in the hope of eternal salvation for our souls. We are kept each day by the Power of God. Nothing will stand in the way of God’s Plan for us. Our faith in God has given us victory over all our struggles, adversities and adversaries. We don’t have to live like paupers who don’t have a red cent to our names. We have an undefiled inheritance that will never be marred, or fade away, and is reserved for us in Heaven. God has given us all that we need for this life and the next. God’s abundant Mercy has lavished us with every spiritual blessing in perpetuity.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But the Mercy of The Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him. His Righteousness to children’s children, 18 to such as keep His Covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them (Psalm 103).
No one gets to live forever on this side of life. Though we may flourish and do well for ourselves, we will not live long enough to enjoy all the fruit of our labor, or all of the pleasures of life. Our lives are like a grass that is here today and gone tomorrow. What will happen to our children and loved ones when we are gone? If we lived by God’s Ways, kept His Covenant by fear and obedience to Him, our children will emulate the same. God’s Righteousness will be extended to the next generation of those who teach their children to fear, trust and obey God. God’s Mercy is everlasting to everlasting, for us, and those who come after us. Though they may not seem to have enough resources to cater for them, they have God’s enduring Mercy. Those who fear God store up for their loved ones everlasting Mercy for the days ahead. Strive to flourish in God’s Goodness; don’t set your heart on fleeting riches.
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty (Matthew 13).”
Those who hear the Word of God and fail to implement it in their lives are unfruitful Christians. They are more interested in the cares of this world, finances, the latest trends or keeping up with the standards of this world. They have heard God’s Word but their lives are not rooted in obedience. Those who receive God’s Word, with an ardent desire to apply to their lives, will be fruitful in the knowledge and understanding of it. Christians who have a strong foundation in The Word of God for their very existence, will prosper in The Kingdom of God. Those who bear spiritual fruits through faith and obedience will continue to be productive in many areas of their life—relationships, work, responsibilities, mental, and emotional well-being.
5 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. 6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance (Psalm 16).
Are you worried about your possessions and whether you will always have enough? God is the portion of inheritance for those who spend their lives seeking Him. He is a full portion, a lot that is sure and everlasting. Those who live to honor and glorify God have an inheritance in pleasant places. They have more than the world can offer them. God, Our Heavenly Father, has allotted to us a good inheritance which no one glom from us.
In Christ is the Fullness of God. When we are in Christ, we have access to all God has for us. He has called and justified us to an eternal inheritance that will never fade. We have all of God’s Mercy, Grace and Goodness to live in obedience, fellowship and righteousness for His Glory. Everything that pertains to our lives becomes the fountain of God’s Lovingkindness. We have been renewed to be complete in hope, joy, peace and victory over all the challenges we face in life. Our righteousness is God’s Righteousness for us and our children; we don’t need to observe any religious protocols to be children of God. In this life and the next, we lack nothing to become all that God has created us to be.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He Who calls you is Faithful, Who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5).
8 I have set The Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices. My flesh also will rest in hope (Psalm 16).
When we are passionate about doing something meaningful, we become disciplined and motivated to keep at it . We will consistently do what inspires us each day. Our devotion to a particular person, relationships, or goals will impact our daily routine. We will commit our time and effort with minimal disruptions. We find our existential purpose in what we devote our lives to.
25 “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor (John 12).”
When we have the right perspective of life, we will not waste our valuable time and energy on mediocrity. We make great sacrifices to attain enduring rewards. Those who want to serve The Lord Jesus, must be willing to live for Him at all costs. Our devotion to Christ should be the motivation for all that we do. If we serve Him, we will use our talents, resources and time wisely. As servants of The Lord, we have to make Him a priority and do what He requires of us. We should be willing to be useful, where He needs us to meet a need. As His followers, we should be able to give up the demands of this life, when called upon, to serve Him. God will honor those, who at the drop of a hat, are ready to serve Him. Those who are willing to give their valuable time or resources to God will gain eternal rewards. Our devotion to Christ is a commitment to serve Him with all we have. Eternal life is guaranteed to those who are willing to lose their privileges here to whole heatedly do God’s Will.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil (Proverbs 4).
Those who desire righteousness must strive for it. We should not allow ourselves to be tripped up by others or sinful desires. Set practical goals and stick to them. Determine what to avoid, and what you must do consistently. Just as one who wants to be healthy or lose weight, envisions a weight goal: how much they want to lose, the right diet, a work out routine, and what food to avoid. Be one-track minded and stick to the plan you have outlined. Keep a rapt attention on what you have set out to accomplish. Do not be embroiled in matters that don’t advance your goals as a fruitful Christian. Mind your business, if that is what you have to do; steer clear of what will not benefit you. Righteousness is a lifestyle that must be maintained, like a healthy lifestyle.
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me. I will not know wickedness (Psalm 101).
We are responsible for what we say we will do. As children of The Holy God, we are to be more like our Father. Wickedness should not be entertaining or amusing. It should not bring us any form of pleasure. We are what we do routinely. Our frequent thoughts will evoke our desires. We should not be overcome by wicked desires or thoughts; instead we must strive for purity. Sin should be abhorrent and repulsive to all children of God. We should not keep close associations with those who consistently engage in sin. We cannot afford to be complacent with works of darkness, because our Father is Holy.
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6).
We were created for an eternal purpose. God made us for eternity, not for the ephemeral substance of this world. Be devoted to building the character that pleases God. The love of money leads many to sin and greed. Money is good for sustaining a living, but an obsession with it can lead to an endless pursuit of riches, driven by deception, greed, corruption and anxiety. Riches are like a mist that is here today and gone tomorrow. The child of God has every good and perfect thing that God continuously supplies. We must learn to be content and grateful. Instead of pursuing fleeting riches, we can invest in eternal life. Our devotion to godliness will yield us imperishable rewards. Our pursuit of righteousness, faith, love, patience, compassion and self control, will require us to use God’s blessings to bless others. If we love God, we will not be enamored of possessions; we will receive and manage God’s blessings for His Glory.
34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21.”
If we are vigilant and pray as often as we can, we will not be party to wrong activities. Those who speak to God frequently, for the most part, are found in His Presence. His Spirit lives in them, and they are in constant touch with Him. They will be able to escape the day of Judgement, because they have chosen to be closely associated with Him. They will stand before the Son of Man, because they have always stood with Him.
The Lord Jesus warns us to take heed to ourselves, and keep from being carried away by worldly pleasures of revelry, drunkenness, and materialism. Christ admonishes us that the life we have been given is of much greater import. He exhorts us to watch and pray at all times. When we are attuned to what He is doing in our lives and preparing ourselves for His return, we will not be distracted by other things. He will come, and all will have to stand before Him to give account of how they lived the lives He gave each one. The One Who gives life requires that we are good stewards of it.
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money (Luke 16.”
Money can become an obsession, when we are not content with what we have. We should make a living and learn how to manage our money well, so that we are meeting our basic needs, and still enjoying the fruit of our labor. Money should not be what we serve. We should serve God with our skills, talents and resources. When making money becomes the main purpose of our existence, God will become secondary, even our loved ones will get less attention over time. We can not be devoted to God and money; we will desire one over the other. Either you will hate one and love the other, by giving most of your time and energy to the one you love. The amount of quality time we put into something shows our devotion to it.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, there are few who find it (Matthew 7).”
What’s all the rage in today’s culture, or is celebrated by most will not pass muster with God. The wide gate and broad way leads to destruction, because it is acceptable to most; and most don’t want to do what is difficult. Obedience, sanctification, love, purity, faith, righteousness, and submission to God are not easily achieved. Godliness and righteousness are for those who are willing to separate themselves from what is popular, to please God. Few will find the path that leads to life, because few are willing to be committed to submission, obedience and godliness.
The narrow gate is accessible to those who have surrendered to the Spirit-led life. They have put off the fleshly nature for the spiritual new life found in Christ alone. They don’t need to appeal to others. They will enter the narrow gate having counted the cost of a surrendered life. The narrow way keeps them focused on their calling to attain eternal life. It is easy to do what everyone else is doing, it’s difficult to keep in lockstep with The Holy Spirit.
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is Righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him (1 John 2).
We are taught how to live the new life by The Spirit of Christ. His anointing opens our understanding to living in The Spirit and not in our sinful flesh. He abides in us and we abide in Him. We have no need for the world to teach us how to live anymore; we have The Spirit of Truth to transform us. We must devote ourselves to the teachings of Christ. Our life in Him must be lived according to His Doctrine. If we abide in Him, His Word abides in us, as the seed that regenerates us; and daily gives us wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Who He is and what is required of us. Since He is Righteous, we must practice righteousness as those who are born of Him. Our confidence is that when He comes, we will be found in an unbroken fellowship with Him. When He comes we will be confident to stand before Him.
11 Teach me Your Way, Lord, that I may rely on Your Faithfulness. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your Name. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your Name forever. 13 For great is Your Love toward me; You have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead (Psalm 86).
When we are determined to achieve a goal, we will steep ourselves in all the information we can find. We will be willing to take the time to study and understand, so that we can apply that knowledge appropriately. We can hunker down and set everything else aside to keep our focus on what we are doing. If we want to be delivered from the path to hell, we will choose the path that leads to God. We will learn God’s Ways and fear Him to do what is right. A heart that is enamored of God will give Him undivided attention. A receptive and teachable person will be eager to learn God’s Ways. Fear God and He will make your way perfect.
Devotion is a component of love. Love compels us to give the best of ourselves. When we love God, we will give Him the best of our resources, time, praise, attention and lives. God’s Love demonstrated by His deliverance of our souls from eternity in Hell, should cause us to fall prostrate with fear and adoration. Great is His Love, and those who understand this will devote their lives to glorify and serve Him. We rely on Him for everything we need, because we belong to Him forever. Depend on His Faithfulness, by being faithful.
Set your sights, daily, to be who God has called you to be. Do not be suckered into frittering your life away on worthless things. You are the child of The Great King, you will not lack any good thing. Determine to stay the course you have outlined, and invest on eternal rewards. Devote your life to God, serve Him, learn from Him, and you will live the best life.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them (Colossians 3).
Success or victory doesn’t have to be big to be significant. If we have been able to master a situation, we can bask in that moment. Sometimes we don’t see the need to acknowledge an achievement, because we don’t think it is worth recognizing. Did you triumph today? Did you do what you had set your mind to do? Did you exceed your own expectations? Did you manage under great strain? You can carry each day, because God is always with you, and He will not fail those who depend on Him.
12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philipians 4).
Challenging times, we are not accustomed to, can make us feel defeated. We may feel like we are losing control when we don’t have the usual amount of food, money, or life-enhancing items. Having less of what we are used to can sometimes cause us to despair. We should adapt to situations we find ourselves in. When we have less, we should make adjustments that meet our immediate needs. Be adaptable to your circumstances through Christ. Abide in Him and you will be kept in His Provision. Whether with little or more, your Source will never change. It is not what you have that gets you by, but Who He is—your Strength and Provider. Overcome the fear of not having enough, though you may suffer for a time. You will learn how to keep your head above water. Everything we have comes from our Heavenly Father, and we the children of God in Christ.
14 Now thanks be to God Who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His Knowledge in every place (2 Corinthians).
God leads us to situations where we can triumph in Christ. He gives us His Knowledge to guide us in making the best decisions. In every place or situation we face, we can fall back on God’s Knowledge, from Scripture, and ask His Spirit to instruct us. The Spirit of our Lord Jesus is ever present in us. When we aspire to use God’s Wisdom to glorify Him, in every place, He will ensure we succeed in what we endeavor to do. In Christ, we will have victory at every stage of our lives. God’s Knowledge is the Wisdom that we apply to give us the best outcome.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, The Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 but those who wait on The Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40).
Know your God and don’t waver on Who He is. Though we may be worn out and overwhelmed by the challenges and trials we go through, we don’t have to depend on our strength to get us through. We should not define God by how we feel about ourselves or our circumstances. He is The Creator of everything and He keeps the heavens, earth, and sea under His Command. He doesn’t slumber, nor does He tire from keeping the cycles of nature working as they should.
Those who depend on themselves will reach a breaking point. Wait on the Lord to meet your great need, and He will uphold you with His Might. While you wait on The Lord, you can complete other tasks. He will give you the strength to overcome your weakness. When you trust in God, He will give you the stamina to keep you going. Instead of drooping into despair, you will make better use of your time and energy. Don’t give up on doing the next thing. Keep going without fainting, soar above your fears as an eagle. As your God doesn’t faint, so shall you be in His Strength. Get on with the next task, while drawing from God’s Strength.
1 Praise be to The Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, Who subdues people under me (Psalm 144).
Meditate on Who God is to you; your fortress, deliverer, shield, refuge and your loving God. God will not lead you to a losing battle. He will be everything you need Him to be and more. He will teach you the ropes on how to engage your opponent. He is your Rock that is steady, and strong, and will not crack under strain. Face your challenges with God and put all your confidence in Him. Before you go into battle, praise God for all He will do. He will subdue those who come against you, and deliver you from all their schemes.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God Who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Who died, and furthermore is also risen, Who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us (Romans 8).
Can anything separate us from God’s Love? He gave us His only Son; He has demonstrated His Love for us. No one can lay a charge against us, when we have been bought with The Precious Blood of His Son. If God is for us, no one can prevail against us. We are more than conquerors in peril, battle, tribulation and adversity. Adversity should draw us closer to God and He keeps us in His Love.
We are counted daily as sheep for slaughter, because we are willing to live and die for Him. We will be persecuted, ostracized or despised for our faith. When we accept suffering for His sake, He will deliver us. So in every circumstance, we are conquerors of our fear and struggles, because God’s Love abounds to us. We lay down our lives for His Glory, just as The Son of God did. He will freely give His elect all things, and no one can stake a claim to what God has allotted to us. No charge or condemnation brought against us will stand, because Christ is interceding for us, and has justified us by His death and resurrection.
24 You will guide me with Your Counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. 26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73).
If suffering leads to death, then we must still finish well. God will guide us with His Wisdom, until He brings us to our eternal home. If nothing can separate from God’s Love, we are complete in His Presence. Earth offers little comfort to the haggard soul—one who is wasting and slipping away. God becomes the full portion and desire of those who are longing to be with Him.
With every labored breath, as the curtains come down on our life, we have the privilege of gaining heaven, as we let go of the earth. God’s Presence is the reward for those who cling to Him to the very end. Peace and hope enfolds those who have assurance of their eternal home.
15 Those who walk righteously, and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them. 17 Your eyes will see The King in His Beauty and view a land that stretches afar (Isaiah 33).
Shun evil at all costs. Resist the lure of sin, and despise it vehemently. Steer clear of fraudulent gain, shut your eyes and ears from evil plots that harm others, and live each day to speak and do what is right. When you choose righteousness, God will be your refuge, fortress and strength. He will supply your needs and will not fail you. While others are raking in from bribes and extortion, put your trust in God, Who is your Source for everything. Keep your focus on The Great King, whose Beauty is His Holiness. Look forward to the place He has prepared for you—Heaven—where you are furnished from His abundance. When you overcome temptations, you triumph over wickedness. Pleasing God should be the motivation to do what is right.
This life is riddled with hurdles to overcome, but we are not called to go it alone. We will never lack, when we learn to be content in our circumstances. We can apply God’s Wisdom to the decisions we make, and be fruitful and productive in our responsibilities. In Christ, we have access to The Father who meets our needs and leads us to triumph each day. We can face challenges by putting our confidence in God who teaches us how to battle. As we put our expectations on Who God is, we can praise Him in the face of adversity. If we are close to our end, we have God’s Presence with us here to give us the strength we need; and the promised reward of eternity with Him, when we draw our last breath. But we must live our lives as those who triumph over sin, fear and despair. We are more than conquerors, because nothing will ever separate from God’s Love, which is in us, through Christ Jesus.
29 “For You are my lamp, O Lord; The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. 30 For by You I can run against a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall. 31 As for God, His Way is perfect; The Word of The Lord is proven. He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
32 For who is God, except The Lord? and who is a Rock, except our God? 33 God is my strength and power. And He makes my way perfect. 34 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. 35 He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 36 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation. Your gentleness has made me great. 37 You enlarged my path under me; so my feet did not slip (2 Samuel 22)”.
3 But let the righteous be glad. Let them rejoice before God: Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His Name. Extol Him Who rides on the clouds, by His Name Jehovah, and rejoice before Him (Psalm 68).
We receive people differently, depending on our relationship with them, their fame or professional title. Prominent people are treated with respect and honor. They get the best seats, services and a grand recognition. There’s a decorum that is expected of those who will be in the presence of one who is highly esteemed. How do you conduct yourself in the Presence of God?
9 I will praise You, O Lord, among the people; I will sing to You among the nations. 10 For Your Mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your Truth unto the clouds. 11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let Your Glory be above all the earth (Psalm 57).
Not for nothing do we glorify and praise our God: He forgives all the offences that others would not; He always speaks Truth; He is Holy, and full of Glory and Power; He is Our Everlasting Father, and Savior. There’s no one like our God. God deserves our highest praise and honor. Within the congregation of God’s people, don’t hold back your praise, just because there are others around. Lift up your voice and worship your God like your life depends on it. Exalt The Great I AM with all your being, because He is worthy. Don’t give your best praise and adulation to mere humans; they are just as imperfect and unique as you. God is exalted above the highest heavens by His creation. He deserves the greatest honor from those who inhabit the earth—those who have been created to have a relationship with Him.
6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I Am The Father, where is My honor? And if I Am a Master, where is My reverence? Says The Lord of hosts, to you priests who despise My Name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your Name?’…8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says The Lord of hosts (Malachi 1).
Animal sacrifices are no longer offered in worship and service to God. The Lord Jesus, offered Himself for the sins of all mankind, once and for all. Unlike the priests and people who gave God what they didn’t want, God gave us His most precious possession—His Only Son.
When we prepare gifts for those we love, we often go out of our way to get what we think is the best. When we come before The Lord to honor him, we should consider what we are offering. We bring our offerings and tithes as an acknowledgement of God’s Goodness; we give Him a portion of our earnings as a reminder that everything we have comes from Him. When we give God begrudgingly, we don’t give Him the honor He deserves. Our offerings of thanksgiving express our desire to honor God. Why we give will determine what we offer God. If there’s a good reason to give, we will do so willingly. Bring an acceptable and pleasing offering to The Lord. Give God the best of your substance, and do so cheerfully.
8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day (Psalm 71).
We should be careful with our words. Our words tell others about our attitude toward them, and they also give a sense of what kind of people we are. Words can hurt, bless, curse, encourage or repel others. We are affected by the words we speak to ourselves and others. Fill your mouth with God’s praise and glory, before you open it. Think of how your words glorify God before you speak them. We are more likely to speak words that edify, respect and encourage ourselves and others, if we speak as those who are in His Presence.
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one title will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these Commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5).
The Lord gave us His Commandments to live by. He esteems His Law above the existence of heaven and earth. Christ fulfilled the Law of God; so He requires that we keep God’s Commandments, to the best of our ability. When we know what pleases a loved one, we will try to do it. We honor those we love. If we honor God, we will delight in keeping His Ways. God honors those who honor His Commandments. Our obedience is evident to others. When we know God’s Ways, but fail to implement them in our lives, we teach others to be flippant about their own commitment to please God. Those who will be honored in the Kingdom of God are those who teach others, while practicing what they preach.
21 The Lord is well pleased for His Righteousness’ sake; He will exalt the Law and make it honorable (Isaiah 42).
The Lord will exalt His Law and honor it above all other laws of mankind. The Law is righteous and those who keep it become a delight to The Lord. If you desire righteousness, keep God’s Law: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; And love your neighbor as yourself.
41 “I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from The Only God? (John 5)”
The Lord Jesus, did not receive honor from men, because His honor came from God. He didn’t receive honor from those He came to teach and save, because they honored their religious leaders above Him. Those who receive Christ honor God Who sent Him. They receive Him without the angst of being rejected by others. It’s unfortunate how we idolize people because they have great accomplishments, are religious, wealthy or famous. We are willing to hang on their views on issues, while we disregard what Christ has said. He is the same today and forever. Our love for God is shown by the reception we give to His Son. Many will not receive Christ in their lives because they are worried about what others will think. They love the honor from others, more than the honor of God. They love others more than they love God.
17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 2).
It is vital that those who teach and preach the Word of God don’t do it solely for profit or gain. Those who teach God’s Word should do so as those who have been sent by God. God’s Word should be taught and spoken with the honor He gives it. The messengers of God are sent in Christ, and not in their own name. They are to speak in Christ, Who did not speak to receive accolades from men, but instead honored God. Those who speak God’s Word do so in the sight of God, in one accord with Christ.
God holds the highest place of honor, above all things and people. We honor Him by keeping His Ways, by living as children who honor their Father, and doing everything in concert with The Lord Jesus. By offering our highest praise and thanksgiving, we glorify God with our substance. We should not concern ourselves with what others think of us; our honor comes from God. Those who teach God’s Truth should be careful to not use their role for their own selfish ambitions. As messengers of God and children of God, our words should be weighed carefully. If we fill our mouths and thoughts with God’s praise and glory, we will not stumble.
Oh come, let us sing to The Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His Presence with thanksgiving. Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. 3 For The Lord is The Great God, and the Great King above all gods (Psalm 95).
If we want to meet a goal or achieve something, we have to be unequivocal about what we want and how we get there. We must have clear and well-defined objectives to reach our goals. All the groundwork needed to get things in motion should be in tandem with the objectives. It takes discipline and consistency to ensure progress. As we aspire to be more like Christ, we have to be intentional about our commitment to please Him, and to relate to others as He would want us to.
9 So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words that are easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. 11 Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me. 12 Even so, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel (1 Corinthians 14).
Man is not an island; we were created for relationships. Language and communication are building blocks that connect people. When we speak, people will respond to how our words make them feel. When we misconstrue what people are saying, we can be offended or confused. As Christians, we have to communicate God’s Truth with simplicity. Spiritual gifts are qualities that God imparts to us to serve Him and others. They are not meant to make us superior to others. We should use our spiritual knowledge, enlightenment and revelation to mature us in Christ, while building relationships with others.
If we are to share God’s Truth with others, we have to use an approach that they can relate to. We should speak to people at their level of understanding, without sounding highfalutin. God desires a relationship with us. He is mysterious, but He is not too complicated to relate to. When people can apply God’s Ways to their daily lives, they will be more receptive to Him. They will even be more receptive, when we are relatable; and not peculiar. He is our Father, and He speaks to us as His children. We should not make God and His Word convoluted for anyone, even for a child, to be able to understand. We should not make the Christian life seem so complicated.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him (1 John 4).
Whatever we do for God, must be done out of love. We know God by His Love. Love is a spiritual gift that God has endowed everyone; it originated from Him. Love defines God in entirety. Love draws people to each other. It is an endearing language that we can all understand. Everyone who loves is born of God; belongs to Him, and is made in His Likeness. God sent His Only Son to die for us, as the greatest expression of His Love. He sent The Lord Jesus, so that we might live through Him. Love is expressed through Christ. In Christ, God’s Love is perfect and makes us perfect in Him. We must learn to love one another through Christ’s Love. We don’t love as we should, when we love others based on how we feel about them. If we are to share with others about Christ, we must do so out of love, and not condemnation. We live through Christ, so that He reveals Himself through us. We are not redeemed to show ourselves off to others; but to let the Life of Christ shine through.
12 “And now, Israel, what does The Lord your God require of you? but to fear The Lord your God, to walk in all His Ways and to love Him, to serve The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the Commandments of The Lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good(Deuteronomy 10).”
The ultimate goal of our lives is to fear The Lord our God; walk in His Ways, serve and love Him with all our being, and observe to do as He has commanded us. This is the life we have been called to, and it involves every area of our lives: our relationships, responsibilities and our lifestyles. Fear and love for God should determine our motives. Everything we become hinges on our perception of God. When we are conscious of God, we will treat others with kindness, and love them as we love ourselves. If everything we do becomes a service to God, we will apply ourselves diligently. Loving God with all our heart, will cause us to keep a reign on our emotions and thoughts. It will go well with us, if we implement God’s Ways to our daily choices, and attitude toward life. Fear The Lord your God; regard Him with reverence, because He directs your life according to His Will.
14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; so The Lord God of hosts will be with you, as you have spoken. 15 Hate evil, love good. Establish justice in the gate. It may be that The Lord God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph (Amos 5).
Hate evil and love good. God hates wickedness. He is Holy and He is Good. Those who belong to Him are like their Father in Heaven. Do not live for wickedness and do not tolerate it; hate evil. Live in the Presence of The Lord hosts, and you will know good from evil. Pursue justice for the oppressed. Abhor anything that is gained by oppressing others or taking advantage of them. Let justice and goodness define your life. God is gracious to those who turn away from doing what is wicked to pursue righteousness. He will not forsake those who please Him.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them (Ephesians 5).
If we are to become mature and fruitful in our lives, with Christ, we must be wary of any distraction that would bring us up short. We are a work in progress, as long as we continue to make advances. We should not be regressing, by partaking in what will defile us. How we spend our time reveals a lot about our priorities and values. We should not revel in putridity. God does not wink at filthy and unclean practices. He will judge the rebellious, vile and disobedient. They have no inheritance in His Kingdom; they are bound for eternity in hell. Since Christ dwells in us, we ensure that we do not pollute His Presence. Our conversations and interactions with others should be seasoned with integrity. We should not allow ourselves to be captivated by foolishness and filthy jokes. Conversations will always have an impact on us, one way or the other.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with The Lord. 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of The Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences (2 Corinthians 5).
We know that we are all going the way of all flesh. We only get this one chance to live meaningful lives. We must be confident about what we want and how to achieve it. How we live for God here, will determine if we will spend eternity with Him. Whether we are present here, we live to please Him, so that we are always conscious of Him. Christ will judge each one of us according to how we lived here; by our choices, associations, priorities and intentions. Yes. Christ will judge us, because He abides in us and knows everything about us. He also came as a Man, so He knows the challenges of humanity. We must be aware of what our actions will earn us. We know ourselves well enough, so does God. We can fool others, but we can not fool God. We should be intentional about pleasing The Lord, each day we draw a breath.
Whatever we do in speech or deed must have significance and relevance to our aspirations. We were redeemed by The Precious Blood of Christ, not to just get by here on earth, but to live according to His Great Power in us. God’s intention for His people was to make them in His Image and Likeness. As He is Holy, so are we called to be. We have an obligation to communicate to others about Christ by the way we live our lives. We must not make God’s Truth complicated, nor should we turn others off with sanctimonious piousness. We have to choose to love God and others, and make it the objective of everything we do. God must be feared, as we carry on with our responsibilities, relationships and goals. We live through Christ and we will always be in His Presence. We must do what is good and pleasing before Him, and do so with intent and purpose. He will not forsake those who have set their sights to honor Him.
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is Holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I Am Holy(1 Peter 1).”