What is most important?
God is good, he always has been and always will be because we know that he is unchanging. (Heb 13:8). We also know that Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. We ask ourselves, how did he do it? How did he resist every temptation? He did it because he knew the word, he knew the way out and he was determined to follow the blameless path. The Bible is a rule book to an extent but overall, a book of love. How is it a book of love? Because it tells us about Jesus and the sacrifice that he made for us in that anyone who calls on his name, will be saved. It shows us how to conduct ourselves through life, what we should and shouldn’t do/say and directs our attention to the way of the Lord and his perfect righteousness.
Salvation alone gets us to heaven, but it is impossible to please God without faith, and faith produces good works. Good works are a way to demonstrate Gods love to others through the way that we give, support, and meet the needs of others. I love the quote, “He that giveth to the poor, lendeth to the Lord.” (Pro 19:17) The way of life outlined in the Bible, is Holy, it is Pure, Upright and Righteous. The main goal being that we will be saved and walk in the fruits of the spirit each day of our lives.
God has a big interest in our lives, he wants to be involved and the word tells us to trust in him with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. (Pro 3:5-6). We will never understand God, but he will always understand us because he knows everything. This world is a big temptation, there are many ways in which we can be distracted and loose sight of God but, what happened to Peter when he was walking on the water and took his eyes off Jesus? he began to sink! The more of a foothold we give the devil in our lives, the more he walks over us and that’s why we need to stick to Jesus like a stamp to a letter. “Submit yourselves unto God, resist the devil and he shall flee from you” (Jam 4:7).
Whatever you ‘day to day’ is, do it with the love of God in your heart and remember to keep reading the word, the Bible says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. (Psa 119:105). God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear but there are many temptations out there, some hit us like a tone of bricks and some, more subtle. We need to lean into the Lord and trust in his promises, and really trust in them. Its all well and good proclaiming to believe in God, so does the devil, do our lives reflect our confession of faith or have we some ‘changes’ to make? Nobody is perfect, but Jesus is, and we give him all the glory that is by him we can pass from death to life everlasting, in eternal glory, where sin and the things of this world will forever, be gone.
I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath; And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.