January 31, 2020 Memory Verse

Ephesians 1_3-4

Psalm 101:2 Being Careful

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I will be careful to lead a blameless life–when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. Psalm 101:2 

It is common to hear of people whose lives look great in the public world, but are horrible in the home. Inside the home, behind closed doors there is often abuse, lies, cheating, and more.

This occurs because most people think that no one can see or know about what is happening behind the closed doors.

Those who live like this, will often begin to live in the same way in the public life. If they cheat or lie in the private home, they will do the same in the public world. Often these actions are excused and accepted by many, except by those who are hurt by the actions.

In the psalm, the write states that he will conduct his private affairs with a blameless heart. He will strive to make sure that there is nothing that he can be blamed on.

There are many in the church who are living in the same way as the world. During church, they live and speak as a believer, but in the private of their homes, they live in perpetual sin.

Being private can be in the physical home or in the mind. Thoughts and physical actions occur that are sin. Sadly it is common to hear of abuse, both physically and mentally, inside of Christian homes. Often it is heard of ministers or leaders in the church who have been caught in a private sin, destroying their ministry.

Believers must strive to live a blameless life, no matter where they are. Jesus said that what is said in private will be broadcast in the open. Private sins will be revealed in the end.

In your private life, both in the home and your mind, what are you living? If someone where to take a look at it and judge it, would there be purposeful sin?

Many believers talk about the grace of God and that they are free to live life. This is true, but not to sin. You must flee all sin and strive to live a blameless life. Jesus did not forgive you so that you can go and sin again.

Allow God to take control of your home and your mind. Change the way you act and think to mirror that of Jesus. Strive to live a blameless life because of what Jesus did for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal to you things you must change; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in living a blameless life; and that your thoughts and actions will be ones of God.

Revelation 14:5 No Lies

 

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No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Revelation 14:5

Speaking the truth all the time is something that most people struggle with. There are some people who tell lies all the time, but all people tell lies some of the time.

Often people look at telling lies as something major was said that is not the truth. Unless it is a major lie, it is not really a lie. However, not telling the full truth is telling a lie.

In this passage, the people being looked at are the 144,000 who were set a part and saved during a time of tribulation. One of their characteristics that is pointed out is that they were to found to have not lied and were considered blameless.

While the majority of people may state that they are not liars, most do tell lies. It is often found in ‘little’ lies that people tell. When asked how a person looks, many will not state the truth and tell a lie. When asked how a person is doing, many will state that they are doing good, while they are suffering and feeling rejected by God. They put on a false front, making it look like they are doing great, yet are really hurting.

Some people will try to state that they make statements to protect someone else. Telling a lie, no matter what it is for, will always hurt someone else in the long run. Lies are never the truth and are always against God.

People often get angry at others who are found in telling a lie, yet, many will still tell lies themselves. Believers should never be found in telling a lie. Jesus was never found telling a lie. He always spoke the truth, sometimes it hurt, but it was still the truth.

Focus your life upon Jesus and allow His truth to fill you. Allow His words to fill your life to where you no longer fear telling the whole truth all the time. James said that the one who can control his tongue is perfect and can control the whole body.

One of the largest areas in control of your life is with your mouth and telling lies.

Think about the words that you speak each day. How much truth is being said, and how many times are things not spoken that are true?

Will you be found blameless?

I pray today that God’s truth will be in your life; that you will speak the words God would say; that you will be found blameless before God and men of telling lies; that no one can find fault in the words you say; and that your words will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

Hebrews 7:26 The Perfect High Priest

 

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Such a high priest truly meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

People go to many different people for help. They look for all different types of help in order to help them get through their days here on this earth. Thousands of counselors and psychiatrists are attempting to help people every day around the world. Along with those people, there are thousands of priests and ministers that people go to for help and guidance in their lives.

Some will view these people as the best source of help. They take their words to heart and believe them. While they may have some good advice to give, they will also fall short in the end. They are not perfect.

In the Old Testament the believers had to go before a high priest to atone for their sins or to worship God. In order for the priest to atone for the sins, he had to atone for his own sins first. He was not perfect and was unable to be there for every person himself.

Jesus came later and became the perfect high priest. He did not have to atone for any of His own sins, because He had never sinned. Jesus now sits in heaven at the Father’s right hand, ready to meet the needs of every believer. The foremost need is removal of sins, after that there are many other needs that believers have.

Instead of just running to a man, priest or other, here on this earth for help and guidance in life, the believer must go to Jesus. Men on this earth will be busy or absent, and they have failures. Jesus does not have any failures and is always available.

You will have struggles that you will need help to overcome. You will have needs that you need someone else to help with. While it is good to seek other people to help, your first focus should be to go before your high priest–Jesus. Go to the One who created everything, the One who is perfect, pure and blameless. He will always make the perfect choice for you.

Think about how great it is that you have someone who can help you around the clock and always makes the perfect choice. Jesus will truly meet every need you have, if you go to Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your High Priest and Savior; that you will trust Jesus for every need you have; that you will run to God first with all of your needs; and that you will strive to be like Jesus, holy, blameless, and set apart for God.