Revelation 3:4 Are Your Clothes Dirty?

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4

Everyone expects clothing that is put on to be clean and presentable. Once the clothing gets soiled, they are expected to get cleaned before using again.

In many businesses, the workers are expected to dress in business attire that is clean. They work in an environment that does not usually get a person’s clothing dirty. If their clothing gets soiled, they have to change their clothing or else they are in danger of losing their position.

John tells the church of Sardis that some have not soiled their clothing because of their deeds done. Those people will walk with God, dressed in white because they are worthy.

God expects people to do various types of work for His kingdom. All of these works focus on building up His kingdom. When a person is doing what God has called him to do, he will not get his clothing dirty with the things of the world.

This fallen world is full of sin and sinful activities. The world strives hard to get the believer to follow their ways and get his clothing dirty with sin.

In every situation, God has provided a way out of stepping into sin and getting soiled. Sadly many believers are like little children in that they love to get into the mud and cover themselves with it. They want to look just like the world, covered in sin. Instead of resisting temptation, they walk into it soiling their souls.

The believer who chooses to follow God, will run away from the mud of sin. He will keep himself clean by resisting temptation and clothing himself with the righteousness that Jesus provides. At that point, he will be worthy of God.

As a believer you must be willing to look at yourself and see if you have soiled your clothing with sin. When Jesus had forgiven you, He gave you a robe of pure white righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to walk in the ways of the world and get those clothes dirty with sin. Keep yourself pure and holy before God, so that you will be considered worthy before God.

Be alive and victorious in Jesus, remaining in clean clothing, not sin-soiled clothing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sin Jesus offers; that you will keep your soul clean of sinful activities; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that your deeds will honor God.

1 John 3:7 Don’t Be Led Wrong

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 1 John 3:7

Everyday every person has to make many different choices. Often these choices that are made are influenced by others around the person.

Not every person is able to stand strong enough on his own to go against the common flow in making choices. People do not like to stand out as different or to go against the flow, so they make choices that are not always the right choice to make.

John tells the people to not allow anyone to lead them astray, but to always do what is right, just as Jesus did.

Making the right choice to do the right thing is not always easy or popular. The world, as a whole, wants to do what feels good or meets the need in the moment, regardless of the long term impact. With this, those in the world will work hard to lead others astray to do what is wrong, rather than the hard right thing.

Pressure from media and peers push people to live as the world does in sin and personal pleasures. Many believers often give in to the pressure, rather than stand for God. God has called every believer to live a righteous and holy life.

Each one is to turn away from all sin and not be influenced by the world, but be the influencer for God. Believers are given God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen them to make the right choices and to be kept from being led astray into the sinful practices of this world.

The more one chooses God’s way of doing things, the easier it will become to continue to do them. It will be harder for the world to influence the true believer.

You are allowed to choose the path you want to take each day. This choice is to either follow God’s ways of doing things, or the ways of this world.

When you became a believer, God had called you to be righteous and holy as He is righteous and holy. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by this fallen world that is promoting sinful practices, but be the influencer for God’s ways of living.

Do the right things out of love for God and for others, not out of legalism or to be liked by God. Be righteous as He is righteous.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose God’s way of doing things; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead you; that God will strengthen you to resist the influence of a fallen world; and that you will be righteous before God and man in all that you say and do.

Ephesians 5:15-16 Make Wise Choices

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Ephesians 4:15-16

Every day people get tired from working. They want to sit back and just relax, doing nothing.

While this sounds great, it often leads to trouble. When a person begins to relax, he lets his guard down and allows himself to do things that he would not normally do or knows he should not be doing. He will lose himself in relaxation becoming lazy, rather than doing things that are actually profitable to himself and others.

Paul warns the people to be very careful on how they live. They are to be wise in their choices so that they can make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.

During times of relaxation and shutting down, people will often get bored and allow themselves to do things that are sinful. The mind starts to work overtime on getting them to think immoral, sexual thoughts. They seek ways to entertain themselves that causes them to take their eyes off of God pulling them away from God. They choose to not read the Bible, pray, or be a witness.

God wants every believer to know Him, live like Him, be His witness and disciple others. No matter how long a person has lived, he can never fully perfect and complete all of these tasks that God wants him to do.

When a believer has chosen to not do the things God has called him to do, he is becoming unwise and living like the world. He is falling into the evil and evil ways of this world.

In order to live for God, one has to keep his eyes open, being very careful and being wise as he makes the right choices to use every opportunity that God puts in his path to accomplish God’s will. You will have times that you will want to stop and relax. This can be good, but keep yourself alert to what the world will try to get you to do.

Do not allow yourself to take your eyes off of God and His desires for your life. Ask God to reveal to you every opportunity He allows you to have to fulfill His purpose for your life.

Do not go back to the sinful ways of the world, but live as a wise believer following and obeying God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will be wise in God’s eyes; and that you will keep your eyes on God and away from all evil.

Acts 28:24 Give Them A Chance To Believe

Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24

All types of truths and false lies are being spoken all the time, all around the world. As these are being spoken, often one side is chosen and presented in a way that it is the only truth and the only way it can be looked at.

In some places, it can actually be demanded that a person believe it or there will be consequences. There is no choice allowed in whether to believe it or not. The authorities get very upset when some do not believe.

As Paul was held as a prisoner in Rome, he kept preaching and teaching God’s word, trying to convince people about Jesus. Some would believe, while others would not believe.

When Jesus got ready to leave their earth, He gave the final command to be a witness in all the world. Every believer is to go out and tell others about Him and what He had done for them.

One common problem that many believers have is that they often will refuse to talk to some people about Jesus. They feel that those people just will not accept Jesus, because of who they are or what they believe. They are not given the opportunity to believe at all. The choice is made by the believer, not the individual himself.

God is in the business of touching hearts through His word. However, the people need to hear what that word is, and that is only done by believers going out and telling them His word.

When a believer tells everybody and anybody, it gives each one the opportunity to believe or reject. The more people told, the more people who will believe, while more people may also reject, but each can make their own choice.

You have the same commission to be a witness as Paul and all the disciples did. You are to go out and tell everyone you can about Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or not tell someone because you believe that he may not believe. Tell everyone, trusting that God will touch their hearts and draw them to Him. Allow them to make their own choices.

As you do this, you will see that many will believe, while some will not believe. That is not your choice, but theirs. Give them a chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to all around you; that you will see God draw many to Him; that God will change the hearts of many people; and that God will give you the words to speak.

Luke 10:41-42 What Are You Choosing?

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Choices are made hundreds, even thousands of times every day by every person. Every choice will have either a negative or positive choice in the life of the person.

Most often the choice made by most people has to do with the here and now. They are usually about immediate gratification and pleasure, not about the long term future.

As Jesus was over for a visit to Mary and Martha’s place, Mary sat at Jesus feet, while Martha worked. Martha was upset that Mary was doing nothing. Jesus told her that Mary had chosen what was best.

In life, for every person, there are many things that need to be done each and every day. Thousands of choices have to be made as to what needs to be done. This has nothing to do with whether a person is a believer or not.

However, the believer must now add in to the list of things to be done–spending time with God. In the busyness of this world and all of its cares and concerns, spending time with God is often put on the back burner. It is only done at the end of the day, if there is still time.

As Jesus said in another spot, that the cares of this world overcome a believer and choke out his belief in God.

The number one priority of every believer must be to be closer to God and to learn from Him. Once this is done, all the rest will fall into place at the right time and the right way.

You are most likely most people, with many cares and concerns in your day-to-day living. There is a list of things that you must do just to survive and make it. Do not allow all of these things, that are temporary, distract you from what is the most important.

Take time every day and throughout every day to spend time with God. This is spending time reading and studying His word, and spending time talking and listening to Him in prayer.

As you put God and His word first in your life, everything else that is needed will be provided at the right time.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your first priority in life will be to know God more and more; that you will patter your life after that of Jesus; and that you will grow more like Jesus every day.