Psalm 45:7 One Way To Receive Joy

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You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Psalm 45:7 

Having joy in one’s life is something that people all over the world are seeking for in their own lives. People want to be happy and be full of joy throughout each of their days.

However, very few find it because of the struggles and challenges in life from day to day. As they seek to find joy, they search to doing or taking different things. They feel as if they could have joy if they just have or do this one thing or take this one drug.

While the joy will come for a moment when doing or taking something, often it is temporary and not very deep. What is done often has long term negative consequences, because they are rooted in sin and death, rather than in life.

The writer of this psalm is talking about the king being anointed with the oil of joy by God. The reason the king was anointed with joy was that he loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

Very simply put, righteousness is doing the right thing and wickedness is doing the wrong thing.

Doing what God wants of a person is always doing the right thing. It is not about legalism and do’s and don’ts, but about loving God and living the way He meant a person to live.

Living for sin and wickedness will only bring about death and destruction. There is no lasting joy in those things. Doing what is right brings life and will last for eternity.

Each person has a chose to make. Will he do what is right and love God and people? Or will he choose what is wrong and love sin and this world?

You have choices to make in your own life each day. It is possible for you to be filled with God’s joy in your life every day.

The way to find that joy is to learn to love God with all of your heart, soul and mind. When you truly love God, you will want to do what is right in His eyes. You will also want to turn away from all wickedness and sin.

As you follow God with all of your life, God will anoint you with His joy that the world cannot understand, nor have.

Are you anointed with joy today?

I pray today that you will love God with all of your life; that you will want to do what is right in God’s eyes; that God will guide you in living your life in the right way; and that God will anoint you with His joy each day. 

1 Peter 2:12 Live A Good Life

 

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Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12

When a person is watching the news, it can be seen that people are always accusing others of doing something wrong. Many times it is an accusation that goes back several, to many years. Millions of dollars are spent every year to pay lawyers and courts to prove that someone had done something wrong, or to defend a person that something was not done wrong.

These accusations show up in personal lives, the political realm, the public realm, entertainment industry, churches and more. There is no area of life that is not touched by accusations in this world.

The accusations are that someone has stolen, injured, abused, cheated, lied, hated, harmed or more, someone or something. Some of the people are found guilty, while others are not found guilty of the wrong doing.

There have been believers who have been accused of wrong doing. Some have been proven innocent, while others have been found guilty.

Since there are accusations in the world against other non-believers, there will be accusations against believers. Satan is an accuser and wants to blame someone, right or wrong, of doing wrong.

Peter tells the believers that they should live a good life. One that is so good, that when a person is accused, the world cannot find any proof of doing wrong.

Living a life this way, is living the same way that Jesus lived. They were unable to prove anything wrong in His life, though they tried.

Some believers have done much harm in how they spoke or acted towards the people of this world. They are guilty of treating people wrong.

The one who lives for God and does as Jesus did, will not be proven guilty of wrong doing.  His words and actions will be proven as good.

Take a look at your life and see how you act and speak around those who are not believers. Look at how you act and speak when in private. Will the courts be able to prove you did something wrong against God? Or will they find that you are truly living the way Jesus lived and are living a pure life of love?

Live your life in a way they cannot prove any wrong in it.

I pray today that you will know how Jesus lived; that God will guide you to live as Jesus did; that you will live a pure and holy life before all people; and that your life will be a witness of who Jesus is. 

Acts 24:16 A Clear Conscience

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So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

Paul had been going around Jerusalem preaching the gospel message. Some people grabbed him and took him to the officials saying that he was stirring up trouble in the city. Paul answered what he was doing and that always strived to be innocent of any wrongdoing before God or any person.

A clear conscience is one that believes that one has never done anything wrong to anyone. Most people in the world feel as though they are not doing wrong to anyone regardless of what they are doing. People tend to believe that they are in the right in what they are doing whether it is good or bad.

There are others who don’t care what other people think about their actions. These people will do whatever they want, when they want, without concern for others.

Most people suppress their conscience and deny what they know to be wrong or ignore what is right.

Believers will often fall into this same type of thinking in their own lives. They will feel as though they are following God, regardless of how they are treating others.

Paul took both God and other people in consideration in what he did. He wanted to be clear of any wrongdoing with both God and man.

When a believer has a clear conscience before God, he should also have a clear conscience before man. God wants every believer to love every person, both enemy and friend. When this is done, no harm will be done, no bad words will be said, and all that will be shown is love.

One should not strive to keep a clear conscience before God and ignore other people. And one should not keep a clear conscience before man and ignore God. It has to be both.

As you look at your life, ask God to reveal where you may have done something wrong, both to Him and to others. Strive to make it right.

Also as you deal with other people in your life, live your life in a way that honors God and others. Strive to live a life that has done no wrong to anyone else in any way. Always show love, grace and mercy to everyone you meet. This way your conscience will always be clear of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will repent of any wrongdoings to God; that God will strengthen you to always chose the right action; that you will be clear of any wrongs done to others; and that you will be the example of Jesus on this earth.

Acts 10:34-35 God’s Acceptance

“Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35

Cornelius was a Roman centurion who believed in God and followed Him. He received a vision from God to meet with Peter. The Jewish belief was that Jews could not meet with someone in the home of a Gentile, anyone not a Jewish decent. Peter meets with him and hears his story of his vision from God. He then realizes that God does not show favoritism only to the Jewish people, but loves everyone.

Prior to this point all the Jewish people believed that they were the only people on the earth that could be saved. This included the Christians following Jesus. God had started to reveal that He wants to save every person regardless of their nationality.

But notice that it is not absolutely everyone that God accepts. The ones He accepts are those who fear Him and do what is right.

The fear in this is to accept His authority and position as the Master Ruler. It is to respect His rules and ways of doing things. It is to obey Him in everything.

Doing what is right is following and believing in Jesus. It is no longer just following the Old Testament Laws and traditions. It is not just being a “good” person. It is believing and obeying Jesus.

Many in the world like to point out that God accepts everyone without the point of accepting those who fear Him and do what is right. Many churches are now accepting people living in purposeful sinful habits as good Christian people.

Regardless of your nationality, or your past history, God will accept you if you fear Him and obey Him. If you do not fear God and His word, you will not be accepted. People may accept you and you may look good, but you are still rejected by God.

Choose to fear God today with the correct fear. Choose to obey God in all that He says. Be a true believer today, and not just going through the motions in deception.

I pray today that you will have the right fear of God in your life; that you will learn to obey Jesus in everything; that you will be accepted by God; and that you will be a witness of who Jesus is and what God wants to everyone everywhere.

1 John 3:7 Doing Right

“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

Now John tells you not to let anyone lead you astray. What does he mean by being led astray? This is being led down a path different from the one you are supposed to be on.

You may have heard a speaker start talking about some subject. As he is talking, all of a sudden he is talking about something completely different. He let himself go astray in his talk.

If you have ever walked in the woods it is easy to understand being led astray. As you follow a path, suddenly you see something off the path that looks interesting. You walk over to see it, then you see something further yet. As you keep looking, you also keep getting further off the path, until suddenly you are lost.

As a believer in Jesus, you are on a path that God has set for you to become like Jesus and to get into heaven. People around you can easily get you off of that path if you are not careful.

Well meaning believers may try to tell you that what you are doing is not good, when it is something God led you to do. The world will try to get you to cut corners to get it done faster.

Here John tells you that you must do what is right. Doing the right thing is not always easy, in fact, it is sometimes painful. The cashier gives you too much change back: do you give it back (the right thing) or do you put it in your pocket and say they made the mistake?

Do you keep the pen you borrowed at work or return it? Do you confess to someone when you made the mistake or do you ignore it and hope it goes away? Do you admit when you are wrong?

All these things the world will state that there is nothing wrong in either choice. God tells you otherwise. You need to be righteous as Jesus is righteous.

Jesus never did anything wrong. You should not either. Yes, you will make mistakes, but try to not purposefully do them. When you know it is wrong to do something, don’t do it.

I pray that today God will help you to not be led astray by anyone; that you will stay on the path God has placed you on; that God will strengthen you to choose to do right all the time; and that God will make you righteous as Jesus is righteous.