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.

Hebrews 10:26 Keep Doing His Will

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In the workplace, the boss will often require things to be done that is not always easy, fun or even interesting. The worker needs to make a choice when told what to do.

He can do the work and get a paycheck in the end. Or he can not do the work, not get a paycheck and be relieved from working there.

The benefit of the paycheck and continuing to have a job is found in persevering in doing what needs to be done, regardless of how one feels.

After pointing out what Jesus had done to remove sins, the author of Hebrews encourages the believers to keep on doing God’s will. This is encouraged so that they will receive the promise of God.

Doing God’s will can often be challenging and many times not making sense in the moment. God will have a person do something that at the moment looks ridiculous and maybe even dangerous.

Man only sees in the moment and in the immediate vicinity. He cannot see things further out, as God can see. Everything that God tells a believer to do is with perfect love and an eternal kingdom perspective.

What God has a person do is being done for the focus of eternal life in heaven and perfect love. Right from the beginning of time in the garden of Eden, all God wanted was a relationship and obedience. This has not changed since then.

As the believer takes his focus off of the here and now, and the current struggles, he will be able to continue to do what God has called him to do. When life is over for that believer, God will be able to reward him for his work.

As a believer, God is calling you to do a work for His kingdom. It may be large or small, easy or very difficult, boring or exciting. Regardless of what the work is like, you must be willing to complete the task given to you.

Turn your focus off of the here and now, and focus on serving God and His eternal promises. Do not give up. As you continue to do His work and complete it, God will reward you abundantly with the promises He has already promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s desire for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that you will never give up doing God’s task for you; and that you will see the rewards of God abundantly in your life.

Philippians 2:14 No Grumbling Or Arguing

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14

Complaining is one thing that a person will see nearly every where he goes. No matter what is happening there is usually someone who is complaining about it. On every issue, there is nearly always someone that is not happy about it and finds fault.

The other characteristic that is commonly seen is arguing. People are always arguing with each other. Most often it is about who is right or which way to do something is right. Major wars have been started between nations because of arguments.

Paul tells the people to do everything without grumbling or arguing.

Grumbling is a sign of selfishness. One is complaining or grumbling about what is going on or what he has to do. He is not accepting what is happening or what he has to do, because he thinks there should be a better way, which then often leads to arguing.

In the same way as grumbling, arguing is often done out of selfishness. One wants things done his way and fights for it with words of arguing.

Many believers in the church can be seen grumbling and arguing. Complaining about how the service went or changes made in a church. Arguing as to which way something should go in a church service. Outside the church, many grumble about the traffic, the weather, other believers and more.

Everything that Jesus went through and did, He went through and did without grumbling or complaining. Instead of grumbling, He went to His Father in prayer for strength and direction to keep moving forward.

The focus is that the Father is in control and one is to trust Him in everything. As soon as one can fully trust God in everything, he will no longer want to grumble about a situation. He will no longer argue, but just present God’s word for the situation.

You will have times where things do not go as you had planned. Or things will be planned to go in a way that you do not necessarily like.
As you meet these situations, quickly bring them before God to give you wisdom and direction. Do everything that you do as unto God, that way you will have no reason to argue. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you the words to speak to keep from senseless, sinful arguing.

As you do these things, you will find joy and contentment in life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will do everything you do for the Lord; that you will not grumble or complain with what God is allowing you to go through; and that you will find joy in serving God with your whole life.

John 13:15 Do As Jesus Did

I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:15

Great teachers or leaders will always teach and lead by example. They will show the students how to do something by physically doing it, not just telling them how to do it.

Students who really want to learn to be their best will follow the examples of their teachers or leaders. Those who try to reinvent the wheel and do their own thing, when being taught or led, will often fail in the end.

Jesus had just washed the feet of the disciples as a servant to them. Now He tells them that He has set an example of what they should do.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He had taught the disciples many different things. He taught how to be a witness, how to pray, how to have righteous anger, how to be compassionate, how to have faith, how to serve, how to heal, how to resist temptation, how to speak the truth, and many other things. In each of things, Jesus not only taught it, but did it as an example for His believers to follow.

Every believer is still being taught by Jesus today through His word. As a believer learns from Jesus, he must begin to do as Jesus did in every area of his life. Jesus was the perfect example of how man is supposed to live, act and think.

Sadly, many in the church have chosen to stay living as the world does, doing what the world does. They have chosen to not do as Jesus did, feeling as if it is wrong or beneath them to live that way.

One, if he really loves God, is supposed to do as God commands. God only teaches one to do what is best to lead to life.

As a believer look through the scriptures to see how Jesus lived His life. Now make a choice to live in the same way.

Do not let the influences of this world teach you how to live. Do not allow selfish desires to override God’s teaching to you.

Jesus was separate and different from this world. You also are to be separate from this world, different than this world.

Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are doing just as Jesus did. Are your thoughts, actions and words a mirror of how Jesus lived? Or are they a mirror of this world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus taught; that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did; and that your life will be an example of who Jesus is.