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.

Romans 12:2 Transform, Not Conform

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

One of the most common thoughts that the media wants people to believe is for people to conform. The world wants everyone to be alike, so that no one is left out. The world also wants everyone to accept everyone just as they are and never to expect change.

The mindset of the world is that with unity there will be peace. Everyone can live as each one desires.

After showing how God grafted any who believe into His family, Paul points out what to do with that information. He says to not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed in the mind to know God’s will.

Every believer was in the world at one point in his life. He lived and thought as the world did, living in and promoting sin. At some point every believer has chosen to become a believer in Jesus and accept what He did for him.

It is at this point that the believer must begin to change his ways and thoughts. Many in the church have not taken this step and have stayed in the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They continue to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to change.

These actions are due to their refuse to transform their thinking to the ways of God. They want to hold on to the past sin, rather than give it up.

Every believer needs to allow God to transform his mind, changing his ways and thinking. Doing this gives the believer strength to live for God and to turn away from sin. It breaks the desire to sin.

Each and every day you have choices to make as to whether you will live for God or live for this world. If you allow the world to influence you and control your thinking, you will live for the world, rejecting what Jesus has done for you.

Choose to live for God. Fill your mind with God’s word and His ways of thinking, acting and speaking. Allow God to transform you into a new creation, giving up the past sins and sinful ways of thinking and acting. Do what God has called you to do and be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will turn from the world towards God; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will live your life for God.

Daniel 1:8 Going Against The Norm

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But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 

When being given something, most people will accept it without any questions or problems with it. The reason it is often accepted is that no one wants to offend the giver. They want to be grateful for what they are being given.

Along with not wanting to be ungrateful, they also do not want to go against the norm of society. If everyone is doing it, they feel they should do it also. They do not want to buck the system of what to do or not to do. In this way they will compromise their standards and beliefs.

While Daniel was in exile, he was promoted to being a chief official for the king with some others. They were given the best food and drink of the palace. Daniel chose to not eat the food, because it went against God’s chosen diet for him.

Peer pressure to go with the norm of everyone else is great in this world. People will very quickly compromise their standards to gain something or to gain the favor of someone else.

Many believers will often compromise their standards in the walk with God in order to fit in with society or a group of people. They begin to accept and do things that go against what God has told them not to do, just so they do not stand out and appear as ungrateful or as ‘holier-than-thou’.

However, God has called all believers to be separate from this world. They are to stand out as different, a peculiar people and holy unto God. Doing so will cause one to choose to go against the norm of this world, in order to prevent sinning against God in any way.

Think about the things God has told you to do or not to do. These can be anything written in Scripture or told to you by His Holy Spirit. Are you willing to compromise what God has told you in order to fit in with a certain group of people?

Seek God to give you strength to not compromise and step into sin. There is nothing that is worth the price of sinning against God. Do not allow yourself to give into pressure to compromise your walk with God, just to go with the norm.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for you; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that you will not compromise your walk with God.