1 Thessalonians 4:7 How To Really Live Life

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 1 Thessalonians 4:7

All around the world there are many different views on how one should live his life. Each culture has a slightly different norm as to what is expected of a person in living life. Some are extremely focused on education, while others are on careers, and yet others are on family.

The one common theme throughout the world is that one lives to please self without being too separated from everyone else. If it pleases self, then it must be acceptable.

After talking about living like Jesus, Paul tells the people that God did not call them to live an impure, but a holy life.

Living a holy life is something that is different, it is being separated from the world unto God. Very few people like to be separated or different from others. Everyone wants to fit in with those around them.

In reality, the world does not have any set standards of how to live life other than to please one’s own self in whatever way that means or is needed. With that type of mindset, there is no true moral standard.

Sin does not exist according to the world, thus any action is acceptable, causing the world to live an impure, sinful lifestyle in anyway possible. Nothing is off limits.

The believer is to live to a different standard, by God’s holy standard, a pure and sinless life that pleases God. Living in this way is living on a different path than the world. It is choosing to not sin or follow the ways of this world. It is going against the flow of the world around him.

Jesus lived the expected standard, setting the example of how to live life and He gave the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide a believer to live that same way of holy living.

As a believer, you are called to be separate from the world and its ways of living. Jesus has forgiven you of past sins, so do not go back to those sins or ways of living.

Come out from among the world and live a life that is separate and holy unto God. Choose daily, even moment by moment, to reject a sinful lifestyle and be holy as God is holy.

He has given you everything you need to live the holy life, now live it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the standard God has called you to live; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in living a holy life; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sinful ways of living.

Luke 9:26 Will Jesus Be Ashamed Of You?

Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

Families are sometimes known to hold certain standards for the families when in the public eye. When a child does something that does not hold up to that standard, the parents are ashamed of that child.

Some times parents will be so ashamed of the child, that they will cut of support or an inheritance to that child.

Jesus had told the disciples that they must lose their life for His sake to gain life. Then He tells them that if anyone is ashamed of Him, then He will be ashamed of them when He returns.

Family members will often not hold to some family standard because they are ashamed of it. They feel as if it does not go with the flow of society and they are ashamed of their parents.

In the same way, there are some believers who are ashamed of Jesus, even though they would never physically say that they are ashamed. When they are in a church, they are willing to pray for someone openly, but when in a public place, they will not pray out loud for anything. The same goes for talking about God or something in the bible.

They hold different standards, depending upon where they are at or who they are with. These people are ashamed of Jesus and later when Jesus returns, He will be ashamed of them.

Jesus was willing to die on the cross in public for every person on this earth, regardless of how good or bad they are. He was not ashamed to do that. In the same way, no believer should ever be ashamed to admit that he knows Jesus or follows Jesus.

You will have opportunities to show that you follow Jesus in public. You have to make a choice as to whether you want people to know that or not.

If you back down and won’t let them know, you are ashamed of Jesus. The more you do that, the higher the chance is that when Jesus returns He will be ashamed of you. If Jesus is ashamed of you, He will not be willing to present you before the Father.

Will Jesus be ashamed of you when He returns?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; that you will be willing to talk about Jesus, the Father and the bible to anyone and everyone; that you will make known to the world that you follow Jesus; and that Jesus will not be ashamed of you.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Reject All Evil

Reject every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Those who live in the world by the world’s standards do not have any real solid standard to live by. In theory the world says that there is a right and wrong, good and bad. However, the world does not have any standard that is solid to determine what is right or wrong.

Most live by the standard of if it works and feels good right now, without harming any one else immediately, it is acceptable. It does not matter if it may hurt oneself or someone else later, as long as it does not immediately hurt now.

As Paul is closing out his letter to the Thessalonians, he tells them to reject every kind of evil.

God has a standard that He has laid down since the beginning with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. It is a standard of holiness, that has not changed since the beginning of time. His standard of holiness is the same as with Adam, no sin, no evil.

Sadly, many in the church have not lived by God’s standards, they have accepted some evil in their lives. Many live by standards that God has called evil and wrong while at the same time claiming to believe in and follow Jesus.

Sinful activities are accepted and even promoted by some ‘believers’. Telling lies, cheating, stealing, murder and many other things are done by believers who turn a blind eye to God’s holy standard of living.

Those who are truly following Jesus will reject every kind of evil. Not just the extreme gross end of evil, but all evil. They will make choices to have no part in sinful activities or teachings in any way, whether simple or complex. They will live by God’s holy standard.

Each day you live, you have choices of how you will live to make. You have to choose whether you will live according to the sinful ways of this world, or by God’s holy standard. You have to choose whether you will reject every kind of evil that attempts to be in your life, or will you choose to accept that evil.

God always makes a way to keep from all sin and evil, but it is up to you to choose the correct way to stay away from evil. Will you reject or accept evil that presents itself to you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn to God and away from all sin; that God will guide you in rejecting evil that presents itself to you; and that you will live a holy and pure life before God in all areas of your life.

Mark 14:38 Prevent Falling To Temptation

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38

The standards of the world are that a person can do whatever he desires as long as it does not directly hurt another person. These standards can be found everywhere. Advertisements are focused on telling a person needs and deserves to have whatever he desires.

People cannot have or do too much, according to the world. This type of thinking causes people to do things that go against God and His standards.

As Jesus was about to be betrayed in the garden, He was praying and wanted the disciples to pray also. They had fallen asleep. Jesus told them that they needed to watch and pray to keep from falling into temptation.

Temptation is the pressure put on someone to go against a set of standards for a different set of standards. Most often this is going against God’s standards–sinning against God.

No true believer really wants to sin, but do continue to fall into the temptation to sin. The world wants nothing more than a believer to sin against God. The best way for a believer to prevent this from occurring is to watch and pray.

One must watch and be alert to the deception of the world to get him to sin. He must also pray. Prayer will keep his focus upon God and His standards, taking his eyes off of the lusts and temptations of this world.

God is willing to show a person the way out of temptation as the pressure arises. He will be able to bring to memory His word to turn from all sin.

Without prayer, a person is trying to do it on his own and will fall to the temptation to sin.

Every day there will be times of temptation that will come up in your life. You have to be ready to combat those temptations.

The first way to beat them is be watching for those temptations. Be ready for when the enemy tries to trip you up.

The next thing you need to be doing is praying, without stopping. Rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you to turn away from all temptation to sin. Refuse to sin against God.

Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will pray to God continually; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will open your eyes to temptations before you; and that you will refuse to sin against God.

Amos 7:7 Lining Up Straight

Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. Amos 7:7 

Construction of buildings is something that occurs worldwide. One of the important parts of the construction is that the walls are built straight vertically. If the wall is off just a small amount it will lean more and more as it goes up higher and higher.

One of the ways the construction workers can ensure that the wall stays straight and true is using a plumb line. This is a line with a weighted ball on the end to hold it straight ensuring the wall is straight to the line or if adjustments are needed.

Amos is given a vision of God holding a plumb line up against Israel. It is to see how well they are lined up with God’s standards.

People often like to measure how well they are doing or not doing by measuring themselves up against other people. They use a horizontal measurement. The problem with this is that no person has a perfect alignment that stays perfectly aligned and true all the time. People waver in their alignment, in how they act and react, speak and listen.

Jesus is the only person who walked perfectly upright and straight all the time. His plumb line is lined up with God.

Every believer must have a plumb line measured from him up to God and only to God. God is above every person on this earth and is the perfect alignment.

When a believer is measured up against the standard Jesus presents, it will allow him to see if there are imperfections or not in his life. It will reveal how closely aligned he is to God’s standard of living, not the wavering standards of this world.

While it is easy to compare yourself to another person, strive to not do that but rather compare yourself to Jesus. Find out how aligned you are to the way Jesus lived.

If you find that you are not in perfect alignment, ask God to show you how to make adjustments in your life to get into alignment. Keep working at it until you are perfectly plumbed straight and true to God and His unwavering standards. God does not, nor ever will change His ways.

As God holds a plumb line to your life, what will it reveal?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will align your life to God’s will and ways; that you will fully live for God with all of your being; and that you will be a good representation of Jesus upon this earth.