Deuteronomy 18:13 Be Blameless

You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 18:13

People who build things that are of extreme high quality always strive for perfection in their craft. The goal is to have no flaws in what they do, regardless of what is being done. Products made in this manner will be of high value and bring in a lot of money.

If there is any flaw in the product, it will often be tossed out and remade. Studies will be made as to why the flaw appeared and how to prevent it from occurring again. Perfection is sought out.

Moses told the people not to take on the practices of the nations they are going in to possess because they are to be blameless before God.

Comparing oneself up against God, one will find that he is flawed and sinful no matter how good of a person he is. Many in the church know this and accept that is the way they are and do not strive to change it in any way. Their thinking is that this is just who they are and nothing can be done about it.

While this is true that they are flawed and sinful, God sent Jesus to remove that sin and change their hearts and minds. The blood of Jesus removed all sin from the life of those who believe on Him. However, it does not just stop there.

Every believer must also strive to be blameless before God. Being forgiven of sins and then purposefully going back into sin is not following God.

In one’s own power and abilities he will not be able to be completely blameless before God. Leaning on God and His Holy Spirit for wisdom, direction and strength, one can become blameless before God in Christ Jesus.

You are living in a world that is full of sin and promotes sin in every area of life. As a believer you are to be different, set apart as holy and blameless before God. Flee all sin and refuse to partake in sin.

Jesus has removed the sin, now it is your job to not go back to that sin and pick it up again. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in living in the ways of God so that you may be blameless and without sin before God.

Be blameless before the Lord your God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands of God; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and give you strength to be blameless before God; and that you will live according to God’s holy standards.

Jude 3 Fighting For The Faith

“Dear Friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Jude 3

The author of Jude starts out stating that he wanted to talk about the salvation that all believers has, but felt he needed to deal with something else. He felt he needed to urge the readers to contend for the faith that they have. The faith they have is the belief in Jesus death, resurrection and salvation provided.

For a person to contend it is to strive very hard for, or to fight for. It is not a physical fight, but a fight of standing the ground for what is believed in.

Believers are to use all of their knowledge and abilities to stand up for what they believe in. They are not to allow the enemy to gain any ground against them.

The world is constantly trying to prove that Jesus did not really exist or was not who He said He was. Many others are trying to state that Jesus will not return. Everywhere one looks there are people striving hard to fight against belief in Jesus.

As a believer in Jesus, you must be willing to take the stand in belief in Jesus and what He has done. First, to not allow yourself to be deceived or start to question what you believe. Second, to tell others who Jesus is and what He can and will do for them.

This takes an effort. It is not something that is always easy and simple. People will fight against you and ridicule you. This is where the contending comes in. You must stand strong and firm in what you believe and fight for it.

Do not allow the world to change your beliefs, but change theirs. Show God to them in a way that will impact them and change their beliefs. Pass your beliefs on to the rest of the world.

I pray today that you will know what you believe in Jesus; that God will give you the words and strength to stand up for what Jesus did; that you will be on the frontlines of the battle for Jesus; and that God will use you to draw many people to Jesus.

Acts 24:16 Clear Conscience

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

Paul was being held in prison for his preaching. While there the governor, Felix, came down to hear his case. Paul boldly told Felix what he had been doing. He then told Felix that he works hard at keeping his conscience clear before both God and men.

People do not always think about their conscience. They will often push it down and ignore it. When they do something wrong, they try to excuse it away and forget about it. Yet, the problem is still there.

God has allowed men’s hearts to grow cold and hardened against what is right and wrong. Many things that are acceptable now, were not even allowed to be discussed a hundred years ago. Now those things are openly proclaimed and promoted.

Some people will try to keep their conscience clear with God and ignore people. Others will work to keep their conscience clear for men but forget God.

Keeping a clear conscience is knowing in your heart and mind that you have not done anything wrong. It is knowing that you are innocent of any wrong doing.

The only way to have a clear conscience with God is to believe in Jesus and accept the cleansing of your sins by His blood. At that point you are to strive to keep your conscience clear.

With men, you must strive to never do anything wrong to anyone ever. Doing wrong can be in words or in action. It can be something very little or it can be a major wrong. Either way it is wrong.

Doing any wrong to any person is also doing wrong to God. God wants you to treat everyone like He would treat them…with love.

This will take work on your part to do. It will also take the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Is your conscience clear before men? Only you and God know that answer, men cannot see your heart and mind.

Is your conscience clear before God? Again, only you and God can know that answer.

Work at keeping your conscience clear before both men and God. Then no one will be able to accurately accuse you of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will see when you are about to do anyone wrong and change your path; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you; that you will accept the cleansing of your conscience by the blood of Jesus; and that no one will be able to accuse you of any wrong.