MY DAILY COVENANT WITH GOD DEVOTIONAL
Devotion for Tuesday June 13, 2017
Topic: Bad Attitude That Hinders Spiritual Growth
Text: Matt. 7:24 – 29
Carelessness, carefree, negligence and presumption are very dangerous attitude that every serious minded Christians should avoid and never imbibe. A careless or carefree man can easily fall victim of the evil one. We know the story of Samson how he was so carefree with the instruction from God before his birth.
God’s word serves as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). It directs and guides us. It guards us against danger and grants us wisdom on how best to live successfully (Joshua 1:7 & 8). When we read or hear the word of God, we should apply them diligently to our lives as evidence we are true disciples of Jesus Christ. This virtue of living out what we hear from the word of God teaches here that we shouldn’t be carefree, careless, negligent or presumptuous of the word we hear. James lends credence to this in James 1:22, 23 and 2:14.
In our spiritual growth, what makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how thoroughly the Bible is reflecting in the life you live. This is what matters in our Christianity. You may have gone through the Bible many times but your character remains questionable.
Does the Bible have any effect on your life? Do you preach and teach the word of God but do the opposite? What is your testimony in your school, office, neighbourhood, etc as a Christian? We should not take God’s word for granted or we end up in hell. It is not just the hearers and preachers that will be saved but the doers of the word.
Food for Thought: James 1:22
Memory verse: Matthew 7 verse 26
Prayer: God, help me to apply your word into my life and not to take it for granted in Jesus name. Amen
Our call as Christians is to live by faith just like Abraham and other men and women of faith did. Anything less in not acceptable to God
THE IMPLICATIONS OF LIVING BY FAITH
The word ‘live’ has varieties of meanings, depending on its context. In the context of this article, it can be employed in the sense of one’s manner of life or his behaviour (Romans 6:2; 2 Corinthians 1:12). Faith can convey the idea of an objective body of truth, in which one must place confidence and to which he must submit to (Acts 6:7; Jude 3). The term also may suggest one’s personal conviction and his mode of life relative to objective truth. We should understand that God specifically appointed Jesus Christ as the object of our faith (John 3:16). We can know if we are living by faith when we conform to the following.
When we live by the word of God: God told Joshua and the people of Israel to walk round the city of Jericho once for 6 days and 7 times on the 7th day by faith, not by their logic or reasoning. Many would have asked God what He meant by that instruction. He had to live by the Word from God, not his perception of how illogical the command might have been for him and his troops. The Bible says that obedience being better than sacrifice. So, live by the Word and obey His Word no matter what the perception is, that might not be logical. We should remember that living by faith is a product of word of God we hear (Romans 10:7 compare Ezekiel 36:27).
When we put all our trust in God and not man or personal reasoning: Psalm 118:8 says “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” This shows that living by faith means that we should trust God in all things no matter how small it may be. We should understand that God always entrust us with small responsibilities first before He entrusts us with the larger ones. Abraham was told simply to go, without knowing where he was going to. He had to trust God with the outcome of that decision and God didn’t fail. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Heb 11:8. So faith is voluntarily confiding in and trusting in God.
When we please God (Hebrews 11:6): That passage says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him” (NKJV). When God told Abraham to offer his only son, Isaac, he didn’t object to that. He chose to please God even when it wasn’t convenient for him. This is what living by faith means. Your situations and circumstances may not be convenient but you will keep pleasing and believing God. It is on that premise that God will arise for you
When our lives are not controlled by what we see or feel. It was for this reason Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:7 saying “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” You may be seeing the opposite but such situation can’t deter you from believing God (Roman 4:19 – 21).
Beloved, are you living by faith or by sight. Our call as Christians is to live by faith just like Abraham and other men and women of faith did. Anything less in not acceptable to God and you can’t please Him.