Doing Right or Living Righteously?

Several years ago I heard a well known Christian influencer say every word of God should be taken literally. While I presume to understand the sentiment behind this statement to be that if we believe the word of God is the inerrant truth we would then apply all of God’s word to our life.

Through the years I have reflected upon this statement and often wondered how this would look with many of God’s commands in the Old Testament. Certainly, we don’t have to offer daily sacrifices because Jesus death and shed blood took the place of this daily requirement. And not many of us have free open range where we raise sheep, rams and bulls for the sacrifices required by the ancient Israelites. Nor do we hold fast to the many festivals they were to celebrate.

So how is it we are to take the word of God, the entire word of God literally and apply it to our life practically? It is an issue of our heart. When we are staying connected to Jesus, especially through reading and studying His word, we are engaging with Him in dialogue. His word, which is literally Jesus Himself, is alive and active and if we allow Him the space He will transform us by the power of His Spirit. He begins to show us that the sacrifice is no longer what His shed blood has already covered [the sacrifices of the Old Testament] rather our sacrifice is offering our will to Him like the sweet fragrance of the perfume offered by Mary as she washed his feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

Do you practice righteousness? Do you know how to practice righteousness? Has anyone ever walked alongside you and modeled righteousness to you?

The words of 1 John 3:10 above can seem harsh at first glance but when we dig deeper and learn the original translation we find that anyone not practicing righteousness is not a child of God. Do you practice righteousness? Do you know how to practice righteousness? Has anyone ever walked alongside you and modeled righteousness to you? This is why choosing to be discipled and then discipling others is so important. One aspect of discipleship teaches us how to approach God’s word and begin to understand the marvelous things He wants to show us and how to apply them to our life for righteous living rather than taking His word out of context.

As a believer in Christ you are to be like Jesus [your character matching His]. The only way to be like Jesus is to spend time with Him and as you do your will becomes His will and you learn to love not only your brothers and sisters in Christ but a world population with an inherent desire to simply be known and loved.

Show His love to the world—stay connected to Him.

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Adversities in Righteousness

 

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God is preparing us! He wants our attention and focus to be completely on Him. As believers in His beautiful and beloved Son, He sees us as righteous. It is the blood of Christ which makes us righteous. As such, we also know, as believers we WILL have trials, challenges, struggles and adversity. BUT, God promises to deliver us from them ALL. He promises whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, HE will deliver.

Walk with me in this truth.

Shalom!
©2017TereseJMBelme

Eureka Infinity and Beyond!

This morning I was looking for a nugget; a golden nugget to be exact. Not the type of gold that has monetary value, although, that would be nice as well! No, this morning I was looking for spiritual gold. That certain something that I could reflect upon throughout my day; giving me hope and making me, well, smile.

I began traipsing through the Bible, I like to traipse, and I came upon Psalm 103:17

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.

As I began to ponder this verse, I felt the Holy Spirit speak its truth to my heart. This verse is a very BIG promise! Everlasting is forever. Never ending; forever to forever; infinity and beyond! To fear Him is to revere and respect him; to be in AWE of him! His righteousness is his standard, his ultimate best, which is better than anything we can begin to imagine!

IMAG0986I found my spiritual gold. God love’s me forever and forever because I revere Him. Not only that, because of my relationship with Him, he extends his ultimate best to my children and grandchildren. That, my dear friends, is definitely something to smile about!