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Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God.
Temptation comes daily and seeks to entice us into imitating the evil that takes place in this world. Our call is to stand firm in our faith and do good, and our Lord God has equipped us to do so by the power of His grace, the power of His Holy Spirit, and the complete sufficiency of Christ Jesus. Each of us is challenged daily on a very personal level: is Jesus enough? He is the bread of life! He is more than enough! 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) says, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'”
How lovely is the place where you live, O Lord who rules over all! I desperately want to be in the courts of the Lord’s temple. My heart and my entire being shout for joy to the living God.
Lord God, please create in me a heart that longs for You always. Help us to seek You every day in the details and circumstances of our everyday lives! Reveal Yourself God, and draw us close to You. Bring about repentance and restoration; heal our hearts and minds from the damage that constantly barrages us. May we always remember Your unfailing love and return to You: the only One worthy to be our first love.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an eternal God, the Creator of the whole earth. He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.
Today's challenge is to believe that God's understanding is unsearchable. Every day I encounter situations that I do not fully understand, yet I belong to a God who does understand...perfectly. Our surrender to His leading makes us instruments of His grace every single day. Our God never grows tired, yet He chose to rest on the seventh day of creation to show us that rest is a necessary part of living. Rest in the knowledge that God always understands. We do not have to convince Him of our situation or prove our case - He knows exactly what is going on. He is with us.
For God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves.
Our doing good doesn't qualify us as candidates for salvation. When we place too much importance on our doing good it can lead us down a path of sin. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone. That being said, that grace empowers us to live differently, as a response to His love for us displayed at the cross. Living in the freedom of that grace produces the good that we ought to do in love. That freedom in Christ does not give us the right to presume upon the cross and do good for selfish gain. We must always carefully consider our motives for doing good.
God thunders with his voice in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall to earth,’and to the torrential rains, ‘Pour down.’
There is rest and comfort to be found in that God "does great things beyond our understanding" (NIV, NET). The NLT says, "We can't even imagine the greatness of his power". I find refuge in this because sometimes in life, things worse than we can imagine happen to us, or we find ourselves wanting to stand firm against "impossible" odds. This kind of situation is the perfect stage for God to show up and display His authority, and the extent of His truly amazing grace. Take heart, He loves you and wants to be with you.