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Walk

The greatest challenge of living as a believer is to be conformed to the image of Christ. This plays out most specifically in relation to our daily walk. John explained when he said, "Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." (1John 2:6)
To testify that you are a Christ follower (Christian) yet live as a person or self-follower is to not understand the meaning of being a Christian. Walking as Christ walked is not an option but a must. It is not done by merely imitating the actions of Christ but by obeying the Holy Spirit that lives within you, for this is what Christ did.
Some might say, it is impossible to live as Christ lived because he had the advantage of being God; therefore his way was easier to walk than ours is. However this misses the point of his humanity. Robert Candlish said it well when he said, "What he saw, and knew, and felt, as the Son of God, made these trials of his walk all the more formidable. He, in his walk, met with far more that was f…

Revive Me

Life can get monotonous and burdensome. Bills regularly come, every day we see the same people and we get up each morning to do what needs to be done to live. Vacations can save us from the routine of life but there is another way to be more permanently revived.
The psalmist faced the burdensomeness of life. He has spent many psalms speaking about it. In one particular psalm he says, "Let me live that I my praise you, and may your laws sustain me." (Psalm 119:175) Commentators give us a better way to translate the words "let me live" and that is "revive me." He uses this same phrase in 119:154, 156, and 159 but it is translated "preserve my life."
The psalmist is asking for fresh strength to carry on his daily life with the purpose that if he receives it he can better praise the One who gave it. This is an unselfish request because praising God is at its focus. We can get so deep into the routine of life that we start living a zombie like life, go…

Conduct

What can be the impact of your conduct? How can it influence those around you and bring testimony to the God you serve?
Daniel had been an influential leader in Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar but when the Media Persian Empire overpowered Babylon and laid waste to it all leaders of that reign would have been suspect. But Daniel was not killed, instead was given a greater office as one of the three administrators over 120 governors for these new rulers.
He continued to conduct himself in a way that was consistent with his beliefs and God and distinguished himself among the other administrators and all the governors, so much so "that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom." (Daniel 6:3) But there were some that were desirous of his downfall. They tried "to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs..." but "could find no corruption in him because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent." (Daniel 6:4…

Certainty

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the blazing furnace is a powerful story of trust and release. These men were captives from Babylon's war against Israel and were carried to Babylon along with their friend Daniel. His interpretation of the King's dream led to his rise in position and he brought these three men along with him into newly appointed positions by King Nebuchadnezzar as administrators over the province of Babylon.
But the King was always glorifying himself and built an altar and made it a requirement for all officials to bow down to it. But when these three would not bow they were confronted with the possibility of the death penalty by fire. Their response was, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O King. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
Several illustrations can…

Happiness

There is a way to have happiness in your life on a perpetual basis. “Well that seems a little outlandish knowing the way life goes with its ups and downs, how would this be possible?” I’m glad you asked.
“Blessed” is a word used in the Bible often that we could translate as “happy.” The writer of Proverbs suggests a way for us to be “blessed” or “happy” in his words of Proverbs 28:14, “Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.”
“Fear” as used here means respect and reverence. When we respect and reverence the Lord we listen and obey Him and that leads to a life of joy whatever the circumstances around us would be. We maintain a heart of trust and confidence that the Lord is always working on our behalf so we can always fear Him.
But, if we do not consciously reverence and respect the Lord then we are hardening our heart to Him. We become callous, unfeeling, and deny the truth and this becomes a pit difficult to get out of. It is a plac…