DAILY DEVOTIONAL MONDAY JANUARY 30, 2012
(I Chronicles 29:5, Proverbs 23:26, Romans 12:1)
Each day in this Devotional, I deal with controversial, real life issues
that we all face in this life. Many of these issues the church is reluctant
to tackle. My goal each day is to deal with these issues from a Biblical
perspective. Most who respond are most kind and appreciative of the
Scriptural context these issues are put in. However, there are always those
who get enraged at what I say, and send vicious emails how I just don't get
You see my friend, God gave us free will to make choices. He decided NOT to
make us simply robots who would love Him, serve Him, obey Him, but make that
an act we choose to do on our own out of our love for Him. It was this free
will that God gave us that allowed satan and 1/3 of the angles to rebel
against God. It was this free will that God gave us that allowed Adam and
Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden. It is this free will that God gave you and
me that allows us to make decisions throughout the day to obey or rebel
The problem with free will is that it allows us to ignore the absolute truth
God gave us in His Word. It allows us to ignore the black and white reality
of right and wrong. The Bible in places refers to how we are left to our
"own imaginations". Those who choose to reject God's Word and the absolute
truth it represents, basically decide themselves what is right and what is
That is fine, but since we all have free will, what is right to you may be
wrong to someone else. And what is wrong to someone else, may be right to
you. Do you see the chaos this creates? Unless there is a standard, unless
there is a guide, what is right and wrong becomes something each person
decides for themselves. That is one reason God gave us His Word, so that we
would have the black and white of ABSOLUTE TRUTH to guide us in our journey.
The issue I want to deal with today is that as Christians, as believers in
the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been called to a higher standard of living.
When I deal with issues like sex, alcohol, forgiveness, and serving others,
so many just don't realize that as Christians we have been called to live a
higher standard of life. Those great heroes of faith recorded in Hebrews
chapter 11 understood that we are NOT citizens of this country, but of
While for this season we are in this world, we are no longer OF this world
once we commit our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. I am in no way saying
we are to separate ourselves from this culture we live in. Quite the
opposite. Jesus said we were to be the "salt of the earth", the "light of
the world". However, we must never forget that as believers, we are called
to a higher standard of living.
Many scoff at the Biblical example Christ set, when He said if we lust in
our heart we have already sinned. My friends, yes, the sex drive, hormones,
and emotions are all very normal. But God created us above the animals. We
are not to be slaves to our natural drives, but to be in control of them.
God has given us the power over our flesh, over our natural, carnal desires.
To deny this is to deny the power of God that resides within you.
We can love others, not in our own strength, but in the strength God gives
us. We can forgive those who treat us wrong, not in our own strength, but in
the strength God gives us. We are here to serve others, not to be served as
the world would like us to believe. We cannot do that in our own strength,
but in the strength God gives us. You see my friend, as a follower of
Christ, as a Christian, we have not only been called to a higher way of
living, but given the power to do it!!!
The fact is, when we surrender ourselves to live a higher life, a life God
has called us to, we are blessed above and beyond all we could ever imagine,
not always in earthly blessings, but in REAL blessings...peace, contentment,
joy. I promise you, I know people right now, with all the resources this
world can offer, who would give a million dollars for just an hour's worth
of peace, an hour's worth of real joy. You can't buy these things. They are
not for sale. And they only come from living a life God has called His
children to live.
So many are afraid of "missing out". The only thing you gain from rebelling
against God is some temporary pleasure that always leaves you wanting more,
temporary happiness that turns quickly to pain. You sell out the real things
of God for the momentary gratification of this world, that quickly turns
into dark despair. Blessings follow our obedience to God; pain and heartache
ALWAYS follow rebellion.
I love you and care so much for you. One of my goals each day is to help you
live the high calling God has called each of us to. We must never forget
that we are different. We are special. Our personal relationship with Christ
is what makes us special. It is something the lost of this world cannot
comprehend. Because of His love for us, because of that special
relationship, we have been called to live a higher life during our brief
We must never forget that it is NOT our life, but our life belongs to Him.
We are called to die to self daily, so that HE may live through us. This is
a daily process that we all must go through. But it is because of this daily
process of dying to self so that Christ can live through us, that we can
live the higher life He has called us to live. We don't have to be like the
lost of the world, but we can set the example for them. We don't have to
give in to the lusts and carnal pleasures that only destroy peoples lives,
but live above them and enjoy the real blessings of God's peace, love,
happiness, and joy.
Please know that I will be praying for you today, praying that you will take
these words seriously. Realize today, maybe for the first time, how special
you are to the Lord. Realize today, maybe for the first time, that as
Christians we are called to live a higher life than the lost around us. It
is in living this higher life that the hurting, the hopeless, and the lost
of this world will ask us what is so different between our life and theirs.
It is then that we can share with them the hope and love we have in Christ
As followers of Christ, we are called to a higher standard of living. Let us
live for Him each day and proclaim to this world through our very lives that
He is the way, the truth and the life!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,