Daily Bread 4-25-17
10 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto him a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
ref. - Isa 49:6 - And he said, it is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
John 1:9 - That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Luke 1:75 - In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
Acts 24:15 - And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
Acts 15:9 - And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Heb 9:14 - How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Dt 7:6 - For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are on the face of the earth.
Whether we were born into it by heritage, or grafted in by faith, our God has chosen us to good works! It was not hard for Christ to come and do what he did because he was holy, he was pure, and he was righteous. Now, in the word of God it says that we can also be these things through Christ. Does this mean that he is going to do it for us while we remain in sin? No. It means that if we let him transform our hearts and minds so that we think as he does, we too will have what it takes to be the same. No, we will not rule over the twelve tribes of Israel, but we do have the opportunity to live life that is pleasing to God. He didn't chose us because we were not capable, he chose us because he created us more than capable. Out of millions he created each one of us to be a light to the world through Jesus Christ. So let us increase in faith and believe that we are not weak in Christ, but that we are weak in the flesh. And if we use any common sense we will lean toward what makes us strong and that is Jesus Christ. We will also lean away from that which destroys us and that is the world. He is the answer to all of our questions and all of our needs. He is the power and might, the strength and the perseverance that we all should strive to attain. He is also the perfect example that lived without mistake and sin, allowing us an example that has not been provided nor ever will be provided by any other. Remember, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. He was he is, and always will be the one to save us from the ways of the world and to help us to enter in to that wonderful thing we hope for; eternal life!
Have a great day!!!