Eyes on the Goal / Suffer for Christ / Doing God's Will

Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. -Proverbs 4:27

Eyes on the Goal

Our Christian goal is to maintain God's love keeping ourselves from evil. Setting our eyes on Christ will help us stay on track. He is the map, the leader, our teacher, our mentor, our signpost. Let us set our eyes on pleasing God in each part of life, and do not be turned away by anything. God does not wants us to allow ourselves to wander by and sample every form of temptation available. He wants us to get away from every wrong or tempting thing.

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The way to eternal life is straight and narrow. We cannot turn to the left or the right, but must stay looking towards God, towards Heaven. Once we know where we should go, we should not vary from the opposite direction. Let's stick to the straight and narrow with our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus! As we recognize His treasure, prioritize His given task and energize with the truth, we place ourselves in a position to receive God's grace. Our feet should not turn to the right or the left but straight forward in the paths of righteousness. The way of wisdom - the road of righteousness - the highway of holiness - the path of purity - leads straight forward.

 

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him. - Philippians 1:29

Believe, Suffer and Live for Christ

 

Believing is an opportunity, suffering is a grace disguise and both believing and suffering were parts of faithful Christian living. The Lord has given us the opportunity and granted us the privilege to live out our Christian lives and the complete package of redemption includes the privilege of believing and suffering for Christ. Both saving faith and suffering are equal gifts of God, they are too significant. The role of suffering in this way: "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps."

In order to suffer well for Christ, we must recognize the nature of suffering and observe positive examples of suffering like Apostle Paul's examples and exhortations. We need to hold to that high standard of a Christ-filled life that the gospel provides. God's children are faithful even at the cost of their lives. So let's keep our character when under attack and rejoice, because we've seen in Jesus what happens when God's children are faithful even at the cost of their lives. Let us step forward, pledge ourselves and live for Christ no matter what we face.

 

 

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins. -James 4:17

Knowing and Doing God's Will

We all live within the providence of God whether we acknowledge it or not, and every person is called to do the right thing, and the right thing to do is the will of God, and live life as one who is dependent on Him. He holds our life in His hands and that life is a gift. Our Lord made it clear that to neglect to do a good deed for another in need, even if we had a religious excuse for not doing it, was to do evil. When we know the right thing to do and we don't do it, we are condemned by what we fail to do. Let's be a people known for doing good deeds and sharing kindness.

The only way to know the right thing to do that which is God's commanded will is found in Scripture. We cannot ignore His will. Let's not let any excuse, especially a religious excuse, interfere with our glorious and holy opportunities to serve others in the name of Jesus. We need to take advantage of the opportunities given by Jesus for us. We must be in the Word of God continuously, not simply to study and learn it, but to apply it to daily living. God has commanded, therefore, we are to walk in obedience of it.

 

 

 

 

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