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Friday, August 8, 2014

Our Lives are an Open Book



The Bible – Good News Translation


5               My sins, O God, are not hidden from you; you know how foolish I have been.
6               Don’t let me bring shame on those who trust in you, Sovereign Lord Almighty!
Don’t let me bring disgrace to those who worship you, O God of Israel!

Thoughts:

I believe that all of us can identify with David. If we are truthful, and not trying to hide behind a disguise, we know two things:
1.    That at some point in our lives we have sinned, especially in a place where we know that no one knew us. Perhaps we were out of town or even out of the country. Often we would say to ourselves, it is good to just be ourselves and enjoy. Dangerous words, right? What we are actually acknowledging is that we put on such a face for our friends when around them, that we can’t be ourselves. In other words, they don’t know the ‘real’ you. However….
2.    Our conscience is pricked to the point that we acknowledge that no matter how much we might pull the wool over the eyes of our friends, God is very much alive and knows exactly what we are thinking and/or doing, so we may as well be honest in our actions and/or words.

Are you one to blend right in with the crowd, or do you actually live by definite life principles? It is my desire that I might always live be God’s principles, but I sincerely need this to be action based and not just words that roll off my tongue. How about you, friend? I once heard a sermon where the preacher suggested that the congregation had best not tell him about a certain church member, because he knew what they stood for and the Christian principles for which they are guided by. I don’t know that I would dare say exactly that, but I sure wish that I could live my life so consistently in such a manner that others, especially God, would see exactly what that preacher saw. How about you friend, are you living life where ‘anything goes’, and no matter what company you are in you can fit right in? Remember, God is our guide and He loves us beyond our wildest imagination, but He is also our judge, and He doesn’t need a jury nor a lie detector when we answer the question “Why should I let you into my heaven?” or “Were you consistent in your everyday living and followed my commands to the letter?” Friends, there is no way of you fooling God or hiding the truth from Him.

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for Your awesome power and Your enormous love. Thank You again for what You did on Calvary so that I might have life eternal with You in Heaven. Thank You for providing the ways and means for us to follow so that our lives would be pleasing to You, and also reflective of You when in the presence of family and friends here on this earth. May we be reminded that our lives are an open book to You, and may we live in such a manner that others may thank You for what You have created and is currently working in and through us. All this I ask for your ultimate glory and for Your sake, and I ask in the name of Your Son, Jesus my Lord, AMEN!   
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NOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray.

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