In Psalm 42:10, King David cries out to God, saying, "'...those who hate me speak sharp words to me. All day long, they say to me, 'Where is your God?'"
As Christians, we should strive to be perfect, just like God is perfect. We are Children of God, right? So, why not imitate God?
In Ephesians 5:1-6, the Word of God tells us to, 'Imitate God, in everything you do because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice to us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people. Obscene stories, foolish talk and coarse jokes - these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshipping the things of this world. Do not be fooled by those who try to excuse these sings, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey Him.'
Hebrews and the history
I was listening to a sermon this morning (as I should) by David Wilkerson (as usual) and he was teaching on the Book of Hebrews. Before reading a Book, I now try to familiarise myself with who wrote the Book and to whom it was addressed to as well as the setting/theme of the Book.
The Author of the Book of Hebrews is unknown but the Hebrew writer is addressing the Hebrew Christians in those days. The Jewish Christians in those days were being persecuted by Jews and Romans.
By this time, the Jewish Christians had heard the messages we hear today. They had heard about the priesthood of Christ, they had known that we must come boldly before God to obtain His grace. They had heard about the ministry of Angels. They were taught about the salvation of God and to hold fast to Him. They had been warned about the dangers of unbelief (Hebrews 3:7 - 19). At this stage, they had heard so much of the Word of God that they, themselves, could TEACH others. They knew that they should not murmur nor complain. This is relevant to Christians today.
The Writer of this Book wrote this letter to the Hebrews, telling them in Hebrews 5:12, '...by now you should be teachers. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the things you need to know from God's Word. You still need milk instead of solid food. Anyone who lives on milk cannot understand the teaching about being right with God. He is a baby. Solid food is for full-grown men. They have learned to use their minds to tell the difference between good and bad.
The Writer is telling them that, yes, as a baby, you lived off milk. It was all you needed. But now, you are fully grown. You have been praying, you have been reading the Word of God and it is important to have more solid food, such as fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese and breads. When someone first becomes a Christian, they live off 'just milk' spiritually. But, there comes a time when we have to grow up and move on to more solid food as a FOLLOWER of Christ - to learn deeply and use your spiritual gifts.
He is saying, we should be teaching by our LIFESTYLE. We say we believe in God, we love God, then we should show it by the way we live and believe in God by standing firm. This does not mean you will not get tested but the fact that you've been tested before means you KNOW that God is there.
Deuteronomy 11 talks about the Children of Israel and how they are about to get into the Promised Land. All those who had lived in unbelief are gone at this point. God gathers all the Children of Israel who had seen some of the miracles of God. Remember, they had been in the desert for forty years so they had children who were younger who were not there to see the miracles of God but they had heard their parents talk about it. I am guessing they were about 50 years old at this point. Moses, in Deuteronomy 11 is speaking to those who had seen the miracles of God, not their children.
'I am not speaking to your children. They have not see how the Lord worked and how great He is. They have not seen the special things you have seen, what He did in Egypt to Pharaoh, the King of Egypt and to all his land. They have not seen what He did to Egypt's army, the horses and war-wagons. He made the water of the Red Sea flow over them while they were coming after you. He destroyed every one of them. They have not seen what He did to you in the desert until you came to this place...but your own eyes have seen all the great work the Lord has done.'
These people had seen the miracles of God, so they could be an example to their children, their family and/or colleagues. That they had to have unwavering faith.
Deuteronomy 11:18 - 'Keep these words of mine in your heart and in your soul. Tie them as special something to see upon your hand and on your forehead between your eyes. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Write them beside the door of your house and on your gates. And your days and the days of your children will become many in the land of the Lord promised to give to your fathers, as long as the heavens are above the earth.'
God tells these people to be an example by the way they live their life. They should keep the Word of God in their heart, their soul. To teach their children and to talk about them to people to uplift them if you have to. Be a WALKING Bible.
There are three things that those who live by faith have:
- They don't just have faith in one area of their life. They have faith in all areas in their life. They believe in Him. They know they are not suffering because of a past sin. We may have failures in our life but go to the throne of God and BOLDLY accept Him.
- They do not doubt Him. The Blood of Jesus has washed away their sins. God yearned and still yearns for communion with you, since you were in your mother's womb.
- Never limit God - in HOW and WHEN He will answer your prayers. Be a walking Bible
Meditate on these verses:
- Titus 2:7 - '..you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.
- 1 Timothy 4:12 - '...let no one show little respect for you because you are young. Show other Christians how to live by your life. They should be able to follow you in the way you talk and in what you do. Show them how to live in faith and in love and in holy living
Be a living example! Xo