This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall
meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that
is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will
have good success. – Joshua 1:8
Emphasized in the post “Practice What You Preach” is the need to know
God’s instructions from the Bible and better practice or apply these
instructions until they become an effortless activity throughout our day; a
positive part of our life that becomes permanently engrained in who we are.
Once God’s principles become a
part of who we are, we should search for others to join us in applying our faith.
We should be creative in how to apply our faith. Are there apps we can use or
even develop to help people apply their faith in their daily activities? Are
there songs like Lead Me to the Cross by
Hillsong we can share?
Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to Your truth!
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor You. - Psalm 86:11
The post “Integrate Faith with Actions” is about Paul
pointing out that what we know in our mind needs to lead into the heart. It’s
all about receiving God’s mercy and grace by accepting Christ first. Then, our
hearts are transformed into committed followers of His Way.
Every day can be amazing because
we are putting the guidance of the Holy Spirit into practice. We can’t work
hard enough to be saved but we can accept Christ in our heart and give it our
best effort to daily show that we are saved.
Like the song Back to God by Reba McEntire, let us
inspire others to begin today to integrate our faith with our actions because
knowing God and accepting His grace makes our burdens lighter. Before long, the
world will be changed for the better.
My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the
taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul, If you find it, you will
have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
In the post “Riches of the Soul”, one idea brought out is
to put God’s Word into practice by evaluating our life and determining the
changes that need to be made.
We spend a lifetime working hard
and trying to save enough to someday retire. But along the way, our greatest
activities are to accept the riches of God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience
to help us change for the better.
Persistently living as the Bible
teaches adds to the riches of our soul which we will have not only in this life
but the eternal one too! Take inspiration from this song: Live Like That – Sidewalk Prophets and
give it all you have today.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts
on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8
A lie the world tells us is to
do things on our own without any help from God. But why exchange the truth of
God for this lie that leads to an unhealthy society? Instead, the prescription to a clearer vision is to
give attention to our spiritual growth. Think of ways to feed our hearts and
minds with positives from God.
Like the song Fix My Eyes by King & Country
points out, we can change our course. We can accept the help God gives in
Christ and accept the obvious as truth. The ways of the world always change but
the character of God never does.
As a society learns how to live
God’s way, individuals build up strong character, families support each other,
and communities flourish. The post “Changing
Course” provides an analysis from Paul about society’s issues, how to sort
things out, and offers a prescription to a clearer vision.
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As
surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter
rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. - Hosea 6:3
In the post “Giving all Honor and Praise to God”, the
thought brought out is that there is no excuse for not accepting God’s power
and divine nature because His invisible qualities can be clearly seen.
I remember a while back driving to
work and seeing a double rainbow in the sky. I got out of my truck and started
walking up the hill to my office when I realized that I left my badge in my
truck so I walked back to my truck and noticed the rainbow again. This time, I
took a few seconds to aim my smart phone to get a shot of the rainbow.
If we focus on God’s beauty, we
are able to make it through anything and realize that at the end of the rainbow
of life, there is a pot of gold because those who give up what’s in the world
and follow Christ, receive eternal riches in the kingdom of God.
The world tells us God is not
real but as I go through each day; taking walks and feeling the fresh breeze
hitting my face and hearing the sounds of night that sooths my soul, I know the
world is telling a lie and the ONE who created the breeze and unique music of
the night is telling the truth.
This day with God, let us give
honor to Him by noting when His invisible qualities are made plain to us. Let
us tell God we are thankful and encourage each other.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. -
Explained in the post “The Power of the Gospel” is that Paul wanted
to share the Gospel with the Roman Christians because he knew the Gospel would
meet their needs and the Gospel message would spread faster to all parts of the
Today, we look around us in this world and see
poverty, sickness, and pain. We may ask God why He doesn’t do something. The
thing is, He did by giving us the power of the Gospel to be His hands and feet
to the world.
The Gospel message is so
powerful because it continues to grow and can never be taken away or depleted.
It has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free and
never lets us down. It is like our fuel to energize us to do good works.
Maybe today it’s time for us to
take to heart the song Do Something by Matthew
West and be doers of the Word. As
the song says, if not us then who?
All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who
are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
As pointed out in the post “Fertile Ground for a Great Harvest”, Paul
put a lot into his relationship with the Roman Christians. He knew that by
teaching them, God’s purpose for him of spreading the Word would take root and
the harvest would be plentiful because Rome was the center of communication
throughout the world during this time.
Let us also see this purpose of
Paul as our great purpose because the only things in life that last forever are
the Word of God and our relationships with His people. Therefore, let us do
things daily that last forever by getting to knowing God’s Word and creating a
stream of compassion that flows from one Christian heart to another.
The song Who Am I by Casting Crowns points out
that our forever home is with God. We are just here on earth for a short time.
Our life on this earth will fade away into the sunset but our relationship with
God and other Christians will last forever.