If our words are not demonstrated by our actions, is there any validity to our claim? When we tell people the truth about out love for Jesus, but we proceed to live as though there were no God, what will they think of our words? When the world sees people who put their faith into action, it gives validity to our words. The result in our lives is obedience and growth, bringing glory to God.
So let me ask you... Does your light shine for Jesus?
"You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light." (NIV)
"You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." (NIV)
Send me your your light and your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." (NIV)
I don't care who you are or how old you are, all of us have dealt with rejection at some point in our lives. We have all suffered rejection socially, by friends, even by our family and loved ones.
Rejection plays a definite role in shaping our personalities and our character in ways many of us would probably not even admit. We all react and deal with rejection in different ways.These verses point out the greatest act of rejection.
God sent his Son to earth to redeem humankind, to create a way for all people to enter into a personal relationship with Himself, but they rejected him. Those who God called his people rejected his Son and executed Jesus. In the face of this rejection Jesus hung on a cross with the sin of the world on his shoulders, including the very sin of those who were rejecting him.
These verses also point to the greatest transformation in history. In Jesus God turned rejection into glory. The rejected One was raised by God to the highest place.
I find profound comfort and encouragement in this transformation of rejection into glory. Our rejection, is being transformed into glory, in Christ Jesus. It is marvelous in my eyes. Rejection is being redeemed into glory.
"As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 4-5 (NIV)
"But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted."
I Peter 2:9-10 (The Message)
What about you friend, what is your experience with rejection?
Will you be wiling to share your story with us and the redeeming power of God's love in your life?
As we press on, let's rest for a moment on the third stage of change
Believe You Can Change with God's Help.
Proverbs 4:23 - Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. The way you act is determined by your attitudes and intentions. People and circumstances may influence you, but you do not have to give in. You do what you decide to do.
1 Corinthians 10:13 - God will not allow temptations that are beyond our ability to bear. He will always make a way of escape. "God is faithful." He will always keep this promise.
It makes sense that you can break any bad habit and develop any good habit according to God's will.
Philippians 4:13 - We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. This includes changing to please Him. If we trust our own strength, we will fail. Satan can defeat us.
If we use Christ's strength we will succeed, because Satan can never defeat Him. Perhaps we have failed in the past because we have trusted our own power instead of using Christ's.
People sometimes convince themselves, "I just can't change. It's too late. Besides, I'm only human." They they are denying God's word. They will fail simply because they will give up instead of persisting to use God's power.
Psalm 37:5 - If you commit yourself to the Lord and trust Him, He will accomplish His will for you. No matter how strong a temptation you face, no matter how long you have practiced a sin, if God says to change, you can change. (See also Eph. 6:10-18; 3:20,21; 2 Cor. 9:8; Josh. 1:5-9.)
What are your thoughts friends and what truths do you find in these verses?