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Equip You in Every Good Thing

August 6, 2019

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Equip You in Every Good Thing

Whatever our job in life,  we need to be well equipped  to get it done right  and well.      We cannot prepare a hundred acres of soil  and plant corn  with just a shovel.      We cannot paint a whole house  with a small watercolor brush.      Our equipment needs to be appropriate  for the job  that needs to be done.

All of God’s children have the job  of living as God’s children should  and sharing the gospel message  by the way they live.      But,  none of us have the resources, the equipment,  within us  to live the way we should.      Nothing within us  is adequate  for being pleasing  to the Lord.      Our sinful natures overpower us  with our every attempt  to live righteously  all by ourselves.

In the closing words  of the book of Hebrews,  the writer says  in Hebrews 13:20-21,

Now the God of peace……. equip you  in every good thing  to do His will,  working in us  that which is pleasing  in His sight,  through Jesus Christ,  to whom be the glory  forever and ever.      Amen.

We don’t have what it takes  to be pleasing in God’s sight.     But,  we don’t have to worry.      The God of peace  will equip you in every good thing  to do His will.”      Whatever our circumstances in life,  God will adequately give us  what we need  to do His will.      God knows how to work in our hearts,  minds,  living circumstances,  and everything else.      He is always willing  to work good through us  as we allow Him  into our lives.

God won’t do that  just because  we’re so awesome and great.      We’re not.      But,  at all times,  it is in His mercy,  “through Jesus Christ”,  that He willingly uses us sinners  to do good things  and to share the gospel.      It is only the grace of God,  because of our salvation in Jesus Christ,  that enables us  to live as good witnesses  of God’s love.

If we try to witness by our own powers  and righteousness,  we will not be pleasing  in God’s sight.      Why?      Because  we don’t have any true righteousness of our own.      Only the grace of God,  through the merits of Jesus Christ,  can make us righteous  in God’s holy sight.      All the glory must go to Jesus,  where it rightly belongs  —  “to whom be the glory forever and ever”.

When we rely on the Lord  to help us to live  to His glory,  then He will use our lives  to do  “every good thing”  that is  “pleasing in His sight”.      In relief,  that we don’t have to rely  on our puny selves,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  You are our salvation.      Use us  to do Your good will.”

The Error of Unprincipled Men

We live in a fallen world.      Where ever we live,  one can be  sure there are also  “unprincipled men”  in the vicinity.      They are unprincipled because  they simply have no moral principles.      They are unscrupulous,  lawless,  and wicked  because they make up their own rules for living,  which are not in accord  with our Lord’s teachings (even though they may claim to be).

We are warned about such people  in 2 Peter 3:17-18,

You therefore,  beloved,  knowing this beforehand,  be on your guard  lest,  being carried away  by the error of unprincipled men,  you fall  from your own steadfastness,  but grow in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…

Peter wrote this to fellow Christians,  which includes us today.      What was it that they knew “beforehand“?      Peter had been telling them  about the coming Judgment Day,  which will come like a thief,  to destroy everything  with  intense heat.       Because the world’s judgment  is a sure thing,  we need to have our hearts  and minds ready,  so that when it does come,  God will find us  in the peace  of the true faith,  spotless and blameless.

Peter wrote about  how there will be many mocking God’s words  and pushing their own agendas  of all sorts of false teachings.      That’s what we need  to be on guard against.      The false teachers will insist  that they are teaching the truth about God  —  but,  it will not fully match  what God teaches us  in His word,  the Bible.

That is why Peter pleads with us  to “grow in the grace and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”      When we read  what God has to say to us  in the Bible,  we discover that  we are saved  by grace alone  —  not by the good works we do,  or the way we dress,  or the forms of worship we follow,  or the language we express ourselves with,  or the rituals we perform.      Any sort of man-made custom  means absolutely nothing  in the eyes of God.      God simply looks  into our hearts.

In our hearts,  do we believe that Jesus’  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  grants us the forgiveness  of all our sins  and eternal life in heaven?      If we do  —  if we accept God’s plan of salvation  by faith alone,  like a small child  —  then we are saved.

Peter’s point is  —  don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.      Life is too short  —  and Judgment Day is fast approaching.      Get grounded  in the word of God — the Bible.      Because we are so prone  to be wanting to do things  to somehow earn our salvation,  we need to study God’s word every day.      That is the only way  we will be able  to “grow in the grace and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”      This world does not honestly agree  with God’s gift of grace,  so they are very deceptive  in trying to draw people  to follow them.      So, Peter says, “be on your guard”.

In the freedom  of God’s grace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  as we study Your word  to us,  open our eyes,  ears,  hearts  and minds,  to accept Your gift of salvation  in Jesus Christ alone.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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