Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV
In chapter 6 we just read that God wants us to "come out" from among the darkness of the society. He promises to receive us and call us His children when we determine to separate ourselves from unrighteousness and live righteously. We know that our birthright is in Jesus Christ our Lord. We are accepted by God in Jesus Christ. Now that we are His, He calls us to obedience. We are His children and should portray the likeness of our Father and seek to please Him. He is Holy!!!We should behave like we are His because we now have His spiritual DNA. We are called to lay aside actions and involvements that are not pleasing in His sight. We should desire His blessing upon our obedience just like a parent honors a child that strives to do as they are told. God knows that our positional righteousness is in Him but expects our practical righteousness to be worked out in our choosing. We are not robots or puppets. We have a free will. We must choose to obey just like a child that is born into a family chooses to submit to the principles and practices of its parents. When a child walks in obedience, peace, harmony, and favor are the result. When a child walks in disobedience, contention, division, discipline, and disappointment result. A child who doesn't do their chores shouldn't be honored with the keys to the car or other privileges. There are expectations in a home. Since we are God's children, we are expected to clean our room (spiritually, morally, socially) and walk in obedience. Is your room clean? Are your actions acceptable to God's principles?
Don't you think it's time to please our Father? After all, He gave His life to save us. The least we can do is live our lives to please Him!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, forgive me for my disobediences and help me to seek to please You in all my ways. Holy Spirit, purge me in spirit, soul, and body. Let all that I am honor Your name!
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Rev. Curtis Norris