Practice Righteousness 31 December But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Whatever your body is exposed to, thats what it will practice. It can practice righteousness just as easily as it can practice unrighteousness. Read on and Ill prove it. If youve ever smoked a cigarette, the first time you smoked, you probably got sick. You probably coughed and spit and carried on, because its unnatural to put smoke inside your lungs. You had to learn how to do that. You had to practice until you could handle smoke in your lungs. Does that make any sense? No. But, it seemed absolutely sensible to you when you were in darkness. Ive got to learn how to get this smoke in my lungs so it will cut my life short and I cant breathe well. Now, thats nonsense. But it made sense when you walked over there in darkness, before you were born again. When you took your first slug of whiskeyI imagine it just about got you good. It was hard to swallow, particularly if you drank it straight. You had to learn how by repeating the procedure. Well, thats exactly what happens to you in walking right before God. You learn by practice. When you first start out, you might say to yourself, Im not going to smoke anymore. And youll start on your road and maybe youll fail. Maybe youll smoke. Ken quit smoking a lot of times. And so did I. But, one day, we quit for good. If you mess up, what do you do? You repent and say, Lord, Im hanging on to You. Im putting this behind me. Help me to do this! I believe Im delivered from it. And youll come out of it. Gods power will help you. Its not just willpower. Your willpower is there to make the choice. But the power of God is what empowers you to stand for what you know God wants you to do. Now, a person who isnt born again doesnt have the power of God because their spirit is dead and there is no life of God in them. Willpower is all they have, and most of the time not much of that. But you have an anointing to crucify the flesh. Call upon it. Say, Flesh, you are not going to rule here. Youre not going to have your way here. Im serving God. Im not going to do and practice the things that are displeasing to God. Im going to practice righteousness! Hallelujah!Malachi 2-4; Psalms 149-150I follow after righteousness and godliness, faith and love, and patience and meekness. 1 Timothy 6:11
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-17; 1 John 3:2-9