just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
God in Christ chose us for Himself, and He has called us to live a holy life with Him. Holy means set apart unto Him. We are called to be holy as He is holy, walking with Him. We are in the world but not to be of the world. We don’t live holy because of God’s law, but because of our love for Him. There are several reasons God calls us to live a holy life.
One reason is because the consequences of sin are destructive. The wages of sin is death. Death is being separated from the God-kind of life that our Father desires for us to live. Sin robs us of the life God has for us to live. Another reason to live a holy life is so that we do not break fellowship with God. He loves us and wants to have fellowship with us, helping us through this life we live. But if we choose to turn away from Him He cannot help us.
A key to walking in a holy life is to choose Him instead of the sin. He chose us, we can now choose Him. We make choices every day, and our choices will determine the type of life we live. Choose to live a life set apart to God. Don’t turn away from the One who loves you with an everlasting love. Walk with Him and you can live the God-kind of life He has for you.
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Ever since I began my walk with God, I have seen the impact of this verse over and over again. There are three types of people in the body of Christ. There are those who have never really acknowledged who their spiritual leaders are because they have no connection with a spiritual leader. There are those who have found such leadership and biblically submitted to them, and there are those who have not submitted to the leadership God has provided for them.
All who have never established who these leaders are, and all who may have done so but do not submit to the Word of God they are taught, do not experience the profitable life God has for them. They don’t get stronger spiritually, and they tend to stay in spiritual limbo. Why? Because God’s Word teaches you cannot fully mature without the spiritual leadership He has provided for you, and by submitting to the Word of God He brings to you through that leadership.
But I have seen many examples of believers in my own life, and in other churches where people have obeyed this verse and the results are obvious. They continue to grow spiritually, their marriages become better, their children walk with God, and they live a much more stable life. They have built upon the rock of God’s Word and their foundation is solid. Our spiritual welfare in life has much to do with having spiritual leadership, and submitting to the truths God brings to us through those who watch out for our souls.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
By Jesus becoming sin for us we have become the righteousness of God, we now have right standing with Him. This right standing is what gives you the right to all that Jesus Christ has purchased for you. Many times I have asked people when sharing the Word of God if they were working on becoming right with God to raise their hand. Hands always go up when you ask this question.
I would then tell them they are trying to do something that is impossible, for if you could make yourself right with God you would not have needed Jesus to come and give you His righteousness. This is what hinders many from receiving what God has for them because they don’t think they are right with God. But if you are born again, you are as right with God as Jesus Himself.
He became sin so that we could become righteous. He took our sin and He gave us the free gift of righteousness. Once born again we are as right with God as we will ever be, for our spirit man has been made new. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Walk in your rightful place with God by acknowledging who you are, what you have, and what you can do in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Everything we have been promised through Jesus Christ is available to us. Many people today think God only heals or blesses certain people, as if He shows favoritism toward some, but that is not what scripture reveals. In Acts 10:34 the bible reveals that He does not show special favor to anyone. If you have ever had questions concerning any of God’s promises, wondering if they are available for you, the answer is yes.
Every promise we have in Christ is available to anyone. We must give our “Amen” to receive it. The word amen means, so be it unto me. This is a statement of faith. You see God is no respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of faith. To walk by faith you have to see the promises of God as a present day reality, for faith is present tense. Hebrews 11:1 declares, “Now faith is…”. You have to act upon the evidence of God’s promise, His Word. God’s Word is the evidence you base your faith on.
Most believers are not walking in bible faith. Many put what they say they are believing God for off into the future. For example when someone says they are believing for God to heal them, that is future tense, and that is not faith. The bible says you were healed. When you give your amen to what God has promised, you see it as already done, for God Himself calls those things which do not exist in the natural as though they did. Believe it in your heart, confess it as already yours, and you can walk in the reality of His promises for you.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
When man sinned in the garden his relationship with the Father was broken. He could not have intimate fellowship with God because of the sin nature that was now separating him from the Father. But that is why Jesus hung on a cross and bore our sin, and the punishment our sin deserved. In doing so He provided the way for that old sin nature to be removed, and for us to receive a new spirit within so God the Father and man could once again be resorted to have intimate fellowship.
Jesus tells us in John 17:3 that eternal life is to know the Father, not just know about Him, but to know Him intimately. That was the primary reason Jesus came. Eternal life does not mean to exist forever, for all will do so, but those who know Christ will not face separation from the Father. Once we have been born again we have received eternal life, the opportunity to know Him intimately. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven nor should we, for He wants us to get to know Him now.
James tells us when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. We can do so through His Word, through prayer, and by coming to His house and worshipping Him, being equipped to go out and work together with Him. So don’t put off getting to know your heavenly Father. Take the time to draw near to Him. You will find that your life will be so much better if you do. Your heavenly Father awaits. Draw near to Him today and He will draw near to you.
For it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being;…
The very existence of our life is found in Jesus Christ. Because of Him we have life. Jesus is the Word that became flesh, therefore He and the Word are one. To truly live we must allow His Word to do its work in us. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we are told that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, rebuke, correction, and instruction in righteousness, so that we may be throughly equipped for every good work (what God has planned for us).
These four things revealed in 2 Timothy are how we live, move, and have our being in Him, the Word who became flesh. We must continually receive sound doctrinal teaching from the Word of God. False doctrine is the result of man’s opinion, taking scripture out of context. So make sure you are receiving sound doctrine. As we are taught the Word of God rebuke will come, which means a revealing of areas in our life were change is needed.
If we will receive rebuke, not becoming offended by the Word of God, we will then get correction from the Word. This is God revealing to us how to correct the areas in our life that we are not walking in line with His will. As we make these corrections we are instructed in righteousness, doing what is pleasing to God, which brings us into a deeper relationship with Him. Letting the Word do it’s work in your life is how you truly live, move, and have the kind of life God has for you.
2 John 1:9
Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.
To walk with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father you must abide in the doctrine (the teachings) of the Word of God. You can’t live the way you want to and walk in close fellowship with God. As a great man of God Dr. Roy Hicks said, “God loves everyone the same, but He does not fellowship with everyone the same.”
Jesus provided for us a way back to the Father so we could once again have fellowship with Him, and get to know Him. Coming to God’s Word and learning His ways is how we get to know God, for He and His Word are one. There can be no close fellowship with the Father and with Jesus if we choose to live life the way we want to, ignoring God’s instructions for us that will help us to develop such a relationship.
The great apostle Smith Wigglesworth said, “I can’t understand God by feelings. I can’t understand the Lord Jesus Christ by feelings. I can only understand God the Father and Jesus Christ by what the Word says about them. God is everything the Word says He is. We need to get acquainted with Him through the Word.” The Word of God teaches us how to walk with Jesus and the Father. If we will follow the teachings of God’s Word, we will walk in fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
…that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Once you are born again you have within you all that is good, because you have the very presence of God Himself residing in your spirit. To become effective in sharing your faith, acknowledge how good your God is. Don’t magnify the devil by focusing on and talking about what you may be facing in the natural; magnify the goodness of God within you by acknowledging all you have in Christ Jesus, and what He has done for you.
This is what walking by faith and not by sight is all about. When you walk by faith you do not look at what is seen or revealed to the senses, but the things which are not seen (what is not yet revealed in the natural realm) but found in the promises of God’s Word. We don’t deny the natural realm, we just don’t magnify and focus our attention on it by talking about and confessing the problems.
Instead focus on the goodness of God by looking to God’s Word, and magnifying and confessing the Word of God over your life. Faith is unmoved by what it sees, unaffected by what it feels, for it is only focused on what God has said. That is true faith, and that is how you will change your circumstances and share your faith with others, as you acknowledge every good thing you have in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:1
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
The grace we have in Christ is able to bring great strength to the believer. Grace is help from heaven, what God is able to do in and through your life. The Word of God says that He resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Pride is a result of focusing on yourself, your own will and what you want. Those who are humble are focused on God and what His will is for them.
Those who are humble remain teachable, and therefore are always looking to God and His Word, fully submitting their lives to God and His desires for their life. Those who are humble recognize they have been bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus, and their life is not their own, they now belong to God. The humble also see themselves through what the Word of God says about them, agreeing with who God says they are. One who does so is going to be strong in the grace of God, walking in the ability God gives to them.
God resists the proud, those who are living life for themselves and what they desire, who also do not agree with the Word of God. Such people will not receive the help God has for them for they are choosing to live life on their own terms, and this hinders their ability to receive from God. So keep your focus on God and His Word, speaking and acting upon what scripture teaches us, remaining yielded unto His will, and you can receive more grace (help from heaven).
2 Timothy 1:13
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Words are powerful. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. We are told in this verse to hold fast, to only speak sound words. Sound words are words filled with faith and love. Faith filled words are based on what God’s Word says. We should do as Jesus did, only speaking in line with what we know the Father has spoken, keeping our words in line with the written Word of God.
You are walking today in what you have said in your yesterday’s, for James chapter three teaches us that our words determine the path our life takes. Words are like the bit in the horses mouth, or like a rudder on a ship. They determine the direction your life will go. Words filled with fear, worry, doubt, and unbelief will produce exactly that in our life, but so will words of faith, victory, and peace, for you will reap what you sow.
We should also speak the Truth (God’s Word) in love with others. We should not slander or speak gossip, but as scripture teaches us our words should be a gift to one another. To change your words you must change what you hear, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So check up on what you have been saying. Fill up on the truth of God’s Word and you will change what you speak, and in doing so you will change your future to line up with the Word of God.