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Does What You Believe Affect How You Live

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2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Paul was talking about the promises he listed in chapter 6 where he quoted God saying: “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

We can’t just walk in life however we choose and expect God to go there with us! We are called to be holy because He is holy. It drives me crazy when I hear people use our “freedom in Christ” to say and do things that are not godly. Our “freedom in Christ” is what gives us the ability to live a life that is pleasing to God, not other people or ourselves! We are called to follow Him, not for Him to follow us! Freedom in Christ doesn’t license you to live ungodly lives, it should drive you to love Him more and to want to be more like Him!

Everything seems to be so backward here on earth lately, but we are still called to live lives that are examples. We are not called to be “tolerant”. We are to be examples and love people but hate the sin that is destroying their lives! We need to pray and live a life that shows others that there are answers to their struggles and there is hope, but it is only found in Jesus! Christianity seems to be the religion that has lost it’s passion. Take a look at the fire in other religions ~ what has happened to us? I believe Satan has convinced us to be complacent. God has called us to be passionate!

I would like to encourage you today to ask God to give you a burning passion to be His light to those around you! That doesn’t mean you have to beat them over the head or look for a fight on Facebook, but it does mean that you need to be willing to take a stand when God puts it on your heart and reach out to others when He puts it on your heart to reach out! Do people around you even know what you believe? There are people around you that will die and go to Hell if they don’t hear. Let’s all pray today that God will guide us to be more like Him and to live lives that will draw others to Him!

Quote:
“If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important.” Dick Nogleberg

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