Daily Bread 12/28/2020

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1 Thessalonians 2:12 – And pleading with you to behave worthy of God, Who has called you to His Own Kingdom and Glory.

The kind of behavior we should have is that which proves we are being led by the Spirit of Holiness. The behavior worthy of God is the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus Christ – Whose example we are to follow and Whose life we are to live (1 Peter 2:21-22; John 13:15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We are to bear the good fruits of a life having a dependent kind of relationship and reliance upon the Lord Jesus (John 15:1-5,16; and Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1,7; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Romans 13:13; Revelation 22:11)

God has put forth a general call to all mankind giving us all the blessed opportunity to walk in His Kingdom and Glory; but then there needs to be the response of obedience each individual must have to such a glorious privilege. The proper response and conduct the saints should have is outlined in great detail throughout the New Testament (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; 2 Peter 1:3-11; 1 Peter 2:9-12; Ephesians 4:1-6,17-24, 5:3-5; and 1 Timothy 6:11, 13-14; Titus 2:12; Romans 6:19; Galatians 5:16; 3 John 11; Philippians 3:20). 

Any inconsistencies in our lives reflect shamefully on the Lord Jesus Christ and cause the Name of God to be blasphemed among the nations. (Romans 2:24; 1 Timothy 4:12, 5:14, 6:1, 3-6; and 2 Thessalonians 3:6-7, 14; 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, 11-13; Matthew 18:7,17; Romans 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:5; Hebrews 10:29, 12:15; Titus 2:5). If we know the judgment of God is coming upon all who do iniquity, then we should live godly and holy lives (Ephesians 5:6; Romans 1:18, 2:5; Colossians 3:6; 2 Peter 3:11).

Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen