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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Walk Closely with the Lord or You Will Walk Closely with the World

There are no random acts of kindness. We intentionally do good things. We intentionally decide to follow the Lord. Thinking we can let our lives coast in neutral will take us back to the ways of the world. The world's conforming power will make us into its image. This will happen every time and every day we fail to make a decision to follow the Lord. The day we miss our time alone with God will be a day we take a step backward. Confession and repentance needs to be a daily activity rather than a rare one.

Lots of people treat their spiritual lives like someone who has a leaky boat. They sail in the boat until the water is so deep inside that they have to either abandon ship or bail water. So they bail until the ship is seaworthy again. They head out without thinking they will have to do anything ever again. Of course, they eventually notice the depth of the water and start bailing all over again. The job is always more arduous the longer they have waited.

As Christians, we are like submarines which have holes. We must continue to receive more air to blow out the holes or the water will come in. The world comes in the moment we stop the positive pressure. We with walk closely with our Lord or we will stray back to walking with the world.

And this isn't something that just might happen. It is guaranteed.

So, how are you thinking and feeling today. You walk with the Lord closely to avoid the despair that his world sends. You walk closely to the Lord to avoid the critical attitudes, the superior speech, the selfish desires and the sinful vices. You walk closely to the Lord to see the failures of the world and all that it says is good. You walk closely to the world to put everything in its proper light. You walk closely with the Lord or you will walk closely with the world.

And its an everyday thing. Are you walking closely with the Lord right now?

1 Peter 1:14 (ESV)
14  As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

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