Let’s Practice, Shall We?

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Actually, it is yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) reading but I am just now reading it at 9:26 pm on Tuesday.  Ephesians 4

Verse 1 Paul (in part) says:
I . . . beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.

And in Verse 2 he tells us how we can lead that worthy life. 

Are you ready for it?

Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom source

Let’s list how we lead this worthy life. 

Always be
humble
gentle
patient
make every effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit

What sums all this up? I mean what makes it doable? 

The Binding Power of shalom — peace

Peace with GOD and the 
Peace of GOD.

How do we stay in this Peace of GOD?

Well, let’s see; that would be by having (exhibiting)
humility 

gentleness
patience
with one another.

I suppose we could say we walk it out — this humbleness, gentleness, and patience. 
It would seem if our tongues, our hands, and our feet do not show us to be (do not give evidence that we are) humble and gentle and patient — then we are not living out the Peace of GOD.
And we surely then are not keeping the Unity of The Spirit with each other because it takes the BINDING POWER of PEACE to keep the Unity of The Spirit among us. 

Pretty simple to be so vital, isn’t it? 

And there’s one more word he uses: always.
Always be. 

This could be discouraging, couldn’t it?
But let’s not let it be.
Instead, let’s just 

Practice. Practice. Practice.
Until JESUS comes to get us. 

Love, Kathie

See Fit?

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I read something today and I think I cannot let it pass without talking about it to somebody.
And y’all get to be the somebody.
Aren’t you glad?

For privacy sake, I am not identifying the author but here is the statement:

 “They were seeking to worship God in a way they see fit.” 

Worship GOD in a way they see fit they say.

GOD is not seeking people to worship Him as they see fit.
No. Nope. Not at all!

True worshippers of GOD, worship Him as HE directs.

There is damnable blindness over people.

John 12:40 “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”  source 

These have believed the lies of the evil one that they can live in habitual sin and in this habitual sin they can offer up acceptable worship to a holy, holy, holy GOD. 

It’s a lie, People. 
And you know who is the father of lies, don’t you? Check out John 8:44

We can only worship the one and only holy, holy, holy GOD with clean hands and pure hearts. Check it out. Psalm 24: 1-6

Our hands are neither clean nor our hearts pure when we habitually practice sin. It’s not possible, People. Not possible. 

How about a list?
Even ONE of these sins, ONE time bars us from Heaven.
Check it out. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Revelation 21:8

No, my friends, we cannot worship GOD, THE GOD of Creation, as we see fit. 
We will worship Him as He directs or we are not worshipping Him at all.
Albeit said worship will be received — by Satan, the god of this world. 

And who wants to worship a little g god?
Not me!

John 4:24

And with all this is there hope for any of us?
YES!!
His Name is JESUS!

1 John 1:9 

John 8:11