Although saved, we remain imperfect people who continue to be tempted by our sinful nature. Do not take salvation for granted and act as though you are unchanged. Train yourself to be godly, obey the Word, and rise above your nature, demonstrating your renewal so that others may wish to follow your example.
Obedience to God is the sign of your sheer delight and a joy-filled thankfulness for your salvation.
Hold yourself accountable.
Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. The spirit wants to do what is right, but the body is weak. — Matthew 26:41
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. — Galatians 6:1
But do not follow foolish stories that disagree with God’s truth, but train yourself to serve God. — 1 Timothy 4:7
Share in the troubles we have like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. A soldier wants to please the enlisting officer, so no one serving in the army wastes time with everyday matters. Also an athlete who takes part in a contest must obey all the rules in order to win. — 2 Timothy 2:3-5
Excerpted with permission from Lead, Serve, Love by Gregory Lang, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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How are you at obedience? Are you committed to training yourself to make obedience to God your daily habit? We are all going to fail every single day because we’re fallen. But, we can grow in our strength to obey by reading Scripture, listening to God’s voice and solid Christian brothers and sisters who gently point out our shortcomings and sins, and practicing obedience every day. Come join the conversation on our blog! We would love to hear from you about showing our thankfulness to God in how we choose to live! ~ Devotionals Daily