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Discouragement

Have you ever known someone who claims one thing, yet demonstrates yet another?
Come on, we have all seen it, whether a teacher, parent, co worker, and yes even a boss.
 
It often seems, they judge others by a different standard than their own conduct demonstrates.

Perhaps, they don’t see it in themselves. Or maybe it’s because they think themselves above the law by which they judge others. We often see this in political arenas. The problem also exists in the church and among Christians. I know many of us, don’t like to admit or acknowledge it, but deep down, we know that it does. And it’s not a good look!

I want to talk about our role as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ.
To which a certain standard of conduct is expected, not only by others, but also from God.
We have seen those who call themselves Christians, the ‘Holier than thou’ crowd.
They can quote Scripture, chapter and verse, as well as any teacher of the Gospel.
And are quick to use it, to condemn others.

In our lives, we may choose not to face the facts, to ignore our problems, but that doesn’t change the fact our problems exist. We can also fail to acknowledge our shortcomings, holding ourselves to a lower standard.

Our lives are not likely to change, until we do. We must only learn to quote Scripture but to apply the Word to our lives.

When we know we need provision, we must acknowledge the source of our provider, Almighty God!

“You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 

Life’s discouragement is our invitation to begin living a Godly life.

If we are to make the journey from discouragement and despair, we must learn to fill our hearts and minds with God’s hope and promises.

Many want to look the part, by going to church on Sunday or occasionally, but they don’t live out the Word of God in their obedience to God. 

But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?”

We cannot just says the words, the He is Lord and disobey His Word.
Our eternal fate will be sealed upon our death, not by God weighing evidence after the fact. Many believe God will access our lives, good deeds against the bad, then decide whether we shall be rewarded or condemned, that’s just not the biblical picture.

"Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
1 Peter 2:12

The best argument for Christianity is Christians! Our joy, our certainty, our completedness. However, the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians! When we are somber, joyless, self-righteous, argumentative, judgmental, even among other Christians, most often over doctrine.

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