Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Insured Against Shame

UV 2791/10000 Insured Against Shame
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
Psalm 119 v 6
When we respect the commandments of the Lord and esteem all of His precepts as true and worthy of following or obeying in our lives, we will not be put to shame in this life or in the hereafter. When we omit to follow even one precept, we are guilty of disrespecting the whole law of the Lord. But, as we trust and follow Jesus, we are considered righteous as if we are obeying the whole law of the Lord. Since we are blood-washed and the blood of the Lamb of God covers all of our sins, our own hearts will not condemn us. Our consciences will not prick us and we can enter the presence of the Lord with confidence and without shame. We do not have to hide like Adam and Eve from the Lord’s eyes even though our sins are much worse and more numerous than theirs at the beginning of time.
The uni-verse puts the truth in a negative way so that we understand the positive promise it holds in it: we will be honoured. Many of the early apostles were imprisoned and martyred but to this day their names are greatly honoured wherever people believe and follow Jesus or in other words, in all nations. Our objective in life is not to be famous or popular in the eyes of the world but to win the esteem of the Lord. Joseph and Daniel are biblical characters who won the esteem of the Lord. There is no short cut to winning the esteem of the Lord other than esteeming His word above our necessary food and above gold, silver and other treasure.
The Word has multiple benefits for the one who diligently studies and carefully obeys it. We gain the supernatural wisdom of Jesus that exceeds the worldly wisdom of Solomon. We are kept out of folly and the misery caused by impetuous or foolish decisions and choices. We enjoy Shalom or holistic success, health, peace and joy. We win the favour of God or in other words, we walk in the grace of the Lord. We become inheritors of multiple blessings promised in Deuteronomy chapter 28 while avoiding the even more numerous curses and failures mentioned in the same chapter. We become channels of blessings to others in our generation. The Word also promises longevity and an enduring legacy. We will develop true leadership qualities and abilities for we become the head that leads in conjunction with the heart that feels. Our fellowship with Jesus and through Him with the Triune God will be unbroken and it will brighten, broaden and deepen till we enter into the eternal realm.

Prateep V Philip

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