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11/04/2013

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One More Promise


"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." (1 Pet.2:9).

In today's passage, Peter lets us know of our standing when we accept Christ into our lives. As Jacob did many years before, in making a decision for Jesus, we make a sacred vow to God. Jacob made three promises to God. (Gen.28:16-22). Upon becoming Christians, we make a promise to God that to the very best of our ability, we will live a holy life. He has taken us out of darkness, and we are to live in the light. We might put that promise on hold, as Jacob did, if we allow ourselves to be influenced by the world. When God spoke to Jacob and told him to return to Bethel, Jacob had to say this to his family and entourage... "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes" (Gen.35:2). In forgetting his vows to God, Jacob had allowed other "gods" to become a part of his life. If we allow things of the world to take precedence over our commitment to God, we do exactly the same thing. The apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy: "Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, deserted me" (2 Tim.4:10). For young people it may be peer pressure that causes them to forget their vow. For many adult Christians, their vow is shoved into the backround when the materialism and immorality of the world draws them away. Again, this is no excuse to forget one's vow. Finally, lets remember that Jacob was instructed to go back to Bethel. It was to remind him that this was where he made his vows. To the church of Ephesus in the Book of Revelation, Jesus says this: "Yet I hold this against you: You have forgotten your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first." (Rev.2:4-5). For us this may mean that we are neglecting worship, Bible study, meditation, prayer, or giving. These were all parts of the vow we made when we became Christians. The wonder of Jesus is that he wants us back again... He invites us to return, just as God did in Jacob's life. He wants us to be renewed to live that life we are supposed to live, so that all the spiritual blessings He has to offer can be ours again.... Lets keep the promise...

Have a great start to your week.. Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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