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Recently, when I go to school for the classes I teach at DLSU, I pass by the supreme court and there are a lot of rallies by a group of farmers demanding justice and equal rights to their share of the land that is supposedly their inheritance. During these times there are a lot of barricades and police officers on duty just in case any riot happens. Everytime I am in front of an officer I automatically become wary of my actions subconsciously in the presence these authorities. Probably it’s because I respect the officers in uniform and know that I have to be on my best behavior whenever I am in front of these men (not to mention that they hold a gun!).

For most of us, this is just our natural behaviour whenever we are in the presence of authorities. Similarly whenever we come in close contact with our bosses, managers, CEOs, CFOs, we act and talk a little bit more polite whenever we are with them.

However, when they are not there then we take our actions for granted, sometimes we slack off work and do things that we probably would not be doing if they are with us.

The same should not be said of our God because he is ever present. Alluding to last week’s preaching message: God is an omnipresent God, we cannot hide our actions from him, he knows what we are doing, our thoughts, actions, speech, emotions etc. And while I was doing my quiet time today, this is the word I received from him: it says in Genesis 17:1

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty ; walk before me and be blameless.”

God demands that we be blameless before his sight. Sometimes, well a lot of times actually, we take God’s love and mercy for granted that we forget that God is the king of kings and the ruler of all the earth. We forget that there is a big God there who created the stars and the skies and the entire universe.

God tells us to be blameless before him, it is a command and a command should always be obeyed. Our character and the depths of it is only revealed when you have no one looking, it cannot be measured by the outside appearance but only if we are all alone and no one sees you. This is how we can know if our lives indeed are truly blameless.

Some people who reads this may get convicted because they know and admit that indeed their walk has not been blameless. There are a lot of things in their lives which they are not really proud of. In fact this may be a time that God is already speaking to you and just so wants to grab that opportunity to touch your heart and let you know that he exists, and that he is not just a concept but he is real and does exist. He wants to have a personal relationship with you as we always say. A personal relationship is just like meeting a new friend, you don’t know anything about him or her yet, that is why you start building on that relationship through small conversations and by listening to that person. Similarly for most of us who don’t have a personal relationship with God it has to start somewhere. You may ask but where? The answer is through discipleship, go to someone you know who already has a personal relationship with God so that he or she may guide you through the process.

For the other group of people who doesn’t respond properly, then just know that in James it says:

James 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

He opposes those people who are proud enough to say that I am smarter than this and thinks that they are smarter than anyone out there. Just remember that it says in Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 1:18-19
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. [19] For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

For people who believe in the message of the cross, it is God’s power that is in work in their lives, but for people who think that it is foolishness then they perish with it. Are you wiser than this? Are you more intelligent as well? God will destroy and frustrate them both.

Let us all walk blamelessly before his presence. As for me though I may always fail, but I thank God that when I fall I can always look to the cross and hear Jesus saying it is ok, you have already been forgiven.

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in Personal

 

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