SHOCK PROOFING YOUR WALK
PART FOUR

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end
Jeremiah 29:11

In our last time together we took a look at the word "committed" and its meaning as set forth in the second chapter of first Peter. In doing so we discovered that the word means. "to surrender, i.e. yield up, entrust, transmit: --betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver (up), give (over, up), hazard, put in prison" (From Strongs #3844 and 1325)

We also found that the thing we are to "turn over", "deliver up", and "put in prison" is our flesh with all of its passions. Today we are going to unveil What The Committed Life Looks Like, that is, How It Is Lived Out. To do so we will first look at the example left to us by our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. We read,

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Peter 2:21-23

WOW! What humility! What Commitment! Did you pick up on that? When insulted, He did not retaliate, when He suffered, He made no threats. Can you say that this has been true of your life? Has anyone ever violated your comfort zone only to find that your old creature is indeed alive and doing well? Like Peter, how often has our "speech given us away?"
(Matt 27:76)

In Php. 3:20 and 1Peter 4:11 we are reminded,


For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: {conversation...: or, we live or conduct ourselves as citizens of heaven, or, for obtaining heaven} If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God…to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Yes, those who are living the committed life will speak in a manner that reflects more properly the kingdom they represent. Listen to what the Book of Hebrews has to say about this subject.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

As God's children we are therefore called to live life on a much higher plain. But don't think for one moment that the standard God has set for us is too stringent or difficult to attain unto. Before you get discouraged and feel like giving up listen to these words that come straight from our FATHER'S mouth:

For this commandment, which I command thee, this day, is not to difficult for you to understand or perform. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it
(Duet CH. 30)

So what will the committed life require? It will call upon us to take up the spirit of Caleb (Numbers 14:24), who having understood the truth found in Colossians chapter three, although it had not yet been penned, followed God whole-heartedly: "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth.."

We can say therefore that the committed life is the enduring life. But not the kind of endurance that simply "grins and bears things", no, a thousand times no. It is the type of endurance that is patient and hopeful under tribulation.
(Romans 12:12)

And what exactly is meant by "patiently endure"? It means to, "stay under, stay behind, to undergo (trials), have fortitude, abide, be present, stay in a given place." I particularly like that last definition, "to be present, to stay in a given place." To me that is saying; WHERE EVERE GOD HAS PLACED YOU, BE ALL THERE FOR HIM!

Are you "ALL THERE" for the LORD today? Or are you still contending with Him wishing in the quietness of your own heart and mind to go back to the fleshpots of Egypt?

I guess it all boils down to making GODLY choices for our lives. I love what Hebrews Chapter eleven teaches us about faith. How that by faith we can accomplish great things. But it doesn't stop there. It also declares to us that through faith we can just as easily ACCEPT MUCH.

We read in Hebrews 11: By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; By faith they quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

ARE YOU LIVING A LIFE THAT
IS COMMITTED TO THE LORD?

If not what's keeping you from doing so? I leave you today with the following scripture taken from Joshua 24:15, And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve

Once again this is going to be a progressive devotion. Please join me next time as we continue to look at ways we can Shock Proof our walk with the LORD. Until we meet again please be encouraged and know this, God loves you so very, very much. And guess what? HE'S ON YOUR TEAM! Isn't that powerful? If God is for us who or what can be against us.

THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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