September 17, 2012

 

Revelation 22:10-11 (NLT)

“…the time is near. [11] Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.”
Observation:  The closer history gets to the end of days, the more locked in we become to the patterns and behaviors we have cultivated in life. Nations, people groups, and religions will more and more act in ways consistent with the lives they have been living. Only repentance, regeneration, and the renewing and restraining influence of the Holy Spirit can change that.
Application:  Debbie and I have had this theory for years: whatever you are when you are younger, you will become more so as you get older. Cranky young adults get positively curmudgeonly as they age. Kind and loving young people become increasingly gracious. The habits and patterns I practice soon enough become so much a part of me that I become what they cause me to do. We are human beings, but we can be human doings who alter the course of our lives. What I do will change who I am.
Prayer:  Lord, I want to love you by obeying your commands until I love you in yourself. I want to live righteously so I might be holy as you are holy. Help me develop and practice those patterns and habits which make me more like Jesus. Help me to study, pray, praise, thank, give, edify, and fast, so I am who you desire me to be. In the strong and loving name of Jesus I pray.

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