LIVING FOR THE LORD
David prayed in Psalm 39:4-6: "LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them."
A wise person lives a life that is prepared to meet the Lord. He/she knows that death can occur at any moment. The wise know they have an appointment with death.
The person of wisdom who has trusted Jesus as his Savior can live out his days with confidence in God. A person who is prepared for life can say, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)
We are to live out our days worshipping the Lord until He comes for us. Once we are in heaven, we will worship the Lord throughout all eternity.
Are You A Good Person?
ARE YOU A GOOD PERSON BY GOD’S STANDARD?
ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO GO TO HEAVEN?
1. Have you ever told a lie?
[ ] Yes, I have told at least one lie in my life.
[ ] No, I have never told a life in my life.
2. Have you given money to charity?
[ ] Yes, I have given money to charity.
[ ] No, I have never given money to charity.
3. Have you gone to church regularly?
[ ] Yes, I have gone to church regularly.
[ ] No, I have not gone to church regularly.
4. Have you ever stolen anything? (no matter how small)
[ ] Yes, I have stolen at least once in my life.
[ ] No, I have never stolen anything in my life.
5. Have you ever used “God,” “Jesus,” or “Christ,” as a curse word? (Example: “Oh my G-d!”
[ ] Yes, I have used God’s name in vain at least once in my life.
[ ] No, I have never, even once, used God’s name in vain.
6. Do you read the Bible regularly?
[ ] Yes, I read the Bible regularly.
[ ] No, I do not read the Bible regularly.
7. Have you ever looked at someone and had lustful thoughts?
[ ] Yes, I have lusted at least once in my life.
[ ] No, I have never lusted in my life.
8. Have you ever broken the first commandment? The first of the Ten Commandments is, "You shall have no other gods before Me."
[ ] Yes, I have broken the first Commandment.
[ ] No, I have never broken the first Commandment.
This is taken from Ray Comfort’s materials.
1. How many lies would a person have to tell before they would be a liar? The Ninth Commandment states “You shalt not lie.” If we tell one lie according to God’s standard we are a liar. What does Revelation 21:8 say about liars?
2. The Bible teaches to give to the poor. Giving to charitable organizations is a good thing. Will this achieve righteousness so a person can earn heaven? Read 2 Timothy 1:9 and Ephesians 2:8-9.
3. The Bible teaches us to be faithful to church. Read Hebrews 10:25. Will faithful church attendance merit the favor of God so you can enter heaven? In John 3 we read of Nicodemus. He was religious man who was faithful to Temple worship. Did Jesus tell Nicodemus that his faithful attendance to the Temple would earn him a place in heaven?
4. How many times would a person have to steal before he would be considered a thief? The Eighth of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not steal." Stealing just one thing (regardless of it's size or monetary value), according to God's standards, makes you a "thief." Read Malachi 3:8? Is it a sin not to be faithful with one’s tithes? According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, will the thief be allowed to enter heaven?
5. The Bible teaches that we are to honor God by honoring His name. The Third of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain." If you've every used the name "God," "Jesus," or "Christ" as a curse word, what you've done is taken the name of the God who gave you life, and you've used it as if it were a "four-letter" filth word to express disgust. That offense is called "blasphemy," and according to God's standards, you are a "blasphemer." In Leviticus 24:16 what is the punishment for those who blasphemed the name of the Lord?
6. The Bible teaches the importance of reading the Word of God. Read 2 Timothy 2:15 and Colossians 3:16. While reading the Bible, giving to charities, and going to church are good things, they will not admit us into heaven. Read Isaiah 64:6.
7. Read Matthew 5:27-28. What did Jesus say about lusting? The Seventh of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not commit adultery." If you've ever looked at another person with lustful thoughts, according to God's standards, that makes you an "adulterer." What is the consequence for committing adultery according to Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and Revelation 21:8?
8. Read Mark 12:30. The First of the Ten Commandments is "You shall have no other gods before me." That means that we should love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. The Bible tells us that no one has kept this commandment (see Psalm 14:2-3; Rom. 3:10-12) -- if you said you had, you have also broken the 9th Commandment by lying.
A PURPOSEFUL LIFE.
Charles Stanley: "Wisdom is the capacity to see things from God's perspective and respond according to scriptural principles."
Solomon wrote, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)
We cannot live a purposeful life that is successful without the wisdom of God. The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. When we do God's will with the wisdom He provides, we can live a life of purpose for His glory and our good.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-17: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."