Our Pledge Of Behaving Blamelessly

July 23, 2013

Friends,
All of us should examine ourselves by asking ourselves this question:  “Have I made a whole-hearted pledge to the Lord to be blameless (forever and daily) before Him in every single thing? –In thought, attitude, actions, and words?” We need to test ourselves in this because that is what the pledge to follow and obey Christ necessitates.

If a person can answer an honest yes to that question, then the negative emotions that used to persist would be long gone. This is due to the fact that Christ-followers are dead to self so that it is no longer we who live, but Christ living HIS life through ours. (Gal. 2:20; see also Rom. 6:5,6 and 2 Cor. 5:15) Therefore emotions that are not “self-controlled” (Titus 2:2,5 // 1 Peter 1:13 & 5:8) –actually meaning emotions that are not under the control of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9), are disobedience to God and are thus evil. All that is not godly and pure and blameless, all that would displease the Lord or grieve Him, is the opposite of being “of Christ” and are instead opposed to Christ and therefore of the evil one. (Luke 11:23 // John 8:44 // Ja. 4:4)

We either walk (live) in the Spirit or in the flesh. The one is the walk of Life, the other is the walk of death. (Rom. 8:13,14) If a person is in flesh mode, he has resorted to resurrecting the sinful nature which was supposed to have been crucified along with all its desires. (Gal. 5:24) Such a person will reap destruction and eternal death (6:7,8), for the sinful nature has a sinful mind (Rom. 8:5) –which is death. (v. 6) This is because “the sinful mind is hostile to God.” (v. 7) “But, the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” (v. 6)

We are to live just as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6) This includes our emotions. So, we can cry (He did), we can get angry (He did), we can rebuke, be tough, be gentle, plead with God, and anything else Jesus did. But we must do so only with His attitude and Spirit, not our own. Everything Jesus did and said was under the exact command of the Father (John 12:49,50 & 14:31) and He lived by the Spirit at all times –so perfectly that He never sinned. We have pledged to do the same, with Him as our role model. (1 Peter 2:21-25 & 4:1,2) We pledged this when we underwent the baptism of death to self and new life to Christ. (Rom. 6:4 // 2 Cor. 5:17) We made “the pledge of a good conscience toward God” (1 Peter 3:21) and God covenanted with us by giving us His Spirit, along with His Spirit’s power, through whom we are able to keep our pledge. (Rom. 8:3,4)

So let’s ask it again and answer it truthfully: “Have I made a whole-hearted pledge to the Lord to be blameless (forever and daily) before Him in every single thing? –In thought, attitude, actions, and words?”

If we come up short, we need to repent and do something radical about it. Not tomorrow. Not next month. But –today.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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