Daily Devotional: Psalms 18:25-29
25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. 29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
God loves everyone but he has special favor and blessings on those who serve him and faithfully trust him. There is no greater compliment to God than when we seek to be like him in every way. When we allow the Spirit to mold our thinking to be like the Father, we have his fruit in our lives. When we let him empower us to change our behavior so that we put God first in all things, we honor him beyond what words can say. Jesus is our Lord but he is also our example to be followed.
What an example he is! His will on earth was to accomplish the will of the Father and not to seek his own good or his own will. To be like him we must die to self and be raised in Christ to live for him as we allow him to live in us. Jesus did not seek his own “rights” when he gave up heaven to come to earth, to suffer and to die for us. As the Son of God, he was with him in all his glory but was willing to count it as nothing to be one of us. So we are to be humble minded like him.
God is faithful. Don’t be fooled, whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. If we live faithfully for the Lord and seek his will first in our lives, we will reap eternal life in Jesus Christ. If we live for self, the flesh and for this world we will receive eternal damnation, away from the presence of God. As Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ Jesus my Lord who gives me strength.”
Heavenly Father I know there is no limit to what you can do. I also know you have promised to not withhold your power from me when I seek to live for you and to put you first in my life. This means that when I fail, it is my own doing because I have failed to trust you as I should. Please forgive me and give me greater self-control to be more like Jesus in my thinking and all I do. Give me wisdom to teach others, first by my example and then in all I say. Help me to show the spiritually sick that Jesus is the Great Physician. I pray in his holy name.