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Live what we proclaim

Live What We Proclaim

The best way to share the best message in the world is to live it out first. But then how we share matters, too. As recipients of the greatest love of all, the world needs to see our relationship with God more than preaching at them. God has called us to proclaim His love to all who will hear, uniquely to each one. Live what we proclaim so we will not be a stumbling block for others. May we do so humbly and with passion fitting for those who have been redeemed!

Bible Reading of the Day: Psalms 96-98

The Psalmist has some action words for us to apply to our lives. We are to tell the world around us about our God.

We are to sing, declare, ascribe and worship God. As it says in Psalm 96:1-3, 7-9:

“Sing a new song to the Lord;
let the whole earth sing to the Lord.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
proclaim his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his wondrous works among all peoples.”

7″Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
bring an offering and enter his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
let the whole earth tremble before him.”

Live What We Proclaim—Sing it!

When we are really happy about something, we might be prone to sing about it—whistle about it—or hum about it. Even if we can’t sing, songs burst out when there is an inner joy. And when we contain the greatest love and message in the world—the cure for sin and damnation—we can’t help but sing!

Live What We Proclaim—Proclaim His Salvation

If we are not living the message of salvation, we need to get that right first. But when we live for God in this upside-down world, the world might persecute us at first, but as we humbly share the grace of God in our lives—not elf-righteously, but as humble recipients, we can impact those around us. How we proclaim it matters, too.

Live What We Proclaim—Ascribe Worth to God

So often people want to brag about their position or what they own. But those who know God don’t make idols of things in this world and acknowledge and ascribe worth to the only One Who deserves it!

Live What We Proclaim—Worship

Worship is more than a song. It is a lifestyle shaped and centered around God. Our words, our actions, our service—all flow from knowing God. We worship Him by how we behave. We worship Him by how we serve. And we worship Him by being aware of Him in all we do.

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 97:10

You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He protects the lives of his faithful ones;
he rescues them from the power of the wicked.”

If we don’t hate evil, evil will take over our lives. We cannot love the world and love God. And the benefits of hating evil far surpass any pleasure evil could ever offer.

Application

  • Live out the message we say we believe.
  • Help others find God by being genuine and humble.

7-Fold One-Year Bible Reading Plan Day #234: Joel

Scripture of the Day: Joel 2:12-13

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Joel.1

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