A preacher I’m rather fond of, Ed Young, had some really interesting things to say last Sunday and if you’ll allow me, I’d to share the love.
In Romans 13 verse 14 Paul admonishes us to make no “provision” for the flesh. That word provision is actually a legal term that basically means ‘loophole’. So I, along with Ed Young, would like to ask you something today: have ya left any loopholes?
There’s a reason God tells us to read His Word daily. Sin creeps in slowly because our enemy has refined his battle plan over the centuries. Like a magician doing slight of hand tricks he distracts and deceives; if he came at us honestly and openly most of us would recognize it and run a mile in the opposite direction.
Ed Young also had a few more tips you might want to think about too as you venture into this brand new year, which he called, ‘the 7 ups’. In that same verse God says to:
look up, pay up, straighten up, wake up, light up, clean up, and dress up.
That kind of short and sweet breakdown of a complicated theological concept really appeals to me, especially since I don’t want to leave any intentional loopholes in my life. My mind seems to do well with lists, for some reason, so now I have a game plan going into 2019. I’ll be working on doing these simple things.
Look up, because I know my redemption draws near.
Pay up, because I choose to give my tithe, the first fruits.
Straighten up, because I want to live in His a presence.
Wake up, because I want to be vigilant, so I’ll see the enemy coming.
Light up, because the Light of the world lives in me.
Clean up, because His mercy is new every morning.
Dress up, because my armour is available so I choose to put it on.
Whose with me?
Kari, the looking up, paying up, straightening up, waking up, lighted up, cleaned up, dressed up child of the living God
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