Monday, 6 May 2013

Today Reminder - 06 May 2013 (Afraid)

A reminder for today
Then Saul admitted to Samuel, "Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the LORD's command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. (1 Samuel 15:24)

Saul made a number of mistakes and it did not seem as if he learned from his previous mistakes. He continued to upset the Lord in his decisions. The war against the Amalekites seemed to have been the last of Saul’s mistakes that the Lord accepted. Then the LORD said to Samuel, "I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command." (Verse 10 and 11) 

Saul was afraid of the people and therefor did not carry out the Lord’s command as he should’ve done. This is a familiar phrase. Have you ever done something that you should not have done, because you were afraid what other people would think? Sometimes we can do wrong, because we want to be part of a group or we want to fit in. I guess it is in our desire for acceptance and popularity that we allow ourselves to get involved with the wrong things. 

My dear friend, we should not seek popularity and acceptance with people, but instead we should strive for acceptance by the Lord our God. It is so important that we stand for what we believe and never let anyone convince us otherwise. I don’t think as a Christian we can ever be popular in this world for the world wants sin to be your measure of popularity, and we follow Jesus and His ways and they are completely against the way of the world. So if you find yourself being unpopular, because you are a Christian and not part of the in-crowd then you are on the right path. If people are nasty to you behind your back, because you stand firm on your rock Jesus Christ, then you are on the right path. Nothing should be able to come between you and the Word of the Lord. 

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.
By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. (1 Peter 2:21-25)

Have an awesome day dear friend of Jesus.