Luk 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
Luk 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
The pen of the Doctor records for us what he observed through the life of Zacharias and Elisabeth. There righteousness before God was pure. This is not saying that they were sinless or perfect, but they lived right. You didn’t find them at the BINGO hall you found them at the temple as we will soon see. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:4 “that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” this is the life that this couple lived. What we as Christians need to be known for in the dark sin filled world is the righteousness of Christ displayed in our lives.
“Walking in all the commandments” this is a action phrase. It is NOT enough to know the commandments, it is not sufficient to hear the commandments of God, we MUST walk them out. You see they read in Joshua where God instructed him to read the Books of Moses. They read the stories of the sin filled wicked lives of Nineveh and Sodom and Gomorrah. They knew that evil living and self filled living is a choice. They knew that walking in all the commandments was also a choice. As Joshua said “As for me and my house, We will serve the Lord.” This is a declaration of life more than a decoration on the wall.
Here are four simple ways to ensure that we “walk in all the commandments”
1. Be born again. John Chapter 3
2. Be right before God I John Chapter 1
3. Be on the path with light. Psalms Chapter 119
4. Be in Church. Hebrews Chapter 10
“in the days of Herod” is how these few versus of Luke starts. Days lead by a evil king. Herod didn’t walk in the ways of the Lord. This shows us that our life is not dependant on the political but on the promises of God. We cannot have excuses as Christians we must honor our Lord and walk in his commandments. This will lead to a life that God can use. Be available, be clean and be holy before God and he will uses you mightily for his name’s sake.
Question: What is the importance of your personal testimony with those around you?
Act 1:8 But ye….
Ye is you, you are ye. Me is ye and I is ye. Christ address the small crowd that gathered to listen to him preach. This was not new Jesus preached many times to his followers. Forty days after rasin himself from the dead (there’s a thought to ponder) Christ is teaching his followers and tells them he is now going back to Heaven. He entered the world with a purpose, to die for us. Jesus say’s looking at believers (you or ye) to witness to others about who Jesus is. Why is it that we can read Jesus say “Go” yet we don’t. A friend of mine says Christians are goers or senders I say some (most) Christians are sitters. Sitting on the sidelines saying I am saved who cares about them. Jesus promised we have power yet we quench the very Holy Spirit that tells us to witness. I know of Christians that watch TV more than any other desire(at least it appears this way). I hear in the hallways of church guys talking of sports but what about the empty seat in their car? Could it have been filled with a lost soul? Lord help my intensive heart, allow me to see people as you do so I may be a ye and go and not a hypocrite and stay.
Book list 2012
Here is the list of Book’s I plan of reading this year. Readers are Leaders. I have asked six men for suggestions and this is them. This is not all that I was suggested by these men but it will keep me busy for 2012. I plan on reading and give a summary of each book in my blog as I go. By reading is the only way I can learn from these men none of them will be able to come to my house and teach me personally and yet I can still can benefit from what the Lord has tought them. It is a mix of personal leadership, marriage, kid raising and ministry related choices.
“You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read.” Charles Jones
- Boundries by Cloud and Townsend
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- “The Five Love Languages”
- Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
- Rhinoceros Success by Scott AlexanderThe Go-Getter
- Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money by Daniel Lapin
- “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tripp
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Dr. Meg Meeker
- 9. “The Disciple-Making Pastor” by Hull
17. Master plan of evangelism Robert colman
18. A tale of three kings Gean Edwards
19. Normal Christian life AW Tozer
20. Mentoring for Mission: A Handbook on Leadership Principles Exemplified by Jesus Christ
21. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by Maxwell
22. “Spiritual Leader” by Chappell
23. First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently [Hardcover]
25. When I don’t Desire God by John Piper