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"That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory."
(1 Thes. 2:12)

In a time when many are disparaging the need for a Christian to display a godly lifestyle, we find the Thessalonians being admonished to "walk worthy of God" who called them to his kingdom and glory. Why is a godly sin-free life style so unpopular? Why will many accept any kind of sin in the life of a man or woman when the Bible clearly teaches us that we must "live soberly, righteously, and godly,"? (Titus 2:12)

In our walk with the Lord, we have Christ as our example. He promises us if we walk after His example, He will be with us and keep us and guide us. This's not referring to some work or walk that makes us eligible or worthy to be saved, but it's addressing the way a child of God must walk after His Salvation. Our outward walk must reflect the inward work or we and none of His. Many of us struggle to maintain our confidence in Christ. We're beset with doubts and often question even the idea of Salvation from Sin. If we've cast aside the concept of "walking worthy of God" we have opened the door for Satan's onslaught. He can easily and quite honestly come and whisper to us, "Are you really sure you can be saved?" We open the door for temptations and trials that might not happen to us, if we weren't lax in our walk.

Let's seek to be all that God would have us be. Let's lay aside the "sins that so easily beset us," and the things that keep us from "walking worthy" and grasp the power of the Holy Spirit that allows us to walk in righteousness. The wonderful news is: that we're not constrained to do this in our own power. We merely must make the determination that we will walk in complete obedience, then the Spirit of the Lord steps in and gives us the power to do what the Father has asked of us. "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." ( Romans 15: 13) Once we've decided to obey God, no matter how difficult the task, then the God of hope will fill us with joy and peace and hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.

We need not be bowed down with hidden and secret doubts. We need not struggle to continue feeling saved. We have the assurance that confidence and security flow abundantly from the Hand of God to those who walk worthy!
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Self-Righteousness

I. Self-righteous People

__1. Justify themselves before men.

____Luke 10:29. "But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?"

____Luke 16:15. "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."

__2. Try to make a fair show while full of iniquity.

____Mat. 23:27, 28. 28, Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

____29, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

__3. Love to be seen of men.

____Mat. 6:2. "Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

__4. Reject the righteousness of God.

____Rom. 10:3. "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."

__5. Condemn others.

____Luke 7:39. "Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner."

__6. Consider their own ways right.

____Prov. 21:2. "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts."

__7. Despise others.

____Isa. 65:5. "Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day."

____Luke 18:9. "And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:"

__8. Proclaim their own goodness.

____Prov. 20:6. "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"

__9. Are pure in their own eyes.

____Prov. 30:12. "There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness."

__10. Are abominable before God.

____Isa. 65:2-6. 2, I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

____3, A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

____4, Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

____5, Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

____6, Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

II. Our Righteousness Won't Save Us Because

__1. It's simply external.

____Luke 11:42-44. 42, But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

____43, Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

____44, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

__2. It's in God's sight as filthy rags.

____Isa. 64:6. "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

__3. It's unprofitable.

____Isa. 57:12. "I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee."

__4. It'll debar us from the kingdom of God.

____Mat. 5:20. "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

__5. It's hatful to God.

____Luke 16:15. "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."
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Steadfastness

"And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him."
(Luke 9:51-52)

In view of His suffering to come, Jesus had a definite destination, and he knew what it held for Him. It meant Jerusalem with its sorrow, Gethsemane with its travail, the judgment hall with its injustice and shame, the cross with its anguish, and even the hiding of the Father's face.

For Jesus, there was no royal road to the throne of Israel. For Him the only path lay by Jerusalem and Calvary. It was a long and weary road, but Jesus took every step.

He was tempted to turn aside from His goal, to be sure, and He was tempted in His sufferings. His friends wished to draw Him aside from His sufferings. Peter rebuked Him when He spoke of them. Satan tried to perplex Him, and His own soul trembled when the time for His crucifixion came. Yet, He knew that He had reached the point of no return, and He proceeded in the midst of the storms of sin and doubt about Him to go toward the cross where He would be victor once and for all.

In looking at Jesus' life, one thing that should impress us is His steadiness. He was never shifting, or even driven about. The throb of His life was constant and perfect.

His example of steadfastness, given to us through Word and sacrament, should portray our lives today as we serve an Almighty God in our daily walk. When others see us, do they see Jesus?




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