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Guard rails are not fences.

They’re not there to keep cars off the road but instead to keep cars on it.

Fences are to keep people out.

Guard rails are to keep people in.

Sometimes, we Christians lose sight of this when it comes to our faith.

The Bible and the beliefs it calls us to embrace are for the purpose of keeping us in His family, not for trying to keep people out.

Scripture really is, in effect, a God rail.

Here’s why I say this:

“Godliness guards the path of the blameless” Proverbs 13:6

Godliness is a guard rail.

It keeps us on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

When we reject godliness — and we’ve all had moments or seasons of doing so — the guard rails disappear and we inevitably end up in a ditch — or worse.

Nobody likes running into a guard rail… or a God rail.

We get banged up and we have consequences to sort through, not the least of which is a bruised, convicted conscience.

I’m thankful for the God rails in my life that the Holy Spirit has used to get me back between the lines of godly living.

I pray that you’ll feel the same as you travel the narrow road.

As always, I love you
Martin

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When God looks at how you spend your time and money, how you treat the people in your life and at your moral conduct, what conclusion might He come to regarding the priority He has in your life?

Are your choices made in ways that first consider what He wants from your life? Do your choices show that you want to honor the pattern of living and loving that Jesus demonstrated?

Are you seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, trusting that all your earthly needs will be met if you put God first in everything?

This is all sounds good, but applying the principle in practical life certainly does take faith.

Helping a relative who has lost a job is a good thing but what if it means scaling back a long-desired, long-planned family vacation of a lifetime?

Hmmmm….. that’s a tough choice for some.

But what would God have us to do?

Imagine there’s a lucrative opportunity to snag a big promotion at work but it would require being chosen over a co-worker friend who is also seeking the promotion. You know about a big mistake the co-worker made but which the boss hasn’t yet discovered. Do you subtly “help” the boss learn about the error and thus eliminate your competition for the promotion and big raise?

What would God have you to do?

Listen, we have daily opportunities to display our faith in ways visible to others. In recent days, I’ve witnessed at length about Christ on a couple of occasions while talking with Internet sellers about things they were offering. It’s been very interesting how the Lord opened the doors to speak about Him.

I should have been doing more of this but at least I can commit to doing it more from this point forward. I know this is what God would have me to do and I desire to please Him.

A verse from my daily Bible reading — Psalm 73:25 — should guide our actions all day, every day. Whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, should be done for the glory of God. That, coincidentally, is what Colossians 3:17 tells us.

And if we live according to the pathos of Psalm 73:25, we will live to please God.

“Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth.”

Let’s do our best to a life totally surrendered to God, a life that desires Him more than anything else.

He clearly deserves it.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Jesus said in Matthew 7:20 (KJV), “By their fruits, you shall know them.”

If we want to be seen as people who love God, then it’s vital that we’re seen as people who love Jesus.

Of course, we all know that talk is cheap.

That’s why our singing of “O How I Love Jesus” is to be matched by the spiritual integrity of living for Jesus a life that is true.

It doesn’t take a genius to remember and understand Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount.

Love others ahead of ourselves.

Forgive always.

Do all we can to protect and help others rather than rejecting and harming others.

Flee temptation.

The list goes on.

If I claim to love God, I lay claim to a sanctified, Jesus-imitating life.

Here’s what Jesus said in John 5:23.

“Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent Him.”

Pretty clear, huh?

Let’s put a smile on God’s face by putting Jesus’ example into practice in our lives. It’s the best way to honor the One who died for us and who desires that our family and friends start living for Him.

Pure thoughts. Pure words. Pure deeds.

These honor Jesus.

And His Father.

As always, I love you
Martin

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We are at our best when we imitate the Lord.

I’m not a young man anymore, but yet I still need to be reminded by the Bible that I should be more consistent in being like God.

Here’s my daily target, described in one sentence.

“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”

This description from Psalm 103:8 is worthy of writing onto an index card — or several, actually — and then placing the card(s) on the refrigerator, the microwave, the bottom of the computer monitor, the car dashboard, the frame of the bathroom mirror or wherever else our eyes frequently visit.

Compassionate.

Merciful.

Slow to anger.

Filled with unfailing love.

Whose life wouldn’t be better if filled with these traits?

And whose family life or work life or church life wouldn’t grow stronger as these traits grew more evident?

Let’s be imitators of God.

Life will be so much better for us all.

As always, I love you
Martin

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