God’s Mark

June 19, 2009 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday I was reading Revelation chapter 7 and the second part of verse three really stuck out to me ” hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees; till we have sealed the servants of God on their foreheads.” My heart’s cry was that I would be a servant of God worthy to be sealed with His mark. His mark is our seal of protection, His mark of ownership that declares we are special that we are in His hand and in His will.

Psalm 119:167-168 “My soul hath kept they testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.” Somehow these verses seemed to connect with Revelation 7:3. I think it is because as we practice being better and better servants of God by spending time in His word, praying and listening for His voice (direction) in our lives we are ever more aware that “all our ways are before” Him. He is not a master that neglects us until the end of time and then looks us over and decides who will receive His seal. He watches over us carefully from before our lives began, calling to us, instructing us, and drawing us ever closer to himself if we are only willing to let Him lead us.

The more time we spend with Him the closer we will walk with Jesus and live our lives in accordance with His word. This will stir a deep love for his word in us. We will find ourselves loving His word, and His law, and love living life with the knowledge that He is close beside us, watching us and ready to help in time of need, and bless us. He wants to place His mark on our foreheads.

Realize what having the mark of Christ on our foreheads means. It means that whoever looks at us, however briefly will see that we are not our own, that we live for another (Jesus) and our set apart from this world. 1 Corinthians 6:20 expounds on this “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God with your body, and with your spirit, which are God’s.” This is what being a Christian is all about; the price we have been purchased with is Jesus’ blood and when we accept salvation we are giving Him Lordship over our lives. Our responsibility then is to see that we glorify Him with our body and spirit.

Ok, that’s great, but how does it really work out in our lives? Here are some examples; Our bodies are to glorify God so – take care of them, dress modestly, walk modestly & purely, let our conversation be always edifying (always building others up, not tearing them down), let’s help others before they ask us, and “go the extra mile” to show them love, keep from sin.

Our spirits are to glorify God as well; think on good things, refuse to watch tainted movies or tv, refuse to take part in degrading or useless talk, sing praises to God in your mind and heart throughout the day, keep your attitude positive.

So, what do you think? We can do ALL things through Chirst who strengthens us! 🙂

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