For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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[ RSV] 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Question: What is the condition attached to the promise of God’s provision?
Answer: One who walks uprightly; another version says ‘whose lives are pure’.
Definition of uprightly or pure: could be several possibilities such as; accord with truth and fact; wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity; purged, purified, pure, clean.
This would imply then, that our lives should demonstrate all these qualities. They are the fruit of wholesome living according to the commands given by Father God Almighty and repeated by Jesus Christ his Son. This living way is out of respect and love for the Father and Son. The promise is do this you receive this. Live with truth, integrity, cleanly and receive favor, honor, any good thing from the Lord God.
Take away: I cannot do this alone. I need His help and thankfully the Holy Spirit is here to do just that. With His help I can succeed, I can overcome the tendencies to be dishonest because it might be convenient, or engage in falsehood to manipulate another, and on it goes. As Paul says, there are times I do what I don’t want to and I don’t do what I do want to…so glad the price has been paid for this, the strength to overcome is available upon request and forgiveness is freely given. Let us strive to live holy, pure lives empowered by the Holy Spirit in our lives.
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