“7 Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the Stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the Head of the corner,
8 And a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, an Holy Nation, a Peculiar People; that you should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:7-9
The evidence of our love to God causes us to show forth the praises of Him Who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. We examine ourselves daily, whether we be in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5) because of our love for Him. We fight the good fight of faith (2 Timothy 4:7) – faith in Jesus Christ (Who He is and what He has done for whosoever will believe) because of our love for Him.
Religious ceremonies will not CAUSE us to bring forth the praises of God Who has called us out of darkness but will INSTRUCT us to bring forth praises of God in order for Him to call us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Prayer shawls, yamakas and the like do not cause virtue to flow from the throne room of God and effect healing on the Believer. 40 days, 21 days or 100 ways will not result in deliverance of the captives from the sin that so easily besets them.
Reaching out in faith to touch the hem of the One in Whom we know; the One Who has brought us out of the darkness into His marvelous light results in a shout of praise. The One Who authors and finishes our faith; precept upon precept, line upon line, is no respecter of persons. He will do for you what He has done for so many others.
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to free us from the wages of sin (death) and give us dominion over sin. Our Lord is now sitting at the right Hand of God, constantly making intercession for the Saints. As a born again Believer we are crucified with Him so that we may be in the likeness of His Resurrection. We no longer have to partake in the ways of the world for deliverance because we are now alive unto God. HE is the way maker…not us, not our vain imaginations, not our self efforts. Jesus Christ – He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Don’t stumble at the Word. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.
“8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:8-11.
-Donna Clark Warren