Dedication Extraordinaire!

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Revelation 13:15-14:5

As we start into Revelation 14, once again we see the 144,000 who are "servants of God . . .sealed from every tribe of Israel" (Rev. 7:3-4). John describes the activity of these people and then gives us a little information about them--they are redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, they follow the Lamb wherever he goes, they have kept themselves sexually pure, and they are blameless in their speech (vs. 4-5). What a picture of dedication! It prompted me to take a look at my own dedication. How often and how much time am I spending in God's Word? What am I doing with my time in general? What things are capturing my heart and thoughts? How am I spending my money?

So on a dedication scale of 1-10 (1 being low and 10 being high) where are you at? And what's it going to take (what are some things we can do) for us to keep moving up the scale closer to that 10? Tami W.

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"And what's it going to take (what are some things we can do) for us to keep moving up the scale closer to that 10?"

I believe that MANY born-again Christians know of several practices, habits, thought patterns that are in need of improvement. Maybe it is spending more time in prayer, not taking that lingering look at the sexy coworker, spending time with a body of believers on Sunday and not on the golf course, etc. BUT the challenge comes in being obedient to God's leading. For many of us knowledge is not the issue, but the willingness to do the right thing on a consistent, day-to-day basis.

It is important that we re-evaluate our personal circumstances, from time to time. The Bible says we ought to "redeem the time", and most of us do not really do this to our very best. I have found there is nearly ALWAYS something more I can do to "set a better table for myself" so that my plans are more in agreement with God's plans for my days AND nights. After all, it is HIS plans we seek to put into action.

I know for many this will seem extreme (and, YOU MAY NOT NEED TO DO THIS)...but, some time ago, I gave up television...I mean, totally. I called my provider, had them disconnect that part of my service, and got rid of the t.v. set so I'd not be tempted to have it reconnected! (No, I'm not a nut/fanatic, simply a child of God who felt very strong conviction in my own day to day life that I was spending too much time in front of the tv, watching mediocre programming, when I used to spend those hours reading the Word of God and studying in books about the passages!

Sure enough, with prayer and commitment, I have fallen back into my old true "first love type" desires! I'm thankful to the Holy Spirit for prompting me and convicting me about my time and my lifestyle, as they were needing a serious overhaul!

A cool side benefit, was I lost weight, LOL. Seems I had not realized how often I thought I needed something to eat in my hands (going toward my mouth, lol) the whole time I was watching the television. Now, dear ones, please know Susie is NOT recommending all of you get rid of television! But, for me, it was a blessed thing, and I felt a weight lifted. I still have my internet connection, (and on mobile, too), check the basic news, but not with the prominence I used to do so.

I have radio and internet for my Bible teaching programs (Back to the Bible, and I love Thru the Bible Radio (who recommends Back to the Bible, by the way)! I'm being more careful about the emails I receive and trying to use everything I have in my life to reflect God's glory. We've got to bring it back to HIM, dear ones! A few magazine subscriptions went by the wayside, too (not because they weren't acceptable, but because my time can be better spent).

I still need to work on things in my life. But last year, and this year, I am "weeding out" anything I don't need as a distraction, and I'm examining how I can more fully stay in the Word, share the Word, and improve my own condition from it.

This "redeeming of the time" and trying to be more committed is not so easy...we have to fight for our little times with the Lord, even with our families, loved ones, etc. By the very nature of life on earth, we are drawn away, distracted, and our families will let us know in a heartbeat that we are neglecting them if they don't get every moment from us they want. We love them, and we should. But GOD FIRST. TIME WITH HIM FIRST. Then we'll be better for them!

We will prevail, dear bloggers, as Jesus is praying for us, and the Holy Spirit is convicting and teaching us. And, thankfully, the precious Father sees Jesus when He looks upon us! Blessings to all on the P4 Blog.

More and more I believe God is urging His children to attain holiness. This is one of His attributes and if we are His children, then we ought to display holiness. It has been coming to me more intensely that holiness is absolute separation from sin; when one is holy (I guess when we have reached the 10), there is no desire for or pleasure in sin. Sin does not amuse or entertain us. Like the 144 000, we must get to that place of absolute purity, with God firmly fixed in our minds and not ashamed to own God, to stand for God, in a world that is very anti-God. May God grant His grace to us all.

No one knows the exact number of the redeemed, but because we were purchased by Christ's blood, we are His first fruits!

On a scale of 1 - 10, I will not rate myself, Tami. I will admit, though, that I can improve by spending more time in God's Word to study it - more than read it.
In our church, we start Sunday School in the fall. I love being a teacher because I have to study the Word in order to be able to teach it.
Blessings to all as we seek to know God better.

I'm not sure why everybody is "afraid" to put a number down...but I will! 2! Two because I do spend time with the Lord everyday, however, not long enough! When I think of dedication, I think of being dedicated to not only receiving His Message (the Gospel), I also think of how dedicated I am to spread His Message to those I am surrounded by. There are many improvements that can be made in every situation. May the cleansing blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, be our conviction of dedication!

As Janice indicates I too will not rate myself. I have to study the Word of God more in depth. Less TV is good. For two days I have not turned on the TV and to tell the truth I do miss it. I prefer to use the time to get closer to the Lord. I prefer to be in His Word because as the Hymn says,
" His word shall not fail you He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well:
then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell.
Chorus: Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in His wonderful face;
and the things of the earth
will grow strangely dim
in the light of His glory and grace."

My goal is to through my testimony, get people to believe in Jesus and that He is indeed coming again and we must prepare for the Great Day. Time is running out!

Thanks Susie for sharing from the heart. Very good points to keep in mind. I have a long commute which has frustrated me for 8 years.
I'm very grateful to have a good job, but the commute is tiring. It makes for a very long day. However, since I commute on the bus it gives me lots of time to read the Bible. I have a small electronic Bible which is easier to carry around. I have found myself reading the Bible more. What I need to work on is spending more time reflecting on what I've read in the Bible. I also have the wonderful priviledge of writing for a Christian website - short articles 2 or 3 times a week. It is such a blessing from God. I learned about it in a Sunday School class at my church. This work also keeps me in the Word. I am getting better at knowing where things are in the Bible. I don't know if I could honestly rate myself. I know I still have a lot of things to work on.

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