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Rhapsody of Realities

Godliness Is About Your Conduct – Friday, January 13th .

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness (1 Timothy 4:7).

The
word “godliness” above actually means piety towards God, piety to
spiritual or godly activities. It means devotion. It doesn’t refer to
inner righteousness or inherent holiness. It’s about the things you do,
how you respond to God, and to the things of God. For instance, there’s a
way you ought to behave when you come into the house of God, because
church isn’t like everywhere else. It’s a place of worship. There’s an
attitude of reverence you ought to have when you come to church.

Godliness
is about your demeanour. Your dressing matters; some piety is necessary
in your dressing. There’s a decency that goes with the Spirit of God,
and that decency must be in your life. There’re outward things that
people should see in you, and say, “Yes, this is a Christian.” They
can’t see it in your heart, but can see it in your character. That’s
what godliness is about.

There’re movies you shouldn’t watch.
There’re books or magazines you shouldn’t read. There’re places you just
shouldn’t be found in, because you’re different. And if for any reason
you find yourself in such places, you ought to go in there with godly
piety. Yes, that’s the life you’ve been called to live. Your presence in
a place should exude and transmit the righteousness of God, for you’re a
tree of righteousness, producing fruits of righteousness.

Never
lose sight of who you are; you’re different. You’re the symbol and
embodiment of God’s glory, perfection, beauty, and righteousness. See
and carry yourself as such: “But you are a chosen race, a royal
priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people,
that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and
perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous
light” (1 Peter 2:9 AMP).

Prayer…
Dear
Father, I thank you for giving me your righteousness as a gift, and
inspiring in me the consciousness to walk in a perfect state of piety. I
live true to my nature and calling in Christ as I bear fruits of
righteousness and inspire many by my piety to spiritual and godly
activities, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study:
2 Peter 3:10-11
But
the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall
be burned up. 11 [Seeing] then [that]all these things shall be
dissolved, what manner [of persons]ought ye to be in [all]holy
conversation and godliness,

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed [is]the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way
of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight
[is]in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and
night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not
wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

2 Peter 1:5-7
And
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to
virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance
patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Daily Scripture Reading

1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 10:1-23, Genesis 31-33

2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Matthew 5:41-48, Genesis 13

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