Instructions for Living – How to Live a Godly Life When You’re Not God #1

shifting sands

A society built on shifting sands cannot survive. What about our society? Do you sense the sands of today’s culture shifting under your feet? I do. Perhaps that’s because we live in a world where moral absolutes seem to be extinct.

There’s definitely been an increase in the number of people who blatantly disregard the moral principles on which our country was built. Principles that have stood every test since the beginning of time itself. Principles based on God’s Word.

drawing a line in the sand

How then does such a nation fall? It’s as if our founding fathers drew a line in the sand to indicate what principles we would adhere to as a united people. Fresh from the threat of totalitarianism, our young republic determined not to cross over that line, no matter what.

So, what happened? Apparently, the waves of time and cultural changes washed over the sand until the line almost faded into oblivion. Is it too late? There must be a way to keep our moral absolutes and principles from washing out to sea. Otherwise, we may be left on a deserted beach, wondering what happened.

Although moral absolutes may appear to be extinct, the God who formed them is alive and well. Besides, His Word assures us there are three things that will never become extinct—God, His Word and His people. Therein lies our hope.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to do a series of devotions based on Psalm 119. Together, we’ll discover God’s instructions on how to live a godly life even though we’re not God. That’s the first absolute, isn’t it? We know for sure we’re not God.

However, we can know the God of absolutes. The godly life is a life fortified with God’s principles and empowered by the Holy Spirit. But how do we live out His principles when we’re not God? Isn’t Jesus the only one who actually lived a godly life?

That’s true, but before Jesus ascended to heaven, He made an astounding promise. He said He would send His Spirit to live His life in and through us. That’s the essence of the godly life. And that’s the only way we can live the godly life. Why? Because we’re not God.

The NIV notes describe Psalm 119 as “a devotional on the word of God. The author was an Israelite of exemplary piety who:

  • was passionately devoted to the word of God as the word of life
  • humbly acknowledged, nevertheless, the errant ways of his heart and life
  • knew the pain—but also the fruits—of God’s corrective discipline; and
  • had suffered much at the hands of those who arrogantly disregarded God’s word and made him  the target of their hostility, ridicule and slander. . . . ”

Sound familiar? How do we survive the current onslaught against the very fiber of our faith? The same way the Psalmist did. The prevailing theme of Psalm 119 is devotion to God and His Word. The author highlights God’s directives for godly living and His promises to encourage us toward faith and obedience. 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

house drawn on sand

So faithful reader and co-seeker of God’s truth, I’m excited. I can hardly wait to learn what God wants to teach us about living the godly life, His way. Are you with me?                                                 

                  woman on computer

6 Responses to “Instructions for Living – How to Live a Godly Life When You’re Not God #1”
  1. Sandy says:

    Yes, I’m with you!!

  2. Awesome, Liz — We NEED your wisdom and godly counsel. You should compile them for a little book: Lessons from Liz!

  3. harriett salley says:

    I am with you as I am wondering how our world will last in it’s present state. Corruption in our government, breaking so many of God’s laws. famillies in torment, on and on and on! Focusing in on God abd his word is our only hope. Who will hear that tho? Thanks for coming with us last night. Good friends sticking together will get us thru! Harriett

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