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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Be Thou Perfect

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Genesis 17:1 King James Version).

That word perfect means complete, whole, entire, sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. GOD tells Abram, and HE’s telling us to walk before HIM and be complete, whole, innocent, and with integrity. Now, we know what a hard thing this is to do. In the previous chapter, Genesis 16, Abram committed adultery with Hagar and had a son outside of his marriage. Then in the next chapter GOD says walk before me and be perfect? Seems like an impossible task, but we know “37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 KJV).

So, GOD must have made provision for this to be possible because we are no different from Abram. We go to church on Sunday and commit adultery and fornication right after service. We praise and worship then get drunk, high, commit crimes, lie, cheat, steal, etc. How does GOD make provision for us to be upright before HIM?

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. (Genesis 12:1, 4 KJV).

The above verses give the meaning to the first part of GOD’s command. This is what it means to walk before the LORD, to be obedient, to hear from GOD and do what HE says. Abram walked before the LORD because he was in HIS will. We can’t walk before GOD if we’re not in HIS will. If we’re rebellious, we’re walking away from GOD not before HIM. People who walk before GOD seek HIS face. How do we seek GOD’s face? One way we seek HIS face is through obedience. We always want to be in the will of GOD so that we are never far from GOD. GOD never leaves nor forsakes us, but we leave HIM at times. Let’s endeavor to always walk before GOD and not leave HIM.

So, GOD is telling us that the more we walk before HIM, the more we obey HIM, the more we will become like HIM and stay close to HIM doing the things HE wants us to do. This helps to curb that appetite for sin. Notice that after Abram committed adultery, and GOD told him after to walk before HIM, we don’t read of Abram being outside of GOD’s will or sinning. As he obeyed GOD, GOD continued to bless Abram tremendously, made covenants with him, and brought them all to pass. Let’s give GOD a chance to keep HIS promises and covenants with us by walking before HIM and not straying. The more we stay in HIS will, the more HE can reveal to us and bless us.

Now we understand that being perfect before GOD, meaning complete, whole, innocent, having integrity, and being unimpaired happens as we walk before GOD. As we stay in HIS will and are obedient, we become more like HIM, we want to obey HIM, and we are blessed for it just like Abram was. Stay with GOD, family, HIS promises are better than anything we think we can get from sinning or being outside of HIS will for us. Don’t take my word for it, do it and see for yourself. Then you’ll be able to say like the people of Samaria, “42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” (John 4:42 KJV). Walk before GOD and come to know HIM for yourselves. Be blessed, family.

“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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