FAITH CAPSULE: Be upgraded; remain upgraded consistently!
Living in this wicked world of today demands constant and consistent upgrading by seeking God.
Seeking God is pleasing God.
Pleasing God is living by the word of God.
In a wicked world, Enoch upgraded himself by walking with God, he demonstrated a life of fellowship with obedience to God. The Bible records, “By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken, he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6) In this wicked world, self-upgrading is living a life of fellowship with obedience to God.
Just like Enoch, Noah lived a life of self-upgrading. The Bible records the result of Noah’s upgraded life: “Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So, God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” (Genesis 6:9-12)
Elijah lived a life of upgrading by taking a stand for God against false religious leaders and kings. Elijah did not align himself with wicked kings and leaders. Elijah’s life of taking stand kept him upgraded in the wicked world. Elijah did not die but went up to heaven in a whirlwind. (2 Kings 2:11)
Walking and standing in fellowship with obedience to God in this wicked world is not impossible but possible for one with a purposed heart for God. Elijah stood for God, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.” (James 5:17) Today, it is possible to be upgraded as Elijah was upgraded in his journey of life.
Matthew 6:19-21 admonishes what it takes to remain upgraded, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Does the word of God speak to you in this wicked world?
In the wicked world, get upgraded today; be built up in the word of God. Apostle Paul identifies the need to be built up in Acts 20:32, “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” It is worthy to commit self to the word of God and be upgraded with continual prayer and to the ministry of the word.
Prayer for today: Ask from God that you want to be upgraded by living a life of pleasing Him.