My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy.” 2 Chronicles 8:11
My recipes always fail if they are going to be seen or judged. I could move to a house with a fancier kitchen where my failures would be less noticeable . Or I could just start over. Only the best ingredients and faithful obedience to the recipe ensures success.
A Recipe for Salvation
- A cup of God’s righteousness
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
- Jesus’ blood.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your be done.” Luke 22:20, 42
- Faithful obedience.
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11
- Sin. Cover with Christ.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
- Allow time to rise.
God dwelled in a temple Solomon built. Solomon hid his foreign wives in a palace away from the ark of the covenant. Jesus’ sacrifice makes us his temple. Only his blood can cover our sin.
Being in God’s will gives us the power to take the higher ground when those around us are succumbing to all the pitfalls.
With God all things are possible.
from the archives, originally published December 8, 2010.