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In James 4:7, we are called to “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (NIV). In Jude 1:9, we are told of a confrontation between the archangel Michael and the devil.

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Jude 1:9 (NIV)
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During the sermon on the mount, Jesus told us:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

How we carry ourselves matters. As Christians, we carry the light of the Gospel inside of us wherever we go. Whether we verbalize it or not. It’s there, and there’s no way to hide it. This means that how we live our lives is essential.

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In Paul’s letter to Titus, he writes:

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Titus 1:16 (NIV)

Some of us may know people who profess to be Christian, but their actions say something different. Perhaps they galavant around partying and behaving much like the world. Generally, they don’t have a lifestyle that aligns with being a disciple of Christ. We could say that their actions don’t reveal knowledge of God. Can we say that such individuals aren’t really Christians? Can we apply the description found in this verse to them?

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On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. The mission could have been aborted at any time before the rocket fired, launching the craft toward the moon. However, once those rockets fired, the crew of Apollo 11 was committed to completing the mission. They had reached a point where they couldn’t turn back. Forever changing humanity’s history.

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