An impression is a mark left on an object once touched by another object. Play-doh for instance can hold a visible finger print if you press your thumb or finger on it. Machines can pound or cut an impression into metal. Some dental work requires an impression of your mouth. The act of being impressive is done by the object performing the work while the other object is being impressed.
My goal is to live my life in such a way as to be an example of a solid Christian walk. Impressing to others the joy and contentment I have in walking with Christ. When troubles come I must rise above it with integrity and class, thus revealing my knowledge that God is bigger and these temporal things are not the most significant parts of my life. At the same time I look at other Christians in my life and draw impression and strength from their walk.
We should always remember that our lives leave an impression on others and we should always watch for those who impress us with their Christian walk. We all cast a shadow both in the physical and spiritual realm. Let our shadows be long affecting many.
Through salvation in Christ we receive holiness as our sins are hidden and covered by Christ’s blood. However we must strive to grow and increase in holiness as the act of salvation does not preclude us from sin and separation for God’s presence. So God’s statement for us to be holy because He is holy is His request for us to pursue holiness.
Being filled with uncertainty or full of difficulty in understanding. This subject baffles me…this confounded example is difficult for me to grasp. These are a couple of phrases that tie back to the word perplexed.
As human beings we like to understand what our senses tell us. Most debates are based on people discussing their understanding on some topic. At the root of it we all want to understand and discussion works to share information. Strongly held opinions lead to heated debate or arguing (step away and cool down).
So being perplexed will drive us to try and find an understanding for ourselves. Let’s live in such a way that the world is perplexed by our confidence and peace. We should hold our heads high and press on in hardship. “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT
Let’s perplex the world so they come to us to find the answer to their confusion.