To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:7-8
Every person on this earth is seeking something. The majority of people are seeking things for themselves. People want more of everything for themselves.
Very few are seeking the full truth of what is good and what is not good. It is usually what looks, feels and tastes good in the moment, with very little regard to what the future consequences will be.
Paul points out that everyone will be rewarded for what they have done. Those who seek truth and doing good will receive eternal life. Those who reject the truth and are self-seeking, will be given God’s wrath.
According to the world, every person should seek to please self first and foremost above all others. There is only to be a slight regard for others when choosing actions to please self.
In the process of seeking to please self, there are very few to no boundaries as to what can be done. Since this is the case, sin is openly accepted and promoted, even though it harms the self and often harms others in the process. Truth is rejected and evil is accepted as good.
Many in the church, who claim to believe in Jesus have also fallen for the lies and deception of the world. They have chosen to seek things for themselves, rejecting the truth and following evil, while claiming to believe in Jesus. The truth is not in them.
For all those who reject the truth of God and His word, there is only God’s judgement and wrath waiting for them. Others who have chosen to seek the truth, God and His will are in line to receive God’s blessings of eternal life.
The truth is that all have sinned and need forgiveness by Jesus and to live according to God’s word. You need to ask yourself if really seeking God’s truth or are you seeking the selfish lies of this world.
Put God and His word first in your life, fleeing evil so that you may do true good according to God’s word. Seek the truth that brings about eternal life, not the lies and deceptions of this world that bring about death.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will seek God’s will; that you will turn from evil; and that God will reveal the deceptive lies of this world.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28
Leaders are people who help put into place rules and regulations that help guide the people correctly. Over the years some men have enacted rules that have been great and helpful to millions of people.
As long as these leaders are remembered, their rules are also remembered. Once the person is forgotten, often the rules that were emplaced are forgotten. As soon as that occurs, people start to fall.
Paul points out that the people had chosen to forget about God. Since they had rejected God, He gave them over to their own ways to continue to sin more and more.
Looking back over history, one can see that nations who served God rose up great. Once they began to reject God, they started to fall. God allowed them to go their own way.
Several nations that were known to follow God have chosen to ignore God and do their own thing. People have rejected the rules and commands of God, choosing a life of sin.
God does not put a chain on them and demand that they follow Him. Rather, He will let them do what they desire. He lets them have their depraved mind.
America is one nation that is at this point as a whole. People have rejected God and promoted sin. Sin is becoming more rampant, excepted and openly promoted as good. Sadly, this is also occurring inside the church.
In order to stop this trend, believers must remember God and live according to His standards. They must go against the trends of this world in following God. Every believer must flee sin as fast as he can, staying as far away as possible from sin.
As a believer, you know the truth of God and His word. You are familiar with how God wants you to live. Do not allowed yourself to be deceived by the sinful ways of this world to fall into their depraved, sinful ways of living.
Stand out as different in following God with all of your heart, soul and mind. Stay in His word, knowing what God requires of you. Pray daily, so that you hear from Him.
As you do these things, God will not give you over to a depraved mind, but keep you in His hand.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God daily; that you will know what God desires of you; that you will be His witness to this world; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.