Job 9:1-2 How Can One Be Righteous?

Then Job answered and said: “Truly I know it is so, but how can a man be righteous before God?” Job 9:1-2

Questions on how to do something are constantly being asked by people all over the world. Everyday millions of people pull up Google asking questions about nearly anything and everything imaginable. Millions of videos are made annually on how to do nearly anything someone would desire to do. People like to do things on their own and seek ways to accomplish it. While most questions are physical in nature, some deal with the spiritual realm of life.

Job answers Bildad with a question of how a man can be righteous before God.

Job was living in a time when the people were under the Law of God. Everything was do or die. The moment one sinned against God there was a death sentence upon their head. There did not appear to be a way in which a person could truly be righteous before God.

The question he asked is still commonly asked to this day. Once a person realizes what it means to be righteous and how much one sins every day, one begins to question how he could ever be righteous before God.

The good news is that Jesus made a way for a person to be righteous before God. This was something Job did not have access to. Jesus came to the earth, lived a perfect, sinless life and then died upon the cross to pay for the sins of every person. Once He rose from the dead, He removed those sins and gives the believer the power to live a holy and righteous life through Him by the power of the Holy Spirit inside.

Jesus provided the ability to live righteously, and the Holy Spirit guides the believer to live righteously.

You may look at your life and everything that you have done wrong and ask yourself the same question as Job did. It may look hopeless to you and that you are just a failure and will never live the righteous life Jesus called you to live.

Do not give up. Take hold of what Jesus has done and given you. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out, making you into a new creation who lives the holy and righteous life God called you to live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put on the righteousness that Jesus has provided; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in how to live a holy life; that you will allow God to change you into a new creation for His glory; and that God will give you strength to overcome sin in your life.

New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year of 2017 begins, many people make some resolutions. Some, like myself, tend to refrain from making resolutions because they know they will not keep them very well. They want to start out the new year making some changes in their lives. Most often these resolutions are to make things better for their lives.

Some of these resolutions are for their own personal lives. They can be to start exercising more, read more, stop smoking, eat healthier, stop drinking, relax more often, go on a bigger vacation, save more money, finish school, and the list goes on with no end. These resolutions are usually to help a person be in a better position down the road.

Others will have resolutions that deal with other people more. Some of these can be cut back on working long hours, spend more time with family, visit relatives more, give more to those in need, volunteer more in the church or community, physically help those in need, and again, the list goes on endlessly.

While all of these resolutions can be good for a person to do, they are not the most important ones to be focused on. The first resolutions that a person should be making is ones that deal with their relationship with God. Paul had prayed that God would give the people a Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they would know Him better.

No person can know God too much. No matter how much you know God, there is always more to know about Him. No matter how much you understand the things of God, there is more to understand. Strive to know God more and more.

The way to know God more is to read and study the Bible more. Make the resolution to spend more time in the Bible and to apply to your life. Spend more time in prayer so that you are in constant communication with God. Keep yourself heart’s ears open to what God has to tell you. These things will build your relationship with Him.

The next thing to make a resolution on is with becoming more like Jesus.

Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

John says that if you have a belief in God, you must live like Jesus did. You must patter your life after that of Jesus. You must act, think, and speak like Jesus did

For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

Peter gives the practical side of what it means to think, act and speak like Jesus. All of these qualities that Peter listed are ones that describe Jesus. Jesus was the perfect man, the perfect example of what each person is expected to be like.

I am trusting that in your choosing to read my blog, you have a belief in Jesus to some degree or more. I am trusting that you have accepted the salvation that Jesus has offered you.

If this is true about you, then your goal in life must be to be like Jesus more and more.

While having resolutions to change something in your life is good, the primary resolutions should be to be to know God more and to be like Jesus more. As you focus on these two things, God will guide you in to what changes you need to make. In those changes you may see  the need to exercise more, or eat healthier, or some other common resolution.

As you begin this new year that God is blessing you with, what is God telling you to focus on?

What can you start doing to know God more?

What can you start doing on a regular basis to be more like Jesus?

I pray that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit and guide you in the path He has for you this new year. I trust God will help you change what needs to be changed so that you may be more like Jesus.

God can and will give you the strength you need to be what He has called you to be–like Jesus.

May you have a very blessed and happy New Year in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

“You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” Leviticus 18:3

God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt after their having been there for four hundred years. Over that time they had been assimilated into the Egyptian culture and beliefs, although they were slaves. They ate their food and lived life the same way with the exception of being slaves. Now that God had pulled them out of Egypt, He did not want them to continue in that lifestyle or go back to that lifestyle.

God was also bringing them into the land of Canaan. This land was also a land where other false gods were worshipped and lifestyles were lived that went against God’s way of doing things. He tells the people not live like the Egyptians or the Canaanites.

Every person who is a believer has come out of their own personal “Egypt”. You were a slave to things that were against God. Depending how old you were at the time you came to Jesus, depends on what you were a slave to. The older you were the more things you were enslaved to.

You are also still in this world as a believer. There are beliefs and cultures around you that as a believer in Jesus you must not take a part of or embrace. Jesus said you are to be in this world, but not a part of this world.

Take an honest look at the practices going on around you. Determine if those practices are what Jesus would have you do or not do. Flee all types of sin. Do not take a part in that sin.

These sins can be physical acts, emotional acts, or thoughts. The world will try to get you to follow their ways, from the local workplace, all the way up to the federal government and the world. Stay separate from the world. Don’t go back to your old ways of living and do not take on the new ways around you.

Live for Jesus today. Do not live for self or the world.

I pray today that God will reveal to you false ways of living; that God will open your eyes to sinful thoughts and actions; that God will strengthen you to live for Jesus; and that God will help you be a light for Jesus in this world.

Leviticus 11:24 Touching Unclean Things

“You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.” Leviticus 11:24

God lays out of list of various types of animals that were classified as unclean. The people were not to eat these unclean animals. Along with not eating them, they were also not allowed to touch the carcasses of those animals if they died. Either way would cause the person to become unclean.

When Jesus came, He did away with a lot of these laws on which animals could be touched or not touched, eaten or not eaten. Although these laws are no longer in effect, there are other things believers should stay away from. Now the limitation is not to just certain types of animals and insects, but to many other things in life in this world.

Every believer is to not only flee all sin, they must also flee all appearances of sin and evil.

Sin and evil can be found in movies, music, art, books, games, and nearly every other area of life. The standard that Jesus set is very high and very strict, just like the standard set by God through Moses in the Law.

Think about the movies or tv shows you have seen. Or the books you have read. Or one of many other things you have experienced. Ask yourself, do you think that Jesus would have read or watched or did whatever was done?

If you cannot honestly answer yes to that question, then it is probable that you should not be doing it either. You are called to be holy as Jesus was holy. You were called to be just like Jesus is.

When you allow yourself to dabble in a little sin, it will grow on you and tear you down. It will only be a matter of time before you fall away from follow God to live in sin.

Every time you touch or see something of sin, it makes you unclean. This is just like touching the carcasses of the dead animals. Do not allow yourself to be desecrated by touching sin in any way.

I pray today that God will reveal to you things that are sinful; that you will see the blackness of all sin; that you will not allow yourself to be contaminated by sin; and that you will live a life that brings honor to God.

2 Peter 1:3 Everything You Need

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3

Needs are a common thing that every person has. What is considered to be needed is can be different for each person. The very core things that every person needs is food, clothing, and shelter. How much of each of these things are actually needed is what is different for each person.

For some people having one full meal a day and two changes of clothing would be great. For many others, they want a feast at every meal and several changes of clothing for each day.

The problem with looking at just these needs, is these are only temporary needs. These do not help one live a godly life for God.

Peter points out that God’s divine power has given you everything you need…for a godly life. It is not everything you need to live comfortably or to keep up with the neighbors.

Often believers are looking to God to provide the temporary things of this world for our pleasure. God may provide those things, but those are not the things that are truly important. These things may be good, but look for God’s provision for things that will last for eternity.

God has provided forgiveness of all sins and paid for your sins. He has given you His Word to show you what He wants. He has given you His Holy Spirit to guide your every step. He has given you His promises to know what He will do for you. He has given you ways to reach others for Jesus. He will provide ways to serve and love others.

All of these things will allow you to live a godly life, a life just like Jesus. As a disciple of Jesus and a child of God you are supposed to live like Jesus did. What things are allowing you to live like Jesus? Or are keeping you from living like Jesus?

He has already provided all that you need. Do you trust Him?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will live like Jesus did; that know the calling God has for you; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will use you to reach the lost for Jesus.