Hosea 10:12 Seek The LORD

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

Hosea was describing Israel and how they had been a growing, powerful nation, but had chosen to walk away from God. They chose to follow idols rather than follow God. Now he is telling them that they must start sowing righteousness and love to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. The ground must be broken up. They are to seek God and His righteousness.

When a person has chosen to walk away from God, his heart has become a hardened ground, no longer sowing righteousness or love. Israel had become this way as they chose to do their own thing in rebellion to God. During the time of Israel, all righteousness was based on their own works for God. In the process of refusing to follow God, there would be no righteousness, thus no salvation.

Jesus brought the perfect righteousness to all people and is willing to shower it down on every person who accepts it. In order to accept His righteousness, one must turn from sin and strive to live for God a righteous life. The love that God is pouring out on a person, must be poured out again upon others. One must allow the Holy Spirit to break up the hardness of the heart living in sin, to be able to plant a living heart of flesh in his life.

Change must occur in the heart and life of a person, when he chooses to follow Jesus. The time to choose Jesus is now.

If you are not doing so already, it is time to follow Him with all of your heart. In this way you will be sowing righteousness and reaping the fruit of His unfailing love in your life and towards the lives of others. Jesus is ready to shower down His righteousness and holiness upon you, if you are willing to accept it.

As you seek Jesus, He will be found. Break up the ground of a sinful heart and make it one that is following Jesus. Take time each day to seek Jesus and know what He wants for you. He is coming again, and you do not want to be found not following Him.

I pray today that you will seek Jesus with all of your heart; that you will allow God to give you a heart of flesh; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will accept the righteousness of Jesus in your life; and that you will reap His unfailing love.

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Psalm 37:5-6 How To Shine

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6

Most people like to be seen as a good person. They strive to show how much they have done that is good, or show how bad someone else is compared to them.

Those in the world, show how they have physically or materially helped people in need. They get together with others to get support for some philanthropic task trying to help build other people up and meet their needs. They urge government changes in order to help others.

In the church, many speak grand words from the bible and talk about how much they read the Bible or pray. Others constantly talk about how much they do in and for the church, often bringing up tithes and offerings.

None of these things are necessarily bad, but they do not make a person truly shine. The shine they have is the dull shine of this world.

Focusing your eyes on God and His ways, and then trusting Him will bring about the desired results of shining.

When you have a heart that is sold out (committed) to Him and you are fully trusting that God will guide you in the best way possible, that is when you will begin to shine. You have to be willing to do what God wants and want what He wants in your life. As you do that while trusting Him, God will be able to do great things in and through you.

God will then be able to raise you up and make your righteousness shine like the sun. It will be clear to everyone that you have been forgiven of all sins and belong to Him.

The noonday sun is very bright and cannot be hidden. Your life will be the same as you commit yourself to God’s ways. Your life will stand out as different.

Have you committed all of your ways to God?

Are you trusting Him with all of your life?

Try Him and see what He can and will do in you and with you today.

I pray today that you will be committed to God’s ways; that God will reveal His ways to you; that you will trust God for everything; and that God will make you shine His light in this world.

Psalm 15:1-2 Who Can Dwell With God?

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart, Psalm 15:1-2

David asks the question of who can dwell or live where God lives. Throughout this psalm, David lists different things that is required of the person who lives where God is. The first part sums it up in that the person must be blameless, and righteous. The rest of the verses give direct examples of what that means.

All over the world there are people who are asking this same question that David asked. They want to know how they can live where God lives, how they can dwell in His presence. Depending on which belief the person is a part of will determine how they can be in their god’s presence. The only people who do not ask that question, are those who do not believe in any type of god at all.

Any believer who asks these questions, must first realize that every person is guilty of sin, and cannot be considered blameless or righteous. This creates a problem for every person on this earth. In yourself, you cannot dwell in God’s presence. God cannot allow sin in His presence and you are full of sin.

God knew this and had a plan before He even created the first man, Adam. This was the reason He sent His Son Jesus to this earth. Jesus had become sin so that you might become the righteousness of God. Jesus was righteous before God so that you may be righteous before God.

Jesus died and rose again, in order to take away your sin. He is willing to remove your sin so that you could stand boldly before God.

All that you must do is repent of your sins before God, and believe that Jesus did, in fact, die on the cross, rise again and will remove all of your sins. You must believe that Jesus did these things so that you may dwell in God’s place for all eternity.

Do you believe these things?

Or are you still searching for a way to be in God’s presence or to get into heaven?

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will trust Jesus death and resurrection; that you will repent of all your sins; and that you will believe in the righteousness Jesus has provided for you.

 

Deuteronomy 9:4 Not Your Righteousness

After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. Deuteronomy 9:4

Moses is giving a warning to the people for when the get into the land of Canaan. As they go in there will be many enemies that have to be driven out. God will work on driving each of those enemies out. Once the enemies are out, the Israelites must not think that they were given that land because of their own righteousness. God drove the enemy out because of their sin, not the Israelites righteousness.

As a human being it is easy to compare yourself to other people. You may look at your life and see how much more like Jesus you are than someone else. Once that happens, it becomes very easy to believe that the blessings you have are because of what you have done.

You must remember that Isaiah said that your righteousness is as filthy rags. Paul said that you are to put on the righteousness of Jesus, not your own.

You are not saved or blessed because of what you have done or how good of a person you are. You are saved by the grace and mercy of God and the righteousness of Jesus.

When things are going good for you and the abundant blessings are flowing in your life, always remember that it is God’s doing because of His love and grace, not what you have done. Do  not allow pride to get in the way. Pride is what took Satan down, and it will take you down also.

Remember that as easy as it is for God to give you the land, He can also take it away. It is not about you, but about God.

Give God all the glory for all the blessings He has given you. Give God praise for the enemies He removes out of your way.

I pray today that you will see the hand of God in all that you have; that you will see the power of God in removing the enemy in your life; that you will know it is not your righteousness, but that of Jesus that did the works; and that you will put on the righteousness of Jesus.

Genesis 6:8-9 Finding Favor With God

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:8-9

People were multiplying on the earth and spreading across the earth. They were learning to do more and more. Along with that, however, the people also started to sin more. The Bible does not say what they were doing, but it was enough to make God angry. He chose to destroy everyone and everything on the earth.

But, Noah had found favor with God. He did not live in the sin like all the other people were doing. Noah had walked with God faithfully each day. He was described as righteous and blameless.

Being called righteous by God and blameless by the people is a very large thing. For a person to be righteous, he must do the right thing all the time. Noah was known for following and obeying God. He chose to do the correct thing every time. This was so much so that the people could not find anything to blame him for.

The Bible tells us that in the end times the world will be just like Noah’s time. People will be living in sin and very few will be found to be righteous and blameless.

Look around you, how many people can you find that live righteous lives? How many live blameless lives? How many live faithfully for God? Now add all three of these characteristics together and how few meet all three.

When God looks at your life what does He see?

Just like Noah and the people of his time, you have a choice on how to live. You can live like the majority of the world does–in sin. Or you can choose to live like the few who are true followers of Jesus.

Live in the righteousness of Jesus and choose to do the right thing all the time, every time. Live your life in a way that the world cannot find any fault with you in anything. In living this way, you will be living faithfully for God.

Have you found favor in the eyes of God today?

I pray today that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will live a blameless life; that you will be faithful to God in everything you do; and that you will find favor in the eyes of God.

Romans 10:2-3 Wrong Zeal For God

“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” Romans 10:2-3

Paul is talking about the Israelites. He would love to see them saved. Here he points out that they were very zealous for God, but they did not know the righteousness that God provided. In the end they were building their own rules of what righteousness was and refused to accept God’s righteousness.

Things have not changed for people. Many people (at least in America) believe in God and attempt to stand for what He wants. In their zeal for God they get extremely judgmental and start to make rules on various things that God never directly stated anything. They are making up their own rules on what it means to be righteous before God.

Some examples of these types of rules are: no playing cards, no dancing, wearing only certain types of clothing, and eating only certain foods. While all of these things may be good for a certain person, or good rules to live by, none of them are absolute rules by God. None of these make a person more or less righteous before God.

Only in Jesus is a person righteous at all. It is by His grace and mercy that you can be a righteous person.

Jesus did lay down some rules and many principles to live by. They were guidelines on how to make choices in life. They are to guide you in how to live a righteous life before God and do His will.

You need to be zealous for God. You need to get excited and tell everyone about God. You need to stand strong and true for God and His Word. But in all of this you must be standing in the right position. It must all be based on the righteousness of Jesus. It must be done with His love, grace and mercy.

Do not be zealous the way the world gets zealous: judgmental, condemning, better-than-thou, and demanding. Don’t just give a bunch of rules to live by.

Strive to point all to Jesus. Show people the righteousness that Jesus provides. Be zealous for God in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the righteousness that Jesus provides; that you will be zealous for Jesus; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that you will be zealous with God’s love, grace and mercy.

Romans 5:17 Provision of Righteousness and Life

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:17

When Adam had sinned, it brought about a chain reaction of sin and death. Later the law was given to point out the sin in people’s lives. This made sin reign even more in people and brought about death.

Jesus had brought life. This life was given by the grace of God. God did not have to provide for salvation. He could have destroyed everyone and started over again. However, God is a god of grace and mercy and love. He wants people to be saved. He wants to have fellowship with them.

Here Paul gets excited about how much God will provide grace, righteousness and life through Jesus Christ. If one man’s sin can bring death to everyone, how much more will one man’s death bring about life to everyone?

God knows that you will mess up and sin. He knows that you will keep falling into sin. This is where His grace picks up. He is continually working with you to make you more like Jesus every day.

All to often believers want to give up because they keep falling into a sin. They feel like they are worthless and cannot really serve and love God. The feelings are true in their own power.

Alone you cannot love and serve God. But with Jesus Christ all things are possible. God’s grace is poured out to help you overcome the sin and return to Him. The grace, given through Jesus, provides the way to love and serve God. It provides the way to be righteous and holy for God.

Are you striving to be righteous on your own? Or are you doing it in the power of Jesus?

Do you accept the grace Jesus is providing you? Or are you condemning yourself?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will see the grace God is giving you; that you will seek Jesus; that you will live in His strength and power; and that you will allow Jesus to make you righteous and holy before God.