Psalm 12:1 Where Are The Godly People?

Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. Psalm 12:1

The world goes through their days each day just living life. Many understand that there are many problems in the world with extreme violence rising and being seen everywhere. Although they see the problems, most do not see the bigger picture of what is really going on and why those problems exist. All that exists in their minds is the here and now in the moment, which is focused on pleasure and taking care of self.

David cries out to God for help because godly men are disappearing. There are fewer and fewer faithful men to be found.

Before a person chooses to believe in Jesus, one is just being like the world. There is no rock-solid standard that people will stand upon. Everything changes to the whims of people in the moment as they seek to be happy and please themselves. What is good/bad one day is the opposite the very next.

God has placed a standard in place that is the same throughout history and throughout the world. This standard can be found and understood through the Bible, His word. True believers stand upon God’s word, which is eternal and never changes.

Although there are many true believers standing upon God’s word in the church, there are many who are being deceived and no longer standing on that word. More and more people in the church are being swayed into believing the lies of the world and are becoming more unfaithful to God.

It is more difficult to find Godly men and women in this fallen world as many choose to follow the ways of the world, rather than God’s ways. Believers need to stand strong and true upon God’s word and live the Godly life He has called them to live.

Most likely you can see the sin that is rampant in the area in which you live. Take a moment and think about how many Godly people you know. As you think about that, how many new Godly people are being discipled and raised up? And how many Godly people have chosen to walk away from God’s truth and follow the ways of the world.

Do not allow yourself to become one of the Godly people who disappear. Stand upon God’s word and live according to His word each and every day.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live according to God’s word; that you will remain faithful to God at all times and in every situation; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; and that God will build His church through you.

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Haggai 1:7 Think About Your Ways

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This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:7 

As a person thinks about building something new, he takes time to carefully plan it out. He determines how he will build it, what materials he may need, the cost, the time and many other factors in doing it.

Some people are great at thinking these things out, while most do not plan very well. Many just jump into something, thinking that they know what is best and that they can do it. They never count the cost or realize the intricacy of what is needed to be done. They only see the final picture and not the small details that brought about the final result.

After the Israelites had returned from exile they had chosen to build their own homes first and not build God’s house. God tells them to think about their ways.

Most people have some type of plan in their life, some are extremely  detailed, while most are very vague, but are still plans. However, most of these plans are built upon man’s wisdom and understanding and are with a temporary and earthly mindset. People do not do most things with eternity and God in mind.

Jesus came with eternity on His mind. He wanted to seek and save all who were lost. Anything less than that goal would leave one without a true purpose in life.

While many people focus on building their earthly kingdom, the believer must be focused upon God’s kingdom. This is building one’s own self up in Christ Jesus and building others up in Jesus.

When the focus is upon self and this world, it will fall apart and decay. When it is focused upon God and His kingdom, it will last for eternity.

As you walk through this life, you must ask yourself what you are focused upon. Give thought to what and ways of what you are doing. It is easy to get distracted with the things and ways of this world.

Turn your eyes and thoughts upon God and His ways. Focus on building His temple–your heart and life, and building His kingdom–seeking the lost and bringing them to God.

As you do these two things you will be doing things that will last for eternity. They will not wear out, fall apart or fade away. Take time today to think about your ways.

I pray today that you will have God’s eternity upon your mind; that you will work at building God’s temple first in your life; that God will guide you in building His kingdom; and that your thoughts will be on the ways of God.