“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive say in me, and lead me in the say everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23–24)
God is the believer’s ultimate judge of character, advocate of character, and resource for activating righteousness character. By asking God to search him, the writer fully understood that God looks at our hearts anyway and knows us through and through.
The person seeking growth in Christian graces and character should therefore begin and continue in the ethical light and warmth of God Himself.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You know us so much better than we will ever know ourselves. Often we fail You with busy work, when what we need to be doing is following the Holy Spirit’s guidance to serve You by serving those in need. Give us the wisdom to look at others as You do, through our heart, to help those around us that suffer in silence. Let our words be Your words and our actions those You guide us to use to be of the best benefit, to meet the needs of those around us. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack for God’s supplies.”
“The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: ‘Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?’ He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil—-this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. His bread will be supplied, and water will not fail him.” (Isaiah33:14-16)
Beloved the righteous person who wants to participate in God’s final salvation will not cheat the poor, try to bribe the court systems to avoid justice, hurt innocent people, or be involved in evil plots or activities. Righteous people avoid all appearances of evil.
Righteous people are people that are in a right relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. They avoid any possible impropriety, always seeking to take the upper road, never the lower one. They are people above reproach and seek the best for others. You will see them, doing their best, to not appear “showy” or seeking any attention whatsoever. Their work is accomplished without fanfare and then they move on to the next person in need.. They are humble, honest, and trustworthy.
“I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Jeremiah32:39)
Integrity of character can be marked by one’s sense of purpose in life. Is this purpose of a single strand, that is, seeking the will of God? Or, does it reflect a fragmentation, going off in many directions? Singleness of heart and action after God’s purposes reveal one in whom God is working His grace.
Second Thought of the Day:
God’s salvation is glorification. It has to do with the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed. Future blessedness for those saved is related to their present faithfulness to Jesus Christ. The association of the holy angels with Jesus at His coming suggests the final judgment. To be ashamed of Jesus and His words now will have serious consequences then. At the time, the Son of man will be ashamed of such a one. The very thought of it compels fidelity to Him and glad confession of Him.
“Then he called he crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life fro me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.’” (Mark8:34-38)
Beloved, the Christian life is to be keynoted as a life of surrender. To deny oneself is not a call to be a colorless life. Rather, it is a call to deny the baser nature and pursue the higher levels of ethical standards to which Jesus points. This paradox of finding life by losing it is open to the test of experience. Mature Christians attest to its validity.