Sunday, February 10, 2013

The path to righteousness is never easy~~

In this age of political correctness and increasing tolerance for all kinds of un-Godly behavior in the world in which we live, I feel compelled to set the record straight, as its said, at least from my point of view.

Living a righteous life has never been easy, but it is increasingly hard now a days. Yet, the Bible extols the virtues of the righteous life: 1 Peter 3:12 tells us "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

                                      "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:!5

But, how can we lead a righteous life, when everything and everyone around us is "going with the flow" of society? It seems that you're not hip or are labeled prejudice if you don't accept everyone else's ideas of what is right these days. I believe it has nothing to do with prejudice, but it has everything to do with standing firm in your beliefs as a Christian and having the guts to say, "No, you are not right, because what you believe and the way you are acting is against the Word of God, and therefore I am not going along with it." Period.

Society is moving fast towards acceptance of gay marriage as part of the normal fabric of our lives. There are many gay actors and others in the entertainment field who have "come out". TV shows showing gay parents raising children are accepted as normal and are even the among some of the post popular shows on television. The Boy Scouts, the American Institution built on good moral standards, is considering letting openly gay men be part of the organization. I pray that doesn't happen, because homosexuality is not moral. The President of the United States has openly endorsed gay marriage and made it part of his political platform for these next four years. He wants to legalize gay marriage. Most of society has accepted gay partnerships as being perfectly normal. Well, if everyone else says it's ok, it must be ok, right? WRONG!

If you align yourself and your beliefs with God's Word you will soon discover that gay marriage is not normal at all. The Bible doesn't have anything nice to say about homosexuality, between men or women. The following Bible verses are pretty clear about God's standing on it.

"If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination." Leviticus 20:13.

"Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men" 
1 Corinthians 6:9

"For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature" Romans 1:26

Homosexuality and sexual perversion has been going on for thousands of years, just as every sin against God has been going on for thousands of years. There truly is nothing new under the sun. We are born sinners and we will die sinners apart from the saving Grace of our Lord Jesus. It is a constant and daily struggle for all of us to strive to live a righteous life. 

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the downfall of the Roman Empire, clearly were because of perverted behavior, homosexuality being a part of that. Is the United States of America next in line? Is our destruction coming soon? Have we all become de-sensitized to immorality? Is the Lord going to allow us to self destruct because of our immoral behavior?

Many believe that 911 was a warning sign from God that we better get our act together. Well, have we? Remember, after the horrific attacks when everyone was going to church and the Congress stood on the Capitol steps and sang God Bless America? Well, that didn't last long, did it? Pretty soon it was back to life as usual. 

There are other ways to live in righteousness that are also very important to God. Following the Word of God, and not honoring false idols or prophets is imperative, as well. Knowing and acknowledging that the true path to God is through Jesus Christ his Son and no other way. There is one way to get to heaven and have eternal life. That's it. John 14:6 tells us clearly "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

                                                            Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!

The Bible warns us about false prophets."Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." Matthew 7:15.  

You can't get to Heaven through enlightenment, you can't do it by chanting, it's not through living a good, clean life and being kind to others. It's not done by following any other religions or their rules to a tee. The only way to get to heaven, is through acceptance of God's Son, Jesus Christ. You must be born again. You must give your life over to Jesus and start afresh with a new heart. Pretty simple, really. Why does everyone get so confused about it?

But it's also so important not to judge others. Many in our world are lost souls and haven't found their way, and it is our job as Christians to reach out in God's love to all of them. Jesus didn't judge and we shouldn't either. Matthew 7:1 tells us "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Romans 4:10 says "You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat." We are all sinners, none of us is better than the other. Romans 3:23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." So, get off your high horse, and realize that without Jesus, none of us have any hope.

Striving to live a more righteous life may seem out of reach to you, but it's really not. But you have to start somewhere. I implore you to surrender your life to Jesus. If you start there, everything else will follow. The Lord wants to guide you into a righteous life. He wants you to live each and every day for Him. It is something you can strive for and achieve with the Lord's help. Matthew 6:33 admonishes us "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." The simple of that is this ----make God your first priority and everything else will fall into place. 

That's a good start and a great way to begin your new life striving to live in righteousness. The Lord is waiting for you with open arms! What's holding you back?

My verses for today are above in red.

My prayer for today:

Dear Lord:

It's not always easy to stand up for our beliefs. It doesn't win us any popularity contests, but it is important if we want to live a more Godly life and to live life to it's fullest. You only want the best for us Lord, help us to strive to live each day for you. Help us to turn from sin and run to you, for your love and your son's love are the only way we can truly have Life to it's fullest.

I pray,
Amen and Amen

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