March 14

If each of us was honest with ourselves, we must admit that we think very highly of ourselves. We tend to see all the best things about ourselves and ignore the things we know do not please God. We live in a society that loves to pass the blame for whatever bad happens on someone or something else. We don’t like to take responsibility for our actions, especially if our actions are wrong.

Man has created multiple religions that focus on the man rather than on God. In doing this, we have robbed God of His right place on His throne in Heaven. Religion has also produced a false sense of accomplishment in that we feel that if we can keep a certain set of “man-made” standards, that we will somehow please God enough to be allowed into Heaven. Today it is time for a good reality check.

The reality is that God is perfect, pure, holy, and righteous. There is not one speck of sin in God or His character. Because of that, there cannot be one speck of sin allowed into Heaven, or Heaven would not be Heaven. Today I read, “The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:1-3).

The Word of God gives us an accurate picture of where we stand before a holy God. The Lord looked down from Heaven to see if there were any men who really understood and who really sought for God. He found NONE (and just in case you thought you would be the exception to that … He added the phrase, “no, not one”)! The reality check for each of us today is to realize that it is not natural for us to seek God. We must make a deliberate effort to seek God. I must set aside time in my day to open my Bible and to beg God to speak to my heart through His Word. It is not something I naturally will do.

Even though it is not natural, it is still possible. The reality is that we cannot please God if we are not following the truths in His Word. We cannot hope to live in a godly way in this ungodly world, without staying firmly connected to the principles in the Word of God every day. While it may not be natural for me, it can still become a godly habit that I force myself to practice. I want to choose to seek Him daily. Will you join me?

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