Thursday, May 29, 2014

Keep me from lying to myself.

Ps. 119:29 Keep me from lying to myself, give me the privilege of knowing your law.

Reread today's Scripture. How might we lie to ourselves? One thing we tend to do is to think we are better off spiritually than we really are. We look at others and compare ourselves to them. We realize that we are better than many and become convinced that we are alright with God. We believe that the Bible is true and we might even read it and pray. We might be involved in various ministries in the church. We see ourselves in a good light.

But, what does God say about us? Are we really living holy lives before God? As we read and hear the Word can we honestly say that we are like that, doing that? Can we? God commands us to be holy and holiness is living free from sin. It is having godly thoughts, speaking in godly ways, acting in godly ways. No one can say that they have arrived and have no room for improvement in their walk with the Lord. No one who sees himself through the eyes of the Lord can do anything but be humbled before Him and recognize his need for God.

It is a privilege to have at our disposal God's Word. Some of us have several copies of it in our homes. We are blessed with the opportunity to not only become aware of God's law, but to know it. We have no excuse for not knowing how the Lord wants us to live. Our ignorance is nothing but our laziness. We must be actively spending time in the Word so we can know how to live. We must meditate on it and discover ways to apply it to life. If you are too busy to spend in the Word, you are too busy and your priorities are in the wrong place.

Be honest with yourself today. What sin are you struggling with? Have you sought God's help with it? Have you confessed it and made a determination to overcome it? Have you struggled and failed with it so often that you have quit trying? The Lord wants you to know today that there is victory for you in Jesus. He wants you to keep on trying. He wants you to call on Him and let Him help you. Dear friend, don't give up. Confess your sins. The Lord knows them and He knows how hard it is for you. Resolve to let Him help you get a handle on them. You CAN do it with Christ's help.

It is a privilege to get to know the law of God. Not everyone has the opportunity that you have to learn how to live a life that pleases God. God makes it clear in His Word what our sins are so that we can deal with them at Calvary. There is no excuse for not knowing what our sins are. There is no excuse for not seeking His forgiveness and living a holy life.

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