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WHAT GOD SAYS RIGHTEOUSNESS LOOKS LIKE

There can be many different definitions of ‘righteousness.’  It would seem, however, if we call ourselves Christians, that we would need to find out, most importantly, what God says righteousness looks like. Today in Ezekiel 18-19, God details for us how he defines righteousness.  In fact, He gives us approximately 14 items that in the doing of or in the avoiding of would characterize one as righteous.

Some of the things listed are to avoid idolatry, not to be involved in adultery, to avoid arrogance and impurity, to be honest and charitable, not to be involved in robbing others and more.  While, according to what we see in the New Testament, we are already completely righteous as a result of Jesus’ work on our behalf, we still have a responsibility to obey.  

These same chapters tell us that sin brings death and that the death of the wicked does not please God. Why not, rather, act righteously and live?   Why not, as God declares at the end of chapter 18, “repent and live”?!  

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PRAYER AND THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD

Psalm 27:7   Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;  be gracious to me and answer me!  8 You have said, “Seek my face.”  My heart says to you,  “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”

This is a beautiful prayer. We can learn so much about people's relationships with God by looking at or listening to their prayers. They help us know how we are to relate to God in our prayers. There's some amazing stuff about prayer in this short prayer. Let's look at it and talk about "Prayer and the Presence of the LORD."

One, he cries. Have you ever really cried when praying? Really got down on your knees and called out to the Lord?

Two, he knows he doesn't deserve God to answer, so he says "Be gracious." Grace is getting something you didn't earn or deserve. When we pray do we treat God like He is wronging us if He doesn't answer us in the way we want?

Three, he is seeking, hard. He senses God calling him into a deeper devotion, "You said 'seek my face.'" Maybe God is calling you to seek Him more than you ever have before. I want to grow deeper this next year in my life with God. I was challenged by these two short verses, to really, really spend time seeking God more. I was in a car wreck last week going 70 miles an hour and walked away.  (My car doesn’t look so great.) I’m turning 65 next year. (Most days I don’t feel a day over 90.) I’m a puzzle to my heart doctor. Life just happens to us at high speed. Don’t miss the best part of daily slowing down to enjoy His presence. Do you want to grow deeper with God? Often we have not because we ask not. Are you asking? Is your heart seeking “His Face”? What an invitation He offers to us.

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