Strive for Righteousness

Psalm 101

1 "I will sing of your love and justice, Lord. I will praise you with songs.
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life--when will you come to help me?
3 I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.
4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
5 I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride.
6 I will search for faithful people to be my companions. Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me.
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence.
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked and free the city of the Lord from their grip."

The bible tells us that we are to live our lives righteously, in a way that pleases God. In this passage, because of David's love for and fear of the Lord, we see him making a decision to say no to sin, perverse thoughts, pride, lying and more and to live a blameless life. While we know that David did not live a perfect life, but like David, God wants us to live our lives blameless, in a way that honors and pleases him.

Jesus is the example. 2 Corinthians 5:21 reads "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." The key to living a righteous life is to live in Christ Jesus. Living blameless is not something you can do in your own strength. Zechariah 4:6 states "So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty." As you give Jesus all of you, His Spirit works in you. Over time, and with submission, things that are in you that do not honor Him, have to come out. A scripture that speaks of this result is 1 Corinthians 6:11. "Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

My intention is not to name a list of items you should and should not do, but to get you to call on the name of the Lord Jesus. As you call on His name, and posture yourself in His presence, as you seek His face in prayer and fasting, as you read your bible and learn what His word says about you and what He wants for you, things will begin to shift. You will feel a tugging or conviction on your heart and the Holy Spirit will reveal to you actions, relationships, thoughts, etc. that do not align with the will of God for your life. You will want to change. Our God, who is eager to help you, will strengthen you through those changes. Mark 10:27 tells is "But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."

These practices are a must when striving for righteousness:

1) Prayer - Means in which you communicate your inner most thoughts, feelings and requests with God, confess your wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness

2) Studying the Scripture - knowing what God's Word says so that you can apply it to your life

3) Repentance - Apologizing for sins you have committed, known and unknown, and turning your heart and actions back to God

4) Fasting - Act of starving your flesh while feeding your spirit to strengthen and break free from strongholds

5) Submission - Surrendering your wants and choosing to follow God's will and ways for your life

Lastly, I want to remind you that Romans 8:1 reads "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." Friend, we all sin and fall short of His glory. However, when you fall, don't stay there. The goal is to get back up, repent and continue running towards Jesus! You are more than a conqueror through him who loved us!

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