There are those who teach that it is not possible for human beings to live up to the standard of godliness that Christianity demands. The devil would like for us to accept that heresy so as to discourage us from even trying to live for God. Do we have certain propensities within us that prohibit a closer walk with God? Did our Creator make us with an in-built spiritual deficiency that makes it certain that we shall fail in our pursuit of holiness? Or, are there helps along the way that enable us to glorify the Savior? In the language of Romans 4:3 we sincerely ask: “What saith the Scriptures?”

In the beauty of Psalms 119:76-80, we find some wonderful sources of consolation and joy. Take time to read this passage. From this we take comfort in the following:

1. God’s judgments are right.
2. God’s merciful kindness comforts.
3. God’s law is my delight.
4. God’s precepts are my meditation.
5. My heart rejoices in His statutes.

Jesus taught, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Do you know why most of the world is lost? It hinges on Matthew 6:33. Instead of seeking first the kingdom of God, the vast majority of people all over the world are seeking food, clothing and shelter first and putting God last. As a result, they don’t come up very well on food, clothing and shelter! Jesus challenges us and gives us the best insurance policy ever issued, now or to the end of time, in Matthew 6:33. Not many people take the Lord seriously on that promise. It is a tragedy how that high ethical standard is ignored!

Johnny Ramsey
via Church of Christ
Crosbyton, TX
Bulletin Digest (Jan. 2008)

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