“Those who walk righteously and speak what is right,who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes ,who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil. They are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.Their bread will be supplied,and water will not fail them.”
Being a Christian goes beyond a common declaration that “I am a Christian”. It goes further more than attending church services on Sundays, attending Wednesday bible studies, Church events or even signing up to the church workforce. Being a Christian means living like Christ did while on earth. It means emulating His principles and practice.
Although Christianity does not boast of perfection as we are all imperfect people working towards being perfect; it lays major emphasis on consciously living a life that is daily dependent on the word of God and obeys His commandments.
God requires His children to live a righteous life and it is evident we cannot achieve this by physical strength but through God’s eternal grace and the power of the Holy ghost. It is almost impossible to independently attain a righteous life because the steps to righteous living involves constant daily demonstration of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith; all to be delivered with a selfless motive.
All of these are simply unachievable by mare human strength; they need heavenly intervention to attain them as Christians. The Good thing is, God is always at the door, He wants and is willing to help. He has not stopped knocking. Revelation 3:20.
The bible cites a number of faithful people who lived righteously with the help of God. One of such is Noah! Genesis 6:9 recorded that “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Despite the wickedness and corruption of the people in the world during his time, Noah always did everything the Lord commanded him to do. That was why he was able to save himself, his entire family and their flocks. Genesis 7:1.
Your decision to live a righteous life will not only benefit you but also benefit your entire generation. They could benefit from that decision you make to follow God righteously irrespective of what the current circumstances may be that surround you.
Proverbs 12:21 tells us “He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honour.” which means there is reward attached to living a righteous life.
I hereby urge your today to make a decision not just to call yourself a Christian but to live in line with Christ-like principles. Be straightforward in your dealings with everyone and pray that the Holy spirit guides you to live a life which is pleasing to God.
Do not let anyone lead you astray but focus squarely on God. Although you will stumble every now and then but God is not looking for a perfect man. A righteous man falls seven times’ yet he rises again. This is because God is more concerned about the inner motive and desire to be in His camp. He will keep helping you to rise up because He knows you are still on His side. It’s not about your class or wealth because those do not qualify you for righteousness, it is by His grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:8. His grace is what qualifies you.
God wants you and I to be on His winning side BUT it has to be by our choice not by force!
- Lord I thank you for another glorious day.
- Father forgive me for the ways I have lived contrary to your commandments.
- Help me from today Lord to remain in your camp.
- Help me to turn aside my crooked ways and let your instructions be my greatest treasure
- Thank you Jesus, In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.