Living in Christ
By Keith Boutte
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
Saints we are living in a time when it seems evil is winning and truth is dying. The division in America is being broadcasted daily and seems to be publicized beyond what truly exists. Right and wrong are based on how we feel while facts are discarded and emotions are exalted.
Righteousness in Christ
It’s never comfortable when we find ourselves in wrong standing with God. What I mean is when we as Christians in good faith make a wrong diction, such as assuming everyone else is causing traffic to clutter while we as perfect drivers are always in the right and should correct their offenses. I am too often guilty of such an offense, anxious to get through traffic. It’s not a traffic problem but a heart issue. I must surrender to God and trust I will make it through without offending nor being offended.
David was far from being perfect yet always chose to run to God in his most tragic errors in life. David trusted and loved God in every situation knowing that God loved him in every situation. He believed in God’s correction and though it caused pain would bring healing to his heart and spirit. David trusted God’s leading over his emotions.
Forgiveness in Christ
In the scripture above we see King David asking God to search and know his heart. As King over God’s People he knew being wright with God was essential to lead God’s people. David even asked God to test him and know his anxious thoughts because he believed God was his loving Father. At times, I find myself in a place where I feel unworthy of God’s love, grace and forgiveness. I do this because I’m leaning on my own understanding and trusting myself to be good enough. The truth is on my own I am unworthy, but through Jesus I’m a new creation and forgiveness is always available when I seek God with a repentant heart. That is exactly what David does in the next verse; Psalms 139:24, “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” This is the way God wants our heart, seeking Him with all that we are.
Living in Christ
When we seek God, we should go to the Word of God. We have the benefit of living after Jesus’ death on the cross. We are bought with a price and should do as Paul says in Colossians 3:13 (NLT), “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” This is our path to life as we know it today and for life everlasting, to know God and make Him known.
This month our Nation will be celebrating what is ungodly. I remember a time when celebrating evil was mostly hidden and came out in October. Nowadays it seems to be what is mostly celebrated year-round. But this should not discourage us but excite us to share the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord! As David says in Psalms 98:1 (NLT), “Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!”
Loving in Christ
We possess and are empowered with God the Holy Spirit to go into the world and show forth the love of God to a dying people. There is only once “race”, the human race and it needs to know Jesus so let’s ” Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV).
This is our time, we know the path to everlasting life. Our hearts should not be burdened with proof but overflowing with the truth of what Jesus has done for us.
Romans 2:29 (NLT), “No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.”