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"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33).

As we learn the wisdom and the word of God, it is interesting to note that God does not just dwell on the benefits of being a Christian, but he also clearly explains the penalty of choosing wrongly. In addition, God does not simply say to his children be fruitful, multiply and enjoy each and every day of your life, but he also provides reproof for his children when they disobey Him. It is important in spiritual growth and development to understand and appreciate the total picture. The good and the bad. The benefits and the consequences.

"Depart from evil, and do good, So you will abide forever. For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever; But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off." (Psalm 37:27-28).

God is not an impersonal force. He is like a parent. Children do not doubt the existence of parents and they understand parental rules and desires. They may disobey, but they disobey understanding the consequences. The news is full of stories of those who mock sin.

Indeed it is amazing how many people do not even consider sin as an act against God and only respond to man's law. They will sin as much as they can get away with without getting caught. There is no internal compass or system of ethics that guides them especially when no one is looking. They mock sin.

Proverbs 14 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 14:9 "(9) Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will."

Psalm 60:9-12 (Theme: The Prayer of a Defeated People). "(9) Who will bring me into the besieged city? Who will lead me to Edom? (10)Hast not Thou Thyself, O God, rejected us? And wilt Thou not go forth with our armies, O God? (11) O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. (12) Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries."

Today's question. Do you have a relationship with God?

People of other religions marvel at the personal relationship Christians have with God. Oftentimes non-Christian religions are based on works, fear, ritual and a system of living that transcends a personal God. Some religions believe in many gods, but Christianity is centered on God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. One God in three persons.

Christians recognize the need for a savior and the only person who could provide salvation is God himself who came to earth, born of a woman and the Holy Spirit, lived a perfect life, died and rose again so that all who accept Him will experience spiritual birth themselves. Christians not only have a personal relationship with God but God the Holy Spirit communes with each of his children through our spiritual birth.
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Our God is a personal God. We are members of the Kingdom of God through the sacrifice of our savior Jesus Christ. As children of God, we can call upon him, pray directly to him and pray for others. Indeed people of other religions love for Christians to pray for them because they recognize that our relationship is personal.

"Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth;" (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Dear God, we love and adore You. Thank you Father. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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