September 18, 2019

September 18
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV

1 Chronicles 1
The genealogy may seem not all that interesting yet God has a plan for each and every purpose and those born at the beginning of human creation with their descendants and choices they made affects history even to our own day.  My take is to make good God choices so I affect future generations positively.
Ezekiel 14
Anything, yes anything that is put as more valuable than the Lord is an idol.  Our Lord is ALWAYS wanting the sinner to repent and receive His forgiveness.  He receives no joy in the loss of even one person for He loves us so very much and desires a relationship with us which sin cannot allow for as He is a holy God.  Our Lord Yeshua paid a great price for this relationship to take us through eternity.  Noah, Daniel and Job are called out by God Himself to be righteous and yet the Lord clarifies that each person is responsible for their own salvation.  Acts of judgment consist of the sword (war), famine, beasts and pestilence (see Psalm 91).
Romans 3
I had talked about why the Jews mentioned first in the scripture a few days ago and said chapter 9 of Romans but it is here in chapter three.  God chose them to entrust His Word to initially.  It is faith that all will be judged by in the end, equally.  Not just faith but the fruit of faith.  
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—
The Old Covenant bears witness to the New Covenant so how can it possibly be eliminated from a Believer’s life?
22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Everything in the Old Covenant points to salvation and eternal life in Messiah Yeshua.  This is not because of what anyone has done on their own, but because of what Yeshua did for humankind.  Our justification is receiving Him and all of His Word, thus His works, by faith in Him.
Meditate & Apply:  Choose good God choices.  Idolatry comes in all forms so I must make sure that daily I am free and clear from putting things before my Abba.  The mercy of my Lord NEVER ceases.  My heart must always be filled with an attitude of gratitude!  Salvation with eternal life comes only through Lord Yeshua by living in the righteousness of Him.  Acts of judgment are warnings for the people to change their ways.  It is not evil, it is God’s love for people to return to Him.  What is my faith producing today?  All are Born-Again unto Eternal Life the same way, whether Jew or Gentile  - by the kind of faith that brings eternal life.

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