Satan is never in a hurry. All he needs is an opportunity to inject unholy, self-centered thoughts into our heads. If we don’t kick them out, they stay. And he can continue his evil, destructive plan. — Joyce Meyer –Battle Field of the Mind Devotional -You version reading plan
This morning while reading my bible the Lord took me to this set of verses and what I saw was so astonishing to me
Romans 2: 7-9
eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil….
…those who by patient continuance in DOING GOOD seek glory, honor and immortality…
When I think of seeking glory …I think self advancement, look at me syndrome, puffing self up and being proud. Funny how the negative of words is so easy for me to see. Even more interesting is how God has purpose and wisdom in everything. When I seek to do good…I am seeking glory!
…to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory…
I looked that word up. <—always good to do when you think you know something..go double check! (side lesson)
Glory means worshipful adoration and it also means admiration for doing something important. Genuine godly glory is when by my actions of “doing good” (living by His ways) I am being worshipful in adoration to my God. I am also gaining admiration (being approved of -considered as good) for doing important work…God’s Work!
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Did you ever think or have a narrow view of “doing GOD’S WORK” meant working in the Church or ministering? Truth is always simple I am finding…. it just acts of goodness-that’s His work.
…to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek- honor and immortality…
Honor … LOOK UP TO ME <—so I thought!
While it can mean that it also means to have a keen sense of right and wrong, to have integrity. So seeking HONOR means to know the difference in right and wrong.
Immortality …LIVE FOREVER <—so I thought! ( never underestimate God’s ability to show you truth -be willing to look it up! …I think it’s FUN…yeah I’m word girl! lol )
Immortality is deathlessness
DEATHLESS = LIFE EVERLASTING
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
WOW stuff right there!
ok now for the not so great stuff …
…but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil….
These 4 words are the cost for our unrighteousness.
Seeking to further only our own agenda and interests brings indignation – people around you who love you will react to injustice (your unfair actions to them) your ingratitude (not being thankful for what is done for you ) your meanness (offensive behavior and selfishness)
When I obey this unrighteous way of being, I find not only are people unhappy with me but I have receive what feels like intense anger toward me -called wrath. I go through tribulation – I feel distressed, I suffer in my mind and emotions. I feel no peace. I go through anguish – suffering from worry, grief, pain and have tightness in my chest from anxiety because I am uncomfortable around people who I am blaming as being the problem and I remove myself from them, telling myself that they just want to control me. When truth is …
I AM NOT OBEYING THE TRUTH <—Christ in me who called me to do good, not evil.
Those 4 words are the cost for our unrighteousness to every soul that does evil.
I think I will choose GOODNESS !!
(Monthly topic Fruit of the Spirit – look for the theme as the Lord leads us this month )