Leonard Sweet has said, “The most alluring ingredient in any recipe for an unhappy life is the pursuit of happiness.” It is possible to be a good person, even honorable without God’s word and Spirit, but it is self-righteousness and it is not enough! When men rely only on self to produce righteousness they do what they think and feel is right within themselves! Proverbs 21:2 tells us that ‘Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.’ That is a very dangerous verse of scripture, because it reveals our propensity to justify who we are and what we are by how we look on what is right!
We are in a generation that is saying ‘evil is good’ because they are looking on evil and saying that it is right and acceptable in their eyes!! BUT true righteousness is not based on how we look at it! It is based on how God sees it! That is why we must look to the word of God, and if we plant in our hearts and lives God’s word we will in time produce a life of godly righteousness!
A focal point for our church this month is Matthew 6:33 which says “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” When we desire to live by the Word of God we allow God to multiply and increase His righteousness in us! As Ed Stetzer has said: “Once the Bible is less than God’s Word, Jesus becomes less than God, and sinners become less than sinful.” That is why the Bible must always be our highest authority.