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within the bracket of the remnant, God wants you to spruce up. How? 1. Righteousness:“The root of the righteous cannot be moved” (Pro 12:3,12). Righteousness means doing the right thing. Rigid adherence to truth and facts pays. Self-discipline is choosing to do what is right when you feel like doing what's wrong. It's knowing you can, but deciding you won't. Often we face conflicts in life, whether to do this or that. For example: To pay and get a seat or pray and wait for God's will. Which is right? If you pay you wouldn't know whether it is God's will or not. But if you take the other route you will know for certain that you are in God's will. A family met me after a Blesso and wanted counsel regarding their daughter, whether to shift her from CBSE to State Board, so that she could score high marks (NEET was not introduced yet). I told them not to do it, but decide never to pay for a seat so that they will be sure of God's will. They did exactly that. She got a seat in MBBS. November 2019 Jebilyn's picture was in the newspaper as the best outgoing student! God honoured their faith and His name was glorified. People's conscience has become so blunt that nowadays many wrong things are accepted as unavoidable. God will always stand by the righteous (2 Chr 19:11c). No matter how far down the wrong road you've gone, it's never too late to turn around. Read the following strengthened in your faith:- verses and be “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psa 55:22). “The righteous are bold as a lion” (Pro 28:1). “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Mt 5:6). “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do no worry about tomorrow” (Mt 6:33,34). Meditate on the word “But.” “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives… eager to do what is good” (Tit 2 : 11,12). The grace of God does not encourage us to sin but teaches self- control. “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and ears are attentive to their prayers” (I Pe 3:12). 2. Holiness:“If the root is holy, so are the branches” (Rom 11:16). Root is the hidden part, our inward being. Jesus called the Pharisees as hypocrites. Outside they appeared holy but inside they were full of wickedness. They were like white-washed tombs (Mt 23:27,28). Jesus advised, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean” (v26). Unsurprisingly we take all efforts to show ourselves holy to the world. Even a prophet like Samuel was carried away by the looks of Eliab. God told him, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam 16:7). Let us concentrate on the area which is important to God. Clean up your insides. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). The fig tree Jesus cursed withered from the root. Why? It was putting up an outward show (Mk 11:20). “These people honour Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me,” says God (Mt 15:8). That's why David prayed, “Search me O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psa 139 : 23,24). No wonder God was looking at his heart. So the first step is to learn to speak the truth to yourself. Don't cheat yourself. I hate to put on weight. When I gain one kilo, I turn the pointer of the weighing scale down by one kilo and feel happy. What am I doing? I am telling a lie to myself, I deceive myself. Honesty is speaking the truth to others; integrity is speaking the truth to yourself. “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who … speaks the truth in his heart” (Psa 15: 1,2). It does take a little practice, but you will soon get the hang of it. We need to be ruthlessly honest | March 2020 | Page 07