Monday, January 6, 2014 one likes it but everyone needs it

The senior pastor of my church has challenged our entire congregation to join him in reading through the Bible in 2014. On day 5, I was in Genesis reading about Noah, his obedience, and how God blessed him and his family because of it. One thing that really jumped out at me in the reading that day was Genesis 9:5.

“And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.” [emphasis mine]

This verse clearly tells us that God will hold the human race accountable. Not just for murder, as referenced in this verse, but for everything we do.

Accountability; no one likes it but everyone will stand before God one day and give an account for their every action, thought, deed, and word. How do I know this? Paul tells us in the book of Romans:

Romans 14:10-12 (NIV) You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. [emphasis mine]

It is important that we know our heart is right toward God. Is there anything you are hiding from God? Any motive? Any hidden sin? Any unforgiveness? Reveal it all to Him. He knows everything about you anyway. According to Hebrews 4:13, there is nothing we can hide from him.

Hebrews 4:13 (NCV) Nothing in all the world can be hidden from God. Everything is clear and lies open before him, and to him we must explain the way we have lived. [emphasis mine]

I challenge you today to turn the search light on yourself. If there is anything you are holding back, bring it out of the shadows and into His light. He will help you deal with whatever it is if you take the first step in exposing it.

Related verses:

Psalm 10:13, Romans 3:19, Isaiah 45:23

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