“… But the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2: 4b (NKJV)

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. Romans 12: 2 (NKJV)

There is a difference between seeking God and seeking self. If the just (those who receive Christ’s righteousness) are God-seekers, this means that there are people who are not in this category and are concerned with seeking self. Self-seekers are people who have an inordinate fascination with themselves and are typically vain, disregarding the importance of respect for God and His Word (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Scripture shows the contrast in the behaviours of self-seekers and God-seekers (2 Timothy 3: 1-17), and if we hold ourselves to the standard of God’s Word, we will be able to identify areas in our lives that we need to adjust (2 Corinthians 13:5). The underlying motivation for each path is that self-seekers prioritise the flesh, while God-seekers prioritise faith in Christ’s finished work, and so demonstrate the truth that ‘the just shall live by faith’.
Apostle Paul says that those who live by the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8). The corollary is that living by faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). It takes faith to live a godly life in Christ Jesus, because this life of faith involves persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). Indeed, it takes faith in Christ as revealed in the Scripture and experienced by the Holy Spirit, to choose to live according to God’s standards, to prioritise sound doctrine and to live for God’s purpose (Romans 12:6-21).

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