Hello! How is everyone? How was your week? I think life is speeding up by the minute. I hear of more and more people “trying to do good”, they think that being “good” will make them better people. I’m here to tell you the truth about what God says about people being good…”The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt, there is no one who does good, not even one .” (Psalm 14:2-4) You might be very appalled by that. You might even think How dare you make a statement like that! , “My mother is (was) a saint”; or, “You don”t know my Aunt Sally, but, she makes Mother Teresa look like a slacker!.” Touched a nerve, did I? No one wants to believe that they are not good. The issue is not good or bad. The issue is one’s struggle with sin that causes the inner conflict-which in turn may cause an outward consequence. The struggle within is much more painful with those who are believers (born again) in Christ. Why? It is because when one repents (turns & walks away from) sin, we ask God to forgive all of our sins-.past, present and future. At the point of salvation, one is given a new nature, one born of the spirit (we were already born in the flesh). However, the flesh will die; but, the spirit will live eternally. “Jesus answered, Very truly I you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, You must be born again.” (John 3:5-7) When one is born of the spirit, it is their utmost desire to please God. When we are born just in flesh, all one wants to do is please self-no matter the cost. The struggle within oneself never ends. That is what the Apostle Paul was saying in this scripture. Can you relate? “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Paul takes it further to show how intense one’s struggle can be…”What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25) In case you don’t know this, Since Paul’s conversion, he was about as “sinless” as they come , so for him to be saying this, you have to wonder how intense inner struggles can be. You see, we don’t mean to be hypocrites (although some do). To be a follower of Jesus comes with a price on earth, but an eternal reward in heaven. The problem lies with the person who thinks he/she does not struggles with and acts upon his/her sin. “Dear friends, i urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1Peter 2:11-12) I think people get confused when the Bible says to live good lives because they think that is making them “good” before God and man. Living “good” is a conscious decision. So is living “bad. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good,for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9) It always comes back to the choices we make. ‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love( the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:18-20)
As you contemplate your actions (maybe for the very first time), as a believer in Jesus, know that you are not alone and that God is there to help you through these temptations. “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
Choose life and humble yourself before a Holy God as you Walk Every Day with Grace.
In His Love,