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I do not understand the things I do. I do not do what I want to do, and I do the things I hate.
Oh, what a miserable person I am!
“God is none other than the Savior of our wretchedness.So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities…Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves.”
— Blaise Pascal
One would appreciate God’s grace most after one has accepted his sinfulness first.
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“Pride comes before being destroyed and a proud spirit comes before a fall.”
—Proverbs 16:18 (NLV)
I am the very reason for my downfall.
“One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.”
— John Bunyan
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.
We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!
No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
(Ephesians 2:1-10, MSG)
Salvation is by works…not ours, but HIS!
“…It’s God’s gift from start to finish!”
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.” – Mark 2:17
The difference is in the degree of perceiving it. For the closer you approach the Holy God the more you realize the degree of your unacceptability to Him. The closer you walk towards Him, the greater he reveals your greed, lust, malice, and self-adoration in your life.
Thus, when one realizes his inability to save himself, the need for a savior arises, and only when that need arises can we start being sanctified. And we are being sanctified we realize that sins is a struggle that is dealt with till the last breath.
Hence, we are beings that will ever be struggling but never accepting of sin, ever struggling and ever hoping until the time we meet Christ.
“Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.”
–James 1:13-15 (The Message)
Sin is sticky! It will always find its way into your system until it gets what it wants – your LIFE!