Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
We are so quick to step into the light of glory and praise when given. It may be a part of us to want affirmation of who we are and what we are in this life. Yet. Pride waits at the door.
Religion seeks to reform the outward to look the part. Christianity, real Christianity, biblical Christianity, transforms from the inside out. The first step in distinguishing the difference is an admittance of guilt.
We will often lift examples of the good we’ve done to justify ourselves. We want to feel good about the accomplishments we place before God, as a show of our faith. Our righteousness cannot compare to the righteousness of God, nor can it.
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
In this passage, the “filthy rags” speak of a cloth that lepers use to sop the puss-filled sores that would ooze from their body. They would place these rags on a pole in their community.
All our goodness, right living, and good deeds are those rags.
So then, how are we to ever be accepted by God? We have nothing to give that would ever merit His favor. We possess nothing, can do nothing, nor ever acquire any goodness that would cause God to change His mind from the judgment of our imminent sin.
Almighty God is righteous. It is one of His names.
Jeremiah 23:6 “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Pride has no place with God’s righteousness. Only a penitent sinner can receive the righteousness of God. There is redemption awaiting the one who views themself as unworthy, guilty and desiring forgiveness.
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name“
When we begin to view ourselves more highly than we ought, we open the door for pride. How are we, who are the children of God, to look at ourselves?
Any good you see in me is because of God’s work in and through me.
If I cannot trust my mind and it’s thoughts, I must surely place my faith and trust squarely on the Holy Spirit in me.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
The heart in this verse is our mind.
When God says ‘deceitful above all things,’ that means everything.
God’s Word has a finality to it. When God says, “Thus saith the Lord…” we ought to take it as the complete truth, and His final Word on the subject. We must also know that there will be opposition.
Our enemy, Satan, will come alongside us when we show any wavering to complete the commands given to us by our Heavenly Father. He started in the garden and will not stop until cast into the lake of fire forever.
Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Therefore, it is up to us to settle our hearts on obeying the Word of God. There will always be things we cannot comprehend or understand. Knowing the One giving the commands, we can trust that He has our best interest in mind.
Our world is becoming more allowing of the subjective and rejecting the absolutes. If God said it, that should settle it whether or not we believe it. Interestingly, we will accept the mainstream media and question the Word of God.
Shouldn’t it be the other way round?
Allow God’s Word to be the final say on any and every decision we make. Without it, we become our god making decisions for ourselves that may or may not line up with what God desires for us.
Lastly, I saw a bumper sticker the read, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.” I think it should read, “God said it, and that settles it,” whether I believe it.