The other day I looked in the mirror and wept. Not because of the reflection I saw with my eyes (that’s something to cry about too- 🙂 but because of what I know is in my heart. That is the great part…you don’t see my heart. But God does.
This morning Facebook had an app that you could use in which they take your profile and posts to calculate “how nice you are?” I got a good laugh out of it. These are my results: Brenda, are you actually an angel? It’s just that you’re glowing with goodness. Heavenly! You are such an incredibly nice person. You wouldn’t even be able to tread on a flower without bursting into tears. Stay the lovely person you already are but make sure no one takes advantage of your generous spirit.
I do care about others and am an upbeat person. But I am not an angel and I would not burst into tears if I stepped on a flower- I’d walk around it. Most people would consider me a “good” person but they are wrong.
Jesus even said He wasn’t good! Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.”
Jesus didn’t die on the Cross to save good people. He died to save sinners –like me. The Word of God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). I will sometimes admit to making stupid “mistakes” or making “poor choices.” Sin is like a four letter word. The world we live in is evil. Sometimes, I’ll heart is deceitfulmy sin rather than call it what it is. But my heart knows better. “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8)
For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them. (Mark 15:19-20)
Note the scripture says “out of the heart comes evil thoughts.” It is a battle ground. Most of my battles are against evil thoughts and bad attitudes. This is where sin begins, where it ends is up to me. Words take the sin from “evil thoughts” and put sin into motion. The motion will go further into an action unless I deal with it.
Here is the Prevailing Hope or as Jesus puts it “the Good News.” We’re all sinners. God knows our base, evil nature. He knows that none of us could ever be good enough to have a relationship with Him. So He made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven by placing all our sinfulness on Christ and having Him die in our place. Praise God that He hasn’t left us to our own devices but instead has forgiven us and imputed to us Christ’s righteousness. By God’s good grace, we have Christ’s basic goodness resident within us.
Jesus is my Lord and Savior since 1977 and I know His righteousness is imputed unto me so He sees me like Christ. When we are born from above we are sealed by the Holy Spirit but it doesn’t mean that the war Satan wages against us is over. Satan is the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. We also wage war against our flesh. Apostle Paul puts it like this, “but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:23-25)
The truth is I am a Perfect Sinner. I am perfect because the righteousness of Christ Jesus reigns in me. I am a sinner because I fall short, miss the target every day whether in thought or in deed. You will note as you study the Word of God that it is full of sinners like King David who not only committed adultery but plan a murder to cover it up; Moses was a murderer, as was Apostle Paul. The Good News is GOD unconditionally LOVES US and the Power of His Blood to washes away all of our sin- past, present and future. When Jesus said, “It is finished!” on the cross that is what He meant. Our prevailing hope is IN Christ. I am so thankful His mercies are new every morning.
Someone once said, “The greatest saints, down through the centuries, have all acknowledged themselves to be the greatest of sinners.”