If we haven’t recognized how sinful we are, we can’t proclaim ourselves to be a true Christian. If there is a moment that we feel we are worthy of any good thing in this life, we need to slam our brakes and recognize what we really deserve. If we were blameless, we would have never needed a savior. If our good deeds can so called “bring us closer to His throne” Jesus’ death on the cross would be useless.
There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus. Without Him, we are dead. Dead to sin, dead to self, dead on earth but alive in Hell.
The bible calls us believers to be Holy as God is Holy. I used to think that I had to do so many things to become this Holy person. I thought I had to wear skirts, never lie, never hate, always forgive, always give my tithes, never curse, never drink alcohol or smoke, etc. Although some of these things are better off avoided, I learned that it is not through these acts that made me righteous before a Holy God. Justification, salvation and Holiness is not gained through self-righteousness. There is nothing we can do ourselves to make us Holy.
Havnt you ever wondered how you can meet such Holy standards? As humans, we are sinful by nature right? So how can we ever be Holy!? If I have to admit daily that I am a sinner to gain repentance, how can I say or ever become Holy like God?
Oh but the Holy Spirit is always there to bring peace to my mind.
1Th 5:23 We pray that God himself, the God of peace, will make you pure—belonging only to him. We pray that your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—will be kept safe and be blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes.
1Th 5:24 The one who chose you will do that for you. You can trust him.
Did you capture the message? God chose us! He chose us to be HOLY! And if He CHOSE us, scripture says clearly that He will do it for us. God will make us Holy! How did He do it? Well, ask His Son.
If you ever depended on yourself and your own actions to bring you closer to God, I encourage you to stop. Ask God to truly reveal the significance of The Cross to you. Ask God to reveal His character so that you can live the rest of your life in His peace.
His grace is not an excuse to sin, it’s the power not to. Surrender to our Father in Heaven and let Him do it for you. Let Him make you Holy.