Bible Ballistics: BBs #533 Not Perfect But Forgiven???
When we think about being a Christian, we often get so wrapped up in our own world, and activities (Albeit good works, but sometimes our ‘good intentions’ just turn into ‘busy’ness rather than God’s ‘business’!) that we can become proud in our self, rather than Jesus. We must continually hold ourselves accountable to Jesus and His call; to remember that it is only by HIS grace that we are who we are, where we are, and able to do what we do—doing all for HIS glory, by HIS power, and with the presence of HIS Holy Spirit. I am reminded so often of what God has done for me, where HE has brought me from, and what HE has brought me through, and the forgiveness that He brought to my heart!
I am not bogged down by false guilt from the past, but I am humbled when I recall the life of sin that God saved me out of. No, I wasn’t a criminal in the eyes of the world, but I was a sinner in need of a Savior! And much like Paul, when I remember what was in my heart, and what Jesus cleansed me from, I am humbled and often reminded that I’m not better than anyone else—I must keep my eyes on Jesus and HIS call and biblical standard; yet I must never compare myself to others, or lord it over those who haven’t seen HIM yet. I ever seek to remember that “but for the grace of God, there go I”!
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord,
who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful,
putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer,
and a persecutor,
but I obtained mercy,
because I did it ignorantly
14 And the grace of our Lord
was exceeding abundant
which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying,
and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners;
of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy,
that in me first
Jesus Christ might shew forth
for a pattern
to them which should hereafter
believe on him
to life everlasting.” 1 Timothy 1:12-16
Salvation is purely and totally initiated by God, we come to Him because He calls us, opens our eyes to see Jesus, and our ears to hear the convicting voice of His precious Holy Spirit calling us to Him! And what a blessed privilege to not only be called to be saved, but to be called, equipped and anointed to share His message with others—remembering that it’s HIM not me, even as John shares the testimony of Jesus!
“No man can come to me,
except the Father which hath sent me
and I will raise him up
at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets,
And they shall be all taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned
of the Father,
cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father,
save he which is of God,
he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me
hath everlasting life.” John 6:44-47
Oh, how much God loves us—and yet we are so easily distracted by the ‘one’ who seeks to destroy us! Oh, precious Lord, help us to see with your eyes, to see the enemy for what he is!
“The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come
that they might have life,
and that they might have it
more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus has come, lived a perfect life, died for our sin, and arose victorious over sin, death and hell, and in His victory, He grants forgiveness of sin to all who will come to HIM! Today!
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
And because I’m forgiven, I can extend grace and truth to others—even those who don’t want to receive it. But I can only do His will through His power—with HIM, never on my own!
“Abide in me,
and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth
for without me
ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
I can choose to rely on myself and accomplish ‘nothing’ of eternal value, or I can choose to walk with Him, talk with Him, lean on Him, and follow Him to see and know HIS glorious grace and power.
“I can do
which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
And Paul tells us how we can maintain this blessed state, and I’ll leave you to ponder “these things” today! Blessings on your journey!
are of good report;
if there be
and if there be
think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Check every thought at the door, with this eight-fold test of The Word, and the enemy will be thwarted.
“Submit yourselves therefore
Resist the devil,
and he will flee
from you.” James 4:7
Amen and Amen!