Tuesday, April 24, 2012

what is NOT true about me any more

Things change.  People change.  Yet we are not talking about just going along with life.  That is to say “going with the flow”, but I am speaking about understanding the things that Jesus has done in my life and in yours.

Before you can believe the things God says are true, you have to understand the things that are lies and untrue.  God has changed us.  That is a fact.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

I was lost.  Sin keeps us lost, and sin has to be dealt with.  This is the underlining issue that all of us have being part from God.  To live in sin means that we are completely separated from God.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.

I was unrighteous.  The opposite of righteous is unrighteous, but you have to ask yourself what you base the standard of being right on.  Is it by keeping the law?  Is it by being as good as another person?  If you base righteousness upon getting in to heaven, we are all messed up.  Without God we cannot be and aren’t righteous even if we are a pretty good person.

as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one

Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.

I had no hope.  Do the right things.  Have lots of friends.  Make yourself successful.  All those are good things, but have you ever thought about this scenario?  You have all the money in the world but you learn that you are in the last stages of a disease that is about to take your life.  All the money in the world that could buy the best health care and treatments couldn’t heal you.  At that point you have no hope.  Living without God means the same thing.  Without God there is no hope.

In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.

I was not good.  You might say and believe you are a good person.  Others might convince you that you are a good person, yet in the eyes of God and by His standards no one is good.  Even the best of the people fall way short.

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

Those things were true about me at one time.  But I am changed.  God changed me.  As the first verse said, I am a new creation.  That is the work that only God can and will do when we allow Him to live and work in our lives. 

To know what is NOT true about me any more helps me know who I am and believe the right labels that are on my life.  May God help us see and believe the truth about who we are.

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