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I do not pray enough. I do not read the Word enough. I do not give enough. I do not always do the right thing. I do not have enough faith. I do not; I am not; I cannot…..
What is the common denominator and the focus of all these statements? Of course, it is "I." Have these thoughts or anything similar ever entered your mind?
If we are judging ourselves like this, I can guarantee you that we are judging others in the same way. The only reason we would do this is if we believe that Jesus partially saved us and then judges our actions to see if we do good enough to fully qualify. By doing so, we have missed the point. Jesus did not come to judge us or see if we can qualify. We could never qualify, that is why we needed a Saviour. Jesus came to save us, period. Only Satan wants us to think otherwise.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. John 12:47 ESV
Sin consciousness instead of being righteousness/forgiveness conscious reveals that our faith is in our actions and not in Jesus' finished work. This dishonours Jesus’s sacrifice and leads us to believe that we are responsible for qualifying to share in the inheritance of the saints when nothing could be further from the truth.
Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:12-13 ESV).
We have been made righteousness, right with God, through our faith in Jesus.
…by the one man’s obedience (Jesus) the many will be made righteous (Rom 5:19b).
“Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies (makes righteous)” (Rom 8:33 ESV).
Lord, thank you for qualifying me fully to share in the inheritance of the saints. Amen
by Michael Edwards
Florida, USA - email@example.com
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