Bible Devotions

My Way or His?

on April 6, 2011

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.  Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil.Proverbs 3:5-7

When we are wise in our own eyes and trust in our limited understanding, it is seen as evil in God’s eyes.  Yes, evil.  The Webster’s dictionary defines evil as sinful, wicked, bad character or conduct, causing discomfort, offensive, disagreeable, or causing harm.

When I lean on my own limited understanding, I tend to get frustrated.  I don’t know how it will all turn out.  I don’t know what steps are needed to produce the results God wants.  I may express with my mouth, “Lord help me with this project at work” but after the words are spoken, I lean back on my understanding of the project.  This is prideful. This is sinful. This is evil. The Lord said, “They honor Me with their mouth but their hearts are far from Me.”Oh how painful to realize the reality that I am evil, I am sinful to my core!

But how delightful and joyful to remember God loved me to send Jesus to the cross to pay the wages of sin on my behalf.  Jesus died in my place. He cleared the sinful charges from my record. I am alive because He brought me back from sin and death!

When I catch myself sliding back into my pre-Christ state, I rejoice in recognizing Jesus has done everything needed to allow me to trust in the Lord. This is why we have cause for rejoicing in the Lord always.  As many times as we slip up, Jesus’ death on cross covers it! We are free in Christ.  There is no condemnation in Him.  The price was paid. If I should wallow in my grief over my sinfulness, it is like thinking I have to do something to fix it.  But that’s just it, Jesus already fixed it.  Therefore, to wallow in the disappointment of sin again is a slap across Jesus’ face.  He gave us a precious gift.  We need to embrace it.

Look at this way. If someone gave you a very inexpensive gift, would you rush to the store where it was bought and pay for it again?  Of course not! The gift was paid for already.  It was given to you with no strings attached.  The price of the gift is paid.  You are free to enjoy the gift.

As hard as it is to comprehend God’s goodness, there is one who doesn’t want you to “get it.”  Satan doesn’t want you to enjoy the gift Jesus offers you.  He wants you to believe you can’t be forgiven, you’ll never be clean, and you’re not really “saved” because you keep sinning.  None of those accusations are from God.

God so loved the world He gave His son.  Jesus didn’t come to condemn us but to save what was lost.  Next time you realize you have sinned, praise Jesus you recognize it and thank Him for taking care of it for you.  Rejoice knowing He has done the work to clear your record.  You are free to enjoy His gift of life!

 

O’Precious Jesus, thank you for saving us. Help us to receive the great gift you have given us, in all that entails.  In your name we pray Amen.

 

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