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Put No Confidence in the Flesh

June 9, 2014

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Put No Confidence  in the Flesh

People seem  to be always looking  for idols  in this world.     They look up to sports stars  —  movie stars  —  singers  —  particular teachers  —  philosophies  —  big churches that seem popular  —  spiritual rituals  —  prayer shawls  —  rules for eating,  worshiping,  marrying,  etc.,  etc.     They love  all these things  because they make them  feel good,  important,  with the in-crowd,  and able  to cope  in this world.     “Things”  and “actions”  are leading them  to imagine  that they are able  to do something  to make their way  to heaven.

Although they feel  like they are having a religious “high”  in all their activities,  their lives  are lives  of unbelief.     They will staunchly and defensively declare,  “Oh no,  it not!     I believe  in Jesus!”

But,  the very bottom line is  that they are not  studying  and aware  of God’s word  about our salvation  in Christ Jesus.     They are not trusting  that Jesus has already led the perfect life  for us.     An honest,  prayerful study  of God’s word  would  lead them  to realize  that God does not  want us  doing “things”  with our own powers  to work our  own way  to heaven.     We are constant failures.     The Old Testament  shows us  that doing certain activities,  worship rituals,  and regulations  never changes  our hearts.

It’s  our faith  in Christ Jesus’  works  for us  —  deep down  in our hearts  —  that counts  in God’s eyes.     All those  Old Testament rules  and regulations  were put away  when Christ came  into this world  to be our Savior.     Why?     Because  it was proven  that absolutely  no one  can perfectly  keep  all those rules  and regulations  —  even when  he has a heart  of faith.     Our sins  mark us  as utter failures.

Since Jesus came  to be our Savior,  we must look  to Him only  as our Savior.     We cannot trust  in our own goodness  —  not one tiny iota.

But  —  there are  all these preachers  telling us  we must worship  in this way  or that way  —  we must not  eat this  or that  —  we must bow  in a certain way  —  we must  honor the saints  —  we must  do penance  —  we must  wear  certain articles  of clothing  —  we must not marry  when we serve the church  —  we must bow down  to certain men  and honor them  —  and the list  goes on and on……..

But,  when we honestly  take the time  to study  God’s truths,  we will notice  that there is  no command  for us to obey  any of these man-made rules.     Much rather,  we read  in Philippians 3:2-3,

Beware  of the dogs,  beware  of the evil workers,  beware  of the false circumcision;  for we  are the true circumcision,  who worship  in the Spirit  of God  and glory  in Christ Jesus  and put no confidence  in the flesh.

“Beware  of the dogs!”     God does not  want us  to be taken advantage of  by greedy men.     They are  “evil workers”  “of the false circumcision”.     It’s our sinful hearts  that need  to have  our sinful tendencies  cut away.     Denying Jesus’ power  to save us  happens  when  we imagine  we must do good works  to earn heaven.     Jesus earned heaven  for us.     We are to  “put no confidence  in the flesh”.     Don’t trust  human works.     Beware  of trusting good works.     Our daily sins  constantly wipe out  the “goodness” of our  “good works”.

Trusting  in Christ only,  and honestly learning His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  Your life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  have set us free.     Thank You!”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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