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Like a Filthy Garment

February 21, 2017

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Like a Filthy Garment

In every church service  we all take part  in a general confession  of all our sins  and forgiveness is proclaimed,  because of Jesus’ sacrifice…….  and..   because of God’s word,  which says in 1 John 4:10“In this is love,  not that we loved God,  but that He loved us  and sent His Son  to be the propitiation  for our sins.”

Propitiation means,  “favorably inclined  or disposed,… gracious,… that which favors,… or furthers…”      In other words,  because of Jesus’ sacrifice,  God looks upon us sinners  very favorably.      God no longer builds up judgments against us,  but sees us  as purified  in the blood  of Christ — really pure  and holy.

But,  what have we really confessed  deep down  in our hearts?

Are we secretly thinking,  “You know,  I’ve always been  a very nice  and kind person.      I’m tenderhearted,  compassionate,  love my family,  and all that…  must have been born that way.      I’m very patient  and thoughtful,  too.     I really haven’t sinned all that much  —  at least not like ‘you know who’.      But,  I go through this confession thing  because it’s the proper and orderly thing  to do  in church.      God knows  how good I am.      I’m sure God is quite pleased  with all my efforts  to remain righteous  for His sake.      After all,  I’ve done a lot  for God.”

Such a ‘confession’  does not lead  to repentance.     To repent  is to feel contrite  over our sinful condition  and desire  to change our ways.

Change?      I need to change?

Yes, indeedy!      We all need  to change daily.      In this life  our sinful,  self-righteous,  greedy,  bitter,  hateful,  judgmental,  spiteful  and selfish  old natures  will always be sneaking up  on us  and trying  to con us  into patting ourselves  on the back.

We’re no more righteous  than the man  in the moon.      Isaiah 53:6 says,  “All of us  like sheep  have gone astray,  each of us  has turned  to his own way;  but the LORD  has caused the iniquity  of us all  to fall on Him.”

If we really saw our sinful natures  like Isaiah did,  we would ashamedly cry  with him,  “All of us  have become  like one who is unclean,  and all our righteous deeds are  like a filthy garment.”      Isaiah 64:6

If we ever were  to see the likeness  of God  as John did,  the awesome fear  of our circumstance  would make us  faint away.      Revelation 1:17,      “…And when I saw Him,  I fell at His feet  as a dead man.”

Ezekiel experienced  the same most humbling presence,  so in Ezekiel 1:28  he says,  “And when I saw it,  I fell on my face…”

What makes us think  we could brave  such an experience  without the LORD’s presence  stripping us  of every tiny bit  of self-righteousness?

It’s easy  to get rather self-confident  and cocky  when we’re strutting around  all by ourselves.      But when we have  to stand  in God’s presence,  His all-seeing eyes  will show us  the ugliest depths  of our sinful natures.      We won’t be able  to “worm” our way out  of that one.      Don’t have the audacity  to think  we can hide our sinful natures  from God.

We don’t stand a chance.      We will be judged  just as we are:  egotistical,  proud,  shameless,  sinful  —  UNLESS,  we are covered  in the blood  of Jesus.

Now,  this cleansing  is God’s promise.      And God cannot lie.      If we refuse  to accept God’s gift  of immediate full forgiveness,  then we are calling God  a liar,  because we are claiming  we can work  our own way  to heaven.      That’s saying  Jesus’ death  doesn’t mean anything  to us.      That doesn’t sound  very smart.

It’s only wise  and prudent  to look at ourselves  for what we really are  — including all those flitting feelings  we experience daily  —  our innermost reasons  for acting  the way we do.

Then, it’s only sensible  to realize  that the Almighty LORD  is our Savior  and Redeemer  because He has proven  over thousands of years  that He keeps  His promises.

God will not renege  on His offer  of forgiveness.      It is His gift  to us.      We need  to accept it  with humble,  thankful hearts.      Thankfulness is shown  by changed attitudes  and living.

Don’t reject God’s love  by thinking you have to “pay” for it.      Just have faith  and love  in return  or die  in your sins.

When we realize  the immensity  of God’s faithful love  towards us,  we will fall before Him  and proclaim,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  thank you  for faithfully loving us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

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.

Psalm 107:1

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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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