Thinking About NVCC 10/4/2015

Everyone seems to agree that all we have to do to reach God is fly a little straighter, pray a little harder, live more nobly, become more religious, and perform more charitable deeds. What is the idea behind this thinking? It simply is the thought that we are piling up enough positive things in our lifetime that in the end of our life we will somehow be entitled to live in the presence of a Holy God.

What an eye opener are the words of the prophet that point out the foolishness of such an idea, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isa 64:6).

I must be candid, at one time I too was absolutely certain that the way to gain God’s favor was to perform, achieve, and strive. Then one day I met the Son of God in a powerful way and learned that the only way to gain his favor was to accept his gift of grace. Upon accepting his grace my soul was overwhelmed by His peace and love. On that day He put an end to my useless striving, and changed my entire world.





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  1. I can assure you with 100 percent accuracy that “everyone” does not agree. The idea behind this thinking? Which denomination does it sound like to you? That would be my first guess. My second is that very few people actually study scripture on their own. Very few will find the narrow gate. Maybe a correlation?
    They are spoon fed by others and have no spiritual discernment of the words they hear and profess. Each person seems to have their own set of rules for what is “good enough.” Unfortunately.

    There are a million ways to hell and one to Heaven! Leonard Ravenhill

    I have no tremendous issues with organized services, bible study groups, or any other fellowship ideas. However, you must seek for yourself to receive the gift and when you do, it cannot be taught to the worldly.

    Daily devotional “feel good books” or computer memes do not help either. The context and message is so far off on so many, I truly wonder where and who creates them.

    To your thought on righteousness; at least we were given that number of righteous in plain speak. Zero, not one. So yes, eye opening. “Grace shall be enough for you” applies to us all, just as much as it did Paul, does it not?

    That should not stop the drive from a re-born person from the showing of fruit and to try and follow the commands of Jesus Christ with all they have to give.


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