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May 14, 2019, 11:38 AM

5 Things You Will Never Hear God Say #5



God wants to speak to you.  He has things He wants you to know, and to believe.  

God will speak to you and if you are willing, you can hear Him and know that it is Him.  

If we are not careful it is easy to confuse the voice of the world with the voice of God

That is why I have been sharing with you 5 lies of the devil that people are often tempted to believe in today’s world.

God will never say to you in this life:

  1. I don’t love you 
  2. I can’t/won’t forgive you
  3. It’s okay if you don’t go to church.
  4. It’s too late.  

And ...

5.  You are good enough just like you are.  

 

There are many people who struggle with their innate goodness, and struggle to believe that God could ever love them, would ever want them, will forgive them, or use them for His purposes.  

There is another group of people who have believed the lie:  You are good enough. There is no reason to change.  God loves you just as you are.  

While it is certainly true that God loves you just as you are, that does not mean that we are to stay just as we are.  

 

God in His infinite and perfect love certainly loves everyone including those that we would consider unloveable or unlovely.  He is God and He will accept with arms open wide anyone that will turn to Him in repentance and faith.  He sent His son to die in the place of all of us, because all of us are sinners and therefore unacceptable to Him apart from the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  It is by His grace that we can be saved.  There is nothing we can do or ever will do to earn His salvation or deserve it.  

 

“As it is written, There is none righteous (good enough), no not one:

There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10-12

 

Some people, believers, and even religions believe and teach, that if we just do enough good, we can somehow earn our way to heaven and live forever with God.  

 

Nothing could be farther from the truth.  

 

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses (efforts to be good) are as filthy rags...” Isaiah 64:6

 

So it is clear that we cannot earn acceptance from God or be good enough to earn salvation.  But what about after we are saved?  Are we good enough then?

 

One who has repented of sin and been saved by grace through faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross certainly is accepted by God.  But God did not save us just to abandon us as we are.  While there are many church songs that refer to coming to God just as we are, the truth is we can only come to God through his standard.  While we will never be perfect we are not to remain in one spot spiritually speaking.  We are not to just “get saved” and that be the end of it.  

Salvation is the beginning of the journey and is the first steps of a daily relationship with Christ.  

 

Once saved, God then begins the process of shaping us to become more like him.  While it is God that does the changing of our lives, we, if we are truly saved will be willing to allow him to shape and mold us, and not to resist this changing of our lives to match the change that has taken part in our heart.  

 

Once saved we are free from the power of sin (control of our lives), the penalty of sin (death and separation from God), but we are not free from the consequences of our sin.  And make no mistake, once we are saved we will still sin, but if saved we will change direction away from self and sin, to God as Lord and Master of our lives.  That does not mean we will not sin, but we aught to sin less and less as we change and mature, but also we confess our sin more immediately when we do sin.  

 

All that being said, we should not continue to live consistently in sin.  In response to the message of Grace being preached by Paul, some thought it was then permissible to continue to live just as they had before they accepted the Salvation of Christ.  Paul’s dramatic response can be found in Romans 6:

 

“What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

God forbid.  How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”  Romans 6:1-2

 

In other words.  Grace is greater than our sin, and therefore even though we will sin, that sin is forgiven already by God through the shed blood of Jesus.  But it is not license to continue to stay just as you were.  We are changed by God!  We are new creations in Christ!  Therefore act like accordingly.  

 

We are to grow spiritually.  Just as a baby grows and changes into a child, a young person, and then an adult; so too are we to grow spiritually.  If a child does not grow and progress, then there is something wrong physically.  If we don’t change and grow spiritually, then there is a spiritual problem.  

 

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” I Peter 2:2

 

Just as baby drinks milk and grows, and then moves on to more solid food and eventually meat and complex foods, so too are we to do the same spiritually.  We are to change and grow, and to desire to do so.  

 

God loves us, He sent His son to die for us, He forgives us of all sin, and will forgive our future sins, but we are not to stay just as we are.  We are not good enough just like we are.  We are made new with a Godly nature, and we are constantly being changed by Him.  

 

Let him change us, seek to be changed by Him, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 


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