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Guilty with no defense

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”  Romans 3:19-20.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5, Psalm 99, and Romans 3.

God’s laws serve an important purpose: They convince us that we are all law breakers.

God does not evaluate us on a curve.  It only takes one sin to put us into the “sinner” category.  We can’t do the, “What about them?” routine or, “At least I’m not like them.”

We all stand before God guilty.  We live in a world, however, that after recognizing its guilt, chases a loophole.  Chases a way of lessening their status.

Those who recognize themselves as sinners must recognize the consequence they face; eternal separation from God.

Our inability to obey God’s law puts us in a no-win situation on Judgment Day.  We can’t honestly tell God that we are not sinners.  His judgment of us is about “guilty” or “innocent” and we know where we stand.  If only it was about “good” or “bad” then we would have a chance at heaven………but it isn’t.

I know that before a holy and righteous God on Judgment Day I stand completely in the clear!  How is that possible?  When Jesus died, He died in my place for my sins.  I believe it.  The consequences of my sins are GONE!  I am innocent because Jesus took care of my guilty.  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

“Lord, Your Word is a light.  It shows me what a sinner I am, but it also shows me a way to remove the consequence that my sins deserve.  Thank You for what You did for me.  I am blessed.  Open the eyes of readers who need this truth, I beg.  I love You, Lord.”

In God’s sight we are guilty, not good.  Believe that He took care of the consequences of our guiltiness.

 

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Shut up and recognize your actual status with God

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”  Romans 3:19-20.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Romans 1-4.

Is this not obvious?  Yet it is often missed.

What keeps folks from becoming believers is not their sins but their goodness.

Many refuse to recognize that they are lawbreakers.  They imagine themselves as law keepers.

The missing piece in this thinking is that we are ALL lawbreakers.  We have done things wrong and there is nothing WE can do to change that.

Many have their hopes on being good enough so that God will give them a waiver to heaven because of what THEY have done.  Won’t happen!

Verse 19 is so helpful in explaining what person must do first to become a believer: they must be silent about their goodness.

When my goodness isn’t enough, and yet I still want to spend my after-life in heaven, I perceive my neediness.  God can help the needy.  He can’t help the good enough.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  Today’s verses so clearly explain that we are all lawbreakers.  We are all sinners with nothing at our disposal to change that status.  We need You.  I love You, Father.”

Your good deeds carry no weight before God.  You are a lawbreaker unworthy of heaven.

 

 

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