What If We Believed Part 2

Continuing from the last post: What If We Believed.

And that’s what makes this hard. It is sin. Just more acceptable because it can be dressed up, hidden or paraded about as righteousness. I am talking about pride from the last post What If We Believed.

I am a sinner, the same as the person who has such obvious hatred in their hearts that they openly show it for all the world to see. I am the same as that person. I only look better because I do those things that the Lord has taught. I obey the law, attend church, spend time with God, and I tithe.

I do all those things that make me holy, but they are as filthy rags. Because in my heart, if I am honest, I think God owes me a decent life because of my righteousness. As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. Romans 3:10.

Dang it!

What If We Believed?

It’s not that I think I’m better than anyone else, on a conscious level. I don’t. I’m a sinner saved by grace. That’s what makes this sin so deceptive. I don’t know what I don’t know.

I truly love God. I desire to follow after His ways and seek to do His will. But my nature is to sin, just like the next person. In the deep recesses of my soul, there lies the things that I have neglected, but I didn’t know I wasn’t paying attention. There lies those “acceptable” sins because no one knows about them. Not even me, until recently. And not even me until I do.

Have you ever noticed that the people we dislike are the ones who exhibit the character traits we have that drive us crazy? I hate when that happens! Those things I dislike act as mirrors reflecting parts of me that I tend to keep hidden. Mostly from myself.

The next time someone is getting on your last nerve, pause to see if that’s what’s going on. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the things He is trying to show you by bringing someone into your life who conjures up all the things.

I’m not trying to heap additional guilt on you because you probably already carry more than you were intended to carry. This isn’t to make me feel better about myself by exposing your hidden sins. I’m here to say; “Yeah, me too”. I have sin that I didn’t know was there. Sometimes I look way more righteous than I am. Not because I set out to deceive anyone. I am deceived myself.

I have looked inside my heart because of the circumstances of my life and have found pride, resentment and a sense of entitlement that I had no idea was there. Thank you, Faces of Christ retreat and Charles Martin, author of What If It’s True? I could have gone on living just the way I was, thank you very much. Letting people think that I am holy, as He is holy because He abides in me, and I in Him.

I have looked at the ugliness that I found in my heart. I have even told others about this discovery. The first time was truly painful, but I have found that it gets easier each time I am willing to share. Who knows how God wants to use the things we uncover?

Are you tired of you and the junk in your life that keeps you stuck? I know I am. I want to be free from the pettiness, and the shame of sin that so easily finds a place to dwell. And I think God for His love and grace because He wants that for me too. I think He wants it for you as well.

He wants us free to be who He created us to be:

Vessels of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus walking the earth today.

Conduits for His gifts.

Forgiveness for our sins. Those blatant, in your face kind of sins, and the ones we need never share.

Especially the ones we need never share.

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