Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16 (NKJV)
It is impossible to surprise God. Knowing who we are and what we are, knowing all of our weaknesses, all of our failures, He still loved us. Knowing all of the times we'd push Him aside, put our fingers in our ears and persist in stubbornly doing things our way as opposed to His way, He still loved us.
We never seem to think that grace is enough. We always want to add things to it. We want to say "Grace + works" but I believe we have this wrong.
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7 (NKJV)It is impossible for us to live up to God's standards. If we could, we would not need a savior. We did not just need a savior on day when we fell at the foot of the cross, repented and asked God's forgiveness. We need a savior each and every day of our life. I need a savior, you need a savior, we all need a savior, not just now but for all eternity and we don't need just any savior. We need The Savior and that Savior is Jesus Christ.
You've got it!! A list of what we are without Christ! It has been been a very busy couple of weeks for me...which makes it easy to forget that I need Christ just to endure the pressures of the day.
I for one am very glad that when I put off my old self and put on Christ...that I can be a different person and that it's such a relief to not be trying to live a holy life out of my own personality...it is more than impossible!
I had such a bad day the other day...so many things were set in my way and they kept building up until I just "lost it"...I am so glad that I can ask forgiveness...ask God to come take control...and have everything become clear once again...it's so cool to know that I was only acting "in character"... and that when Christ comes...I can feel the change in an instant...and I have the peace of mind to know it's not some anomaly that I was acting that way...that my only problem was once again reverting back to my old self...I wish I could be more consistent in this, but that part is up to me.
Will I be obedient today? I pray that I will be kept in His arms, and I will pray that for you too. I am with you...what a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus...we need no other, He can even save us from ourselves! God Bless Shirley