Tuesday, March 9, 2010

...His grace is all I need...

Lies, deceit, secrets, deception...

I think we can all agree that none of the aforementioned are going to lead to any positive progression in our lives. Yet we are human and our fleshiness will lead us all there at some point in our life. The key is moving on past it; not allowing those times to drag you down. You must also make a choice to turn your life around (repent) and stop those actions. You must realize that regardless of what you have done in the past you can be free and live the life you were designed to live. Oftentimes people believe that because of their past that they can never be a part of any kind of ministry or make a positive difference in the lives of those around them that they come in contact with. That is a complete and total lie.

In biblical historical times David is viewed as one of the greatest men of his time; and throughout all of history to this day. However, go read 2 Samuel 11-12. A mighty man of God, a favored king of a powerful and mighty nation, a righteous leader that was a role model for children...that lured a married women into his home, impregnated her, lied about it, tried to cover it up by using her own husband, then as a result of that plan backfiring on him essentially had her husband killed, and then married the widowed pregnant woman and tried to carry on as though nothing happened.

Eventually his lie was uncovered and his legacy would never be the same...or would it? As a result he did not continue the lie/when confronted he confessed the scandal rather than cover it up. While his confession did not  remove the consequences of his lies, it did in fact provide David with freedom from the guilt and a hope for the future. (You can find more of this in Psalm 51)

The lie that is believed is that we are so messed up that we can not come to God and do any good. Well, David's example proves otherwise and shows what God truly wants of our lives. His desire is that we confess that we are messed up which will allow Him to begin a work in us to restore us to the individuals we were created to be!

I highly recommend listening (and or watching) to this sermon from Jimmy Evans on 'Knowing God's Will For Your Life'.

...in the end instead of the words that began this post describing attributes and characteristics of yourself they can instead be:
"...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)