Sunday, November 27, 2011

Some Things to Remember

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." 
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, 
there is none who does good. 
The Lord looks down from heaven 
on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
  They have all turned aside;
together they have become corrupt; 
there is none who does good, not even one. 
Psalm 14:1-3

If we ever begin to sit around and think, like the little boy who stuck his thumb in the Christmas pie, "What a good boy (or girl) am I, we have another thought coming.  While most of us would say that we believe that there is a God, we are not immune from God's judgment. 
All have sinned.  To sin means "to miss the mark," as when an archer misses the bull's eye on a board.  Coming close is just not good enough.  And in life, we never come anywhere close to the target righteousness, the perfection of God.

Some dismiss it with choosing to believe that there is no God.  The Bible calls them fools

Some choose to be ignorant, refusing to think about the truth of God. Romans 1:21

Some choose to worship idols, many of which now are money, position, family.  The Bible calls them fools, also. Romans 1:22-23

Some choose to lustfully dishonor their bodies, worship the creature rather than the Creator, and dismiss the truth and become liars. Romans 1:24-25

Romans 1 goes on to describe them as debased, unrighteous, evil, covetousness, malicious, envious, arrogant, faithless.........and more.  

I can say "them" only because I have been delivered through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The apostle Paul prefaced his writing about God's wrath with this statement: 

I am not ashamed of the gospel, 
because it is the power of God for the salvation 
of everyone who believes; 
first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 
For in the gospel 
a righteousness from God is revealed, 
a righteousness that is by faith 
from first to last,
just as it is written; 
"The righeous will live by faith."  
Romans 1:16-17

Only by unashamedly accepting the gospel of Christ as our own may we be cleansed from the impenitence of those who reject Him. Then we will be considered righteous.




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