Living a Lie
I have found it easy to live a lie, to fake the faith and be self deceived into thinking you are saved when you are really lost. It is easy to pretend to be a Christian. I have prayed the sinner's prayer and gone to church my whole life but only recently has God awakened me to the true condition of my soul. God used a message on the subject of hell to cause me to realize that my confidence was more about the things I do or don't do, rather than to be able to rest completely in the cross of Christ. I don't want to pretend about anything. I want to be real for Jesus. By God's grace I have placed my faith in Him. My only hope is Christ dying in my place for my sin. My only righteousness is His righteousness. God saved me. Mark 7:15 says, “There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” This means that no matter what I do, whatever “good work”, how nice I am or how much I try to be good, it’s all for nothing because in my sinful nature, everything I do is sin. Only through Christ’s loving, mercy can I be saved. Romans8:2-8 states, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin. He condemned sin in the flesh in order that eh requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit set their minds on things of the Spirit. For the mind set on flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Why God would save me? I don’t deserve it one bit. I deserve Hell. I’m not good enough to enter Heaven and I never will be. One thing that proved to me that I wasn’t saved was that I had no desire for God’s word. I’m glad to say now I have a hunger for God’s word. I have learned a lot and I have a different mindset. I see things differently thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I can’t say this enough that I do not deserve anything from God besides His wrath. His love is so great that he died for me and saved me. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16.