Know Thyself!

Grace For The Journey

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7AprilPhotoForPastorsBlogKnowYourself  In working with people for many years it never ceases to amaze me just how self-deluded people really are – and I put myself at the top of that list!  The world cannot figure out why people are so messed up.  Oh, there are plenty of highbrow theories; the “experts” speak of how we are influenced by the environment and biochemistry.  Granted, these factors affect all of us, but these are not the root causes of why we are so mess up.  Only the Word of God paints an accurate picture of the real reason why. In a word … it is SIN!

  • Sin is deceptive
  • Sin is deceitful
  • Sin is demanding
  • Sin is destructive

Sin works to distort, deform, and destroy everything it comes in contact with.  This is exactly what was happening in the life of King David . . . until the grace of God showed up, causing David to say something so radical that only God could have laid these words on his heart …

David confessed in Psalm 51:3, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

These words come from a man who stole another man’s wife, got her pregnant, and then sent the woman’s husband to the front lines of the battlefield to die.  David demonstrated himself to be a liar, a thief, an adulterer, and a murderer.  And yet, incredibly, God calls David “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22).  How could this be?  Only because of unimaginable grace!

It is grace that opens blind eyes to see.  It is grace that opens deaf ears to hear.  It is grace that brings a dead heart back to life.  It is grace that allows us to begin the process of knowing who we really are and to cry out with the apostle Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24-25).

Has grace enabled you to say this today?  Do you know yourself as the great sinner you really are?  If so, cheer up!  Jesus Christ is a far greater Savior than you are a sinner!

Only when you acknowledge this truth are you on the road to knowing yourself.  You no longer have to blame your way out of your sin.  You no longer have to excuse your way out of your sin.  You no longer have to hide your way out of your sin.  All God wants us to do is confess our sin to the One who died for it – and He promises that He is faithful to forgive us.

No penance . . . no performance . . . just Jesus … the One who pardons and brings peace in our relationship with God. When we see ourselves for who we are, confess and repent of our sin, and ask His forgiveness, He is always ready, willing, and able to forgive even our greatest sin and our most heinous act.  Plus … all of the other gross stuff you do every day!  It is important to know yourself in this way … it is the only way to begin to know God and His marvelous grace!

This is God’s Word … This is Grace for your Journey …

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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