|“An understanding of the grace of God results in works. But the works are a response to God — not a means of getting God to respond to them. ‘I labor more abundantly than everyone,’ Paul says. ‘Because God has been so good to me, I can’t help it.’ So too, if you are one who truly embraces and enjoys the grace of God, you will be more engaged in His service than you were a year ago. You just won’t be able to do otherwise.” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'” Luke 10:29
You must distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate self-justification. If you are falsely accused of a crime, justifying your behavior is an appropriate response. “It is true that I have Mr. Jones’ wallet full of money, but I did not steal it; I found it on the street.” Illegitimate self-justification takes place when you know you are guilty and seek to hide the fact. Few sins carry the profound ramifications that self-justification does.
Self-justification destroys all ability to reconcile. This is true in every relationship of life, especially your relationship with God. When the Holy Spirit convicts and you justify yourself, you call into question the Spirit’s right to convict. When you are guilty and refuse to admit it, how can you be reconciled to God?
The insidious thing about self-justification is, as you seek to show your innocence when you know you are guilty, you can easily cross the line into truly believing in your innocence. The longer and harder you argue the more convincing you sound to yourself, and the more difficulty you have maintaining your ability to distinguish between right and wrong. Repentance is the key to reconciliation, and the key to repentance is an admission of wrong.
Isaiah 28-29 Philippians 3 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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