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Failure is a virus

Galatians 3:11

…that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident…

It was a shock to me when I found out that no one will qualify to be blessed by God based on their good behavior.

I had been in church all my life and religion teaches us that it is all about being a good person. In fact religion has given us just enough information about God to innoculate us against ever discovering the truth about Jesus Christ.

The reality is that God is not for people who are right, but for people who want to be right but really know that they don’t make the grade.

In fact if you come to God based on the merit of what you have done, you are destined to fail.

Humanists assert that human beings are fundamentally good and that it is outside influences that make us go wrong. If this is so, why did God send Jesus to die in our place?

It is certainly true that God created man perfectly, but the introduction of sin was like the downloading of a virus that was then present in every person even before they were born.

The result Paul described like this in Romans 7:15:  “What I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” The frustration of failure to do good enough is built in to human existence. The Bible calls it “the curse of the law”.

We want to get up to pray, but we sleep through; we make a decision to stay out of relationships we know are wrong, but he or she is just too cute; we desire to be loving, but instead we find ourselves hating; we long to be awesome enough to forgive and forget, but instead we keep a notebook of the wrongs people have done to us.

Though the law tells us what to do, it does not supply the grace and power to enable us to fulfil it. Instead it accuses us day and night. If we are trying to impress God by that means, no wonder that churches are full of depressed people, pretending that everything is working, while they hide their silent despair of ever being good enough to experience God’s blessing on their lives.

It’s way past time to leave that lifestyle behind. God has made a way to circumvent the problem, which means that the blessing of God can reach every one of us, without our having to make the standard.

Find out more tomorrow!

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