There is this revival in me that has been taking place for a while now and I’m happy that is it *smiles*. Different temptations have been coming my way, and I just realize how much God has made me stronger than I used to be. I am nowhere near perfect, but sometimes I realize that if it wasn’t for God…I would have been doing some ‘madness’ in this life. Things that will not benefit me on the long run, and things that will just have a negative impact on myself and those around me. God is good #NoCliche.
Now there is this issue that God has been pointing out to me. In the midst of thinking that the ‘works’ that a person claims to do for God is what is makes them righteous, a huge inflow to the tank of pride takes place. All of us need to understand that it is by grace that we are saved and not what we do or know.
Knowing I carry out, and will carry out many ‘works’, it is natural for me to base myself or who I am on those things, and what I and a lot of people need to realities is that that this mentality is demonic. Even if I buy a poor man a house today, yes it is something good, but I still have to know and remember that I am saved because of His grace and not because of what I have done for that poor man. Same thing with a career; I can’t let it become who I am. I still have to be humble and remember my why I am here on this earth; to worship God.
Jeremiah 9 vs 23-24 says this “This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Deep right?
I pray to be free from pride. I see myself being in a bible study or something trying to gain knowledge and fellowship with my bros and sisters, not to show off my knowledge or seem holier than thou. Even if I give someone money, I can’t be well satisfied with myself because although it is a good thing, I can’t used that as a justification of my righteousness.
We also need to check the motives of our actions and speech and make sure they are not based on the wrong things e.g. to seem holier or to boast of knowledge of God and etc, because at the end of the day, the ‘knowledge’ wont save you. We all need to be humble towards each other and help each other the best way we can. Knowledge is good, but it is great when you apply it.
I thank God seriously that He has made all believers righteous in His sight, and He did that on the cross. This is what has saved us; not what we do (like the world thinks or even religions). God just wants an intimacy with us and we should desire that too. Aim to glorify Him with what we do and say, but remember it is not who we are.