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Thursday, October 12, 2017

God’s Grace Is What Makes It Possible

In review of Isaiah 64:6 it says, “We are unfit to worship you; each of our good deeds is merely a filthy rag. We dry up like leaves; our sins are storm winds sweeping us away.”

Bottom Line:
We are all unclean, and even the righteous things we do in our strength are like filthy rags.

What this means to me:
I am sinful; even my best actions taken on my own strengths are not worthy. I shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind, my sins sweep me away.

My sin make me unclean so I cannot really approach God any more than a beggar in filthy rags could dine at a king's table. All of my best efforts are still infected with sin. My only hope, therefore, is my faith in Jesus Christ, who can cleanse me and bring me into God's presence.

Today's verse is a reminder that I can not come to him demanding acceptance on the basis of my "good" conduct without faith.

One drop of Jesus’ precious blood can remove the sins of the world. One prayer in His holy name can grant eternal salvation. That, is power and the Kingdom of God functions on that divine power.

At the Cross I traded my poverty for untold riches. I gave up hopelessness for the blessings of Abraham. You gave up filthy rags in exchange for a robe that is whiter than snow and gained divine favor for life.

I can celebrate the power and majesty of Christ Jesus, and the share the wonder of His great love with those around me, especially the least deserving. Truly, I don’t deserve the gifts afforded me at the Cross, but God’s grace still made it possible.