Getting Approved

  Perhaps the most difficult hurdle for Christians to make is getting God's approval of our daily life.  Many Christians struggle with the internal feelings of inadequacy or failure before God.
  This oftentimes is encouraged by ministers and preachers who feel their ministry is to expose the sin and failures of their congregation. All of this is absolutely unnecessary and unbiblical!
 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
 
In order to rightly divide the Word of Truth one must understand what it takes to get right with God. Adam and Eve brought the whole human race into sin and spiritual death. "in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Eph. 2:1 shows us to be "dead in trespasses and sin."  There is nothing within us that enables us to reach God. God alone has worked out the plan of redemption. He loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten son.  Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God took upon himself flesh. (He became a tiny baby in a manger.) Jesus came unto his own (Jews) and they received him not, but as many as received him, he gave power to become the sons of God. Do you understand this means that what Adam and Eve lost in the garden is regained by anyone who literally receives Jesus (the life.) This means man can have the eternal life that God intended for Adam & Eve. No man can have it without Jesus. John 3:36; 1 John 5:12.
What about our sin?  The Bible explains that when a person is born again to eternal life, his sin problem is also solved. His sin(s) are washed away. The blood of Jesus that he shed on Calvary is all that is necessary to wash sin away. God verified all through the old testament that shed blood is the only remission of sin. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we are not right with God, we are unrighteous. We get right with God by confessing our sin which makes us righteous. The Bible makes clear that we do not have any righteousness on our own but we are made righteous through the righteousness of Christ.
Romans 3:25,26.
   It is possible for a Christian to backslide. It is possible for a Christian to fall deep into sin. In either case, a true Christian will hear the voice of conviction from the indwelling Spirit of God. There will be no doubt as to how to return to a right relationship with God. Repentance and confessing the sin will restore a wayfaring prodigal. Do not forget that in our return to the Lord there may be a detour in getting forgiveness in anyone else we may have offended.
  Peter denied the Lord with a curse on his lips. He was ready to abandon Christ's purpose for the fishing hole. "I go fishing." Yet, in a few minutes by the lake shore with Jesus and realizing that he truly loved Jesus, he became a powerhouse for the Lord.
  One of the main issues that a Christian has with his or her own humanity is the feeling of not being where God would have them be. There may seem to be a wall of separation. Again a feeling of failure or inadequacy.  Prayer is God's answer. He provides the opportunity for us to come boldly to His throne for grace and mercy in the time of need. There we can confess our sin, our laziness, our doubts and our shortcomings. There we can be encouraged or instructed. There we can get revived or a new vision.
  At any rate a Christian or for that matter, anyone, can always come to the Lord and come away completely cleansed of anything that would hinder them from God's perfect or permissive will.
  Study God's Word in this matter and you will not remain ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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