Coming Out of Hiding
Theme of the Week: Religion Won't Get You to Heaven
Monday, March 31, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean. (Hebrews 10:22)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 10:1-23
When we live by works-based righteousness, we are never sure when God is pleased with our behavior. We are never certain that we are loved. How do you know when you've been good enough if his acceptance of us is based on our behavior? When you live a performance-based life, you enter into a false "spiritual identity protection program." The religious person has an image to protect because he wrongly believes that God accepts, loves, and blesses him based on his behavior. If your behavior does not live up to the standard, then God and people will reject you.
When you don't realize that Jesus is the basis of acceptance before God, you hide or protect your image through deception. If you come clean with your issues, the jig is up and you are found out as not being perfect. The gospel of grace informs us that Jesus went to the cross fully knowing our issues and imperfections, and died for all our sins.
I no longer have to hide my sins, because God the Father's acceptance and love for me is based solely and completely on Jesus. And the more I realize this gospel truth, the less I sin and the more I grow up as a follower of Christ.
—Derwin L. Gray in Limitless Life
My Response: Are there sins I feel I need to cover up to protect my image? I will confess and be free of those.
Adapted from Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Savior, my natural human tendency is to want to earn your love through my good works; remind me that your love is unconditional and based on your sacrifice for me.
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