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“To suppose that the Lord Jesus has only half saved men, and that there is needed some work or feeling of their own to finish his work; is wicked. What is there of ours that could be added to his blood and righteousness? ‘All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.’ . . . It is an insult to the Savior to dream of such a thing. We have sinned enough, without adding this to all our other offenses.” – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Someone I know posted this on facebook, and I just had to share it and a few quick thoughts of my own.

It has actually taken me years to truly believe God.   Yes, I always believed that Jesus died for my sins and that He rose again, etc…   However, I struggled with a constant fear of either losing my salvation or maybe never having been saved at all due to the sins I saw in my heart.  So, I spent years trying to make myself more righteous, to make myself, somehow, worthy of the gift of salvation and eternal life, all to no avail.  The badness inside was always there.  I did a good job keeping it in check, suppressing it, but I knew that I was still a sinner.  I was always afraid.

Then shortly after I was married, I was listening to a song by Micheal Card, called, I Have Decided.  Here are the lyrics:

I have decided,
I’m gonna live like a believer,
Turn my back on the deceiver,
I’m gonna live what I believe.
I have decided,
Being good is just a fable,
I just can’t ’cause I’m not able.
I’m gonna leave it to the Lord.
There’s a wealth of things that I profess,
I said that I believed,
But deep inside I never changed;
I guess I’d been deceived.
‘Cause a voice inside kept telling me,
That I’d change by and by,
But the Spirit made it clear to me,
That kind of life’s a lie.
So forget the game of being good,
And your self-righteous pain.
‘Cause the only good inside your heart
Is the good that Jesus brings.
And when the world begins
to see you change,
Don’t expect them to applaud.
Just keep your eyes on Him
and tell yourself,
I’ve become the work of God.

I realized that I could not make myself good inside, no matter how hard I tried.  How then was I supposed to be right with God?  By believing Him. Really truly believing Him.  He said it was enough what Jesus did.  I was righteous because Jesus was.  That won’t change no matter what I do or don’t do.  God does not see me or my sin, instead He sees His sinless Son.

Once my works were factored out of the salvation equation, I was able to trust my sanctification to the Holy Spirit.  I did not have to worry about sinning and miraculously when I let that go and believed God, He made me right inside.   Somehow, fear and sin went hand in hand.  Simply believing that God saw me as righteous, whether I was or not, was what actually made me so.

Do you truly trust God to make you righteous or are you still trying to do it yourself?

Are you really living what you profess to believe?

Do you really believe God?

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This is the song I play nearly every morning.  It puts me in a positive mindset and turns my thoughts to being happy and thankful.

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