Tuesday, February 17, 2009

of righteousness and faith

Which attribute or characteristic of God, that you have read about in the sessions do you most appreciate? Which one makes you feel perhaps a bit fearful, confused or feeling negative in some way? Explain.

It is the righteousness of God which I most appreciate. In much the same way that I have an awesome appreciation for the talents, gifts and abilities of others that I do not share, I am forced to fall face down at the righteousness of God, which seems so far from me. I must constantly raise my voice in union with Saint Paul, echoing his cry, “ O wretched man that I am; For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate; that I do.” It is the righteousness of God that contrasts my own sin nature and exposes the experiential suffering of war that exists between the flesh and the mind, “for I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind.” Not having my own righteousness has created in me a “hunger and thirst” that cannot be satisfied by my own works, and so I praise God that He is faithful when He says that I “shall be filled” and “never thirst” because through faith in Christ I am filled with the “righteousness which is from God.”

Scripture references (NKJV) Philippians 3:9, Romans 7:15, 22-24, Matthew 5:6, John 4:14

When I ponder the secret life I have lived and the acts performed that are manifestations of my vile sinful flesh, I am sickened. I am cut to pieces by His “two-edged sword” when I considered that all things are “naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” With my “eyes opened” to omniscience of God I want to run and hide myself from his presence, but I cannot hide from God. As a result of God knowing the depths of my heart I have feared the coming judgement and could not “raise my eyes to heaven” as I cried to God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Even in fear of his omniscience I find hope and praise Him and His faithfulness knowing that I can “come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy” because the High Priest sympathises with our weakness.

Scripture references (NKJV) Genesis 3:7-8, Luke 18:13, Hebrews 4:12-13,15-16

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