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February 6, 2017, 11:04 AM

What are you afraid of?


     When was the last time you were really afraid? Maybe that’s not even the right question. Lots of times, I have found out that I was afraid of the wrong things, or sometimes, there was nothing for me to be afraid of at all. When that happens there is always a feeling of relief.

    There must be some kind of ingrown fear that we as God’s people have missed the mark. Of course, the truth is we all have not been good enough; we all have missed the mark! So we ask God to accept us with all our mistakes as, good enough, Knowing all the time we are never good enough!

    Having fear, being afraid is not always a bad place to be. It is those who are not aware of the dangers that are at greatest risk! If I don’t know and understand the danger then I am only one step from disaster! Here is where the problem is or at least begins. If I had just known, well I would have done something about it! I take Paul’s writing serious to work out my own salvation. Here is our big mistake, instead of working it out with fear and trembling, we work it out with effort and merit.

     It is only when we are aware and convinced of our inevitable short-comings, our own un-righteousness that we will we ever discover the righteousness of God. The question is not am I good enough, but was Jesus made bad enough. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21; God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. The only way any of us get right with God is because Jesus was made bad enough, an exchange of my wrongness for His rightness. He became sin, so we could become the righteousness of God. The great transfer of our sins to Jesus happened at the cross. Not because of some kind of effort on our part, but because of tremendous effort on His part. If you don’t feel like you are good enough, well welcome to the family of God! Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. He paid a debt He didn’t owe; I owed a debt I couldn’t pay. What I am really afraid of is this, living by my righteousness instead of His!  What is it I have to do? Accept and receive the gift of the righteousness of God. Then, live like I have received the greatest gift ever, because I have!

 


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