One of the best articles I’ve read about Grace and Legalism.
“Pastor Tullian Tchividjian writes “Legalism says God will love us if we change. Grace says God will change us because He loves us.””
Many times to better understand something, it is helpful to learn what the opposite of that something is.
I’m a student and proponent of Grace. But Grace can be a squishy word. So I would like to talk about the opposite of Grace, which is LEGALISM.
Pastor Tullian Tchividjian writes “Legalism says God will love us if we change. Grace says God will change us because He loves us.”
Nicodemus was a legalist. He was a Pharisee.
Max Lucado writes “It’s a fact of the farm. The most fertile ground remains barren if no seed is sown.”
This defines legalism. Legalism is obsessed about soil preparation but totally misses the point of the seed. This is how legalism thinks. Faith is an outside work. How you speak, act, pray, the image you portray.
If Nicodemus would have been a farmer, he would of had a degree from the University…
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“I love you, GOD— you make me strong. GOD is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout.”
(Psalm 18:1-2 MSG)
My rescuing knight. Wow, who knew? He is our castle, our fortress in times of trouble. I have run for shelter under Abba’s right arm so many times. He gives His Angels charge over us so we will not slip and fall. He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. He came to seek and to save us. He is faithful – forever. We are blessed!
“But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!”
(Psalm 18:16-19 MSG)
Just when you think it’s over, He shows up. A light in the darkness. Hope standing in front of you in the middle of a mess. With open arms, He was already waiting for us. He was there the whole time really. He never left. We just weren’t aware of Him. Call to Him, cry to him! pray to Him…and watch and see!
Suddenly, God, you floodlight my life;
I’m blazing with glory, God’s glory!
I smash the bands of marauders,
I vault the highest fences.
(Psalm 18:28-29 MSG)
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What does a Christian do with sin? Yep, I’m asking. I am weary of the pointing fingers and the ‘holier than thou’ attitude. I know not all people are like this. But I think I had a misconception that needs to be addressed. I repented, came to the Lord, said the prayer, got water baptized, and even speak in tongues. Yet I still sin. And I’ll bet if you are honest with yourself, you do too. My misconception; I thought once I ‘came to Jesus’ I would never sin again. Yep. I wasn’t raised in the church. I didn’t know the script.
In my journey I have found that people either deny that they sin or beat themselves up every chance they get because they sin. I don’t think either response solves anything. Yes, I have done both. Both of those responses still had me focused on the sin – and not the Savior. Either way, it was still “all about me”.
Jesus came and died so to pay for those sins, past, present, and future. And He rose again.
Will I let my sin separate me from God?
The veil was torn, the price was paid. It is finished. I am supposed to have peace according to the verse above. But how can I have peace if I am fighting myself? I had to make a choice. Believe that ALL my sin was paid for by Jesus at Calvary or keep trying to ‘be righteous’ all by myself. I had to stop beating myself up, and trust God and the Holy Spirit would change me from the inside-out. I had to open my arms and ACCEPT the grace that Jesus died to give me. And TRUST the Author and Finisher of my faith – Jesus. And let Him change me…
I don’t know it all. I confess, I still mess up. But today, I can come to God freely and ask Him to help me instead of running away or denying it exists. I don’t have to punish myself – God took care of it with Jesus at Calvary. I can look to my Savior, and RECEIVE forgiveness. God still loves me. Looks like He gets to do the cleansing too. He knew I would need a Savior.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
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The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
(Psalm 145:14-19 NKJV) New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Often we think of our hands and what we are doing or what we are not doing with them. We think of our hearts and what we are sharing with God and what we are not. But today I would like to change our focus. What happens when God opens His hands?
When He opens His hands hope is renewed, the hungry are fed, there is an abundance of grace and favor, He hears and answers our prayers. Salvation is here. The moment is now. Look to Daddy God, and watch as He opens His hands towards you. Thank you Abba Father!
Here is the same Psalm in THE MESSAGE BIBLE:
God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
All eyes are on you, expectant;
you give them their meals on time.
Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.
Everything God does is right—
the trademark on all his works is love.
God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.
He does what’s best for those who fear him—
hears them call out, and saves them.
Psalm 145:14-19 The Message (MSG)
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