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Am I Good Enough for God ?

Apr 04, 2009

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The answer to this question is, YES YOU SURE ARE !!! .


 


I received a letter this morning, Titled Please Help. Billy is a 27 year old who has a sleeve of tattoos on his arm. Billy feels VERY Self Convicted about his tattoo’s, So bad, he wrote me saying “I Need a Miracle”. a Miracle to make the tattoos go away is what he feels he needs to become Pure again, He even used the word “Purity”. I don’t know who has been talking to Billy, But I do know its not God, Because Jesus didn’t come into this world to condemn, But he came to bring Life, To accept us just like we are. Jesus told many, “Go and Sin No More”, In other words, It does not matter what you did or have done before, I accept you just like you are, But don’t do what ever you did anymore.


 


Billy’s tattoos make him feel inadequate, as if he needs to clean up the his sins of the past, in order to qualify for redemption. That doctoring is a Dangerous road to travel, It can ONLY lead right back to the starting point, Salvation by Grace not works, and the need to repent again, Crucifying Christ afresh as the Apostle Paul writes about in Hebrews 6:6 Salvation is not something we work at, Its something we receive, it’s a Gift Ephesians 2:8. We cant get it on our own, Jesus must call us in our Heart of Hearts, We must hear his voice, and be one of his sheep John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. If I had to work my way out of my past sins and into the Kingdom of God, Friends, I would be a Goner for sure, There is NO WAY I could EVER clean up my own life, Trust me, I tried many times.


 


Those of you who know me, Know God brought me out of a drug induced state. I was medicating myself just to numb my mind, Body and soul, Yes friends, I was running from God with everything I had. But that’s off track, from the topic of this article, You can read about my mess in the “Who was Jesus, Just a Man or More” Article. What satan does, and will continue to do, If we let him, Is throw our past lives, Sins, Short comings, Failures, and rebellion right back in our face. He is the Destroyer, He knows Doubt, Fear, Guilt, ETC, is the only tools he has to use against us. And use them he will.


 


The Apostle Paul writes, We MUST, stand fast in the Gospel, Not laying again the foundation and Doctrine of Christ in Hebrews 6:1. He is trying to explain to the Jews, that it is impossible to continue in works or sacrifice. Because Jesus Paid the price once and for all, and his sacrifice will cover ANY AND ALL SINS, Regardless of what satan tries to tell us, because satan is a Liar, and a thief, and there is NO Truth in him AT ALL !!! But Jesus is Truth, Life, Love, Joy, Hope, Peace, Happiness, Strength, Comfort and our Defender.


 


Do you honestly think any of us would have had the Transformation in our lives we had when we accepted Gods Gift of Faith (Ephesians 2:8) and the Gift of Salvation from Jesus, If he would only accept us after we changed, or cleaned up beforehand??? The evidence speaks for its self, Did you Honestly have a 111% True experience with Jesus when you got saved ?? Did you receive, Peace, Joy and Love enough to love even your enemies ??? Did you sleep better at night ?? Find your self singing, skipping, or acting like a Child again ?? If your answers are yes, Then you received the Gift Ephesians 2:8 speaks about, Grace first, Then Faith as a Gift from God himself. Without that first gift of Faith, It would be IMPOSSIBLE to be saved.


 


Now back to Billy, Bless his heart, Sounds like satan is Tormenting him, by throwing the past in his face. Billy has a GREAT Weapon on his arm, and Body. There are people out there who would NOT feel comfortable talking to me. Its that First Impression thing. But Billy on the other hand, They would accept him, Because he fits in, Where I might not. Paul was the Christian Killer, Trying to wipe Christianity its self off the face of the earth. Now that’s pretty bad, Wouldn’t you agree ?? If Paul were here in our day and age. In 2009, Do you honestly think he would be accepted by the Church at large ?? Many would like to think Yes, But I think many of us know the Real Truth about that. Many of us have been rejected for one reason or another. Looks, Cloths, Financial Position, Tattoos, Hair, Past Life, ETC ……. Yes, it can be a LONG list !!!


 


Well first of all, It don’t matter what anyone thinks of you PERIOD !!!! Who are we trying to please, God or Man ?? Sure, I want to be accepted too, But honestly, I could care less what Self-righteous, Judgmental people think of me. They cant Give me Grace, They cant cover my sins, They cant and WILL NOT stand before God and defend me, They would RUN when the fire gets hot, John 10:12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 10:13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I bet you are relating to this right now, Remembering friends, who abandoned you when the wolf came in your life, Yes, I have been there too.


 


That’s why I can relate with many of you, I have lived a life too. But Thank God, He loved me enough to accept me for me. I Love that Francesca Bertinelli song, “Free To Be ME” .. because that song is TRUTH, I am Free to be me, Free in Christ Jesus, Free from Bondage of sin, and who the Son sets free, IS FREE INDEED, GLORY TO GOD !!!!! That’s something To raise our hands in PRAISE about. Whew .. MMM that thought Always gets me Fired Up !!! It feels SOOOO good, You agree ??


 


The Truth of the Matter is this. This Old Body IS NOT going to Gods Kingdom. The Bible says we will have a NEW BODY, a perfected Body, a Body free of sin, and a Pure Body. I think Someone has Convinced Billy that his body has to and needs to change. That’s Traditionalism, Exactly what Jesus Taught Against. The traditions of Man Always Fall short of the Glory of God, God isn’t interested in people who want to make towers to get to his Kingdom, Remember the story of “The Tower of Babble”, Look what God did in that case. Careful Friends, Lets not build a tower of our own through dead works, That can ONLY lead to destruction.


 


So I will end this Article, with this final thought and scriptures, Are we Truly Free ??


 


John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.


8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.


8: 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."


8:33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" (This is My Words here, Jesus Sacrifice is How we were set free)


8:34 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. ( in other words, Until you receive Jesus freedom, Your still a slave to your sin and still in Bondage)


8:35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. ( did you catch that, FAMILY )


8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ( are you Free ?) )did you have that REAL TRUE LIFE CHANGING, I KNOW WHAT I KNOW BECAUSE I LIVED IT EXPERANCE ??)


8:37 I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. ( They didn’t want to be Free, Wouldn’t except the Gift of Salvation and Freedom, Have you accepted the Gift of Freedom ??)


8:38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father. ( Spirit or Flesh ?? Who will you Trust today, The Spirit of Truth, Or the Traditions of Man)


 


See what Jesus is trying to explain to them here, In essence, He is saying, Who are you trying to please, (I Jesus he says), am pleasing my father (God), I am Not Pleasing Abraham or any other man or flesh, But I am pleasing my Father who is the One True GOD of ALL Gods, and His approval is All I need. But thanks Anyway Guys .. I believe that’s how he would put it in today’s Language. “Thanks But No Thanks“, After all, He did talk in a down to earth way that Anyone who wanted to understand, Could Understand. He had to, Look at me, Personally I am to simple to Understand anything more than Simple ..  Yes I’m Smiling and Laughing here Laughing. The Laughter and Freedom I have been Given in Christ Jesus, My one and OLNY Lord of Lords !!


 


Love you Guys n Gals


Your Friends Always,


Pastor Will and the Covenant Family