The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 9:9-10
At times in my life, I think to myself; I am not as bad as serial killers, people who molest children, or pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, racist police officers, atheists and the list goes on of whom; I, at times feel morally superior to. Yet to feel this way is a mistake and a deception, because even as a born again believer in Jesus Christ, I still commit sin, and as a result of the sin, I hurt others and hurt myself. At this point, it is not my intention to hurt others or myself; however, that result is simply a natural consequence of sin, a natural result of a conscious choice to disregard God’s law and God’s opinion. The only reason I am not a selfish, heinous human being, someone that I would find repulsive and morally bankrupt, is because of the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ which covers my sin, and because of my choice to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and because of the help of the Holy Spirit; who helps me greatly to stay on the straight and narrow path, to the extent that I do, and helps me to do the things which are pleasing to God, to the extent that I do.
I am not a good person…I know myself, but it is only by the unmerited grace of God, that I am who I am today. I am not where I want to be in the Lord, as I want to be closer to my Heavenly Father than I am; however, I thank God, because I could be a worse and more immoral person than I am, and it is only because of Jesus Christ that I am not a more immoral person than I am. Does the devil tempt me, yes; however, it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit, that I am able to resist such temptation. At times I am tempted of my own heart, and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that I am able to resist such temptation. At times I am tempted by the world, and again it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that I am able to resist such temptation.
In and of myself, I have zero power to resist temptation; it is only by the Holy Spirit, that I am not dead and burning in hell at this very moment, because if it were not for God in my life, that is exactly where I would be.
I am not a sociopath; I do not like feeling guilt and remorse, as it can be emotionally paralyzing and overwhelming; yet that combined with the conviction of the Holy Spirit is a good mix to help me stay on course in following the will of God for my life.
It is better to be a good person, than to be an evil person. It seems this simple message is scoffed at in many quarters in America, and as a result many state that there are no prevailing standards for morality anymore, and good and evil does not exist, and there is no right and wrong, and just do whatever makes you happy; which is a foolish philosophy promoting immediate gratification, with no consideration for the ensuing and long term consequences of one’s behavior. The wrath of God will be visited upon those who adhere to such a philosophy.
The Holy Bible states that the end of this world is very near, and that in the last days humanity will become more immoral, wicked and vile and love for others will be hard to find. Jesus Christ is our only salvation from our wicked hearts and from eternal condemnation.
Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, by sincerely praying the following prayer: “Heavenly Father, I repent of my sins, and I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and I ask that you come into my life and forgive me, lead me and guide me. I give my life to you. Thank you for saving me, in the precious name of Jesus Christ I pray amen.”
Pray everyday, read the Bible, ask God to lead you to a good Bible believing church, do not sin, but if you do, ask God to forgive you and he will. Persevere through trials, heartaches, pain and suffering and do not allow anything or anyone dissuade you from your faith in Jesus Christ. Persevere unto the end, and God will present you with an eternal crown of life.
May Christ bless and keep you!
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7