In the nominal Christian world it is believed that as we are obedient in various areas of our life, attend church, give to the poor and show other outward signs, we become pretty good Christians. We don’t do any of the real bad things that the world participates in and so we go smugly on picking out doctrine that fit with our comfort level like eternal security and predestination. In this we reach a stagnant point of living which contains no spiritual power or witness. In fact, to those who do not believe, it appears that Christians are hypocrites . . . and in many ways they are.

It is not this way for those who truly long for a closer walk with the Lord, live in His presence, and commune daily with Him. As they grow deeper with the Lord they, more and more, realize ‘WHAT THEY REALLY ARE’. And it isn’t pretty! The realization of our human frame, limitations and condition only comes with light from above and, moment by moment, living in His presence. For those who seek HIM above all else in life it becomes perfectly clear, like it did for Isaiah when he said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips”. The only answer for the true seeker is to abandon self and abide in Christ for there is no good thing in man.

It is one thing to know in our intellect that we are sinners in a general sense; this is known by all that profess the faith. It is quite another when the Lord speaks and convicts us of a specific sin we are presently involved in. To the degree that we are willing to embrace what the Lord has for us, it will cause us to be more humble, less judgmental and, in the end, to rely totally on HIM, not ourselves. And that is where the real spiritual power of Christian living comes from. It seems that it is not good enough for the Christian to simply be reluctantly willing to obey in a general sense, he must long for correction in specific areas in order to come closer to the presence of our Lord and Savior. And all of this is by His amazing provision of grace!

Amazing grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see . . . (Amazing Grace)

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