October 26, 2019

What I Read Today;

Romans 3; Matthew 14; Ezekiel 6; Psalm 100-101; 2 Kings 17-18; Numbers 4

If there is anything good about growing old, it is the fact that I become acutely aware of exactly who I am.  I have come to terms with myself, both the good and the bad.

I realize that I can’t do the things I did when I was in my twenties.  For instance, at 26 I could run a mile and a half in under 10 minutes.  At 54 I have trouble running a mile.  At 34 I could read without glasses.  Now at 54, I need one pair for reading the computer and a second pair for reading books.  Self-realization is something that we all need to practice.

I’ve known many people who can’t come to grips with who they are.  Even into their sixties, they act like they are in high school.  The denial of how they have changed causes their lives to be empty on many levels.

Spiritually, I have come to terms with the fact that I can’t measure up to the standards God has set.  I can’t live up to the requirements of the law.  Neither can you.  I take two steps forward and then fall six steps back.

That’s why the words in Romans 3:28 have shaken up the world every time people hear them.  When people realize that God knows that we can’t measure up to his standards their perception of God changes.  They come to know that yes God is a holy God who demands perfection in his presence.  But he is also a God who lovingly provided us with a way to become perfect.  Not through our actions or deeds, but through the life of his son Jesus.

As you go through your day remember these words with joy;

“For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.” 

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