Sunday, January 18, 2015

THE ERROR OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.’ – Luke 18 vs 11

Hello Beloved, through this short message, I wanna show you few things. Read and be Blessed.

Our opening scripture is an excerpt of the parable the Lord Jesus gave us about Self Righteousness. I want us to see the full story;

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. – Luke 18 vs 9 – 14 {KING JAMES VERSION}

You see that? There were two (2) classes of men, one a Self-Righteous Pharisee and a complete sinner (Publican). Now from the parable we read above, we see two (2) notable characters of Self Righteousness;

1-      When one is self righteous, he trusts in his works of righteousness to obtain what he desires from God, instead of having Faith in the power of God.
2-      When one is self righteous, he despises others who aren’t as righteous as he is.

All these attributes, God hates so much. - Think about it

Beloved brethren, let us not trust in our own works of righteousness, but in the Righteousness which is freely given by Faith in Christ Jesus. God doesn’t despise sinners because they are the reason HE died on the Cross, neither does HE expect us to, because through us He seeks to extend His love to them.

‘As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one’ – Romans 3 vs 10 {KJV}

God has spoken, God has declared, there is none righteous, not even one. Therefore, stop trusting in what doesn’t count before God. Put your faith daily on the Righteousness Jesus gave to you by His own works, and God begins to see you as Righteous as Jesus Christ His son. And you know what? His Righteousness is perfect; you can trust it, not yours. – Selah

When you pray to God, put your faith in God’s love for you, and not your works of pleasing Him, love people and despise none. Accept sinners in love just as they are, and by so doing, you give the Holy Spirit opportunity to minister to them through you.

Be Full of Jesus’ Love!

God Bless You.
- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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