Short of Glory

Ro 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;       KJV

Are there any who have not? No, not one. Except for The One.

Jesus only has not sinned, will not sin, cannot sin. And it is in Him that I find my only hope of righteousness.

The word sin means to ‘miss the mark.’ The mark is explained in this verse as ‘the glory of God.’ That is what we are aiming for. That is our target–the glory of God. There is nothing else worth aiming for.

There is no success in this world that compares with the glory of God. There is no success that compares with having the glory of God as your reward, as your covering, as your countenance.

Yet, the Bible declares that we have missed that mark, that target.

Is this to always be the case? Am I forever destined to come short of my desire? Is sin my ever-present companion?

NO!! A thousand times, NO!!

For my righteousness is not my own, but His righteousness. I am dead and my life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)

Thank God the verse says that it is in the past. It is over. Done with. It does ot have to be repeated.

I sinned. Of that there can be no doubt. But, I do not have to continue therein; for the Spirit has made me free by grace through faith.

I believe, and therefore I am free. I am free from the consequences of that prior state of sin. And I am free from the law or principle that states that I must continue therein. I am no longer a slave of sin; but a slave of Jesus Christ in whom I have justification from my past and a guarantee of my future.

Glory to God forevermore!

I Did It My Way

Isa 53:6
 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.                 KJV

Is this not a description of today’s society? Have we not turned each one to his own way? Have we not bought into the modern philosophy of complete and total independence? Do we not simply do that which is right in our own eyes? (Judges 17:6)

“Not me, preacher! I’m a believer!”

That’s good; but is He the Lord of what you do? Where you go? What you say? What you think?

If we were all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, would there be such mixed up diversity in the Body of Christ?

It is time for each one of us to repent, to admit that we have not followed the Lord with total abandon, and to commit ourselves to doing nothing but what we see Him do; to say nothing but what we hear Him say.

We are but sheep. And, like sheep, we have gone astray following the ways and philosophies of the world.

But God has provided a remedy. That remedy is Jesus. He has taken on Himself the waywardness of our minds. He has become sin for us. We can stand under His covering for our iniquity.

Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart. Acknowledge that there is a better way. Commit yourself once again to the Lord to be led by His Holy Spirit. Cast down your own imagination and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Bring every thought captive to the mind of Christ.