Not By Keeping The Law

“Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.” ~ Thomas J. Watson, Sr.


“Rcubes…What are you giving up this year?” asked a co-worker as I was putting the doctor’s orders in the computer.

“Excuse me?” I asked, not quite sure what she meant by that.

“It’s Lent…What are you giving up? Food? Shopping?” intruded another co-worker in our conversation.

“Ohhh…” I said as I finally got what she meant by that questionnaire.

“I gave up everything long time ago to Christ,” I replied. Both of them with a perplexed look, not comprehending then what those words meant.

I kept working and my mind was busy. I was grateful that God had provided a way of salvation. Through Jesus Christ. Knowing that we are all infected by sin. And we cannot save ourselves with our own efforts.

And now, as followers of Christ, we must continue to keep guarding this truth against the temptation of using service, good deeds, giving, and any other effort as a substitute for faith.

“19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I, myself, no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.” ~ Galatians 2:19-21

25 comments:

  1. I like your response and the scripture you chose. I was raised in works and am so grateful for grace!

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  2. What a great response Rosel! I loved it!

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  3. Precious Friend,

    I love this:

    20 I, myself, no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.” ~ Galatians 2:19-21

    And you my friend!

    Again, the Scripture leaves me wanting to get inside of it more and more and more. Oh how I love Him so.

    Big Hugs,
    Alleluiabelle

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  4. Such an awesome reply sis, love you.

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  5. Perfect and awesome response you had there Rosel. Amen.

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  6. Congrats sis on being named one of the top 100 blogs of 2009 at the internet cafe. You truly deserve this, love you.

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  7. Good, thought provoking post. I would not have thought of that response, but it is an excellent one.

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  8. AMEN....For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval

    Have a great day. Blessings, Debbie

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  9. Rosel,
    You are such a wise woman . . . God's woman. You deserve the blessing God is giving to you. Lifting up HIS HOLY name, JESUS!!! So much more of HIM, my friend.
    Love You,
    Bren

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  10. Wow! thank you again for your words. When I read your blog I feel like you have given me wisdom and a big hug.
    Congrats on your blog honor. Wonderful.

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  11. Rosel,

    I think your simple response spoke volumes in regards to that question. Straight forward and to the point.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  12. You are in the TOP 100 at Internet Cafe Devotions! Congratulations!

    Every year Internet Café Devotions hosts Blessed Aroma, a call out to blog readers to nominate their favorite blogs, in specific categories, written by Christian Women. Those with the most nominations are compiled into a list that gives us the TOP 100 Christian Women’s blogs each year.

    Your blog was chosen this year in the category of: “Pouring Proverbs 31”. We hope this blesses you as much as you have blessed others!

    Thanks for all that you do in your online ministry. Have an amazing day!

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  13. I love this post. It sums up how I feel. I just realized from another persons blog that it was lent. I never give anything up for it because I spend each day working to give my all to Jesus. Thank you for voicing this so perfectly! I stopped by because I saw your blog on the list of the top 100 blogs of 2009 in the proverbs 31 category! Congrats!! I am in the same category with you so I thought I'd check out your blog and introduce myself! :) Blessings!

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  14. Dear friends, I had no clue that someone or some nominated my site at Internet Cafe Devotions. I was happy...for the Lord. I pray many remains to be encouraged by His blog, not mine! To God be the glory and I want to thank you all for always coming here and blessing me with your visits! Thank you for letting me know sis Denise and sister Amy [from Internet Cafe Devotion] about this special honor. I remain to be a "broken vessel", powered by the One Who can move us. If we allow Him to. God bless you all.

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  15. THANKS FOR YOUR UPLIFTING WORDS AND PRAYERS.

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  16. A great answer and post, Dear ~ We are redeemed from the law. Bless you, sweet sister ~

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  17. great words. I have one dsire...to please Him...to do His will...not just for one day a week,but always, daily..He is what I want more than anything...and to please Him makes me strong. Tons of blessings to you RCube...I love your posts.

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  18. Rosel,
    Thank you my friend for your comment on the "Esther" post . . . I went through the study of Esther at my church by Beth Moore, "It's Tough Being a Woman". I enjoyed it sooooo much . . . Esther does not mention God directly as you noted, but as you said it was God's plan to use Esther to save the Jewish race. I wish one day I could meet you in person . . . you and I are connected by our HOLY FATHER. You know Rosel you are a lot like Esther. I lift you up to HIM.
    Bren

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  19. Beautiful responsed my friend.
    Wonderful post to remind us that we are no longer under law under but by grace alone.
    Praise God!

    God bless!

    XO

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  20. Rosel, perfect response as well. Yes, my desire is to be more like Him and to rely only on Him. Thank you for sharing dear.

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  21. This is my favorite post of yours! I love all your words ... but this one is my favorite! Thank you for reminding me of this ... I have thought alot about Lent and have been struggling with my opinions on it. I needed this today! God Bless your day! Aine

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  22. BTW, I reposted this scripture card on my FB page...and then I saw that my sister reposted it on her page. This is a big deal. She received the Lord about 4 years ago, but does not have that strong of a walk. I started FB page for just posting scripture because I could see she was getting a daily horoscope. It is really the reason I started blogging at all. Anyway, I thought you would like to see God's continued use of it. Blessings. ~

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  23. What an amazing post! I love your answer to your co-worker's question. And, to see above LeAnn's comment of how the scripture you posted is still being used and passed along for others to see is even more amazing. I'm going to use the same scripture and place it somewhere on my blog, so that when people happen to drop by, they will read it and it will touch their hearts, or better yet, will they themselves ask God to come into their hearts and lives.

    Such a blessing. Thank you so much for posting this!

    Georgia

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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