- Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20
- For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws. James 2:10
- But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, "Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God's Book of the Law." Galatians 3:10
- The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Romans 8:3
- Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. Galatians 3:13
Get it? It's incredible! Because I only believed in saving grace but not sustaining grace, I believed my good works was what was keeping me saved and in right standing with God. Well, of course I tried with all my might but to my HUGE disappoint, I failed often. I thought maybe I was failing because I didn't go to enough church services or because I wasn't praying hard enough. Now I understand why a perfectionist mindset was killing me.
Legalism = Perfectionism
- Legalism- Thinking we are made righteous because we live righteously.
- Grace- Living righteously because we've been made righteous.
- Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
What? God's throne of grace? Where has this scripture been all my life? I've aways looked at it as the throne of judgement or throne of condemnation. Never, ever as the throne of grace.
When Jesus died on the cross He not only gave us the gift of saving grace but of sustaining grace.
Insert taken from webpage: Laws on Top of Laws
"The problem with the Pharisee’s is that they had, over centuries and centuries of following God’s Law, added their own laws on top of God’s Law. Breaking God’s Law was so abhorrent to them that they added more laws to keep them from the things that would keep them from the things that would tempt them to break God’s laws. In many ways, it is not a bad idea. If I have an alcohol problem, I should not drink, but having alcohol in the house is a bad idea, and even going to a bar with friends should be out of the question. Constantly surrounding myself with temptation is a bad idea. If A leads to B which leads to C (and C = sin), then don’t do A or B. Take away the temptation that leads to the sin, right? So, by that logic, if working on the Sabbath is sin, maybe I should cease from doing any labor, any “work”, anything physical, right?
Nope. Taking your traditions and beliefs and elevating them to be equivalent to God’s Law is wrong, but holding others accountable to your traditions is wrong too, according to Jesus. Even more than that, withholding good on the Sabbath is a sin, as Jesus has shown.
God is after my heart, and He is after your heart. He doesn’t admire your laws, standards, rules, righteousness or holiness. Your righteousness is like filthy rags to Him. No. He wants to save you from yourself. He want to see Christ in you, your only hope of glory. He wants us to behold the glory of the Lord, and therefore be transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. Jesus is your only hope, He is my only hope. Only Christ pleases God. Only Jesus lived a perfect life that I could never live and died the death I should have died because of my sin. Only He is worthy. Only His righteousness will cover me."When we constantly focus on sin and don't do this don't do that, it actually can cause our minds to focus exactly on those things! Rather, let's put our focus on Christ. I'm amazed that now I completely put my trust in Christ, in His grace, those temptations aren't nearly like they used to be. I was told, "well, that's because the devil is done with you and has no reason to fight you." Nope, there really is such an amazing freedom and peace when we put our trust in Him rather than in ourselves. When we understand we are no longer living under the law. When I decided to stop living under the law, it took the power away that sin had over me. Yes, I'm human. Yes, I'll make mistakes. It was never about perfectionism. It's about our heart.
- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:8,9