[QTVOTD] The other side of the coin…

“For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away [far from God’s favor, hurrying us toward destruction], and no one calls on Your name and awakens and bestirs himself to take and keep hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the [consuming] power of our iniquities.” Isaiah 64:6-7 ->me: My good works through faith are only pure and acceptable when my heart is right and I have confessed my sin to the Lord; even then it is only by the grace of God that He credits Christ’s righteousness to me. When I have been lulled by continued sin, it stifles my desire and willingness to call on Him. My sin is a powerful consuming smoke caused by my disobedience; obscuring the face of my Father from me and mine from Him. The opposite of this passage must also be true – if my sin is forgiven then I am clean, the righteousness of Jesus is credited to me; when I am free from sin I will stand steadfast in His truth. I will call upon His name in prayer and I will take hold of His word to know Him for all He is. He will then not hide His face from me and will deliver me from the evil power that sin used to have over me.

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