Matthew 5:20 NASB For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Our righteousness is a heart condition, not a performance-based condition. On our own, we could never be ‘good enough.’ (Isaiah 64:6) It is through Christ that we have been cleansed from all unrighteousness. (1 Corinthians 6:11) What God wants from us is a sincere heart. We need to be doing the right things for the right reasons. We should want to apply what we have read and understand of God’s rules to our hearts. The word of God must be allowed to penetrate our hearts, not just our minds. Don’t misunderstand me, reading and memorizing the word of God is something we need to be doing, but why are we doing it? (2 Timothy 2:15) If it is out of habit or head knowledge and not because our hearts are sincerely desiring a closer fellowship with Him, then I dare say, are we surpassing the scribes and Pharisees? We need to recognize we are nothing without Jesus. Study the word of God because we want to hear from Him, and we willingly lay our lives down to be used for His glory. We have to humbly try our best, to be our best, because in our heart we want to be pleasing to our Lord and Savior. I just heard in a sermon today the pastor, Ray McElroy, stated, “Rules disconnected from relationship leads to rebellion”. I thought it was so cool, as I had this blog written last night and it goes along with what the Lord had me to write today. Our God is so amazing.
Have you asked Jesus into your heart? See my blog titled, You Never Let Us Go for more information on the best decision you will ever make. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/
Let’s be prepared people.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
Humility is key (Luke 18:13). If your heart isn’t in it, no matter what it is you are doing, STOP, drop in humility, before the Lord and cry out, ‘Father, forgive and have mercy on me, a sinner.’ After all, we are just sinners saved by His unmerited favor.
Oh Lord our God,
How great, holy, righteous and marvelous You are! We come before You today humbly asking You for Your great mercy. Forgive us for the times we have failed You. We ask You to lift us back up. Please renew our hearts and minds (Romans 12:2). Teach us that which is pleasing to You. Help us to serve and love others. Continue molding and making us into usable vessels fit for Your kingdom. We yield to Your Holy Spirit’s movement in our lives. We declare Jesus is Lord over our hearts and it is in His name we pray. Amen.