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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful on the sixth of November

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I am thankful for God’s Word. I am grateful that He is honest, that He doesn’t hold anything back. He reveals not only what is good, but what is bad, what is ugly, what is abominable in His eyes. His holy Light shines bright to reveal our sinfulness. His truth is a far more reliable mirror than the mirror mirror on the wall, because only Jesus was/is fairest of them all. There is no pure human heart. There is no person, except Jesus—who was fully God and fully Man when He lived, died, and rose up from the grave—who can or could ever save mankind.

We stand before that mirror, hideous. We are a people who have shaken our fist in the face of our Creator, and named good evil, and evil good. We are selfish. We want what we want now. We are all sinners. Only through Christ can we be redeemed from our wretched state. We must repent or perish.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

“Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

”Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:18—25).

The Holy Spirit, through the hand of the Apostle Paul, was not finished. He went on to explain in specific detail ways in which this giving over has been manifested in the heart of mankind. It is an ugly portrait of humanity, and if you disagree with that assessment, you are proof of its truth.

I am not only thankful for God’s honesty, I am thankful for His mercy and His grace. I am grateful that repentance will result in forgiveness (1 John 1:9), and God the Father will conform us into the image of His Son, making us beautiful in His sight (Romans 8:28—29).

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY" (1 Peter 1:14—16).

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