By Tim Lamb, Entiat, WA
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sometimes We Fail
By Tim Lamb
Sometimes we just fail. There's no other way to put it. We yield to temptation, we despise our neighbor, we demand worldly things at God's expense...we fail. At those times I have difficulty getting past that feeling that I have not changed enough; that I am the "old man" with some new clothes; that I have NOT believed sufficiently for God's Grace.
At those times there are things that I must do to rebuff the attack of Satan. The lie that we are not good enough has a measure of truth, which is why Satan gets away with using it. But Christ IS good enough, for all of us. At times when I must accept the simple fact about myself that my sin requires a Savior to big for me to imagine I must let Satan know in no uncertain terms he has not won; that I'm on to him, and that his lies have power only where Christ is not present.
I think it's only fair that Satan know that even if I were bound for hellfire and damnation God is still worthy and the Devil is not. If I found myself facing judgment I could not regret serving God.
Because of my God - my Jesus - I know life and hope, and good things have come from my being here. I know He is good and I know what He offers and I know that even if I am not worthy others must know the truth. I make this most unnecessary declaration so that Satan may know that allegiance to Christ Jesus does not come from fear but out of love.
I may not believe that I deserve to go to heaven but I believe that in Christ it will happen.
I do not believe you can lose your salvation but I believe in living like you can.
I don't believe works save you but I believe you should work like they do.
I don't believe we can live sinless but sinlessness must be our most certain goal and desire.
Some days I don't have enough love for my spouse and children let alone my neighbor, but I believe and I know that God can love them through me with an active, passionate, pure and sacrificial love.
And I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that I could not love God had He not first loved me.
What we bring to the relationship is a surrendering rebel. What He sees is the prodigal son returned home. As we lay down our arms and bow to the conquering King He does not call the guard to take us away. He, instead, hands us a Sword - the Sword of His word - which reveals to us the lies of our common enemy. He also hands us a shield as He begins and perfects our faith. And He puts on us a breastplate called righteousness to protect our hearts from the wounds of the enemy and ensures our salvation with an impenetrable helmet so that we cannot die.
Imagine such a leader that anyone willing to walk away from the enemy and take up the sword for Christ becomes an inheritor of the Kingdom! This is unprecedented and completely illogical that a small army consisting primarily of turncoats with an affinity for the very things they battle would become the prophetic victors in a conflict as old as time.
Why would God want a rag-tag motley bunch like us? Slovenly, ill-tempered, impatient, self-serving...Why? I don't know why; I only know that sometimes I fail, but God does not, and His armor stays intact and His sword is true - All I know is we say "Yes" and He does the rest.
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