O Lord, we acknowledge that You tell us in Your word that Your thoughts are not our thoughts and Your ways are not our ways. We humble ourselves before You today, asking that you help us to accept and receive Your thoughts and ways.
Lord, teach us…
- That when we think that You look at our works for acceptance before You, You tell us that Your way of salvation is by Faith, not works.
- That when we think that salvation is by our effort, You tell us that salvation is by grace and it is free to those who believe.
- That when we think that our goodness will get us into Your kingdom, You tell us that we only enter by confessing our sins.
- That when we think we must trust ourselves for our salvation, You tell us that we must trust Christ and His work alone to enter heaven.
- That when we think our righteousness is impressive before You, You tell us that our righteousness is as filthy rags in Your sight.
- That when we think we succeed by “getting our act together,” You tell us that You use those who embrace their own brokenness.
- That when we think we can hide the truth about ourselves, You tell us that we will find relief when we are honest, real and transparent about our failures and sins.
- That when we think we should save our lives, You tell us that it is when we lose our lives, that we will find our lives.
- That when we think that You are pleased by outward compliance to Your demands, You tell us that You are concerned for the attitudes of our hearts.
- That when we seek to live our own lives, You tell us that “unless a seed fall into the ground and die, it will not bear fruit.”
- That when we judge others by looking on the outside, You tell us that although “man looks on the outward appearance, You always look at the heart.”
- That when we think that being happy equals life and fulfillment, You tell us, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
- That when we think we should avoid every kind of suffering, You tell us that You use suffering for some of the highest purposes of life, ultimately to make us Christ-like.
- That when we want to be strong in ourselves, You tell us that weakness is a gift to us, because Your strength is perfected in our weakness.
- That when we think life is all about us, You tell us that life is all about Jesus and His kingdom.
- That when we think that we will be fulfilled by living for ourselves, You tell us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and to follow You.
- That when we think we should assert ourselves, You tell us that we must humble ourselves and You will exalt us in Your time.
- That when we think that we are becoming mature and that we understand Your thoughts and Your ways, You tell us that unless we become like little, trusing children, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
O Lord, as we contemplate these truths from Your Word, we cry out, “We believe, help our unbelief!”
In Christ, our Lord!