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Romans 3:13 - Poison Lips - Graveyard Throats

Romans 3:13

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS'" (NASB)

"Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:" (KJV)

"'Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.'  'Snake venom drips from their lips.'" (NLT)

"'Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.'" (NET)

"The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart." (Luke 6:46)

"My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.  Their deepest desire is to destroy others.  Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.  Their tongues are filled with flattery." (Psalm 5:9 NLT)

"Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. Interlude" (Psalm 140:3)

Out of the heart, then through the throat, tongue and lips comes the truth of our fallen estate.  If we only knew the grief that each of out thoughts and acts would cause we could see the fulfillment of God's Grace as the indwelling Spirit gives us the strength to choose victory over our lostness.  From graveyard throats to those that sing praises.  What an amazing journey!

The poison of the snake is stored in the small sack at the base of the individual fang.  During the strike the poison is injected into the wound and quickly spreads throughout the body causing great harm and even death.

Mathew 23:33 "Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?" (NLT)

Dr. John Gill expresses it thus: ''the throat' is said to 'be an open sepulcher', as in Psalm 5:9, so called, for its voracity and insatiableness; both as an instrument of speech, for the words of the wicked are devouring ones; and as an instrument of swallowing, and so may denote the sinner's eager desire after sin, the delight and pleasure he takes in it, the abundance of it he takes in, and his insatiable greediness for it; likewise for its filthy stench, the communication of evil men being corrupt; and because, as by an open grave, persons may fall unawares to their hurt, so the evil communications of wicked men, as they corrupt good manners, are dangerous and hurtful: R. Aben Ezra explains it by ???? ???, 'immediate destruction', or sudden death."

Attitude

Attitude

Thoughts to Ponder by Doris

Doris Waldrop Mincks
Doris Waldrop Mincks

AI acknowledge that change is the one constant in life, it helps me to accept the inevitable!  Accepting the difficult circumstances in my life with a more positive attitude has helped me to move on.  As I look to the Lord, who mirrored for me how to get on with life in the midst of struggles, I have a better understanding of my circumstances. "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus,…" (Philippians 2:5) — "…and let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (Romans 12:2)

All true and lasting change occurs from the inside out.  Instead of trying to change the situation or the significant people in my life, I allow God to work on me. Change can be sudden, unexpected, and unwelcome.  Whatever my circumstances, I can choose to accept it and move forward or stay in a "prison of stagnation."  As someone once said:  "It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent.  It is those most adaptive to change."

The stresses of unexpected changes in my life have required me to change.  With the sudden loss of my first husband over eleven years ago, my initial reaction was anger! But then I was able to look to God for strength, and the ability to move beyond myself. His strength became my sufficiency.  I had to come to accept my loss, and once I was able to do so, I had the flexibility and freedom to move on.

All change follows a definable sequence of stages, much like the stages of grief.  Once I came to the place where I could accept my loss, God gave me the freedom to look beyond myself and to see new opportunities.  Some of the following principles that I have applied in my life, I hope will be helpful to you with your life's changes:

1) Learn to be flexible and adaptable.

2) Listen to the right voices!

3) Allow time for quiet reflection with the Lord.

4) Become involved with helping other people with their needs.

5) Stay motivated by working in community with positive thinking people.

We have a secure anchor in the midst of changes!  "For I the Lord do not change," (Malachi 3:6)  "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) 

As a military spouse and family counselor, Doris Waldrop Mincks has ministered to military families for many years. Her ministry, Wives of Warriors Worldwide, WOWW, desires to come along side the military community to give encouragement and support to military wives, meeting the life situations unique to them.

Romans 3:12 - Putrid is as Putrid Does

Romans 3:12

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"'ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.'" (NASB)

"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (KJV)

"'All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.'" (NLT)

"'All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.'" (NET)

They are all gone out of the way - παντες εξεκλιναν, they have all diverged from the right way, they have either abandoned or corrupted the worship of God: the Jews, in forsaking the law and the prophets, and the Gentiles, in acting contrary to the law which God had written on their hearts.  And the departure of both from the truth proves the evil propensity of human nature in general. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

Become unprofitable - This word in Hebrew means to become “putrid” and “offensive,” like fruit that is spoiled.  In Arabic, it is applied to “milk” that becomes sour.  Applied to moral subjects, it means to become corrupt and useless.  They are of no value in regard to works of righteousness. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

"Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.  Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned." (John 15:6 NLT)

Because of our fallen estate, we cannot appreciate how we look from Father's perspective.  Remembering Isaiah's experience and his reaction, "I am a man of unclean lips," we begin to see sin exposed in the light of Glory.  The good news is that the Gospel continues is work in our hearts until it is completed.  Is this not something that is worthy of sharing with those around us?  Of course one must experience Grace to be able to share Grace.  One must know Jesus to be able to introduce Him to those whom we know.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

Romans 3:11 - The Unwise Can't Understand

Romans 3:11

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;" (NASB)

"There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." (KJV)

"No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God." (NLT)

"there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God." (NET)

This becomes the logical result of having a reprobate mind.  We cannot know or understand the depth of our own depravity.  We cannot seek after God because we are still His enemy.  Every fiber of our being is diametrically opposed to the Will of God.

Rom 3:11
There is none that understandeth - In the Hebrew Psa 14:2, God is represented as looking down from heaven to see, that is, to make investigation, whether there were any that understood or sought after him.  This circumstance gives not only high poetic beauty to the passage, but deep solemnity and awfulness. God, the searcher of hearts, is represented as making investigation on this very point.  He looks down from heaven for this very purpose, to ascertain whether there were any righteous.  In the Hebrew it is not asserted, though it is clearly and strongly implied, that none such were found.  That fact the apostle “states.”  If, as the result of such an investigation, none were found; if God did not specify that there were any such; then it follows that there were none.  For none could escape the notice of his eye; and if there had been any, the benevolence of his heart would have led him to record it.  To understand is used in the sense of being wise; or of having such a state of moral feeling as to dispose them to serve and obey God.  The word is often used in the Bible, not to denote a mere intellectual operation of the mind, but the state of the heart inclining the mind to obey and worship God; Psa 107:43; Psa 119:27, Psa 119:100; Pro 5:5; Isa 6:10; “Lest they should understand with their heart,” etc.

That seeketh after God - That endeavors to know and do his will, and to be acquainted with his character.  A disposition not to seek after God, that is, to neglect and forget him, is one of the most decided proofs of depravity.  A righteous man counts it his highest privilege and honor to know God, and to understand his will. A man can indulge in wickedness only by forgetting God.  Hence, a disposition “not” to seek God is full proof of depravity.

Romans 3:10 - Righteousness NOT

Romans 3:10

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

"as it is written, "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;" (NASB)

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" (KJV)

"As the Scriptures say, "No one is righteous—not even one." (NLT)

"just as it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one,'" (NET)

"Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one!" (Job 14:4 NLT)

"Can any mortal be pure? Can anyone born of a woman be just?" (Job 15:14 NLT)

"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?" (Jeremiah 15:19 NLT)

"For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander." (Matthew 15:19)

"For the choir director: A psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."  They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!  The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt.  No one does good, not a single one!" (Psalms 14:1-3 NLT)

"For the choir director: A meditation; a psalm of David. Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.  But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!" (Psalms 53:1-3 NLT)

“If the words which the apostle uses, do not most fully and determinately signify an universality, no words ever used in the Bible are sufficient to do it.  I might challenge any man to produce any one paragraph in the scriptures, from the beginning to the end, where there is such a repetition and accumulation of terms, so strongly, and emphatically, and carefully, to express the most perfect and absolute universality, or any place to be compared to it.” Jonathan Edwards on Original Sin

We see from the Scripture quotations that the depravity of man is not new or even unique to the present age.  The total depravity of man is all encompassing! Not one in the whole human race is righteous.  So complete is the depravity that not one seeks after God because the wickedness of the heart prevents such an inclination.  We begin to see the complete lostness of the human race, we are without strength or inclination to extricate ourselves from this predicament.

Romans 3:09 - The Dominion of Sin

Romans 3:9

Rom 3:9-18
Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. This is made plain by several passages of Scripture from the Old Testament, which describe the corrupt and depraved state of all men, till grace restrain or change them. Great as our advantages are, these texts describe multitudes who call themselves Christians. Their principles and conduct prove that there is no fear of God before their eyes. And where no fear of God is, no good is to be looked for.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 

"What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;" (NASB)

"What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;" (KJV)

"Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin." (NLT)

"What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin," (NET)

The fishhooks of sin show their hold on Jew and Gentile alike!  We are literally "under" (Greek - hupo) sin.  We are under its power! Not one fiber of our being that is not effected.  Even the Jews who were the keepers of the oracles of God were not exempt from its relentless chase.  So deceiving is this dominion that even Bible believing Christians can become its ally.  Ergo sin and its chief tool, deception, are what our hearts and minds must be guarded against.  If the Holy Spirit does not man the watchtower, sin will enter the gate unseen and have its way!  Do not trust in your religious rituals to save you!  Your very own heart will be your betrayer!

Romans 3:08 - The More We Sin The Better It Is?

Romans 3:8

"Rom 3:1-8 - The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation.  Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favors shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many.  But especially the Scriptures were committed to them.  Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people.  But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect.  He will fulfill his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers.  God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice.  The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin.  Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways.  The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just."  Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary

"And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "Let us do evil that good may come"? Their condemnation is just." (NASB)

"And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just." (KJV)

"And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, 'The more we sin, the better it is!' Those who say such things deserve to be condemned." (NLT)

"And why not say, "Let us do evil so that good may come of it"? — as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)" (NET)

The extreme argument against the doctrine of salvation by Grace alone says that the believer has been given the carte blanche of indulgences wherein continued sin would bring about a greater good. Before we dismiss this utter absurdity though we ought to remember that in these tangent attacks the enemy can usher in a counterfeit that leaves the unwary believing presumption is salvation. We all wish to be saved from hell, but do we wish to be saved from sin? Let us remember the words of the Lord:

"A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.  A tree is identified by its fruit.  Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.  A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.  What you say flows from what is in your heart. "So why do you keep calling Me 'Lord, Lord!' when you don't do what I say?  I will show you what it's like when someone comes to Me, listens to My teaching, and then follows it.  It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock.  When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.  But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation.  When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins."
(Luke 6:43-49)

Romans 3:07 - The Darkness Blames the Light

Romans 3:7

"Rom 3:1-8 - The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation.  Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favors shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many.  But especially the Scriptures were committed to them.  Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people.  But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect.  He will fulfill his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers.  God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice.  The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin.  Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways.  The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just."  Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary

"But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner?" (NASB)

"For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?" (KJV)

"'But,' someone might still argue, 'how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights His truthfulness and brings Him more glory?'" (NLT)

"For if by my lie the truth of God enhances his glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner?" (NET)

If I am dark then blame the light!  If I am cold then blame the heat!  If I am gangrenous cannot I blame health?  The fact that my falleness amplifies the contrast of God's truth does not give me license to rail against my estate.  A piece of bad music does not grow sweeter with volume!  Nor does the stench that erupts foul from my earthen vessel wax sweeter with time but rather grows more vile with its corruptible state.  Only when we are lifted from our graves to be made incorruptible will this ever change.  Then will I see true light with true eyes and know the extent from which I was saved!

I like the word protest; it is the good old root from which came our good old title of Protestant.  But our forefathers protested against error and darkness; your protest bears against truth and light.  How is this?  Are you unable to bear the sight of your own principles?  Must they be shrouded in "a dim religious light," to render them at all bearable to yourself?  The light in which you have lately seen them has been somewhat too vivid for your faith or the weak eyes of your conscience.  You blame the vividness of the medium through which you have viewed your principles.  What has that to do with them?  It is like a telescope — it shows them as they are, adds nothing fictitious.  Why blame the light?  I climbed the Apennines, once, with a friend, in the darkness of the night; morning dawned, and flushed with light those scenes of savage grandeur.  Did the light create that scenery, or show it only?  It was there in all its savage aspects before we or morning visited it.  But we were thankful for the light, as by it we were enabled to avoid perils on every hand.  You have sense enough to apply this to the light which has lately shined upon the objects of your faith, rendering them so terrifying to your consciences.  Come, come, sir; pray try to look your principles in the face.  If they are anything, they are everything; if true, they are tremendously true.  If they are worthy of my attention, they are worthy of thine — of the attention of all present in this assembly.  Learn to look them in the face now, or by and by they will look you in the face, on the death-bed, and frighten you, as if so many devils were glaring upon you.  Earnest Christianity Illustrated, the Rev. James Caughey

Romans 3:06 - Fair Judgment

Romans 3:6

"Rom 3:1-8 - The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation.  Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favors shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many.  But especially the Scriptures were committed to them.  Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people.  But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect.  He will fulfill his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers.  God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice.  The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin.  Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways.  The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just."  Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary

"May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world?" (NASB)

"God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?" (KJV)

"Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would He be qualified to judge the world?" (NLT)

"Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world?" (NET)

Here we see the contrast of the qualification of judgment.  In Romans 2:1 we were reminded that the very practices of our lives disqualify us from judging others because we are guilty of the very same thing.  However, the Lord Jesus Christ in not encumbered by sin!  To the contrary He is perfect and holy.  He is light and in Him there is no darkness at all!  Yet we are judged according to the light we see.  He who judges the universe is more than fair, He is just!  But how could He be fair if he judges me since I am the keeper of the oracles of God?  The law was given to the Jews alone but God's righteousness was revealed to everyone!  It was revealed not more to one than the other but imputed to everyone who believes.

So what?  We are judged because of our disobedience/unbelief not because of our obedience!  We must recognize each day of our lives that there is no saving faith in Christ unless there is genuine love that manifests itself in genuine obedience.  Our unbelief is open rebellion whereas saving faith brings the fruit of complete submission to Christ. That is why we read of the "obedience of faith" (Romans 16:26)

Romans 3:05 - The Blame Game 101

Romans 3:5

"Rom 3:1-8 - The law could not save in or from sins, yet it gave the Jews advantages for obtaining salvation.  Their stated ordinances, education in the knowledge of the true God and his service, and many favors shown to the children of Abraham, all were means of grace, and doubtless were made useful to the conversion of many.  But especially the Scriptures were committed to them.  Enjoyment of God's word and ordinances, is the chief happiness of a people.  But God's promises are made only to believers; therefore the unbelief of some, or of many professors, cannot make this faithfulness of no effect.  He will fulfill his promises to his people, and bring his threatened vengeance upon unbelievers.  God's judging the world, should for ever silence all doubtings and reflections upon his justice.  The wickedness and obstinate unbelief of the Jews, proved man's need of the righteousness of God by faith, and also his justice in punishing for sin.  Let us do evil, that good may come, is oftener in the heart than in the mouth of sinners; for few thus justify themselves in their wicked ways.  The believer knows that duty belongs to him, and events to God; and that he must not commit any sin, or speak one falsehood, upon the hope, or even assurance, that God may thereby glorify himself. If any speak and act thus, their condemnation is just."  Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary

"But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.)" (NASB)

"But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)" (KJV)

"'But,' some might say, 'our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn't it unfair, then, for Him to punish us?' (This is merely a human point of view.)" (NLT)

"But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is he? (I am speaking in human terms.)" (NET)

Paul anticipates the obvious arguments that will be brought by his fellows countrymen and then refutes them.  We see here our fallen propensities expressed!  Let's blame God for our sin!  After all He is using our current state to demonstrate His righteousness isn't He? (speaking with a mind corrupted the recompense of my evil deeds).  The ultimate truth is that all of my flesh is dead and there is no part of it that should be kept.  The Good News is not flip this house but rather new construction.  Why would I want to keep any part of my fallen estate?  Is there some special part of my reprobate mind I would want to bring into glory?  The truth be know then, the only place in my eternal soul that is not defiled is that some preserved by God Himself where my visage was not marred.  That place where His Spirit and mine dwell together (no small miracle here).  What joy there is in seeing the length to which the Savior went to secure my deliverance from death and destruction!  Who was my greatest enemy in the battle for my own soul?  Me!  Who continues to be my own worst enemy?  Me!  Who then remains the Lord of my salvation?  Jesus Christ! His Grace is sufficient for my every need! Where my sin abounds, His Grace super-abounds.

I did not know His love before,
The way I know it now.
I could not see my need for Him,
My pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care,
The "Self-sufficient" lie.
My path was smooth, my sea was still,
Not a cloud was in my sky.

Wendy Greiner Lefko


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