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Self-righteousness -- Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees!--Luke 12:1.

Part II: Real Righteousness

Self-righteous man praying in the temple, poor sinner next to him. Continued from part I

The Devil has really got the World brainwashed! He's even got them brainwashed to the point where what the World thinks is righteousness is just the opposite of God's ideas of righteousness! Isn't that sad! They don't realise what God's righteousness IS! Their ideas are so different from God's!

The Devil's idea of righteousness is totally the opposite of God's idea!--The Devil's idea is the self-righteous, holier-than-thou hypocrite--the supposedly sinless perfectionist!

Whereas God's idea of righteousness is the pitiful, hopeless, lost, humble, sinful sinner who knows he needs God!--Those He came to save! "He came not to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners!" (Mat.9:13) So God's idea of goodness is godliness -a sinner who knows he needs God and depends on Him for salvation--not the Devil's churchy self-righteous hypocritical Pharisees who think they can save themselves by their own goodness!

God's idea of saintliness is not sinless perfection, self-righteousness. It's a sinner saved by grace, a sinner who has no perfection, no righteousness of his own at all, but is totally dependent on the grace and the Love and the mercy of God by faith! Believe it or not, those are the only saints there are--there are no others!

God knows you're anything but perfect and can't be perfect and never will be perfect, and usually you're pretty much of a mess, like the rest of us! So the only question, the only standard is: Do you depend on the Lord totally, trust Him and His grace and His Love and His mercy and give HIM all the glory and all the credit? If there's anything good you ever do, do you give Him the glory? Do you say, "Thank Jesus, don't thank me! Thank the Lord, it's all the Lord!"

That's what the Lord looks to as saintliness, the person who knows he's a sinner and therefore gives God all the glory if anything good comes of what he's done. As Paul said, "I know that in me, my flesh, dwelleth no good thing!" (Rom.7:18) There's nothing good about me or my flesh, anything good is only the Lord!--That's sainthood! (Continued in Part III - David, a sinning saint.)

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