I’m So Proud of Myself…

…Said no Christian ever in a legitimate way.

When we do good, we can’t claim it for ourselves (Acts 3:26). Everything good comes from God (James 1:17). God gets all of the glory (1 Peter 4:11), not some of it. When we do bad, or do nothing (James 4:17), we can claim that for ourselves. It’s our sinful nature working in us (James 1:14). When we do something good, or have an ability that we develop, it’s God who compels us to act (Phil 2:13) and gives us the ability (1 Corinthians 4:7). The only thing we can boast about is that we know the Lord, but even that is because He delighted in us first (Jeremiah 9:24).

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21

4 Responses to “I’m So Proud of Myself…”

  1. 1 Eric

    Reminds me of Luke 18:19 where Jesus says “no one is good except God alone.” With our shifting morality & age of no absolutes, it makes me realize how true it is that God really is the source of all goodness & righteousness in our world. I really like the Hebrews 13 verses. Still praying for “wholeness” for you (body & mind).

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for reading and praying. How are you doing?

  3. 3 Eric

    Doing okay, no complaints. I’ve been seeking God in some areas that need deep healing & He’s been meeting me there. He’s showing me new things about Himself (& myself) & is kind of blowing my mind in many ways. I’ve become so rigid & set in some of my ways (I’m a year or two older than you), but I want Him to have the freedom to do a “new thing” in my life (Is. 43:19) if He chooses.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    That’s good you’re OK and great that God is speaking to you. It’s so nice when that’s happening. It’s amazing to me lately how simple the things of God are, it’s a matter of Him opening our eyes. I’m so glad you didn’t say ‘comfort zone’. I can’t stand that. I’m only 30 so you must be pretty young. (h) I like change in things like technology and coffee and other stuff but bigger life things are hard.

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