Pride or dispair?

7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8 But because the LORD loved you,

Many times we think of how righteous we are getting. How good of a Christian we are. We start to think we are something.

We have nothing to do with it.

God told Israel he set his love upon them because He loved them. Not because they were big or grand or particularly lovely. (He said they were stiff necked and rebellious later!) Yet He loved them anyway. If you find yourself thinking about how good you are doing in your Christian walk, remember…

We have nothing to do with it.

Rejoice! You are doing good in your Christian walk. Just give credit where credit is due. God helped you in your walk because He loved you. Not because of who you were. Give God the praise and ask him to keep working in your life.

A friend of mine and I were discussing the power of the blood yesterday. See, sometimes we are prideful as I mentioned briefly in the preceding paragraphs, but sometimes we get to thinking the opposite as well. That we aren’t good enough. The enemy comes in and tries to tell us we can never make it because we are not good enough. It’s in these times we must remember…

We have nothing to do with it.

Bro Branham made the statement:

Now works are fine, but they don’t save you. They don’t make you perfect. It is Christ or perish. And it is not even Christ AND works. It is Christ alone. This age began the years of Arminianism that does not believe in Christ as the REALITY. It does not sing of “Nothing but the Blood,” for it sings of “Nothing but the blood AND my own conduct”. Now I believe in good conduct. If you are saved you will do righteously. We have already gone over that. But let me tell you now, salvation is NOT Jesus PLUS. It is Jesus ALONE. SALVATION IS OF THE LORD. From start to finish it is all GOD. Let His life be in me. Let it be His blood that cleanses me. Let it be His Spirit that fills me. Let it be His Word in my heart and mouth. Let it be His stripes that heal me. Let it be Jesus, and Jesus Alone. Not by works of righteousness which I have done. No sir. Christ is my life. Amen.

Amen! Christ is my life. I realize I have NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!
My good works, or my bad. It is all Christ. I rest in Him! I love that statement, it is not Jesus Plus. It is not “nothing but the Blood AND my own conduct”!! Praise God for I could never be good enough.

So if you are feeling prideful…take pride in Jesus instead. If you are despairing because of your recent faults or failings, take hope!…and rest in Jesus. For He never chose you “because you were more in number than all people….but because the Lord loved you.”

-Bro Trevor


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