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03/30/2017

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Is It I Who Doesn't Do The Good Stuff


"Lord, Is it I?" (Matt.26:22). "Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin" (Jas.4:17).

Most people categorize what is mentioned in the above scripture from the epistle of James as a sin of omission... From the root word omit, these are about the times that we know the things we ought to do, but just don't do them. If I were to make a laundry list of these things, many of us might begin to feel just a bit guilty. Is it I who is negligent in my prayer life? (I Thess.5:17). Is it I who does not give as I have prospered? (I Cor.16:2). Is it I who is not adding knowledge to my faith? (II Pet.1:5). Is it I who fail to follow the Golden Rule? (Matt.7:12). Is it I who fails to teach the gospel to others? (Matt.28:19-20). Is it I who has hidden my light under a bushel? (Matt.5:14-16). Is it I who is guilty of neglecting the sick? (Matt.25:36-46). Is it I who has failed to be steadfast in my faith? (I Cor.15:58). Is it I who have failed to place the Lord's church above any other institution on earth? (Matt.6:33). Its quite a list to ponder over, isn't it... There is an old legend about a herd of mules that was attacked each night by a pack of wolves from a nearby forest. When the wolves attacked, the mules kicked violently in all directions. Consequently, the mules maimed and injured each other, while the wolves escaped unharmed. Finally, a wise old mule called the rest together for a conference and made known his plan. That night the wolves came yelping as usual, but instead of kicking wildly in all directions, they all ran and put their heads together in a circle and began kicking outward. The wolves were injured and took flight while the mules did no harm to one another. Christians must put their heads together and kick against the forces of evil. Instead of a guilty, Lord, is it I, our mantra ought to be this... Lord, it is I! I know I have sinned, but I don't want to... I want to do better. Because he hadn't attained his goals as yet, Paul said this; "I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me..... the one thing I do; Forgetting what is behind and straining for what is ahead.... And what's ahead? To win the prize for which God has called my heavenward... "(Phil.3:13-14). The fresh start we may be looking for is found only in Christ.

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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