How to get the dirt out of your life (Lesson 3)

Read Judges 3:12-30.

Once you come to the realization that you have dirt in your life that needs to be cleaned up, and realize that you cannot do it yourself; The next step is that You must be willing to do your part. Ehud had a job to do, and it did not matter how dangerous or scary this job was; it had to be done, and it had to be done by him. You see God had given Ehud a message, and a job to do. It would not be enough for Ehud to just recognize the fact that God had spoken to him, and shown him what to do. He had to take action on what he now knew. If Ehud hadn’t taken action on what he knew he had to do; then the nation of Israel would not have been delivered. Likewise, if we do not take action on what God has shown us that we need to do; then we cannot be delivered from the dirt that is in our lives.

Notice that it took effort on Ehud’s part in order to accomplish the task that was set before him (Judges 3:16-17), and it will take some effort on your part if you truly want the dirt out of your life. The Bible says in Acts 17:30 that God commands everyone to repent, and in Revelation 2:16 Jesus said repent or else.
In Acts 26:20 the apostle Paul wrote that after repentance that we should do good works. Notice that repentance comes before good works. Make no mistake; good works will not, and cannot save you from your sins; only repentance and faith in Jesus can do that. In fact, Jesus said in John 14:6 that he was the only way to heaven. He did not say that he was a good way, or the easiest way, or the most convenient way; he said that he was the only way. The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are saved by Gods grace, not by our works. Romans 3:20 tells us that no one ever has been, or ever will be justified by doing good, and in Galatians 2:16 he further clarifies that we are not saved by good works, but by putting our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Titus 3:5 tells us that we are saved by his grace not by works, which we have done.

Though good works will not save you from your sins this is not to say that you should not attempt to do good works. In fact the Bible says in Titus 2:14 that we are to be excited about doing good works. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says that we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 says that on that day our works will be judged to see if they are worthy of a reward or not. Please notice a few things about this judgment.

1. Only born again believers will be at this judgment (2 Corinthians 5:1-10).

2. Salvation is not at stake in this passage (1 Corinthians 3:15).

3. The spirit of God is with the people that are present at this judgment, and Romans 8:9-11, and 1 John 4:13 say that only believers have his spirit.

In order to get the dirt out of your life, make sure that you have done your part. Until you have repented of your sins and asked Jesus to forgive you for your sins, you will not be able to get the dirt out of your life. You can cover them up, and even maybe make them more presentable, but you will never get the dirt OUT of your life until you have done business with Jesus. Don’t delay; get it fixed today. Jesus has done all the necessary work for you to receive forgiveness of sins, is all you have to do is admit that you are a sinner and that you need a deliverer (Jesus), and accept him as your personal Lord and Savior, and he will save you. The Bible says that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation, for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-10,13.

Do your part today!

Memory verse 1 John 1:9

 

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