if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
Change Through Godís Strength
by Rachel Moore
I've been pondering legalism verses grace. And works
verses grace. For awhile I have noticed something
and that is where there is "cheap grace" the focus
is on self. "God exists to make me happy" is a
modern way of thinking. (this is total heresy by the
However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you
have the legalistic way of thinking or works
thinking, which is equally self-focused. This way of
thinking says, "It's all up to me. It's MY effort,
MY victory over sin, MY ability to change myself."
It's all about "ME ME ME!" and this is also total
It is such a subtle lie that the enemy tosses at
people. Satan's goal is to steal glory and praise
from God. So he tempts us according to our
personalities and our upbringing. The touchy feely
emotional people tend to latch onto cheap grace and
gravitate towards only hearing the love of God and
not the consequences and judgement of sin.
The more serious personalities are given over to
legalism, works and self-effort. "Now that Iím a
Christian itís up to me to conquer sin!" "I vow
before God to change this in my life. I will be
strong! I will conquer the sin in my life!"
reality they are both lies from the evil one and
focused on self.
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