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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: A Clean Break
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02/08/06


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I am making a clean break from the ideology of “works.” I’ll have no part of a system that tells me I have to earn my own salvation. What must I do to be able to make myself able to enter into heaven? I cannot be perfect - therefore I am fallen. If I am fallen then what hope do I have? Truly without Jesus there is nothing I can do. Truly with Jesus, it is He who does all. My life is in His hands and my eternal state is under His control. I can do nothing about it - nothing whatsoever.

Yet there are those who insist that grace alone is not true. There are those who insist that I must do something to be able to enter into heaven. To those who insist upon me this burden of impossibility I ask: what precisely is it that I must do? For a man who sins daily - is there any hope at success? For such a man as me - this is certain doom. To be told I can contribute to my own salvation is something I cannot reckon with. I don’t have it in me. I am rotten to the core and I am totally depraved. Oh! I have no hope what-so-ever in myself!

So I must break away from myself. I must break away from my own ability and totally depend on You, Oh Lord. You are my hope and it is Your righteousness that I will claim at the gate to heaven at my appointed time - not my own. It is your sacrifice and your mercy that I will plead my case upon - because I have no merit within me, Lord.

Oh how I praise You for Your grace. Oh how I thank You for Your salvation. Truly I never deserved it. Truly I never earned it. It is a gift for which I am not worthy or ever will be worthy. It is a joy for which I forever be eternally grateful for.

So to those who hope to stand on their own merit and their own works - I say to you: - I am making a clean break from you. For you will never be able to stand or enter into Heaven on that fateful day of judgment. I don’t ever want to hear from God: “I never knew you,” and surely if I claim my own righteousness for salvation, then I would. Oh direst of circumstances! Oh dreaded truth - I am not worthy of myself to enter heaven. Praise Jesus for His sacrifice!


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Grace Sempa02/14/06
To the Praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
In Him we have redemtion...
Chris Clement02/17/06
Great job!

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)