Pastor Tim Romero
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Proverbs 20:9 (ESV): "9 Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?"
Sin has defiled the human heart. The remedy for this is not found within the one who is defiled but only from outside through a pure sacrifice. Look to Jesus for He alone can cleanse us from our sin.
Solomon reminds his son of the depravity of man, that no one is able to cleanse themselves from there sin. It's a common human error to think there is something we can do to make up for missing the mark but the reality is once a person is defiled no amount of good works can counteract that or make up for falling short. We are defiled for life. Thus no one can, "I have made myself clean."
The greatest deception of the enemy is to get people to think they are inherently good people that occasionally do bad things. Truth is, we are inherently bad people, defiled from the fall in the Garden, that occasionally do good things. The thought that we can do enough good works to outweigh our bad works is an oxymoron. The good works we do as unregenerated people are defiled because we are defiled (Isa 64:6). Thanks be to God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our sacrifice. His pure, sinless blood is the only thing that can remove our defilement. Faith in Jesus, not trust in self, is the only way to have a pure heart and a clean slate. Have no confidence in the flesh (Phil 3:3) but put all your trust in Jesus for He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29)!
Father, we thank You for making a way for us. We were hopelessly lost with no chance of being redeemed until You stepped in. Thank You for revealing the truth about our nature and not allowing us to walk through life deceived. May we never think we have the ability within us to be cleansed from our sin. May we forever look to Jesus for cleansing and forgiveness we pray in Jesus' name, amen.