Some branches of Christianity teach that our “faults,” usually attributed to the “old nature,” will be eradicated if a certain set of rules, disciplines, are followed. I find no historical or biblical evidence of such a wonderful thing. If you think you have physically reached such an exalted state take the time to set down with a group of Baptists for examination and their findings will amaze you at just how deeply, in the practical rather than the judicial sense, you are deluding yourself. Of course we Baptist are noted for being fault finders to a fault.
Thomas Carlyle clearly stated the dilemma with this gem:
“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.”
The Word of God, actionizes the Holy Spirit and our own awareness of “faults” to become aware of our inconsistency of purpose in daily living. Shakespeare commented on this when he wrote, “O, consistency thou art the rarest among the jewels.” If Shakespeare did not say this, he should have! To find a person who in this land below the city celestial is without fault would of course be to have stumbled upon one who is brain dead, or as the scripture puts it, “Callused over with a hot iron.” 1Timothy 4:2.
The purpose of today’s missile is to help each of us give thought to some area of our earthly walk that needs adjustment. As long we play the find fault in others game we will merely limp along life’s road being mere shadows of what we could be were we to practice biblical cleansing of mind and heart.
James gives invaluable instruction concerning this:
James 5:16, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” NKJV uses trespasses as KJV does Faults. Deviation, lapse, fall, offense, works according to Strong. As usual the Greek is loaded with nuances. Sin is a very good word to use in talking about faults.
If we are honest, admit (confess) our flaws, (sins) and get people who are prayer warriors instead of gossipers, to talk to the Lord on our behalf, we have a much better chance of gaining victory in troubled areas of our life. Paul shows that Christ will make us all young again:
Ephesians 5:27 “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
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