You can you know. You can talk yourself into most anything. Be it good or bad you can have a little talk with yourself and convince yourself about many things.
Let me ask you a question. Are you a good person or a bad person? Your first response may be well I am a good person because I either do some things or because I do not do certain things. Your second response to answer this question will likely be to pick someone that you know or is known by others and say, "Well at least I am not like that person." So sort of depending on the subject you could make a case that you are a good or bad person.
But what does the Bible say?
Mark 10:18 ESV 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
Romans 3:10 ESV ...as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
Now most of you reading this do believe the Bible and so you would not argue against the Scripture and it is very plain. Yet most do not go around thinking you are a bad, sinful or unrighteous person. But we just do not like to think of ourselves as bad or wicked, or evil.
But again the Scripture says.
Mark 7:21-23 ESV 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
I am not writing this morning to make you feel bad about yourself. Quite the contrary. I am however wanting to make a point. It is easy to talk yourself into thinking I am not such a bad person and my WORKS do count for something. God surely sees what I am doing and I have EARNED some favor with Him.
This is of course heresy and not biblical truth. All our works are as filthy rags to God. But yet we talk ourselves into thinking this way.
The simple point to be made this morning is that we are right or righteous with God not by doing anything. But our faith in the Cross of Jesus and what He has done has given us forgiveness and holiness. So it is what God has done not you.
Talk yourself into sharing this with someone today.