Thursday, August 1st, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Self-Righteousness
There is none righteous, no, not one... For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:10, 23 (NKJV)
We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NASB)
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'
Luke 18:11-12 (NKJV)*
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector gives me hope.* Because I make so many mistakes and I almost never feel righteous. The times I do feel righteous are the times I'm proving my hypocrisy.
Truly, self-righteousness is an absurd assumption for a believer. It invites comparisons, conclusions and condemnation of others:
If we claim our righteousness in Christ, does it hold when we don't follow Him?
Should He be into us when we're not into Him... by disobedience?
Consider His Orders: 'Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged... And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?... Hypocrite!' (Matthew 7:1-5, NKJV).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Outsiders despise self-righteousness. Reading Isaiah 65:5 or Chapter 23 in Matthew, Father and Son seem to hate it, too.** Because they all know this bottom line: self righteousness is impossible.
When Christians walk in goody goodness,
When they put on high and mighty airs,
When they point out the sins of others,
When their own sins are as bad or worse,
When they think Jesus has them covered, and believing Him is quite enough...
When they haven't practiced what He preached,
When they don't remember all He preached,
Because they haven't studied His Word,
Because some pastors serve It up soft,
They may find themselves out in the cold.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Avoid self-righteousness like the plague, because catching it will knock you flat. It will harm your witness of Christ and cause your eviction from Hollywood.
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Self-Righteousness (Part 35)
* The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+18%3A9-14&version=NKJV
** Isaiah 65:5: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+65%3A5&version=KJV
** Matthew 23: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+23&version=NKJV
*** Letter to the Lukewarm Church: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=rev+3%3A14-22&version=NKJV
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.