ESCAPE FROM DEPRAVITY

ESCAPE FROM DEPRAVITY

Eph. 2:1-2 ¶ And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Mankind is corrupt to the very core. For some, those words may sound a little strong, they are absolutely true. All of us are born in a state not only of badness but of blindness. We cannot see our own sinfulness. We wander through life thinking we have a handle on things and that we have a pretty good grasp on the whole concept of right and wrong. Not only Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of us have. We are hopelessly blinded to our own need of God. We are often intoxicated by our own accomplishments while we are clueless to the precarious position we are actually in. Augustine spoke volumes about the need of spiritual light to invade the blinded souls of fallen man. Here is something Augustine said in his classic book Confessions.

“I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in Him but in myself and His other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error. In your eyes my beauty vanished and I was foul to the core, yet I was pleased with my own condition and anxious to be pleasing in the eyes of men. I cared for nothing but to love and to be loved. I had been deafened by the clank of my chains, the fetters of the death which was my due to punish the pride of my soul. How long it was before I learned that You were my true joy. I was inflated with self esteem, which made me think myself a great man. O Lord my Helper and my Redeemer, I shall now tell and confess to the glory of Your Name how You released me from the fetters of lust which held me so tightly shackled and from slavery to the things of this world. We need to make plain that total depravity is not just badness, but blindness to beauty and deadness to joy.”

Augustine had it right, he said his search for pleasure and beauty in himself and in creation led to pain, confusion, and error. Sound familiar? All of us have been down that road. Not until Augustine (and all of us for that matter) tasted of the sweetness of God’s grace did he experience the beauty and the joy he was looking for. He discovered that our problem was more than badness, that was just a symptom of our dilemma. Our real problem was blindness. We could not see the beauty, mercy, compassion, joy, and life itself that is in Christ alone. It is only in the experience or the tasting of this amazing Lord that everything changes. Like Paul on the Damascus road and Augustine in his garden walk, when Jesus steps on the scene, our whole being is flooded with His light. In that place of light, our blinded eyes begin to see.

3 Replies to “ESCAPE FROM DEPRAVITY”

  1. we were all lost, non rightous now our rightousness only is in Jesus we are being changed by his mercy and grace, He will finish the work He started in us, only God can do this, Paul the apostle saw this in himself he said ,oh retched man I am but I thank God threw Jesus Christ! This comforts us we cant even funtion outside of him, maybe some in the world are successful as far as the world goes but it is so empty spiritually, wouldnt want to trade places with them, I remember how it use to be, since then Im glad to be dealt with and loved, real love that nothing else can come close to, our hearts are wicked and diseatefull we dont even know what is in there but God doese, Its a process and he is always changeing us from our old into his glory, I use to condeme myself dont do that anymore I relised how much He loved us all that we really were fallen and by Him paying for us He saved us we still have our fallen nature that comes up that He helps us with, we will have this our whole lives but He sets us free confess ask his help and allow him to get rid of it. it could be pride or anything When I see it I tell the Lord and ask hHim to change my heart, onetime I was very angry because I didnt understand became fearfull because of my misunderstanding, gave it to the lLord He helped me overcome the root of all this and then gave me the understancding He had for me I know I cant trust in myself but only in Him on our own we are in big trouble, b ut in Him and only him will it be right.

  2. Glory be to you Lord, thank you for the light you have shown me. What a beautiful Love, Joy, everything you are that I’ve been seeking for years. I yield to you more and more each day. Time is precious and ticking away use me for your eternal glory. Thank you Holy Spirit. I Love you….;)

  3. God just recently blessed me with a job and a 2011 Automobile! I’m planning to visit victory on Broad street in N.O.,La. This coming Sunday. Wow! At first my loan for the vehicle wouldn’t go through. But after prayer and sowing a $100 seed into God kingdom ten days later the loan went through! Malachi 3:10 is such an awesome promise of God! Jesus Christ Rules!

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