God’s Life – Transforming Grace by Jia En

God’s Life – Transforming Grace by Jia En

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This is who I am.


I do believe

I am king; in God


I do not believe.

I rule my world.

Never will I say,

“For my sin,

Jesus died.”


I can say,

“By my own actions,

I am a good person.

”
It is foolish to say,


“Believe in the Lamb and you are saved.”

I will reject this blasphemy.


That of the devil himself.

These words are false.

God did not rescue me.

Till God opened my heart to save me,


This is who I was.

At first glance, these words look like they are from a person who adamantly refuses to believe in Jesus. This person chooses to believe in his own might and feels that he has the right to rule his own life. Reflecting on his life, he feels that he has done enough to be qualified as a good person. This person has hardened his heart to the truth of the gospel. How then can this person be saved?

The truth is, the above passage describes me and every other Christian before we came to know God. We are sinners, and we are powerless to save ourselves (Romans 5:6). Not only are we not good, it is also impossible for us to redeem ourselves! The only reason we are able to have a relationship with God is because God showed His love by sending His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). In so doing, He has given us the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8).
God saved us, through faith, not by works. What comes next? Since we are saved by grace through faith, works are next in line. Good works shouldn’t happen because we want to be saved by God, they should happen because we are saved by God! But how do we move from our former sinful lifestyle to doing good works?

We could try to change ourselves by trying our utmost best to obey God’s laws. In fact, many of us do try to change. We try to do good deeds; we try to be more patient with other people; we try to be good Christians. And often, we try to do so by our own strength, forgetting that God is with us and He will help us.

God is a refiner and purifier of silver (Malachi 3:3) and He is also the potter that molds us (Isaiah 64:8). Only when we rely on Him fully can we be transformed into someone new. Look at the poem again. This time, read it from back to front. This is an illustration of the changes that God is able to do in our lives. He can turn our lives around completely. This miraculous 180-degree turn can only happen when we place our trust in Him and His life-transforming grace.

This is who I was

Till God softened my heart to save me.

God did not rescue me.

These words are false,


That of the devil himself.

I will reject this blasphemy.


Believe in the Lamb and you are saved!

It is foolish to say,

“I am a good person.

By my own actions.”

I can say,

“Jesus died

For my sin”


Never will I say,


I rule my world.


I do not believe

I am king; in God

I do believe.

This is who I am.

This article was originally taken from ymi.today

July 10, 2016 / Praiselines

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