February 16, 2017

Romans 3:23 (NLT) — 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Us human beings are in to comparing. We compare our looks, our income, our house, our car etc. to what others have around us. If we feel like we have it better we feel good about ourselves. If we feel like they have it better we feel not so good about ourselves and can even be jealous. I think we tend to do that with our righteousness. We look at our neighbor and say, “I’m doing pretty good compared to him or her.” Or we look at a friend or co-worker and think, “My behavior is certainly better than theirs.” However we are comparing ourselves to the wrong people. The comparison for righteous behavior is not between you and your neighbor or you and co-worker. It is between you and God; and he is perfect. He is the one that set the standard.

The other night at the gun range I thought I was doing pretty well when I hit the bulls eye four out of seven times; that is until I looked over at an ex marine who put seven out of seven right in the middle of that bulls eye! That kind of humbled me. He did it with one arm and I have to hold my pistol with two hands to keep it somewhat steady. He set the standard and I fell way short.

When compared with God everyone has sinned and everyone has fallen short of his perfect standard.

Here is some good advice for what us sinners should do in view of our sins.

Lamentations 3:38–42 (NLT) — 38 Does not the Most High send both calamity and good? 39 Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins? 40 Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. 41 Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say, 42 “We have sinned and rebelled,

It is so easy and convenient to blame God for our problems and our troubles and yet the one most responsible for our troubles and problems is the one staring at us in the mirror. But because of the Love of the Father we have hope.

Lamentations 3:21–33 (NLT) — 21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. 27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: 28 Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands. 29 Let them lie face down in the dust, for there may be hope at last. 30 Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies. 31 For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. 32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. 33 For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

No matter how much sin there is in my life or in this world God has enough grace and love to cover it and forgive it.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Been meaning to start and get caught up with the blog this year. Today was the day! Got my “first five” on cards and looking forward to the next 45! Thanks Pastor Dan for your dedication once again to teach us through the Word! Loved the “spiritual shake” on Feb 2nd.