He Wants To Buy The Shack
"For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find." Romans 7:18 One of the sayings of the world is that the root of many problems in the human psyche is "low self-esteem." The world therefore teaches that to be well, we must pursue growth in "self esteem." The Bible on the other hand, calls for the humility of recognizing the truth, and the truth is that we are NOT great, we are NOT wonderful, and we are NOT worthy. It is one of the greatest human struggles in the face of the truth of God, to come to realize that we are fallen. Sin dwells within us. "There is none righteous, no not one. -Romans 3:10" It's very difficult to get to the point where we realize, where we come to believe, and to accept - that our heart, our inner self, is born fallen and is actually evil. This is the first step in approaching God – the realization that our heart deceives us, ABOVE ALL THINGS. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked;" Jeremiah 17:9 Few people are able to admit that they are "desperately wicked." Most see themselves as mostly "good" people and they justify whatever they see as weaknesses or sin within themselves. When we try to justify our fallenness, we remain deceived. Until one acknowledges that he truly is "desperately wicked," he is actually denying the Word of God. The beginning of the healing of the human soul takes place when the sinner bows before his Creator and accepts what the Word of God tells him he really is. And THEN the Lord begins the work of healing and restoration. There is no room for pride in this process, no, it involves continual recognition of, and repentance from, our sin as the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. It's not a one-time thing. The process will continue on for the rest of one's life. Happiness cannot come from an incorrect evaluation of ourselves. Happiness and peace come from the true admission of our fallen state and the joy of watching the Lord change us. For the born again believer, Jesus Christ has purchased our shack and he purchased it at great expense to HIM – he purchased it with the price of his own blood. And he then begins the process of turning our shack into a palace fit for the King to reside in. And in that, is the joy and the peace we so unsuccessfully sought in the deceitful philosophies of the world. If you have not been born again through an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, ask him to come into your life, to purchase your shack, and express to him your willingness to surrender all as he knocks down walls, replaces the foundation, and totally remakes it into a palace that he is pleased to dwell in. If you are truly willing to surrender all to him, the change he will make in you and in your life will exceed all you could hope and dream for now. It will involve pain, because having one's walls torn down and having one's foundation replaced is painful. When you go to a doctor and he diagnoses an illness, you are willing to submit to the treatment that is needed, oftentimes unpleasant, to bring you to health. How much more therefore, must we be willing to submit to our Creator and follow all his directions as he permanently cures us from all of our fallen state and makes us new. No, he will not restore our "self esteem," in fact he will destroy it because the correct term for it is "pride." The Scriptures tell us that pride is not only sin, but it is heinous sin. It was what caused the fall of Lucifer. But in its place the Lord will create something beautiful that so far supersedes it that one will wonder how on earth he ever could have wanted that which the world chases after.