Unworthy Unwilling Unable And Useless
Before we were saved we were unworthy of salvation, unwilling to have it and unable to get it. After we become saved, our flesh remains unworthy, unwilling, unable and useless. Before we were saved we desperately needed God*s help and after we become saved we still desperately need His help.
Romans 3:10: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John the Baptist had been preaching long enough to have a great following and he still knew that he was unworthy.
Mark 1:7: And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
The centurion was thought to be worthy by many others but he himself knew that he was unworthy.
Luke 7:6: Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
The publican knew that he was unworthy.
Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
After serving the Lord for about 25 years, the Apostle Paul knew that in his flesh he was still unworthy.
Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Like Paul, the more mature we become as Christians, the more we should know that our flesh is wretched. Our surpassing joy will be in the Lord, not in ourselves. Paul is the one who wrote that joy is the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, . . .
Romans 12:3: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
After we are saved, our flesh would like to deceive us and convince us that we were or are worthy. When we believe that about ourselves, we are proud and we are headed for trouble.
Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
When we think too highly of ourselves we depend upon ourselves and we don*t depend upon God.
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
It is amazing that He can make us who are totally unworthy useful to Himself.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
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