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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Without Excuse

How many sermons have been preached, How many motivational speakers have addressed the issue, attempting to get people to rise above their circumstances, to stop making excuses, to quit reasoning away their inabilities, to grasp fully, life, with all, this is significant, with all its frailties and opportunities and engage in life for what it is - that being, simply life. Explain to me what other options exist??

It has been said that if you have a defense you probably need one, the same can be said for an excuse.
Rationalizing behaviour and decisions with the aim of alleviating guilt or negating judgement is the predominant use of an excuse. It has a very negative connotation. An excuse is a "defense mechanism in which perceived controversial behaviors or feelings are explained in a rational or logical manner to avoid the true explanation." Sounds much like lying when you put the emphasis on 'the true explanation'  Excuses could be construed as sin, justification of a selfish attitude, lying to avoid retribution, a falsifying of the premise for an action, a praising and approval of our own pride and intelligence, " ...were a man to consider his actions, 'he will soon find, that such of them, as strong inclination and custom have prompted him to commit, are generally dressed out and painted with all the false beauties [color] which, a soft and flattering hand can give them'.

Jesus said in John 15:22, "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse, they have no cloak, for their sin."
Life is the deliberate choices and decisions we make, some of which have a fatal and eternal implication.
An excuse is a renunciation of personal responsibility. An excuse is an act of pride, stating that I am the discerner of all that is possible, it is an absence of faith, refusing to accept the unlimited resources of God to intervene and enable a person to overcome.

Why do we have excuse? We do not believe, we do not have faith. Sin will always have dominion where an excuse exists.
In making this statement I am refusing to accept 'excuse' in any context other then that it means to absolve, negate, transfer guilt or in some way diminish or alleviate culpability in personal and corporate decisions.
I believe all excuses seek to rationalize emotional and behavioural actions with secondary and quite often spurious intent. Any other spin put upon the word seeks to make an excuse of excuse.

Matthew 19:26, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Mark 9:23, "If you can? (If you can believe?) All things are possible to him who believes."
Mark 10:27, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."
Luke 18:27, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."

Zechariah 8:6, "If it is marvelous, too difficult, or seem impossible to this people, will it because of unbelief be marvelous, too difficult or impossible for Me."

God is never limited or restricted in His abilities, it is we who are limited and restricted by unbelief or lack of faith. There is a dichotomous synergy which exists, one part faith in God, one part God Who will and is abundantly able. Must both exist? Yes and God is always faithful, never changing, ever able, it is our unbelief which holds back the limitless power of God. "If you would say to this mountain ...

We all come asking, tentatively, If You can, If You will, Have mercy on me, but with What expectations? Are we hesitant? Do we believe in God's compassionate nature? Can we trust Him to love?

It puts an enormous burden on each person to understand and comprehend the fullness of faith. Faith does not set limits on God's power and submits to His will.

1 John 5:14,15, Now this is the confidence (assurance, faith) that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have (confidence of possession by anticipation, faith and hope) the petitions that we have asked (the asking abiding) of Him."

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