5 Perfectionism

I love this thought from a reader:  “[Developing trust] come[s] down to abiding in Him and His love, that is the only way that trust is born… if He makes it alive in us and we abide in Him.”

Perfectionism afflicts many of us as we try to please God or make ourselves righteous by our own effort.  We find those efforts never succeed.  We try harder and harder but the goal gets higher and higher.  At each level we tell ourselves, “That’s not good enough”.  Quite frankly, our works are never good enough!  We cannot make ourselves righteous or pleasing to God.  Our righteousness is found in the blood of Jesus Christ, alone.  Jesus said, “No one is good, except God, alone.” (Luke 18:19)

I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:14-15

Yes, we are given a heart of flesh to replace the heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26), and yet, we are continually beset by our sin nature!  We will not be totally free until Heaven.  In the meantime, our redeemed spirit is in battle with our flesh and vice versa.  We want to please God!  We want to live righteously, but we often fall short of the mark.

We are pulled into this struggle with our sin nature, thinking that we can somehow win – that we will someday find the final secret of how to overcome all our temptations and weaknesses.  This is self-deception.  Be deceived no more!  The final answer is Heaven!  Until then, Romans 7:14-15 still applies to us.

This may sound like bad news.  For those of us who have given ourselves over to perfectionism, we may absolutely hate the concept that we are not perfect.  However, the truth will win out.  What do you hear God telling you about your efforts to please Him?

Struggling with you,

Noah Woodrich

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One Comment on “5 Perfectionism”

  1. I think your main argument agrees with 1 John 1:8 NKJV – “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” And John says, 1 John 1:9 NKJV – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So it is true that we need to acknowledge sins, and that we aren’t “perfect” or “sinless”. I think that is your main point, and I agree with it.

    So perhaps this next part doesn’t apply. I’ll throw it in anyway!:)

    So my argument is that Romans 7 is talking about when Paul was a Pharisee, that all the sudden he’s gotten a bunch of laws (ten commandments, Book of Levitical Laws – 638 of them I think) he has to follow and that his flesh wars against his “good nature” and tries to commit sin! So he says Who will deliver me from this body of death – the answer is Jesus! Note that I don’t think there’s any break between chapters 6, 7, and 8 flow together.

    Romans 6:1-6, 11-12, 22 NKJV – “1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him], that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. … 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. … 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”

    Romans 7:5-6 NKJV – “5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not [in] the oldness of the letter.”

    Romans 8:2-4 NKJV – “2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God [did] by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

    Romans 13:14 NKJV – “14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts.”

    Galatians 5:24 NKJV – “24 And those [who are] Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

    1 Peter 2:24 NKJV – “24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.” I actually claim this verse in prayer often to keep me from sin! The power of the Word of God! It actually works! Jesus’ righteousness applied to my life actually keeps me from sin! Praise God!

    Matthew Henry in his commentary seems to agree with me. The english is old but the spirit is there: http://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/mhc/Rom/Rom_007.cfm?a=1053015

    And maybe this paragraph doesn’t apply either because you’re really only talking about “venial” sins as the Catholic church would say.

    Mike Bickle says, confess your sins, go back to Jesus and war against it. It too easy to lose your faith sitting around wallowing in sin, and the next thing you know, you aren’t following God. But Mike understand we make mistakes. Mike does ask us to war against sin though! Don’t just sit and watch porn – get in an accountability group and have others hold you accountable! Put porn blockers (“K9” is one on one of my computers) on your computer, don’t say, gee whiz I’m a sinner saved by grace oh well.(If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out!) Or darn I keep stealing from the drugstore – oh well Jesus loves me.- Well! He does love you, but not what you are doing! Maybe you need to get some help with that! Maybe don’t go to the drugstore any more! Oh darn, this girl keeps making me have sex with her, well God loves me. Hmmmm….if you love God, you should do what he commands…like abstain from fornication! Stay away from the evil woman Proverbs says. Oh darn!;)

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