Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The secret of the mystery. Part 205. The mystery of invisible heroes. Part 6.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Point 8. The Danger Of Using Self-justification For Not Becoming An Invisible Hero.

(a) Self-justification is connected with the cosmic viewpoint of being in harmony with Satan’s system of thinking.

ISA 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

ISA 54:17 “but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what GOD’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” GOD’s Decree.
- The Message

2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

(b) Self-justification often includes the condemnation of others or even God in some way, either directly or indirectly by calling attention to environment, circumstances, or social injustice.

JOB 40:8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? Do you presume to tell me what I’m doing wrong?”

Most often the attempt to justify one’s self must
include the accusation that God is not really in control of His people.

(c) Justification of one’s actions - for example self-serving actions which may be hurtful to others are often traceable to some early abuse or “unfairness” or “fate” or some recent injustice.

MAT 7:3-4 “And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?”

Your hands are drenched in blood, your fingers dripping with guilt, Your lips smeared with lies, your tongue swollen from muttering obscenities.

(d) Self-justification is not an attitude or a practice which is isolated, but is always expressive of either passive or active hostility against people but really God.

MAT 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, {even} the least {of them,} you did it to Me.”

(e) Self-justification as a skill of arrogance is connected with the defense mechanism called rationalization which is the formulation of excuses for one’s actions or decisions.

LUK 14:18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, “I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.”

(f) These clever rationalizers are not only self-deceived but masterful in deceiving others.

2TI 3:13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

(g) The weakness of self-justification is that it continually seeks support from others, as was the case of the interpreter of the Mosaic Law in LUK 10:29.

(h) Self-justification is related to man’s frustrated attempt to establish his own righteousness and is therefore in direct opposition to grace-orientation.
(i) Self-justification precludes rebound and is compatible with self-deception.
(j) Self-justification also is in agreement with self-absorption, ROM 7:19-24.

PHI 2:12 ...work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

The individual who has to justify his own life is in eternal bondage to himself.
The best thing to have is a heightened awareness of the worst that is still in you, not others.

One of the many benefits of living the spiritual life that God has provided just for you is to rid your soul of the garbage it has stored up throughout the years.

Believers who live in self-justification will also end up in denial - a defense mechanism in which a person fails to acknowledge some aspect of external reality that is obvious and apparent to others.

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