I Can't Change Myself - Can You?
5 Aug 2000, Pr Rick Ferret
(Rick is Thornleigh's Church Pastor)
Perhaps the greatest and most pressing question ever asked is found in the Bible in Acts 16:20. "Sirs, what I must I do to be saved?" The Apostle Paul and his friend Silas had been thrown in prison in Philippi for witnessing for Jesus Christ. A violent earthquake destroyed the prison offering Paul and Silas the opportunity to escape, but they did not, for God had a message to deliver to the jailer that night. In answer to the jailer's question Paul and Silas replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household." The advance of time has not changed nor diminished the neccessity or impact of both question and answer. Couple this with a passage in Jeremiah 13:23 and it becomes clear that none of us has the ability to save ourselves or change ourselves. "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you you do good who are accustomed to evil."
It is only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, and His sufficient grace through the power of the Holy Spirit that can bring about a change in you or me.
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