Tyranny of the Oughts


What shall I do today? Today! I will lift up Your Name in Praise. What shall we do today? Today! I will lift up Your Name in Praise, for I know You are always there for me, almighty God You are my all in all, no matter what I face, when success comes my way I will Praise You Lord. You are alone are worthy Lord, You are alone are worthy Lord! to be Praise, to be Praise and I adore, You are alone are worthy Lord! You are alone are worthy Lord, to be Praise To be Praise and adore, You been faithful Lord, …. That why Your Name O! Lord is forever more. // what shall I render, what shall I render, what shall I render to You O Lord! I will exalt Your Name and shout alleluia, what shall I render to You O Lord!

O Father we thank You we bless Your Holy Name, we adore You we give You Praise, adoration to Your Name on high, thank You Jesus, thank You Father, we bless Your Holy Name, we adore You for all that have done, is doing and will yet do, You are the Might man in battle, El-Shaddai, Great are You Lord, Father You are greatly to be Praise. Thank You for another beautiful opportunity to be all You have made us to be, Glory be to Your Holy Name. Ancient of Days, arise and be God unto us, bless us O Lord! be though magnify in Jesus Name.

What I render, what shall I render, what shall I render to You O Lord! for all the miracle You have done for me what shall I render to You O! Lord! I will render praises, I will render praises, I will render praises to You O! Lord! for all the miracle You have done for me, I will praises to You O Lord!

Are joining me in praising the Lord? Are worshipping Him for His wonderful deeds in the land of the living? Beloved, who is like unto our God? He is the Unchangeable Changer, the Great I AM. Jehovah is His Name; He fights every battle and He wins all the war. He is my Jehovah Ralph, He is my Jehovah Elohim, He is Jehovah Shammah. Glory be to God on high in Jesus Name.

Beloved, how are doing? Hope you are rejoicing in the Lord our Saviour and our Lord Jesus Christ? In whom we are everything; outside of Him we are nothing. Thank You for the perfect work of Calvary- Jesus died on the Cross for the salvation of mankind. Glory be to Him on high.

Beloved, are you bouncing in the Lord or are plague with guilt? Is satan accusing day and night of your son-ship in Christ? Are you worried of or finding yourself guilty of the “ought?” You think your acceptance in God’s family/kingdom depends on work? As a result your obedience to God is more of duty than of love, your walk with God is not born out reverence rather obligations?

Then you have to consider your ways again. God loved us first and give his Son Jesus to die on the Cross so that we will be not condemned forever or experience eternal death rather we shall move from one level of glory to another level of glory and at the end have everlasting life (2Cor 3:18).

Beloved, we did not merit salvation rather we are saved by grace and it is that same grace that is preserving and keeping us (Eph 2:4-9) Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians made it clear to them and to us that we receive salvation by faith through grace. The keeping of the law did not make us perfect before God rather Jesus crucified is what brought salvation to us therefore we are engaging in good works to gain salvation rather we are created as God workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Gal 3:1-end, Eph 2:10).

Beloved, if you are enjoy your fellowship in the Lord you have know who you are in Christ and what He did for you. Don’t allow satan’s accusation of what you “ought to do and not do” dictate your relationship with Christ in God.

I want to bring it to your notice that satan can also be constantly be attacking through someone very close to you, who is in the habit of tell you or reminding you how bad you are, repeatedly telling you what you ought to do for your salvation.” Beloved, be reminded again that it is not your works that bring salvation to you rather is the love of God through the death of Christ therefore you should no longer live in bondage or fear ever trying to please God, no! Come to Him the way you are, then the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth you should know in God.

Let us rid of us every accusation from the pit of hell, and fix our gaze on Christ the Solid Rock through whom you are reconciled to God (Eph 2:11-22, 1 Cor 3:23).

Beloved, what a love so profound, come on with me for more:

Ezra 3:1-5:17, Psalm 95:1-11, Proverbs 19:28-29, Romans 5:1-21

Tyranny of the Oughts

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.—Romans 5:1

The breastplate of righteousness protects us from the feeling that we are not good enough to be saved. We now look at a feeling which Satan delights to whip up in the heart of a Christian—the feeling that we are only accepted by God when we are doing everything perfectly. The feeling gives rise to perfectionism—a condition which afflicts multitudes of Christians.

The chief characteristic of perfectionism is a constant overall feeling of never doing enough to be thought well of by God. Karen Horney describes it as “the tyranny of the oughts.” Here are some typical statements of those who are afflicted in this way: “I ought to do better,” “I ought to have done better,” “I ought to be able to do better.” There is nothing wrong with wanting to do better, but in the twisted thinking of a perfectionist, a person believes that because he or she could or ought to have done better, they will not be accepted or thought well of by God. They come to believe that their acceptance by God depends on their performance. They constantly try to develop a righteousness of their own rather than resting in the righteousness that Christ has provided for them.

If you suffer from this condition, then it’s time to put on your spiritual breastplate. You need to remind yourself that the way you came into the Christian life is the same way you are enabled to go on in it—by depending on Christ and His righteousness, not on yourself and your righteousness. You are not working to be saved; you are working because you are saved.


Lord Jesus, I see that when I stand in Your righteousness, I stand in God’s smile. But when I stand in my own righteousness, I stand in God’s frown. Help me move over from frown to smile. In Your dear name. Amen.

Further Study

Gl 3; Gn 15:6; Ac 13:39

What was the purpose of the law?

What does it mean to be “justified”?

beloved, let us heed to the advice of Apostle Peter in 1 Pet 2:10-12. Let us abstain from all things that make us enemy of the Cross and embrace all that bring us in close relationship with God. may we live and overcome the works of flesh and embrace the grace that is provided for our salvation and redemption. Praise the Lord.

May God help us and guide us into all truth in Jesus Name. we are free in Christ do not get entangled again. lean on Christ and enjoy the salvation He wrought for free of charge.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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