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Archive for January 18, 2015

Expressing Commitment

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – John C. Maxwell
“Take steps each day to be sure your life expresses commitment to Jesus.” – Charles Stanley

Sin Breaks Our Fellowship With God

In our better moments we acknowledge that we are guilty of sin and that we fail God. Much of the time, however, we may not be aware of personal sin. We look around us and see the failures of others, and we rejoice that we are not guilty of the things they do. This can be dangerous because it leads us to think that we are all right and our lives are pleasing to God. But when we feel most comfortable about our lives, we are farthest away from God. As we draw nearer to Him, and He to us, we are made ever more aware of our sin. When we stand in the very presence of God, we know we are sinners and cannot help ourselves. We can give nothing to God to atone for sin. It is impossible to live good enough to make up for even one of our failures. We can offer no sacrifice, no gift, that will bring us back into relation with God. Our only hope is to make confession of our sin and receive God’s forgiveness.

God’s Justice Is Fully Satisfied By The Blood Of Jesus Christ

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.” Romans 3:23-25a (NASB)
“The death which Jesus died must not be trivialized. It was a costly death, a death in which the Son took our sins upon Himself and experienced the full weight of the Father’s wrath against unrighteousness. Only that kind of death could have met the demands of God’s nature imposed upon Him. Only that kind of death could have won us the freedom which we now have in Him.” Larry Richards
We have redemption through Jesus Christ. Redemption means to “buy back.” Jesus bought us back at the tremendous price of His shed blood. All men belong to God by creation — the devil never created a man nor could he ever create a man. All men are God’s by creation; but only those who are saved, belong to God by redemption. Jesus bought back everything the first Adam sold to the devil in the Garden of Eden.

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