Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Go Now and Leave Your Life of Sin"

It is so hard to let go. Those tentacles of the sinful flesh and the world have such a grip on your soul... Sometimes you seem to never get out of the pit of sin and entrapment...
I know that I have been not well this past week. I have been stumbling and failing and messing up again and again. Sometimes I just can't do it on my own...

John 8:2-11- "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?' They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.' Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' 'No one, sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin.'"

How do we leave our life of sin? It seems impossible. But God works in strange ways... I believe that every moment is a new opportunity to turn back... It is a battle of wills. His Will against your will. And often it seems like you never loved God and you completely turned your back on Him, so He will turn His back on you... Satan is always there, trying to barricade you from turning back to God. But God is always pursuing you! He just wants you to turn back to Him... He understands where we've been. He has been tempted too... But He did succeed in resisting. Once we are His, we can do the same. We have the power!

Sure, we may fall again, and it's likely inevitable that we will. I believe it is quite possible that the woman committed adultery later on, because she still had to battle with her flesh... We may fail, but we can stand strong again with God's strength!

It's war! God and us vs. Satan, the World, and the Flesh! And God is bigger than all three!!
Fear God! Love one another!
Peace! I love you all!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Repentant Sinner or Saint Covered in Grace

Repentant Sinner, or Saint covered in Grace?

Time and time again, we fall short of the glory of God. Our response definitely determines who we are and how we will act in the future. Again, Repentant Sinner, or Saint covered in Grace?
As Sinners, we are not saved. Nothing will get us out of the Hell we make for ourselves. As in Romans 3:10-12 it says "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'"

Nothing we do can fix our problem. We need grace and forgiveness.

As Saints, we are saved, and covered in Grace. As Christians, no matter what you've done, you are still considered a saint in God's eyes. We are covered in His Blood. Nothing will separate us from His love. Later in Romans it says

"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (3:21-24)

We are justified by Him alone. Our works won't get us anywhere, but with the Holy Spirit we can do what pleases God. We don't need to beat ourselves up with our past faults. We have been forgiven!
But also, keep this in mind too. If God is in us, we should be striving to please Him. In Romans 6:1-4, 15-18, we see that we should be in God, not in sin.

"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ...What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."

We're dead to sin, Alive in Christ!

Be wise!
Fear God!
I love you all!