The Burden of Sin…

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Romans 5:12-21 (KJV)

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The burdens we carry come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties.

Many are weighty, but there’s one load that proves even heavier–and it can be traced back to the garden of Eden.

Since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:6), all people have been born with sinful hearts. Sin and holiness cannot mix. Therefore, in our natural state, none of us are able to fellowship with God.

What is worse, we continue to do wrong.

The Bible says that every one of us has gone astray, like a wandering sheep from his shepherd (Isa. 53:6). So on our own, we have no access to God. And there is nothing that we–fallen humans–can do to rectify the situation. And that’s why I see this as the heaviest burden of all.

But our Creator loved us so much that He sent His own Son to live a perfect life on earth.

Jesus deserved fellowship with God, yet He took our sin and its punishment by dying on the cross in our place. And then He conquered death by rising to life again.

His atonement for our wrongs is a gift that is available to anyone who believes.

The Savior longs for us to accept that He willingly paid the price to redeem us. He desires to relieve the burden of sin from our hearts. Only then will we experience true life and freedom.

Have you received God’s free gift of salvation?

Jesus loves you so much that He gave His life to have a relationship with you.

If you believe in Him and accept His death as your undeserved atonement for sin, He will forgive you for all unrighteousness and welcome you onto the path of true life.

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The Unfinished Portrait…

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Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

On April 12, 1945 U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sitting for a portrait, when he died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage.

The “Unfinished Portrait,” as it is called, remains on its easel, looking out on the world much as it did when artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff laid her brush down at the sight of the president’s collapse.

The watercolor likeness of the president shows a man of inner strength and calm. Photographs taken days before and placed alongside the artists canvass for reference, however, reveal a much different view. In them we see a national leader worn emotionally and physically from the political load he bore.

Later, Madam Shoumatoff returned to her work on the president’s portrait. She did not choose to complete the watercolor, however. She saw it as complete in its own right. Instead she begin and finished a new portrait, painted in oil. It is a handsome rendering of a strong and confident President Roosevelt, with no visible flaws.

Have you ever wondered how God views your life?

Do you worry that He sees your flaws and mistakes and loves you less? Do not worry!

God knows you perfectly and loves you completely just the way you are.

You are His masterpiece-His workmanship of grace and love- His work of art. He continues to paint the colors of your life in such a way that you will glorify Him.

The apostle Paul tells us: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).

By God’s loving grace we are created in the image of Christ.

Though are lives remain on the canvas, God sees the finished portrait.  His eternal eyes knows exactly where we need His greatest attention. Every frustration, every disappointment, and every joy has a purpose (see Rom. 8:28).

Many find this a hard concept to grasp. They see their lives as incomplete, much like the unfinished portrait of President Franklin Roosevelt. But God views you from a totally different perspective. When He sees your life, He sees a person of worth and great promise.

God rejoices over you.

He knows you are not yet what you will be when you step into the eternal presence of God (see 1 Cor. 13:12).

Until that time, God is patiently molding and shaping your life into the image of His Son.

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The Desires of Our Hearts…

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Psalm 37:1-8 (KJV)

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

The Lord promises to give us the desires of our hearts.

But many people take this passage out of context, forgetting that their own mindset plays a vital part in bringing it to fruition. As my mother once said, “Where your mind goes, your feet go, so be careful what you think about.”

What is your responsibility when it comes to claiming promises from God?

Delight yourselves in the Lord (Ps. 37:4). Christians should rejoice in God and desire to walk in obedience. The Lord must have first place in your life before you can claim the promise in this verse.

Commit your way to the Lord (v. 5). Allow God to change any aspect of your ambition that is not His will.

Remember that when He doesn’t answer a prayer as you wished, it is for a reason.

Trust in Him (v. 5). God is merciful, all-knowing, kind, and generous. You can trust Him with your hopes and dreams.

Rest in Him (v. 7). Resting in the Lord means trusting Him to answer prayers in His timing or transform your aspirations so they conform to His will.

Wait upon the Lord patiently (v. 7). Jesus waited three decades before beginning His three-year ministry on earth. According to His example, waiting is one of the key principles of Christian living.

Do your desires align with God’s purpose and plan for your life?

He longs to give His followers abundant blessings and fullness of joy. So allow your dreams to be conformed to the Lord’s will, and follow His guidance faithfully.

Only when you surrender to Him will you experience God’s best for your life.

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When We Submit…

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Galatians 5:16-26 (KJV)

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

As believers, we all want the fruit of the Spirit, but how can we know if we truly have it?

Even unbelievers can display these qualities when conditions are positive. This nine-fold fruit of the Spirit is not what we do, but who we are, and it is primarily on display in Christians when circumstances are unfavorable. Two characteristics help us recognize these traits in our lives.

Fruitful believers are not controlled by their environment.

Everyone experiences trials and pain, but those who are filled with the Spirit do not lose His fruit because of their situations. They keep their joy even when difficulties overwhelm. If someone speaks harshly, they respond with kindness. Because the Holy Spirit is in control, He is free to produce His fruit no matter what the circumstances are. Even though such believers may feel pain, anger, or a desire for revenge, they choose to trust the Lord to protect them and direct the outcome.

Fruitful Christians recover quickly after a fall.

These believers are not perfect, but they are sensitive to the Spirit’s conviction and are quick to return to the Lord in repentance. In fact, they are actually grateful for the correction and praise God, not only for revealing their weakness but also for drawing them back to obedience.

No one produces these amazing qualities in himself.

Trying harder to be godly will never work. Character transformation occurs when we submit to God, giving Him complete control of our lives.

Only then will the Spirit be free to produce fruit that remains even in the deepest, darkest storms.

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More Than You Have Asked or Imagined…

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Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Let these words slowly sink into your understanding: “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (v. 20).

What an amazing description of God’s ability to work within us.

Yet so often our focus is mainly on what we want Him to do around us: If He would change this situation or fix that problem, then my life would be better.

But He invites us to think and ask bigger—He wants to change us!

The Holy Spirit has more than enough power to transform lives from the inside out, but working change within is usually a slow process. Spiritual fruit takes time to grow and mature. That’s why we need patience and faith to believe He is working even when we don’t see the results right away.

God is never in a hurry and will never give up on us.

The Lord has a purpose for your life, and He is constantly working to achieve it. Although He has an individualized plan for each one of His children, He also has an overarching goal—to conform every believer to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. In order to accomplish this, He may have to bring us through some struggles and heartaches. It might make no sense to us, but God knows exactly what He’s doing.

What would you like to see the Lord do within you?

As you read the Scriptures, look for qualities that God considers precious, and ask Him to work them out in your life.

Then rely on His wonderful promise to do even more than you have asked or imagined.

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The Impartial Judge…

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Acts 10:42-43 (KJV)

42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

During our life on earth, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

However, as our days here draw to a close, and especially at the end of time, He takes His seat as Judge and prepares to reward believers for the good things they did in His name.

I think there is a widespread misconception that God the Father will be our judge.

But it is Christ who gave us, His followers, the charge to go into the world and make disciples (Matt. 28:19). Therefore, He has been given the right to determine which of our actions and thoughts furthered His goal (John 5:22).

Christ is an impartial judge.

He is not influenced by what others think or say, but rather, He determines what is right and good based on His honorable, just standard. We’ll be stripped of our worthless works–in other words, the actions and words we used for selfish ambition or vain conceit. All that will remain are the worthwhile things we thought, said, and did to honor God. These are the valuable parts of our lives for which we will be rewarded.

Reward is the whole point of placing believers before the judgment seat of Christ.

Shame and guilt over past sin and mistaken motivation have no place there (Rom. 8:1). Our loving Savior is eager to show us our heavenly treasure.

Christ will expose the real you at the judgment seat by casting away the worthless things you’ve done. What remains will be the man or woman who endeavored to please the Lord.

Let us determine to be powerful reflections of our Savior, both on earth and in heaven.

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When Do I Pray?

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1 John 5:14-15 (KJV)

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Since praying is such a common practice for believers, over time it’s easy to fall into habits that result in a lifeless and empty prayer life.

Instead of a dynamic conversation with thoughtful requests and active listening for God’s response, our prayers can seem more like grocery lists. Because communication with the Lord is such a vital part of the Christian life, we occasionally need to step back and examine how we’re doing.

Begin by asking yourself these questions:

How effective are my prayers? Is God answering my petitions, or does it seem as if they never go past the ceiling?

Who am I praying for? Are most of my requests for myself or others?

What am I asking the Lord to do? Have I looked in the Word to see what He wants, or am I trying to get Him to intervene according to my plans and desires?

When do I pray?

Is it only during emergencies or when I need something?

If you discovered any selfishness in your answers, you’re not alone. Most of us struggle to enter God’s presence with our eyes focused on Him instead of our needs. But the only way we’ll be able to pray with impact is to fill our minds with Scripture so we can find out what the Lord wants to do.

Your prayer life can become effective and dynamic if you’ll approach the Lord with a clean heart (Ps. 66:18), align your requests with His will, and believe He will do what He says (Mark 11:24).

Then you’ll be able to pray with absolute confidence knowing that He will hear and answer your petitions.

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The One Simple Truth…

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Hebrews 4:15, 16 (KJV)

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

God’s people have only one way to face life: confidently.

After all, He loves us, has saved us from eternal death, and is committed to guiding us through every moment of our life. God wants us to live confidently-but too often we allow feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness to derail our confidence.

The apostle Paul lived through horrific circumstances-rejected by his Jewish peers, stoned, abandoned for dead, ridiculed, ignored and often beaten and imprisoned for his devotion to Christ. But Paul continued to maintain a confident hope, right up to the very end.

How did he manage to do this?

When the apostle did not think he could face another day, he recalled one simple truth:

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

He focused on his Lord, just as Jeremiah had: “Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion, ‘says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!” (Lam. 3:23, 24).

The classic hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness expands on this important idea.  Next time you sing it; don’t miss the wonder of it:

God is faithful and does not change (see Heb. 13:8).

In this one verse we find our reason for hope and unwavering confidence. God’s unchanging nature teaches us that even when we feel unlovely, we remain beautiful to Him. We can do nothing to change His love for us-it is unconditional and flows freely from His throne of grace.

If God decided to change who He is, then every promise He has made would be in jeopardy.  

He would become untrustworthy. But the legacy of God is this: He loved us unconditionally yesterday, and He loves us with the same love today and tomorrow.

Do you trust Him?

Have you experienced the strong assurance that comes from placing your faith in His unfailing love? Roll the burden of your heart onto Him and you will discover that you too can sing,

“Great is Thy Faithfulness.” 

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