Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Money can’t buy it. Man’s righteousness can’t earn it. Social prestige can’t help you acquire it. Morality can’t purchase it. It is, as Isaiah said, “without money and without price. . He holds in His omnipotent hand the priceless, precious, eternal gift of salvation, and He bids you to take it without money and without price. The best things in life are free, are they not? The air we breathe is not sold by the cubic foot. The water which flows crystal clear from the mountain stream is free for the taking. Love is free, faith is free, hope is free.
Do you need to give or recommit your life to Christ? Do it today.
If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. 1 John 2:15 When we choose a path that leads us gradually away from the Lord and steadily toward the world, we should not be surprised when we wake up one day and find ourselves miles away from the Lord.
Think about the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. When he left the father’s house, he was just seeking a good time. But, before long, he found himself in a place where he had lost everything, knee deep in sin a place he could never have imagined. When you and I feed the flesh, we will find that its appetite grows beyond our control. It will demand more than we can give it! Be careful what you allow into your life. It might be your pleasure today, but it may become your master tomorrow!
A heart of stone is a cold, lifeless, often bitter and full of sin and disobedience. We love less and expect more. Some people’s heart has hardly any emotions or feelings for others. God wants to remove this stony heart and give us a tender heart- a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). It is God’s intention that our hearts are obedient and filled with love and compassion. Not only that, God wants us to have a new spirit. Through the power of His Holy Spirit and His word, He renews a right spirit within us. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we become a new person, a new creation. All the old desires leave us. We become totally new- with a sense of purpose and meaning to life. Our desire now is to please God and to fulfill His will and calling for our lives. Lord, I rededicate myself to You. Give me a new heart and a new spirit I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What should we do when we realize the things we are doing are sins? You know, when God puts His finger on us and calls our actions “sins.” This is something we certainly don’t like to hear. God loves us and does not want sin in our lives. The problem is we need to come to the place where we grieve for our sins, ask to be forgiven, and decide to turn from them. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’ – and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5 Bring your sin to Jesus. Ask Him to wash it with His blood. Then let there be a total turning away and repentance in your heart. He is faithful to forgive you and make you pure again.
If you only knew the things I have done! How could God ever forgive me? Have you felt this kind of hopelessness and regret?
There is no darkness His light cannot dispel. There is no addiction, no cruelty, and no lust that His power cannot transform. The death of Jesus has paid the penalty for the totality of our sin, and He freely offers forgiveness to all who put their trust in Him. Are you ready to receive His grace let Him take that mountain of sin that is crushing your hope and joy? Pour out your heart to Him, and receive His forgiveness for your life.
Ezekiel 36:26– I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit within you. I will remove the stony heart and give you a heart of flesh.
Hebrews 12:6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves.
God is gracious and merciful, but He is also holy and just. This requires Him to confront sin, which destroys the people He loves. Unless He can turn the hearts of His people from their wicked ways, they will not only harm themselves but also miss out on an intimate relationship with Him.
If you are being disciplined for sin, remember that it is because God loves you and wants to turn your heart back toward Him. Be grateful that God cares enough about you to want the very best for you, even if it means temporary pain, but it can bring permanent blessing.
David is a man we can all relate to. We may not have committed murder or adultery, but we all know the tension of sin, guilt and shame. He tried to hide his sin and committed one crime after another until he was confronted by Nathan the prophet.
Like David, if you’re in the middle of a mess today, don’t hide, don’t flee… own it up. Don’t be its prisoner any longer. Confess your sin to God. And God in all His mercy, grace and compassion will never turn away a repentant heart. He will wash you white as snow. His blood will make you whole.
Dear Jesus, Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Amen Ps 51:2
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7-8
Learn to take sin seriously – be on guard against it and resist its tug, fight its power. But most of all learn to take the Holy Spirit seriously, calling on Him to help you overcome sin’s power and live a holy and godly life.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9
When a life is touched by Christ, he/she is eager to repent and turn away from past sins. They long to obey the word of God because they are in love with their Saviour and want to please Him in every way. They are so grateful to Him for His saving grace and do not take His grace for granted and continue to sin under the guise of grace. God’s grace enables us to live and grow and thrive in Him. His grace builds us up and helps us bear fruit.
I don’t want to be left where grace initially found me. I want to grow up in Christ, so I may reflect to others what grace is like.