God’s Ultimate Sacrifice

We know that God loved us before we ever loved Him, even while we are still sinners (Romans 5:8-10). We do not have to make our self holy before we come to Christ. This is impossible to do.

God demonstrated His love for us when He sent His Son to atone for our sins (1 John 4:10; Romans 5:8-10). It is not by our works, or we could boast about our accomplishments (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Jesus was delivered to death by the Jews and Romans, for the purpose of paying the debt of our sin, and He was raised back to life for our justification (Romans 4:25).

Nothing, not even death, or our worry over a life full of trials, or angels or demons, nor the power of hell or any created thing can separate us from God’s love, which He reveals to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

When we come to Christ, our old carnal, fleshly nature dies. Satan still uses it to tempt us; but it is dead in Christ (Colossians 3:3). Therefore, we have no excuse for living a sinful life.

We are crucified with Christ. Although we now live in our body, we live by the faith of God’s Son who abides within us, because He loves us and died for us (Galatians 2:20).

Father God, thank You for the covenant You made with us and for putting Your laws in our heart and mind. Your love remembers our sins no more; and we have no need for further sacrifice, because we are forgiven once and for all (Hebrews 10:16-18).

We now draw near to You with a genuine heart full of assurance, which comes from our faith in Your faithfulness. You cleared our conscience from guilt and shame. We hold unshakably to our hope in You. We know that You will give us all things through Your grace (Romans 8:32).

Remind us not to forsake the practice of meeting with other Saints for the purpose of fellowship and encouraging one another, especially as the day of Christ’s return approaches.

Thought for the Day:
God loves us so much that He gave us the power of His Spirit, so that we can tell everyone we know about what He does in our life. – Acts 1:8


Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ

As humans, we have a big problem. We do not practice the activities and habits, which we know is best for us, but we do the very thing we despise doing (Romans 7:15-16). We know better, but we do it anyway. We have a loving heart and good intentions, but we end up disappointing our self, our loved ones and our Father God. This occurs, because we are all born with a penchant to sin. These fleshly desires drive our behavior and we talk our self into sinning (Romans 7:17-21).

Sin simply exploits our weak will and carnality. Sin is sly, appealing and convincing. It gets us into all sorts of trouble because we are too weak to resist it. We are sin’s hopeless slaves (Romans 6:20; 8:1). Eventually, we come to the realization that we are wretched, we recognize our helplessness, and we realize that we need a Savior to free us from sin’s grip and to pay its penalty for us (Romans 6:12-13, 7:24-25). Jesus came to the rescue and both justifies and sanctifies us (1 Corinthians 6:11).

The good news is that we are not the sin we commit. We end up hating our sin, which drives us to the cross of Christ. He removes all condemnation for past sins. He regenerates our spirit, and sets us free from the Law of Sin and Death by the Law of the Spirit of Life found only in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-8). Satan’s battle for our mind and body is also defeated by Calvary’s sacrifice. We no longer live a lifestyle of sin, because Christ dwells in us (1 John 3:8-10).

Our forgiveness and holiness come when we rely totally on the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not depend on our works. We accept Christ by faith, and we live by faith, not by our self-righteousness (Titus 3:5-7; 2 Corinthians 5:7). We do only those works, which He created for us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:8-10). God works in us and through us, and He receives all of the glory for our accomplishments (Philippians 2:12-13). Our life in Christ is full or righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17).

Father God, we thank you for sending Jesus to pay our sin debt for us. He control’s sin’s power over us as we wait on Him (Psalm 27:14). We know that You always give us a way to avoid the temptation to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). Thank You for giving us the blessings of eternal life both on this earth and for all of eternity (John 17:3). We vow to walk in Your righteousness by walking in the Spirit from now on and no longer gratifying the deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Thought for the Day:
When we come to Christ though salvation, we are joined with Him in one Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 6:17