We all sin but we
are no longer sinners (1 John 1:8). Through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross the
price was paid for our sin’s past, present and future (1 Cor 15:3). As born-again
Christians God no longer sees us as sinners, he sees us in Christ, forgiven and
the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21). Righteousness basically
means right standing with God. Satan may try to condemn us but we have an
Advocate (Rom 8:34), Christ Jesus, who pleads our case before God (1 John 2:1).
As God’s children
and members of his kingdom (Col 1:13) we are still tempted to sin and we do sin
(1 John 1:8), but the word says that if we repent and ask for forgiveness God
is quick to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Now
that’s good news. So, how many times will he forgive us in any given day? Well,
we are instructed to forgive our brother 7 time seventy times (Matt 18:22) and
God is far more loving and merciful than we are. But brother Norman you don’t
know what I have done. God forgave David when he repented after committing
adultery and murder (2 Sam 11). Don’t be condemned, look to God our loving and
merciful father, humble yourself and ask forgiveness with a truly repentant
Now, as Christians we should not go on
willfully and deliberately sinning, if we do then there is something very wrong
as if we are born again, our spirit (conscience) should convict us of sin and in
fellowship with God (Rom 2:15). Check yourself; are you truly born again? Have
you given your life to the Master? Talk to a mature Christian friend and settle
the matter today.
As Christians we
should be quick to repent whenever we sin (1John 1:9); sin does not cause us to
lose our salvation but it does cloud our fellowship with God, just as in any
human relationship (1 John 1:7). Run to your loving father, repent and enjoy
unbroken fellowship with him. There is nothing better.
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Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 Jesus gives warnings and promises to the 7
churches. As we read them we can see that they are timeless and speak to us
warns concerning losing our first love, our love for and obedience to Jesus.
Jesus warns against sexual immorality and idolatry or things that became idols
in our lives and cloud our love for Jesus. If we don’t guard against these
influences we can become like the dead church of Sardis, where worldly
influences had crowded out the things of God.
now for the good news. My goodness me I can hardly write it down it’s so
exciting. Let me try to summarize. Jesus said that the faithful would receive
rewards when we go to be with him in heaven. He talks about a crown of life,
walking in victory in an intimate relationship with Jesus, completely forgiven
and vindicated. Jesus will honor us, we will be God’s possessions forever,
ruling the nations with Jesus and sitting with him on his throne. We will eat
from the tree of life and dine with Jesus; protected and dressed in white.
names are written in the book of life and Jesus says to the Father, these are
mine; these are ours. Wow, that should brighten your day up. The world around
us has nothing for us; let’s keep our eyes on Jesus. The rewards are awesome,
if that’s a strong enough word!
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