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Made Righteous

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 heart.

 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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Warnings and Rewards

In 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 today.

He 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.

But 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.

Our 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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