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A Sinful Nature

A Sinful Nature

Mankind isn’t sinful because he has sinned. Rather, man sins because he is sinful. His sins do not corrupt his heart making him sinful. His heart that is sinfully corrupted causes him to sin. The bible is clear that all have sinned. (Romans 3:23). This is due to the fact that we all were born with a corrupted nature of wrath. (Ephesians 2:3). The level of sinfulness in the individual’s heart and manifest actions is insignificant. Whether the sin is great or small its wage is still death, and eternal condemnation. Since our nature has been corrupted by sin our whole being is corrupt.

Only Jesus can redeem us from our sins and transform us from life unto death. John 8:36 says, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” and Romans 6:14 tells us, because of the grace of God, “Sin shall no not be master over you.” When we trust in Jesus we are transformed from a nature of wrath to the nature of Christ. Since we are sinful we don’t deserve God’s gift. But praise be to God that He is a God of grace who gives us what we don’t deserve. We truly don’t want what we deserve. We simply receive God’s grace, which opens the door for His work of transformation, by faith.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Receiving the Hand of God’s Favor

“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the Lord alone.” I Samuel 7:3-4 NASB

A repetitive theme we see in the Old Testament time and time again is Israel forsaking their God for the false god’s of this world. Each time this occurred the hand of God’s blessings would be removed allowing the enemy to come in bringing them into bondage. Once they repented by seeking God again and removing the false god’s from their midst the one true God would drive out the enemy and restore His hand of favor upon them.

We don’t live in a pagan culture today with false idles to worship. Yet at the same time, how often do we allow the things of this world to become priority in our lives above and beyond God? How often do we allow the very things God calls sinful and wicked to be a part of our daily lives? Clearly, we have made our choice; the choice to forsake God for the things of the world. One would only expect that life to be one of bondage. This one should certainly not expect the hand of God’s favor upon their life.

If we are to expect the hand of God’s favor upon us we must return to the Lord with all of our heart, we must remove everything foreign to Him that dishonors Him, we must direct our hearts to Him and we must serve Him alone. We mustn’t do this only to gain His favor but to honor Him-for He is worthy. He alone is worthy. If this is your direction and your heart you should then fully expect God’s hand of favor. You have now placed yourself in a position of being for Him and not against Him.

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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 5: The Gift of Redemption

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13, 14 NASB

Prior to accepting God’s greatest gift, the gift of His Son, the bible tells us that we all, “formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2). We were citizens of the domain of darkness destined to eternal hell and separation from God. We were bound in our sins with no hope of escape and no hope of freedom from condemnation-until God sent His Son. Colossians 1:13 tells us He, Jesus, rescued us. The word “rescued” is used in past tense indicating that the rescue has already taken place. Jesus has rescued us out of the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of God.

How did we become citizens of the darkness in the first place? Sin. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. We bought our residency into the domain of darkness and our ticket to hell with our own sins. The bible tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, everyone who has ever lived has resided in or is residing in the domain of darkness. They have either been saved from the domain of darkness, by Jesus, or stand in need of salvation.

Just as our sins purchased our residency in the domain of darkness, the blood of Jesus redeems us and purchased for us freedom and forgiveness of sin enabling us to reside in our new residency, the Kingdom of God, with Jesus for all eternity. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” As already stated, Romans 6:23 tells us “The wages of sin is death.” The good news is that the same verse tells us, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The gift we have received from God is the gift of redemption. Redemption that came at a great price to Jesus but is a free gift to those who believe. The gift of redemption that was paid for by the blood of Jesus but freely offered to whoever will repent of their sins and make Jesus Lord of their lives. In faith, we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sin knowing that they have already been paid for. Truly Jesus is the greatest gift, “Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession.” (Titus 2:14).

This is part 5 of 28 devotions that will go through Christmas Eve. If you would like to subscribe to my daily devotions please PM me your email. Also, please share.

Merry Christ-Mass

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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