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What sins?

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  Hebrews 8:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 8-10, and Hebrews 8.

This is the Good News!

Our sins are gone.  Their burden on us has been lifted.

How?  When Jesus died He took our sins (past/present/future) with Him.  Those sins died then and their power over us is gone.  We must live in that reality.

Then why do I keep on sinning?  Because I am a sinner and in this life I will always be one.  The potential to sin is still with me.  What was removed by Jesus (when He died) was the ability of my sins to separate me from God.

I no longer want to sin.  Foolishly I often reenter sin’s sewer.  I retrieve the removed and live with it.  It is a mistake.  It is appalling.  I know better and after the fact I regret what I have done.

I know that God watches me and must wonder why I chose to return to where I shouldn’t be.  I do know why: I loosen my relationship to Him and become susceptible to godlessness.

If you read this blog with any regularity you know the recurring theme: My life must be totally surrendered to Him or I will mess up big-time.

Take an inventory of your life.  Sort out the sins that you persist in.  Are they connected to the devices in your home?  Are they connected to a place you travel to?  Are they connected to an association you have? Are they connected to a time of day…….when you first get up or when you get home from work?  Hone in on something specific and surrender that device, location, association or time of day completely to God.  Admit that you need His help and persist in asking for His help.  Things may well change for His better!

“Lord, thank You for taking the power of sin to its death.  Forgive me for ignoring what You did for me by delving into sin.  I know better.  I ask for Your help in making my use of the devices in my home Godly.  Prick my conscience when I’m where I shouldn’t be.  Empower me with discipline so that I am honoring You full-time.  I love You, Father.”

Resist sin in a Godly fashion.

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According to the Old Testament plan

“’In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:’”  Matthew 2:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading:  1 Samuel 17, Psalm 9, and Matthew 2.

An undercurrent in the Old Testament is that a King is coming to right the wrongs in the world and to transform things into the way they should be. This King will be anointed with God’s own powerful Spirit.

Information about the circumstances of this Messiah’s entry into the world are found in the Old Testament.

The second chapter of Matthew has three direct connections to Old Testament prophets (Micah, Hosea, and Jeremiah).

The Old Testament is a single lengthy story that lacks an ending.  In it God choses a people (Israel) to use to clean up the wickedness and rebellion in His creation.  It turns out that the Israelites are just as wicked and rebellious as those they were supposed to clean up.  Something else is needed and there were numerous references in the Old Testament to a future King who would be able to make things right for the whole world.

The OT ends before that King appears.  But in Matthew the Old Testament references begin to find fulfillment in Jesus.  Bethlehem is where Jesus is born.  Egypt is where Mary and Joseph take Jesus to escape Herod.  The anguish of families over Herod’s ruling is described.  This Jesus is the King that God is sending!

This is part of the Good News for the Jews.  The King described in the Old Testament is in their midst.  Shepherds heard angels.  Wise men saw a star. However, many weren’t sure that Jesus was that King.  Herod was fearful of competition so he deviously tried to kill young Jesus.

“Lord, how comforting it is to see the connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.  You are indeed that coming King of the Old Testament.  You are the Messiah.  You have destroyed sin’s power.  You have ushered in the new life in You with the resurrection.  Thank You, Father, for taking care of me.  Enable me to do the work You want as I await Your return.”

Jesus was the coming King referenced in the Old Testament.  The OT trail is very specific.

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Did you hear the Good News?

“’Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death is your sting?’  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:55-57.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Judges 8, Psalm 42, and 1 Corinthians 15.

Folks who worry about death view themselves as unforgiven sinners.

They have not heard/understood the Gospel.

When Jesus died and rose against He took away the power of sin and death forever.

An unforgiven sinner imagines the consequences of their sin in the next life.  They aren’t sure that they have “done” enough to have “earned” heaven.  That’s worrisome, don’t you think?

The Good News is that Jesus died for our sins.  Those sins will no longer keep us from an after-life with God.

More Good News: God raised Jesus from the dead.  Death is no longer eternal.  As Jesus was given a new body and joined with the Father, so too will we.

That’s the Good News!

“Lord, I thank You for what You have done for me.  It is pure grace, nothing else.  Forgive me for trying to sort things out on my terms.  I need Your Presence every second.  I love You, Lord!”

Listen to the Good News: Jesus died, rose from the dead, and will some day take us to be with Him.

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