Saturday, January 10, 2015

Your Best Days are Ahead of You –Part 2

The understanding of God's purpose starts with knowing the price that Jesus Christ paid  on our behalf as the perfect sinless sacrifice for our sins...  for our having missed the mark of God's righteousness. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  James 3 says that both blessing and cursing come from the same tongue.  To whom do you pledge allegiance? For whom do you strive? Whom do you choose to serve? We must come to the realization that in climbing the ladder of worldly success, the ladder has been leaning against the wrong wall. The secret of an abundant and blessed life is to have low expectations of ourselves and high expectations of our life in Christ. If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. How do you know a Christian? God did not call us to be judges; rather he called us to be fruit inspectors...  Jesus said, by their fruit ye shall know them – Matthew 7:16. When we keep score of our own shortcomings and judge ourselves unworthy, we must approach the cross of Christ. The Adversary is the accuser. He will remind us how far short of God's righteousness we have fallen and of our great debt of sin. However, Jesus paid the price for our sins at the cross of Calvary. He who was without sin became the sinless sin sacrifice on our behalf that we might be made the righteousness of God in him – 2 Corinthians 5:21.  Jesus Christ who knew no sin, for the joy that was set before him endured the pain and shame of death on the cross – Hebrews 12:2. Because of his love of God's people, Jesus did not impute their trespasses unto them, but became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross – Philippians 2:8. Jesus who was the sinless sacrificial lamb, became the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf to make us worthy...  to balance the scales of God's righteous judgment.

Our best days are ahead.  Therefore forsake your trophies and your failures. The things of this world are fleeting...  this too shall pass... that which is seen is temporal, but that which is unseen is eternal. If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, all things have become new. He has reconciled us unto himself and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we now have peace with God, having been reconciled back to God through the price paid by Jesus Christ on our behalf. Our country values freedom.  However, freedom isn't free. Some say that freedom is priceless...  it's price is far above the price of diamonds and rubies. The price of freedom from sin was paid for by the precious and priceless blood of the Lamb of God, our Savior Jesus Christ. Focusing on the problem of sin and dwelling on debt and transgression digs us deeper into the hole of condemnation.  Jesus Christ is the solution to the problem of sin. Therefore look not on the things of the world. For what the commandments could not do in that they were weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh that we may be made the righteousness of God in himRomans 8:3.  Our father has called us to his mercy, grace, and peace through the supreme payment of the sinless sacrifice of the innocent blood of his son Jesus Christ. 

Morning has broken, like the first morning...  God's re-creation on the new day.  Our best days are yet before us standing on the Rock. 

May God richly bless you.
Your brother in Christ,

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