Contemplate arriving in sin – before Almighty, Holy, God.
Jesus spoke this to Paul on the road to Damascus – one short verse that explains the Gospel of salvation in Jesus, in Acts 26:18.
I for one do not want to arrive in God’s Courts with filthy rags on, stinking of sin – before the God of the Universe. How ’bout you? Do you wear filthy robes – or have you been beautified with rich robes of forgiveness? God is able to take away all your past sinfulness — and place you in good standing with Him. No matter how grave your sin, no matter how long you sinned, no matter. No problem. He is able.
Key truths about sin as taught in the Bible.
Psalm 51 is a Psalm by King David of Israel, written in confession and repentance after Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had seduced Bathsheba. He asked God, Wash me. Cleanse me.
Thief On The Cross. Nothing religious was done by the thief. He merely (1) confessed his sinfulness, and (2) acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ”.
Good talk is fun! Put simply: It involves your mouth voicing words with your brain full on, your heart tuned to “nice“, and another talker involved – some listening ear understanding you, involved mutually in the conversation. If there is no understanding – then there is no communication. If it’s not mutual, then there is […]
What do you know about God, the most holy in the universe? Our Holy Holy Holy God was (and is) so opposed to anything not holy – that He volunteered to die in order to be able to save us all – you and me. THAT is truly the biggest Wonder of the Universe. God came to earth as a man, Jesus! His holy system of justice demanded holy justice. So He Himself went to the cross.
I think. You think. We all think. But, what does God think? Thinking is necessary. But what if your “think” is not God’s “think”? Then your “think” will end so very badly when you reach That Day of Judgement, quivering before God in the realization that it is His Think that rules the heavens, not yours. Read about God’s “think”. What you think – matters. How you act it out – matters more. It will seal your eternity – with Him, or without Him.
What’s the difference between a critical spirit – and the Apostle Paul’s Pauline criticisms (or Berean thinking). When is criticism okay? When is criticism biblical, and when is it not? What is legitimate criticism, and what is unbiblical criticism? Are you thinking like a Berean – or do you have a critical spirit? Pointing to […]
Love forgives. Plain and simple. Nothing less. Is your love acting, or “failing”? 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others]. Got to have it: “have fervent and unfailing love”. Have it. Have […]
The very clear message of Christ is that sinners can be changed when they repent in sincerity and truth, choosing to become God’s true followers. You can have all your sinful past forgiven by God, and be totally accepted into His Forever Family immediately, both here on earth now – and in heaven where we are declared forgiven in His Courts. Don’t be fooled into hell by thinking your sin is legitimate before God.
Marvelous grace. To a sinner, what else could be so marvelous? God’s grace, that “un-merited” bestowing of a blessing on me. Just because of Him. Just because He choses to do so within His Heavenly legal system. What marvelous grace of the damning God, who would go so far out of His way to “un-condemn” […]
Coming to God on your own terms is like… like careening into court dipsy drunk to fight a DUI offense and thinking the judge will forgive you. The reality of God’s universe is — it’s not your universe. It behooves us to seek after God and get His word on things. Our thoughts are not His thoughts. My thoughts will not be consulted by God on That Day.
We all do it. It is so easy. We jump to it! Each of us – we suddenly are harsh and unloving. We jump to judgment, condemning others around us. Our harsh words and attitudes come out of such lovely, innocent faces. We often draw conclusions without all the facts – and then shame and […]
I have really tried to, but can’t seem to find in the Bible any reference to “Hell Fire Insurance”. Have you? That’s what some call it: where you can somehow “accept Jesus”, but then, well, all kinds of pressures push you away and back into sin… and you just continue there, blustering defiantly, defensively, when […]
The little verse of Psalm 66:18 teaches us a whole lot about God – and prayer. Just in this tiny verse we see: “If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” I am born again, and God has forgiven me of all my sins. However, on any given day or moment, if I come to Him in prayer AND am holding a sin, so to speak, or allowing a sin to have a place in my life — then, the Bible tells me: God will not give heed to what I say.
Love is something you do. It’s not just a feeling. Love is always sincere. And when it can, love is active. Faking love – is not actual love. Hypocrisy knows nothing about actual love. Romans 12:9 Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Doing Love. Your supposed “love” is […]
How to converse without offending… Matthew 7:1 Amplified Bible (AMP) “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. You ever had to “bite your tongue”? Just really really HAD to say something, […]
Also see: The Entrance Into The Eternal 2 Peter 1: verses 3-11 There are many ways to live your life, many religions and philosophies of man, many faiths to follow. Whatever you call yours, we become engrossed by it during our stay upon this globe. They all have their gatekeepers. Gatekeepers welcome or guard the […]
Are you walking dead, deep in sin, too far gone for God to care? How sinful can one be – and yet be forgiven by God? 1. The Apostle Paul, called Saul before finding Christ: hunted-down, killed and tortured Christians. God forgave him. 2. King David, before seeking forgiveness of God: sent his general to […]
Sheer mercy! I know the feeling. Luther of Germany, Martin, expressed it: I grasped that the righteousness of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. – Martin Luther, quoted by […]
The following excerpt is from an article by William Lane Craig, Should We Think of Christ’s Death in Juridical Terms? – on the atonement of Christ’s death on the cross (*Romans 3:25, 4:25, and 5:18). Read the full article here: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/should-we-think-of-christs-death-in-juridical-terms#ixzz4RVGxCPqU. Far from dragging the cross into the courtroom, the use of judicial terminology […]
Anyone at anytime with sincerity and truth – can find forgiveness in Jesus for anything. The key word there? Sincerity. God sees the thoughts and intents of our heart. No foolin’ with God. – Anytime anyone anything anywhere- At anytime in your life anyone can go to Creator God in prayer with anything, anywhere. Just […]
Hebrews 9 explains the heavenly legal arrangement for us to be forgiven. Forgiveness had to be declared – legally – by God through His justice system, or God would not have been just – and we would never have had a chance to be saved. God, being holy, cannot accept sinfulness into His Kingdom, so […]
The Roman Road to Salvation is simply a compilation of verses in the book of Romans that clearly explains the message of salvation in Christ. Bible verses throughout the book of Romans present the good news of Jesus Christ: why we need Jesus’ forgiveness, what’s wrong with “sin”, why does God care, what do I […]
Imagine this: You yourself are observing God from a special vantage point, seeing things onfold – back in the day…. The God of All There Is, on His throne, governing all that exists, all of which He Himself created, has just created the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve. Your ancestors. And they […]
Oh the wonder of that love of our fathomless Creator, to save me in spite of my self-centered soul. Lost and rebellious, He chose me. Pursued and wooed, what mystery – grace. I said yes to Creator God. To know Him… is to love Him. I had to say yes to such love. How could […]
I so totally love the truth taught by the Apostle Paul – about becoming “a brand new creature”. Read for yourself 2 Corinthians 5:17 ¨Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.¨ – 2 Corinthians 5:17 This is what happens when a […]
Oh what a day that will be! To enter into the Kingdom of God – freely as His redeemed child. No cringing in shame, no sweating in fear, no burden of sinfulness before a Holy God. I can only imagine. There is no greater grace. There is no greater grace. There is no greater grace. […]