Would you be free from your burden of sin

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Song of the Day

 Would you be free from your burden of sin

Would you be free from your burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood. There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

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Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide,
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

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Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow,
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

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Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Many times a song can convict one’s heart.  May you be blessed by today’s song. 

1 John – My Sin

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We read in 1 John: God is light and has no darkness. God is love. God is the beginning and he is truth. We read about the fellowship of Jesus Christ who cleanses us from all sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. He is our advocate and the Holy Spirit abides in us.

Sin entered the world in the garden of Eden. Eve decides, she can have something even though she was told to leave it alone.  How many times does this happen to you?  You know you should not do something or say something which is not right. You feel it in your heart and know it just doesn’t sit right with you.

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God had made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 

We are all born of sin because sin entered this world when Eve did not obey God.

 

Psalm 38:18  For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sins.

 

From the Websters Dictionary of 1828:

Repentance

REPENT’ANCE, noun

1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.

2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.

3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.

Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.

Paul reminds those in Corinth don’t forget to repent.  When you repent it must be more than just for a short time.

How many times do we only repent for a season?

II Corinthians 7:8-10

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Parable of two sons – read Matthew 21:28-46

Who truly repented?

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

The good news is:  Jesus died for all sinners on Calvary.

Colossians 1:14

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

Have you repented of your sins today?

 

Tuesday’s Needle in the Haystack

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Mark 1:3

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

What a blessing to know- Jesus died on the cross for that one voice.  

May you continue to search the word of the living God and not lean unto your own understanding. How can anyone truly comprehend the love our Father has for all of his children. Are you in the wilderness searching for his help?  Don’t wait until it’s too late to be found. 

James – IN or OUT???

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If you don’t understand how to live a true Christian life then it’s time to read the epistle of James.

Upon reading the epistle of James, we know God gives liberally, keeps his promises, has much wisdom and can’t be tempted with evil.  We also realize Jesus Christ is coming soon.

James tells us to:

  • ask God for wisdom
  • don’t waver in your faith or you will be like the waves of the sea being tossed back and forth – in the word of flesh and in the word of God.
  • a double minded man is unstable
  • the rich of the world, those who live in the flesh and aren’t following God will fade away with nothing

If you are a child of God, you are either 100% with God or 100% not with God. You can’t sit on the fence and expect blessings from God.

James tells us in: James 1:12

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

James reminds us in 1:19

  • be swift to hear
  • slow to speak
  • slow to wrath (Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation – 1828 Webster Dictionary)

We are told to be doers of the word and not sit back and do nothing.

I am sad too see so many Christians sitting on the fence and not speaking up bold, not being doers of the word. Our world is in deep trouble, t0o many have turned away from the only one true God. Too many are fighting the wrong fight. It’s a world of “all about me” and not what God commends of all of us.

James reminds Christian’s to do work in the name of our Lord.

James 1:25

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

God has promised the poor of this world who are rich in faith the Kingdom.

James 2:5

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”

We are reminded how Abraham had faith and works by offering his son, Isaac, on the alter. God saw Abraham’s heart and knew he had more than just faith. God knew he was not just sitting on the fence. Abraham was a doer with faith.

James 2:10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

Where do you stand in your Christian life? Are you in or are you out? Are you sitting on the fence?  Are you a doer of work and faith?

The five chapters of James are full of blessings for a Christian to read.

May you lean not unto your own understanding and search the living word of God.

 

 

1 Timothy – Being faithful

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In week 6 of our studies, we are looking and searching into 1 Timothy and how this letter from Paul applies to our world today.

Upon reading 1 Timothy, I found our God to be full of grace, a fair God, an immortal Father, a provider of all our needs and a Father of authority.

I read about Jesus and his hope, his compassion for all to believe, his strength due to suffering on the cross, his nobility of giving himself, and his desire to be one of us in the flesh.

1 Timothy 1:15 

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

Faithful:  John 3:16,17 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Save: Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Sinners: 2 Tim 1:9, Romans 3:24, John 1:17

 2 Tim 1:9 – For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2: 4,5

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

 1 Timothy 3:16 

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Mystery: Matthew 13:11

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Spirit: Matthew 1:18 and Acts 2:4

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Depart: 2 Timothy 4:3,4 and 2 Timothy 3:1-8

2 Timothy 4:3,4  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 3:1-8 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

1 Timothy 4:14

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Neglect: 2 Timothy 1:6,7 

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Laying: Deuteronomy 34:9

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.

1 Timothy 6:6 

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Godliness: Proverbs 15:16

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Contentment: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

May you continue not to lean upon your own understanding and search the living word of God for your source and comfort.