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Theology

Christ Has the Ultimate Power Over Sin

It is not our promises to the Lord but his promises to us that will give us victory over sin.

– Warren Wiersbe

God promises that sin will not have dominion over us if we are in Christ (Rom. 6:14).  However, just because we make promises to “never do that again” or “never say this again” doesn’t mean we’ll be perfectly obedient.  How many of us have made a promise to not do something ever again, yet five minutes later find ourselves doing the same thing or a relative of it? 

Remember, Christ has already conquered sin and has power over it.  We are called to have faith in him so we can kill sin by the power of the Spirit (Rom. 8:12-13).  This happens by his grace, not our feeble, carnal promises to be better people.  We kill sin to see Jesus more clearly, to be more like him.  The goal is Christ — not a good, moral life. 

 

 

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Life Theology

The Only Thing We Should Hate is Our Own False Ways

It is such a beautiful grace and mercy from God that he uses his word to help us taste and see that he is good, so we can hate sin like he does.  I find that when I don’t let God’s word saturate me (though I might be reading it!) I become calloused toward sin and usually, when I’m tempted, don’t put up much of a fight.  Our perspective should be, not that other people, the government, or anything else is the problem, but that we ourselves are the problem.  O, that God would let me taste the sweetness of Scripture that I might hate every false way in my heart. 

 

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Life Theology

Jesus Came to Heal Us

From John Piper’s book, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

One day all disease will be banished from God’s redeemed creation.  There will be a new earth.  We will have new bodies.  Death will be swallowed up by everlasting life (1 Corinthians 15:54; 2 Corinthians 5:4).  “The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25).  And all who love Christ will sing songs of thanks to the Lamb who was slain to redeem us from sin and death and disease (p. 55).

In my last post, I wrote about Dave Jones, who went to be with the Lord today.  Right now, he is experiencing complete healing from all the painful effects of sin.  Truly, to die is gain. 

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Ministry

The Messiness of Church

I think this is a great follow up video to what my sister wrote about a few days ago.  Church should always be messy.  I tend to pay attention to details and want my ducks to be in a row.  So, I take heed to what Driscoll says and I pray you will as well.

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Theology

We Keep Sinning, Jesus Keeps Saving

As I have been preparing for a message I’m giving to the Campus Crusade men at Wayne State College tomorrow, I have been repenting of many sins and trusting the Lord to use me even though I am a sinner.  At times, I have been overwhelmed with my sinfulness, but I have taken solace in the words of 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ he righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”

One of the reasons the Bible was written was so that we will know what sin is and stay away from it.  However, we do sin, because we are not perfect beings and we have a great Savior named Jesus to save us from ourselves, sin, death, Satan, and hell.

Still, some people profess to be Christian and claim that they are completely sanctified.  Unfortunately, these people are simply blind to their sin.  I wrestle at times with whether or not some of them are true believers.  When I them against verses like 1 John 1:8, I can’t help but say they are not true followers of Jesus.  The verse says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  I have written on this subject in a essay that I’d encourage you to check out.  Whether you are on the pro or con side of this argument, I hope you’ll be challenged to wrestle with your own sinfulness and prompted to look to Jesus.