INTRODUCTION (UPDATED APRIL 3, 2011)

When a person comes to the understanding of who Jesus is, and that He was and is God in the flesh, and that He died in our place, because God chose to place His wrath intended for us because of our sins upon Jesus, His only begotten Son, we become overwhelmed with  appreciation and gratitude for the mercy and grace that God has shown to us.

If we choose to accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, by placing all our trust in what He has already done, and not in anything we can ever do to earn God’s forgiveness and acceptance, the evidence should show the working of His Holy Spirit in our hearts, as He begins to transform our lives.  There should be proof of repentance; we should have a hatred for the sin in our lives that will cause us to turn from it, and instead have a desire to live according to His Spirit within us, to show our love and sincere commitment to Him.

Sometimes, the ‘enemy of our soul’ tries to remind us of our past to make us feel unworthy of living for God.  That’s why it is so important to read God’s Word daily, so that our minds can be renewed by the truth of His Word, and His strength can be made perfect in the areas where we find ourselves weak.  When we feel unworthy, that’s actually a good thing, because it points us back to the basic foundation of our faith, which is forgiveness by grace alone,  (unearned, undeserved forgiveness because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross in our place) through faith alone, (believing it’s because of what Jesus has already done for us, and not because of our own efforts or anything we can ever do) in Christ alone…He is the only way, and the only way to the Father.  (John 10:9) (John 14:6) (1 Timothy 2:5)

However, if we are truly one of His children,  God will convict us about certain sins in our lives if we choose to continue doing them.   His corrections come firmly, but lovingly and specifically points out the sins we have not repented of.  Satan, on the other hand, comes with an accusing voice.  Instead of conviction, he comes and fills our minds with condemning thoughts that are general; making us believe we are worthless and a failure, and that God could never use us because of what we have done.  Spending time with God in prayer and in His Word, gives us the ability to tell the difference, and also allows us to see the sin we have been trying to hide.

Confessing and turning from the sins that have a strong hold on our lives, frees us from the trap that Satan has us in, because he not only wants to hold us back from being used by God, but his main intention is also to destroy us.  (John 10:10) (1 Peter 5:8)

Spending time in God’s Word also allows Him to give us His wisdom that will enable us to ‘always be prepared to give an answer to all who ask us to give the reason for the hope that we have, and to do it with an attitude of ‘gentleness and with respect.’  (1 Peter 3:15)  Sometimes we can get frustrated, as we try to help someone understand the truth that God has revealed to us, when they don’t seem to be grasping the gospel message.  It’s at these times that we must remember that it is a spiritual battle, and that the ‘god of this age blinds the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’  (2 Corin. 4:4)  We must be patient with them and continue to be faithful to share Biblical truth with them, and trust God to open their minds to the Scriptures, and draw them to Himself.  (To be continued…almost finished…another work in progress)

God bless you.  And thank you very much for stopping by and reading my poems.  : )

SCRIPTURES FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”                (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”  (Colossians 2:13-15)

“Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  (Hebrews 12:1)

“…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”  (Romans 13:14)

“So I say,  live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like.  I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  (Galatians 5:16-25)

“You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”  (Micah 7:19)

“But You are a shield around me, O LORD; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”  (Psalm 3:3)

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  (Galatians 5:1)

ARISE

You’ve come to believe that Jesus is God, just as He claimed to be

The desire of your heart is to live fully for Him, and to set other captives free

But guilt still holds you back because of all you have done

Even though you’ve repented and been washed clean by the blood of Christ, God’s only Son

Believe the list of sins from your past has been nailed to His cross

The ability of Satan to accuse you is now at a loss

You are covered in Christ’s righteousness, your past sins God chooses to no longer see

For your debt Jesus paid in full, you now stand cleansed, forgiven and free

Turn your back on all remaining sin that entangles you so tight

Put to death the desires of your flesh that captures your thoughts and sight

Arise, with joy in your heart because of all He has done

Renew your mind with the truth of God’s Word, for a new life you have begun

Let God’s Word heal you from any destructive lies that may still run through your mind

Lay your past down at the foot of His cross, and leave it all behind

God has cast your sins into the depths of the sea

Lift up your head, for He has chosen you, now live victoriously and free

Copyright©2011 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

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