Archive for April 2009

Grace Is Bigger than Your Sins!

April 11, 2009

David committed a horrible sin when he slept with Bathsheba, but after they were married and God wanted the temple to be rebuilt it was her son, Solomon, that He used to accomplish that project.

Peter flatly denied that he even knew Jesus, but when it came time for the sermon to be preached on the day of Pentecost, he was the man whom God used that day.

Abraham had his wife Sarah tell a king that she was his sister so that the king wouldn’t kill him to have a chance to take her. Despite his horrible and cowardly sin, God reaffirmed His intention to make him the father of a great nation many times afterwards.

The list could go on and on. It’s a strange thing to hear debate in the church today about who God can and can’t use. The fact is that God can use anybody He wants to use …

God can use you too. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you might have done something that is so terrible that your Father can’t redeem your past and use your life for His glory. He can use you and He will use you.

Jesus came to put away your sin and He fully succeeded at that (See Hebrews 9:26). We need to stop worshipping our sins by focusing on them and glory in the finished work of the cross. God’s grace is bigger than our sins and He will use our lives for His glory. Let’s just trust Him to do it!

Steve McVey
GraceVine, September 2007

All Sins Forgiven

April 11, 2009

No unforgiven soul sails with Paul: which is to say that Scripture recognizes no such person as a believer in Christ Jesus who has not already received forgiveness of all his sins. “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

H.A. Ironside
Sailing with Paul, Chapter 2

Adoption

April 11, 2009

Adoption is the act of God whereby children of God redeemed by Christ are made adult sons, whose full manifestations as such awaits the resurrection.

C.I. Scofield
The Scofield Bible Correspondence Course (1907), Vol. III, page 412

The Believer’s Identity

April 11, 2009

I believe that in Christ Jesus my sins have been fully and freely forgiven, and I am a new creation. I have died with Christ to my old identity in Adam. I have been raised with Christ to a new life. I am seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. God has given to me the full righteousness of Jesus. I am joined with angels, archangels, and all the saints in heaven, God is my Father, and if He is for me, who can be against me? Because of who I am in Christ, I am more than a conqueror. In fact, I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Christ Jesus is my life! Everything in my life here on this earth is working out for good according to the purposes of God. Christ Jesus Himself dwells within me. I have been called according to the purposes of God. These things I believe and confess, because God, my Father in heaven, says they are true. Amen!

Don Matzat
Christ Esteem

A Form of Godliness

April 11, 2009

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (II Timothy 3:5).

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christianity … They know that the message of fear, hate and confusion (which Evangelical Christianity preaches) is nothing more than “sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal”! In simple terms, “the church” is making a lot of noise, and is a “form of Godliness” which denies the power of God!

The problem is not the:

MASONS
HOMOSEXUALS
CATHOLICS (or any other religion, cult or denomination)
GOVERNMENT (who is in office)
MIDDLE EAST
TEN COMMANDMENTS (whether or not they are hanging on the walls in public places)
RIGHT TO PRAY IN SCHOOLS OR PUBLIC PLACES

The problem is “a form [mere appearance] of Godliness with no power!

So what is the answer?

II Timothy 1:7 states, “… For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.…” We have forsaken the power of God for the spirit of fear. We must stop preaching a “gospel of fear” and start preaching the Good News! What good news? The good news “that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (II Corinthians 5:19).

Instead of being just a form … Let us be transformed (Romans 12:2)!

Thomas Kissinger
The Glory of God and the Honor of Kings

Freedom to Be Yourself

April 11, 2009

When we don’t know our true identity, we are always on the lookout for something to change us and make us become a better person.

I’m glad I finally became comfortable with myself. It’s tiring to try to remake yourself when you feel like you don’t have much to work with anyway. Trying to act like somebody we aren’t defines the meaning of hypocrisy. It was a real release to me to find out that my Father adores me just like I am.

There are things I don’t like about myself, but I can’t change them. Maybe, in time, God will do it. Maybe He won’t. Either way, I’m encouraged to know I can just be myself without worrying about how to improve myself. I am learning to become comfortable living with my weakness.

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. I think I’ll just hold on to that truth and relax.

Steve McVey
GraceVine
June 2006


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