The Awesome God Who Made the Universe Loves YOU!

 

universe2God loves you!
The God who created the world and everything in it. Loves you. He loves you so much that he sent his son to die a horrible death in order to make it possible for YOU to spend eternity with him.
Imagine the God of the universe who created all and knows all, loves you! To understand how great God’s love for you is, we need to understand how great our God is. Look around you at the natural world God created and yet what you see is just a shadow of the world he originally created for us. Because of the sin of man the original world was destroyed by the flood. However, the Bible tells that there is a day coming when God will create a new heaven here on earth. It will be even better than the garden of Eden was. It will be beyond our imagination!
In 1 Corinthians 2:9, we are told, “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him”
Why is God doing this? Because he loves us! Continue reading

Living Free in Jesus

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Because of God’s grace, we can stand before him, spotless and pure in his sight, regardless of our past.
We are all sinners. Because of our human carnal nature, it is impossible for any of us to live sin free.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

There are many ways to sin. As humans, we tend to categorize them into different levels. Some are really bad, while other sins are very small. It just makes sense to us that some sins are not as bad as others. However, just like a single drop of raw sewage can contaminate an entire barrel of water, any sin in our lives will make us unfit for Heaven.      The disciples asked Jesus, “How then can any of us be saved?”
Jesus answered, “With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26-27)

This is where God’s grace and forgiveness come in. God said he would forgive our sins and remember them no more. (Hebrews 8:12 & 10:17) Continue reading

God’s Marvelous Grace

old sailing shipThere is a wonderful illustration of the nature of grace in the life of John Newton. John Newton had been raised in a Christian home in England in his very early years. But he was orphaned at the age of six and lived with a non-Christian relative. There Christianity was mocked, and the young boy was persecuted. At last, to escape the conditions at home, Newton ran away to sea and became an apprentice seaman in the British Navy. He served in the Navy for some time. At last, he deserted and ran away to Africa. He tells in his own words that he went there for just one purpose: and that was “to sin his fill.”

In Africa, he joined forces with a Portuguese slave trader, and in his home, he was very cruelly treated. At times the slave trader went away on expeditions, and the young man was left in the charge of the slave trader’s African wife, the head of his harem. She hated all white men and took out her hatred on Newton. He tells that she exercised such power in her husband’s absence that he was compelled to eat his food off the dusty floor like a dog. Continue reading

Living in God’s Grace

the-crossA young woman in a desperate financial situation yielded to temptation and stole from her employer. She was caught and arrested. However, when she came before the judge and told her story, he had compassion for her. He offered to pardon her if she would return the money, which she gladly did. Even though her employer forgave her, and the judge pardoned her, she still had an arrest record that would follow her for life. If the judge had erased the crime from her record, that would have been grace.

When we come to Christ, we are not only forgiven, but because of His grace, our slate is wiped clean. Our record is pure, it’s as if we never sinned. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

We view sin on different levels. For instance, a little lie is not nearly as bad as murder, which it isn’t. This is a worldview of sin, not God’s view. To God sin is sin. It is black and white. There are no gray areas.

Let me illustrate, If you had a gallon of totally pure water, you would have no qualms about drinking it. In fact, you would probably relish the idea of drinking water that was completely pure.

If you took that gallon of pure water and added one tiny drop of raw sewage, would you still drink it?  Probably not, because that tiny drop of sewage would have spread throughout the entire gallon of water. No longer is it a little isolated drop that you can push to one side out of the way.

It is the same with sin. One small sin, no matter how insufficient it may seem, will permeate our entire being. And God being pure and righteous cannot tolerate even the smallest sin.

As humans, it is impossible for us not to sin.If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Unkind thoughts, envy, pride, prejudices, resentment, and jealousy are just a few of the things that we battle. Our minds are a battleground in the spiritual war that takes place between God’s goodness and the evil ways of Satan.

The devil has had thousands of years to perfect his tactics. We are no match for him. It is only because of God’s grace that we will be able to spend eternity in heaven. We cannot be good enough on our own to deserve heaven.

The disciples asked Jesus “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18: 26-27).

Thankfully Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. He redeemed us with his blood. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace..” (Ephesians 1:7). Because of his blood, our sins are covered. the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.(1 John 1:7)  “All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

We are washed as white as snow (Psalms 51:7)  (Isaiah 1:18).

Our sins are forgiven, never to remembered again. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34) (Hebrews 8:12)

It doesn’t matter how good we are or how much good we do. It is only by God’s forgiving grace that we can be saved. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

God’s grace is not a one-time whitewash of our sins. It is never ending. We are going to make mistakes. We are going to fail. However, grace is an on-going cleansing process, as we daily surrender ourselves to Christ.  It is only by the atoning blood of Christ and the gift of grace that we can come to God. The grace of God is so complete and encompassing that Paul, when speaking to the Roman Christians warned them to not go on sinning, simply to experience more of God’s grace.What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2)

We must not tempt the Lord by continuingly sinning, knowing that we are justified by God’s abundant grace. Such action would give Satan a toehold in our life and distance us from God.

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

As Christians, our lives should be joy filled with a sense of freedom in Christ. If our lives are not joy filled, if our Christian walk feels burdensome, then we are probably not living as a free person. Rather, we are living as slaves under the law.

We have been made free of the law. The law no longer has jurisdiction over us. We are dead to the law (Romans 7:4) and free from the law (Romans 8:2). The law could not save; it can only condemn. God sent his son to save us and do what the law could not do.

The law demands perfection. Grace provides perfection.

Thanks to Christ we can live a joy filled life free from the burden of sin and free from the condemnation of the law. Our sins have been washed away, never to be remembered again. Our record is clean.

Thank you God for your amazing grace.