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That would be like committing a crime, then telling the judge we are not guilty because we did a good deed afterwards. We must remember all sin no matter how small in thought or deed is punishable by Hell. But the good news is God wants to have a relationship with you and me. God's desire is that all people would spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Therefore, God's salvation is a free gift given by His grace, through faith alone in Jesus alone. God gave us a way to receive forgiveness of all of our sins past, present and future! And that is His free gift of grace. We know that we are not perfect. Though try as we might, no one can achieve perfection. We cannot behave perfectly all, or even most of the time, and God knows that! And that's why He gave us the gift of salvation which is the forgiveness of sins. As the Bible says "for by grace you are saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
 

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for Friday, October 20, 2017

God Promises He Will Forgive and Cleanse Us - (1st John 1:9)

If you confess your sins, I will be faithful to forgive and cleanse you.


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We are a constant work in Christ who sustains us. When we confess our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are forgiven and made children of God. Through Jesus we are adopted into the family of God by faith. And because of our faith we receive a constant flow of strength through the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers. God has given us this gift in order to help us deal with sin. This is part of the process of spiritual growth, carried out by God in us through the Holy Spirit who indwells us. This work of God in us, is called sanctification and it's a work carried out by the Holy Spirit in our lives. This means when we do stumble and sin, we can pick ourselves up again come before the Lord in confession and He is faithful to forgive us.

Moreover, because of our faith in Jesus, we have been given the grace needed to stay in relationship with God. The Holy Spirit builds up perseverance within us, as we remain steadfast in our faith through trials. And it's through God's constant grace poured out on us, that we can maintain our relationship and fellowship with God through Christ who strengthens us. And as we grow in Christ, the Holy Spirit continues His work of sanctification in our hearts, making us more effective for the service Jesus has called us to do; while deepening our love for Jesus and those who are lost. In God's eyes, we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, because Jesus has paid for our sins past, present and future. In addition, the righteousness of Jesus has been imputed or freely credited to us because of our faith in Him.

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Advent Day 12: Jesus Humbled Himself to the Cross for Us

Bible Verse Philippians 2:31-11

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Commentary:

Our salvation was planned by God from eternity past. The Bible tells us "God chose us, in Christ Jesus before the foundations of the world were laid in place." This means that God loves us so much, that He individually knew us, and personally chose us for a relationship with Him before the world was created. And in God's perfect timing Jesus who is fully God, stepped out of eternity and took on humanity, in order that we, who were chosen by God may receive salvation. And because He came as a sacrifice for us to take away our sins, He humbled Himself to the point of death and not only death, but the humiliating death of the Cross. God did this because of His immense love for us. Jesus died for us, that we may live through Him. Jesus who was completely sinless took on our sin and the punishment due us in order that we may live eternally through Him. Moreover, we have to remember the incarnation means Jesus took on humanity and added it to His divinity without loss of either. Jesus who is the Messiah of God, came in God's perfect timing. God in His sovereignty prepared the world for the arrival of Jesus Christ and the spread of the Gospel message.

During the time between the Old and New Testaments, God prepared the world for the spread of the Gospel. God used the Greek empire to spread the common language of Koine Greek to the known world. Then God used the Roman Empire to bring the Roman road system and relative peace for the safety of travel in order for the Gospel message to quickly spread. These are an example of God's perfect timing and sovereignty in action as He carries out His plan of redemption for mankind. God did this because of His great love for us, His creation. Therefore, we who are followers of Christ are to be of the same mind as Jesus. That is, we are to walk through the power of the Holy Spirit who guides us. We are to walk in all humility, not esteeming ourselves better than others. And we are to preach the Good News of Jesus to a lost and dying world which is trapped in darkness because it does not know the Gospel of Christ. Jesus first came as a suffering servant to take away the sins of the world; however the time is soon coming when He shall return as the conquering King of kings and Lord of lords. And at that time it will be too late for the lost. It will be too late for those who have rejected Jesus to then accept Him after He returns. This means the season is now, in which we are to spread the light of Christ to a dark world in need of salvation.

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Avoid Obstacles that Hinder Our Service

2nd Timothy 2:3-5, 7

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

Waiting on the Lord

Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

The Strength of the Lord Can See Us Through

Isaiah 40:28-29

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Only Through Jesus Can We Obtain a Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

We Are Clean through the Blood of Christ

Psalm 51:7-9

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

Only Jesus Can Cleanse Us from Sin

Psalm 51:1-4

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

We Have Joy and a Generous Life Through Christ

Psalm 51:11-13

Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

Salvation Through Christ Alone, Who is God

Psalm 51:14-17

O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise.

Blessed Are Those Who Have Their Faith in Christ

Matthew 5:2-11

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

We Are the Light of Christ

Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Jesus, the Image of the Invisible God

Colossians 1:15-17

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

Year of Proverbs
for Friday, October 20, 2017

A Wise Son Heeds the Father's Instruction - (Proverbs 13:1)

A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.


Reading Notes

It is the same in our day and age, as it was in times past, a wise son is a gift from God. How hard was it for us to listen to our father? How many of us listened to the wisdom and guidance of our loving father growing up? In order for us to become a wise and loving father, we must first be a wise son. Our heavenly father has called us to Himself. Do you hear His call? Did you heed His call? Do you hear His instruction? Did you follow His instructions? Do you read and meditate on His word? God has given us what we need to be wise and He has written it in His word. Moreover, God has sent us His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit who indwells all followers of Christ, carries out God's work of spiritual growth in us call "Sanctification."

The book of James tells us God has wisdom in abundance for those who ask Him for wisdom, those who belong to Him through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore, let us first become a wise son to our loving Father in heaven, then let us imitate that behavior to our earthly fathers in humility, honor and love. Then and only then, with a heart of humility and love for God, can we pass it down to our sons. God has given all Christian men a great responsibility and that responsibility is to live for our children and our spouses as we would live to Christ Himself. Our love, our behavior and our actions are the transportation upon which our spoken words ride into the hearts of our children. Our sacrifices for them are the yardstick by which they measure our resolve and commitment to our family and to Christ Jesus our Lord. The role of all men, is to create a loving and safe home in which our children and spouses can thrive and grow into the people God has planned for them to be.

Year of Psalms
for Friday, October 20, 2017

Examine and See the Lord is Good to His Children - (Psalm 34:8-9)

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him. Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints there is no want to those who fear Him.


Reading Notes

The nation of Israel was intended by God to be priests to the rest of the world. By honoring and following the Lord, God had promised to bless them abundantly. These blessings would be so evident to the surrounding people groups that they would know that the God of Israel was the true living God of Heaven and seek after Him. And that's what David is referring to in these passages, having a personal relationship with God, because we belong to Him as His people. The word "taste" is used here in the literal sense and is in reference to tasting the mercy, kindness and sweetness of the Lord's love for His people. And once again we see the word "fear" which in these passages means to revere and love God because of who He is and what He has done for us. Moreover, the reference is used twice to help us understand that we are to have a deep down love, awe and respect for God.

And lastly, the word "saints" is a reference to those who personally belong to God. Those who are in a covenant relationship with God by faith. Dear child of God, these verses are still applicable to us today, because of what Jesus has done for us. And we can have this type of relationship with God, by placing our faith in Jesus. We have to remember the Jewish people are God's chosen people, Paul calls them God's natural olive tree. In chapter eleven of Paul's letter to the Roman Christians, Paul explains that we as believers and followers of Christ have been grafted into the natural olive branch to become part of God's children. Therefore, we too are called to be priests spreading the Gospel of Christ, which is the good news of Salvation found in Him alone to the rest of the world. We do this because we know and have experienced firsthand the joy, peace and rest found in no other name than Jesus. And just as God promised Jesus is our fulfillment, there is no desire other than to know Him more.

Bible Principle for Today
for Friday, October 20, 2017

God is in control always and forever so our hearts should be focused on Him and the things of God, which means anything we hold too tightly and cherish more than God we often will loose.

Prayer for Today
for Friday, October 20, 2017

Help us Lord in our frailty to believe and trust in your inspired Word that speaks to us of thee, bless us Lord as through faith we place our lives in your hands.