PASTOR'S NOTE: "GOD'S PURPOSE AND GRACE"
Week of January 24, 2016
It is important that we as Christians discover what our God-given purpose is in life, which God expects us to look to Him for the answer. We will discover our purpose as we look to His Word and as we pray.
However, if success is going to be achieved there will be no room for doubt. We will need to remove any formless-destructive ways and thoughts that add up to nothing more than thinking that we are insignificant and no use to God. These self-condemning thoughts set themselves against the truth and will keep you from discovering your purpose.
The truth is God is not condemning you for your sins as a believer. You are and have been forgiven of every past, present and future sin that you have committed, are committing and will ever commit. And yes, there are consequences for our sins just as there are consequences for running through a red light at a very busy intersection. If you step out of airplane flying thousands of feet above the earth without a parachute there are going to be consequences to suffer.
But as Charles Stanley has often shared, which his grandfather shared with him, "Obey God and leave all the consequences with Him." And of course the opposite of this is true disobeying God and you suffer the consequences. But as believers we will never be condemned for our sin by God.
God is love! God loves the sinner! That means God loves you! God proved His love in while we were yet sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Since you know this stop the self-condemning when you screw and stop condemning others too.
How is it that we judge others in areas they are weak and we are strong. Everyone is weak in some area and it is not our place to tear down, but to encourage others if possible. When we condemn ourselves and others we are giving the evil one the opportunity to gain power over us placing ourself into bondage and strongholds that keep us from being any earthly good for the kingdom of God.
You and I are not forgotten, we are not forsaken and we are very much loved! We are 100% forgiven! You and I have the opportunity to believe what is right and when we do we will also live right. How can we not be applying God's Word when we claim to believe in His Word? The Word is Jesus!
Ephesians 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace." Please, take what has been shared with you to heart and know that God's grace is His very best for your struggles and sin. God has given to us heaven's best, which is God's only begotten Son, Jesus! Your sins have been forgiven! Therefore, stop trying to have your sins forgiven when they have already are through the riches of His grace. Grace is our God-given purpose, for without grace we have no purpose! Amen!
LET US PRAY! "Thank You Jesus! Bless Your holy name! Thank You, Father and Holy Spirit for Your continued guidance, faithfulness and for all Your help! You have and continue to love each of us beyond any word that we can ever voice or imagine. I am so thankful, Lord, for everything that You have given to me and to everyone else. For You are a God who will not reject us or ever stop loving us! Praise You, our God, for You are worthy of all the glory, honor and praise for now and forever more! In Christ, we pray! Amen!"