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Sin

When I read Charles Dickens in school, I read the the CliffsNotes.

I know I’m ignorant. I’m not a detail person. I don’t like a lot of words and Dickens is known for them.

So when my pastor told us he was going to spend several weeks in one chapter of the Bible, I thought maybe I’d get bored.

Fact is, he’s spent 3-45-minute-Wednesday-night-lessons on just five words.

“Christ died for our sins.”

He quoted some famous guy who talked about those words. “Bury yourself in a dictionary and come up in the presence of God.”

We’ve been doing just that. I’m enthralled.

Last night Pastor David Brady spoke on the word sin.

When we think of sin, most of us think of the ten “big ones.”  We may even say we keep most of them. Sometimes.

The trouble is the law of God isn’t a serious of commandments.

The law of God is who He is. He doesn’t have to keep it. The law flows out of His character. It balances His mercy, goodness, love, purity, holiness, and justice. And He balances them all perfectly. All the time.

If there is no holy God, there is no sin since sin is relational.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from their Creator. No one told them to do that, it was natural. When you and I sin, we distance ourselves from our Creator.

It doesn’t matter if you believe in a Creator. Truth doesn’t change.

Scripture describes sin in several ways. Missing the mark, unbelief, immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry. Basically, if you live your life your way, you are sinning.

Christ died for those sins.

All of them.

Unless you haven’t received His free gift of salvation. You’d better hurry, It’s not on the table forever. The moment you die salvation is not an option. No second chances.

What do I need to do?

Believe this:

“Christ died for your sins.”

Then live like it.

 

Investing in Heaven, Day 3-Blessed to be a Blessing

Abraham leaves Ur

Growing up as an O.B. (Officer’s Brat), in the Salvation Army was definitely interesting. For instance, every few years my parents received a letter in the mail labeled “Marching Orders.” Basically, it stated that our family should pack all our belongings and begin to say goodbye. We were moving in three weeks.

We never knew where. a week or two later, we’d receive another letter telling us our destination.

But imagine God telling you to move. To leave everything and everyone that you’d ever known and go “somewhere.” No real destination. Just “the land that I have promised.”

You know the story of Abram, or Abraham. But, let’s take a closer look at his “marching orders.”

Genesis 12:1-3 states:

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” NASB

You may be asking what that has to do with Christmas. Stay with me.

Abe left. He realized the promise of a son late in life, but for the most part, he never witnessed the fulfillment of God’s promises to him.

But we have. We look through the pages of history and see that God fulfilled all of those promises. I’d like to concentrate on the last promise. That through Abram, all the world would be blessed.

What Abe didn’t know was that the promised redeemer from Genesis 3 would come through his descendants. From Isaac to Jacob, through Judah and David, and finally, through Mary and Joseph.

Jesus, the Christ.

Abram’s act of faith in following God’s command made a way for all the nations to be blessed. That’s you and me, Sister.

I have a question for you today? How can you be a blessing to others since we have been blessed to have new life through Christ? What step of faith can you take?

Yesterday, I sent out 4 notecards to faithful friends. Today, I’m going to pray and ask the Lord to bring someone into my life that I can bless. To make it crystal clear to me.

How about you? Will you Invest in Christmas by getting on your knees and praying for someone specifically? Will you ask God how you can be a blessing to them? And just like Abram, you might not see how you blessed someone in your life. But you can believe it. Because if you do it in Jesus’ name and for His kingdom, it is an eternal investment.

That is a present that won’t need to be returned on Christmas Day.

Here is an appropriate Scripture passage for today found in Hebrews 11:13-16:

“All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavely homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” NLT

Be a blessing to others since you have been blessed beyond description through Christ.

Now for worship. Check out Matt Redman’s youtube video of “Blessed Be Your Name.

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Plunk down a heavenly investment on your knees today, friend.

Would you be willing to share with other sisters how you invested today? If it’s a secret, keep it. If the Lord says you can share it, do it. We could all be encouraged.

 

ASHA Mission Children

I gazed out my window at 30,000 feet. The sun rested gently on puffy clouds. Every once in a while, I’d get a glimpse of the earth.

As the flight progressed, it became dark. We approached the airport. Lights illuminated the land as far as I could see. Eventually, cars with bright headlights came into view.

I thought about how God looks down at His creation and we ignore Him.

Abraham didn’t. Hebrews 11:13-16 states:

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, the would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

By faith the patriarchs of old trusted God. Often, they didn’t see His Word fulfilled in their lifetime. And that pleased God.

I want to live a life of faith like that. Trusting. Believing. Doing.

Cause I’m banking on heaven.

I’d like to share a link with you today where believers are investing in heaven with a few children in India. It’s called ASHA Mission and now they even work with lepers. Please, go to their site, read it. Smile. Weep. Give. Pray.

Invest.

By the way, if you visit their site and post a comment on this post, I’ll put your name in a drawing for a $5 Starbucks card.

I’ve taken two people out for coffee this week. Win the card, then share it with someone who needs a coffee date.

Blessings, friend.

http://ashamission.com