Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SINLESS PREFECTION?

After my last post I thought I might have given the impression that I believed in sinless perfection.  NO NO NO.  That is a lie.  I still can choose to sin, but it is by choice. When I was born in Adam, I had the NO choice, but to be a good sinner or a bad sinner. Whether good or bad I was still a sinner.  I ate from the tree of Good and Evil.

 Like Cain in Genesis 4:6, the Lord spoke to Cain and tried to stop him from murder, "If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, SIN is crouching at the door.  ITS desire is for you, but you must rule over it." Cain's only choice was to do good or to do evil. Sin is an "IT"in our souls that we can choose or not.

But today, on this side of the cross, by identifying in Christ's death, burial, resurrection and ascension, as our own, we too have been crucified  buried and raised to a newness of life in Him. (Galatians 2:20) We have been set free from the tree of good and evil (our old man) and given back the TREE OF LIFE : JESUS CHRIST.  God no longer judges us by our behavior, or performance. 

The truth is, apart from Christ we were all born sinners and deserve death. "The soul that sins shall die." (Ezekiel 18:4).  Jesus came to give us LIFE and life abundantly.   Freedom to love our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love one another.

Now God's instructions through St. Paul makes sense, "Let not sin therefore reign in our mortal bodies, to make you obey its passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instrument of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace"  Romans 6:12-15.










Sunday, July 8, 2018

OUR NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST




When Jesus said "IT IS FINISHED",  He meant it.  The sinner in Adam was crucified, buried  and raised to a newness of life in Jesus Christ by the power of His death, burial and resurrection.  Galatians 2:20 says that, "We were crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me....".  By faith we are born again to a newness of life by the power of His resurrection.  Our life is now hidden in Christ in God, Col. 3:3." We have a new identity.  We are 'saints' set apart to the living God .  The sinner has died in Christ.

By faith, when we are raise to a new life, God creates in us a new heart of love to enable us to obey His word and to follow Him.  We are bought with a price and no longer our own.  We belong to Him.  The Holy Spirit desires to reveal more of Jesus to us and who we are IN Him.  We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  It is amazing grace.  God did it.  When we repent, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we are born from above and become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  You may not feel righteous, but righteousness is not a feeling. It is God Himself living His right-ness through us. because you are now one with Him. 

You can't clean a garbage can to smell like new. It will still be a garbage can. Our flesh profits nothing. It will NEVER change. God has to create something entirely new. He is not interested in changing our sinful heart.  He has breathed new life into our dead human spirit.  And the love of God is shed aboard in our new heart by the Holy spirit.  We now have a new hearts of love.  A  new nature moldable for God to transform us into His image and likeness.


We are totally loved, totally forgiven, and a total treasure in the heart of our Father. We are one spirit with Him forever. "He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him 1 Corinthians 6:17." It is a new day.

There is no God like our God.  He lives, He reigns and He delights in His children all the time.  Even on our most discouraging day, God is not discouraged with us, because He knows the Spirit of His Son in us will bring us through anything. Romans 8:9.



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THE OLD HAS GONE AND NEW HAS COME

I love analogies.  Of course they are not perfect and will break down at some point, but this one helps to understand  our NEW CREATION in Christ.

Jesus handed me keys to a brand new car with a tank full of gas. He gave me a life- time credit card for gasoline and any repairs.  He took my old car keys and threw them away saying  "These old keys will do you no good. You move over and let me show you how to operate this new car. I designed it perfectly for you. You sit back and rest and leave the driving to Me. I know exactly where I am going and the way to get there.  You have to let the old car go.  It is nothing like the new one."

Wow. what an exchange for my old car.  (Born in Adam; dead in trespasses and sin and exchanged for a new life in Christ.  Jesus has given to us the keys of the Kingdom.                                       
                                                              
The OLD has gone and NEW has come.  This is Amazing Grace.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Grandparenting:Creating and Keeping a Lasting Legacy



My husband and I would like to share some of our sixty years of marriage we have learned along the way.  We will be writing concerning parenting, grandparenting and great grandparenting.  I pray that you will be blessed

Take a look and be encouraged. Our motto is"Unless the Lord builds the house, they that build it labor in vain. "Psalm 127:1

We will be sharing from our recent published book Grandparenting Creating and Keeping a Lasting Legacy sold on Amazon.

 The blog is:      lastingfamilylegacy.blogspot.com