Meditations From the Heart
12/10/13 at 05:46 PM 0 Comments

Do Not Give Up - Give In

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It is sad when we hear of someone who has taken his or her own life. When that someone is a believer in Jesus Christ it is even sadder to hear.

Christ Jesus died to redeem us from sin, to forgive us of our sin, as well as to cleanse us from all of our unrighteousness. Our redemption paid by Jesus Christ, includes three areas. Our Lord redeems us from the penalty of sin John 3:16; from the power of sin in our daily lives 1John 1:9; and from the presence of sin 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18.

Believers in our Lord Jesus Christ easily accept and embrace our redemption from the penalty of sin. We believe the gospel. We accept the gospel. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures ....1 Corinthians 15: 3, 4 We believe and accept John 3:16, 17, and there are other verses to solidify our faith.

No Worries there!!

The believer's redemption from the presence of sin is also a part of our salvation package. Our Lord Himself told us in John 14, He is going to prepare a place for us and He will come again and receive us unto Himself. At the gravesite of Lazarus's tomb, our Lord Jesus declared to Martha (Lazarus' sister). In the presence of His disciples, Lazarus' family, friends and mourners, I am the Resurrection and the Life. John 11: 25, 26. Other scriptures including 1 Corinthians 15: 21, 22; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 confirm and support our deliverance from the presence of sin. We will live eternally with God.

God has fully taken care of, and dealt with the removal of our penalty of sin. God has fully taken care of our promised life with Him away from sin. We play no part in these two areas. What we did? We yielded ourselves to the Spirit of God and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.

However, our redemption from the power of sin in our daily lives while we are here on earth requires our participation. We have to forego our will and submit to God's will in our lives. This phase of our redemption gives us the most trouble.

We have a will and we do not want to give it up. We have a body that is sinful and corrupt. We cannot rectify our body. Our Lord at His return will give us a new body - just like His. The Book of Romans in the New Testament of the Bible - God's Holy Word - focuses on our flesh problems quite a bit. (Read chapters 1 and continue). Our flesh is a big problem, and we as believers in Christ have to acknowledge this fact.

We have to come to grips with our fleshly nature and with our body. Our body is not the innocent bystander as we may think. Our bodies are sinful. Our bodies stimulate our thoughts to sin and to disobey God. Have you ever gotten angry and it seems something flies up from the pit of your stomach into your throat, and all caution is thrown to the wind. Yes, your body is not as nice as you may think. Romans 7:22-25 However, getting rid of our body is never the answer.

The answer is in Jesus Christ. When Satan, sin and our bodies are captivating our minds in a common area, we must cry out to God - literally - HELP ME!!! We have to bow on our knees and pray!

God wants us to have the victory over our bodies and over our wills. God wants our participation in His redemptive process. He wants to cheer us on. When He sees us on that day, He wants to say with a BIG smile, "Well Done".

Do not give up. Give in to God's Will in your life.

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