Sunday, March 08, 2015

3rd Sunday in Lent ~ Our Gift in God's Faithfulness

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV

During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

But now God has shown us a different way of being [righteous] in His sight – not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. Romans 3:21-26 NLT

The Lord, the I AM, the same yesterday, today and forever is with us. This is what matters. This is our reason for confidence.
Elizabeth Elliot

In the Biblical temple, in the most holy place, the Holy of Holies, blood sacrifices for atonement are offered on the mercy seat which covers the Ark of the Covenant. God’s righteousness reveals itself anew through Jesus Christ, His faithful promise for everlasting life. With Christ’s blood sacrifice on the cross, He becomes the living “mercy seat”, the eternal “place of forgiveness”. Christ brings God’s righteousness to each of us.

Until Christ, only the most high priest could enter the Holy of Holies and only once a year. Now, Christ invites everyone into the Holy of Holies, into the presence of God – the prostitute, the thief, the murderer, and the unfaithful spouse, the habitual abuser, the child molester, and you, and me. This gift of Grace, this atonement, exceeds all darkness, all destructive habits, all disillusionment, all depraved indifference. Grace comes from the outstretched arms of unfailing love, reaching for all. With faith each one can accept this pure gift, undeserved and unmeasured Grace. 

Holy One, sin surrounds me, invades me, lives within me. Grace offers forgiveness and new beginnings. Infinite Righteousness, cover me, cleanse me, complete me. Great is Your faithfulness, great in goodness and generosity. –dho

Focus Point: Grace comes from the outstretched arms of unfailing love, reaching for all.

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