Monday, March 09, 2015

God's Faithfulness Overcomes Sin ~ Lent 2015

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

It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another law at work within me that is a war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:21-25 NLT

From the beginning when Adam and Eve sin, humanity’s nature begins its sinful journey that will finally end when Christ returns again and all believers will call the New Jerusalem their forever home. Until then, we struggle with carnal thoughts, earthly lust, and worldly cravings. The war with my mind tries to deceive the heart, to manipulate the will. These attitudes of sin, the sin that dwells in me finds itself in direct conflict with the spiritual laws of God. While the law itself exposes our sinful nature, it cannot offer new spiritual life.

While in Corinth during his third missionary journey, Paul writes Romans, a letter to the church in Rome, as a statement of faith. One of the main themes deals with sin, exposing the heart’s disobedience, examining the will’s rebellion. Paul confesses that he loves God and wants to do what is right; yet, he finds himself tempted by sin. Because of God’s faithfulness, Jesus Christ overcomes sin and offers us a spiritual rebirth. Through Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to each of us, lives within us, and empowers our desire to be obedient to God’s laws. 

Lord, life gets tangled between spiritual darkness and spiritual obedience. The flesh is weak, easily held captive and powerless, hostage and rebellious. Jesus, You break the chains that bind my soul to sin. In my weakness, great is Your faithfulness. You are the living God, the Spirit that dwells in me. –dho

Focus Point: Through Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to each of us, lives within us, and empowers our desire to be obedient to God’s laws.

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