I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness

Sin and it’s consequences!

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Obey the Lord!

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Are sins weighted as small and inconsequential while other sins are seen as huge and far reaching in the damage they cause? Christians tend to categorise sins like this. The reality is that no one sins in isolation. Each time we sin, we show disobedience to God – it affects not only the sinner and the relationship he/she has with God, but also countless others people in both the present and the future.

If you were the judge at the time Adam and Eve sinned, would you have convicted them as God did? After all, they just ate fruit from a tree they weren’t meant to. Is that so bad? It is bad because it is disobedience to God. Today, unfortunately, people think nothing of ignoring commands—even biblical ones.

Each of ours sins is followed by negative consequences. Adam and Eve’s disobedience led to pain and frustration in two basic areas of fulfillment—relationships and meaningful work. The whole earth fell under sin’s curse, and every person born since then has entered the world with a sinful nature that detaches them from the Lord.

That first sin plunged humanity into a terrible condition. Civilisation is now plagued by countless ramifications of the innumerable sins committed by human beings throughout the ages. This is why the world is in such terrible shape. Sin causes suffering; it robs us of God’s best. We may never enter The Garden of Eden again. Ever.

Here’s the good news – Christ’s grace and forgiveness is our only real hope in this fallen world. Thinking about and focusing on sin’s consequences is necessary to remind us of the greatness of our salvation and to move us to obey God, even in the small things. Each sin measured the same – disobedience to God.

Move toward Obedience to God.

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Release Your Regrets

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Recognise Your Regrets

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Loving Your Regrets

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The Greater Glory of the New Covenant!

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The veil over our hearts is removed!

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Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 2 Corinthians 3: 7-15

The veil Paul speaks of is that of a deceived mind formed and shaped in the world’s Satan-manipulated beliefs. It is so against the true God and His Word that it fights the very way of God to heal them through a great, freely given gift, just as the Jews rejected Christ.

However, the effects of the self-centred way of life we have adopted through the ways of this world remains in our attitudes and characters, becoming what must be overcome. It will stunt in us all our converted lives as a means of testing our determination to be in God’s Kingdom, as well as our love and loyalty to our God and Saviour.

Be aware that the astounding removal of this veil of blindness by God, through the pleasing gifts of His Spirit and of a great hope, also places a responsibility on us, we are granted the ability to choose between God’s way and the world’s way.

Choosing to submit to God provides our witness of God, as well as the means of building the character God desires to create within us.

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Smite me, oh Mighty Smiter

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In The Garden

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Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

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The struggle is real, but not permanent!

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Your weakness will turn to winning!

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

There are days when you feel weakness and nothing seems to be going right. But then the flip side, there will be days when your weakness turns to winning. Ttrue warriors are winners because they worship! I will admit it, at times, I don’t like the fact that I’m weak – But that changes when I focus on Jesus, who is strong! In my human nature, sometimes I let my fear of weakness speak louder than my trust in that God is wiser, stronger, and more powerful than I will ever be. I sometimes forget that God supplies all the strength that I need. Answer the call of the Lord. 

A world where weakness is seen as costly. But the Kingdom of God is different. The Kingdom says to be afraid of those moments when you think you are independently strong. At all costs we must avoid the delusions of strength and fully depend on the grace of God. God’s grace makes a way for God’s strength to enter into our weakness.

Grace gives you the freedom from being disappointed that you cannot do life on your own – this is a to claim victory over these insecurities and a win over the pressures the world puts on us. With grace, you always win. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”
Psalm 20:7–8.

As you go through your day, remember this: Even though you struggle with your weakness, your weakness is what allows God to pull you from your struggle. 

It is in our weakness that we see our need for God.

So when it’s all said and done, be reminded that your struggle is real, but it’s not permanent.

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Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

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Learning from Christian Persecutions- Radical Faith!

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The soil of Your Heart – God’s Voice

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