Our Only Hope
Theme of the Week: What's the Big Deal About Sin?
Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "So turn away from your sins. Turn to God. Then your sins will be wiped away." (Acts 3:19, NIRV)
Dig Deeper: Acts 3:1-19
If Jesus died on the cross for our sin and God has forgiven us, then all is well, right? If we were to take this position we would be as Adam and Eve, unwilling to admit our disobedience against God.
We must acknowledge before him our transgressions. Our hearts must truly be repentant for our rebellion against a holy God. We must realize repenting of our sin is our only hope of receiving salvation. And then we must turn from a life of sin to a life of truth.
Repentance is more than just being sorry for our sin; it is a complete turning away from our total depravity. When we do that, Jesus Christ frees us from the consequences of sin, which is guilt and ultimate eternal separation from his presence. Only then are we delivered from the clutches of Satan and from his eternal dominion of hell.
Few people have ever met the ruler of a kingdom or a head of state. But the power of those leaders is real and affects all who live under their governance. Jesus Christ governs with love that demands obedience. His great love calls us to the foot of his cross so that we may receive his pardon for our transgressions.
—Billy Graham in The Reason for My Hope: Salvation
My Response: Who is ruling my heart right now—Satan or Christ?
Thought to Apply: Repentance is one of the most positive words in the Christian vocabulary! It refers to turning from a destructive path and moving instead into God's abundant life.—Richard Blackaby (ministry leader, writer)
Adapted from The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, thank you for the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Help me to have a healthy and realistic understanding of my sin, knowing that I needed your grace and mercy for my salvation, and I also need your grace and mercy each day of my Christian walk.
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