We are saved through faith by the grace of God. 3“It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast”. But 2“shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.” Though we are a sinner it does not give us a right to sin. If we truly believe in Jesus than our hearts are given to do His will and not the lusts of the flesh. We all fall short in life, but when we seek the Lord He picks us right back up. It is better for us to live in the light of Christ than the darkness of the world. All those in Christ are a new creation. They no longer walk in sin but 2“walk in newness of life”. If you say you are a believer in Christ but live in sin then your faith is dead. Can you say you love Jesus but also deny Him by your works of wickedness? We can’t be for Him and against Him at the same time. We must be all in it for Jesus. What is in your heart is where your true love resides. Only those that have been washed clean through the blood of the Lamb will be forgiven. These people are saved for they have turned from their wickedness to Jesus. Following Him means more than all the world could ever offer. Salvation in God’s kingdom is a greater reward than all the drugs, alcohol, sex and money. If you are breaking God’s laws then there will be a reckoning for your evil deeds in hell unless you repent. If there is sin and shame in your life then give it all to Jesus. Let Him cut down the chains that have you bound. 1Call upon His Name in prayer. Tell Him sorry for what you’ve done. Ask for forgiveness and mercy. In your moment of distress give it all to the Lord. Make things right with God with sincerity of heart. Trust in Him, that He may do a work in your life.
Jesus loves you. He paid the price for our sins on the cross that we might be forgiven. He gave us a chance to live again if we believe and follow Him. Though we are a sinner, he takes us in and teaches us His ways of righteousness. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, all can be forgotten because of His love. He is ever so patient for us in our walk with Him. Seek to do His will and He will make you stronger. He will be there with you, along the way. Make a place for the Lord, in your everyday life, that He may guide you. Direct your thoughts to Him and He will teach you and give you wise counsel. He is able to instruct us in His ways if we listen. 3“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Our walk with the Lord will lead us to do great things. Our love for the Lord and our neighbor will increase. The things of this world will be less important than the love for one another. 4It is our faith that leads us to do good things, for Jesus lives in us. When we walk blindly through life we are unstable but with Him we are able to think clearly. People may have ways to live a better life but if it isn’t God’s will than it doesn’t please Him. For this reason, it is essential that we read the Bible to know His intents for us. And when we know them, He asks us to walk in them. To not just understand what He wants but act on it.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, It is a great joy to follow You. Sin has no meaning to me. It only brings me misery. I need a love that never ends. This can only be found in You. Your ways are good. Thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for taking me in. I devote my life to You. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 4:1-8 (KJV)
1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
2Romans 6:1-7 (KJV)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
3Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
4Colossians 1:26-29 (KJV)
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.