Receiving Grace

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BY LINDZEY YAROSH

Everyone sins. Even Christians. As Christians, we often struggle to accept this fact. We worry about what others will think if they find out about our sin. Will we be called a hypocrite? Will people doubt our salvation? When it comes to our sin, we are often our own worst critic; and we can struggle to receive the grace and forgiveness that God freely gives us through Christ Jesus. Sometimes we even convince ourselves that our sin is too much for God to forgive. For these reasons and more, we as Christians must always be reminded of certain truths.

First of all, God loves us a lot! Christians are very familiar with John 3:16 and know that God loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins so that we can have eternal life with Him. But do we always remember what this really means? Romans 5:8-9 explains it this way,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”

Even when we wanted absolutely nothing to do with God, Christ died for us. How amazing! The moment we believe this and choose to follow Jesus as King, God declares us righteous and adopts us into His family. Chuck Swindoll describes it like this, “Justification is the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while he or she is still in a sinning state.”

Because Christ paid our sin debt and because God counts us as righteous when we follow Christ as Lord and Savior, we are no longer held responsible to receive the punishment of our sins and have no reason to be afraid.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1

We can trust that this is true, even when we fail, and we will fail. Proverbs 24:16 confirms this.

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”

Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us alone when we do fail; instead, He is there to guide us and to help us through. Psalm 37:23-24 says,

“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand.”

So today, if you are struggling to receive God’s gift of forgiveness, remember the truth of 1 John 1:9.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Take a moment to confess your sin to Him today and confidently receive His gift of grace and mercy. Then continue to live the life Christ has called you to live.

Lindzey attends Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY with her husband, Billy, to whom she has been married for 5 years. She is currently working toward a Graduate Certificate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her husband, cat, and Goldendoodle, hiking, crafting and watching Kentucky basketball.

 

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Deliverance

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For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 
Romans 7:19

How many of you find yourself in the same place Paul found himself when he wrote this in Romans? It is the battle between the sin nature and the new man we became when we accepted Christ. Paul said:

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Romans 7:24

How I understand just how Paul was feeling when he wrote the above scripture. I felt this way yesterday when something I’ve struggled with for a long time reared its ugly head. OH WRETCHED WOMAN THAT I AM!

Let me expose something most Christians won’t admit, hide, or refuse to believe.
There are Christians out there who struggle with things like:

  • Addiction to Porn
  • Addiction to Prescription Medication
  • Addiction to Illegal Drugs
  • Addiction to Alcohol
  • Sexual Sins
  • Love of Money

Yes these are people who truly love Jesus but they struggle. Their new man wants to do the right thing, but the sin nature comes out to play and they find it hard to resist. I was reading a question/answer area on Focus on the Family and this comment was made by the one answering the question about willful sin after salvation:

“And the first thing we want to say is that every Christian in the world wrestles with sin every single day of his or her life.”
https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-q-and-a/faith/willful-sin-after-salvation-and-eternal-security

We are in a war. We ALL are struggling at one point or another. We all are fighting battles big and small. Furthermore, if you are studying to show thyself approved (2 Timothy 2:15), I know satan is hitting hard and often. There have been times when satan snuck up on me with something I struggle with and before I knew it, there I was in a place of sin and feeling exposed and wretched.

However, there is good news – Jesus can and will deliver us!

First, He delivered us from sin when He saved our souls.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:16-18, 23

Then, through the Holy Spirit, He guides us on our path.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:13-15

Lastly, as we walk with Him, he delivers us from those sins that stop us in our tracks.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations… 2 Peter 2:9

I write all of this to bring hope to those in bondage; those of you who continue to struggle with the same thing over and over. Jesus came to the earth, died a cruel death, rose from the grave, and sits on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us so that we can have eternal life and find deliverance from sin. Every Christian struggles with something. Don’t sit in silence with your problem but share it with a trusted Christian friend. Ask for prayer. Let others bear your burden with you (Galatians 6:2).

If you need prayer, please feel free to click here and leave me a message. Myself and others will pray for your need. We will seek deliverance for you through prayer. If you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, please click here and watch the video. Consider Jesus – He loves you more than you will ever know.