June 2018

KEEP ON KEEPING ON

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12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Rom 6:1–14 (KJV)

The Christian life is a life of grace. It is God’s grace that has brought us to Christ and in Him we are saved. It is God’s grace that has given us eternal life. It is God’s grace that has called us to serve Him with joy and gladness. And it is God’s grace that empowers us to overcome the sins that so easily beset us.

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hey 12:1–2

Wouldn’t it be awful and unconceivable that God would raise us from the grave but leave us in a state of death? Why would He save us from the penalty of sin and not from the power of sin? Rest assured that it is not so. Our God saves us from sin and calls us to go, and sin no more. We may not be sinlessly perfect, but we must be in a lifetime journey of repentance. Such is the path of a disciple. It is the path of 12 steps of Celebrate Recovery. Let us keep on keeping on.

May the Spirt of God be strong in you. Love in Christ-B