LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Free From Sin's Bondage - Reid Ferguson

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

Today's Readings Mar. 8/06 : Matt. 23:25-39;
Romans 6:1-14; Psalm 55; Numb. 18-20

Jesus Christ died, not only to atone for sin, to make
all sin forgivable, He died to free us from sin's
bondage; from its power to control our lives and
keep us as slaves to it. One of the greatest facets of
the "Good News" is that not only HAS sin's penalty
been paid, but that Our Father intends to set each
and everyone who trusts His Son and appropriates
His death for their justification by faith - free from
being governed by that sin. Now we will not be free
from sin remaining in us until Christ comes, but we
are meant to be enjoying the conquest over its
power. As John Owen put it, sin has been dethroned
but not yet destroyed. But what I want to press
upon you today beloved is the fact that God is ever
and always on your side as you struggle against the
remainder of that sin within you. He does not leave
us to our own devices, nor has anything less in
mind for each of His children than total victory.
And "if God be for us, who can be against us?" Too
many of us have had the attitude that "that's just the
way it is" when it comes to our battle with sin. No
dear one, that's not "just the way it is." Yes, we are
intended to fight, but we are also intended to win!
God is for you. I know for many the battles have
been long and hard. Sometimes the pain of repeated
failure and succumbing to temptation over and over
in the same areas can be so disheartening as to
cause one nearly to give up. But don't you do it!
Rom. 6:4 says: "We were buried therefore with him
by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ
was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might walk in newness of life." Don't miss
those three marvelous words in the middle of this
sentence - "in order that." This is His purpose. This
is His design for you and me. This is what He has
set in motion and sealed with the blood of His Son.
Don't be afraid to go after every last little bit and
piece. Don't be afraid that once you start the battle
in earnest, you'll find some sins too entrenched, too
long untouched, too habitual to be brought down. It
is not so. If God has buried you with Christ "in
order that" "we too might walk in newness of life,"
then rest assured, it WILL be so. He will prevail.





--
Blessings: Reid
Dulcius Ex Asperis

7 Comments:

Blogger forgiven said...

HI Mark

Great up lifting post

Your Brother

March 09, 2006 12:04 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Doug,

Thank you! You are the only reader left at bluecollar. That means there is time to play catch with your grandson. Have him toss that little red ball that he has in his hand. He sure does look like he wants to play catch. Maybe he could play for the Mudhens when he gets older. Or maybe he could live in Lehigh Acres Florida and play for the Gators.

unread Mark

March 09, 2006 12:54 PM

 
Blogger Live, Love, Laugh said...

Amen, this is a great post!!

March 10, 2006 4:03 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

live, love, laugh: Thank you so much for your visit! Please come again.

March 10, 2006 7:08 AM

 
Blogger Kc said...

Hi Mark,
I wanted to let you know I read all of your post and they are always a blessing to me. I get them through RSS and when the comments were turned off there was no reason to make a "visit" since I already had read them. I'm glad they're back on so I can tell you you're a blessing. ;-)

March 10, 2006 11:09 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Casey: Thank you so very much!

Now, What is "RSS"

computer illiterate blogger

March 10, 2006 11:59 AM

 
Blogger Kc said...

Everytime you publish your post blogger notifies "aggregaters" and treat your post like it was news feed. People can subscribe to your "feeds" using a number of different readers. I use Bloglines. ;-)

March 10, 2006 6:58 PM

 

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