10th & 11th September
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declared that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins…..”
Praise the Lord. We are free from the penalty of sin. We are are not condemned but declared righteous by the gift of grace and by the gift of Jesus’ own sacrifice for us. Isn’t that great news to start your weekend with? In fact, isn’t that great news to start the rest of your life with?
The writer of Romans explains, that everyone of us has fallen short of God’s glorious standards. These standards are ‘God’s laws’ or ‘The Ten Commandments’. Although these are guidelines for our living, quite often we fall short of obeying them. Yet God in His grace is like a boxing referee. We may get knocked down (the feeling when we sin) and not be able to get up after the ‘Ten count’, yet God still keeps counting, 11, 12, 13 and so on…. He wills us on. ‘Get up’, ‘Get up’, He shouts to us. ‘My grace is sufficient for you’, ‘You are declared righteous’, ‘Jesus paid for your sins’!!
The enemy’s lie is to beat us down, tell us we are not worthy and declare us ‘sinners’ not fit for the presence of God. BUT God the Judge, God the Righteous, and God our Saviour thinks otherwise and tells us so. We, are declared righteous, free and safe from the penalty of sin. If you don’t believe in Jesus’ saving power, then maybe today is the day to start the beginning of the rest of your life by accepting this great news of grace and love. We are free……!!!!