Jesus Christ went to the cross to provide each one of us full and complete atonement for all of our sins. Through His precious blood He literally paid the debt for all of our sin so that we no longer must come before the throne of judgment. The gift is free that all may receive it and be saved by coming to the cross and abiding in Christ blood. Forgive us Lord for you who have given us so much, yet we begrudge you a little. You have given us new life that we may show the world of your love and reflect its light on those still living in sin. Empower us Lord that the light of Christ in our lives shine in the midst good times and bad, that we rejoice even in the fire as you lead us giving us new strength and purpose. We suffer but for a moment, let the memory of it glorify the Father in the minds and hearts of those passing by so they may know the power of God’s redeeming light.
Jim Haynes, August 14, 2009
"Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through Thy work."
Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is forgiven, can it matter what happens to you now? Luther said, "smite, Lord, smite, for my sin is forgiven; if you have but forgiven me, smite as hard as you will"; and in a similar spirit you may say, "Send sickness, poverty, losses, crosses, persecution, what you will, you have forgiven me, and my soul is glad.” Christian, if you are saved, while you are glad, be grateful and loving also. Cling to that cross which took your sin away; but serve Him who served you. "I beseech you therefore, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Do not let your zeal evaporate in some little ebullition of song. Show your love in expressive tokens. Love the brethren of Him who loved you. If there be a Mephibosheth (Grandson of Saul to whom David restored the property of his father) anywhere who is lame or halt, help him for Jonathan's sake. If there be a poor tried believer, weep with him, and bear his cross for the sake of Him who wept for you and carried your sins. Since you are forgiven freely for Christ's sake, go and tell to others the joyful news of the Creators pardoning mercy. Be not content with this unspeakable blessing for yourself alone, but publish abroad the story of the cross. Holy gladness and holy boldness will make you a good preacher, and all the world will be a pulpit for you to preach in. A joyful state of grace is the most forcible of sermons, but the Lord must give it you. Seek it this morning before you go into the world. When it is the Lord's work in which we rejoice, we need not be afraid of being too glad.