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I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s. – 1 John 2:1 The Message

Our roof has a leak which can be really maddening whenever it rains. My husband and friend have tried to fix it a couple of times, but it still finds a way to drip. So we will have to pay the big price for replacing the roof on that side of the house. That will take care of the ongoing problem.

The sin in our life is also continual as we try to fix wrong choices made. The patch jobs we apply just don’t work to fix the problem. It still is leaking from us. It took a big price to fix the sin problem in our lives. Jesus was the only way it could be done. The cost of his suffering and death brought a return of redemption that is priceless.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for paying the price for my sin. It’s a price I can never repay, so I will give of myself to you and carry the cross in this life with you. Amen

Faith Tip: God has set you free from your imprisonment … walk in freedom today and share the hope you have with others.

Ridding your residence

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When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat.  He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task.  The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness. – Leviticus 16:20-22

When I clean house, it always feels good to get it done, but I always wonder about the dust. I would dust one week and the next week it would be back laying on the tables, picture frames and figurines. I just got rid of it! I wish there was a way it could permanently leave.

When we look into our own lives and “clean house” on ourselves, we find things that we thought we got rid of laying around our heart and soul. This kind of dust can be cleaned away permanently with Jesus. Those bad thoughts, harsh words, non-caring actions and other parts of us that do not honor God need to be cleaned out. Laying those things on the cross and allowing Jesus to carry them away is real. He will do it. Don’t allow the dust to take over your life.

Prayer: God, I thank you for providing a way that I can rid of sin in my life. Jesus is the way to clean it out of my house. I pray that your Spirit will show me where the dust is in my house and help me clean it out. Amen

Faith Tip: Check your temple for any cleaning that needs to be done. Allow God to do it.

Freedom to Really Live

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What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:1-4

“It doesn’t really matter if I sin or not. God will forgive me anyway.” I still remember the pain of hearing those words from a friend. She didn’t understand that our new life in Christ begins when we accept him as Savior, not after we die. Yes, it is true that God will forgive the repentant, but there are still consequences to our actions that affect us and those around us. We don’t need to suffer the consequences if we make the right choices.

Dying to sin means freedom to live … really live to the fullest as God has ordained. If we don’t turn our backs on sin, we are still imprisoned in it. Our life will reflect the imprisonment rather than the glorious freedom we have in Christ.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the freedom you give to me through your sacrifice on the cross. I pray that I never take it for granted and live in freedom in you rather than imprisonment in myself. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there a sin in your life that you considered not really significant to God? It’s time to be free from it.


The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God‘s presence in heaven itself. Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up himself as the sacrifice. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. But this intervening command of God, which came later, appoints the Son, who is absolutely, eternally perfect. – Hebrews 7:27 The Message

Caring for a house is not a one-time event. It is an ongoing cycle that never ends during life. There are housekeeping tasks, outside tasks, and the periodic house structure care. I love the thought of a mansion waiting for us in heaven. Since it is perfect, that means it doesn’t need upkeep … right?

As walking tabernacles of God, our house gets dirty. This dirt, sin, is unholy and keeps us from entering heaven, so God provided high priests that took care of the sin problem. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a lasting solution. Time and time again, sacrifices had to be made to purify the high priest first and then the rest of the people.

Then came the greatest Christmas gift ever … Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross took care of the dirt in our lives once and for all for those who call on his name. There is power, healing and love at the cross for us. Unwrap the gift again as you spend time with your Savior.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for healing us completely from sin. I pray that your gift refreshes my soul every day knowing of your great love for me. Amen

Faith Tip: As you wrap gifts for others that will in time wear out, remember the eternal gift given to you with great love from Jesus.

I need you…

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See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:12-13

Have you ever been excited about something, and then after awhile, the thrill is gone? We turn from it in search of something new and exciting. There is a hole in each of our souls that needs to be filled. It is always hungry until we find the one thing that will satisfy it always. God is the only one that can meet that craving need. When we try to satisfy it in other ways, the hunger returns again.

God knows that is the pattern many of us have in searching for fulfillment and has provided a way to keep us strong and excited in him. God gave us each other. We need one another to keep moving in the right direction. We encourage one another through our words and actions. The impact of others makes a difference in our lives. God’s word is expressed through them as well as God’s love.

Prayer: Lord, you have blessed me with people in my life that make a difference. I pray that I can make a difference in other’s lives. Amen

Faith Tip: Consider who you have encouraged lately? Who has encouraged you? Praise God!

Taking the stinger out of death

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Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

When reading a good story, it will build up to a climax where action and answers come together. Our emotions ride along on this uphill climb to the thrill of reaching the summit of the tale. A good storyteller will make sure that the message they are trying to convey to the reader or listener is clear as well as worth their time to read it.

That’s kind of the way it is with Holy Week. We hear and read about the miracles of Jesus, his acts of love and compassion to people, and the troubling words he says regarding his death and resurrection. The disciples are trying to understand, but are still struggling with the thought that Jesus was going to die. Many may think the crucifixion is the climax of the story, but it actually is the resurrection.

It is through the resurrection that God acted on man’s behalf. The stone was rolled away and the Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave is the same Spirit that will raise us into the presence of God. Sin was defeated. Victory is ours! Praise God!

The message is clear. Jesus is the way to take the sting out of death. The Great Author has made his message clear. It is truly worth taking the time to read.

Prayer: Lord, thank you so much for the great sacrifice you made to save me. I pray that I will relive the Easter story throughout the year and walk in your victory over sin. Amen

Faith Tip: Take time today to read this wonderful story and live in victory knowing that the stinger was taken out of death.

Cry over sin

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As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 19:41-44

In the Luke account of Jesus entering Jerusalem, he shows that Jesus paused before entering to weep over the city. His heart is broken because his people will not obey him and would rather follow their own desires. We, like the people in biblical times, seem to need disastrous occurrences before we take notice of what God is telling us.

Knowing that we break God’s heart alone should make us stop and turn around, but it doesn’t, does it? It takes us being uncomfortable in some way to begin seeking and searching for the answer. The answer is always Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the heart that you have for me and all your people. I pray that I don’t take that for granted and care about what is on your heart. Amen

Faith Tip: Do you have a challenge today? See how Jesus is the answer and follow him.