Archive for January, 2013

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What do you deserve?

“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”

– Martin Luther

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

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Is change possible?

In Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul Tripp writes:
“Maybe you are gripped by a particular sin that you have never been able to defeat.  Maybe you are part of a community that seems hopelessly divided.  Maybe your own marriage has fallen far short of God’s good plan.  Maybe you are lugging around painful relics of your own history wherever you go.  Perhaps you are tired of good intentions gone sour, broken promises, and shattered hopes and dreams.  Our need for change is around us and inside us.

The sin that grips our hearts makes everything more difficult.  It morphs into selfish lust.  It takes the God-ordained safety of home and makes it a place where the deepest human hurts can occur.  It corrupts the workplace, robs government of its good, and even stains the church.  And at the end of the day, it results in death.

You cannot escape sin because it dwells within you.  All the things you learn get twisted by its power.  You can’t outsmart it or buy your way out of it.  You can’t move to escape it.  This is why the coming of the King of kings is the best of news.

Change is possible!  You can stand amid the harshest realities of sin and have hope that will never disappoint you (Romans 5:1-5).  That marriage can change.  That teenager can change.  That church can change.  That friendship can change. That bitterness can be put to death.  That compulsion can be broken.  That fear can be defeated.  That stony heart can be made soft, and sweet words can come from a once-acid tongue.  Loving service can come from a person who once was totally self-absorbed.  People can have power without being corrupt.  Homes can be places of safety, love, and healing.  Change is possible because the King has come!