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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sin's Grip is Lost

It has been a week of seeing God at work! A young man for whom we have been praying to be saved, opened his heart and received Christ before our morning worship service on Sunday.  Then he stood before our congregation to share that he had been saved! I hope I never get over the wonder at seeing a soul trust Christ as their Savior!

Will he have a sin-free, easy life now?  Of course not.  The Lord even said that we will have tribulation in this world, but we could be of good cheer!  Why?  He (Jesus) has overcome the world! Though this young man will have obstacles and sin to face and deal with, he can say what is expressed in this song:

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -

Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

Praise the Lord, we don't have to sin.  Is there a sin that seems to have a grip on you?  If you are God's child, realize that Christ died so that sin would not have a hold on you!  Because Christ arose from the grave victorious over death, you and I can have victory of sin by His strength.  What a wonderful blessing to be free!

Pastor's Encouragement:  Pray that God will give your pastor a clear, biblical vision of what your church can and should be for His glory, and that he will communicate that vision clearly and confidently to the church.

Husband Encouragement:  Does your house flourish in an atmosphere of peace?  According to God's Word, peace is something that must be sought, pursued and focused on.  The way you live your life and relate to your husband and family will set the tone for your home.

Likewise, you can encourage your husband to pursue peace.  Praise him for his gentle spirit or his ability to diffuse conflict.  Lovingly remind him of the power of his words and how much good can come from a wise comment.  Thank him for being mindful to protect your family from negative entertainment options.

With love,

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