Wednesday, July 6, 2016

No Charges!

If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death. The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our selfish desires make the Law weak. But God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us sinners and to be a sacrifice for our sin. God used Christ's body to condemn sin. He did this, so that we would do what the Law commands by obeying the Spirit instead of our own desires.

People who are ruled by their desires think only of themselves. Everyone who is ruled by the Holy Spirit thinks about spiritual things. If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. 

Romans 8:1-6

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the U.S. detailed a long list of potential and real criminal violations of law by one Presidential candidate and then declared that no charges will be recommended to the Attorney General of the United States!  The cry was heard across the land: “Why would someone, so obviously guilty, not be charged?”

The answer to that question is yet to be known, but it must have something to do with “who she knows!”

Christians are people who, even though they are guilty of sin, are not charged with those sins and do not have to suffer the punishment for them!  The reason Christians are not punished for their sins is Jesus Christ!  If you know Jesus and are a Jesus Follower, then you will not be held accountable for your sins!  

You see, Christians are not better than other people, Christians are sinners who follow Jesus and are being changed into His likeness!  If you try by your own power to be perfect, you will never make it.  But if you follow Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit remake your heart so that even your heart looks like Jesus, then everyday you will become more like Him in every way!

“Lord Jesus, I know I can never be declared innocent because of the deeds that I have done, but I can be perfect before the Father because of what You did on the Cross.  May Your Name be praised forever.  Amen.”

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