MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017
Our guilt should drive us toward God, not away from him. – Erwin Lutzer (Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois)
Key Bible Verse: Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. (Romans 5:20, NRSV)
Dig Deeper: Romans 5:12-21
Our conscience has the power to bless us or condemn us; it can drive us to do great ventures for God, or it can lead us to anger, sleepless nights, and an unending cycle of despair.
[But] God is able to take our past and cover it, and then cleanse our conscience. He has made it possible for us to not only be forgiven, but to approach him with a clear conscience. The accusations can stop. We can sleep at night when we’re in fellowship with God, and to the extent possible, in fellowship with others. There’s enough grace in God’s heart for the sins of our past.
Jesus [was] sent to fully redeem us: body, soul, and spirit. Sin [will] win many victories, but it [will] lose the war. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can be eternally
forgiven. The issue before us is not the greatness of our sin—even if we think we have committed the greatest sin imaginable (see today’s Key Bible Verse). Grace is a game-changer. Sin loses its power in the presence of God’s super-abounding grace.
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