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Changed by Grace

But sin didn’t and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. Romans 5:20b MSG

How many times have you messed up and sinned against God? It’s too many to count, isn’t it? You may have lost tract, but the devil sure hasn’t. Thankfully, there is an aggressive forgiveness called grace that deletes every single one of your sins when you confess them to God. David knew first hand how amazing grace really is. That’s why he jubilantly announced, “What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over!” (Psalms 32:1 TLB)

Dear friend, whatever trial, temptation, or sin you may be struggling with God gives you this assurance, “My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]” (2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP).

Changed by His Glory

As we look at the glory of the Lord, we’re changed. We reflect more and more of His image by the power of the Spirit working on our hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:18 CW

Although “the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, just like a friend,” Moses still asked God to show him His glory (Exodus 33:11 CEV). Granting his wish God passed before Moses and proclaimed, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7a KJV)

Dear friend, do you realize what God did? He described Himself!God let Moses know that His glory is His awesome character! Today when you pray to God, “Let me see your glory,” look for evidence of His character – His love, faithfulness, goodness, and truth – all around you (Exodus 33:18), When you do His glorious character will be reproduced in you!

A Heart Transplant

The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Jeremiah 17:9 AMP

Have you ever bitten into a delicious looking apple only to find that it is rotten and there’s a worm looking right at you? Ugh! That’s just a little snapshot of your heart, dear friend. It looks good on the outside but up close and personal your heart is conniving, vicious, cruel, revengeful, putrid, and every other awful adjective you can think of! David knew this all to well, that’s why he prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalms 51:10 KJV).

Dear fiend, your evil heart has to go to! Are you interested in receiving a new one? If you are, all you have to do is ask God for one. Once you do, you must rest in the knowledge that you have a new heart for God said, “I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart” (Ezekiel 26:26 NLT).

Changed by the Cross

“An when I am lifted up [on the cross], I will draw everyone to me.” John 12:32 TLB

It has been suggested that we spend an hour a day meditating on Christ’s life, especially the closing scenes. Why? One reason is that the cross speaks volumes of the extravagant love of God. It was on the cross that Jesus in the midst of His excruciating pain stopped long enough to make sure His mother was cared for in His absence; asked forgiveness for His cruel tormentors; and secure the soul salvation of the thief who ridiculed and insulted Him. On the cross we see Love in action!

From that quiet hour of contemplation you will emerge amazed, transformed, and thankful that, “God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were still sinners – His natural enemies. He has brought us back to God and we will be saved by His life” (Romans 5:8,10)

 

An Extreme Makeover

I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Who will rescue me from this sinful nature that is taking me to eternal death? Romans 7:19, 24a MSG; 24b CW

Have you come to a point in where you’re saying to yourself, “I’ve got to change because I don’t like who I am and I don’t want to be like this anymore”? Have you worn yourself out trying to change yourself? Have you come to the realization that you need help?

If this is where life finds you, then you are in a good place so be encouraged. For now God can step in and do what you’ve been unable to do for yourself – give you an extreme makeover! And since God can do the impossible you can triumphantly declare, “Thanks be to God, this problem has not been left for me to solve. It has been solved for me by Jesus Christ!” (Romans 7:25a CW)