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I had several people tell me over the years that they are
sinless and sin no more. Their argument is that born again believers are
a new creation and thus they cannot sin and they have overcome sin
through the power of the Holy Spirit. They quote 1 John 3 which says
that a believer can no longer sin.
who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy
the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for
His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of
God." 1John 3:9.
convincing and convicting doesn't it? Is John saying that a believer
cannot sin and if he or she does they are of the Devil?
Let's go back a few verses: "Whoever
commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you
know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is
no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither
seen Him nor known Him." 1John 3:3-6.
following contains a few exerts from commentary by John Stott and
David Guzik. I 'm gonna put some closing thoughts at the end.
Sin is lawlessness: John defines sin at its most basic root. It is a disregard for the law of God, which is inherently a disregard for God Himself.
often fail in the battle against sin because we won’t call it for what
it is: lawlessness, an offense against the Great Law Maker, God.
Instead, we say things like “If I’ve done anything wrong . . .” or
“Mistakes were made . . .” and so forth. Call it for what it is: sin and
lawlessness. “The first step towards holy living is to recognize the
true nature and wickedness of sin.” (Stott)
You know that He was manifested to take away our sins: John here defined the mission of Jesus Christ at its most basic root - to take away our sins. The angel Gabriel promised Joseph regarding the ministry of Jesus: "you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sin." Luke 1:21
Jesus takes away our sin in the sense of taking the penalty of our sin. This is immediately accomplished when one comes by faith to Jesus.
Jesus takes away our sin in the sense of taking the power of sin away. This is an ongoing work in the lives of those who walk after Jesus.
Jesus takes away our sin in the sense of taking the presence of sin away. This is a work that will be completed when we pass into eternity and are glorified with Jesus.
He was manifested to take away our sins: This is the work of Jesus in our life. It is a work we must respond to, but it is His work in us.
We cannot take away the penalty
of our own sin. It is impossible to cleanse ourselves in this way. We
must instead receive the work of Jesus in taking away our sin.
We cannot take away the power
of sin in our lives. This is His work in us, and we respond to that
work. Someone who comes to Jesus does not have to clean themselves up
first, but they must be willing to have Him take away their sin.
We cannot take away the presence of sin in our lives. This is His work in us, ultimately accomplished when we will be glorified with Him.
In Him there is no sin: Jesus had no sin to take away; therefore He could take away our sin, taking it upon Himself.
Abiding in sin or abiding in God.
Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Whoever abides in Him does not sin: Since sin is lawlessness, a disregard for God ( 1 John 3:4) and since Jesus came to take away our sins(1 John 3:5), and since in Jesus there is no sin, then to abide in Him means to not sin.
It is very important to understand what the Bible means - and when it does not mean - when it says does not sin. According to the verb tense John uses, does not sin means does not live a life style of habitual sin. John has already told us in 1 John 1:8.If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8, the grammar indicates John is speaking about occasional
acts of sin. The grammar of 1 John 1:6 indicates that John is speaking
of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. John is not teaching here the possibility of sinless perfection.
present tense in the Greek verb implied habit, continuity, unbroken
sequence” (Stott); the NIV has the right idea when it translates these
verbs with phrases such as keeps on sinning, continues to sin, and he cannot go on sinning.
Whoever abides in Him does not sin: John’s message is plain and consistent with the rest of the Scriptures. It tells us that a life style of habitual sin is inconsistent with a life of abiding in Jesus Christ. A true Christian can only be temporarily in a life style of sin.
teaching in Romans 6 is a great example of this principle. He shows us
that when a person comes to Jesus, when their sins are forgiven and
God’s grace is extended to them, they are radically changed - the old
man is dead, and the new man lives. So
it is utterly incompatible for a new creation in Christ to be
comfortable in habitual sin; such a place can only be temporary for the
In some ways, the question is not “do you sin
or not?” We each sin. The question is, “How do you react when you sin?
Do you give into the pattern of sin, and let it dominate your lifestyle?
Or do you humbly confess your sin, and do battle against it with the
power Jesus can give?”
This is why it is so grieving to see
Christians make excuses for their sin, and not humbly confess them.
Unless the sin is dealt with squarely, it will contribute to a pattern
of sin that may soon become their lifestyle - perhaps a secret
lifestyle, but a lifestyle nonetheless.
What is important is that we never sign a “peace treaty”
with sin. We never wink at its presence or excuse it by saying,
“Everybody has their own sinful areas, and this is mine. Jesus
understands.” This completely goes against everything we are in Jesus, and the work He has done in our life.
Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him: To live a lifestyle of habitual sin is to demonstrate that you have not seen Him (in a present sense of the ultimate “seeing Him mentioned in 1 John 3:2), and that you have not known Him.
There are some people so great and so wonderful that seeing them or
knowing them will change your life forever. Jesus is that kind of
person. (David Guzik)
If some claim that they are sinless i.e
perfected, are they deceiving themselves? I strongly believe so. As
long as we live on this earth in our earthly bodies we cannot and will
not be perfect. They only sinless and perfect One is our Lord Jesus
Christ. If people could be perfect and sinless on their own, than Christ
did in vain. Why do we pray the Lord's prayer where it says "forgive us our trespasses?" Why did Jesus in His letters to the seven churches ask them to repent? What about this passage in Revelation?
"I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for
the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and
night, has been cast down." Rev 12:10.
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not
in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have
not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us" 1 John
One of my favorite books is "Why Grace changes everything" by Chuck Smith, Pastor of Calvary Chapel
in Costa Mesa. I highly recommend it. It has brought people to a closer
walk with the Lord. I believe that many believers have never really
fully comprehended what grace truly means for the believer. We hear the
word grace many times, we hear about justice and mercy. Let me first
say that mercy and justice are very much different from grace. Justice
is something that we all deserve for we all have sinned and fallen short
of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.
Mercy is not
receiving what we deserve. We are all guilty before God and because God
is a just God, He has to punish the sinners. He cannot compromise His
perfect law and justice. If any of us committed a crime in this world
and we had to appear before a judge and the judge would say, "you know
what, I feel great today, I let you go." That judge would not be a just
judge. Crimes require a penalty, either with a fine or jail time.
same thing is true with God our heavenly judge, He cannot just say,
"don't worry I let you off the hook." A just judge will give a sentence
that fit's the crime committed, but he cannot let the person go free
without any kind of penalty. That is justice according to the laws of
the land. The judge hands down the punishment, a fine of $50.000 for the
crime committed. The person say's "I don't have that kind of money."
The judge decides because the person can't pay the fine, to impose a
jail sentence instead. Just as the officers begins to handcuff the
person someone comes in and pays the fine for the convicted criminal.
The man is free to go, someone paid his fine for him. Not only that,
when the men goes to his bank, he finds out that there is a deposit on
his account for one million dollars.
what God did for us, Jesus paid the penalty for the sinners. He took
all the punishment that we deserved upon Him at the cross. He is our
propitiation i.e appeasement. It is by God's grace that those who
believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are pardoned from their sins.
The sinner is justified before God because Jesus paid it all. We were
all deserving of the judgment and the punishment is eternal separation
from God. But because God in His mercy and Grace gave His only Son so
that we may live. Grace is a free gift. We cannot earn it or improve on
All believers are declared justified
before God and that is just like we never ever sinned. God sees us
through the blood of Jesus and He sees His righteousness. It is not by
our righteousness or good works, it is the righteousness of Christ that
was imputed onto the believers.God has bestowed His grace upon the
believer and His grace is sufficient and will never wear out.
believers are trying so hard to please God, either by good works or
some acts of righteousness. They live a legalistic life with
commandments and ordinances and the result is that they have placed
themselves into a life of bondage. They live under constant condemnation
because they never feel that they are good enough. They are working so
hard that they have forgotten the grace of God that they are trying to
please God in the flesh which is impossible. No one can please God by
the works of the flesh. One of the last words of Jesus on the cross
were, Tetelstai or, it is finished. Relax, Jesus did it all for us. He
did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
believe that we need to remind ourselves sometimes that it is by God's
grace that we are saved and that there is nothing we can do to change
that. He will never leave us nor forsake us. None of us is perfect and
if we could be perfect on our own, Christ died in vain. We all stumble
from time to time or mess up, but God's grace covers it all.
believer is justified the moment they believe in Jesus, that is
unchangeable and irreversible. There is sanctification and that is a
life long process. Everyday we are conformed more and more into the
image of Christ. As we let go of the things of this world we draw nearer
to Christ until the day arrives that we will be glorified with Him.
the meantime listen to the still small voice and abide in Christ and He
will finish our faith. He is the author and finisher of our faith. To
me that sounds like that Jesus is writing my book and with every chapter
written, I'm one step closer to heaven.
I thank God
for His grace and His love and mercy towards me. Without the gift of
grace and the sacrifice of Jesus, I would be hopeless and lost. Thank
you Lord for revealing Yourself to me when I needed You most. You are
the way the truth and the life. Thank you Father for your grace and I
pray that many will come to realize that you love them and that they
would turn from the world and embrace you and you promise of everlasting
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast"Eph 2:8,9.
"But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness,
because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were
previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His
righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:21-26.
we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let
us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1, 2.
Everyday I hear of Christians getting slaughtered in Sudan or persecuted and killed in the Middle East by radical Islamist. There is a pastor in Iran, Youcef Nadarkhani
that has been sentenced to death because he is a believer in Jesus
Christ. The Iranian regime, governed by Sharia law gave him a chance to
recant his confession in Christ which he did not. This man is a true
believer that even though he was threatened with hanging he will not
denounce his faith in Jesus. The Iranian regime has also declared that
their goal is to wipe out Israel from the map and Ahmadinejad denies
that the Holocaust ever happened. I was watching the O'Reilly factor
yesterday and the son of Oliver Stone whose name is Sean Stone converted
to Islam and is pretty much a defender of Iran and it's regime.
Newsweek has a bloody picture of Jesus on its front page with the title "War on Christianity."
There is an all out war against Christians around the world. This war
is real, in Sudan the Arab radical Islamist from the north slaughter the
black Christians in the Nuba mountains which is the border between
Northern and Southern Sudan. They kill men, women and children with
machetes, burning down churches by the churches. These brothers and
sisters in Christ endure heavy persecution and many are facing death by
the sword. Christians are hated by radical Muslims and there is no tolerance towards people of a different faith.
I read the articles and reports about what's going on and it saddens me
to hear and see these gruesome reports that come out of Africa and the
Middle East. The Syrian government is killing its own people, Iran will
soon have a nuclear weapon to attack Israel and the war against
Christianity is becoming a reality. Can we as believers here in the
west, especially here in the US even imagine what these brothers and
sister have to endure and face everyday? The White House and the
President who supposedly is the most powerful men in the world has been
silent for the most part on many of these atrocities. Just yesterday
Franklin Graham was on Pierce Morgan's show talking about the crisis in
Sudan and how the radical have once again started to bomb the churches
in the Nuba mountains.
He also addressed the
dire situation the Iranian pastor is facing and that he could be hanged
within days. Graham said that the President hasn't called anybody to the
White House for a prayer meeting or to put pressure on the Iranian
regime to free Youcef Nadarkhani, instead the President apologized to
the Afghans because our military accidentally burned some Qur'an"s. He
did that on the same day when two American service men were killed
because of the incident. What is wrong with that picture? Mr. President,
stop bowing down to the Saudis and stop your political correctness when
dealing with countries like Iran. We don't have to apologize to the
radical and the radical regimes, they attacked us and they should
apologize for killing our brave service men in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Christians didn't fly the planes into the World Trade towers, radical
These are the same fanatic
radicals that want to wipe Israel off the map, destroy America and the
West. If any Muslims says that Islam is a peaceful religion, I doubt
that very much and if the so-called peaceful Muslims are silent about
what's going on with the radicals, than they have become irrelevant.
I'm thinking about all that and more and it made me wonder, what are we
as Christians suppose to do about all of this? Let me say first that I
am not talking about every believer here in the US, I'm just broadly
generalizing and please don't take it personally if you read this. There
are many good believers that care and go out of their way to help those
in need. In general most of American Christians go to church on
Sunday's and think they have done their duty. They sit in a nice
comfortable pew and listen to either a sermon or a Bible study in an
air-conditioned facility, coffee and donuts afterwards, a little
fellowship and off they go. Is that all or should we be more in tune
about what's going around the world to our brothers and sisters in the
faith? There are a lot of activities and events, special concerts and
many programs throughout the week. That is not a bad thing, but are we
that voice in the world for those who have no voice and are desperately
crying out for help? Do we genuinely care about people who are
persecuted and killed because they believe in Christ?
hope that many of us are. I have to admit that we do live pretty
comfortable lives here in the US and that may change one day. Are we
ready for that day? Or will we unlike the Iranian pastor turn away from
Jesus because of persecution? We are living in days where prophecies are
being fulfilled just about everyday, yet many of the churches or
denominations have no clue about Bible prophecy or what some of these
current events mean to us as believers. We are living in the very last
days and I believe that the Lord will come soon for His bride. Will He
find us sleeping as the five foolish virgins or awake and on alert as
the five wise once? Israel is God's time piece and we need to look at
Israel because everything relating to the end times is the land of
Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount i.e the epicenter.
wish I could go over to Iran and talk to Ahmadinejad and ask him to
let Youcef Nadarkhani go, or to be in Sudan standing with our brothers
and sisters. Sometimes I feel like James and John who asked the Lord if
they should call for fire to rain from heaven and make an end to all of
this. There are many good Christian organization already over there.
There is Far Reaching Ministries
led by Wes Bentley that trains chaplains for any kind of situation
that may occur. Many of them know that they may never come home again.
They are risking their lives every single day for the furthering of the
kingdom and they are willing to give their lives and reach people with
the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
I don't have all the answers, but there is one thing that we as
believers can do and that is praying without ceasing. The prayers of the
saints avails much. We can be a voice if we want to and not let the
opposition silence us as some would love to do. The Lord Himself said: "You
are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall
it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and
trampled underfoot by men." Mat 5:13.
we are silent we will lose the good fight and we will be trampled under
foot. Political correctness is killing this country and the liberal
agenda is anti Christian. Just as the liberals are uniting for their
causes, we as believers can unite and speak up and fight the good fight.
We can be that voice crying in the wilderness....unless we let the
enemy silence us.
Personally, I would like to finish the race as Paul did: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2Ti 4:7.
Many times when I have a conversation with unbelievers and skeptics they will bring up the book of Job. Their argument is, why did God single out Job and bragged about him to Satan?
Job did all the right things and loved the Lord, yet He allowed Satan
to take everything that Job had, his family, servants and possessions.
would God do that to someone who loves Him. Isn't He suppose to be a
loving God? At first glance I admit, it might look that way, here is a
guy just going on about his day thinking about his sons and daughters
when tragedy strikes him out of nowhere. In one day he looses it all,
his sons and daughters and his livelihood. Everything that he worked and
lived for, up in smoke. Job had no clue what was going on and why this
came upon him. He did not have the benefit that we have when we read the
story in the Bible.
The first two chapters give us a unique look behind the scenes, a look into the spiritual world unseen from the human eye. "Now
there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before
the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan,
"From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From
going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
Job 1:6, 7. Satan was most likely prowling the earth as a roaring lion, seeking who he may devour.
the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there
is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who
fears God and shuns evil?"Job 1:8. Poor Job, he had no idea that God and
Satan had a conversation about him. It almost seems like God may have
been bragging a little bit about Job. Satan seized the moment: "Have
You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all
that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and
his possessions have increased in the land. "Does Job fear God for
nothing? "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and
he will surely curse You to Your face!" Job 1:9-11.
is interesting to hear Satan say that God had a hedge i.e a protection
around Job, he was blessed by God in all he did. I believe that
believers in Jesus Christ
have a hedge around them just as Job did. Satan in his arrogance
challenged God by stating, hey if you take everything away that he has,
he will not love you and curse You to Your face. Satan thought that Job
or for that matter any other believers only love God when He blesses
them, but turn from Him when tragedy or tribulations arise. God in His
sovereign will gave Satan the permission to hit Job with afflictions.
the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only
do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence
of the LORD." Job 1:12.
the moment when Jobs world would be turned upside down. We read that Job
lost his seven sons and three daughters in one day as well as all of
his livestock. What a terrible day in the life of poor Job. Yet in all
this tragedy, he did not curse God. As a matter of fact, he praised God.
Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the
ground and worshiped. And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb,
And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken
away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." In all this Job did not sin nor
charge God with wrong." Job 1:20-22.
don't think that was what Satan intended, he was hoping that Job would
blame God and turn from God. The opposite happened, although deeply
grieved, he did not forsake or denounce the Lord. I can only imagine
that Satan was a bit furious. Some time later Satan appeared before God
again and we have the same conversation in chapter two of Job.
the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the
LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking
back and forth on it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered
My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless
and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds
fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy
him without cause." Job 2:2, 3.
need to read this verse very carefully, God allowed it because Satan
incited Him and God allowed Satan to destroy everything that Job had. I
believe what we can glean from this is, that without God's permission,
Satan can't do a thing to harm believers. This second time around Satan
wanted even more.
Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man
has he will give for his life. "But stretch out Your hand now, and touch
his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!" And
the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his
life." Job 2:6. It was Satan's desire to physically harm Job in hope that he would curse God.
Again, God only allowed Satan to strike Job, but not to kill him. "So
Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with
painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head." Job
2:7. Here is Job, covered in painful boils and now even his wife asked
him to curse God. "Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to
your integrity? Curse God and die!" Job 2:8.
ancient times, people thought that the person that was punished so
severally must have done some kind of sin to deserve something like
that. This time even his wife wanted him to curse God and die. But Job
just answered: "You
speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good
from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not
sin with his lips." Job 2:9.
now Job does not curse or blame God for his sufferings. Now I don't know
how I would have reacted if I were to be in the shoes of Job. As the
story goes on, three of his friends come to comfort him, but as it turns
out they were no comfort at all. They either blamed Job for everything
that happened to him, because they thought that he must have sin in his
life and lost favor with God. In the end however it turns out that these
three wise men weren't all that wise. At the end God intervenes and
rebukes his friends. What happened to good old Job? God restored
everything to Job and more, He restored everything ten fold.
think we as believers can learn a lot from the story of Job. We do have
a hedge around us that protects us from many things of the world. At
the same time, we are not immune from pain and suffering. Many
Christians are going through various hardships, from persecutions and
tribulations to financial issues to many other tragedies in their
life's. We are not exempt, but ultimately, God is in control of all
things and nothing happens without a purpose and His permission.
Sometimes God uses sufferings and tribulations for His divine purpose
and to work in people's life's. I may not understand why sometimes, but
God knows and nothing is done without a reason and a purpose.
Even the Apostle Peter was subject to Satan on more than one occasion. "And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat." Lk 22:31.
had to go to some trials, He denied the Lord three times and he had
hardships and was imprisoned and crucified upside down in Rome, just as
the Lord told him when He was still with them. So were many of the other
disciples. All of the Apostles except John died a martyrs death. The
Apostle Paul experienced many afflictions, beatings, imprisonment and
ultimately death by beheading. This is what Paul thought about
sufferings in his lifetime:
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."Rom 8:18.
looked at the eternal not the temporal. In this life, Christians who
follow the Lord will face opposition, trials and tribulations. The Lord
told us so. "These
things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the
world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome
the world." John 16:33.
Christians have an enemy that is relentless, the world, the flesh and
Satan. I believe that most of our afflictions are not caused by Satan
but by our own flesh. The flesh is warring against the Spirit. Many
people want to blame Satan for everything that is going on in their
life's, but I think many times it's just the flesh and the world. Of
course we should never underestimate Satan, he is called the prince of
this world and if Christians are living in the world as if the world
were their home, then they are subject to Satan. The Bible speaks of
Satan as the accuser of the brethren, he accuses us day and night before
God. (Rev 12:10)
and pains are not easy, but they do strengthen a believers faith and
draws them closer to the Lord. That's what happened to Job, Peter and
Paul as well as many others throughout history. In the end everything
turned out well for Job and Satan was proven wrong.
what Satan wishes to happen to the believers today. He wants us to
curse God as soon as some kind of trial, sufferings or pain come our
way. Most of us may never face the kind of tragedy Job was confronted
with, although there are many that have had tragedies of various degrees
in their lives. The question becomes , if any one of us who believes in
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior gets confronted with tribulations and
trials similar to Job's, will we keep the faith and integrity that Job
I hope and pray that none of us
will ever face something like Job, but if we do I hope that we will
stand tall and firmly rooted in the Lord. There is a spiritual warfare
raging. Satan knows that he only but a short time left. We need to fight
the good fight and stand against every fiery dart that the enemy may
throw at us.
No matter what happen in this
life, the destination of the believer is to be with the Lord. God will
never leave us nor forsake us as long as we abide in Him, no matter what
may come our way. Satan is already defeated and he will try anything
to distract or harass the believers. We need to stand on the promises of
God. We as believers are secured in Christ and nothing can take that
away. The book of Ephesians is all about our position in Christ through
the Holy Spirit.
I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor
height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate
us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" Rom 8:38,
We are secure in Christ and we
are not of this world. The world can't touch us, unless we allow the
cares of this world to dominate our lives. As long as we abide in
Christ to live after the spirit rather than the flesh and we resist the
Devil and his temptations and lies, we can overcome every obstacle and
tragedy that we may face. All things here on the earth are temporal and
will fade with time, our destination as believers is eternity. We need
to set our eyes on the eternal and look up, our redemption draws close.
Maranatha Lord Jesus.