November 23, 2015

Something to be thankful for.

People are fickle. They constantly change their minds. They are easily deceived and easily provoked. Aren't you thankful that God is not like that? He is Rock Solid and Unchanging.

He is a sure place to stand that will never shake, sink or fail. Shout with me! Hooray!

I believe the greatest evidence for this is in His Forgiveness.

So many people believe God forgives us because He loves us. What a wobbly faith! Love is measured, judged, even misinterpreted. No, God does not forgive us because He loves us.

We are sinners, all. The wages of sin is death. It must be paid for. No amount of money or works will pay the debt, only death.

God so loved us that He sent His Son; God became flesh, a person like us, to pay the debt that we owe. His perfect sinless life given freely pays the price and NOW, now God forgives.

Jesus Christ opens the door to the Father and we are FREE to come and go as joint heirs with Him.

What a Savior! What a Friend! No God is like unto our God! Join me in giving thanks.

I am comforted (you should be too) that no terrorist, financial crisis, health issue, or struggling relationship can rob us of this great freedom.

We are free, FREE because of Jesus to live in the kingdom of God, to have a relationship with Him that surpasses the deepest love of another human.

Happy Thanksgiving!

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

~ Stuart Townsend


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