Sunday, September 21, 2014

Focusing On Christ and Him Alone.

     We put so much energy in focusing on our sins and trying to overcome them to the neglect of the one spiritual discipline that would make our effort successful--to behold the true character of God as manifested  in Christ.  If we would but turn our eyes upon Jesus, and look full in His wonderful face, the things we struggle to let go of would grow strangely dim.
     I use to wonder at our spiritual weakness as a people.  Now I'm not amazed at all.  The reason is clear.  We've preached doctrinal truth.  We've preached prophetic truth.  We've preached the necessity of obedience to God's law.  But we have put Jesus and His cross after the comma in almost a whisper.
     JESUS DIED FOR YOU, EVEN YOU, BEFORE YOU EVEN SENSED YOUR NEED OF A SAVIOR!  And you will be pleased to know He has given us the Sabbath to remind us of our total dependence on Him. So rest in faith that He will complete the work He has begun in your heart.
     JESUS LOVES YOU WITH A LOVE SO VOID OF SELF-INTEREST THAT HE WILLINGLY SUFFERED THE GUILT OF YOUR SIN SO YOU CAN BE FREE!  And by the way, death is but a sweet sleep in the assurance of His mighty power to raise you at His coming.
     IF YOU ALLOW HIS LOVE TO ENTER YOUR HEART, IT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR MOTIVE FOR LIVING FROM SELFISHNESS TO LOVE!  Then his law will become your delight and you will find power to obey in the strength of His love.
     The world awaits "the truth as it is in Jesus"  But we can't give it to them until we have it ourselves.  It is my sincere prayer and the urgent purpose of these pages that we would sense the power God has invested in the cross.  May we find the true significance of each doctrine we hold in the beautiful light of God's matchless love.  Amen

     (This is the last page of the last chapter and I just want you to know that it has been a privilege and a joy to retype it so I can share it with you.  It has brought me much inner peace doing this for you and I do hope with all my heart that you have been blessed and if you have to, please read it again and again to gain the understanding and to be able to comprehend God's love in the light of the Scriptures.  I thank Ty for allowing me to share this with you.  May God bless you as you contemplate these pages, is my prayer for you.  You can go back and reread each day and be blessed again and again.  Grandma Joan)

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