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Dealing with our stuff

'Christ came to take away sins.' 1 John 3:5 NCV

When we refuse to confront our sins and deal with them, we become a well-marked target for the enemy. And by looking at someone else and saying, 'I would never do that,' we fail to build a safeguard against it. 'If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall' (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT). We never thought we could get that angry, or have an affair, or lie to our boss, or cheat in our finances. And because we never thought we could, we did nothing to protect ourselves against it. As sure as fish swim and birds fly, our sinful nature will lead us astray unless we deal with it decisively and scripturally.

Paul wrote, 'As they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God ...[he] gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done' (Romans 1:28 NIV). The worst thing God could do is to give us over to our own carnal impulses and say, 'Have it your way!' It's amazing how we compare our sins with other people's sins, and conclude ours aren't as bad. The Bible says, 'All have sinned, and fall short' (Romans 3:23 NKJV). If we try to jump over a deep chasm, it doesn't matter if we miss the other side by one foot or one hundred feet, you fall just as far and land just as hard.

But there's good news: 'Christ came to take away our sins' (1 John 3:5 NCV). Today Jesus will forgive our sins, declare us righteous, and give us strength if we come to him with a repentant heart and receive his mercy and grace.

Soulfood: Job 1-4 Luke 16:1-18 Ps 24 Pro 7:24-25,

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