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Job 5: 6-7 ” For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.”

We all are born with a sin nature.  You don’t need a teach a baby how to be crabby and out of sorts…they arch their little back, face beet red, as they let you know in no uncertain terms they’re unhappy!  No, thanks to Adam and Eve that sin nature has been handed down from generation to generation.  In Psalm 51:5 David laments about this sin nature when he says, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”  From the first Adam we obtained our sin nature…but the second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to redeem us from it.

Psalm 7:14 ” He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.”

Let’s get this straight…God does not tempt us.  Instead, our own evil desires do a really good job of that.  And it’s when we allow our own deceptive imaginings to fester and grow, that sin has a foothold.  You might call this day-dreaming…part pleasant reverie, part suggestive fantasy…but all of it giving rise to deception and lies in our thought life.  And whenever you allow your day-dreaming to “go there”…whatever that is for you, you’re being tempted to give in to sinful thinking. That’s when we need to stop and remember   II Corinthians 10:5, which cautions us to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.

John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Are you bound up in the burial clothes of sin?  Do addictions have you shackled to a life you hate?  Do you long to be free of the things that have kept you from moving ahead?  Then obey the command of Jesus, “Come out!”   Yes, the decision is yours to make.  You can remain wrapped up tightly in the burial clothes of sin, guilt and shame…or you can walk out of that grave you call your life today and live.

Psalm 32:1 ” Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”

The 32 Psalm is called a Penitential psalm, where the writer, David, acknowledges his willful and rebellious acts of rejecting God’s authority.  Within it David expresses his feelings of repentance and holy sorrow…asking God to forgive and remove his sin – and bless him.  It goes on to say in verse 2 of this Chapter, “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord  does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”  We will be truly blessed of God when we come taking responsibility for our actions and asking for forgiveness.

He is Risen!

You are not reading this by chance.  God has brought you to this page for a reason.  And that reason is the Resurrection.  For all of us will made a decision concerning it…all of us will respond either that we believe Christ was raised from the dead, or not.  So where do you stand today?  Do you have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus…or are you still living in worldly denial?  This Easter, realize it was only because of God’s great mercy that He offers to you the undeserved kindness of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Fix your hope on Jesus today…ask Him into your heart and be born again.

Mark 2: 16-17 “…they asked His disciples: ‘Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ “

As His ministry became more well-known, Jesus became more popular among the social outcasts.  Why?  Because He wasn’t concerned about maintaining His squeaky clean image, or only being seen with the right people.  Jesus went where the need was.  So here we find Jesus at a large banquet made up of every kind of questionable personality and reputation.  But He looked beyond the person and saw their potential… and wasn’t afraid to go where they lived.  You won’t find the healthy in the hospital…you’ll only find the sick.  Just as you won’t find most lost sitting in the pews on Sunday.  As Christians, we need to be willing, just like Jesus, to go where the need is.

Hebrews 3:12 ” See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

Turning away from the Lord can be very subtle.  Every time I tell myself that I believe God…but then in the next breath lament that I’m not worthy enough to be used by Him…I’m turning away.  Or every time I’m confronted by God’s truth and I distance myself rather than allow His truth to change me…I’m turning away.  The deception of sin will always be veiled in mistrust and disobedience.