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October 10,2020: Delighting Yourself In Peace and Freedom- Jack Brisendine

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1 NIV


Before you believed in Jesus Christ, you were on death row—condemned by God, deserving of his wrath and judgment.


But now, set free by Christ’s death in your place, you are serving a life sentence instead—eternal life in his service.


Consider these words spoken by Thomas Chalmers from a Scottish pulpit more than a hundred years ago.


WALK WITH THOMAS CHALMERS


“When a sinner comes to Christ, God reconciles him to himself and remembers his sins no more. They are among the things that are left behind and which ought to be forgotten.

The believer should feel his conscience relieved from the guilt and dread of his sins. He can look on the account as closed between him and God.

It is wrong in a believer to live beneath his privileges. How will the spirit of bondage ever be done away with or the joy of the gospel ever be made to spring up in the heart if the believer tries to hang the forgiveness of his sins on anything other than the blood of Jesus?

Look to Christ lifted up for the offenses of sinners and be encouraged in this thought: Christ has made full payment, and with it, God is satisfied.

If so, you too may be satisfied—delighting yourself greatly in the abundance of peace, and going forth in the light and liberty of this comforting knowledge.”


"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)


Thoughts:


Do we often find ourselves remembering what God has forgotten, and condemning ourselves for what God has erased?

Lord, teach me to never forget your forgiveness and what that means. With your forgiveness, I can be at peace with myself, as I remember that I am at peace with you.

Amen.


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