— Romans 5:6-8
To use “grace” as an excuse to continue in sin means you know nothing of true grace. Grace has saved you FROM SIN and from the old way of Adam’s humanity. Your life has nothing to do with the old nature, but has everything to do with Christ. You are a brand new creature in Christ today! Living as a New Creation in Christ is the most enjoyable thing you can imagine. You are ALIVE TO GOD! hallelujah!
This is not a command “not to sin” but it is a declaration of independence FROM SIN! What profit has all that junk had for you anyway except heart-ache and heart-break? Moments of “fun” that ended in boredom, loss and a false-sense of fulfillment - it is all counterfeit.
Instead, your new way of living (as a grace-junky) produces LOADS of LOVE, JOY AND PEACE. It really is a never ending flow of holy intoxication in union with Christ Jesus! Such a better existence :-)
So what shall we say then? CHANGE YOUR STINKIN’ THINKIN AND START RESTING IN THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE IN JESUS AND WHO JESUS IS IN YOU. SET YOUR MINDS ON THOSE THINGS! CONSIDER SIN AS NON-EXISTENT TO YOU. IT LITERALLY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU. AND CONSIDER YOURSELF WIDE AWAKE TO GOD-REALITIES ALL DAY LONG. HE LOVES YOU!!! This is amazing… WOW!
Meditate on these passages below! God bless you today!
“Since YOU WERE brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above—where Christ holds the highest position. 2 Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things. 3 You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3
“Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“What should we say then? Should we continue to sin so that God’s kindness will increase? 2 That’s unthinkable! As far as sin is concerned, WE HAVE DIED. So how can we still live under sin’s influence?” Romans 6:1-2
“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.” 1 John 5:18"
— Blaise Foret
— C.S. Lewis
— Brandon Zieske
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— A.W. Tozer
Scripture presents two aspects of being complete before God:
First, we are instantly made complete in Christ in our legal position (justification).
Second, we progressively become “complete in obedience” in our living condition before God (sanctification).
You are complete in Him (Col. 2:10)!
— Tony Seigh
Therefore, I will assume that there is a personal Creator as we try to understand beauty and our hunger for it this morning. If there is a personal God who has created all things and has given everything its form and its purpose, then beauty must be defined in relation to God. Try to picture the impossible: what it was like before the creation of anything. Once there was only God and nothing else. He never had a beginning, and therefore what he is was not shaped or determined by anything outside himself. He simply has always been what he is (Exodus 3:14; Hebrews 13:8).
Therefore, if the beauty we behold on earth has its root and origin in God, there must have been beauty in God from all eternity. What, then, is the beauty of God? In one sense this is a hard question, and in another sense it is very easy. It is hard because there is no pattern of beauty of which we can say, “God is like that, and so God is beautiful.” If there were a pattern by which we could measure God, it would be God. No, God himself is the absolutely original pattern of all other beauty. Therefore, the answer is simple: Beauty is what God is. His wisdom is beautiful wisdom, his power is beautiful power, his justice is beautiful justice, and his love is beautiful love.
But what makes each of these attributes beautiful is not merely that they are infinite, unchanging, and eternal. Power, for example, could be infinitely and eternally evil and thus ugly. The attributes of God derive their infinite beauty from their relationship to each other. Just as in paintings it is not the isolated color or shape or texture that is beautiful but rather their relationship with each other, their proportion and interplay; so it is with persons and ultimately with the person of God. It is the peculiar proportionality and interplay and harmony of all God’s attributes (together with their infiniteness and eternality) that constitutes God’s beauty, and makes him the foundation of all the beauty in the world.