SALT AND LIGHT

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” – Matthew 5:13(NIV).
Both Salt and Light are forces that change an alien environment permanently. Salt enhances flavor and preserves or slows decay only if the salt itself stays pure. Sodium chloride is a stable compound and cannot lose its saltiness but it can lose its effectiveness by being diluted. This point is the application for Christians. Light symbolises purity and divine revelation. If Christians are only showing the decay, our mission would seem rather bleak but we are also to be beacons of light to those who will respond.

If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around us, we are of little value to God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else, instead we should affect others positively just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.

If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights showing others what Christ is like. We hide our light by

  • Being quiet when we should speak;
  • Going along with the crowd;
  • Denying the light;
  • Letting sin dim our light
  • Not explaining our light to others; or
  • Ignoring the needs of others.

Be a beacon of truth – do not shut your light off from the rest of the world.

TOGETHERNESS

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no
one to help him up!”-
 Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV).

Some of the most fascinating trees I have ever seen are the magnificent redwoods. They reach their leafy arms heavenward, commonly growing 200 to 275 feet tall. These trees stand like sentinels of time and have done so for hundreds of years. Some were living at the time Christ walked on earth.

They’ve been through winds, earthquakes, fires and storms–still they stand. Nothing seems to deter them. What is so amazing is that these trees, among the tallest in the world, have a comparably shallow root system and yet they rarely ever fall. How do they keep standing even in the wildest of storms? It’s because the redwood’s root systems reach out for great distances and are intertwined with one another. They literally hold each up other up.

If you and I are going to reach our full potential, we too need the support of each other, not to be over-dependent but inter-dependent.

Together, we can fight this corona virus disease. By helping the less privileged during this lock down, not hiking prices of essential items and staying home to reduce the spread of the virus. None of us can stand alone. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

PRAYER“Dear God, please help me to be like a mighty redwood tree giving and receiving support to and from my fellow Christian friends so that I, too, can reach the heights of my God-given potential. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name. Amen.”

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible. 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: TODAY’S DAILY ENCOUNTER

THIS TOO WILL PASS

“Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV)
When crisis hits, you have to do the smart things necessary to get through it. You listen to what the experts say, you make good choices, and you keep moving forward, remembering at the same time that this will pass. It’s not going to last forever!
The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:12, “Dear friends, don’t be bewildered or surprised when you go through the fiery trials ahead, for this is no strange, unusual thing that is going to happen to you” (TLB).

In this world, there will be times of trial and testing—it’s guaranteed! Since sin entered the world, nothing works perfectly. Everything on this planet is broken—the weather, the economy, your body, and even your best plans. Nothing works perfectly in this life because sin broke everything on earth.

Isaiah 24 says, “The land suffers for the sins of its people [for they] have twisted the laws of God and broken his everlasting commands . . . The earth has broken down in utter collapse” (v. 4-5, 19 TLB).

Everything is lost, abandoned, and confused. Even nature is groaning. We may wonder why God allowed sin and evil to enter the world, but it’s because he gives us a choice.

We’re the ones that cause evil. We’re the ones that are selfish and self-centered and cause problems in society and in our environment. This is why we’re to pray the Lord’s Prayer—”Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”—because this is not heaven. Heaven is a perfect place with no sorrow, no sickness, no sadness, no stress, and we shouldn’t expect heaven on earth. One day we’ll get there, but we’re not there yet.

We will get through this trial. One day the corona virus crisis will be a part of our history. Soon enough we will marvel at all that God did in the midst of this trouble as we look at it from the other side.

And there will be more challenges to face and adversity to endure. This is part of our reality on this earth. But we always hope, because “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV).

Talk About It

  • What are some ways you want to have grown spiritually, physically, and emotionally when you look back at this tumultuous time in our history?
  • While God does not cause bad things to happen, how do you think he wants to redeem them?
  • What have you placed your hope in during this crisis? Will it be enough to sustain you?

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible. 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: PASTOR RICK’S DAILY HOPE

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE – (PART II) (THE CROSS OF CHRIST)

SCRIPTURE

Not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12)

INTRODUCTION
In part one of our article on the above topic, “The Ultimate Sacrifice” (The Cross of Christ)
we pointed out that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross to save mankind was the most shameful death by anyone, yet it was designed that way, that the most abhorrent might bring the most glorious. We also indicated that sacrifices involve many things. But this Ultimate Sacrifice involved three things – a cross, a Saviour and a crown. The first was in the past, the second is in the present and the third will be in the future.

Enjoy the concluding part of the article and share it with others!

THE CROSS: THE EMBODIMENT OF MAN’S REDEMPTION
Man’s record of assistance spins uncontrollably between the realms of ‘unwilling when able and unable when willing’. Not so with Christ Jesus. Jesus’ mission in life was to save man. He Himself said concerning His mission: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” – Mark 10:45. (NIV)

At the core of that package was restoration of all that man lost in the Garden of Eden. He loved us too much to leave us to our own devices and sin’s dreary mire into which we had sunk. He alone also had the power to meet the demands of the law which we violate with impunity.

He chose to do that which none other was able or willing to do. Our sin was costly; we owed the debt of sin that we could not pay and Jesus paid the debt that He did not owe.
A lot of people do not realize what was lost, so they don’t feel the sense of loss. But man—that is, humanity—lost a lot. Eden was idyllic. It was peaceful, a place of beauty, where everything was declared ‘perfect.’ There was no pain, no sickness, no extreme temperature, and no drought. Man and animals lived together in harmony. The fishes in these as lived in harmony. None fed on the other. [I struck out this to avoid any confusion with New Agers and the heresy of Emergent Churches that is introducing ancient mysticisms into Christianity] There was harmony in all of God’s creation. God communed with His children, every evening He would go down to talk about the day with them. They could see, touch, laugh with and embrace God. But with sin, all was lost—but for Christ’s intervention.

THE CHANNEL TO ACCOMPLISH THAT MISSION WAS A CROSS
Barabbas Cross, My Cross: Yet the cross is not the issue, but He who hung on the cross. Jesus Christ hung on Barabbas’ cross. Afterwards, it came to symbolize life to all men until the end of time. Had it remained Barabbas’ cross, humanity would have been no better off today than in the hopeless state that plagued us after our sin in Eden.

The cross on which Jesus Christ hung has long since rotted away, but because the Sinless Lamb of God hung on it, that cross came to take on a life of its own.
No longer just the cross, but now the Cross of Jesus. Not susceptible to termite and decay, but alive and potent in the heart of every believer. Able to save to the uttermost every male, female, young, old, poor or rich person from Calvary to the end of the world, the Cross of Christ lives on today.

The Apostle Paul with his impeccable academic references, his excellent cultural and social pedigree, and his un-impeached adherence to religion-cultural norms, un-equalled and unparalleled passion for perfection of the status quo, declared fervently about his achievements: “…. I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”- Philippians 3:8 (NIV)

He chose not to glory in his accomplishments and achievements. He chose rather to boast in the cross of Christ, the most abhorring object of death at that time: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” – Galatians 6:14 (NIV) “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)

On that old, rugged cross on Calvary, the Son of God died to save man from his sins. There His blood was shed so that we will not have to die for our sins. That cross stands today, no longer representing shame and death, but as the symbol of redemption from sin and restoration back to our Creator.

Tears flow from the eyes of sinful man when we contemplate the depth of agony and love that mingled on that cross to complete the Ultimate Sacrifice. It is what has transformed our lives today and given us the right to be called the children of God. George Bennard captured it well in His well-sung hymn: The Old Rugged Cross.

As you ponder on the words, remember His pain. Reflect on His sacrifice. Review your life. He was nailed to the cross once for your sins. Celebrate the release from the bondage of sin that represents for you and do not nail Him to the cross again with your decisions and actions.

THE OLD RUGGED CROSS:
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best;
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
‘Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

 

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above;
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see;
For ‘twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died;
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

To Ponder: George Bennard further said that ‘the cross is the only ladder high enough to touch Heaven’s threshold.’ It is clear that there is no other hope for man. We are dead without Christ Jesus for we cannot pay the penalty of sin. He was nailed to the Cross for us that we might be saved. Why not take Him up on the offer of that salvation?
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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” – Matthew 4:10 (CSB)

MESSAGE

The gospel of Matthew tells us that after going more than a month without food or water, after spending nearly six weeks in complete isolation, Jesus had to do battle with the devil. He was hungry, and the devil offered bread – tempting Jesus not just to satisfy His hunger but to take control of a situation. Later he offered power and glory, trying to trick Jesus into testing His own Father and worshiping His enemy.

Each time He was met with temptation, Jesus resisted. Though He was weakened from fasting, He leaned on the strength of His Father. Though the devil was sneaky and clever, Jesus leaned on His knowledge of truth in Scripture. And so He resisted the temptation while also giving us a template for doing the same.

Through God’s grace (and years of lessons learned the hard way) I remember the real solution to the problem of temptation. Worrying won’t add a minute to my life. And I remember that what makes a difference in every single situation that arises is looking the devil in the face and resisting just like Jesus. What turns my heart around, even if my circumstances stay the same, is meditating on the Word of God, trusting Him, and worshiping Him with gratitude and awe for who He is and everything He has done and will do.

As we spend this season of Lent letting God prepare our hearts for a celebration of the resurrection, we may find ourselves feeling vulnerable. When we spend time face to face with the magnitude of our God and the depravity of our own sin, when we humble ourselves and repent, when we obey God’s call to sacrifice and to serve others, that is likely when temptation will strike hardest. And it’s then that we must follow Jesus’ blueprint for resistance and leave that devil behind in the wilderness.

PRAYER: “Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for facing the devil and refusing to back down. Thank You for looking him in the eyes and bowing to no one but God, our Father. Thank You for showing us exactly how to resist the temptation we face every day, not by being superhuman or super strong, but by leaning on the strength we’re all given by God. Please protect me. Protect me from every temptation, every sin, every familiar disobedience my instincts tell me to embrace. Give me strength, Lord, and give me clarity to remember Your Word in the right moments. Remind me of all the truth I’ve learned about You and what You want for me. Help me resist, God. Thank You”. Amen

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: DAY SPRING

We are in difficult moments because of COVID-19, but we must pray and trust God that He will protect and heal us. Follow all the health protocols and please spread CALM NOT FEAR. 
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee 
ED, SALM

TEMPTATION

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. Then the tempter approached him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell those stones to become bread…”Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”Then the devil left him, and angels came and I began to serve him. – Matthew 4:1-11 (CSB)

MESSAGE

Jesus urges us not to be anxious – about our lives, our needs, or our future (Matthew 6:25-34 CSB), but I’ve always found that easier said than done. Or, perhaps, easier read than obeyed. I’m a planner and a nurturer by nature, so finding myself unable to know for sure if I can take care of all the people and all the things leaves me unsettled at best and spiraling with uncertainty at worst. When control has been wrenched from my hands in those situations, my strongest urge is to yank the reins by doing the only thing I can: worry.

But worrying like that is disobeying God. Simply put, it’s a sin. And I know that. He’s shown me many times – just as many times as He’s proven perfectly capable of taking care of all the things and all the people without my interference or input. Still, I struggle. In the face of bad news and doubt, my old friend worry often welcomes me with open arms.

Are you a worrier? Do you fight the urge to fret and fuss instead of trust and believe? Or perhaps you’ve mastered casting all your anxieties on the Lord and depending on Him for your needs. Perhaps your biggest struggle today is something different. Whatever temptation you face today, you are not alone. Every one of us is confronted with the thing we long to do but know we shouldn’t, with the thing we’ve done in the past but have sworn not to do again, with the exact thing we crave most in our weakest moments.

Even Jesus was tempted in the same way.

Every single one of us battles temptation of some sort. What specific temptations are you facing today? We are most vulnerable to sin when we are weakened in some way. Where do you need to lean on God’s strength in order to resist the devil? Reflect on these things, and tomorrow we will look at how Jesus fought the devil’s temptation for the Father’s glory, and how we can, too.

PRAYER: “Dear Lord, help me not to rely on myself to avoid temptations. But give me the strength to stand on Your word and resist temptation.” Amen.

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: DAY SPRING

TWO STEPS TOWARD KNOWING GOD’S WILL

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him.” -James 1:5 (TLB)

If you want to know God’s will, then you can start with these two steps:

Admit that you need guidance.

Psalm 25:9 says, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (NIV).

If you’ve never felt God guiding you, maybe it’s because you’ve never admitted that you need His guidance. You go to work assuming that you know what to do without praying about it. You make financial decisions, vacation plans, or career decisions before stopping to pray about them. If you’re single, you might even ask someone out on a date without first asking for God’s guidance.

You think you know, but you might want to stop and admit that you need guidance, because it’s the first step in getting God’s will for your life.

Ask God in faith for directions.

The Bible says in James 1:5-6, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, and He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it. But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind” (TLB).

Notice there are two keys to knowing God’s wisdom. First, you’ve got to ask the right Person: God. You don’t ask your hairdresser, mechanic, or radio talk show host. You need to ask the right Person!

Then, you ask with the right attitude: expecting God to answer. Have you ever asked God to lead you, but you didn’t really expect him to? You must ask, expecting God to answer.

God honors faith, and He promises wisdom for the next step of your life.

Talk About It

What are the big decisions you’ve made about your life recently? How did you know it was God’s will? How did prayer affect your decision?

Who do you go to when you need help discerning God’s will? How does that person point you back to God’s Word and prayer?

Why do you think God wants you to pray expectantly?

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: PASTOR RICK’S DAILY HOPE

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME YOUR FEARS?

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9, (NLT)

The Lord knows our feelings, and He knows we can be afraid. He knows how the devil has tried to use the corona virus to make us run and cower in fear.

Don’t find refuge in fear…but in the Lord!

In fact, fear is one of the first consequences of sin and our separation from God in the Bible: Adam said, “… ‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.’” (Genesis 3:10)

The devil’s tactic is to make us afraid. He prowls around like a roaring lion, the Bible says. We are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices…

Fear paralyzes.

Fear distorts reality.

Fear causes us to panic and hoard.

Fear prevents us from making the right decisions.

Fear forces us to retreat rather than move forward.

Fear prevents us from entering into the wonderful plan God has for our lives.

As it did for this man who received a talent but went and hid it out of fear: “‘I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth…’” (Matthew 25:25)

So, how do you overcome your fears?

Start by recognizing the source. Is it fear of sickness, lack, losing your job, even of dying? Here’s what Jesus says to you: “‘These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’” (John 16:33, NKJV)

 

Receive the perfect love of God. It is His perfect love that casts out all fear. (see 1 John 4:18)

Then, confess the Word of God. Don’t forget: what makes fear afraid is the Word declared! Take your stand…declare that you do not allow fear to rule over you. For God has given you a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7). Proclaim that you are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (see Ephesians 6:10). Decree that you shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. (see Psalm 118:17)

Encourage and reach out to others! They are afraid, too. But the Lord says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” (Isaiah 50:4, NLT) As you receive God’s love and peace, He will also pour out His love in your heart for others. He will fill you with compassion and allow you to see them through His eyes during this difficult time!

You can also use the very powerful weapon of praise and worship to tear down the stronghold of fear as you sing the lyrics of this song, “Stand in Your Love.”

Today, I pray that you will fearlessly declare that your battle belongs to the Lord and no other! You are safe in His love and empowered to bring encouragement to others!

 

 

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to  fast, pray and read our Bible.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: JESUS.NET

 

 

 

WHAT IS GOD’S WILL?

SCRIPTURE TEXT:“God . . . invited you into this wonderful friendship with His Son, even Christ our Lord.” –1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB)

God’s not playing games with you. He wants you to understand his will, purpose, and plan for your life.

You may say, “I want God to guide me, but I still get confused. I don’t know what to do.” Often the problem is we’re looking for the wrong thing.

You need to know what you’re looking for before you can find it.

So, what is God’s will?

1. God’s will is not a feeling.
You may be looking for a feeling or a supernatural sign. You want God to pull your heartstrings so you’ll know exactly what to do. The problem is that feelings are unreliable; they will often guide you the wrong way. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful” (NIV). Even your heart plays tricks on you. Even the devil can create a feeling. Don’t wait for a feeling when you’re trying to figure out God’s plan for your life.

2. God’s will is not a formula.
In our culture, we want everything to be easy. We want things to follow a simple formula so it will instantly change our lives. We want a step-by-step guide. But there’s a problem with this approach: There’s no room for mistakes.God’s will is not a closed system. It is dynamic! It is not always an issue of choosing A or B. In fact, many times you can choose from A to Z, and any of them will be okay. It’s your choice. Why would God give you a brain and not expect you to use it? He lets you make choices, and He gives you second chances.

So, if God’s will is not a feeling or a formula, then what is it?

3. God’s will is a relationship.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God . . . invited you into this wonderful friendship with His Son, even Christ our Lord” (TLB).There is very little in the Bible about the technique of knowing God’s will. But there are thousands of verses that talk about developing a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Why? Because God’s will is a relationship.

The better you get to know Him, the less confusion you’re going to have about what His will is. When you get to know God, everything else becomes secondary

Talk About It

How can you know if a feeling is reliable?

Why do you think God allows us to make choices and even mistakes when we are searching for his will?

What are some ways you can grow in your relationship with the Lord?

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: PASTOR RICK’S DAILY HOPE

DEAD TO SIN, ALIVE IN CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT:“For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.  The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:6, 10 & 11 (NIV)

Paul challenges the faulty notion that we may continue to sin and yet remain secure and guilt-free in our salvation because of God’s grace.  Christians who held this misguided view felt that they are not obligated to God’s moral law as long as they had faith and relied on God’s grace.  Paul stands strongly against this twisted view of God’s grace by presenting one of the most basic of all spiritual truths about the lives of those who are justified through Christ: genuine Christians are identified as being “in Christ” because they are “dead to sin but alive to God.”  This means that we are free from sin’s control and unresponsive to its influence because we are now willing servants “to obedience which leads to righteousness” – “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” – Rom. 6:16.

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with Him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.  For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness.  For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace”.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!  Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:1-23 (NIV)

REMINDER: Let’s be reminded we are still in the Lenten period and we should continue to fast, pray and read our Bible.

STAY BLESSED