Romans: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Hear It! Believe It! Live It!”
It has been said that the only thing worse than being lost is not knowing you are lost! What is true physically is true spiritually … not knowing you are lost leaves you wandering around in circles, blaming everything and everyone around you for your problems, and never really finding the cure! Few people today are willing to admit that they are being controlled by the sinful nature in which all of us are born. Yet it is only in doing so that the freedom Jesus Christ offers can be received. The Gospel calls sinners to repent and believe, to turn from sin to righteousness by the power of the Spirit of God. Left to itself, the sinful nature will never confess its sin, its rebellion against God, its helplessness to change. But by the grace of God the Holy Spirit produces a new heart, a new mind and a new will in those who are born again, and the result is not a change in God’s Law, but rather, a change in my relationship to God’s law and my attitude toward God’s Law. True believers are set free from the power of the Law to enslave them to shame and fear of judgment. We are now free to obey God’s commands from a willing heart, moved to love God because He first loved us! “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery!” (Galatians 5:1). It is necessary to understand your freedom in Christ and your oneness with Christ if you are to experience the joy of the abundant life He promises. Today is a new day! Thanks be to God!! Draw near to Him and use it to honor and glorify Him!