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No Sin Renders A Servant Of God Useless!

Washed Clean

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)

God designed you as a unique individual.  He gave you talents and gifts to bless you and the others in your midst.  He knew you before you were born and fashioned you while still in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, so believe me when I say that God does not create junk!

Sadly, many of us do believe that the mistakes we have made in our past have turned us into garbage.  This is just not true and a lie straight from the mouth of the evil one.  The enemy loves to creep in and whisper lies.  He wants to convince us that our failures and sins have made us worthless and of no benefit to our Father.  To instill a feeling of inadequacy is certainly one of his goals.

When we gave our heart to Christ we became a new creation.  Our sins were forgiven and cast as far as the east is from the west, remembered by God no more (Ps.103:12).  As a new creation in Christ, we are the adopted sons and daughters of the Creator of the universe. (2 Corinthians 6:18)  We are royalty and the *devil wants us to forget this reality.

There is no sin, mistake, or crime we have committed that cannot be forgiven and turned into something good and beneficial by our God.  In fact,……  

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Resurrection: God’s Victory Through Jesus

Jesus w:Mary & John He Is Risen

Luke 23:43 (NIV)  “Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 Easter is a day of victory, love, hope, and promise.  Jesus suffered the incredible humiliation of the cross and endured great suffering for our sakes.  Let me mention just a few of the horrors He willingly suffered for our sakes, in the name of unconditional love.

Jesus endured the rejection and false testimonies of His chosen people.  His disciples denied and abandoned Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, only to follow Him at a distance.  (John alone stood at the foot of the cross with His mother, Mary.)  The Jewish people convinced Pilate to release Barabbas, a convicted murder, because they wanted Jesus crucified.

Soldiers spit at our Savior and made Him wear a crown of thorns.  They whipped him and mocked him and made him carry a cross to his place of death.  Nails through bone and flesh attached Him to a wooden cross.  After suffering separation from His heavenly Father, because of the sins He carried to the cross, He gave up His spirit.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (Jn. 3:16). This truly is a wondrous love!

There were two criminals crucified with Christ and both were guilty of their crimes.  One of the two men mocked Jesus and threw insults His way. However, the other criminal acknowledged his own sin and rebuked the other criminal for his scorn towards the Redeemer.

“Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong.”

He then asked Jesus to remember him upon entering His kingdom.  Jesus lovingly replied, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:38-43) 

This act of forgiveness and hope has given many believers comfort.  We do not know what happens in the final moments of a person’s life.  This story reminds us that it is never too late to be saved and rescued from the pit of hell.

While on our earthly journey, we are to walk by faith.  It is by grace that we are saved, but we are also told that faith without works is dead.  So did the criminal on the cross just manage to get into heaven by the seat of his pants?  Yes, probably so.  Did he have any rewards or treasure laid up once he got there?  After all, he wasn’t a follower and believer of Christ for very long. 

(Here is where I might surprise you with my thoughts.)  How many people were at the foot of the cross witnessing this dialogue?  I would say there were some, and they may have even decided to accept Christ as their Savior.  But now think about this:  How many people have heard this story long after the criminal entered paradise with Jesus?  I would say more than we could imagine.

I believe many have been comforted by this story of a last minute conversion.  Wouldn’t this alone earn him some treasure in heaven? Could this story be one that has led a multitude into believing that Jesus is the Son of God?  I am sure of it. 

It is never too late to give your heart to God, and start living FOR Him. If there is a lost soul you have given up on, remember there is always hope thanks to the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  He won the battle over sin and death and died for us all, including the prodigal son.  Because of Jesus, our sins were nailed to the cross once and for all.  It is a free gift for all to receive, if only we choose to accept it. With an open heart and open arms, Jesus is offering salvation to everyone.  May His sacrifice and resurrection give you enough hope to carry you through another year. 

Romans 6:8-11 (NIV)
   ”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.”

New Again: Jesus Is Our Gift

Jesus Died 4 R Sins



History tells us that crucifixion was real.  Although Jesus was without sin, He was murdered by this very painful means of torture and called a criminal.  He faced the cross for all of us. God loves us so much that He gave us a gift named Jesus.

John 3:16 (NIV)  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The Potter and His Clay


Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NIV)       “This is the Word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the Word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, Israel.

Dear Reader

God creates beautiful things.  We are a wondrous creation as we are made in the very image of Christ.  Sadly, many of us look at our refection in the mirror and are horrified when we see who is looking back. 

The Word of God tells us that He knew us in our mother’s womb.  God knit us together and our frame was not hidden from Him.  He imagined, formed, molded, and uniquely designed each one of us.  We are the masterpieces of the one and only living God. 

So why would God, our Potter, need to reshape us?   Psalm 139 says that all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made. The answer is sin.  Sin mars us and rebellion deforms us. 

Thankfully, God loves His creation so much that He will not give up on us.  He will never throw away the clay resting between His hands.  Rather, His hands will reshape our very being time and time again, in order to remove our sin and rid us of our imperfections. 

He may have to remold some of us several times until WE get things right, and He is satisfied with His workmanship.  He does not like blemishes and will remove them in any way He sees fit.  It is not the creations place to question its Creator.  The number of times the Potter must reshape us will depend on our willingness to accept His will and the path He has laid before us.

Remember that when God looks at you, He sees you as you WILL BE.  He knows of your sins and that is why He is taking time to refashion you into something beautiful and useful. He is always looking through Spiritual glasses.

If God has asked you to do something or is leading you into a certain ministry, check your attitude.  Has He asked you to travel down a path full of danger or grief?  If so, the hardships you experience will only be temporary and they really are serving a purpose. 

With that said, it is with a thankful heart that you should accept and receive His encouragement and leading.  Don’t turn a deaf ear to His voice. If you are hesitating and ignoring the prompts of the Holy Spirit, watch out!  Be prepared for the Potter’s hands and another attempt to reshape you.  God’s purpose will always prevail. 

Take comfort in this:  Not only is God your “Potter,” He is also your Father.  And as a Father cares for His child, so He cares for you. Patiently, He will stay by your side and work out your imperfections and blemishes.

Clay cannot mold itself.  It takes the vision and the hands of one far greater to make something of it.  With this said, clay must submit to the will of the Potter.  After submission is offered up as an acceptable sacrifice, trust must follow.  Yes, you must trust that He is faithful to finish the work that He has begun in you, and that He makes all things beautiful in His time. Trust Him.  He is faithful.

Romans 9:20-21 (NIV)      “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, ‘Why did You make me like this?’  “Does not the Potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?”

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)      “ For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

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