Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 ... Born That Way

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 46 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Big Daddy Weave singing his song … Redeemed … poignantly and powerfully declaring the reality of him (or anyone) being redeemed from their (our) sin by the blood of Christ.

Highlight Verse[s]: Romans 5:20-21 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … 
20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
… Yes, … we all sin! … But any and all who come to Christ in our sin can be made right with God through faith in the saving grace of King Jesus.
Highlight Passage [context]: Romans 5:12-21 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… The Apostle declares the truth with regard to the sin nature of mankind, … yet the redemption for Adams’s sin found in the atoning death of Christ in propitiation for our sin.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Psalm 51:5, 7, 12 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK ...
… King David’s prayer/song of his desire to be cleansed for his sin.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Romans 3:23, 5:8, 8:1, 10:13 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK … Paul exclaims the wondrous mystery of God’s plan to save His lost people through the redemption of His Son, Jesus, The Christ.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … 1st John 1:9 [NLT] … 
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 
… Our sin nature can be cleansed by confession, repentance, and faith in Christ’s cleansing blood.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Tim Gustafson, uses a cute, but pertinent, story to illustrate our sin nature. The ODB author wrote: Mom noticed four-year-old Elias as he scurried away from the newborn kittens. She had told him not to touch them. “Did you touch the kitties, Elias?” she asked. “No!” he said earnestly. So Mom had another question: “Were they soft?” “Yes,” he volunteered, “and the black one mewed.” 
With a toddler, we smile at such duplicity. But Elias’s disobedience underscores our human condition. No one has to teach a four-year-old to lie. 

And yes, we almost expect to see our little ones lie at some point in their toddler stage as they are born little heathens. However, what about a mature believer like King David? And we know from the episode with Bathsheba and then David’s year-long coverup, followed by his confrontation with Nathan, the Prophet, where he confessed, repented (see also Psalm 32 written after Ps. 51), and was cleansed of his sin by His merciful and loving Lord.

It’s true. Kids and even Kings are all sinners. And that’s the story of you and me, isn’t it? As Paul writes in the sequence provided above from his letter to the Romans, we’re all born sinners (3:23). Yet God provided a way for us to be redeemed (5:8); and when we believe in Christ’s redeeming blood, shed for us on the cross, we find freedom from the condemnation of our sin (9:13 and 8:1). 

And PTL, when I come and confess and repent of my sin, … yes, even now that I’m saved, … my Lord is faithful to cleanse me of my sin and redeem me before my Heavenly Father. Listen to Big Daddy Weave sing of our being REDEEMED by Christ in the song linked above. And then join me in a robust ”HALLELUJAH!” for King Jesus coming to save us from our sin nature.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, I am redeemed from myself by my faith in Your blood. … HALLELUJAH!! … Amen

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