…and, above all, GRACE

 Hebrews 4:16 tells us to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

I was just reading through Exodus again where the guidelines were laid out for the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant. There was a lot of emphasis given to the mercy seat. This has not changed. It is important that we understand God’s grace that has been extended so that we may receive mercy!

You are not doomed because of the mistakes of your past. Grace is presently available because of Jesus Christ. RUN TO HIM!

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Justified, Consecrated, and Reconciled

Galatians 2:16 reminds us that “a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ…” Simply put, we are justified (declared as righteous) by our faith in Jesus, not what we do.

Leviticus 20:7 tells us to “consecrate yourselves and be holy.” Setting yourself aside to act holy is something you choose to do (or to not do).

Second Corinthians 5:17+18 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

This one works in two parts, it is cyclical. We are being reconciled to God but also we are called to be His ambassadors and encourage others to be reconciled to Him.

It’s awesome to take solice in the fact that we are made righteous through what Christ did on the cross, but the real work is just beginning at that point. We must actively consecrate ourselves so that we can be used by Him to call others into this relationship!