How is the cross affecting me?

On the cross Jesus gave Himself for each of us. What Jesus accomplished on the cross enables us to do what God demands in our lives. Because of the cross we have a new life. As Jesus lives out His life within us we have a life of victory. We are not only cleaned from sin, but we have the fullest of life. The cross of Jesus is our only hope in the world. The call of the cross is one of personal discipline and high moral standards. As we live day by day how is the cross affecting our lives? Living a life with a focus on the cross allows Jesus to live His life within us. Can we say along with Paul, “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me”? We must let God work in our life and heart so that all of our activities are witnesses of the cross.

Perfect Love

“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” are the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:19. The cross was God’s way of showing us His love. The love that Christ demonstrated on the cross was Him reconciling each of us to God. The love of God is not the same as natural love. God loves regardless of merit or being lovable. On the cross Jesus Christ expressed the perfect love in that He gave Himself as a sacrifice. Instead of looking at us as righteous or good, God saw all of us as sinners. Yet, God loves each of us and proved it by providing His only Son as the one acceptable blood sacrifice. God through Jesus demonstrated on the cross that He was
longsuffering, not willing any should perish but all would come to repentance.

Have you been to the cross?

Jesus crucified is the focus of the Gospel. The cross of Jesus has a message for each of us. God is love, therefore He has a concern for each of us. A concern for our sinful nature that separates us from His fellowship. Sin is the problem for us - by nature and by choice. The wages of sin is separation from God. Sin has placed us under the sentence of spiritual death. Only by the love of God demonstrated on the cross of Jesus, gives to us a pardon and triumph. The cross provides
for us a freedom from the penalty of sin. God gave Jesus as our sacrifice on the cross. The sacrifice of blood which Jesus shed was for the cleansing of our sin. The cross of Jesus is the power of God which forgives all iniquities and saves with an everlasting salvation. If you will come to the cross, you will put yourself in the power and wisdom of God’s love. Have you been to the cross for the cleansing of sin? If you will come by faith, trusting Jesus, you will be saved!

Trust Jesus. Flee Satan!

We have an enemy whose aim is to blind us of spiritual truths. The Bible calls him “the devil”. As our adversary he goes around seeking to devour us. Also known as the prince of the power of the air, we find him at work to cause destruction in the world. The devil has engaged us in spiritual warfare. Jesus called Satan a liar and the father of lies. From the time in the Garden of Eden Satan has misrepresented the truth of God’s word. In dealing with Satan we are dealing with falsehood and deception. Through the falsehoods of Satan we are blinded to the truth of God’s word. Often Satan disguises himself as that which is good and is able to deceive the
Christian. God is sovereign over Satan. We need to hold fast to our profession of Christ as Lord and Savior. In Jesus we have victory. In the Bible James says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We have conquered Satan by the blood of Jesus. Our daily testimony is one of victory by the blood of Jesus. Our Lord and Savior is our Warrior each and every day. Trust Jesus, flee Satan!