February 13, 2017

Memory Verse for the week:

Romans 3:23 (NLT) — 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Nobody has lived up to the standard of perfection that has been set by our Lord. Our God is the only one who is and who will ever be perfect. Aren’t you glad we have a perfect God? He is perfect in love and that is exactly what we sinners need. If his love wasn’t perfect we would all suffer for an eternity. The bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. It doesn’t overlook them it covers them in the precious blood of Jesus. He took our punishment and shed his blood so that our sins could be forgiven or covered; never to be ever be uncovered again. Jesus’ blood put the lid on our sin.

So what is sin? In the Greek translation of the New Testament it means to  miss the mark. God set the mark of perfection and we missed it. It means to err, to swerve from the truth, to do evil, to break the law, to be unholy, to offend, to transgress, to wander from the path of righteousness, to disobey God.

I like Susanna Wesley’s definition of sin. This is what she said when one of her children came to her and asked, “What is sin?” She said, “Whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things; in short, if anything increases the authority and power of the flesh over the Spirt, then that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself.”

I believer that is one of the best definitions I have ever heard. Contemplate that meaning and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a real hatred for sin.

Romans 8:9–14 (NLT) — 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. 12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

Be Inspired Hilltop!