Reconciling Yourself to the Fact of Sin

June 24th, 2014 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

This is your hour, and the power of darkness —Luke 22:53

Not being reconciled to the fact of sin— not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have. If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life, instead of reconciling yourself to it, you will compromise with it and say that it is of no use to battle against it. Have you taken this “hour, and the power of darkness” into account, or do you have a view of yourself which includes no recognition of sin whatsoever? In your human relationships and friendships, have you reconciled yourself to the fact of sin? If not, just around the next corner you will find yourself trapped and you will compromise with it. But if you will reconcile yourself to the fact of sin, you will realize the danger immediately and say, “Yes, I see what this sin would mean.” The recognition of sin does not destroy the basis of friendship— it simply establishes a mutual respect for the fact that the basis of sinful life is disastrous. Always beware of any assessment of life which does not recognize the fact that there is sin.Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet He was never cynical nor suspicious, because He had absolute trust in what He could do for human nature. The pure man or woman is the one who is shielded from harm, not the innocent person. The so-called innocent man or woman is never safe. Men and women have no business trying to be innocent; God demands that they be pure and virtuous. Innocence is the characteristic of a child. Any person is deserving of blame if he is unwilling to reconcile himself to the fact of sin.



June 24 2014

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, I am always aware of my failures, of my capacity to make the wrong choices. If that is what Chambers is teaching, then I get that. But do I need to be reminded of my capacity for making wrong choices? I am more than aware of how I can miss the mark but is that the lesson?

And God says…”No that is not the lesson. The devotional and music today is designed to remind you that you have been remade by the sacrifice of Jesus, and that even in when you succumb to wrong choices you are still being remade by the gift and grace of Jesus. Do not let wrong choices bring you down.  I do not see or remember them. I remember Jesus when I see you. Trust Me to continually remake and bless you. “

Romans 8:1 The Message (MSG) …The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

8 1-2… With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.


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