Saturday, 26 November 2016
If we go to church longing to see a miracle, we will be satisfied when there is one but the satisfaction is only for that moment. It doesn’t last. Paul said,
Oswald Chambers (OC): The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but we are not to preach any of these.
In holiness movements and spiritual experience meetings, the focus tends to be put not on the Cross of Christ but on the effects of the Cross.
My sister was offended when I got in touch with someone who had done something wrong to her. I apologized to her. I can feel the pain in her heart. Forgiveness is not easy at all. It takes the life of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary. OC calls it the tragedy of God. When we understand the tragedy of Calvary, we understand the meaning of redemption. Jesus said,
Father, I am sorry that I have offended many people in my life by my words and actions. Forgive me. I pray that all the people whom I have offended will forgive me. Life is an imperfect journey. Nobody lives a perfect life. No man is perfect. Not a single hero in the Bible is perfect … maybe only Enoch - I don’t know. But I know JESUS IS PERFECT. He is the Son of God. He is the Sacrificial Lamb of God. He lived to die for the sins of man. Only Jesus’ death could satisfy the wrath of God. Paul called himself a wretched man. “Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. In Christ, we are set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit we reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Hallelujah! Thanks be to God!
God promises us peace and joy. We have been justified through faith. We can gain access by faith into God’s grace in which we now stand. Praise God!
We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we can also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. Yes! His love fills our hearts by the Holy Spirit! (Romans 5)
To God be the glory!
Lam Yee Ling