Why Suffering?

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5

Raising The Standard

“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!

And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”

Ephesians 4:20-24

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Freedom From Guilt And Shame

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.“- 2 Corinthians 7:10 

Godly sorrow = conviction 

Worldly sorrow =guilt and shame

When you are in Christ, He leads you to repentance because His Holy Spirit brings conviction which leads to a changed life. 

When you are of the world there is nothing but guilt and shame which leads to death, for the wages of sin is death. When you are guilty, you have no hope, for you feel the weight of judgement. 

Guilt leads to shame, which leads to a lifestyle of wrong doing. 

When you feel trapped with no hope of escape, you stay where you are. You do not change because you are imprisoned in your situation.

A man walking to the gallows is on the path of death with no hope of life.

That is the situation without Christ. Hopelessness!

We are condemned! We are guilty with no hope of life.

Jesus has come to take away all guilt and shame, He offers freedom from the burdens of a guilt filled life.

For Death is final without Jesus. He came to beat death by dying on the cross, paying the price for all of our guilt and shame, taking our condemnation on Himself-proving this by resurrecting from the dead.

We then can live free from this life sentence of staying in our sins, from the prison of guilt and condemnation where there was once no escape.

We can have the Spirit of Christ live within us!

We then are transformed into the very image of Jesus. Perfected and transformed by God given conviction.

Guilt and shame was nailed to the cross. Condemnation was put to death.

We are guided by conviction!

We are resurrected into a new life where the Holy Spirit guides our lives to glory after glory. And new life after new life.

Repentance

Repentance is a by-product of God’s grace. 
Without the blood of Jesus Christ being shed on the cross on our behalf we could never approach God with our sin, mistakes and imperfections. The power of repentance is held to by the power of the cross.
Without the grace which was purchased on the cross by Jesus Christ, repentance would bear no fruit.
The Spirit of Christ is the one who breaks our hearts over our wrong actions and motives, so we can come to the place to accept His grace and mercy.
A broken heart before God because of any sin is equivalent to repentance. Repentance means turning completely away from sin, doing an about-face, and then pursuing God with reckless abandonment.
To turn from sin is to give your past completely over to Jesus. To walk away and never turn back wishing for “the good old days.”
It’s illegal in the Kingdom of God to view your past sins outside the lens of the blood Jesus Christ.
This means sorrowing over sin to such an extent that the heart grows to hate the sin and turns from it in disgust. If either element is missing, the “freedom” from sin will not last.
If one merely feels sorrow over the sin but does not turn from it, he is not free. Likewise, if one merely turns from the sin but does not experience a deep sorrow over it, he is not free. Freedom requires both sorrow over sin and turning away from it.
It’s this repentance that opens our hearts to the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. When our hearts are open His grace floods in. When grace floods into our hearts, they are healed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Repentance is key!
Let us examine our hearts daily and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any wrong motive, path or sin in us!
Open your hearts and repent! Do not hold yourself back from all that Christ has in store for you. Renewal, healing and freedom are found in Him.
Blessings

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