ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS, Beloved of God,  John 3:16

BEING HOLY,   “WORTH CONSIDERING”  8/16/19  (Across my desk this morning.)

The Great Exchange

If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are the righteousness of God. That means you are one with Him and an extension of His virtue. You are approved by Him. You are in right standing with Him. You belong to Him.”

Not only did Jesus pay for the punishment for your sins, the Scripture says He actually became sin. He took sin upon Himself and into His being so that you could take God’s righteousness upon yourself and into your being. It’s the great exchange.

Today, don’t let the enemy hold you back by making you feel guilty or condemned. You are not who you used to be; you are the righteousness of God in Christ! First John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If there is anything in your life that is holding you back today, confess it to God. Let Him cleanse you and make you new. Remember, He paid a precious price so that you could be His righteousness. Meditate on this truth and let Him set you free!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for cleansing me and making me new. Thank You for making me the righteousness of God in Christ. Help me to fully understand this so I can walk in the fullness of the blessing You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:
This is a valid picture of what GOD is about in the restoration of us to HIS original VISION to make us a Holy People in HIS Image and Likeness.  In Christ Jesus as LORD,  HE takes our sin and removes them from us as far as the east is from the west to be remembered no more.  

However, we still have the process to go through of bringing every thought into the captivity of love and mind of Christ Jesus.  We have to retrain our tongue to agree with that of our Creator.  We still have a lot of nasty habits to shed or dump to become like our LORD Jesus.   We are forgiven and made HOLY by God but that also begins the process of sanctification or to make us HOLY.   Some habits are hard to change.  My vocabulary from the Army was a difficult change for me.  Allowing Jesus to be formed in me has been a process that I really want to make but has been slow.   And I need the Holy Spirit all the time to help me through the process.  It is like the Creator wants to restore me to HIS original intent.  And the older I get the easier for me to see it actually happening.  Not an ego thing but a John 12:24-26 dying thingMade possible because of the LORD’s love and vision for us.

24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.  25 Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]  26 If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [[a]to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.    A Jesus teaching,  John 12:24-26

It is like an old biology class in watching a bean grow into a plant and make more beans.  My wife has been collecting buckets of bean from her garden lately,  she love to garden.   The little bean finds itself in the dark damp earth and first puts out a root and then pokes a hole to the light and then becomes fertilizer for a whole new plant to grow up into the sun and produce more beans.  We need to die to being a seed in order to become the planting of GOD.  See the parallel.  Most of us want to paint our little seed gold, put it in a picture frame and hang it on the wall for all to see how beautiful we are.  So get the long eternal view of things and change will be much much easier.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><



More GREAT QUOTES    "A dark hour makes Jesus bright."  -Robert Murray McCheyne    "There are only two days on my and the day of  judgement".   -Martin Luther    "You may pay for the book in which the Gospel is contained; for the  Church or chapel in which it is preached, for the minister who  preaches it to you ... but, the Gospel itself is as free as the light  that shines, as the rain and dew which fall from above; as the air  which you inhale and as every other blessing of God"  -John Bate    "This life is a dressing room for eternity - THAT'S ALL IT IS!"  -Leonard Ravenhill    "If the service of God is worth anything, it is worth everything. We  shall find our best reward in the Lord´s work if we do it with  determined diligence. Our labor is not in vain in the Lord, and we  know it."  - Charles H. Spurgeon    "The evangelist who preaches for eternity is never great on numbers.  He is not apt to count hundreds of converts where there is no  restitution, no confession, and no glad cry which proclaims, 'The   lost is found, the dead is made alive again!'"  -E.M. Bounds.    "I would say without any hesitation that the most urgent need in   the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the   greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the   greatest need of the world also."  -Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones.  

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