BUILT ON THE ROCK
that we universally agree what is right (like world peace and the elimination of poverty etc) but fail to do it! How many times do we try to make a change and come unstuck; most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it to February! If we could kill the lion and have it reborn as a lamb, however, then it would happily eat the grass and what we all need is a new nature from our Creator. Romans 8:9 “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” This new nature, which comes through receiving the Holy Spirit, is what makes someone a Christian. We do not belong to Jesus unless we have his Spirit living within us and the presence of the Spirit of our Creator makes us a whole new person “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. If you have yet to experience this then it is a free gift to all who will put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord for total forgiveness of all that they have done wrong and a new life. He has made the way open by paying the price of all our sins in his sacrifice on our behalf on the cross. This is how much God loves us; he himself would become a man and die a humiliating and torturous death bearing our all guilt, pain and sorrow in order to save us from hell and bring us back to him. He wants to give us this blessing of a new nature and eternal life with him in heaven free without us having to do anything to earn it and this undeserved love and goodness to us is called “grace”. What does it mean to trust Jesus in this way? Well, really much the same as it would mean to trust anyone with your life. Imagine the surgeon says that you need heart surgery to prevent a major heart attack. He will ask you to sign a form 21
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