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Introduction

One of the terms that is frequently used among believers is “forgiveness”. Basically, most believers are aware that each person can receive the forgiveness of his sins, through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Another term, which is also used fairly often, is “atonement”. Most believers have heard that term as well – however, many people think that atonement is exactly the same thing as forgiveness. In other words, many people believe that the terms “forgiveness” and “atonement” are synonyms.

Of course, there are some similarities between those two terms in Scripture. In particular, both forgiveness and atonement have to do with sin – i.e., they both deal with sins that people have committed. However, that does not necessarily indicate that the meanings of those two terms are identical.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace?” The phrase has two main purposes: either we use it to express humility or excuse our behavior.cheap jerseys But, did you know that scripture nowhere calls Christ’s followers sinners? Let’s take a look at what the bible says about sinners in order to get a grounded scriptural understanding of what a sinner is. Then we’ll examine some other titles Christians use to refer to themselves as well as others within the family of God.

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Introduction

One item that Scripture emphasizes, over and over again, is that every human being has committed sins. For example, consider these verses:

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (ESV):

20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

Romans 3:10-12 (ESV):

10 as it is written:“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”

1 John 1:8 (ESV):

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Stand Up!

Depressed.
Discouraged.
Hopeless.
There are many walking wounded around us.
Hurt.
Down.
Just going through the motions.

Maybe me?  Maybe you?
Some days, maybe even struggling to get out of bed.
Not wanting to go on.
Not sure how to climb out of the pit.
Joshua tore his clothes and fell before the ark of Yahweh, with his face to the ground.  He and the elders of Israel had put dust on their heads, a sign of fasting and humbling oneself before their God.
Desperate.
Their army had just lost a battle, that they should have won.
They were confused.
Baffled.

The people’s hearts had melted and become like water.
No more confidence, strength, or courage.
Instead,
weak, 
scared, 
discouraged, 
paralyzed with fear.
They weren’t sure God was still with them.
They knew He hadn’t been there for that devastating battle, and He had allowed the destruction and loss.  Why?  Why, God?
Joshua began to question His God, “Why did You ever bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites for our destruction?…” When our enemies hear of this, “they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth.  Then what will You do about Your great name?”
Heart ache.
Why’s and How-could-you’s? permeated the air.
Lost. 
 
Alone.
Then Yahweh said to Joshua,
“Stand up!  
Why are you on the ground?”
These words can be said to us as well, can’t they?
Why are you wallowing around in your self-pity?
Why do you doubt the one and only living God of the universe?
Is your situation any more difficult than Joshua’s?
Are your circumstances so hopeless that the Creator of the earth cannot save and redeem you?
“Israel has sinned…. I will no longer be with you unless you remove from you what is set apart.”
Sometimes, we look at everything and everyone else, except the SIN that has crept into our midst.
God can no longer bless and work His mighty power through us and in us, when SIN has been allowed to run rampant in our camp.
We need to look closely at our lives and our family’s lives, and seek out what has no place in the life of a believer, and be rid of it.
In Joshua and the Israelite’s case, they determined that a man named Achan had stolen and hid some of the spoils from Jericho in the ground, in his tent, and they took him and his family and stoned them, and burned them.
Scary!  That was even after the man had confessed!
Today, when we have sinned, we confess and repent (walk away from that sin!), and receive forgiveness from our God, rather than the harsh justice system that the Israelites faced in the Old Testament.  This is our Heavenly Father’s gift to us, of grace and mercy that we do not deserve.  We have been given this gift, because of His Son, Jesus, who became that Lamb of God, sacrificed for our sins.
The only thing we need to do is to receive that gift, repent, and turn from our sinful ways.
The sad thing is, we often don’t.
We keep living and fighting our battles on our own, and wonder where our God is.
We stubbornly cling to our beloved sin, as if a long-lost friend.
We don’t want to part from it.
We’re attached to it.
To say good bye to our sin, means letting a part of us go.
Yet, when we do allow that sin to permanently camp with us,
We miss God.
We miss His mighty power in our daily lives.
We miss His ability to do great things in us and through us.
We miss His peace and joy and mercy.
Are we not crazy for clinging to a sin that has no place in our camp?
Take that sin, and get rid of it immediately!
Run from it!
Do not lay it down and then pick it back up again!
Remove it from your life and never look back!  Never.
And then we will see the blessings and goodness of the LORD in the land of the living, right now, right here, with you and me.  Isn’t it a beautiful place to dwell?  We are in His holy presence, seeking His face.  I am on the ground, not out of desperation, discouragement and depression, but because I am worshipping the one true God who has saved me from my pit,through His Son, Jesus.  The precious Lamb of God, whose blood washes me clean, and makes me holy and blameless in Yahweh’s sight.
How beautiful!
“I am certain that I will see Yahweh’s goodness in the land of the living.  
Wait for Yahweh; be strong and courageous.  Wait for Yahweh.”
Psalm 27:13-14.
“… praised Yahweh, the great God, and with their hands uplifted, all the people said, “Amen, Amen!”  Then they bowed down and worshiped Yahweh with their faces to the ground.”  Nehemiah 8:6.
Amen, Amen!

Sometimes in life when working in the christian field of helps and counseling we run into many different situation. Many times people will say one thing and mean another, or tell you something that not exactly true, you know Lie to you. Many time even when lying people will either convince themselves what they are saying is true or actually believe from the being, this is called being deceived and it is usually a form of ignorance or lack of understanding. It can be very hard to deal with people on this level, I know in times past I would be frustrated and even angry with people whom I felt were being deceptive.

The fabric of our lives is what makes us who we are, that fabric should be interwoven with God! It is God who has made us. He desires to be the Fabric of our lives. I was recently at the beach there was an announcement over the loud speakers that there were lost children looking for their parents. One of the children was a 5 years old, the other was 3 years old, and there was a 1 year old. After the last child’s parents were located the life guard station politely announced “could parents please stop drinking and keep an eye on your children”. We know that alcohol was a factor, because the police had been there checking and confiscating alcoholic beverages right before we arrived. A women sitting across from us was commenting on how could any parent lose track of their children. If you look at the marriage status in this country today you will see that statistically 1 out of ever 3 marriages fails. I feel as though from talking with people that the number is more like 9 out of every 10 fails. It seems everywhere I turn people are either getting a divorce or there marriage is on shaky ground. I think that there is something seriously wrong with the fabric many people are choosing to weave their lives out of today,  NO GOD only themselves!!!

I have been on a 36 year quest to find the right the path which would give me a greater spiritual awareness and closeness to my Creator. I have found it to be a rocky road at times. On this journey I have finally come to know God in a greater way than I ever thought possible. I have also found that the hard things in life can be good for us, because they help us, by Faith, turn to our Creator and seek his help and guidance. GOD LIKES THAT, yes he likes when we depend on him. It was always that way we just didn’t know it. After all he did create us, wouldn’t you think he has all the answers. WHY NOT ASK? Please read the following Article, in it you may find something that can help you, as it did for me.

Two Trees in EdenHere’s an interesting piece from Ivan Maddox of West End Bible Fellowship in Atlanta GA.  He brings up some intriguing points concerning the trees in the story of the Garden of Eden.

Introduction

There are quite a few diseases and conditions that are known to be “genetically determined” – i.e., items that are caused by the exact makeup of a person’s DNA.

For example, the condition of color blindness is definitely genetic in nature. That disorder is passed from parents to children, through their “X” sex chromosomes.

Women have two X chromosomes, so in order for a woman to express the color blindness disorder, both of her X chromosomes need to contain that trait. (If only one of a woman’s X chromosomes has the trait, then she is known as a “carrier” of the disorder.)

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