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Those Who Practice Such Things Will Not Inherit the Kingdom of God

January 6, 2016

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Those Who Practice  Such Things  Will Not Inherit  the Kingdom of God

Faith  in Jesus’ justification  of all our sins  is supposed to lead us  into the freedom  of a life  of thanksgiving,  rejoicing,  and lovingly caring  for others.     But,  sad  to say,  when some hear  about their justification  and freedom  from the law  in Christ,  they imagine  they are free  to live  according to their old sinful self.

That’s not how it works.     Galatians 5:19-20  lists some  of the things  some people imagine  they are free to do  and yet call themselves Christians,  including,

…….immorality,  impurity,  sensuality,  idolatry,  sorcery,  enmities,  strife,  jealousy,  outburst of anger,  disputes,  dissensions,  factions,  envying,  drunkenness,  carousing,  and things like these…….

Paul strongly warns all Christians in Galatians 5:21,

Those  who practice such things  will not inherit  the kingdom  of God.

When all  of our sins  have been justified  through the blood  of Christ Jesus,  they have been fully atoned for.     We are not  to let Jesus’  love  and sacrifice  go to waste  in our lives.     Reveling  in the sins  of this world  shows  a total lack  of thankfulness,  respect,  and love.

Therefore,  Paul teaches  in Galatians 5:22-23,

But  the fruit  of the Spirit  is love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control;  against such things  there is no law.

We are free  to live  according to God’s love.     These are the very things  we want  in our lives,  so we should live  to allow these things  in the lives  of others.     To get down  to the nitty-gritty  of true Christianity,  Paul says  in Galatians 5:24,

Now those  who belong  to Christ Jesus  have crucified  the flesh  with its passions  and desires.

So,  if we want  to call ourselves Christians,  let us live  as Christ lived.     Then  in the freedom  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!”     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your sacrificial love  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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