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He Who Practices

February 8, 2016

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Calvin and Principles

He Who Practices

Practice makes perfect  by human standards  at least some of the time  —  but only  when one also  has the talent  and physical ability  to perform well  in the given activity.     Often times,  no matter how hard  and long  one practices,  they will not be able  to get anywhere near  to perfection.     Our desire  and efforts  are unable  to give us success.

When we understand  that Jesus is our Savior  and that the LORD is God over all,  it is natural  to want  to live  in heaven  with our Lord.     So,  many will do  their utmost  to clean up  their worldly lifestyle  and start being the model  of goodness  with a “Christian” lifestyle.     They will attend church regularly,  straighten out their loose language,  do good works,  etc.

They will do their best  to live by the principles  of what they consider  true godly living.     But they are doomed  to failure.     Absolutely no one  can ever live a life good enough  to get into heaven.     We can desire a perfect life  and strive really hard  to live perfectly  —  but we will never  be perfect.

We’ve all been born  in sin.     Our sinful natures  are bound  to sin  in many different ways.     God knows that  and His love  provides Jesus’ perfection  to pay  for our sins  and make us perfectly holy.    We can now enter heaven according  to God’s plan of salvation  through faith  as outlined  in Galatians 3:11-12,

Now  that no one  is justified  by the Law  before God is evident;  for,  “The righteous man  shall live by faith.”     However,  the Law  is not  of faith;  on the contrary,  “He who practices them  shall  live by them.”

Those who want  to get  to heaven  by their own goodness,  must practice all  of the Law perfectly  absolutely all the time  —  He  who practices them  shall live  by them.”     There is no second chance.

But he who lives  by “faith”  in Christ Jesus  is “justified”  by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice  on the cross.     That’s God’s grace.

Relieved  of not having  to do the impossible,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for freely making us righteous  through Your shed blood.”

Love,
Margaret

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

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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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