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Wednesday, August 23 2017
 
       In our Prayer meeting yesterday at church, Pastor Mike reminded us of one of our most valued benefits. I am referring to being complete in Christ, lacking nothing. Every time I think about this benefit, I am reminded of the little girl in Sunday School who started out the 23rd Psalm this way: “The Lord is my Shepherd; that’s all I want.”  We were reminded yesterday that, from the very beginning, God had to provide a covering for Adam and Eve after their sin of disobedience. That covering, however, was only temporary. It was the same with the required sacrifices in the Mosaic Law. The writer of the book of Hebrews alluded to that truth when he wrote: “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4)  No, they were not intended to take away sin but to make a temporary atonement. They also pointed to the day when Someone would remove sin completely, namely Christ.
       Even with so called “total coverage” in auto and homeowners insurance, there are always things which are not covered. No so in Christ! Paul wrote: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” (Colossians 2:9-10) The KJV says it this way: “And ye are complete in Him.” Hmnn, that reminds me of a corny joke I’ve probably bored you with before. This man accidentally drove his car into quicksand. He got out safely but as soon as he did, he frantically called his insurance agent. The faithful agent arrived at the scene pretty quickly and as soon as he did, they both watched the car disappear completely into the mire. After a long stretch of looking at each other in quiet amazement the agent blurted out: “your car is completely covered.”
       Rejoice my brothers and sisters in Christ. When Jesus went to the cross, He paid in full for our sins past, present, and future. Yes, I’m aware that some may sarcastically say “Alright, then. I’m gonna live it up, anyhow I’m completely covered!” Nevertheless, I am also aware that God’s children are not this foolish. We all know that sin has it’s consequences but we also know that if and when we fail God, a sincere prayer asking His forgiveness and restoration will always be answered. God’s true children are not only saved, they are safe. In Christ, you are "completely covered."
 
God’s word for today: (2 Timothy 1:12)   “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
   
Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 08:49 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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