Posts Tagged ‘Law’

6
Feb

CONDEMNING SIN

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For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin the flesh” (Romans 8:3).

There is a stretch of County Road 35 going past the golf course where the speed limit is 45 mph. But there is rarely a police car nearby, so what difference does it make? Usually none, until I looked in my rear view mirror and saw those flashing lights. The officer was kind to me and only gave me a warning, but he caught me doing 55 and I was guilty. Getting caught gave me a good respect for the law.

The law in itself has no power over our lives, but the penalty for disobeying is still in force. The law can’t force me or anyone else to stop speeding; it really has no power to shape how I choose to live. But, what the law could not do through fear, Jesus Christ did through His love.

When I reflect on what He did for me it humbles my stubborn pride and makes me want to follow His ways. Not because there is a law, but because He paid the penalty for me. Because we live in these flesh bodies, the law fails to control us. But when Jesus paid the penalty with His flesh, He condemned the sin in my flesh.

That’s why, “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

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30
Jun

EATING HEALTHY

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The City of New York has been in the news lately for its proposal to ban large sugary drinks. What difference does it make to the city government how much sugar, salt, or junk food its citizens eat?

A new government regulation requires US food makers to list the amount of “trans fat” on the labels of most food products purchased in stores. Trans fat, which has been linked to heart disease, high cholesterol, and obesity, is something most people should limit or avoid altogether. What difference does it make?

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that Americans could save up to $1.8 billion in medical costs if they reduce their consumption of trans fats. Now, money gives us a reason to consider change. If we are moving toward government health care, then all tax-payers should be concerned about everyone’s else’s unhealthy eating habits. Why should disciplined healthy people pay for undisciplined people’s bad choices? Do we really want to go there?

Here comes that “if” word. Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).

What do you think? Should the government get involved in what we eat and drink?

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23
Dec

THE COMMUNITY SIGN

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During the holiday season, an atheistic organization put a sign alongside the community Christmas display in Madison, Wisconsin. It blatantly declared: “In this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our material world. Religion is but a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

On the back of that sign was the warning: THOU SHALT NOT STEAL. Where do you suppose such a statement as that came from? If there is no God, why are they quoting Him? Either there is a God who establishes order out of chaos, or we should let nature take its natural course, which is always chaos. I choose to believe in God but wouldn’t trust the atheists with my sign!

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1
Jun

BREAKING THE LAW

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In Galveston, Texas, a hotel on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico put this notice in each room: No Fishing From the Balcony. Yet each day, hotel guests threw in their lines to the waters below. Then the management decided to take down the signs – and the fishing stopped.

In his book Confessions, Augustine (354-430), the well-known theologian, reflected on this attraction to the forbidden. He wrote, “There was a pear tree near our vineyard, laden with fruit. One stormy night we rascally youths set out to rob it…We took off a huge load of pears – not to feast upon ourselves, but to throw them to the pigs, though we ate just enough to have the pleasure of the forbidden fruit. They were nice pears, but it was not the pears that my wretched soul coveted, for I had plenty better at home. I picked them simply to become a thief…The desire to steal was awakened simply by the prohibition of stealing.”

Romans 7 teaches us that human nature is inherently rebellious. Give us a law and we will see it as a challenge to break it.

Do you have a similar story of being caught up breaking the law?

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21
May

AN ILLUSTRATION OF GOD’S LAW

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We can see God’s Law illustrated in civil law. On a freeway where there is no visible sign of the law, motorists transgress the speed limit routinely. Everyone knows the maximum is usually 55 mph, but they all naturally flow together at an unlawful 70 mph. If confronted about it, each driver would say something like this: “I was going with the flow. Besides, I was only transgressing the law by 15 mph, and I was not the only one driving over the speed limit.”

Ever notice what happens when the law enters the scene? A police car moving through the fast lane with its lights flashing causes each driver’s heart to miss a beat. Motorists no longer feel secure in the knowledge that others are also speeding. Each one recognizes his guilt and that he could be the one pulled over. Suddenly that “mere” 15-mph transgression doesn’t seem like such a small thing after all!

God’s laws are written on our hearts. Let’s be paying attention before He arrests us.

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24
Apr

NEW COMMANDMENT

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Love One Another

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment…love one another” (John 13:34).

This “new commandment” Jesus gave is truly amazing when you consider its historical background:

First, there was the Law of Revenge. Before Moses, the law of the land was the law of the jungle. It said, “If you hurt me I’ll hurt you – and then some!” Enemies actively sought ways to settle old scores because revenge wasn’t just acceptable – it was encouraged.

Next, there was the Law of Retribution. In Moses’ time revenge was replaced with retribution which allowed, “An eye for eye, and a tooth for tooth,” but no more (Ex. 20:25). You could do to your enemies only what they’d done to you. That was progress!

Now, there’s the Law of Love. When Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment…love one another,” it was a radically different approach. It meant you didn’t have to get even, you could choose to forgive instead. This new commandment demonstrates the unconditional, sacrificial love God shows to us – then calls us to live the same way!

 

 

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14
Apr

GOD’S LAW

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Evangelist Fred Brown used three illustrations to explain the proper use of God’s law. First, he likened the law to a dentist’s mirror. With that little mirror he can spot cavities. But the dentist doesn’t drill with the mirror. The mirror can reveal a cavity, but it can never repair it.

Brown then compared the law to a flashlight. If the lights in your home suddenly go out, you use a flashlight to guide you through the darkness to the electrical box. The flashlight enables you to see the blown fuse or tripped circuit-breaker, but you don’t insert the flashlight in its place.

In his third image, Brown likened the law to a plumb-line. A builder uses a weighted string to see if his work is properly aligned. If he discovers a mistake, he doesn’t use the plumb-line to correct it. He uses his hammer and saw.

The Apostle Paul said, “We know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully” (1 Timothy 1:8). The law of God reveals the problem of sin, but it doesn’t provide a solution. The answer to the sin problem is Jesus Christ, Who bore our guilt on the cross, and now offers us new life. Have you asked Him to be your Savior?

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