March 14, 2010

After Repentance – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:00 am by kdkelly

After we repent, then what? All of us who have come to Christ and put him on in baptism have done so because we have repented of our sins and chosen to follow our Lord and Savior,  Jesus Christ. We arise to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)But temptation is always before us because the devil does not give up on us just because we have become children of God. Peter said, “Be sober, be vigilant; because  your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are suffered by your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)  Paul urged the Philippians to “Stand fast in the Lord.” (Philippians 4:1). 

We are tempted, but we should trust God who will not allow us to be tempted with more than we can resist. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) We still have to do our part however. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:7-8)

If we put our trust in God, then we can say each day, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118:24) We can follow the admonition of Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:4-8)

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