Tag: Sin

True Holiness

by Titus 1:9

fig-tree-2An important feature of our Christian walk is the understanding that to fail to do what we ought to do is no less a sin than doing that which we ought not to do. In other words, the believer’s faith is not merely a matter of abstaining from evil, but also has the weightier matter of manifesting goodness.  In fact, abstaining from evil is a “default” characteristic of the believer; it is the minimum requirement.  It would be tragic then to assume that mere abstinence – the default form of Christianity – is the utmost expression of the regenerate heart.  Christianity is not relegated to abstinence.  Our faith is

“…faith which works through love” (Gal 5:6).

The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant . . . —Isaiah 49:5

The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race onto another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree. And when we are born again we are brought into the realization of God’s great purpose for the human race, namely, that He created us for Himself. This realization of our election by God is the most joyful on earth, and we must learn to rely on this tremendous creative purpose of God. The first thing God will do is force the interests of the whole world through the channel of our hearts. The love of God, and even His very nature, is introduced into us. And we see the nature of Almighty God purely focused in

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