By Pastor Ed Moreno
I became a follower of Jesus when I was twenty-years old. I had a lot of sins to be forgiven of – believe me!
Once I became a Christian, I was determined to never sin again. But after thirteen years – in spite of my intense and relentless efforts to do otherwise – I still found myself committing big sins, little sins, medium sized sins, and I had sins that I gave way to time and again.
I was so upset with myself and so disappointed in myself; I really wondered how much more God was going to put up with before He not only cut me out of his service but out of his kingdom, as well.
I was at a real point of crisis in my soul. I remember being in the fetal position on my couch writhing in emotional pain and upheaval over my utter failure to achieve a sinless state of being.
It was in the midst of all this emotional agony over my ongoing sinful condition that I began to realize that God’s grace is a continual gift that he gives to us if we are willing to avail ourselves to it; if we repent day by day and just never stop pursuing the living of the life God called us to in Jesus Christ – knowing that we will never fully achieve it in this life, but that progressive transformation will occur over the years if we’ll just trust in and rest in God’s grace.
Folks, it was while lying on that couch, weeping before the Lord that I realized that I am saved by grace from Start to Finish, and that I was going to have to trust that God’s grace is enough.
Listen, dear ones, you haven’t gone too far – God’s supply of grace has not been exhausted.
Have you ever taken note of the fact that I John 1:8 (“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”) is written to Christians? That’s right! It’s written to Christians!
Now that you know that truth, know the truth of I John 1:9, as well: “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Believe it; accept it, and be cleansed. Amen.
New Day Christian Church meets Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. They are located at 7155 Hamner Avenue, at Schleisman Road. For more information, visit http://www.newdaycc.net.