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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Enjoying the Benefits

"Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways ... Happy shall thou be, and it shall be well with thee" (Psalm 128:1-2)

Our contacts with civilization make our clothes dirty, greasy, sometimes spotted. The dirt is not only on our clothes; soon it is actually "in" them. We can shake the garment, argue with it, talk to it, read Shakespeare to it ... Still it is soiled and dirty. The dirt must be loosed. The garment must be set free from its soil.

The only solution that will loose us from our sins is the blood of Jesus Christ. He loved us and freed us - washed us - from our sins in His own blood. Education, refinement - nothing else worked. But when Jesus' blood did its work, we were free!

"Ye shall know the truth," Jesus said, "and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). But there must be a moral commitment. If there is not, there is no understanding. If there is no understanding, there is no cleansing.

Are you obeying the truth as it is revealed by the Spirit of God? Are you enjoying the benefits of freedom in Jesus Christ? Are you one of His "true" disciples?

Happiness is nothing but that inward sweet delight, which will arise from the harmonious agreement between our wills and the will of God.

~A. W. Tozer~

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