Spirituality

Published on June 10th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Pastor Creflo Dollar; Jesus’ Grace Tops Sin

For many people, sin is something they’ve struggled with for many years, finally coming to grudgingly accept it as a way of life. It may be an obvious addiction to alcohol or drugs, or something less noticeable like gossip, jealousy, or living in fear. In all cases, sin is something contrary to God’s plans for us. Religion has a way of using sin to control and condemn us, but grace offers us a way to overcome it permanently.

If you’re one of the many who have become accustomed to carrying the weight of sin, I have some good news for you! Jesus, Who is Grace in human form, tops sin in any and all forms. The message is so simple that it’s impossible for the world to accept, yet it’s true. Grace is God’s unmerited, unearned favor, and He loves us so much that He sent His grace from heaven down to us.

Translated, that means people who choose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and believe the promises made to them in the Scriptures are empowered in the same way as He is. You probably know that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t escape those bad habits. You’re right—you can’t do it alone. But with Jesus living inside you (1 Corinthians 3:16), God and sin just don’t mix. Sin has no more power over you.

The beautiful thing is that He transformed the Old Testament law of sin and death, which no one was able to keep through their own efforts, into grace. That means we have the freedom to hand over to Him the ugliness, hurt, fear, pain, and whatever we can’t handle in our lives, and let Him replace it with His victory, peace, and joy. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, ASV).

We can be secure knowing that if Grace was able to overcome death itself, (Luke 24:1-7) He’s well able to take care of the sin in our lives. The key to unlocking this infinite power is our belief in what He did for us (John 3:16). There’s no need to beat ourselves up over our past mistakes, because Jesus took care of all of them more than two thousand years ago.

The devil will try to get in your face and constantly remind you of everything you’ve ever done wrong. He keeps a scorecard, and he’s always updating it. But when you became born again, God wiped the slate clean. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

Sin separates us from God and disconnects us from His power, and on our own merits we can’t earn back our right-standing with Him. But Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, past, present, and future, for all time. We now have the freedom from having to earn our salvation through our own performance. “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He befriended and accepted sinners, which was something the religious leaders of the day refused to do. He made a mark in their lives that could never be erased. He can do the same with us.

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