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Friday, October 25, 2013

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Romans 7:18-25
Psalm 119:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94
Luke 12:54-59

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the life-saver

"A law that leads to wrongdoing is always ready at hand." —Romans 7:21

When we first become convicted of our sin, we truly desire to do what is right but do not have the power (Rm 7:18). A law inside us is stronger than our desires and intentions. This makes us prisoners of the law of sin in our members (Rm 7:23). We have a civil war going on inside us, and we are prisoners of war, enslaved and wretched. Who can free us from ourselves, "from this body under the power of death? All praise to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (Rm 7:24-25)

Because of our fallen nature, we were doomed to a wretched, enslaved existence of escapism and self-hatred. Because of Jesus, we are saved. Life is worth living for only one Reason. His name is Jesus. Without Jesus we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). Jesus is the only Way to live, the only Truth that sets us free (Jn 8:32), and the only Meaning to life (Jn 14:6).

However, we have to let Jesus save us and give us a new nature. Otherwise, we can be so deceived by the evil one that we reject our only Hope by selling our souls for petty pleasures. Immediately, right now, accept Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God.

Prayer:  Jesus, Savior, "heal me, Lord, that I may be healed; save me, that I may be saved, for it is You Whom I praise" (Jer 17:14).

Promise:  "I am Yours, save me." —Ps 119:94

Praise:  Jesus set Chris free from twenty-four years of emotional illness.

Reference:  (Devour the good news of Jesus by reading the Bible every day. We have several tape series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 22, 2013

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