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July 2, 2023

In our journey through life, we will face ongoing challenges that seek to shape our thinking and steer us away from God’s truth. The world around us, and our human nature, with its inherent flaws, constantly strive to influence our beliefs and actions. We encounter various sources of influence, such as marketing tactics, news narratives, political debates, cultural teachings, and even our own family traditions. All these factors contribute to the inner dialogue and thoughts that occupy our minds.

Recently, while reading a devotional, a phrase that comforted me in the face of the world’s challenges leaped from the page. The author prayed,

“Help us not to be unduly discouraged by the heavy load of guilt that so easily clings to our hearts. Instead, whenever we see clearly the sins of our hearts, enable us to fly to the Scriptural truth that in Christ the penalty of those sins has been paid for, once for all. Remind us that we are now clothed in Christ perfect righteousness, and that therefore there can be no condemnation left for us.”

In this quote, the discouragement from a heavy load of guilt is what challenges us. Left in that state, we become prisoners of our shame and hopeless in our despair. But then there’s that phrase: “Fly to the Scriptural truth.”

In sacred Scripture, we find the balm of Christ’s atonement, healing our wounded hearts and transforming our lives. The world and our fleshly nature may attempt to offer their explanations and solutions for dealing with guilt and shame. They may propose temporary measures or misguided paths to redemption. However, we must distinguish between the alluring voices of the world and the unchanging truths found in God’s Word. Only in the Scriptures do we discover the profound reality that our sins have been forgiven through Christ’s sacrificial act on the cross. Through faith in Him, we are not only forgiven, but clothed in His perfect righteousness.

As we navigate the complexities of life, it is crucial that we intentionally “Fly to the Scriptural truth.” The Word of God serves as our compass, guiding us toward the liberating truths of Christ’s atonement. Let us continually immerse ourselves in His Word, allowing it to shape our thoughts, transform our hearts, and empower us to live in the freedom of His redeeming love.

In closing, remember God doesn’t want you to go at this alone. Gather with Christians in church and home, remembering these words from Hebrews Ch. 10, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

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Jason and his wife DeAnne have 3 kids and have called the River Region home most of their lives. A former Family & Student Minister who, together with DeAnne, launched KeepSharing LLC to publish local family and faith resources across Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

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