A Clean Slate
August 26, 2020

Sitting in a garage does not make a person a car, nor does attending church, religious titles, or doing good works make an individual a follower of Christ.  Jesus states in Matthew 7:21-23 (MSG), “Knowing the correct password — saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance — isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience — doing what my Father wills.  I can see it now — at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat…You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.”  Mathew 7:23 (KJV)….”I never knew you.”

A relationship with Christ begins when one recognizes and believes that through his death, burial, and resurrection – that Jesus is Savior, Lord, and the only way to our Heavenly Father.  In humility, they ask him to forgive their sins and surrender their hearts to him.  Then, a new life in the kingdom of God begins.  He literally wipes the slate clean.  Isaiah 44:22 says, “I have swept away your sins like a cloud.  I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.  Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”

A born-again person should have a strong desire to please God, because of their love for him and are more interested in what God’s WORD says about an issue, rather than their opinion.  However, when a person exalts their personal beliefs and rejects the Bible, it is time for them to evaluate who is Lord of their lives.  Is it Self or Christ?  The good news is God, the Creator of the universe has given us the privilege to come before his throne.   When is the last time you utilized this opportunity to meet with God – bowing or laying before the Lord, soaking in His Presence, and repenting of your sins?  Apostle Peter states in Acts 3:19“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

“Lord I am in awe of who you are.  You conquered death and the grave.  You rose from the dead and now sit at the right hand of the Father.  You make daily intercession for me.  You are my High Priest, Redeemer, Savior, and Friend.   Thank you for dying for my sins.  Forgive me for rebellion, sinful thoughts, and hidden faults.  Forgive me for not representing you well to others, because of my selfishness, and imperfections.  Help me to live for you in every area of my life.  My desire is to always please you.  I love you, Jesus. – Amen.”

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