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Recieving God's Promises

"Come now, let us argue this out," says the LORD. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool. If you will obey m and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat. But if you keep turning away and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by you enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!" ~ Isaiah 1:18-20; NLT

God has given us a wonderful promise. He will remove our sin and make us new. That is something so many of us desire. The consequences of sin hold us in bondage and the addictive nature of sin has turned us into people we don't want to be. God promises that He will change this.

God desires to help us, but we have to be willing to accept this help. The key to receiving God's help is obedience. If our sins are going to be removed and if we are going to find a new life then we will need to obey God.

What has God asked us to do? First, He asked us to believe in Jesus. Jesus told them, "This is what God wants you to do. Believe in the one he has sent" (John 6:29; NLT). Jesus is God's appointed way to salvation and if we expect to receive help from God we must put our trust in Jesus. With all the other religions and philosophies in the world it is not easy to put our faith in Jesus since He seems to be such a narrow way.

Second, we must repent from our evil life. Peter said; "Now turn from your sins and turn to God, so you can be cleansed of your sins" (Acts 3:19; NLT). The main idea of repentance is not merely doing a 180 but is changing your allegiance. It is like person from another country denouncing their loyalty to their homeland and declaring their allegiance to the United States. Repentance means we denounce our sinful ways, our allegiance to the Kingdom of Darkness, and throw our lot in with God, the Kingdom of Light.

Third, we must love people. "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples" (John 13:34-35; NLT). When we love each other we fulfilling the command Jesus gave us. It is not easy to love people, but when we sacrifice and extend a helping hand to others we are being the type of people Jesus wanted us to be. Also by loving other people we prove our love for God. Love is the pathway over which God's help can come into our lives.

God has promised us a new life and to be cleansed from our sins, but in order to receive this promise we need to obey God. By obeying God we begin to discover the life the way it should be and we begin to see things from God's perspective. We understand that this life is not all there is, but there is a better life to come.


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