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Rising and Falling

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"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." - 1John 1:8-10

Being a Christian doesn't mean you are perfect or that you will be perfect in this life. What it does mean is that you are in a never-ending battle with sin and the flesh. Pastor Vance often says, "Holiness isn't the absence of sin, it's the presence of a struggle." But if we say that we have no sin in us, we make God a liar. However, if we acknowledge our sin to Him, he graciously and righteously forgives us and cleanses us of even the things we don't know about! Proverbs 27:16 tells us, "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again". In Christ, though we may stumble and we won't stay down. Because of God's grace and the work of His Son on the cross, we can embrace His forgiveness for our shortcomings and rise again.

Have you acknowledged your sin to God and embraced His forgiveness for your shortcomings?

When It Was Good That He Left

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"And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;" - John 16:8

In the verse prior, Jesus strengthened his disciples by telling them that it was good for him to leave because if he would go, the Holy Spirit would come. Imagine being one of those disciples with the Incarnate Christ standing before you saying, "It is to your advantage that I go away." How radical is that idea? The reason for His leaving was so that the Holy Spirit could come to empower His disciples like never before and would convict the world concerning sin and lead people in God's righteousness. Jesus was just one man, though fully God, he was still a single individual. The Holy Spirit though, could be everywhere at anytime with anyone, leading them to trust in Jesus or empowering them for the mission of Jesus. And today, the Holy Spirit personally and intimately walks with us as Jesus followers, right now, in this moment, and forevermore.

Are you walking in step with the Spirit moment by moment?

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