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MARCH 2016

“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16,17)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine, and looking forward to Spring. This month we will be focusing on the life, death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we focus on all that He has done for us, our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude!

The Old Testament under Moses gave rules that one had to live by to try to be right before God. It was impossible to keep these rules, because the Bible does say: “...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26) This is a long sentence packed with powerful words! However, meditate upon it for a while.

Have you digested this yet? What honor God has given to those of us who have accepted Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior! What sacrifice Jesus has made, to suffer the horrendous death He had, when He, who had no sin, took our place, and died on the Cross so that we could be forgiven and have life eternal in Heaven with God.

Grace is unmerited favor. Those of us who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in our lives have received unmerited favor. Our sins were pardoned. They were wiped out. They were not only forgiven, but wiped out to be remembered no more. Glory!

Now, because of that, does this mean that we can deliberately sin and call on grace to pardon our sin? Absolutely not! The Scriptures say that when we first accepted Jesus, our sins were wiped away, but that does not mean that we can now deliberately sin and call on grace afterwards! Yes, it is true, we all fall short, so yes, we will fail at times, but when we recognize that we have sinned, we do have to ask for forgiveness. When
we do ask, Jesus is faithful to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ has made me free from the law of sin and death.”(Romans 8:1,2)

That is Grace. There is no truth more glorious than this, that we can bring our sins to Him and know that He will forgive us! No one can keep God’s law perfectly, we are powerless to keep it. That is why Jesus came to earth, to live, to suffer, and die for our sins, and the greatest is that He Rose again and is sitting at the Right hand of the Father ever interceding for us! If Christ no longer condemns us, then neither should we condemn ourselves. If we do that, then we stay imprisoned in our guilt, when Christ has set us free. Romans 8:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Praise God!

We serve a trustworthy God! He is trustworthy, generous, and forgiving. We are not delivered from sin by our own efforts, but by His unmerited favor. If we had to depend on our efforts, we would surely fail. It is only through Christ, and His favor, which we do not deserve. If you have not received Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior, please say the prayer below with me right now. We do not know the time or the day when we will face death, but we can be ready for it and ready for heaven if we commit our lives to Christ and receive all that He has to give. Please pray this prayer with me right now.

“Lord Jesus, I confess to you that I am a sinner. I have failed desperately and I am sorry for my sins. I believe that You are the Son of God and You came to earth to live, to suffer, and die for my sins, and that you Rose again on the third day. Thank You for forgiving me. I receive the life you offer me by the power of Your Spirit, and by faith I believe that I am now born again. Thank You Jesus!”

If you have said that prayer and meant it with all your heart, you are now in right standing with God. God sees you as He sees His Son. You are now His child! Praise God! From this day forward, seek to continue in your walk with Him. Find a good church, and attend services. If you need a good church in your area, please call our prayer line 718-238-4600 and a prayer partner will take your information and get back to you with the name of a church in your area. Make this year a year of growth in your walk with God! Start by reading the Book of John in the Bible. God bless you!

Father, in Jesus Precious Name I lift up this reader to You and place him or her in Your Loving arms. Father, take hold of this precious person, and encourage him or her in their walk with You. Meet their needs according to Your riches in Glory! As this person celebrates Resurrection Sunday, give this person a special experience of Your love. Encourage and uphold this person as he or she seeks to know You more! Thank You Lord! Amen!

God bless you, and Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.