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How far have you come with Jesus?

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The day you received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord you began a journey of inner transformation and spiritual evolution. Since that time, how far have you come in your journey?

Are you a better person today than you were 6 months ago? One year ago? Five years ago? You should be able to look back and see some positive changes in your character and manner of living. Has the Spirit of the indwelling Christ made a difference in your life?

Jesus didn’t die just for your sins and save you, but also to transform you into His image.

And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…“ – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Each new day of your life, pray that you will reflect the glory of the Lord more and more. Listen to His voice as He guides you and corrects anything that needs improving. Don’t ever stop moving forward, no matter what obstacles you may face.

Pray, “I will not quit. I will never give up. I will continue to press-on to victory in Jesus.”

– Luis Josephus



God Be Merciful To Me A Sinner

Grace For Today“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” – Luke 18:9-13

Without recognition of our sinfulness, we have a tendency to become prideful and self-righteous. We may even become self-deceived, like the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable (Luke 18:9-14). This pompous religionist looked down on other people and declared himself more righteous than the Publican because he wasn’t an immoral person, fasted twice a week, and gave tithes of all he possessed. Yet Jesus said he was still lost!

Notice Jesus said in verse 14 that only the Publican went home “justified” – forgiven by God and acquitted of his sins. The self-righteous Pharisee never got saved! He was obviously a religious man, fasted twice a week, and gave tithes of all he possessed. But his religion didn’t do him any good; he was trying to earn his salvation by his own efforts, not by faith in what Christ did for us on the cross. Despite his exceptional acts of piety and outward goodness, he thought he didn’t need the grace of God.

The Publican (i.e. Tax Collector) on the other hand, was deeply conscious of his sinfulness and guilt before God. In true FAITH, HUMILITY, and REPENTANCE, he pleaded with God to forgive him and be merciful.

The point of Jesus’ parable is that the Publican typifies the true child of God; one who continually recognizes his wretchedness and cries out for God’s amazing grace to sustain him. The assurance of his salvation is not based on his own good works, nor perfect obedience to God’s commandments, but on the certainty of God’s goodness and mercy towards all His children who abide in Jesus Christ and persevere in faith to the end.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus



Related Messages:
Fess Up When You Mess Up
Get Over Past Failures
Prayers God Will Not Hear

Comment from http://TheGospelOfGrace.Wordpress.com: “Amen. and Amen and Amen. I believed the publican justified after leaving the synagogue. I also believed next time the publican went to the synagogue He didn’t do the same thing again just like what he did the other time. Grace and peace.”

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This man has done nothing wrong

When Jesus was crucified there were two criminals crucified next to Him. One of them mocked Jesus and said, “If you are the Messiah, save yourself and us.” But the other criminal defended Jesus and said, “We indeed receive our punishment as due reward for our [evil] deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” – Luke 23:39-41

Jesus indeed did nothing wrong.

He always obeyed the will of God the Father and fulfilled the just requirements of the Old Testament Law. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross – not for His sins, but for ours. The apostle Peter wrote of the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus:

“who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth…Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree [the cross], that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness…” – 1 Peter 2:22-24

Many times we get confused and wonder about the difficult circumstances that afflict our lives. “Is God mad at me?”, we ask ourselves. “Have I done something wrong?” Many of these questions and doubts are generally unfounded because trials, tribulations, and suffering are a normal part of the Christian life. When they occur, we are to follow Jesus’ example of patience, and respond to these difficulties and persecutions with prayer and blessings. When Jesus was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten or react bitterly, but committed Himself to Him (God the Father) who always judges and responds righteously (1 Peter 2:23).

Remember that your circumstances do not alter God’s love for you, nor His concern for your well being. He continues to love you and watch over you no matter what you may have to undergo. Regardless of what difficulty you’re going through today, commit yourself to God’s care and ultimate deliverance. He will give you the grace and strength to see you through to victory.

Continue to live committed to your faith in Christ and His example of endurance, despite your difficult circumstances. This is the true test of your growth as a Christian and the testimony of a true follower of Jesus Christ.

–         Luis Yosefus