Gems From Pastor Jim 2/26/2019

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by Jim Hughes

CrossIs. 6:5 Then I said, “My destruction is sealed, for I am a sinful man and a member of a sinful race. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!”

Oh, but that we all would have the same spirit that Isaiah had! When was the last time you were so overwhelmed by your sinfulness that you were driven to cry out in mercy to God for He is holy?

We just don’t see ourselves as we should in light of God’s holiness. God makes himself known to us and we consider it no big deal. We take for granted His love and favor. We know He is holy, but we are not too fazed by it. We know we sin, but it doesn’t bother us all that much. We don’t have a big problem with all the evil around us. We accept it as just a part of life and go on our merry way. Is it any wonder that God seems so far away from us?

We need to have an awareness of our sinfulness. We need to understand that God is holy and that sin affects our ability to have fellowship with God. We need to recognize our need to repent and be made holy before God. We will not see God move in us or in the church unless we first deal with sin. We have become sin tolerant and it keeps us away from God’s heart. In order for us to become a people after God’s own heart, we must first confess our sins and repent. We must commit ourselves to lives of holiness and quit accommodating sin in our lives.

We may never see God in the same way that Isaiah saw Him, but we can know Him as Isaiah knew Him. We can take our sinfulness seriously and seek the face of God. We can focus on God’s holiness and see ourselves in light of it. We must quit comparing ourselves with others and considering ourselves good in comparison. In light of God’s holiness, no one is good or good enough. We are all sinners and desperately need Christ in control of our hearts, for He is our holiness before God.

Dear friend, fall prostrate at Jesus’ feet today. Admit your sin and confess them before God. Ask Jesus to keep you aware of your sin and your need for Him. Don’t play games with your soul. Unless Jesus is your Lord, you will lose your battle with sin. Surrender yourself to Him and He will wash away your sin and make your heart pure before God.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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