Daily Light – Mar 30, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Taking from…The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
Here we go….friends, read this…several times…soak it in…let it give you strength and nourishment…
GOD’S ANSWER:  RECONCILIATION  (God’s Solution to the Fear of Rejection)
God’s solution to the fear of rejection is based on Christ’s sacrificial payment for our sins.  Through this payment, we find forgiveness, reconciliation, and total acceptance through Christ.  Reconciliation means that those who were enemies have become friends.  Paul described our transformation from enmity to friendship with God:
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in HIs fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.  (Colossians 1:21-22)
God doesn’t base His love and acceptance of us on our performance.  If any sin is so filthy and vile that it makes us less acceptable to Him, then the cross is insufficient.  If the cross isn’t sufficient for all sin, then the Bible is in error when it says that He forgave all your sins (Colossians 2:13-15).  God took our sins and canceled them by nailing them to Christ’s cross.  In this way, God also took away Satan’s power to condemn us for sin.  So you see, nothing you will ever do can nullify your reconciliation and make you unacceptable to God.
Our unconditional acceptance in Christ is a profound, life-changing truth.  Salvation is not simply a ticket to heaven.  It is the beginning of a dynamic new relationship with God.  Justification is the doctrine that explains the judicial facts of our forgiveness and righteousness in Christ.  Reconciliationexplains the relational aspect of our salvation.  The moment we receive Christ by faith, we enter into a personal relationship with Him.  We are united with God in an eternal and inseparable bond (Romans 8:38-39).  We are bound in an indissoluble union with Him, as fellow heirs with Christ.  The Holy Spirit has sealed us in that relationship, and we are absolutely secure in Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14 states:  Having also believe, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
We cannot earn God’s acceptance by our own merit.  We are unconditionally accepted in Christ.  We are no longer unacceptable.  The point of the cross is that through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have become acceptable to God. This did not occur because God decided He could overlook our sin.  It occurred because Christ forgave all of our sins ‘so that’ He could present us to the Father, holy, blameless, and beyond reproach. 
There is no greater theme in Scripture than the reconciliation of man to God.  (Con’t next week 😊)
Great and Glorious Father…Wonderful Jesus our Savior…..thank you, thank you, that you made us acceptable to your for eternity based on what Jesus did for us in his sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection.  We praise and thank you in a n extra special way in this seasonal celebration of Easter.   Christ has risen!!!!…we are forgiven and accepted by God.   Amen
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