November 13 “The steep & slippery path of sin”

banana peelWatch out if you find yourself looking over the top of the steep and slippery path of sin!

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 17 & 18
Psalm 124.1-8
Proverbs 28.21
Hebrews 9.1-28

 

Ezekiel 17 & 18:

Personal accountability

Chapter 18 talks about our personal accountability before God. We will not be able to stand before Him and say, “I did that because of the home I grew up in,” or “I acted like that because of who I was married to,” or “That’s just my personality!”

Neither can we get into heaven because we were brought up in a Christian home or because our parents are Christians. And it is not enough to simply believe “in God.” We must agree with God that we are sinners in need of His forgiveness and grace and turn to Him personally, in faith, and receive His gracious gift of salvation. As Jesus told Nicodemus, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 

Psalm 124.1-8:

He is the Way

Verse 8a, “Our help is in the name of the Lord.”

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4.12).

Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn. 14.6). We cannot be saved through our good works, church involvement, or as I just mentioned, by the fact we were raised in a Christian home or culture. Our ne 19 “Salvation: don’t neglect the truth”" href="http://donnareidland.com/june-19-salvation-dont-neglect-truth/" target="_blank">salvation must be based on the truth of the gospel and our faith in it (Eph. 2.8-9). Continue reading