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The Soul

by Janelle Goodwin  
5/13/2013 / Devotionals


Scripture Reading

Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8; 10:9, 13

3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Lesson Subject
God desires for us to live free of our sins. God gave us life so that we might have it more abundantly. This abundant life can only be reached through the son of God, Jesus Christ.
God loved us so much that while we are sinners He sent His son to die for us on the cross. But there is only one problem: the word "sinner". God also said that for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So, because of our sin, we can not have the abundant life.
Lesson Studies
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17).
So, if we know to do right and don't do it, it is sin. God says that it is better for us not to know the way to righteousness, than for us to know the right way and not follow it. All we are required to do is the will of our Father, than He will take care of the rest. But if we can not even do that then we are sinning. God's word is right, not doing according to His word is wrong and is sin. God asks for us to come out from among the world. We need to be willing to yield ourselves to do the right thing.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. And the eyes of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons (Genesis 3:6-7).
By one man sin entered into the world and death by sin and death passed upon all man, for that all have sinned. It does not seem fair that Adam should be blamed for sin entering the world since it was Eve who took the first bite and offered it to Adam. But Adam was the one who was given specific instructions not to eat the fruit on the tree.
God told Adam what He expected out of him. It was Adam's responsibility as the leader to tell Eve that the fruit was not allowed to be eaten, and to make sure that the fruit was not eaten. Even though Eve took the fruit it was up to Adam to stand up for what was right and not to eat the fruit. Since he did not obey God's instructions sin came into this world. If Adam had obeyed God, then sin would not have entered into the world. He chose to eat of the fruit, which caused sin to enter.
Just like we have to get punished from our earthly father; God, our heavenly father had to punish Adam and Eve for their sin and this punishment was passed down to us. The total punishment of sin is death. Even though God had to punish sin with death, He has given us a way of escape from eternal damnation.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
We will never be able to understand the love that God has for us. The greatest way that we can show our love for anyone is to die for that person. God showed His love for us when he sent his only son into the world so that we might live through Him. Real love is not our love for God, but God's love for us.
The will of God for Jesus was to die for our sins and rescue us from this evil world in which we live. Through Jesus Christ is the forgiveness of sin. Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and he was chastised so that we might have peace. By His stripes we are healed. God overflows with kindness, so He took away all of our sins through the blood of His son. We are saved by the forgiveness of our sins according to the riches of his grace.
Jesus is the life giver. He raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in him will live again. God wants to give his children abundant life: all who trust Jesus to save them will have this life. He gives eternal life for believing in Him. God has given us eternal life and this life is through his son. Whoever has Jesus has life; but whoever does not have Jesus, does not have life.
If we believe on Jesus we will not die, but we shall be given new bodies. While we are here on earth serving Jesus, He is preparing for our homecoming. When everything is ready He will come get us so that we can be with him forever. He will wipe away all tears from our eyes and there shall be no more death, sorrow, crying nor pain. All of our earthly problems will be gone forever.

Life Lessons

Is there a time in your life when you have confessed your sins and asked Jesus to save you? If so, write out your testimony. If not please do so now, for today is the day of salvation for you.

Digging Deeper

1 John 3:4-6 What happens when we sin?

Romans 3:9-12 Is anyone righteous?

Isaiah 14:12-17 What are the 5 "I wills"?

John 8:31-47 What causes us to be a servant of sin?

Romans 5:12-14 How many have sinned?

Lady of Virtue Ministries started as Janelle Goodwin attended Bible College in upstate NY. Janelle became burdened to see souls saved from eternal condemnation. Upon returning home from Bible College, she also became burdened to see women of the world develop characteristics of a Proverbs 31

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