Giving 100%

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    Jul 29, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    Giving 100%


    In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. - Ephesians 1:7-8

    “Today, he gave 110%. He left it all out on the field. What a phenomenal effort!”
    “My mom put 150% into taking care of us. She lived for us and loved us with everything she had!”
    Those are understandable and very complimentary comments, but they don’t quite make sense, do they? He might have tried very, very hard, but no matter how much energy and determination he put into his athletic endeavors it could not exceed what he was capable of giving. Mom cannot give more than 100%. However, if she did give herself to you 100%, she is an awesome mother!
    God demands 100% love and service from us. But, no matter how much you and I love God, we cannot give him 100% service and devotion. We may love him very much and try to serve him throughout our days, but we still fall short of 100% perfect love and service. We sin – in thoughts, words, and actions.
    How much of God’s love do we want and need? As sinners, we need a lot! “Give us all of it! Pile God’s love on us because we need it.” And, that’s what God does. He gives us 100% of what we need – his grace and mercy.
    Did you notice how God tells you how he gives his love to you? In the passage above, God promises that in Christ God redeems you (buys you back and makes you his own dear child); God forgives you for Jesus’ sake; God pours the riches of his grace on you. Through faith in Jesus and what he did for you, you are 100% forgiven, 100% God’s child, and 100% doused in God’s grace.
    100% - that’s a percentage you can trust. It comes from your gracious and loving God.
    Prayer:
    Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and grace. I am a sinner who constantly needs your forgiveness and grace. Thank you for forgiving me for the sake of Jesus. Thank you for making me your child. Amen.
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    Jul 30, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidToo bad you believe yourself to be a sinner. That must be a tad dis-empowering.


    MuchMoreThanMuscle,
    If you can read this, then answer for me a few questions...

    Have you ever lied? Even a small "white lie"?
    Have you ever looked at and wanted somebody elses property?
    Have you ever disliked someone even if he didn't say or do anything bad to you?
    Have you ever walked out of a store with something - even a candy - without paying?
    Have you ever understated your earnings when filling your tax returns?
    Have you ever cursed with the words, "Oh for Christ's sake..." or with similar words?
    Have you ever rowed with your father or mother?
    Have you ever refused to forgive anyone?
    Do you adore, worship, look up to or venerate anything or anyone other than God?
    Have you ever passed the buck to someone else when you know full well that it was your own fault?
    Have you ever called anyone a fool- or equivalent?

    If you answer "Yes" to just one of the above questions, then you are a sinner. You have broken the whole law.
    If you drive a car exceeding the speed limit and are caught, you will stand in Court - no matter how many good works you have done or your steadfast promise to keep the law afterwards. You have broken the law, and a penalty has to be paid.
    All G-Force is saying is that Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for your breach of the law and forgiveness is available if you'll accept it.
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    Jul 31, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidToo bad you believe yourself to be a sinner. That must be a tad dis-empowering.


    It's not disempowering. It's reality. I see it everyday. I do not always love God above everything else and I do not always love my neighbor as myself. I am not perfect in my relationship with God nor each other here on earth. In fact I have never found a person yet who perfectly loves all as himself, except for Christ himself. But what we can not do, God totally did for us and he has declared us holy on the basis of the work of his Son. There's no greater news than this that brings total peace and joy, not just this life here, but for all eternity. That is empowering and helps me to love others as God loves each of us. It really is empowering to me.
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    Jul 31, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    NotThatOld said
    muchmorethanmuscle saidToo bad you believe yourself to be a sinner. That must be a tad dis-empowering.


    MuchMoreThanMuscle,
    If you can read this, then answer for me a few questions...

    Have you ever lied? Even a small "white lie"?
    Have you ever looked at and wanted somebody elses property?
    Have you ever disliked someone even if he didn't say or do anything bad to you?
    Have you ever walked out of a store with something - even a candy - without paying?
    Have you ever understated your earnings when filling your tax returns?
    Have you ever cursed with the words, "Oh for Christ's sake..." or with similar words?
    Have you ever rowed with your father or mother?
    Have you ever refused to forgive anyone?
    Do you adore, worship, look up to or venerate anything or anyone other than God?
    Have you ever passed the buck to someone else when you know full well that it was your own fault?
    Have you ever called anyone a fool- or equivalent?

    If you answer "Yes" to just one of the above questions, then you are a sinner. You have broken the whole law.
    If you drive a car exceeding the speed limit and are caught, you will stand in Court - no matter how many good works you have done or your steadfast promise to keep the law afterwards. You have broken the law, and a penalty has to be paid.
    All G-Force is saying is that Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for your breach of the law and forgiveness is available if you'll accept it.


    We don't do anything to get it. It is GIVEN to ALL as a gift without anyone earning it or deserving it. But as with any gift, we do have the ability to say, "no thanks, God." I don't want you or your gift. Fuck off!"
    In that case God will not force anyone to accept his love and gift of forgiveness and eternal life.
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    Aug 01, 2009 7:38 AM GMT

    Very deep and meaningfull..

    Yes,that is why God sent down his son to earth.
    God knows that man fails often, in all he does.
    Man is forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ.
    I thank God for this and I am in debt to him.
    I thank Him with all my heart for His forgiveness.
    Amen.
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    Aug 02, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    G_Force said
    NotThatOld said
    muchmorethanmuscle saidToo bad you believe yourself to be a sinner. That must be a tad dis-empowering.


    MuchMoreThanMuscle,
    If you can read this, then answer for me a few questions...

    Have you ever lied? Even a small "white lie"?
    Have you ever looked at and wanted somebody elses property?
    Have you ever disliked someone even if he didn't say or do anything bad to you?
    Have you ever walked out of a store with something - even a candy - without paying?
    Have you ever understated your earnings when filling your tax returns?
    Have you ever cursed with the words, "Oh for Christ's sake..." or with similar words?
    Have you ever rowed with your father or mother?
    Have you ever refused to forgive anyone?
    Do you adore, worship, look up to or venerate anything or anyone other than God?
    Have you ever passed the buck to someone else when you know full well that it was your own fault?
    Have you ever called anyone a fool- or equivalent?

    If you answer "Yes" to just one of the above questions, then you are a sinner. You have broken the whole law.
    If you drive a car exceeding the speed limit and are caught, you will stand in Court - no matter how many good works you have done or your steadfast promise to keep the law afterwards. You have broken the law, and a penalty has to be paid.
    All G-Force is saying is that Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for your breach of the law and forgiveness is available if you'll accept it.


    We don't do anything to get it. It is GIVEN to ALL as a gift without anyone earning it or deserving it. But as with any gift, we do have the ability to say, "no thanks, God." I don't want you or your gift. Fuck off!"
    In that case God will not force anyone to accept his love and gift of forgiveness and eternal life.


    and yet when God does exactly that and leave people to the choice they make. they still bitch moan and whine.