What the religious miss in their push and drive for legalistic obedience is that the very thing they are trying to achieve is taking them farther from the very One Who offers Freely what they need!
Trusting Christ Alone means Not trusting anything else – while it sounds obvious, every time I speak on Grace or share I invariably get the, “it can’t be that easy” rejection idea. To this idea I simply say, “ok so it sounds like you are saying that the cross and Christ redemptive work was Not All Powerful, is this correct?”
You see at what ever point you are saying you have to “do” more than Christ “did” – you are denying the very Power, Grace and Love of God Almighty which must be accepted and believed in Faith which is Trusting what you can Not see! But In that Trusting and In that Faith there is:
1) Rest – it grows with the ever growing understanding of the Completeness of His Finished work on the cross!
2) Life – as growth in understanding your new Relationship to God occurs so also Life with Amazing Beauty on No more condemnation but instead healthy self Love and acceptance grows.
3) Peace – our Faith is directly proportional to our Peace! The Greater Faith we have in His “doing” – the Greater Peace we have with Him, ourselves and others!
4) Hope – the more our Hope rest in His work the Greater our stability for constant Hope! It Really was Finished on the cross and Hope in that Alone is The Anchor on which All the Goodness of God Almighty can be Realized – Rest in this Hope Alone!
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