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Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Beginning of Our History


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 1:1-8

When I was a young boy, my parents brought home a video game system for my brother and I to play.  I remember logging hours and hours playing games on that old system – games that would seem pretty silly by today’s video game standards.  It may sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of that video game system was the reset button.  When I would start a game and did not like the direction the game was going, I could simply reach down and press that reset button and I would immediately get to start over and try again.  While playing a game, if I made a mistake and went off the beaten path, I always knew that the reset button was there to give me a fresh start.  When I read today’s key passage, I thought about that reset button.

At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, the Israelites were poised on the border of the Promised Land.  After 40 years of wandering around the desert, they were finally getting ready to enter the land God had promised to give them.  Before they entered though, Moses wanted to give the Israelites some advice.  He began his first address to the people by recalling the history of the Israelites.  Where would this story begin?  Moses could have started the story of their history with the exodus from Egypt.  Perhaps he could have gone further back and begun the story with how they came to be in Egypt in the first place.  In reality, he could have gone back and started the story with the life of Jacob or even Abraham.  Instead, Moses began the story at Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb).  When given the opportunity to recap the history of the Israelites, Moses chose to begin at Mount Sinai.  Why?  Because it was there at Mount Sinai where God’s covenant with the Israelites began.  It was there that God gave them the laws in which they should abide.  It was there that God promised to bless the holy nation of Israel, and it was there where the people of Israel promised to obey God’s commands.  In that place and at that time, God pressed the reset button on the nation of Israel.  In Moses mind, that made it the perfect place to begin his story of the history of Israel.

Roughly 1400 years later, God would once again hit the reset button.  He would send His only Son to take away the sins of the world, and he would begin a new covenant with us.  He would allow His Son to take the punishment that all men rightly deserve for sin – the punishment of death.  Three days later, He would raise His Son from the grave, and His Son would be seated at the right hand of the Father.  At the right hand of God, Jesus Christ sits and acts as our High Priest, interceding for us with the Father.  When each of us makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God once again presses the reset button on our history.  At that moment, all of the things we have done in the past no longer matter.  Our sinfulness, our wickedness, our guilt, and our shame are all washed away in the blood of Christ.  At that moment – that moment of salvation – we receive the promise of eternal life.  If each of us were to retell the story of our own history, the moment of salvation would be the starting point.

Have you ever wished there could be a reset button on your life?  Maybe you have never known Jesus Christ.  Maybe you have never started a personal relationship with Him.  Maybe you have tried and tried to “live a good life” on your own, but have never truly experienced the life-changing peace that comes in knowing that your eternal salvation is secure, or maybe you have fallen away from God.  Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him and so wrapped up in empty things that you do not know how to ever get back.  Perhaps you have been trying to “fake it until you make it”, sitting in church every week but never really accepting Christ into your heart.  Here is the simple truth – God offers everyone a reset moment.  It does not matter where you have been or what you have done.  It does not matter what condition you are currently in or how much of the Bible you have read.  It does not matter if you were baptized as a child or as an adult.  A common misconception is that we need to clean ourselves up first and get our lives in order before we approach Christ, but in reality, He will meet us right where we are.  God offers each of us a reset in which we can be seen as perfect in His sight regardless of our pasts.  God offers each of us a new beginning of our history.

To learn more about beginning your walk with Jesus Christ, CLICK HERE.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Beginning of Our History


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 1:1-8

When I was a young boy, my parents brought home a video game system for my brother and I to play.  I remember logging hours and hours playing games on that old system – games that would seem pretty silly by today’s video game standards.  It may sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of that video game system was the reset button.  When I would start a game and did not like the direction the game was going, I could simply reach down and press that reset button and I would immediately get to start over and try again.  While playing a game, if I made a mistake and went off the beaten path, I always knew that the reset button was there to give me a fresh start.  When I read today’s key passage, I thought about that reset button.

At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, the Israelites were poised on the border of the Promised Land.  After 40 years of wandering around the desert, they were finally getting ready to enter the land God had promised to give them.  Before they entered though, Moses wanted to give the Israelites some advice.  He began his first address to the people by recalling the history of the Israelites.  Where would this story begin?  Moses could have started the story of their history with the exodus from Egypt.  Perhaps he could have gone further back and begun the story with how they came to be in Egypt in the first place.  In reality, he could have gone back and started the story with the life of Jacob or even Abraham.  Instead, Moses began the story at Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb).  When given the opportunity to recap the history of the Israelites, Moses chose to begin at Mount Sinai.  Why?  Because it was there at Mount Sinai where God’s covenant with the Israelites began.  It was there that God gave them the laws in which they should abide.  It was there that God promised to bless the holy nation of Israel, and it was there where the people of Israel promised to obey God’s commands.  In that place and at that time, God pressed the reset button on the nation of Israel.  In Moses mind, that made it the perfect place to begin his story of the history of Israel.

Roughly 1400 years later, God would once again hit the reset button.  He would send His only Son to take away the sins of the world, and he would begin a new covenant with us.  He would allow His Son to take the punishment that all men rightly deserve for sin – the punishment of death.  Three days later, He would raise His Son from the grave, and His Son would be seated at the right hand of the Father.  At the right hand of God, Jesus Christ sits and acts as our High Priest, interceding for us with the Father.  When each of us makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God once again presses the reset button on our history.  At that moment, all of the things we have done in the past no longer matter.  Our sinfulness, our wickedness, our guilt, and our shame are all washed away in the blood of Christ.  At that moment – that moment of salvation – we receive the promise of eternal life.  If each of us were to retell the story of our own history, the moment of salvation would be the starting point.

Have you ever wished there could be a reset button on your life?  Maybe you have never known Jesus Christ.  Maybe you have never started a personal relationship with Him.  Maybe you have tried and tried to “live a good life” on your own, but have never truly experienced the life-changing peace that comes in knowing that your eternal salvation is secure, or maybe you have fallen away from God.  Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him and so wrapped up in empty things that you do not know how to ever get back.  Perhaps you have been trying to “fake it until you make it”, sitting in church every week but never really accepting Christ into your heart.  Here is the simple truth – God offers everyone a reset moment.  It does not matter where you have been or what you have done.  It does not matter what condition you are currently in or how much of the Bible you have read.  It does not matter if you were baptized as a child or as an adult.  A common misconception is that we need to clean ourselves up first and get our lives in order before we approach Christ, but in reality, He will meet us right where we are.  God offers each of us a reset in which we can be seen as perfect in His sight regardless of our pasts.  God offers each of us a new beginning of our history.

To learn more about beginning your walk with Jesus Christ, CLICK HERE.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

If you like this post, please SHARE it with others to spread the Word of God.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Beginning of Our History


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 1:1-8

When I was a young boy, my parents brought home a video game system for my brother and I to play.  I remember logging hours and hours playing games on that old system – games that would seem pretty silly by today’s video game standards.  It may sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of that video game system was the reset button.  When I would start a game and did not like the direction the game was going, I could simply reach down and press that reset button and I would immediately get to start over and try again.  While playing a game, if I made a mistake and went off the beaten path, I always knew that the reset button was there to give me a fresh start.  When I read today’s key passage, I thought about that reset button.

At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, the Israelites were poised on the border of the Promised Land.  After 40 years of wandering around the desert, they were finally getting ready to enter the land God had promised to give them.  Before they entered though, Moses wanted to give the Israelites some advice.  He began his first address to the people by recalling the history of the Israelites.  Where would this story begin?  Moses could have started the story of their history with the exodus from Egypt.  Perhaps he could have gone further back and begun the story with how they came to be in Egypt in the first place.  In reality, he could have gone back and started the story with the life of Jacob or even Abraham.  Instead, Moses began the story at Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb).  When given the opportunity to recap the history of the Israelites, Moses chose to begin at Mount Sinai.  Why?  Because it was there at Mount Sinai where God’s covenant with the Israelites began.  It was there that God gave them the laws in which they should abide.  It was there that God promised to bless the holy nation of Israel, and it was there where the people of Israel promised to obey God’s commands.  In that place and at that time, God pressed the reset button on the nation of Israel.  In Moses mind, that made it the perfect place to begin his story of the history of Israel.

Roughly 1400 years later, God would once again hit the reset button.  He would send His only Son to take away the sins of the world, and he would begin a new covenant with us.  He would allow His Son to take the punishment that all men rightly deserve for sin – the punishment of death.  Three days later, He would raise His Son from the grave, and His Son would be seated at the right hand of the Father.  At the right hand of God, Jesus Christ sits and acts as our High Priest, interceding for us with the Father.  When each of us makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God once again presses the reset button on our history.  At that moment, all of the things we have done in the past no longer matter.  Our sinfulness, our wickedness, our guilt, and our shame are all washed away in the blood of Christ.  At that moment – that moment of salvation – we receive the promise of eternal life.  If each of us were to retell the story of our own history, the moment of salvation would be the starting point.

Have you ever wished there could be a reset button on your life?  Maybe you have never known Jesus Christ.  Maybe you have never started a personal relationship with Him.  Maybe you have tried and tried to “live a good life” on your own, but have never truly experienced the life-changing peace that comes in knowing that your eternal salvation is secure, or maybe you have fallen away from God.  Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him and so wrapped up in empty things that you do not know how to ever get back.  Perhaps you have been trying to “fake it until you make it”, sitting in church every week but never really accepting Christ into your heart.  Here is the simple truth – God offers everyone a reset moment.  It does not matter where you have been or what you have done.  It does not matter what condition you are currently in or how much of the Bible you have read.  It does not matter if you were baptized as a child or as an adult.  A common misconception is that we need to clean ourselves up first and get our lives in order before we approach Christ, but in reality, He will meet us right where we are.  God offers each of us a reset in which we can be seen as perfect in His sight regardless of our pasts.  God offers each of us a new beginning of our history.

To learn more about beginning your walk with Jesus Christ, CLICK HERE.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Returning to Slavery


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Today’s Key Passage – Galatians 4:1-9

A couple of days ago when we read Galatians 1, we learned about the Judaizers’ attempts to lead the churches in Galatia astray with a false Gospel.  The Judaizers were trying to convince the Galatians that they needed to follow Jewish laws in order to be saved, instead of relying on Christ’s sacrifice and the grace of God.  Paul was very concerned for the Galatians and was pained by the fact that they were being led astray from the true Gospel.  In today’s key passage, Paul explains to the Galatians what they were really doing by listening to the Judaizers – they were returning to a life of slavery.  He explains that before they turned to God, the Galatians lived as slaves.  They were slaves to sin, slaves to temptation, and slaves to the pressures of this world.  Paul asks the Galatians, “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Before we were saved, we were all slaves.  We were slaves to our sinful desires and our sinful ways.  We were slaves to trying to live up to the expectations of others.  We were slaves to the ways of the world.  When we found Christ, however, that bondage was broken.  The chains that held us were broken and we were finally free.  We rejoiced in that freedom of knowing that we were saved.  We rejoiced in knowing that our eternal salvation was secured by the cross of Christ.  Sadly, for many Christians, after a period of time that joy begins to fade.  When the pressures of the world begin to overwhelm them, the passion they once felt for God starts to dwindle.  At best, they become lukewarm Christians.  At worst, they backslide completely.  Some are led astray by bad teaching.  Others are led astray by a lack of time or energy that comes from not making God the number one priority in life (in other words, they find that they simply “do not have time” to be a passionate follower of Christ).  Still others are led astray by temptations to sin or by guilt over past sins.  When we feel the pressures coming on – the pressures to be led astray from God – we must remember exactly what we would be returning to if we allow ourselves to stray.  We would be returning to slavery.  We would be giving up the very freedom that Christ’s sacrifice bought for us.  In 2 Peter 2:20-21, the Apostle Peter writes, “If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”  Once we have been saved, we should do everything we can to keep that fire that once burned so brilliantly for God.  We cannot allow anything to lessen that fire or put it out.  Do you remember how you felt toward God the day you were saved?  Do you remember that passion you felt?  Do you remember that fire?  Do you still feel that way toward Him?  Do not allow the pressures of this world to make you a slave again.  Stay strong in your faith through prayer, keep your fire burning, and maintain your freedom.  Jesus paid a hefty price for that freedom.  Do not allow His sacrifice to go to waste in your life.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

The Beginning of Our History


Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

Today’s Key Passage – Deuteronomy 1:1-8

When I was a young boy, my parents brought home a video game system for my brother and I to play.  I remember logging hours and hours playing games on that old system – games that would seem pretty silly by today’s video game standards.  It may sound strange, but one of my favorite parts of that video game system was the reset button.  When I would start a game and did not like the direction the game was going, I could simply reach down and press that reset button and I would immediately get to start over and try again.  While playing a game, if I made a mistake and went off the beaten path, I always knew that the reset button was there to give me a fresh start.  When I read today’s key passage, I thought about that reset button.

At the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, the Israelites were poised on the border of the Promised Land.  After 40 years of wandering around the desert, they were finally getting ready to enter the land God had promised to give them.  Before they entered though, Moses wanted to give the Israelites some advice.  He began his first address to the people by recalling the history of the Israelites.  Where would this story begin?  Moses could have started the story of their history with the exodus from Egypt.  Perhaps he could have gone further back and begun the story with how they came to be in Egypt in the first place.  In reality, he could have gone back and started the story with the life of Jacob or even Abraham.  Instead, Moses began the story at Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb).  When given the opportunity to recap the history of the Israelites, Moses chose to begin at Mount Sinai.  Why?  Because it was there at Mount Sinai where God’s covenant with the Israelites began.  It was there that God gave them the laws in which they should abide.  It was there that God promised to bless the holy nation of Israel, and it was there where the people of Israel promised to obey God’s commands.  In that place and at that time, God pressed the reset button on the nation of Israel.  In Moses mind, that made it the perfect place to begin his story of the history of Israel.

Roughly 1400 years later, God would once again hit the reset button.  He would send His only Son to take away the sins of the world, and he would begin a new covenant with us.  He would allow His Son to take the punishment that all men rightly deserve for sin – the punishment of death.  Three days later, He would raise His Son from the grave, and His Son would be seated at the right hand of the Father.  At the right hand of God, Jesus Christ sits and acts as our High Priest, interceding for us with the Father.  When each of us makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God once again presses the reset button on our history.  At that moment, all of the things we have done in the past no longer matter.  Our sinfulness, our wickedness, our guilt, and our shame are all washed away in the blood of Christ.  At that moment – that moment of salvation – we receive the promise of eternal life.  If each of us were to retell the story of our own history, the moment of salvation would be the starting point.

Have you ever wished there could be a reset button on your life?  Maybe you have never known Jesus Christ.  Maybe you have never started a personal relationship with Him.  Maybe you have tried and tried to “live a good life” on your own, but have never truly experienced the life-changing peace that comes in knowing that your eternal salvation is secure, or maybe you have fallen away from God.  Maybe you have gotten so far away from Him and so wrapped up in empty things that you do not know how to ever get back.  Perhaps you have been trying to “fake it until you make it”, sitting in church every week but never really accepting Christ into your heart.  Here is the simple truth – God offers everyone a reset moment.  It does not matter where you have been or what you have done.  It does not matter what condition you are currently in or how much of the Bible you have read.  It does not matter if you were baptized as a child or as an adult.  A common misconception is that we need to clean ourselves up first and get our lives in order before we approach Christ, but in reality, He will meet us right where we are.  God offers each of us a reset in which we can be seen as perfect in His sight regardless of our pasts.  God offers each of us a new beginning of our history.

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