Words from the Heart for Thursday February 21st, 2019
You must be without blame in the sight of the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 18:13 (NIRV)
Canada’s national homicide rate in 2017 was the highest it’s been in a decade, and Statistics Canada blames a spike in gang-related violence and shootings. The agency said there were 660 reported homicides in Canada that year. Not only was that an increase of nearly eight per cent from 2016, it also pushed up the homicide rate to 1.8 victims for every 100,000 people — the highest since 2009. Much of the increase was linked to a dramatic rise in the number of gun-related killings.
There are some things that are simply impossible. For example, it is impossible for me to run a mile in under four minutes. Four hours is doable, four minutes, not so much. And it is impossible for me to be without sin. I was born in sin and its part of my nature. So the command of Deuteronomy 18:13 seems impossible: “You must be without blame in the sight of the Lord your God.” This is a challenge, because I know that the Lord would never command me to do something or be something that is impossible. So how can I be without blame? The answer is found in Jesus Christ. When I turn my back on sin and invite Jesus to give me a new nature, He does so. What I can’t do in my own efforts, He does in me. I stand blameless before Almighty God because of the indwelling presence of Jesus in my heart and life. His perfect, sinless life in me makes me blameless before the holy God. What a gift to know that when I stand in God’s presence, He sees Jesus in me and declares me blameless.
These have been words from the heart.