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Everyone likes to feel a little special, and you should. Have you stopped to think how special you are? It is not that your mother thinks you are special. It’s not that your spouse thinks you are special, if you are married. It’s not that others think you are special. It is that God thinks you are special. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for your sins—in your place. If you have been baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38), you are a child of God (Romans 8:16-17). In addition, He chose you through Jesus His Son to serve in His holy priesthood. You belong to Him.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
Don't let Satan seduce you into staining your garments today. You are special as you wear your holy garments before God!***
There are advertisements encouraging people to quit smoking. I saw one that stated, “I’ll quit when cigarettes are $?? a pack.” The point is that when the cost is enough, one will quit smoking. There is something here that is overlooked, however. For many, the real cost of smoking may be life.
There is a great spiritual application. If one would make every attempt at putting away the habit of smoking when the cost gets great enough, how about sin. The real cost of sin is far greater than that of smoking. Sin can destroy your life on this earth, and it certainly destroys your spiritual life in eternity.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV
When we realize the true cost of sin, we should make every attempt to no longer live in sin. On the flip side, there is a free gift awaiting us, one that cannot be bought by anything we can pay. It is free to us, however, because our Lord paid the price for us (1 Peter 1:18-19).***
Water is a precious commodity in the desert, and a great quantity is needed for such a large and active city as Las Vegas. You would be amazed how many different processes the water goes through to make sure it is pure and acceptable for use. Certainly, we want our drinking water to be pure from contaminants.
We were purified by the blood of Jesus when we were baptized into Christ (Acts 22:16). Now, as Christians, we should be diligent about keeping our lives pure.
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3 ESV
Determine to live a pure life today. Keep your thoughts and your actions pure before God. The Lord could come tomorrow.
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