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    Do we want to sin? No, but certainly we still do. How is that possible?

    I tend to think that it is because we are just little children, (which is how God desires us to come to him, full of the faith that a child has that 'My Daddy can do ANYTHING!!!' encoded in their little beings) and that we have a lot of 'growing up' to do.

        35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

    What were those in the Hebrew Church doing? Was it simply they were falling back into the thinking of the Old Testament Covenant, which was but a shadow of what was to come? Is there more here?

    Let me go back to the 'Children of God the Father' thought here. My children both fear me and love me. I think that is correct. They also bend their will to mine at times and then turn around and rebel again. I think that is also what we do. How do we react to our children? I think it should be in the same way that God reacts to us. We give to them what they consider pain and suffering. At times my children submit to whatever form of punishment I deem appropriate at the time, and at other times, they fight and resist even that. However, I try to assure my children after every punishment that I love them and that is why I punish them. I am sincere in that, and I think that they can see that. We also should see that in our Heavenly Father. There are times that my children have done something that cannot be undone. No punishment, however severe, will right the wrong done. In other words, there is no punishment that is sufficient to make it right again! In our case, that is the same thing with the idea of the old sacrifices. They were not sufficient. Christ, however, bore the brunt of the punishment that we deserve. His 'punishment', though he did not commit any wrong, was sufficient to make it right again!

    Thanks be to our Heavenly Father and to Jesus his Son and our Lord! Any suffering is just, but his Grace is Sufficient!

    2005-10-02 00:33:45 Posted by Mel ()

    Keep pursuing the Word, Mel. God wants us to always come to Him. He alone is sufficient. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. We are here for one another. Keep in touch.
    2005-10-02 01:43:53 Posted by Brian ()

    Do we really sin? Sin, being direct disobedience to the known will of God. Is it not that the devil tries to daily convince us that we sin. Satan spends a great deal of his time, I'm sure, trying desperately to convince us that we are not good enough. We don't pray enough, read enough, praise enough, in general we are just not good enough. Thing is, he's right. However, I have learned that I don't have to be. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross IS good enough. If it were possible for me to be good enough, God need not have sent His son. This post was right on time for me, thanks Mel!
    In His Service,
    2005-10-03 06:29:15 Posted by Teri ()

    And tears of joy are mine to see you back! Thank you!

    On the esoteric point of sin, I think that we can still sin. And we can still turn away from sin. For that:

    Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

        21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
        22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

    As for a soldier, he is at times called to kill another. Is that not a sin? And yet is not doing his duty another sin? I put myself in harms way beyond the point of my physical body. That is a can of worms if you want one worse than any that I imagine could be leveled at you! And I gladly bear that burden for the Lord, as I see it as my Duty to do so...

    2005-10-03 22:06:27 Posted by Mel ()

    I deleted the wrong comment of mine (there is a limitation here in this blog that does not allow me to edit a comment, even my own) So this is out of order. It should have been the first...

    2005-10-03 22:09:11 Posted by Mel ()

    Heavy Stuff...

    Hebrews 10:18&26 (New Life Version)

        18No more gifts on the altar in worship are needed when our sins are forgiven.

        26If we keep on sinning because we want to after we have received and know the truth, there is no gift that will take away sins then.

    And also:

    Romans 7:21-25 (NIV)

        21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
        So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

    2005-10-03 22:12:19 Posted by Mel ()

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