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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

Stop sinning and live, your saving your very life. Individual Responsibility is important to our salvation. Its with fear and trembling that we grow into our great salvation. Listen to Ezekiel 33: 10-20. God is pleading with his people. The LORD spoke to me. “Mortal man,” he said, “repeat to the Israelites what they are saying: ‘We are burdened with our sins and the wrongs we have done. We are wasting away. How can we live?’ Tell them that as surely as I, the Sovereign LORD, am the living God, I do not enjoy seeing sinners die. I would rather see them stop sinning and live. Israel, stop the evil you are doing. Why do you want to die?

“Now, mortal man, tell the Israelites that when someone good sins, the good he has done will not save him. If an evil person stops doing evil, he won't be punished, and if a good man starts sinning, his life will not be spared. I may promise life to someone good, but if he starts thinking that his past goodness is enough and begins to sin, I will not remember any of the good he did. He will die because of his sins. I may warn someone evil that he is going to die, but if he stops sinning and does what is right and good— for example, if he returns the security he took for a loan or gives back what he stole—if he stops sinning and follows the laws that give life, he will not die, but live. I will forgive the sins he has committed, and he will live because he has done what is right and good.

“And your people say that what I do isn't right! No, it's their way that isn't right. When someone righteous stops doing good and starts doing evil, he will die for it. When someone evil quits sinning and does what is right and good, he has saved his life. But Israel, you say that what I do isn't right. I am going to judge you by what you do.” LORD Jesus, help me to live righteous before you and stay away from sin. Your Spirit in me is saving me from sin and death.

Meditate Rom. 6:23

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