Daily Sanctified by Grace (October)

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by Rachel Abernathy

They crawl like termites from the woodwork. How many I actually see, however, varies. Easy days exist–days when the termites seem docile and I flick the sporadic one away. Or, I cover them up with a pretty white curtain.

Some days are harder. The termites writhe from every visible, and invisible, corner. They swarm with fury. I don’t expect it, their viciousness shocks me, and I falter. Try as I might to deny them, I can’t always casually brush them away. They crowd upward for everyone to see.

Sin is like those termites. Our hearts are so sinful and yet we don’t realize the magnitude of our sin. (Jeremiah 17:9) Occasionally, one day in a million, it all breaks loose. We’re shocked at what we see. We’re disgusted at ourselves.

That’s a good sign.

God chooses the most unlikely people as His own and promises peace to the humble; peace to those who know that they’re terminally ill and completely incapable. (I Corinthians 1:26-29, Mark 2:17, Matthew 5:3-5, Ephesians 2:8-9) Christ came to heal the sick, not the healthy. (Mark 2:17)

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17)

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Without Christ, we are dirty, rotten, vile, garbage. You may describe our fallen hearts with any word that describes something evil. (Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 1:5-6, Ephesians 2:1-3, Mark 7:21-22) And ironically, that’s the beautiful thing. God, despite our wretchedness, chooses us for perfection. (Ephesians 1:3-8, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14) We cannot fully value the sweetness of fresh fruit until after we taste a rotten apple. Likewise, we cannot fully value God’s love for us without seeing our total helplessness first. We can’t grasp the beauty, the majesty, the incomprehensibility of salvation and grace without staring into the darkness of our own depravity. (Romans 3:20)

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

Still, through the darkness, Christ’s call holds us even tighter. When those nasty termites crawl into the line of sight, Christ is working His Salvation in us. We become more like Him with each termite that He points out and squishes. (I Corinthians 1:30, Hebrews 12:5-6,10)

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12)

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Sanctification is a process. Today, saved but not yet saved, we sometimes seem to drown in our imperfections. That’s when we grip His perfection even tighter. We cannot be perfect, but He already is. (Romans 7:15-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:22)

In God’s eyes, we’re already justified by the Perfect Sacrifice’s blood. (Hebrews 10:14, Romans 5:9) One day, we’ll trade our “faith in Him for the sight of Him.”  (Hebrews 11:1, I Peter 1:8, I John 3:2, Tony Buford) And in eternity, there will be no more termites ever again. (Romans 8:30, Hebrews 12:23)

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

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All my sins and slips! – James Smith

I found that sin always wounded my conscience, and caused me much trouble of soul; nor could I again obtain peace, or enjoy comfort–but as I looked afresh to the blood of Jesus, and felt its cleansing efficacy within.

Never could I, never can I, be glad that I have sinned. Yet the grace of God, taking advantage of my weakness and folly–has wrought sweetly in my soul afterwards. And blessed, forever blessed, be the name of my Lord and Savior–He has sanctified my sins to me, for my real benefit!

1. My sins have made me fly unto Him afresh, as into a strong tower, in which the righteous are safe at all times.

2. My sins have brought me to feel my own weakness, and to see the desperate wickedness of my heart–in a way and manner which otherwise I could not.

3. My sins have revealed to me the fallacy and folly of trusting in my own heart at all.

4.My sins have made me more cautious, and kept me crying to Him for strength against temptation.

5. My sins have given me an opportunity sweetly and powerfully to prove the efficacy of the blood of Christ to cleanse from all pollution.

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-Rachel Abernathy 
{Guest Writer}

Rachel (18), a homemaking trainee, practices writing and photography from Missouri.

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