Matthew 11:20-24

“Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that is shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.’ “

Why is it that we return to our sins so quickly? How sad! I’ve been there, and I’m sure most of us have. Jesus has a stern warning to us against doing that though. We can probably all recall miracles in our lives, things that we know for a certainty were the works of God in our lives.

I know what it’s like to be an addict, and I know what it’s like to experience God working in my life to remove that. I know what it’s like to be living in the world, and to have Jesus step in and help me out of it. That’s the love of God, that we should be saved from our sins. The mighty works of God that we have seen in our lives should be spoken of more than they are. It would be good to hear more of these stories and miracles regularly, reminding us that God is real and that He is still working for our salvation.

Praise God that He still cares and that we are always on His mind! May we be willing to take a good look at our lives, and begin to ask God for the power to overcome those sins in our lives that He died to free us from. There is a deadly teaching out there that says Jesus will save us regardless of the presence of known sin in our lives. I don’t believe that the Bible teaches that at all. Revelation tells us that, “they (the saved) overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” Rev. 12:11. Seven times in the first 3 chapters of the Revelation we are told that Jesus will reward those who “overcome”. It is only by the power of Jesus that we are able to overcome sin, but we must come to Him to receive that power. We must still struggle through this life and the temptations that assail us. But we CAN overcome, praise God! We can be victorious in this battle, because Jesus has already won the war! Jesus is the great Captain of the armies of heaven, and He can send us all the help we need. All we have to do is ask Him for it. God promises not to turn away any that come to Him through Jesus. And that’s a promise that you can believe in!

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