Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 9/11/2023

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Editors Note: Today is the 22 year anniversary of 9/11. Let us all remember. We will not forget.

by Jim Hughes 

CrossPs. 85:10-11 Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Truth springs up from the earth and righteousness smiles down from heaven.

What a beautiful picture of the Gospel! God has given us truth and made known to us His love. The truth stands on its own merit and cannot be lived apart from God’s love. God makes it very clear that His ways are beyond the scope of man’s ability to live on his own. No one can live up to God’s standards, no matter how hard they try. God knew we could never do it, and because He loves us He did something about it. God put in place a system that could help man overcome his sins until He came to provide a better way, the only way.

God took on human life and became for us the way to live by His standards. He became for us the way to overcome our sins. He did what no one could do; He broke the hold of the law’s death grip on the soul. He opened up the door to heaven so that all who would believe in Him and what He had done would have eternal life. Jesus did what the law of God could not do; He took away our sins and wiped them out of God’s memory.

Jesus is truth and the love of God embodied up as one. He is our righteousness and the only way we can have peace with God. Jesus came to earth as the truth and love of God revealed. He perfectly satisfied both God’s love for man and His demand for justice against sin. He lived perfectly before God so that He could be a perfect sacrifice for our sins. He broke Satan’s back and God was well-pleased with Him.

When Jesus did the impossible He went back to heaven and sat on His heavenly throne. Truth and righteousness now can dwell in man. All heaven smiles and rejoices because heaven came down and the glory of God now can fill the soul of man. Once we were alienated from God, but now we can draw near to God. We who were once enemies of God now can become His children. Victims of sin now become victors over it. He who had no hope now lives in hope. We now follow God’s rules for living by faith and not by works. We now bring glory and honor to God on earth instead of to ourselves. Everything changes because in Christ God’s love and truth makes us righteous and gives us peace

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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