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The Sin Virus

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Sin dominates, imprisons, and infects souls like a virus. Evil thoughts inside multiply like a virus showing infection symptoms externally after an incubation period. How do we escape sins’ viral trap? Jesus has the cure. Jesus has the anti-virus software. Jesus has the new programming. Jesus has the secure operating system. How? Jesus causes people to be born again in their inner soul as a new creature, with good motives, and a new heart.

Mark 7:20-23 (ESV):

20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

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God’s Revealed Secrets

Seek God’s revealed secrets as you obey and follow the way, being prepared to learn from Jesus, who is God’s light. Ask to know God’s light, and then be ready to shine, wisely speaking and living the truth tactfully and graciously.

Mark 4:21-23 (ESV):

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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God already knows your sin guilt. Do you? God knows how to help you. Open to help?

Romans 3:19-20 (ESV):

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

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With faith in Jesus, proper God-seeking trumps self-seeking, securing one’s own eternal self-interest, being exhibited in life’s actions, knowing God judges faith by its’ manifesting good works externally, flowing from precious internal changes.

Romans 2:6-11 (ESV):

6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

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God’s will, from the beginning of sin starting at creation with Adam & Eve, has always been to lead each individual person to repentance. With repentance, a turning away from sins towards God and his righteousness, God has blessings to bestow. A key blessing is forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ. Before Christ’s death on the cross, forgiveness of sins was by credit looking forward to the Passover Lamb, and afterwards by debit, having the Lamb’s payment once and for all who qualify.

Romans 2:1-4 (ESV):

2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

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What can we do with God’s help to grow our faith in his Son Jesus Christ to strengthen our spiritual gifts so significantly, so when fellow followers congregate with us, they become strengthened, encouraged, and blessed with more spiritual gifts due to their visit and our mutual sharing?

Romans 1:8-12 (ESV):

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.

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When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, major sickness and death entered the world in the sense that they pushed away the God who heals, and for the sake of our eternal souls God had to keep human-kind away from the Tree of Life until a future, much later, proper time reserved for true followers.

Acts 28:7-10 (ESV):

7 Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. 8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. 9 And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

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