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Resist the Power of Sin and Rescue Others Still Victims of it
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This is Part Three of my blog on the four rules of life, I’ve established to make practical and memorable my personal mission statement: The purpose of my life is to make God look good. So let’s get right to my heart of it and my least favorite topic – sin!

About sin, I’m just going to say what I believe should be obvious to all of us: The primary reason believers continue to sin is because we’ve not decided to stop. Most of us have come to terms with an acceptable level of sin in our lives and feel it is either unnecessary, too difficult or costly to do much better.

I mean, let’s face it, nobody can make me sin. As I wrote in The 10 Second Rule, “the devil didn’t make me do it”. He’s the chief cheerleader of sin – a problem to be sure but he’s not the cause of my personal sin. There are at least two others.

First, there is what Paul refers to generally as the power of sin in me. Time doesn’t permit a full discussion on sanctification and the power of the Holy Spirit in me to resist sin but never the less something remains in me that still “wants what I want.” I still surprise myself with my selfishness.

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Be Kind, Generous and Forgiving Toward Everyone Today
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This is Part Two of my blog series on the four rules of life I’ve established for myself to give teeth to the phrase, making God look good.

Some words wear out – even some words in the Bible.

It’s not that they’re wrong. The Bible uses them. But it may be that certain words have become so familiar they’ve lost their original meaning – like billboards we’ve seen so often, we no longer even think about its message.

The word grace, or to be gracious is one of those wonderful words which has worn out – but it shouldn’t. The term “means of grace” is interpreted differently by various denominations when they’re describing baptism, communion and salvational grace. But there’s one use of that term on which all Christians agree.

God gives us good things we don’t deserve which we have the privilege and obligation to pass on to others. This too is part of the good news – the gospel. That’s why Peter writes that all of us, “should use whatever (grace) gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administrating (dispensing) God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10 (parenthetical note, mine)

Be a Grace Dispenser
The 10 second rule is a reminder to dispense, or give out what we’ve so generously received from God to others. So, when I say a kind word, I’m passing on the kindness Jesus has shown me. When I forgive, I’m passing on the forgiveness I’ve been given in Christ Jesus and from Christ Jesus. When I give money, which Jesus has deposited with me, I am the means of grace Jesus chooses to work through, to actually pass dollar bills or checks to another person. You and I are stewards of God’s grace. The reason Jesus uses us is to distribute it, because he’s not physically present anymore on earth – or is he…?

“But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.” Romans 8:10. We are Jesus’ stand-in!

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