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The Only "But" That Matters

A few days ago, we talked about "I am a Christian, but..." being an unbiblical principle many people who claim Christ follow. I'm not going to rehash that, but I will remind us that if we say "but" in a sentence (I am a Christian, but...for example), it cancels out what we said before it. There's only one "but" that truly matters: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:1-7) In our walk with Christ, the only "but" that counts is when God steps in to our lives. It is the defining moment of a believer. It is when we have the right to say "this is who I was, I was dead in my sin, but God..." God erases the past. In repentance, God erases the sin (He is faithful and just to forgive, 1 John 1:9). "Lord, I did this, forgive me," is the moment He steps in and cleans up the mess we got ourselves in to. It is the ultimate "but." I was dead in my sin, but God, full of Grace and Mercy rescued me! If you need to repent, now is the time. If the weight of your sin is a burden you feel, come to Him! If you know you need a savior, He is waiting. Your "but God" moment is here. Fall upon Him!

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