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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Power of One Single Act

James Cagle shares with us: "For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." (Rom. 5:19)

We are all daily impacted by the actions of others. What people do always affects us in either a small or great way, for good or evil, directly or indirectly.

Two men who lived thousands of years apart each committed one single act that impacted forever all of humanity.

Paul in the above text is speaking of none other than the first man Adam and the last Adam; Jesus Christ. Each of which through a single act played a very vital role in shaping human history. 

Each man’s act was his reaction to God’s revealed will. The first man Adam disobeyed God, and by his disobedience brought sin and death into the world. 

Death came through sin, it came through man, and came to all man (Rom.5:12). The consequences of his rebellion were alienation from God, suffering, pain, sorrow, destruction, and ultimately if man doesn’t repent eternal damnation.

This head of the human race represented us all. His act of sinful disobedience separated him from God, and also insured that we his descendants were born with a sinful nature, separated from God, destined to eternity in a place called hell.

There was nothing humanly speaking that could reverse this sinful act and the condemnation and destruction it brought.

But there was One Who came for the express purpose of showing God’s love for fallen man, and by his single act of obedience to His heavenly Father’s will counteracted forever the sinful act of the first Adam. 

His self-sacrifice and death on Calvary 
paid in full the debt sinful man owed 
a Holy God.

Now through faith in Christ and His finished work of redemption we are delivered from the power of sin, from the consequences of our first father’s act of disobedience. 

By trusting Christ as Lord and Savior we become children of God, receive His nature and Spirit, and have a home in Heaven waiting for us. 

Adam’s act imparted sin and death to all, but Christ’s act imparts today, righteousness and eternal life to all who receive Him.

We can choose to remain under the condemnation of Adam’s act of disobedience brought on us, or we can choose to accept Christ and rest in His finished work of Calvary. 

Adam’s act was one of selfishness, but Christ’s act was an act of sacrificial love on our behalf.

The Power of One Single Act  by James H. Cagle

Let’s pray:

   Father, as there was
humanly speaking that could 
reverse this sinful act and the 
condemnation and destruction 
it brought, all mankind was at
Your mercy.

   Thank You that You provided One Who came for the express purpose of showing Your love for fallen man, and by His single act of obedience to Your will counteracted forever the sinful act of the first Adam! 

   I thank You for making my salvation reality! May I live for Your glory, which will be for my good. I ask this Jesus' name. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: Rom. 11:30 "The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."

Today’s quote:  Starr Ayers – “Setting the plumb line of our soul in alignment with the wisdom of God is the key to ensuring our foundation holds strong and secure in the face of crises. There is only one unshakeable foundation upon which to stand―Jesus Christ.”

Some thoughts today: Be careful to see that what comes from your mouth draws others to the heavenly Father.  Be cautious and guarded. Think over what you're about to say. Is it to be said with love?

- The first commandment of God is to make Him first in your life. How are you doing? Are you just "following the crowd" ? What does your life show to others about what you believe?

-  The Lord is creative. He fully intends on helping you speak life into yourself! He waits for you to ask Him...

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