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>Sober Thoughts for the New Year

>Good stuff from RAY ORTLAND

2010 might be your year of release. It might be mine. One year from today, we might be with the Lord. Better by far. How to get ready and stay ready? One, let’s die fully reconciled. Are we clear with every brother? “Strive for peace with everyone” (Hebrews 12:14). Two, let’s die fully consecrated. Are we set apart to God? “Strive for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Three, let’s die fully forgiven. Are we enjoying the grace of God? “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God” (Hebrews 12:15). Four, let’s die in sweetness. Is any resentment spoiling our hearts? “See to it that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” (Hebrews 12:15). Five, let’s die in purity. Is the blessing of God more savory to us than the pleasures of the body? “See to it that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal” (Hebrews 12:16). The battle rages. Let’s be ready to die at any time. Our moment will come.

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