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The Devil's Work

Racism Guilt Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-06-06

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; Romans 2:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

There was a time in this country when blacks were forced to feel ashamed because of the color of their skin. That was pure evil.

But now another race is being pressured to feel ashamed because of the color of their skin. This is equally evil.

APPLICATION

If you have ever been guilty of racism toward another person, you must, for the sake of your own soul, go back and apologize. But if you’ve stood against racism your whole life, then have more respect for yourself than to confess to sins you’ve never committed.

False guilt and false shame are the Devil's work.

God’s work is redemptive, releasing us from our actual shame and guilt.

God doesn’t hold us accountable for sins we haven’t committed, but the Devil does. God doesn’t hold us accountable for the sins of previous generations, but the Devil does. God doesn’t seek to keep us locked under the bondage of shame and guilt, but the Devil does.

But God does hold us accountable for the sins we have actually committed. And by the power of Jesus' blood, He promises to wash them away.

In your search for redemption, make sure you seek it at the right altar.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). 

"God does not show favoritism" (Romans 2:11). 

Jesus Saves

Jesus, Savior Redemption Jesus' Sacrifice

Source: Today Show

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-02-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 3:16

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

In October 2019, Tyler Moon took part in a 10-mile race in Minneapolis.  Wanting to declare his faith openly, Moon decided to put “Jesus Saves” on his race bib hoping to inspire someone in the crowd.  Instead, the bib’s message would prove to be eerily prophetic that day. 

The 25-year-old had a heart attack and collapsed around mile 8 of the race. About a dozen people rushed to help him, administering CPR and calling an ambulance.  Among them, a runner named Jesus Bueno, a certified registered nurse. He was one of the first to reach Moon and to help save his life.

APPLICATION

"Jesus Saves” is a popular slogan. We see it on bumper stickers and on signs at athletic events.  I often wonder if people who see that phrase really know what it means. 

It means that Jesus suffered and died on a cross to save us from our sins.  It also means that to be saved we must accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, placing our faith and trust in him alone for our salvation. 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). 

Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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ILLUSTRATION

My son and daughter-in-law love to go to garage and estate sales. Most of the things they find would be classified as junk. The things they find in these sales are already on their way to the trash heap, but the owners set them out for others to sort through in hopes of making a little money from all that trash before it's taken away. 

When my son stumbles across something that catches his eye, he rescues it from impending doom, negotiates a price with the owner, takes it home, and then converts it into something of value. Some of the items that he has restored have taken on a whole new life. These previously condemned sale items become very attractive decorations, retro furniture, or artistic knickknacks. All they needed was for someone to see the value in them, make the purchase, and restore them to their previous beauty.

APPLICATION

Jesus did the same for us when He purchased us with His blood. Every one of us is already on the way to the eternal trash heap, but God sees the value in our worn out, damaged lives. He has chosen us, purchased us with Christ's shed blood, so that He can restore and transform us into something of infinite worth.

Without Christ, we are damaged goods and good for nothing, but we have been redeemed by a steep price. Because of this, and the infinite skill of the artist, the condemned sinner finds his true worth.

"You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20). 

Jesus Is The Trashman

Redemption Jesus, Savior Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-23

Scripture: Hebrews 10:11 ; John 1:29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Free To Be A Walmart Greeter

Redemption Servanthood Motivation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-27

Scripture: Colossians 3:10 ; Colossians 3:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Redemption's Price

Redemption Value (True Worth) Blood (of Jesus)

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-09-21

Scripture: Romans 7:14 ; 1 Peter 1:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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The Life of Pi

Worldview Redemption God's Love

Contributed By: Paul Barreca | Date Posted: 2015-06-19

Scripture: Colossians 1:13

Author: Paul Barreca
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Lessons From the Josh Duggar Fallout

Redemption Restoration Judging

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Ephesians 1:7

Author: Dr. Michael Brown / Illustration Exchange
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From Junk to Joy

God's Love Renewal Redemption

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: Romans 8:39

Author: James Miller
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God Uses Broken People

Redemption Grace Devotion

Contributed By: Andy Scarcliffe | Date Posted: 2015-02-06

Scripture: Psalms 28:7

Author: Sting
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