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Turning from sin impossible without God' grace and mercy. Our trouble is that we so easily forget all that has been secured for us in redemption  For the Christian to seek significance apart from Christ (is wrong.) Worse, it is an arrogant pursuit that distorts our testimony for Him.  What a powerful opportunity we have to demonstrate to a watching world that Christ has liberated us from this clamoring, driving obsession to gain  significance that can never be found.  Stowell, Joseph, M.  Perilous Pursuits, Moody Press, Chicago IL, (1994, P. 93)

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When the Holy Spirit is paramount in our hearts, He frees us from the law of sin and death, for where the Lord's Spirit is there liberty to be found. He purifies us and exerts in us the power of attraction that the interest of others may be captured, but above all, He establishes between God and us perfect unity since He forever and increasingly eliminates all that would separate us from God. (Pache, Rene, The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL (1954, Pp. 133, 134))

 

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Here is something true and rich: God is personal, so we are personal with Him and each other.  Personal means that God comes close to His people.  When He comes close, He speaks to us and invites us to respond, and when we respond to Him, He hears.  This means that He listens and is actually influenced by what we say.  We could think of it as being invited into His home, where He speaks openly and with love, and He offers the best divine hospitality.  All that is almost too much to take in, but then He invites us to speak of what is important to us,and as we speak, He is engaged, undistracted, and responsive.  We could call it fellowship, even communion. (Welch, Edward, T., Caring for One Another, Crossway--Wheaton, Illinois, (2018, pp. 45).

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