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God’s gift of Jesus is waiting for every soul who desires it.

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Read Romans 4:2-8

God answers humanity’s greatest cry with the greatest gift of all time – himself. God opens heaven, motivated by love, and generously offers us the best gift we could have ever asked for – reunion. But, herein lies the crux of the matter. God gives. But, how will we respond? God took the risk. He put his love on the line when he offered the gift – with no guarantee it would be received. And, God’s love didn’t require either.

God’s gift is freely given and freely received. If we want it, it’s ours. God’s gift of Jesus is waiting for every soul who desires it. And the way we receive it is by faith. Just as Abraham walked with God by faith, stepping into the promise God made him, we can step into the promise God gives us. By faith, we can receive the gift of Jesus when we believe the gift was intended for us, and we can demonstrate our belief as we walk with God in this new reality. God’s greatest gift of Jesus is available at any moment as well as God’s greatest invitation – to live by faith.

Throughout all time, God has offered this gift of reunion. Some have chosen to receive it and reap its benefits. Abraham believed, and he walked by faith. By faith, his lawless deeds were forgiven. By faith, his sins were covered. By faith, the Lord did not count his sin against him. This was his righteousness. We, like Abraham, are invited to believe. We can receive the gift of Jesus as the substitution for our punishment and begin to live freely with our slate wiped clean. When we do, we can stop beating ourselves up. Instead, we can claim the same blessing of a life fully forgiven, fully made right, and fully reunited with our Creator and Lord.

This message may feel like the best news you’ve ever heard. It may also sound like a repeating gong. Either way, living a faith is an ongoing challenge. We can believe even when we have lingering doubts. Write out a prayer by finishing this sentence: Lord I believe (fill in the blank) … Help me in my unbelief.

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By Yvonne Biel 

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