Cross Pointe Church

Address

1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Service Times

Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

Contact

678-812-4500

Free to Love God

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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:10, 19

In his book, Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand wrote: “Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth.  We were terribly hungry, beaten and tortured.  The Communists were good at torturing us.  We would say to each other, ‘the Communists beat us very well—let us do our work well.  Let us sing well.’”

Wurmbrand, a man of Jewish decent, spent 14 years in Communist Romanian prisons for His faith in Christ.  He was physically tortured and placed in solitary confinement for several years because of his unwavering love for Jesus Christ.  He refused to stop spreading the Gospel, despite the cost.  He refused to stop worshiping his Lord… even in prison.

Richard Wurmbrand understood true freedom.  He knew firsthand the glorious freedom of loving God.  From behind steel bars and within the confines of chains, he was free.  Free to believe. Free to hope. Free to pray.  Free to sing. Free to die for Christ. Because God loved him, he was free to love God.

God is love; therefore, He is the initiator of all love.  Our love for God is always in response to His love for us.  And the ultimate demonstration of His love is seen in His Son, Jesus.  Whatever happens in life, if we look to the cross, we can know we are loved.  Our risen Savior, the Lord over all creation, is our invitation to love God.  And in loving Him, we are free to enjoy Him.  We are free to love Him because He is worthy… to seek His face and not only His hands. 

Have you paused lately to consider the freedom you have in Christ if you believe in Him?  You are free to know and to love your Creator. The God who counts the stars and knows them by name loves you and knows the number of hairs on your head.  You are free to talk to Him and ask Him questions. You are free to worship Him, even in chains, like Richard Wurmbrand did. You can love Him wholeheartedly, because He first loved you.  What glorious freedom! 

Holy Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins so that I can love You, too.  Without forgiveness I could not have a relationship with You at all.  Lord, help me to be steadfast and firm in my faith.  I want others to know that You love them.  Use Me to accomplish Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Unresolved Conflict

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“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do what you want.”  Galatians 5:16-17

Have you ever helped your child perform that famous science fair experiment where you pour oil into water and try to mix it up?  No matter how hard you shake or stir, they will always separate… because oil and water just do not mix. 

Picture your physical body as the container.  Inside, as a Christ follower, you have the living water of Christ—the Holy Spirit.  But you also have a sin nature (also called the flesh).  And just like oil and water, these two will never mix.

Not only don’t they mix, they are opposed to one another. What the Holy Spirit desires, the sin nature will set itself against, and vice versa. At times it can feel like an agonizing game of tug-of-war as the Spirit pulls towards holiness and the sin nature yanks your conscience towards the desires of your flesh.  It is no wonder that Paul describes it as a conflict in verse 17.  And as long as you live in this body, the conflict will remain unresolved.

Many Christians have been misinformed, or uninformed, about this struggle between the Spirit and the sin nature. Many live in overwhelming defeat and frustration because of the battle that rages within their hearts and minds. We must understand that the battle itself is not sin.  In fact, it is inevitable. The good news is that we now have the freedom in Christ to make a choice.  We are not slaves to our sin nature. We can choose to go with Christ, even when the sin nature pulls against us. The Spirit is stronger!

So, instead of focusing on the battle, let’s set our hearts on Christ, our Deliverer. When we choose to yield control to His Spirit, He will always lead us away from sin, and closer to the heart of God.

Lord Jesus, thank You that You have overcome sin on my behalf. Thank You for giving me Your Spirit to lead me each day. Please help me to choose each moment to live by Your Spirit so that my life glorifies You. Amen.