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Topic: Key (02/14/13)
TITLE: Unlocking the purpose of a manís life within Godís glory and grace
By Joseph McManus
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A fruitful man carries the key of God‚Äôs wondrous and majestic will for his life. What is the fruit that is so welcomed in the presence of the Lord? Paul says, ‚ÄúBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.‚ÄĚ (Galatians 5:22, 23 NIV) When a man‚Äôs heart is corroded with worldly expectations, the path of following Jesus becomes tainted with hinges of deceit, corruption and coldness. What, then, is a man‚Äôs recourse? Luke 10:27(NIV) tells him plainly, ‚Äú‚ÄôLove the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your strength and all of your mind‚Äô ; and, ‚ÄėLove your neighbor as yourself.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Sin, the key to destruction, decays the walls of the soul separating a man from his Maker. Why dwell in fleshly desires? What purpose does emasculating the weak serve in honoring the Lord? A man is corrupt at his core, greedy and deceitful. A lie trenches the path before him as he seeks to glorify his life. As the river of lies grows from a stream of untruths into a canyon of bitterness, he finds himself desperate and alone. He must confess his sin to invoke remorse before the Lord, setting his soul aflame with song and worship. Unlocking the cavern of cruelty will open his heart to the waterfall of truth: An eternal life in the LORD.
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