Where do I turn? Ed Elliott

     The deception of religion is it teaches you to turn away from sin; whereas, the gospel teaches you to turn to God who sets you free from sin.
     Where you turn matters.  The Pharisees turned from sin, but they never turned to God.  When you believe you can resist or overcome sin without God’s help, you allow pride to consume you and bring you down.  This is called self-righteousness.
Pride goes before destruction, and haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16;18) 
     Freedom from sin isn’t possible by self-effort; it happens by God’s power alone only when we yield to His grace and love for help.  
     We have a 24/7 invitation to God’s throne room whenever we need His help and power.  The only qualification is you must come as you are!   But the beautiful thing is you won’t leave as you came.  God’s presence changes you into who He created you to be in Him.  
“Therefore let us (with privilege) approach the throne of grace (that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor) with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy (for our failures) and find (His amazing) grace to help in time of need (an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment)”  Hebrews 4:16  (AMP)

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