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 Scripture; Romans 6:23

 KJV: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 GNT: “For sin pays its wage—death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 Reflection.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a penalty is “a punishment imposed for breaking a law, rule, or contract.” I enjoy both playing and watching soccer. Chelsea Football Club is my favourite soccer team in the English Premier League (EPL). Little did I know that God was preparing me to become a minister of His Word and that I would grow to love it and appreciate the reason why I was born, which is to preach, teach, and pray for the sick. Growing up, I had such a passion for these sports and wanted to be a soccer star.

There are regulations that govern sports generally in order to uphold certain guidelines for discipline. One of these regulations is to impose a penalty against anyone who violates the game’s regulations right there on the soccer field. A red card is only issued after two yellow cards have been issued, so this penalty is not given lightly. Depending on the offence and particularly if close to the goal post of the opposition, a player is typically given a direct red card and a penalty. Let’s examine this from a more spiritual perspective.

The bibleref.com explains that- “Paul sums up this section of his letter, and the entire gospel, in this one famous verse. He compares the two types of lives he has been describing. Those without Christ are slaves to sin. Their work of sinfulness earns a paycheck of death. In other words, they earn eternal death, eternal separation from God. No matter how good a person may think they are, their work can never be good enough (Isaiah 64:6), and ultimately, they have only themselves to blame for sinning against God (Romans 1:18–20; 3:10, 23).”

Furthermore, Paul describes eternal life as God’s gift in Christ Jesus our Lord. When we trust in Christ, God gives us credit for Christ’s perfect, sinless life and accepts the payment of Christ’s death for our sin. The result, eternal life with Him, sharing in His glory, is given to us as a gift.

Here are my thoughts for today after that. Regardless of how little or much sin you may present, always remember that there are WAGES (rewards) for you. For instance, if a friend came looking for you at home and you knew for sure that you were there, but you didn’t want to see the friend, you asked your wife or husband to tell the person that you were out. There is a WAGE (reward) for you, despite the fact that you may present that as a minor LIE.

Second, you were told to return to work at 8 a.m. You probably arrived late one day, and since no one was present to verify your exact arrival time, you hastily wrote down 8 a.m. in the belief that you were clever or shrewd. Take note: You will receive a WAGE (reward).

Finally, you MUST receive your pay until you confess your sins to God, repent, and gain your freedom.

Please take note that my thoughts on today’s message are not to judge or condemn you, but rather to see it as a call to reconciliation with the One who knows what is hidden. We can only be judged by God as He sees fit. Although I am not exempt, I have chosen to disregard sin in my heart, and I urge you to do the same. I therefore challenge you to make the courageous decision to cast aside any current sin in you by calling on Jesus to take its place. The good news is that you can do it right now, from your current location, and without delay.

Cheers!!!

 Prayer.

MAY GOD HELP US TO AVOID THE WAGES OF SIN WHICH IS DEATH AT THE END.MAY OUR HEARTS ALWAYS YIELD TO HIS WORD IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

Blessings……………

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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