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The Good Seed - Thursday, July 2, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven,
Matthew 18:3

Conversion to God (1)
The Bible declares that man’s condition after ­Adam’s fall into sin was the very opposite of his original condition: day had turned to night; his conception of morality had deteriorated.

Clear judgment of right and wrong had become very nebulous. He considered his enemies friends and vice-versa. He called good evil and evil good and thought himself free and decent, whereas he was, in fact, enslaved in wickedness.

The only thing that can help mankind – redemption through faith in Jesus Christ – seems to him totally unnecessary. He regards God as his enemy, instead of accepting Him as his best friend. This is the result of wrong within him that he cannot overcome by himself. It makes him blind as to his condition and draws him in a wrong direction leading to perdition.

For this reason we have to allow God to work in our heart and thoroughly change us. Whoever wishes to be free from the power of sin and saved from eternal perdition must acknowledge that he is morally bankrupt and surrender to God. That is conversion. I declare myself incapable of changing my sinful being and entrust myself to Him, so that He can make all things new. The fallen creature must turn to the Creator, the lost child must return to the Father’s house. Conversion opens up the way to salvation. God responds to this admission of guilt by receiving the believer and forgiving his sins.

(to be concluded tomorrow)

Today’s reading: Leviticus 16:1-22 · Psalm 64:1-11


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