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Mission Impossible

By Pastor John Bingham

James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

When I think about those words “Mission Impossible” i automatically start humming the theme song! Yet, if you look at James 2:10 in light of the call to “be holy” (1 Peter 1:16), it will seem like mission impossible. It is impossible for anyone other than God to live perfectly holy lives. Temptations, lust, and sin all have a way to drive a wedge between what we know is right and what we do. Paul even talked about this in Romans 7:19, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”

You may throw up your hands and say, “It’s impossible!” But I call you to remember what Christ has done. He died so that the penalty and memory of our sins are erased! In fact, the book of Psalms deals with this very truth.

Psalms 103:10-12, “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, So great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Through Christ, victory is possible, sins can be forgiven, and we can be declared holy. Just as Christ stated to His disciples, “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Put your faith in the Lord, and trust that He is the One that can and will save you from the penalty of your sins. That is when Mission Impossible becomes Mission Possible, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

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