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ROSS: The gospel truth can overcome sin

Over the last two months, it is safe to say that we have been on information overload.

The information has been all wrapped around the worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus.

Every TV station, newspaper, social media outlet, restaurant billboard, grocery store, etc. has something to say about COVID-19.

This virus has affected every person alive today in some way. The effects are all different depending on our given situation.

Some have had a much-needed break, some became automatic homeschoolers, some lost their jobs. I became an overnight televangelist.

No matter our situation, we have all been affected in one way or another.

Virus, has two definitions that caught my attention.

Encyclopedia Britannica defined it as, “an infectious agent of small size and simple composition that can multiply only in living cells of animals, plants or bacteria. The name is from a Latin word meaning ‘slimy liquid’ or ‘poison.’”

The second, from Merriam-Webster Dictionary said, “something that poisons the mind or soul.”

I was reminded the destruction that a virus can have. When it begins as something small that is untreated, a virus can grow into something nasty and harmful.

There was a “virus” that infected mankind based off of one simple decision in the garden.

The decision that Adam and Eve made to disobey introduced sin into the world, and as a result, we see sickness, death and evil all around us.

Sin simply means separated from God.

If allowed to continue to grow, it becomes a poison that will not only affect our bodies and minds, but also our souls.

We see in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.”

If allowed to remain and grow, we will die a spiritual death as well as a physical death. However, the gospel truth is told to us in the remainder of Romans 6:23, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The gospel truth is that we don’t have to be afraid of COVID-19, any other sickness or sin because of what Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

In Romans 8:31 it says, “If God is for us, who is against us?”

This is the gospel truth that never changes.

When everything else around us changes, God never does.

He has been faithful throughout time, and he won’t stop now.

When we accept the gospel truth, we are accepting the vaccine for the virus called sin that infects our lives.

When we accept the gospel truth, we get a new identity that is based on “better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).

The gospel truth tells us that we are accepted, significant and secure, all because of what Jesus has already done because he loves you.

The gospel truth reminds us, “For God has not give us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment.” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Today, you can choose to accept all kinds of information as truth, but there is only one gospel truth, and his name is Jesus.

Will you accept the gospel truth for your life today?

There are so many great churches and pastors in Clark County that would love to introduce you to this Gospel Truth.

It begins by knowing that “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.” — Max Lucado

Renny Ross is the founding pastor at Oasis Foursquare Church established in May 2013. He can be reached by e-mail at rennyross@oasis4square.com. All scriptures are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.