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Have you ever heard the saying

Have you ever heard the saying " taken something for granted" this essentially means to not fully appreciate something or to not think about it, because we are so familiar with it and assume it will always be available? An example of this, before Covid, many of us took for granted going out for a meal or going to the cinema with friends. WHY? Because we became so familiar with it.

This attitude can creep into our faith. Because we are assured of our salvation, when we hear the gospel message, we can switch off because we are so familiar with it and think it only applies to the non-Christians. However, we should never get enough of the gospel, Romans 6:23 reminds us of the good news it brings, "for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.

We deserved to reap them wages, yet Jesus paid the debt he never owed, because of his love for us.

We can get so caught up with the busyness of life,

It can be so easy to place our hope in the temporal things, a relationship, our job, material things. As Matthew 6:19 states "do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermins destroy, where thieves break in and steal", instead, we should put our trust in Christ's work on the cross for us, as our salvation is the only thing that matters, we can put our assurance in it as well, unlike material things, it isn't open to attack by corruptible things, as Romans 8:38 clearly puts it " nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus". Place your hope in Jesus. This hope will never let you down, as Psalm 23:18 so clearly puts it" there is surely a future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off".

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