“The grace of God has appeared to all men, teaching them to say no to ungodliness.”

“That’s all I heard while I was asleep. What does it mean Judy?”

Sam had been out of coma for three days and these were his first words.

Of course the nurses rushed to get the doctors. No one expected him to live past his first night. He was literally on life support and then after a few hours he started to show signs of breathing on his own. Before long, he was taken out of ICU.

Even then, the doctors were sure he wouldn’t survive it. He had consumed too much in drugs over the course of no one knew for sure how long.

His fate concluded, the doctors washed hands off him, waiting for news of his death. Sam, however, defied medical prognosis and came back to life after he had been in coma four days.

He was responding well to treatments and before long, Judy became his favorite nurse. No surprise there since she had sat by his bedside, praying for him at every opportunity.

Finally, when Sam was stronger and Judy was off duty, they had a real chat.

“Judy, how do you think God really sees me?”

Judy gave him a long look and said, “Are you saved Sam? Did you ask Jesus into your heart?”

“Well yeah. I did. I’m saved.”

Judy smiled sweetly. “You have your answer right there.”

Sam stared, confused.

“It’s really simple Sam my boy. When God sees you, he doesn’t see your sin or any of that stuff. He sees the cross. He sees Jesus. He says your sins are forgiven and you’ve been given a new beginning. You’re a new man Sam.”

“Yeah?” Sam responded doubtfully. “So why do I have these struggles? Why do I feel overwhelmed by the sin that weighed me down as an unsaved person?”

“Sam dear, you’ve got to understand that when you got saved, you had the Holy Spirit come into your spirit. Your flesh isn’t changed. Your mind isn’t exactly changed either. So some of those old habits and desires might resurface.”

“Okay. So what do I do?”

“It’s what that scripture you heard while you were in coma means.” Judy answered.

“The grace of God has appeared to all men, teaching them to say no to ungodliness.”

“God’s Spirit empowers you to live above your desires. Your job is found in Hebrews 12:2.”

“What does it say Judy?” Sam asked in true fascination.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“Sam dear, Jesus is the very word of God. Your job, as the Spirit enables you, is to fix your eyes on the word of God. You won’t fall and even if you stumble, the Bible assures us that though the righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.”

Sam smiled in true comfort. “God is good Judy.”

“All the time Sam.”

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