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Since the fall, sin has stood between God and the people He created.

It caused us to be spiritually dead and to be cut off from God.

We couldn't experience His Presence as Adam and Eve once did, for sinful man couldn't be in close proximity to a holy God.

But God changed that when Jesus died on the cross.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us so we could become the righteousness of God.

The punishment for our sin fell on Him so we could go free.

Now we can come into His Presence with boldness and confidence.

We are alive to God and dead to sin.

But none of these happens automatically.

Though God did it all and gives salvation to us as a gift, we still have to do two things.

We have to acknowledge we are sinners and we need a Saviour. And we need to believe in Jesus as Saviour.

And again it isn't up to us to accomplish this. Both of these are a work of the Holy Spirit.

He convicts us of our sin and will help us to acknowledge we have sinned and that we are in need of a Saviour.

And when we do, He does an amazing work within us.

He gives us the faith to believe in Jesus as Saviour as a gift. And by faith through God's grace, we are born again.

Now we are children of God.

Now we can come into His Presence and walk with Him and talk with Him.

We can experience His power, the same power that raised Christ from the dead, that is at work within us.

Now sin is something of the past. God doesn't think about our sin anymore but sees us as righteous in Christ.

Isn't salvation a great gift from God?

He deserves our praise and thanksgiving for it every single day.

Take a moment to thank Him for Jesus and for everything He did for you. Thank Him for saving you and for giving it to you as a gift. 

Thank Him for the privilege of being a child of God!