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Ruinous Distress Crushed in an Instant

By Elizabethprata @elizabethprata
In making an "altered book", you take an abandoned book and tear out some pages and glue the rest together in chunks. Cover the page with paper or glue, and leave exposed the words that you want to appear. Collage around the rest. In this page of a book I did some years ago, I left the words "ruinous distress crushed in an instant." The ruinous distress is living life without Jesus. It is ruinous because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The terrible bird looking thing, I think just matched the distress we feel, whether we admit it or not, when we are outside of the life of Jesus pre-justification.
Our distress is crushed in an instant when He saves us from death! He is so much more powerful than any of our sins, any of our distress, any of our lives, no matter how long we have lived apart from Him. He crushes our sin because He has already crushed our sin, at the cross! He stomped on the serpent's head and thereby took the power satan has over us. Once inside Jesus, we are victorious because HE is victorious! His power is such that all it takes is an instant, the instant of salvation snatches us from the god of this world and delivers us to His kingdom forever. Repentance is the key. His sovereign will is the key.
Not that we aren't tormented by sin any more, we are still living on this planet and it is drenched in sin. Satan still tries to get us to sin, but the power of its chains over us has been broken.
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. (Psalm 116:16)
Ruinous distress crushed in an instant

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