Be Reconciled to God

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Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, died for our sins so that we could be reconciled to Him.  As we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, having The evidence that we are in Christ is that we walk in the Spirit, leaving our sins behind, loving God and loving others.  Our old self has been crucified on the cross with Christ.  We need to leave the life we lived behind, for we have become a new creation.  Our character, our desires our lives have been changed.  If not, you need to be reconciled to God.  Confess your sins, repent and turn away from your sinful nature and toward Christ.  He will help you through anything.  You will struggle, but with God, all things are possible.  Put your faith in Him and enjoy the newness in life, life more abundantly, assurance of eternal life through the blood of Jesus.  As believers, we all have a ministry.  A ministry to be a light to this world, to share God’s word, and to help those in need.

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Thank God for reconciling us to Him.  For bringing us into the family of God.

Let Us Unveil the Gospel

As God has saved us and gave us new life, let us not hesitate to share what God has done for us.  As believers, God wants us to spread the good news to all those around us.  I often ask God for boldness for many times I encounter people I have a hard time on how to start a conversation about God.  I need to remember to pray at that moment for God to give me boldness and the words to say.  I need to have that heart to love someone enough to give that person every opportunity to know about Jesus and to have that grace God has given me .  One of the devil’s schemes is to introduce fear, doubt, complacency into a believer to keep them from sharing.  He has blinded many in this world from the truth and we need to unveil that truth and not hide the light.

2 Corinthians 4:1-6

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Pray for Other Believers

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In the New Testament, there are many beautiful prayers that I try to pray for my family, friends and other believers, my brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is one of my favorite.  Paul prays to encourage the believers in Ephesus, to gain knowledge of the scriptures, to know of the hope they have in Jesus Christ and of His power.  I try to personalize this to make it my own as I pray for others.  So often our prayers are about “what can I get” or physical needs, which are fine, but we should go deeper.  Prayer for those around us to be closer with God, to really know what the scriptures say that God’s words would help us grow spiritually and to always seek Him, knowing how powerful and awesome our God is, yet loves each one of us so much that Jesus came and took the sins of the world on His shoulders and died on the cross for you and me, paying the penalty of our sins so that we can be saved and spend eternity with Him.  What a great and wonderful God we have that yearns for us to seek Him!

Ephesians 1:15-21

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

 

Pray for Our Leaders

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With the new president in place and all the protests and violence that occurred yesterday during the inauguration, I thought it was important that we all pray for our new president and all the leaders in this country.  We need to pray that they will have wisdom and make decisions that are best for this country.  Pray for safety, pray for salvation.  Pray that they would have an open mind to listen to their advisors and to the people to strengthen our country.  Pray for the people in this country that they would turn back to God and make the choices that glorify Him.  Pray for the church of this country that we would show love to all, that we would share the truth in love without compromise.  That we would live in a way that honors our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:1-6

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time

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