As I was going through a study in Hebrews, I learned a lot about Jesus, who He is, what He did for us, and how we are to live and think. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us; His blood was shed so that there is no more need for sacrificial offerings, there is no need to go to anyone but Him (He is the only way) to confess sins or to ask for forgiveness. That is God’s grace. We are not under the Law. We are under grace. Our salvation is based on accepting His grace, for He paid the price. Salvation is not about following rules and regulations. It is about following Jesus Christ. It is about a personal relationship with Him. It is about faith in what Christ can do, not about what we try to do to earn favor. Continue reading “Hebrews 12: Encourage to Live by Faith”
Previously we talked about God’s grace and the promise that through God’s grace we are saved by faith not by the things we do. It is what Christ did for us, taking our sins and paying for them by nailing them to the cross. So does that mean if we accept God’s grace and trust in Jesus that we could do whatever we want? I would say yes and no. Yes, we are free. But, we are free from sin and if you have truly accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, you are changed. You are a new creation. Your old self has died and you now live for Him. Your desire should be aligned with God. You no longer want to do the sinful acts of your previous self. The Holy Spirit will live in you and will guide you. Now you can live by the Spirit and not by your flesh. If you do not see these changes, if your desires remain the same, you have to question the sincerity of your acceptance of God’s grace. You need to be reconciled to Him. It does not mean that you will never sin or your flesh will never creep in and tempt you. It will. There will be a battle. But remember that you are victorious because of the blood of Christ. Continue reading “Grace Abuse”
Today I am taking a little side trip in my blog about something that God has laid upon my heart. Over the past few years, I have had the wonderful experience and blessing of spending a week or two on a mission trip to Haiti. It is such an awesome experience to watch God work in places like this and if you ever have the opportunity or if God speaks to you to go on a mission trip, do not pass it up. You will not be disappointed. I know many of you will say, “that’s not really for me.” I remember saying the same thing. I was wrong. God kept tugging on my heart and put this passion and desire in me and I am so thankful He did. I plan on going again this year in November (perhaps it will be a little cooler!).
But, perhaps, this is not the direction God is taking you. You can still be a part in other ways. First and foremost, pray. Pray that God speaks to you about what His will is for you. Pray for the missionaries who sacrifice so much of their lives to go out in the world where others will not to share God’s love, not only but sharing the gospel, but by showing their love toward the people they minister to and helping to meet their needs. This is a big burden of both time and financially. The next thing you could do to be a part of a mission is to support those who are called to this field. If it is not going on a mission trip to support them physically, perhaps you can support them financially.
If your church supports missions, you can give there. There are good organizations such as Compassion International or World Vision which you can sponsor a child or others that you can give to or volunteer for, locally or abroad.
My friends in Haiti are asking for your help. They have a need for a total of $8500 a month. Sarah and Yves is a married couple that God has called to bring His love and His gospel to Haiti. At Living Water Haiti Ministries, they have brought in 16 wonderful children to feed them (3 meals a day which is unheard of in Haiti), provide shelter and medical needs, give them education (including teaching them skills such as music lessons, how to sew and how to grow crops) and teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, they have a schoolhouse built to be able to bring other kids from the community to give them an education as well as sharing the gospel. They will also feed all of these children every day. Their goal is to bring in about 100 children and hiring 8 teachers. They also reach out to other communities, visiting orphanages and neighborhoods, bringing them a meal, playing games, singing songs and teaching the Bible.There are a couple of ways you can help. You can sponsor a child for $50 a month, you can partner with the ministry by making a one-time or monthly donation. You can check out their website at https://lwhm.weebly.com
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So, perhaps this is still part of the series on God’s promises. God promises to bless you, He promises to work through you and give you gifts, He promises to use your gifts to help others and strengthen the church, for His glory.
In my our previous post, we discussed how God helps us to mature as a believer. Today we will look at what the scripture says what our part is. We don’t just sit back and watch God work. He wants us to do something. As a believer the Spirit indwells in us and guides us to live in a way that honors God and in so doing, our faith will grow and so will our character. In our daily lives as well as the ministry God has called each of us to do, we need to be like Peter and get out of the boat and obey what Jesus commands us to do. The other twelve sat in the boat and watched while Peter walked on water. Continue reading “What to do to Grow in the Spirit”
Sanctification is a big word. But, it basically just means growing in the Spirit to maturity. We are a work in progress. This is not about being saved, but about maturing once we are saved. The Spirit continually works in us throughout our lives.
This will be a two-part series on what the scriptures say how God leads us to sanctification and what we need to do throughout this process. First, I will talk about what God does. Without Him, we can do nothing. Continue reading “How God Helps Us to Grow”