God is gracious and loves His children. Jesus came to save the world and fulfill the law. He gave us a new covenant, that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord has come to save us, Jew and Gentile alike. The law was brought to us to show us that we could never be righteous enough to obtain salvation on our own. We should not ignore God’s commandments, though. God’s commands are good and His ways are best for our lives. As one who is born again, a person follows the commandments of God and live by the Spirit because we love Him. We obey God not to gain salvation, but because of it.
Jesus taught us that it is not about the act of obedience, but the heart and desire to obey our Lord. The teachers of the law asked Jesus about God’s commandments. They were always focusing on the doing, but Jesus taught people to take it a step further and to do things out of love. Continue reading “Love and the Commandments”
God’s word is more than a book to read, it is a way to live. Do you want to know God’s will? Read the word. Do you want God to speak to you? Read the word. Continue reading “God’s Word is Life”
We want our prayers to be answered. There is so much going on in our lives, so many ‘needs’ and desires. As we pray, let us focus on how great and awesome our God is, who provides all our needs and always does what is best. He loves us more than we could ever imagine. Continue reading “Bless the Lord”
What does it look like to ‘pick up our cross?’ I think Matthew 25:31-46 may be a partial answer – Continue reading “How do We Pick up Our Cross?”
It is such an awesome thing when someone decides to believe in Jesus Christ. Believing in Jesus Christ is different than just believing that He is real and that He is the Son of God. It takes surrender. It takes following Him and obeying His commands. Those of us who confess that we are believers in Christ, do we do these things? Let us surrender to Jesus and remember that our old self is dead and hung on the cross with Jesus (see my post, Christ in Me). We are a new creation in Christ Jesus (see my post, God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin ). I thank God that He did this for me and changed my life! He did it for you, too. I hope that you take this opportunity to surrender to Him and be free. Free from your sin, free from your past. Continue reading “Carry Your Own Cross”