The Spirit is a Guarantee

guarantee sealedIn the previous post on God’s promises, we talked about the Holy Spirit promised by God to those who believe to help us, guide, pray for us, convict us.  The Spirit lives in us to help us grow.  God also reminds us that it is His great grace that gives us salvation.  Nothing we can do will earn our way into heaven or gain God’s favor.  He did it all.  He gave us grace, the undeserved favor.  Christ went to the cross to take away our sins.  His work saves us.  It is through faith we are saved.  And He gives us the Spirit as a guarantee of our salvation.  Continue reading “The Spirit is a Guarantee”

God’s Promise: Unconditional Love

In this series, I hope to remind everyone of God’s promises.  It is something I need to remind myself from time to time.  God always keeps His promises and what He says is always true.  It is something we should always aspire to do.  As Jesus said, “let your yes be yes, and your no, no.”

 

Today, we will discuss God’s unconditional love.  He tells us that He will always love us.  Our Father demonstrated that by sending His only Son to this earth to die for us.  Jesus gave His life freely so that we may live.  There is no greater love than that. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Unconditional Love”

Jesus the Greatest Gift

Merry Christmas, everyone!  May your hearts and homes be filled and I hope that all of you will have a wonderful time with friends and family this Christmas season!  I love the time of opening gifts and seeing joy of others when they receive a gift that they will enjoy.  But the greatest gift of all and the greatest blessing is knowing Jesus Christ.  Not just knowing who He is, but really knowing Him, having an intimate relationship, a saving relationship with Jesus.  It gives me such great joy to see someone make that decision to trust in Jesus.  It is overwhelming joy!

That is what Christmas is all about.  We celebrate the birth of Jesus (though it may have actually been some time in the fall, not December 25) on this day, not for the opening of presents or gathering of families or the feast or any of that, though that is all great, too, but that Jesus came to this earth to save us from our sins, from eternal damnation, to give us eternal life! Continue reading “Jesus the Greatest Gift”

God Saves Us

God rays.jpgWhy do we need God? Why do we need salvation?  God sent His Son to die for us so that we can be saved.  Why?

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I wanted to start with this to remind people that no one is perfect. I am not perfect. I have many flaws. I am just like you. But, God is faithful and loves all of us. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.” If we believe this with all our heart and turn to Him, we will be saved. Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace we have been saved through faith, and that not of ourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. We are all equal in God’s eyes. None of us are saved by anything we do. We cannot earn salvation. It is God’s gift to us. It is what Jesus did on the cross that saves us and only through Him are we saved.  Praise God for all You do and for changing my life and my desires and giving me hope. May the Lord bless all of you!