In this world, there is so much that opposes us. As believers, we need to surround ourselves with other godly people and lift each other up. Of course, we need to spend time with those that do not believe and share our faith, but we must be united as a church and strengthen one another and love one another.
The Holy Spirit is mentioned throughout the Bible. He is described in Genesis hovering over the waters when the earth was first formed. He filled the Kings and judges to give them strength and wisdom, and came upon Jesus at the start of His ministry. He indwells those who follow Christ and we are baptized by the Holy Spirit and given spiritual gifts by Him. He prays for us, guides us and gives us fruit to grow and edify others. Continue reading “The Role of the Holy Spirit”
Yesterday was Easter, or as I like to call it, Resurrection Sunday. It is not about Easter bunnies or eggs. Those things came from a pagan religion worshipping a false god of fertility. We need to remember what the holiday is truly about. It is about Jesus, Who died for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day. It is about our redemption and salvation. It is about God’s grace and sacrifice
So, Who is Jesus? Some say He was a prophet, a good teacher a good person. Some say He was only an idea (Unfortunately for them, there is overwhelming evidence that He did exist). But He is much more than that. For me, He is the One who changed my life, who saved me, forgave me and overcame death so that I would have eternal life. And, He is so much more. Continue reading “Who is Jesus and Who are We in Christ?”
Recently, I had comments from someone who believed that Paul was a false teacher who was a self appointed apostle, who contradicted Jesus’ teachings and who always wanted to lift himself up. He used the book of Acts to point out that Matthias was appointed, not Paul, but would not accept my argument that Luke wrote (also in Acts) that Paul was appointed by Jesus and accepted by the apostles to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. You cannot pick and choose which part of the Bible you believe and accept. If there is any doubt in some of it, what does that say about the rest of it? Read through the gospels and through Paul’s epistles (particularly Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians) and see if you see contradiction to Jesus’ teachings. Does Paul point us to himself or to Jesus Christ? Paul was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ and proclaiming the gospel. Paul says he is the least of the apostles and the chief of sinners. He says he is wretched and undeserving and only by grace was he saved. Now that I put that distraction behind me, let us move on and look at the scriptures.
Today’s Daily Scripture is again from Paul’s letter to the Philippian church:
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed in His death
As Psalm 63 says, “O God, You are my God, early I seek You; My soul thirsts for you; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory”
The study I went through today was very convicting. We should have angst and deep desire to long for Jesus Christ. We need to seek God more than anything. In the way a dehydrated, dying man in a desert seeks for water is how we should seek God. Nothing else matters in comparison to what Jesus Christ has done for us and through His death and resurrection. We have Christ in us, if we accept Him as our Lord and our Savior. This is part of what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. In all we do, let us turn to Him first. In all that we do, let us give Him the glory.