Paul is not only an example of how to live, but he guides us to the virtues that God wants us to live by. These are things that do not come naturally but is something we must practice. By following these things and Paul’s example, we can be assured that God is with us. God will direct our paths and lead us to righteousness if we are His. Continue reading “Things to Practice and Live by”
My verse for today: Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ”
Many things in life I am ashamed of and regret, but thankfully that was my old self and Christ died on the cross so that I am forgiven of those things and when I decided to follow Him, He gave me the Holy Spirit to convict me and change me and I am a new person, living for Him with new desires. He has given me joy and peace and I know that although I mess up at times, He is there to lift me up so that I can continue to do His work…or I should say that He does His work in me and through me. Without Him I can do nothing. But, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). It is not I who does good things it is Jesus and He deserves all the glory.
Now that you have accepted God’s grace and have received salvation, what next? As you have become a child of God, the Holy Spirit indwells you. The Holy Spirit, Who convicts you of sin, guides you and prays for you. This is where the change in life begins. Many people nowadays steer away from the subject of sin. But, sin is real and God hates sin. Yes, I said it. God hates sin. But through Christ, you are freed from a life of sin. You will still sin, but you will no longer be in bondage to it and that will diminish as you live for Him, stay in God’s word, and continue in prayer. Your desires will be that of righteousness and the desires of sin will be washed away. There will be a battle within you, but now you can claim victory over sin. There is a continual growth throughout the rest of your life (Christians have a fancy word for this called “sanctification”). This will be a process. We must put away our old self, for that person has died and begin living a new, vibrant life full of love and joy that one can only obtain through the Holy Spirit (see the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23). Continue reading “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”
John 3:16-21 reveals God’s love for us by His grace (please read my post called, “God Loves You!”). Nothing we can do will earn salvation. It’s not by doing good deeds, praying a certain prayer, knowing the Bible or going to church, although those are all good things. You do need to repent, which means to turn from your self-centered way of thinking (we first need to realize that we are all sinners and need a Savior and only through Jesus Christ are we saved, see Romans 3:23-26) and allow God to work in your life. Accept God’s grace He has offered to you. What is grace? It is unmerited favor. It is the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. It is the merciful gift God offers us. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” Continue reading “God’s Grace”
Today’s scripture goes along with the previous couple blog posts. They describe what Jesus did for us so that we can be saved and how to be saved. 1 John describes how we know we are saved. We are not saved by these things, it is evidence that we are saved. Continue reading “Knowing We are Saved”