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”
Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. As one becomes a believer, the Holy Spirit gives him strength as He lives inside Him. Not sure how this works, but I know the Spirit works in us to guide, us, to pray for us, to convict us to do the right thing and change from doing what’s wrong. Sometimes He gives us the words to say as we share what God has done for us or when we have conflicts or whatever. Continue reading “God’s Promise: The Holy Spirit”
How does God want us to live? Number 4 in our “We are saved…now what?” series. When we are saved, we are now apart from the world. We are a new creation, we have been set free, God has a plan for us, let us be an example, a testimony to those around us.
- Do not love the world. Overcome the temptations of this world and your flesh.
No matter what you have done in your past, God can work through you. He can change you and give you strength. Nothing in your past is so terrible that He will not use you to His glory and through it, bless you and others. The struggles in your past may be the thing he uses to help someone with the same struggles. He shows His power through our weakness, his strength in our insecurity. Throughout the Bible, God used the people that most would never believe possible. Paul, the great minister of God, persecuted the Christians of his day. Moses murdered someone and could not speak well. Gideon was the least of his family of a low-class tribe. Joseph was a slave and became the highest ranking officer in Egypt to be used by God. These are just a few. Continue reading “God Can Work through You”