Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Standing in Christ

"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word." (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, ESV)

God loves us. The Most High God has looked down and considered my humble estate. He has loved me with an everlasting love. And, nothing can quench that love. His love has been demonstrated to me because of His grace. By His grace I am what I am. It has nothing to do with me or my abilities. It has everything to do with His unmerited favor bestowed upon me.

And in that truth - the fact that His grace is not dependent upon me - I find eternal comfort and good hope. This bedrock of faith enables me to withstand the storms and roller coasters of life. Because my God loves me, I can find comfort in any circumstance. As Paul says, "I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need." Because my God loves me, I am able to live a life that pleases Him. Because my God loves me, I can let my light shine so that others may see my good works and glorify my God. Soli Deo gloria.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Growing in God's Will

"But how does this take place? How can believers grow in the full knowledge of God’s will? Paul’s closing words of Colossians 1:9 tell us: 'By means of all wisdom and spiritual insight' (literal translation). We understand the will of God through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit teaches us as we submit to Him (John 14:26; 16:13). As we pray and sincerely seek God’s truth, He gives us through the Spirit the wisdom and insight that we need (Eph. 1:17)."

Be Complete (location 484), Warren Wiersbe

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

God's Overwhelming Love

Do you ever stop and just ponder the vastness of God's love for you? The almighty, infinite, eternal God looks down into time and loves you. You - wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you've done. He loves you with an everlasting love. He has called you by name. You are precious in His sight. He has provided the means of reconciliation, so that you might be able to enter into a relationship with Him.

Therefore, you are loved, so no matter what you face, you do not face it alone. He is with you. He is "God with us". No trial is too great. No hurt is too deep. No betrayal is too painful. No persecution too severe. God is love. And, He loves you. Nothing can separate you from God's love.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christ's Preeminence

"If Christ is truly preeminent in our lives, then we will glorify Him by keeping pure, by enjoying fellowship with other saints, by loving each other at home and being faithful at work, and by seeking to witness for Christ and serve Him effectively. Unless doctrine leads to duty, it is of no use to us."

Be Complete (page 25), Warren Wiersbe

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not in Vain

"Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places." (Habakkuk 3:17-19, ESV)

Sometimes all our work seems in vain. The trees have been planted. The crops have been sown. The work has been done. The long hours have been put in. And yet, nothing. No fruit. No results. Not even the faintest sign of a green leaf. Was it all in vain? Was the work worth it?

Take hope. The story is not yet finished. God is still at work. Be faithful in your service. Keep on plodding. Put one foot in front of the other. Keep planting God's word in your life and in the lives of others. It will not return empty. God is the source of our strength. Rejoice in Him. His name will be glorified.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Reacting with Grace

Because I have access to God's grace through Christ, God's grace needs to spill out of my life day by day.

This is then evidenced in how I interact with others. I am no better than anyone else. We are all created in the image of God. If you are a believer, we have equal standing before Christ.

On the merit of those two facts, I have no reason to consider myself better than you. That means that there is no room for prejudice, harmful criticism, or arrogance in my interactions with you. I need to respond to others graciously -- extending the benefit of doubt and undeserved favor to you.

I'm not saying I have achieved this, but this needs to be my goal. And the way I cultivate this goal is to become increasingly more aware of God's grace towards me.

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