The natural response to a life changed by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is praise toward God. Stated another way, the primary ambition and principal desire of every believer, every disciple of Christ, should be rendering to God the praise due His name. Psalm 113 shows us that believers have a call and an innate desire to praise God and call others to the same. Furthermore, it is the praise of God that inflames our love and adoration of God and leads to the glorification of Him.
How do we grow in our faith as Christians? How do our thoughts and actions mirror those of the one we claim as Lord and Savior? Why does any of this even matter in the life of a believer? Well the answers to these questions are critical to our growth as believers and can be found in six short words - "bear fruit in keeping with repentance".
It is repentance that leads us to Christ and it is the fruit that is birthed from continual repentance that matures us in Christ.
God Always Wins
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to love the will of God. This does not happen over night. Learning to love the will of God requires Biblical knowledge, prayer and a heart that is constantly being softened by the Holy Spirit. In the Book of Jonah we see the minor prophet doing the opposite of what God called him to do. In stead of running into God's will, he runs from God's will. We can learn much from this story because if we're honest, we would agree that there is actually a bit of Jonah in all of us.
God Cares For His Own
If you have believed in Jesus and your Savior, the Lord has got you in His grip! If you have trusted Christ as your Lord, the Lord has you in His grip! If you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord has got you in His grip! The Triune God has promised to never forsake His children and He has proven it over and over again. If you have been converted from a child of wrath to a child of God as Paul tell us the Eph. chapter 2, then the Lord will keep you safe in His mighty grip.
Sin is Eternally Deadly
In order to be a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ we must speak the truth to people no matter how harsh the truth is. Sin is that subject that most people, especially unbelievers, don't want to talk about. But people cannot appreciate the good news of Jesus Christ without understanding the bad news about sin. In the same way, a confessing believer cannot bear fruit in keeping with repentance unless they take to heart the gravity of sin. For these reasons, every human being must read, understand and submit to the Holy Scriptures. It is through the Bible that we comprehend the severity of sin and the beauty of God's forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
Is Jesus Your Lord?
How does Jesus lord over your life? The Bible teaches that only through the Holy Spirit working in us, can we truly call Jesus Lord. And if this is the case in your life, how do you know what your Lord requires of you? The only viable answer is that Jesus Lords over the life of the believer through the reading and spiritual comprehension of the Scriptures. It is through the word of God that Christ instructs His followers and develops them as His disciples.
He Is Risen!
He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Jesus was raised on the third day from the grave according to the Scriptures and as the apostle Paul taught, "for our justification".
Let us therefore rejoice within our hearts and praise God with our voices this Resurrection Sunday.
The Lord's Supper
Should Christian's partake of the Lord's Supper on their own? The apostle Paul would say no. Every time we read of the celebration of the Lord's Supper, it is done in the presence of the congregation. We therefore, must wait to come together to celebrate the sign and seal of our faith. This waiting makes the coming together a sweeter occasion.
Who Do You Say He Is?
It matters eternally who you believe Jesus is. Equally important is how you live out, who you believe Jesus is. His triumphant entry into Jerusalem close to 2,000 years ago signaled the fulfillment of a righteous savior that was promised thousands of years earlier by God, just after Adam and Eve committed the first sins in the Garden of Eden. His coming was foretold through Old Testament prophesies and His life fulfilled the righteousness requirements of God for His people. It is because of Jesus and His triumph over sin and death that all those who have put their trust in Him as Savior and Lord will triumph over this life and the next. So again, who do you say He is?
Our Good Shepherd
There are so many voices speaking into our lives, that at times it can be difficult to know who to listen to. For this reason Jesus proclaimed Himself as our Good Shepherd. As our shepherd it is Christ who leads us throughout our lives. It is His voice and His alone that should influence our thoughts and actions. When our ears are tuned to His voice, His calling, it is then that our lives take on a new focus, a new trajectory. So, where do you find yourself today? Are you listening to the voice of Christ, or are you listening to the voice of another?
During times such as these we as a people and as a nation, can feel defeated. We look around the world and see the suffering and death that this pandemic has caused and it’s easy to feel depressed and defeated. But take heart, because in Christ we are not a defeated people. The coronavirus may have the power to take lives and we pray that it doesn’t, but this virus can never rob us of our eternal hope that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Since this is the reality for those who are in Christ, we are called to live victoriously!