The Unshakable Promise
How can a confessing believer stand unshakable during difficult times in their life? Can we be assured that all circumstances, both good and bad, will be worked out for our good? Is there any assurance for us in this life? The answers to all of these questions can be found in Romans 8:28. In this great verses, God promises to take special care of His children who love Him and are called according to His purpose. So be encouraged and rest assured that God is in control of all things!
Saved & Entrusted
God has saved us in His Son for a purpose. Each of us will achieve this purpose differently. However, we will all accomplish this purpose as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason for this is that confessing believers in Christ have been entrusted with His gospel of salvation, reconciliation and glorification.
What Do You Want?
What do you want out of life? What do you want out of Christianity? Can the answers to these questions be found in the Bible or are you seeking the answers in something, or someone else? The way we answer these questions prove whether or not we are truly being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Additionally, how we answer these question shows the direction and trajectory for our Christian lives, if in fact we are actually Christians.
A Glorified Life
Are you satisfied with your life? Are you comfortable with the world around you? Do you want to know what real peace is? Well if you're ready for an eternal change of life, open the Bible and read! If you are ready to change your view of life and the world around you, search the wisdom of God. If you are seeking discernment, open the Bible, listen to the words of God and let your heart rest in Him!
People Need Jesus
What people need in every age more than money and prominence is the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the power of the gospel that changes the heart of mankind and leads us to the security we need in this life. For this reason we must always remember that people need Jesus.
People of The Word
To whom do you turn when times get difficult? To what wisdom do you turn when it seems as if there is nothing but total confusion all around you? Do you have an anchor for your soul or are you drifting along the sea of life aimlessly? For the confessing believer in Christ, we have the eternal word of God to guide us and comfort us throughout every moment in our lives. We do not travel this life alone for we have the Holy Spirit of God to comfort and keep us. During these difficult times in our nation, what people need more than anything else is the word of God that leads to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The greatest need for mankind is to know and glorify God. This is our purpose. This is the chief reason for which we were created and as we embrace this purpose we can live with unspeakable joy in God through Jesus Christ. Romans 11:36 helps us understand that we were created for this purpose, but it also gives us assurance of salvation. This assurance is what undergirds our joy and leads us to glorify God.
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!