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In this senecio, which by the way I know is not true of all churches, faith is in the wrong place. Long before there was a committee, before any plans were made, before any construction was done And before they moved ahead the church needed to wait to hear from the Lord concerning what He wanted them to do. So often we make decisions in our lives, then we ask God to bless our decisions.
We need to be asking the Lord what decision do we need to make Jesus is always more concerned that we spend time with Him, than that we are busy for Him. Spend some time today listening to the voice of the Lord, sit at His feet He has some wonderful things to share with you. Some people think it's a waste of time to simply sit at God's feet and listen.
It is not a waste of time to wait on God any more than a woodsman is wasting time when he sharpens his axe. In his booklet "Tyranny of the Urgent," Charles Hummel wrote, "When we fail to wait prayerfully for God's guidance and strength, we are saying, with our actions if not our lips, that we do not need Him Prayerful waiting on God is indispensable to effective service.
Like the time-out in a football game, it enables us to catch our breath and fix new strategy The need is not the call. The call must come from the Lord who knows our limitations. Read Psalm Count how many times the phrase "voice of the Lord" is repeated.
Spend at least that many minutes listening for His voice and trusting He will speak His will to you. It was Jesus who told us not to worry about tomorrow Worry changes nothing, but you When worry consumes us it takes over our whole life When Jesus spoke of worry, He did so in relation to what God does for us. He talked about the birds and the flowers, and how God takes care of them Worry causes us to close off God, while faith causes us to reach out to God. Worry has no good results Jesus asked the rhetorical questions Some would say, "well I have great concerns in my life.
What He was saying is that we need to, "Cast all our cares on Him, for He cares for us. God is aware of all of this in our lives, and He cares Instead we are to bring them to Him Don't miss today by worrying about today, tomorrow, or next year Remember, He who carried the sin of the world upon Himself is more than able to carry our worries, concerns, and cares God didn't give you grace for tomorrow's difficulties. He only gives you grace for today.
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When you reach into tomorrow's troubles, you overload today's circuit. Worry doesn't take the sorrow out of tomorrow, it takes the strength out of today. When you meet tomorrow, you're out of breath because you're already overloaded from today. Worry, therefore, does not make you ready for the future, it really makes you unready. Yesterday is just a canceled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today has all the cash you can handle. Spend it wisely. Worry will eat your lunch! It'll eat your breakfast and dinner, too! Confess your worries as sin because they are. Put your concerns at the throne of Almighty God, trusting Him to provide.
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I am not sure how this all works, but I am sure that a big part of what drives us to God are the events and circumstances of life. It is particularly true that adversity reminds us of great need for God. Interestingly enough I have seen people who go through similar difficult circumstances For we who are followers of Jesus, because of our nature to go on our own, the adversities of life remind us of our need and dependency on the Lord.
We need Him every day, yet when everything is going smooth, we have a tendency to forget Him, and go on our own. Our prosperity and "good fortune", rather than reminding us of God, breeds a since of personal accomplishment It's funny, in our personal lives it's all about independence We teach it to our children Self-sufficiency has become our mantra Personal accomplishment has become our god We were created by and for God. That being the case, there never is a time we don't desperately need Him.
The Scripture says He is life to us. The grace that you and I needed to come to Him does not cease the day after being born again. We need His grace everyday! He saves us by grace He sustains us by grace He keeps us by grace Biblical Christianity does not teach independence, but dependence The Holy Spirit in salvation not only changes our heart He changes our minds, to accept that which is contrary to the philosophy of the age. Adversity in everyday life reminds we who would have the tendency to walk independently, that we are completely dependent upon the Lord and His amazing grace.
In the crucible of His wisdom and the ecology of His grace, God has ordered some trouble for you today. And every day of your life. We've been blessed with difficulties. Yes, you read right--blessed! The worst thing that could happen to us would be not to have any difficulties. If that were the case, we'd never know our need of the Lord. So God in essence says, "I'm going to give you sufficient difficulty for the day. God gives you enough difficulty to draw you close to Him, but then God gives you enough grace to meet those difficulties every day.
Is there a difficult circumstance in your life? If so, thank God for sending it your way to make you more like Jesus. Now ask for His grace to be victorious through it! We are not to live in the past If we are not careful the past keeps us from living today. There are people all around us right now that need us to live now Always going back to what used to be, and either spending all our time and energy desiring it again, or letting the guilt of it rob our today's God has given us this day He has called us to live today for Him and for each other.
I thank God for the memories of the past and all that He has done and has taught me. I thank God for every friend in years gone by, and what they have and still do mean to me. I am grateful for the lessons of life, and the times the Lord has saved me from harm when I made poor decisions. I am grateful for my past One of the great schemes of the enemy of our souls, Satan, is to consume us with guilt from our past. He knows that if he can do that, he can effectively keep us from hearing God today, and be used in the Lord's great purpose.
One of the primary reasons the Lord forgives our sins is to set us free from the guilt of those sins Guilt paralyses us, it keeps us from living today, and forces us to be living in the past. The Devil works through guilt, because guilt has no where to go, it just consumes us and keeps us from following God fully today. The Holy Spirit works not by guilt, but by conviction. When He convicts us it is to makes us aware of what we have done, so that we might confess it before God and move on. He promises to forgive and to forget our sins and to cleanse us from our own unrighteousness.
He does this that we might hear Him clearly and follow Him completely today. The Devil wants us to be consumed with our past as it distracts us from what God has for you today.
Thank God for the gift of the memories of the past, but don't stay there There are two days that can steal the joy from today. One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow. Paul exhorts in Philippians , "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We are to forget the past--the guilt, the glory, the grief, and the grudges.
Paul was one who was guilty, along with others, for the stoning of Stephen. He said he was the chiefest of sinners 1 Timothy But Paul buried that guilt in the grave of God's forgetfulness. Maybe you've done something so horrible that you're gripped with fear to think someone would find out what you've done.
Have you repented? Then don't be haunted by the ghost of guilt. Have you done something worse than being an accessory to the murder of one of the leaders of the New Testament Church? If Paul can be forgiven, my friend, you can be forgiven! There have been many depictions of Jesus in the movies, but very few present Him as happy, and you never see Him laughing.
It's as if laughing is something contrary to God and His nature. Jesus is always seen as this serious person with little joy and with even less of a sense of humor. I don't see Him that way If you just look at creation there ar e many things that make you laugh. Look at all the wonderful expressions on the faces of our children and babies, and it will make you laugh.
Have a friend share of a funny experience, and we laugh. Just observe the interesting people around you and watch what they do, and you can't help but laugh. Jesus saw and experienced all of this and I believe He laughed and walked in the fullness of life. For some reason we believe that it is only in somberness and seriousness that we can experience the Lord. There are certainly times that being somber and serious is needed and appropriate Our gift of laughter is a gift from God. They tell me that it actually takes less facial muscles to smile than it does to maintain a frown.
Laughter is like a medicine for our souls. The writer of Ecclesiastes tell us that there is, "A time to laugh He enjoys our happiness He enjoys our joy. He has given us these as a gift that in our lives, that are at times filled with serious situations , we might also have those times when we are lifted up. In laughter there is a release from the troubles of life, it something the Lord has given us so we don't walk weighted down by the events of life.
So today look around you It will do you good. A merry heart is the ability to capture and enjoy those wonderful times of life and let it turn to laughter. Your sense of humor is a gift from God. Research studies have shown that laughter, along with a well-rounded sense of humor, is one of the sure signs of intelligence. It is also known to produce endorphins in your body that generate feelings of well-being. Good, wholesome laughter is a gift from God. Abraham Lincoln said, "God must have meant for us to laugh, or else he would not have made so many mules, parrots, monkeys and human beings.
God wants us to laugh. Pass along the gift of laughter today to someone. Tell a good, wholesome joke. Send an email of a funny story to a friend you haven't talked to in awhile. The Scripture says, "The joy of the Lord is my strength". We followers of Jesus have a great opportunity because of what the Lord has done for us to spread joy in this world. There is no doubt that this world can use all the joy it can get right now. The joy of the Lord is something He places deep down inside us, and it is meant to come out in us everyday and in all situations. It can show itself in several ways from a gentle smile to someone The world cannot know this kind of joy, not completely.
It is a real mystery to them when they see it in a Christian, even when the Christian is going through some really difficult things. Our joy is not a denial of hard situations, difficult circumstances, and real life pain. Our joy is a God-given gift that brings assurance to us that in all things God will take care of us, and that any difficulties and even loss cannot compare to what God has eternally promised us in Christ Jesus. In this life we cannot always chose what happens to us, but we can chose who we are going to trust and what He has provide when things do happen.
There are not always clear answers when things happen that cause great pain and loss, but there is the promise of God that in all things He will never leave us We are told in the Scripture Our God who has all things, even things that money can't buy has promised in His Son to supply all those things to us One of those wonderful gifts that He supplies to us is His joy It's not our joy about the Lord that is our strength It enriches those who receive it without impoverishing those who give it away.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it can last forever. No one is so rich that he can get along without it. No one is too poor to feel rich when receiving it. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and nature's best anecdote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen. When you get dressed this morning, don't forget to put on a smile. Wear a smile all day from the inner joy that only Jesus can bring to your heart. Don't feel an inner joy? Then ask for one! This life consist of the time the Lord has given us. Our lives are in a His hands He determines the time we each have. Time is a funny thing It seems as we get older time goes by so much more quickly The Bible says our life is a vapor We put our own value on time by what we do with it. We show what is most importan t to us by how we use the time we have been given.
Time is something we can never assume to have more of Some have the idea that since time is so limited that they need to exhaust themselves. We are to be good stewards of the time the Lord has given us. God established time and in that He called for both work and rest. In God's plan He put us in time He has numbered our days even before we ever lived a one of them We are to work and not be lazy, and we are to rest the appropriate time so as to not hurt the quality of our time, or prematurely destroy our time that God has given.
This wonderful gift of time from the Lord is intended to be shared with others Today belongs to the Lord God's gift to us Our gift to God God's great gift to you is Jesus. His second greatest gift is time. Every second we have life is a gift from God. Has it ever occurred to you that for you to cease living, God would not have to take your life? All God would have to do is stop giving you life. Your time is in His hands. You are a steward of the time He has given you. We have 86, seconds in the day no more, no less.
The difference is stewardship. Today is check-up day. How are you redeeming your 86, seconds each day to the glory of God? Are you lagging behind God or running ahead of Him? One of the first things God did after creation was establish marriage. Even before there was a father and mother in the picture God said, "A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh". In Christ's ministry he quotes this passage when talking about marriage.
It was God who brought the first man to the first woman, declaring It was God's design that marriage be one man and one woman for a life time. Understanding this is why in the wedding vows we say, "until death do us part". That wasn't meant to be a statement that guaranteed that a couple would struggle together in misery and death would be only release. It is a statement of both commitment and intent It was not the state that defines marriage, it is God in His Word The Bible has no other definition of marriage, regardless of what society, legislators, or even the Supreme Court declares.
The Apostle Paul talks about this special God-given relationship called marriage and likens it to the relationship of Christ and His church. In the fifth chapter of Ephesians he begins his writing on this matter by saying, "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. God specifically called the man to, "love your wife". She is to be the apple of his eye, and apart from his relationship with God, she is to be the most important person in his life.
No one on earth comes before her, or can take her place. In this proper order not only His she blessed, but the subsequent generations are blessed by see this. To the woman God says, "Wives you are to submit to your own husband". Wives you are to properly relate to your own husband and the God-given responsibilities he is required to fulfill. He has been called to be the spiritual leader of the household God has called the wife as a helpmate, to come along side of her husband in the Lord, that the Lord's will and work might be accomplished in the home and in society. People break the covenant of marriage because of a hardness of heart according to Jesus We have a merciful God who loves us and forgives our hardness of heart and disobedience It was at a wedding that Jesus did His first recorded miracle Biblical weddings and marriages have a special place in the Lord' s heart Do you know what most marriages need?
Two funerals and one wedding where both the husband and the wife die to themselves and come alive to Jesus Christ. You see, when a man loves his wife passionately, there's nothing too precious for that man to give up for his wife, except his relationship to Almighty God. When there's that kind of love shown to a woman, I dare say the topic of submission would not be an issue.
Most women don't mind submitting to a man who loves her enough to die for her and shows it by the way he lives for her. Are you married? Then go on a date this week with your spouse. Are you single? Pray that God would prepare you to be the spouse your mate will need. Some people have the philosophy that any church will do. That's not true if you want to be certain your in a place where you will hear the true message of the Scripture.
There was a time when by the name over the door you pretty much knew what you would hear when you walked in There is no longer any guarantee that a particular denominational affiliation will assure that the message will be Bible based. Many mainline denominations, as well as evangelical, as well as charismatic, etc The only way to know what a particular church teaches is to ask, then to go inside and listen with discernment. Any old church will not do A church that is established on the gospel of Jesus Christ and is serious about carrying out His great commission.
People do a lot of church shopping these days Sadly, far too many have an unbiblical shopping list and they are seeking the wrong things in a church. They look for size While these may not be totally bad, they should not be the primary things we look for when looking for a church. First and foremost we should ask Finally, "Is this church a people who live and function as the body of Christ There are no perfect churches Find a church that is intentionally attempting to do the things I have shared and you will be on the right path to finding a church that belongs to Jesus.
The final thing when finding a church The Book- the inspired, infallible Word of God. The Blood— the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Birth— the new birth. God tells us in Hebrews , "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. If you're looking for a church, find out if they take a stand on the Book, the Blood, the Birth, and the Blessed Hope. If they don't, saturate that place with your absence.
Look for one that does. The Bible really is amazing Notice I didn't say it is just words from God The book of Hebrews says the Word is, "Alive, powerful, and sharper than a two edge sword By definition the Scripture is infallible and inerrant The Word of God is also eternal His Word which is true is eternally true.
The truth of God's Word that has been revealed to us in time, is established in eternity! Since God's Word is perfect, powerful, complete I, like so many others, like good books If we spend more time in other books rather than His Book, we will be feeding our souls with things that will not last. I am always amazed at the number of "how to" books that are for sale in Christian bookstores..
I don't spend time in those books, I believe the Lord gave us His instruction in His Word, and if Christians would spend time in the Scriptures, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we would be completely equipped for every good work. Any "how to" book that drives you to a methodology rather than to the Scripture is going to leave you incomplete and missing something. It is in the Word that we encounter God. It is in the Word that God encounters us.
I love the thought that the Bible was not given to only scholars or only to a class of spiritual elite We are so blessed that God chose to give us His infallible, inerrant, powerful, living Word! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! We must guard ourselves against lowering the standard of God's Word to our level of understanding or political correctness. And we must guard ourselves against raising the standards of our traditions above the standard of His Word. The Bible is not meant to be paraded past the judgment bar of your mind.
You can argue with it, but why? You can pick up any other book and read it, but this is the book that reads you. It pulsates with life and power. It cuts, burns, crushes, and wields mountain-moving power. His Word has a life of its own. It is the voice of God to you. You cannot refuse it, deny it, distort it, or dilute it.
You can only bow before it. When was the last time you studied the history behind the Word of God? Go to a bookstore or your church's library and study how the translations were discovered and passed on. Paul says in the book of Ephesians of we who have trusted Jesus as our Savior that we are, "sealed of the Holy Spirit of promise". He also says that the Holy Spirit is our, "guarantee of eternal life". Salvation is a wonderful gift of God, and one of the greatest promises of our salvation is that it is eternal.
That means it will never end How long is everlasting. When does everlastingly end? If everlasting could ever cease to be, is it everlasting? The promise of God in salvation is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Now God doesn't just say this to be so The Lord gives us Himself as the guarantee He gives us Himself as the promise. At the moment of salvation the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, the believer becomes the "temple of the Holy Spirit".
Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit is the promise of eternal life. He goes on to tell us that the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our salvation until the day of redemption. Think about it God did not just receive you, save you, and then walk away. He saved us, then He moved in with us, and He Himself is the guarantee that we are saved He Himself is the promise of eternal life. In this world promises are easily broken In God's kingdom He doesn't just speak a promise, He is the promise He doesn't just give a guarantee, He is the guarantee Who could move Almighty God if decides He will not be moved?
In our salvation the Lord has promised in Himself that eternally He will not be moved! Thank you Lord for everlasting life! What does it mean to be "sealed"? It means the King's seal has been placed on you. The King's seal can be broken by no man. That means you are His for all time and eternity. Second Timothy says, "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.
Read Daniel 6 and Matthew Note the similarities in the accounts of Daniel and Jesus being sealed away for death--and how the Almighty God delivered them unto life! On the morning of Christ's Resurrection a woman named Mary came to the grave of Jesus. She saw the open tomb and that Jesus' body was gone.
She turns and sees a man that she supposes to be the gardener, and he asks her, "Woman why are you crying? He called her named, and i mmediately she knew it was Jesus How wonderful that it was at the point that Jesus declared that he knew Mary's name that she recognized Him for who He is.
This whole experience reveals the intimacy that the Lord of all creation has with us Do you not find it incredible that the Lord knows you In this world we live in there are a lot of "famous" and "important" people To many of these "famous" and "important", we are little nobodies who only exist to feed into their celebrity.
Jesus is the Lord of the universe He is the creator of all that is Yet He cares for we "nobodies"! He cares about what we are going through He cares about our hurts and pain He cares about our feelings and insecurities He cares about needs He cares enormously about us!
And He express this to each of us personally by a simple but powerful way He calls our name. Think about it, He calls your name He speaks directly to you. He doesn't ignore you and speak around you He doesn't demean you, and speak above you He doesn't ignore you, and not speak to you.
He speaks to you, because He intimately and completely cares for you. He knows your name Ever feel like the little girl who was endeavoring to pray what we call The Lord's Prayer when she said, "Our Father which art in Heaven, how does He know my name?
You say, "But how could God be interested in me? The great God who made the galaxies--how could He be interested in me? I'm like a fleck of spray in an ocean of existence. You are not an accident. You are intimately known by God. This is so great, because we have all wandered away from God and the world has left us broken, dirty, and in need of some serious help. There is a wonderful Christian couple who have television show called, "Fixer Upper" The tag line for their show is They begin the restoration process that I am sure takes a couple of months, but by the end of the hour long show the clients have an incredibly beautiful dream home, that is even more wonderful than they could imagine.
It is a great show to watch, the Gaines family with Chip, Jo, and their children have great interaction and they are not ashamed of their faith. All who watch seem to appreciate the incredible skill and giftedness this couple has to restore homes. As incredible as the Gaines' ability and giftedness is God does so much more with us when He restores us. He can take that which is ugly, and make it beautiful.
He is able to take the worst of sinners and transform them into the best of saints. God never does a patch job, fixing and repairing just parts of who we are He always does a complete restoration His work is so powerfully wonderful that when He is finished we are not even the same person we were when He started. God takes that which is useless and falling apart, and makes it strong and capable in Him to do things of eternal significance.
The Scripture says that God is able to, "make beauty out of ashes" And unlike the homes that are restored on "Fixer Upper" which will one day begin to deteriorate and wear out, we have been given an eternal "fixing up" by God! We are so blessed that God is willing to take the worst of sinners and make us into more than we could ever imagine. Hosea had a wife whose name was Gomer.
She not only committed immorality, but she finally ended up as a prostitute on the street. In the strength of the Lord, Hosea went to her, reclaimed her, forgave her, remarried her and restored her as his bride. What a picture of the restoration of our Lord with us! God has promised to restore all the pains of our past, the heartaches from broken relationships, the struggles from defeat, and the frustrations of our lives.
All the times we felt broken beyond repair, God has promised to restore. Is there someone in your life who has wandered from the faith and felt the abandonment of friends and family? If so, go to that person today and encourage them in the love of Jesus. Far too many Christians have bought into the world's view of success. We do this in our personal lives as we believe that whoever has the most money, material goods, power and prestige are the successful ones.
We do this in the church as we consider those who have the largest followings, the biggest facilities, and the most famous names to be the successful ones. These ideas of success are worldly and carnal. The Bible says that you cannot serve two masters If we believe Jesus, no man can build a great church, only the Lord builds His church. We need to be careful that our churches and ministries are built by the Lord for the Lord, and not as monuments to the perceived success of people. Success in the Christian life is determined by our obedience to the written and revealed will of God.
Paul tells us to, " All the other worldly indicators of success will be left on this earth to be burned up At the end of Paul's life he said he was waiting to hear from the Lord, "Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into your reward". Was He looking forward to this because of all his earthly riches and personal fame? It couldn't be so, because he had neither. We need to see what the Bible says brings success, and seek after it Jesus warned us about what treasures and riches we store up We need to stop listening to the world and start listening to our Lord. A life spent seeking worldly success and riches is a wasted life You've heard it said, "The one who dies with the most toys wins.
Having your dreams come true? Getting all you want? Earning enough money so that you never have to work again? May I tell you what success is? And I say this without equivocation. Success is the progressive realization of the will of God for your life. That's what it is. It's not how much money you have. It's not how famous you are. It's not how healthy you are.
It's not how many friends you have or how many toys you have acquired. Success is nothing more, nothing less, than the progressive realization of the will of God for your life. Proverbs 3: tells us In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Likewise it is not possible to always know what God is doing or why He is doing it. Sometimes God does give us insight into what He is doing, but not very often. I believe He would rather we trust Him. I know in many cases if God told me everything, I would go off on my own and try to make it happen.
Our relationship with the Lord is to be a daily walk of trust. And when we don't know why He is doing what He is doing, we are called to trust Him because of who He is. God has revealed Himself to us, and what He has shown us about Himself should build up our trust in Him.
The thing that helps me the most when I am challenged to trust what God is doing around me is that I know He loves me and everything that He does ultimately will bring about His perfect work and plan. When we stop and think about it, we have very little control of the events of life. So many things happen that even if we had the prior information concerning them, we don't have the power to either change them or make them happen.
God is all knowing omniscient , and all powerful omnipotent He has both the complete knowledge of all things and the power to make things happen. Now this could be a dangerous thing if God is an unmerciful despot We may not always understand it I have a personal thought about heaven It is wise to trust God with everything, because everything is under His sovereign control According to an article, Henry Ford asked some engineers to box the transmissions for his Model-T Fords in certain sized boxes.
He gave meticulous dimensions and material instructions for these boxes. The builders were confused, but they did as they were told. When the transmissions were delivered, the factory workers took apart the boxes and used them for the floorboards! Ford was thinking ahead! That's what God does. He knows what we need even before we ask Him. We may not understand all of His ways, just like those workers who were boxing up the transmissions did not understand.
Is there something happening in your life right now that you don't understand? Read Proverbs and trust in the promise that He will direct your path. To justify means to make right. In salvation, God through Jesus makes us completely righteous I have heard it said that what God does is to make it "just-as-if-i" had never sinned. We are all sinners and we have all fallen short of God's perfect standard. What we deserve because of our sin is God's punishment and eternal separation from Him.
In salvation it is not only that God forgives our sin, which He does, but He takes it a step farther and makes us completely righteous. In His work of justification we stand before Him perfect and sinless. This happens because Christ's righteousness is imputed to us This is why the teaching of the "substitutionary atonement of Christ" is so important He died in our place He justified us He made us instantly and eternally right with God.
This act of Christ is so crucial, because without it, no one could have eternal life. When the Bible talks of salvation there are three words that it uses. Each are important, and each need to be understood in order that we have a clear understanding of what salvation means. In salvation the first step is "justification". This is the act of God that brings us the forgiveness of sin and makes us eternally righteous. This happens one time at the moment of responding to the Holy Spirit and trusting Jesus as your Savior. It is not accomplished by man, but is solely an act of God. Justification makes us right with God.
The second word used in the Scripture for salvation is "sanctification". This is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who has been justified in Christ Jesus. In sanctification the Holy Spirit is working in the believer to change us, so that our actions, or words, even our thoughts are becoming more and more like our Savior. Sanctification makes our walk right with God. The third word in the Bible used for salvation is "glorification".
This happens when we leave this world and move into the presence of God. Glorification is the finished work of salvation by God in the life of one who has been justified.
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Glorification brings us into the eternal presence of God. In our salvation the Lord Jesus has done all that is need to make us instantly and eternally right with God when He justified us The Holy Spirit is continually working in us sanctifying us What a great and gracious God!
Justification is not being good, though being good gives God glory. No court on earth can justify anybody. But what God does is take a guilty person and not only give that guilty person a pardon, but He makes that guilty person just as if he had never sinned. That's justification. If you lived every moment believing in the justification that God has given you, how would your faith be strengthened? Would you be more vocal about the gift of God's love? What a tremendous thing the Lord has done He has placed us in Christ. In Christ there is no condemnation. In Christ there is no judgment.
In Christ we know and experience the full forgiveness of God. In Christ we are made completely acceptable to God. In Christ we are privileged to be in the family of God. In Christ we move from a position where God was our Creator, to a new position where He is our Father. In Christ we have all the promises of God. In Christ we are guaranteed eternity with the Lord.
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In Christ we have the Holy Spirit living in us. In Christ we are able to come directly into the presence of Almighty God. In Christ we live, and move, and have our being. Everything of eternal value we have in Christ. Romans chapter eight is one of my favorite in all the Scripture. It declares to us what God has done for us through His Son, Jesus. I speak of our eternal position in Christ Jesus What God has done for us in Jesus is unchangeable Because of Jesus, and His willingness to go to the cross and suffer and die in our place, we will never have to face the judgment of God, nor the condemnation that goes with that judgment.
The Lord Jesus took our judgment He experienced our condemnation, so that we would be free of paying the penalty of our own sin. It was at the cross that we who have trusted in Jesus as our Savior had our sins judged and paid for. Sadly those who reject Jesus and His substitutionary work on the cross will one day stand in judgment before God, and face the condemnation for their sins. In Christ one can know the forgiveness of sin and experience the freedom from condemnation, or without Him one will continue to stand guilty before God in their sins and face Him in judgment.
What a wonderful thing the Lord has done for us. We all know that we have sinned, and deserve the condemnation of God for our sins. But Jesus in His grace and mercy, because of His great love for us, took that judgment upon Himself, and paid the price for our sins. I hope you know the freedom from the condemnation of your sins I hope you know Jesus as your Savior I hope you are in Christ and experiencing all that means!
Life can be hectic, distracting, busy. This devotional for Latter-day women will help you pause and review why you are here, where you are going and how our Lord and Saviour, knowing perfectly the struggles you face, stands ever ready to uplift and encourage you in your walk home to the Father. For 30 days walk with him and review your premortal life through your final retu Life can be hectic, distracting, busy.
For 30 days walk with him and review your premortal life through your final return to the Father and entrance into your third estate. Each daily entry contains scriptures to read and an a an invitation to consider for the day. Get A Copy. Published first published June 19th More Details Edition Language. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Life Abundant a 30 day devotional for Latter-day Saint Women , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
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More filters. Sort order. I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I was so excited when I won this, because I knew that I would love it. As I have used this over the past month, it has helped me re-focus on what is important. It has brought me closer to my Father in Heaven. As I used this book, it has helped me to re-start using a journal to record experiences, thoughts, and my testimony. Each day you read one "chapter". There are scriptures listed for you to look up, study, and ponder. There is a poem listed also fo I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
There is a poem listed also for each day that helps focus on a certain topic. Followed by the poem is a short section of questions to help you think about how you are feeling, what your priorities are, how the scriptures can bless your life and bring you closer to your Father in Heaven, how you can bless the life of others share the gospel, do work for your ancestors in the temple. Gigi rated it it was amazing Jan 08, Betty rated it did not like it Apr 07, Our's is currently reading it Mar 26, Frederick Rotzien marked it as to-read Sep 21, Cindy Gates marked it as to-read Sep 21, Sylvie marked it as to-read Sep 21, Darlene Howard marked it as to-read Sep 21, Teresa Lavender marked it as to-read Sep 22, Richard Hicks marked it as to-read Sep 22,