God, by nature, is division, and it is His essence as He is holy. And yet, God in His holiness invites us into His presence and wants us to understand the grace of being saved.
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Spiritual understanding comes from God, and we need to put ourselves under the authority of God’s Word, not over it, if we truly want to understand it. Spiritual growth requires the submission of our will and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the bread of life and satisfies all hunger. And yet, so often we remain slaves to our own affections. Jesus ought to be our singular obsession and turn away from the things of this world.
The resurrection give us a new life and makes us a new people! This new life results in great joy and praise, all to the glory of God! Do you have this new life?
In this passage, the disciples are obedient to Jesus’ commands, and yet they still find themselves in the midst of a storm. Being obedient does not exempt us from the storms of life, but what God promises is that He will be with us in the midst of these challenges. Just as the disciples took Jesus in their boat, we need to take Him into our heart and life!
When we understand how the boy in this passage is not simply giving a meal to Jesus to feed the 5,000, but is in fact sacrificing so much more to Him, the story takes on a different level of significance. Do we seek God for our own purposes, or do we give up ourselves to Him like this boy did?
Jesus desires salvation for all, but all too often we look for life in all the wrong places. True life can be had in Christ and is found by walking in His grace.
As Christians, it is important that we understand that the Father and the Son are equal. What we believe about Jesus matters, because all life and judgment belong to the Son.
We live in a world where love is mostly transactional, but God wants to teach us about His unconditional love. God does not always give us what we ask for, but will always give us so much more when we are willing to wait on Him.
In this story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, we see him pursuing the woman in order to save her soul. And that is the message of the Gospel! God finds us where we are and does the work of salvation that we can never do for ourselves.
Man’s natural bent is to seek out the darkness. Our nature is corrupt. But Jesus pursues us and changes us, thereby defining our place in relation to Him! He must increase, but I must decrease.
Gwynn Lewis from Sowers International shares about important elements we need to adopt as we serve as missionaries. We are all called to be missionaries for His Kingdom, and our job is not to explain the Gospel, but to proclaim it!
Being born again means to come alive spiritually through faith in Jesus Christ. It is essential to salvation and completely a supernatural act of God’s grace! Salvation is a product of God’s great love, and requires personally receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Jesus knows the evil of the heart of man. Yet despite our sinfulness, God gives us righteousness through Jesus and then wants to give us even more! If we have made Jesus our Lord, we need to become disciples.
The Gospel of John emphasizes the deity of Christ, and John identified Jesus as the Light. John the Baptist, who identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, understood that his place was to reflect the Light. Meanwhile, the disciples identified Jesus as Messiah. Through these witnesses, we come to understand that Jesus is our access to Heaven, and this knowledge should drive us to follow Him and to tell others about Him.
We move from the Gospel of Matthew as we get an introduction to the book of John.
The greatness of the resurrection, the greatness of His commission, and the greatness of His promise all point to the greatness of the King! Jesus died and then came back from the grave. No one has ever done this, and no one has ever claimed to be able to do this. There is power in the resurrection, and the resurrection validates who Jesus said He is!
God in the flesh subjected Himself to death on our behalf. He was unjustly punished for our guilt, doing something that we could never do of our own power. Jesus made it clear that He freely laid His life down. As a result, no one is to blame, and yet we are all responsible. May this lead us to wait in anticipation of Him, and may we always be hungry for more of Him in our life.
At our Lord’s darkest hour, He was abandoned by all, and our hearts of darkness were revealed. But through it all, Jesus was still in control and showed pure humility and grace beyond measure!
We have a God that loves to delight and surprise His children! And He continually changes us in the midst of His constancy. In the coming year, may we seek to live our lives as Christians and live out what we claim. May we taste and see that the Lord is good!