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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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
We move from the Gospel of Matthew as we get an introduction to the book of John.
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.
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!
What is good? Goodness is not a thing or an experience, but it is a person! The goodness of God is personified in Jesus Christ! Christmas is a reminder of this goodness, but is also something we can celebrate every day.
As a follow up to last week’s message, the only test to see how much we love Christ is to ask ourselves, “Have we given up everything to Him?” It is important to note, though, that all true love is simply a response to the love God has already given us! His love fuels us, and His perfect love casts out all fear.
First, Kevin Menezes from Every Nation Ministries shares about God’s work in Mumbai. Then today’s message addresses how God’s judgment is coming, and how we ought to live in expectation of Jesus’ return as tomorrow is not promised. God is in the present, and we must be about His business now.
Jesus humbly comes first as a priest, not a king, when establishing His church and kingdom. He teaches about His church through parables of obedience, fruit, and righteousness.
As Christians, we are called to minister to others and to simply be a witness. We are called to share with others what we have seen and what we have heard and understand that God is sufficient in His power and love. We only need to be obedient to God’s call for us.
We often use legalism in our lives as justification, validation, or entitlement for our salvation. But Jesus informs us that we are not saved by the law, but by grace! Salvation is only possibly through God.
Be encouraged to listen to God as we allow Him to work in His ways. Oftentimes, His ways are not our ways, and He redirects our plans. We are blessed when we listen to Him.
Like the Canaanite woman, may we have hearts that desire to pursue God humbly, persistently, and without reservation.
Whoever we give ourselves over to, we are subject to their rule. So the question becomes: to who are we going to turn, Jesus or the world?
We find rest in Jesus, and He is Lord of all.
Jesus has the authority to forgive, the power to heal, and the ability to set us all free. May we be encouraged to pray that power in our lives to share our freedom with the lost.