Only when we are in union with
Christ will what we do be something that Christ does through us, and only this
has spiritual value to God. All that we do out of ourselves, with ourselves,
and by ourselves can gain the praises of man but not the acceptance of God. God
accepts only Christ. If you and I are not in Christ, we will not be acceptable
to God. Not only will our sins be unacceptable to God, but even the good things
we do by ourselves will not be accepted by Him. God accepts only that which is
of Christ and has Christ as its basic element and content. Only these things
have spiritual value and are counted by God.
However, there is a spiritual
Please bear in mind that there is an
absolute difference between spiritual service and secular work. We do not need
to touch Christ to engage in secular matters, but we must contact Him for the
service of the church. We need to contact Christ when we clean the windows. We
need to contact Christ when we minister the word. We need to contact Christ
when we pray. In whatever we do, we need to contact Christ within. All that we
do, pray, and speak should come out of our inward union and contact with
Christ. Then when people contact us, they will sense that we are filled with
Christ. In this way Christ will pass through us and come out of us. Then when
we go to visit the believers, preach the gospel, or lead people to salvation,
Christ as the electricity will flow out from us into them.
We Christians are notorious for answering the wrong questions, questions no one is asking. And when we do answer the right questions, we often do it in a way that doesn’t connect. We either fail to identify with people’s struggles or fail to answer in terms they understand. Christians need to take time to answer a few of the more significant biblical questions people have. And many of those questions have to do with the identity of Jesus. Who is He? Why did He come? What did He teach? How can I connect with Him? I’m sure these are the same questions asked centuries ago by people who lived when Jesus did.
Many people in today times still have the same question. Who is this Jesus? If you look at Matthew’s account of the triumphal entry the Bible gives answers to this most crucial question.
Jesus is a courageous Man. It took inner strength to enter the hostile city, to stand alone, and to clean up the temple.
Jesus is a humble King. He didn’t demand royal treatment, and He took time to meet people’s needs for healing.
Jesus is a patient Lord. He willingly waited for His crown and accepted the insults and misunderstandings of the chief priests and scribes. Jesus is the sinner’s Savior. Even though many of the bystanders didn’t know the fullness of Jesus’s identity, they cried out, “Hosanna!” which means, “Save us.
What questions do you have? Don’t let the time pass you by. Leave us a comment and we do our very best to give you the answers you need.
Once you fall in, you tend to go deeper and deeper into the mire. As you slide down those slippery walls, you are well on your way to depression, and the darkness is profound. Your only hope is to look up and see the Light of the Lord’s Presence shining down on you.
Though the Light looks dim from your perspective, deep in the pit, those rays of hope can reach you at any depth. While you focus on the Lord in trust, you rise ever so slowly out of the abyss of despair. Finally, you can reach up and grasp his hand. He will pull you out into the Light again. He will gently cleanse you, washing off the clinging mire. He will cover you with His righteousness and walk with you down the path of Life.
Why is it important to know the truth about heaven? With all the contradicting theories and theologies, you can imagine that some Christians would prefer to live in blithe ignorance about what awaits beyond the grave. But knowing the truth about heaven is not just about being right for the sake of being right.
God’s people need to know the truth about heaven because it fixes our eyes on God, His kingdom, and the work He has called us to accomplish in the meantime. But knowing the truth also equips us to defend against the wide array of false teaching about heaven and eternal life.
We’ll begin with the lie that undergirds the false doctrine of purgatory: that believers need to attain more merit to achieve justification. none of this is taught in Scripture. The sufferings of Christ were fully sufficient to atone for our sins. Our own sufferings can add nothing to the merit of Christ. As the writer of Hebrews says, there is no efficacious sacrifice for sin other than what Christ has provided. If Christs sacrifice is not sufficient, or if we willfully turn away from it, “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26–27). For all believers, because we are fully justified, there can be no condemnation. No postmortem suffering is necessary to atone for remaining sin; all our sins are covered by the blood of Christ. No merit is lacking that must be made
We must remember to look at every obstacle through the lens of God’s unlimited strength and resources. Anything that appears to block His plans is an opportunity for Him to demonstrate His sovereign power. Just because we don’t see anything happening, that doesn’t mean He’s inactive. God is at work on the other side of our obstacles, arranging the details and bringing His plans to fruition.
For the Christian, great obstacles need not be reasons for discouragement. Although much of the Lord’s activity is silent and invisible, we can be sure He is dynamically working out His will for our life. When the pieces of His plan are in place, He will move us on to victory.
At birth, we boarded the train of
life and met our parents, and we believed that they would always travel by
our side. However, at some station, our parents would step down from the train,
leaving us on life’s journey alone.
time goes by, some significant people will board the
train: siblings, other children, friends, and even the love of our
will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed
that we won’t realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride has
been a mixture of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos,
goodbyes, and farewells.
successful journey consists of having a good relationship with all passengers,
requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery that
prevails is that we do not know at which station we ourselves will
step down. Thus, we must try to travel along the track of life in the best
possible way — loving, forgiving, giving, and sharing.
the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty — we should leave
behind beautiful memories for those who continue to travel on the train of life.
remember to thank our Creator for giving us life to participate in this journey.
close by thanking you for being one of the passengers on my train!
When your churches offering plate is passed, do you
enthusiastically support God’s work.
For many believers the tithe has been seen as the standard
for giving. This goes back all the way in the old testament. Tithing which was God’s
requirement for his people, it was almost like the country tax. In fact, the
nation had 3 tithes, one for support of the ministers, another for the temple
feast and one given every couple years for the poor. Today this would be
equivalent to our offerings the pay the pastors and staff. Even for the
maintenance of the church and help others in financial need. What’s significant
is the giving is voluntary, modeled after Jesus himself. This is all motivated
by a desire to give and base on what one has.
As you give yourself fully to the Lord, generosity will overflow.