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God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him (John 1:3).
Greetings, brethren –
For any who may be thinking their life here on earth was just an accident, think again. You’re alive because it was God’s intention for you to be here.
According to God’s testimony, He created everything through His Son, Jesus Christ, suggesting great detail, unconditional love and measured attention went into your existence. God says your life is intentional and created with great purpose.
Your parents may have abandoned you, you may not even know who your parents might be. Perhaps you think you accidentally brought a child into the world but God is saying to all of us here in the Gospel of John that regardless of our thoughts and circumstances, there are no coincidences when it comes to birth. All things were created by Him, through Christ!
Perhaps you’re struggling with your physical appearance or unhappy with your gender. Both can cause you to think the creator made a mistake but stop and listen to what God says about you. Listen to what He sees and thinks about you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born (Ps. 139:13-16).
God knows everything about you and created you in His image to be exactly who he needs you to be in this life. You are special to the kingdom and to all you will meet on this side of heaven. Bloom as you are. You are kingdom beautiful!
“Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
Greetings brothers and sisters in the name of Christ Jesus!
The last command Jesus gave to His disciples was to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the gift His Father promised them, the Holy Spirit. This was the gift they would need to successfully spread the gospel to the nations.
Many things about this command need to be understood; three things in particular I’ll comment on. These were Jesus’ last words to His followers. To carry out the ministry of Christ, these directions needed to be followed then and still need to be followed today.
- Stay in Jerusalem.
Staying put in one place for anyone is difficult. In a society like ours today that is able to travel the world in hours, staying put is a difficult request. Remaining still in the silence is a discipline few in our culture practice. Finding solutions to our often daily problems find us searching for help in many places. As we experience loneliness and tragedy in our lives we reach out to anyone or anything that might bring us comfort. Many of us come to God during these times and though this is the place to come, this wasn’t the command Jesus gave. He did not say come to God every once in a while, He said come and stay put
Staying in Jerusalem is actually staying with Christ. He is the only One who has seen and knows the Father and therefore is the only One who can reveal to us the truth about the Father; we must remain in Him! Jesus is the only One who knows the spirit of men and therefore He is the only one who can open up our understanding about the ways and will of God; we must abide in Him (stay in Jerusalem).
- Wait for the promise.
Coming to God is essential, but coming with the intention of waiting upon Him is the important factor. Waiting involves prayer, fasting, and reading scripture. These disciplines reveal to the Christian who God is, how He speaks and how He works. Waiting also shows respect and belief in God; belief that He will reveal himself in His time. Faith always pleases the Father; waiting for His blessing demonstrates the real faith of the believer.
- Receive the Holy Spirit
The reward to the Christian who stays in God’s Word, speaks to Him in prayer, and surrenders impurities through fasting, receives the gift of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit enables the believer to effectively spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the commission to all of Christ’s followers, preach the gospel.
This is also the process of sanctification. Jesus prayed that his disciples would be sanctified (set apart). Jesus can abide in a sanctified believer, employ him, and present him faultless before God.
If you want to step out of your own strength and walk in the Spirit of Christ, run to God, wait for His blessing, and you shall receive it.
Christ’s peace be with you,
James tells us that, “Even so, faith without works is dead being alone” (James 2:17). The first thing we need to establish is that man is saved by grace plus NOTHING!
What is needed is for us to understand first of all why we need grace and then we can be able to see grace and walk in the assurance it gives us.
We are born into sin and the wages of sin is death. All of us are sinners for we all fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23; 6:23). That is it. Because of man’s disobedience to God, we have been sentenced to die. There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to improve upon this situation. We cannot save ourselves! Why? Because the Bible says that in order to be saved we have to be perfect as God is perfect. We sin, we fall short, all of us!
This knowledge does not keep us from trying to earn salvation. We find ourselves praying harder, attending more church services and bible studies. We help the poor, feed the hungry, but we do it when we can if we can, and only if we really want to. These are examples of “works of the flesh” and everybody can do works of the flesh. Depend on works and you will never have the assurance of your salvation!!!
Paul says in Romans, “We are not saved by works” (Rom 4:2, 5, and 6). What we come to find out when we dig deeper is that Paul and James are saying the same thing but from different perspectives.
Paul is talking about justification to God and James is talking about justification to men. We are justified to God by faith and we are justified by men through works. Paul talks of the faith that is underground, unseen where James is talking about fruit above ground, seen. So what are dead faith signs that we can see? If faith for us is discerned by fruit above ground, what can we see that shows faith is dead like James is speaking of?
- Dead faith has no compassion for others.
Lip service will not get you to heaven. Real faith moves your spirit to help others.
- Dead faith has no communion with God.
Satan believes in God. He believes full well that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God. But he will never submit or commune with God. He knows Him, believes in Him and Hates Him. True faith wants to abide in Christ and rest in the Lord.
- Dead faith has no real conversion (change).
Real faith changes our minds, actions and desires; putting a new song in our hearts.
Saving faith produces works! Abraham showed us his faith in his willingness to sacrifice Isaac. Rehab showed us her faith by laying her life on the line and taking a risk. A body acts because it has life and this action is moved by God’s grace. This is the grace we are offered. This is the grace that moves into the lives of others, gives us the desire to abide in Christ, and walk in God’s purposes for our lives.
Pastor, Jim Bringman
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