How we pray, reveals our heart towards God. If we truly trust Him as our Heavenly Father and appreciate what He's done for us, we won't treat Him like some cosmic genie.
It's hard for us to see on this side of eternity, but God planned everything to occur when, where, and how it has transpired, including the birth of his Son in a barn.
As Christians, we are perpetually casting gospel seeds for the harvest.
Like children, we follow the steps of the Spirit, leading us ever towards Christ!
Our desires are transformed by the Spirit, if we are in Christ. Sin and the Spirit cannot both remain.
Christ is the embodiment of true freedom. By submitting to Christ, we free ourselves from sin and death, but also from all worldly attachments/bondage.
Biblical Law serves many purposes; it shows our failures, our need for a redeemer, and even how to live in light of the Gospel. But it cannot save. Only he can.
Christ has freed us from the curse of the law, so now we can by faith.
Grace is sufficient, and a free gift in faith. We cannot add to this gift, or we cheapen it.
Sometimes, the loving thing for us to do involves confronting our Christian brothers and sisters, humbly, by pointing them to Christ and the Gospel.
We all enter into salvation the same way, by grace. So there can be no feeling of superiority. There are no second-class Christians, because there is only one Gospel!
God has provided one, clear path to salvation. There is one gospel, though many gospel pretenders.
Galatians stands as a clear example of grace unmerited and clear exhortation that adding any extra rules to the Gospel strips it of its power. In this brief opening, Paul reminds the Galatians of the Gospel and his calling to apostleship by Christ.
The Gospel is our only hope, not the beginning of our faith, but the beginning, middle, and end.
"Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again."
Christ suffered Hell (the wrath of and separation from God) for our sake. Christians can now, in gratitude, endure any hardship in this life for His sake.
By loving Christ and remaining steadfast in our faith, Christians are promised a grace and peace that surpass all understanding.
Christians have a new identity, as a member of the body of Christ. We are no longer individuals, but part of something bigger.
Does the reality of Christ's return encourage or threaten you?
We encourage others by pointing to the one, true hope that lasts forever, Jesus.