Well, in my opinion, I think that what it means for God is guide you; is to allow for Him to not only use you and your testimony to impact and inspire others, but also to mold us into the person He has called us to be. Guidance from the Lord doesn’t just mean asking Him, “Where should I go?” but also “Lord, How can you use me to impact the people and the world around me?”
By asking God where He wants us to go, in my opinion, causes us as Christians to recognize that we don’t always know where we are going and that sometimes we need a “guide” that can show us the way to go. When I read His Word, it feels so amazing to be able to use it as a sort of “compass” that continues to “show” me not only how to live as a Christian but also how to treat others.
In this week’s post, we will be discussing chapter 3 of Galatians where Paul is speaking to the people of Galatia about how they are justified by faith and NOT by their adherence to the Law of Moses about being justified by works in order to be saved and how this chapter can be applied to us as Christians today.
We know that the word justificationmeans to “declare righteous” and so; as we dive into this chapter, we will begin to see that we as Christians are justified by our faith in Christ Jesus and have been saved from the wrath of God.
Romans 5:9-10 (NKJV)
“9. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10. For if we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”Read More »
Today, I want to talk about the suffering Christians face as followers of Christ and how we can still find joy through the suffering.
While reading this blog post, I want you all to ask yourself this question: Am I willing to endure suffering for Christ?
What does it mean to Suffer for Christ?
Well, the word suffer comes from the Hebrew word Oni which means “misery” or “poverty”. To suffer for Christ is something that we as Christians talk about and preach about, but we never actually discuss because we feel that we already know what it means. But do we? In Philippians 1:29, the Apostle Paul says that as Christians, we will suffer for Christ because we have faith in Christ and Paul says that suffering for Christ is actually a gift from God because it’s in the suffering that He comforts us.
“29. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”Read More »
What does it mean to take up your cross daily and follow Him?
In previous blog posts, I have discussed the topic of discipleship but today, I’m going to delve a little deeper into a topic that I feel we as Christians talk about but don’t explain. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus makes three separate references about carrying your cross and following Him, but He warned us that by following Him; we would face persecution.
As Christians, we shouldn’t be surprised when we find ourselves a target of ridicule for our willingness to follow Christ, but then, why are we as Christians and people so surprised when we all Christ asks us to do is take up our cross and follow Him? Well, in Mark 8:35-37, Jesus tells us what we could lose or gain if we choose to follow Him.
“35. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37. Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
What did Jesus mean when He said, “… Not as I will, but as You will”?
Well, in Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:35-36, and Luke 22:42, they all center on Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemane asking God the Father to take the “cup” (the approaching separation from God) from Him, but acknowledged that it wasn’t by His will, but by God’s Will that the approaching separation and taking on the sin of the world be done. But, what does Jesus’s declaration of trust in God say about our own? In the Message Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and acknowledge God because He will direct our path.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (Message Bible)
“5. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. 6. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
Well, as we already know, faith is the substance of the things that we hope for and the proof of the unseen realm. We also know that without faith, that it is impossible to please God. But what about our works? Do you have faith that your works can come to fruition? Let’s look at James 2:17 which says, “17. Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”.
“26. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Well, in my blog post, Will You Walk By Faith? I talked about how we should put our faith in God and believe that He will do what He said He would do, but also realize that not everything is going to turn out the way we want it too. Now, let’s get to the core the matter; what kind of faith do you have to move your mountains? In Matthew 17:20, it tells us what type of faith we, as Christians and people should have.
“20 Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
How do we listen to the Voice of Truth? Well, when people hear the word Truth, some might mistake truth for a “little white lie”; while some might say that Truth is what we make of it. But both answers are incorrect, in the Bible; there is Truth. Jesus himself describes the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth and the source of truth; the one who will guide us towards the truth. In John 16:13; it gives us a clear indication as to what Truth is.
John 16:13 “… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…”
To some people, the word means that whatever you are attempting to do won’t work and to some; it is too difficult for them and they give up. But let me tell you a secret; it’s not Impossible; that is just the enemy saying, “That’s right. Whatever God promised you is too much for someone who has committed such terrible sins” But what does God say? Let’s turn to Jeremiah 1:5 to see what Jesus says about our self-worth.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I consecrated you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Well, in my last post I talked about how faith is the belief in something that natural senses can’t see, but you believe that you will receive the reward when the spiritual meets the physical. Now that we’ve got that out of the way; let’s talk about what it means to walk by faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, it gives us an indication as to what walking by faith means.
“For we walk by faith and not be sight”