“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.“
Last week I spoke of pride being the spiritual cancer in humanity. Romans 12:3 tells us to think of ourselves with sober judgment, each according to the faith given to us. These verses precede instruction on serving the church. And there are two good reasons for this:
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3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“We have an obligation – but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (NIV)
“I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves… When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (NLT)
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12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
“I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way each of us will be a blessing to the other.”
Have you ever had the sincere intention of changing something in your life yet have failed to turn it into reality? Looking back over my past, I’ve found myself getting frustrated with all the ‘good intentions’ I’ve had, yet failed to implement. However then I was posed the question: If I have always done it a particular way, what makes me think I can change? A strong will? A strong will is an oxymoron and only leads to legalistic frustration! Yet God calls us to be ‘transformed’ (Rom 12:2); to turn from our ignorant and darkened lives to follow Him and experience a new life. Having a determined and strong will is not enough… we need something else. Continue reading Grace Filled Relationships Bring Change
12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
If you read Christian blogs, you will know that a current hot topic is defining what the term ‘gospel’ entails. I’ve read many definitions, but here’s one that ressonates with me.
“God created man in His image to glorify Him
Mankind rebelled against God in sin
The gospel is the good news of Godʼs provision of redemption
Through the atoning work of Jesus the Christ
Who died in our place for our sin on the cross
Rising from the grave to conquer Satan, sin and death
Giving new life to all who by grace
turn to Him in repentance and faith
Calling them to a life empowered by His Spirit
To accomplish the mission of His kingdom
To the glory of His name.” Continue reading Defining the Gospel
“For by the grace given me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly then he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to measure of faith that God has assigned.”
What a gentle, yet firm reminder to all those who serve God in their lives. In our human nature, it’s so easy to feel proud or boastful in exercising the gifts God has given us. However to do so is to forget that we have been equipped by God to serve Him so we have no right to boast. It goes hand in hand with our salvation through our faith in Christ alone. It is a result of God’s work that we gain salvation and by no works on our behalf so that we may not boast or proudly display our life over someone else’s.
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3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.