“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”Can it be any bleaker? Can Paul express it with any greater clarity? We were not just sick, we were dead in our trespasses and sins.
When God exalted Jesus, He bestowed something upon Him – a name. The name is above every other name and will one day cause every knee to bow. What is the name? The name is a title, and the title is Lord!
God is powerful but we need to believe that he is powerful for us.
I have learned this about overcoming sin – the best way to overcome sin and distraction is by loving something more, by loving Christ, by cultivating a passion for Him.
God’s people have The Story, the true Story, and the Story that commends itself to the minds, hearts, and allegiance of every person and nation on the planet, and it is our duty to tell The Story to the nations of the world.
It is important that we learn how to pray and what to pray for the rest of our lives. One of the marks of maturity is to focus on a few, lifelong important goals that will guide our ship in rough waters and keep us on course for the duration of our journey.
The irony of following Christ is that we ascend by descending. We go up by going down. We become exalted as we humble ourselves. We prepare for kingship by learning to be a servant.
Some have said the God of the New Testament is a God of love and peace. I’ll follow that God and I won’t follow the God of the Old Testament who is mean and wicked. Many have tried that. But it won’t work. Let’s find out why today.
God brought Israel near to him through the giving of his word, through the sacrificial system, through the prophets, and through the promises of the coming Savior. But this nearness of Israel to God implied something. It implied that the other nations were far from God
God does not use us and squeeze the most out of us like a hard-hearted owner of slaves who tosses them aside after they are no longer useful. No, God is writing a beautiful poem through us that he wishes to read to the world so that the world will see his glory in us.
Some may be listening who are trusting in their own righteousness before God. My prayer is that you would come to see yourself in an accurate way, as a failure before God. This is not meant to depress but to deliver you from a false security and to drive you to the one who is rich in mercy.