This is the reason why so many Christians are losing the battle. They do not realize God is calling them to fight. Too many Christians do not realize we are in a spiritual battle or that the battle can be fierce, and they run away.
We are in a great conflict. If our Lord was in a great conflict, should we expect anything else?
This was the great issue that Jesus tried to correct when he came to Israel. The Jews thought that Rome and the rest of the Gentile world was the enemy. Sin was the enemy, and the powers behind sin were the enemy.
Christ defeated the powers on the cross. Their greatest weapon has been taken away – our guilty status before God.
After Paul spoke to slaves and told them how to behave toward their masters, he then spoke to masters and said, “do the same things to them.” These six little words are shocking – “do the same things to them!” Today, we will find out why.
Jesus had a long-range vision, the reestablishment of God’s perfect reign on earth where all injustices, like slavery, would be eliminated. He inaugurated the reign of God in a way different than most had imagined. He did not establish the kingdom through force but through forgiveness.
Our children should obey without question, but parents, they will quickly learn the difference between a good rule with a reason behind it and an arbitrary rule that we make up just for our convenience.
Children, young people, do you want a long life and have a life where things go well for you? Then obey your parents. Honor your father and mother and the promise will be fulfilled.
It is a remarkable fact that Paul even addresses children. In the ancient world, wives, children, and servants were not worthy of being spoken to. But in God’s kingdom, everyone has value.
The Faith … in the Family. If we can live it there we can live it anywhere. We must live it there that we might be a testimony to the world of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.
God is calling people out of spiritual sleep into spiritual alertness, out of spiritual death into spiritual life, out of spiritual darkness into spiritual light.
Don’t you wish there was a patience pill? But there isn’t, and God wants to build patience in our lives. How does he do that? That’s what we will talk about today.
In our reach for “what works” it can be easy to lose sight of holy living. It is easier to practice a principle or implement a strategy than it is to say “no” to sin or to cultivate a godly habit.
Imagine getting to the end of our lives, not the end of a day or the end of a week or month, but getting to the end of life and thinking, “I’ve wasted it all!”
In Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. In other words, we see what a human really is. We see someone who perfectly reflects the image of God. We see love in all its purity. We see compassion in all its mercy. We see justice and righteousness for the hurting and poor, and we see commitment to God’s glory.