(Ephesians 3:11- in just the way He had always planned it through Jesus Christ our Lord.) God always planned for Christ to be our redemption. When Adam sinned, sin entered the world and he could no longer be in God’s presence and because we’re all related to him we couldn’t be either. Jesus’ death on the cross restored our broken fellowship with God.
Has anyone ever dropped everything to pursue you? Jesus did. What King would leave their throne to save someone? Jesus did. Who would die for all mankind knowing that many would never accept Him? Jesus did. God knew that the only way to redeem us was to send Jesus. Jesus wasn’t forced to come, He came willingly. (John 17:4- I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to.)
Knowing about someone and knowing them personally are two different things and it’s the same with God, you can know about Him and still not have a personal relationship with Him. Once you become a Christian, you’re a friend of God, but let’s not just stop there. Don’t just have a surface relationship with Once you become a Christian, you’re a friend of God, but let’s not just stop there. Don’t just have a surface relationship with God. A synonym for surface is trivial: of little or no importance. It’s time to dig deep, so we can know the heart and mind of God.God. A synonym for surface is trivial: of little or no importance. It’s time to dig deep, so we can know the heart and mind of God.
The Holy Spirit is a gift. (Acts 2:38- And Peter replied, “Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit.) We should be grateful that God doesn’t leave us here to figure things out on our own. He came to live in us as our Advocate, Comforter, Guide, Teacher, Intercessor and so much more.
(Matthew 5:17- “Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.) Jesus didn’t come to cancel the law of Moses, He came to fulfill it (bring it to completion).
Relationships are important because we need each other. God didn’t put us on this earth to be alone, He even made Eve for Adam. Although relationships are important, I’m sure everyone has had a falling out with a friend before. Falling out is defined as a disagreement or something that causes 2 people to no longer be friendly with one another.
In the old covenant people were justified by burnt offerings and they made amends for their sins. Amends means to compensate or make up for a wrongdoing. (Leviticus 1:4- The person bringing it is to lay his hand upon its head, and it then becomes his substitute: the death of the animal will be accepted by God instead of the death of the man who brings it, as the penalty for his sins.) Instead of the Israelites dying because of their sins, the burnt offering of animals took their place.
God preached the Gospel to Abraham before Jesus was even born. He was telling Abraham His plan for our redemption. (Galatians 3:16- Now the promises [in the covenants] were decreed to Abraham and to his seed. God does not say, “And to seeds (descendants, heirs),” as if [referring] to many [persons], but as to one, “And to your Seed,” who is [none other than] Christ.) Some scripture references referring to Christ as the seed: (Genesis 22:17-18 and Genesis 3:15)
Many prophets prophesied about Jesus and how He would restore us back to God. They spoke about what God told Abraham when He changed His name from Abram to Abraham. Although God didn’t mention Jesus, He was talking about His plan for our redemption. Just like Abraham didn’t withhold his son, God didn’t withhold Jesus and sacrificed Him for us. (John 3:16- For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.)
Sincere means free from pretense or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings. Being sincere is for a person to say what they genuinely feel or believe; not dishonest or hypocritical. Just like we want sincere people in our life, God wants the same.
When people get married they’re not just playing house, they have an agreement dedicating themselves to their spouse. They have an obligation to them that restricts freedom of action. They are committed. Some synonyms to commitment are dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty and faithfulness. God doesn’t want us playing church. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior we vow to be committed to Him. If we’re in, we have to be all in. If we’re not ready for commitment, we can’t be His bride
Prayer is communicating with God, letting Him know what’s on our mind, how we feel and what we need. The great thing about prayer is that we can pray to God at all times concerning anything. (Philippians 4:6-7- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.)
As Christians we should be reading the Bible daily. Reading the Bible feeds our spirit and if our spirit isn’t being fed that means our flesh is. (Joshua 1:8- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.)
John 16 is such a comforting chapter. It’s when Jesus warns His disciples about what’s going to happen after He leaves. Even though He had to go, He reassured them that everything will be okay. God is a God of reassurance. He removes the doubts and fears we have when we go through things and lets us know He will be there to comfort us.
Faith is so important because it’s by God’s grace, through faith that people are saved. It takes faith to believe that there is a God and that He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us. Even after we get saved it takes faith to trust in God despite our circumstances. Salvation doesn’t guarantee a perfect life, God will test our faith just to see if we’ll trust Him or not.
I love Jesus because He literally saved me from myself. He saved me when I didn’t want to be saved, when I wanted nothing to do with Him. I can’t help but to tell people about Him because when you love someone you tell the whole world. Even God let the whole world know that He loves us when He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us.