Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
"Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others..."
Absolutely...how often can we say that we do this and not looking for our own interests?
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."
I think a common mistake is that once you become a Christian, you will sin no more. Once you realize that isn't true, you become disenchanted and may waiver in your faith.
We must realize that we will all sin and fall short even after accepting Christ. I think the biggest problem is if you do sin, you push it away or wave it off and do not attempt to change your behavior...that's what we should worry about.
But know that Jesus died for our sins, the sins of our past, the sins today, and for the ones in the future.
There is no such thing as a perfect Christian, but we do realize that when we fail, we have an advocate for us on our behalf...Jesus.
Friday, January 29, 2016
"For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but to suffer for him."
We often love the "perks" of being a follower of Christ, but the suffering part, we aren't fans of it. I mean, who would be?
But the fact that we follow Jesus, can see how he wants the world to be yet we are surrounded by a sinful and fallen world is enough, if we really pay attention, to see how much we suffer.
The goal is to understand that we will suffer for Christ, but not to the point of depression.
Remember, that in our suffering we are building up and that we have a hope that no one else has.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
"Then they will call to me and I will not answer, they will look for me but will not find me."
This is part of Proverbs where God is being honest with his people. If you do not pay attention, if you rebuke and deny him; he has every right to turn away from us.
He is the Creator of time and space and we are the created.
Does this make God "bad"? How can we ever put a label on an entity that created everything and has allowed us to live and multiply?
That's like the clay doll you make, coming to life, and then questioning you, it's creator.